Coronavirus Lockdown - but the work of the RSCDS Leeds Branch goes on. Your Branch Committee has not just been idly sunbathing, but has also been carrying out business (not quite) as usual on your behalf!
Our first meeting after lockdown was by email and we expected it would take days rather than hours; in fact it opened on 25th March at 17.25 and closed on 17th April at 17.02. An epic duration, even by our standards! However, all the business was successfully concluded with items fully discussed and voted on.
Our last meeting (24th May) was by Zoom; another chance to further upgrade and hone our IT skills! This proved to be very efficient, certainly compared to the March/April meeting, although admittedly with a deliberately reduced but crucial agenda, and owed much to careful planning and sharing of key information beforehand. Marion is to be congratulated on a successful first in chairing a virtual Branch Committee meeting and dealing with all the planned items in under an hour in a calm and unhurried way. Brilliant! And it was lovely to see other committee members again after so many weeks of lockdown.
After careful deliberation, we sadly decided to cancel the September Day School, our usual big bang start to the dancing year and have postponed the planned session with Ramona Zohm until 2021. However, the decision on whether the evening dance will go ahead has been deferred until the next meeting in July. This also applies to the restart of classes, the AGM and the November Ball.
Alan Horsfall has been keeping in touch with the bands, several of whom have now been without gigs, and thus income, for months now. Do please support them on YouTube and elsewhere online.
Evelyn and Christine have been in touch with our regular and prospective venues for classes, ceilidhs and dances; they too have been closed for all social and group events.
We have committed to keeping in touch with Branch members through Facebook (thank you Nicola!) and our eUpdate with links to online SCD events where appropriate. We are endeavouring to keep in touch with those members who do not have email or internet access by posting printed versions of eUpdate. Head Office also knows who those members are and are planning a retrospective mailing of printouts of their weekly eNewsletter.
As explained last month, we will review how and when to renew membership (normally due on1st July) as the summer (and the Covid virus!) progress. Head Office are suggesting that we be ‘flexible’ about this.
The next Committee meeting will also take place by Zoom in July.