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How we're responding to the COVID-19 emergency

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April 27, 2020

To our St. Anthony Hall members:

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well. As we all navigate through this difficult time, I feel that it is important to personally thank you for your leadership in and support of our order and to update you on initiatives put in place to support our community.

Through our various legal entities, St. Anthony Hall is implementing programs with a commitment to supporting our undergraduate chapters and alumni organizations in meaningful ways. Responding to needs within our fraternal community during this COVID-19 emergency, the national organizations of St. Anthony Hall have taken the following actions:

Assessment of Chapter Needs:

  • The GC graduate organizations support committee and national headquarters surveyed all our graduate organizations, assessing impacts and needs for all our chapters.
  • The GC Executive Committee reached out to undergrads stranded during campus closures, connecting them with graduates offering temporary solutions.
  • The GC officers established regular contact with officers of all our chapters, encouraging electronic chapter get-togethers and check-ins to support all individual undergrads.

Financial Assistance:

  • 1847, Inc. is making donations to fund all 2020 insurance costs for all chapters, graduate organizations, and national organizations, a $120,000 expense, freeing up funds and greatly reducing the financial impact on St. Anthony Hall members and organizations.
  • 1847, Inc. also created a subsidized two-year loan program for graduate organizations to assist in covering expenses during a time of reduced rents and other income streams: up to $50,000 per chapter, 1% interest, and no payments for 12 months. All chapters have equal access to this funding. This program begins on May 1 and will accept requests through the end of 2020.
  • St. Anthony Educational Foundation maintained its grant funding at pre-emergency levels, in spite of a reduced endowment, so that our undergrads can continue to enrich their educational experiences.

Support for Virtual Gatherings:

  • The GC technology committee assessed virtual meeting possibilities for all our constituent groups, recommending platforms and privacy protocols.
  • SAEF purchased an upgraded Zoom subscription for use by graduates and volunteers, thus removing meeting size and duration limitations, enabling all members to meet for business, and encouraging them to continue sharing their literary work during the crisis.
  • SAEF generated program ideas to keep literary traditions alive, maintain lines of communication, and foster virtual bonds across the order.
  • The GC officers and national headquarters organized to assist alumni in hosting virtual Toasts to Tony around the world in June.

Continuing Priorities:

  • Despite the crisis, SAEF continues its announced efforts to restructure its membership and senior leadership to be more transparent and inclusive.
  • Similarly, the order continues to move forward on implementing our initiatives toward fairness and diversity, striving to ensure equal access to participation in all of our programs.

Your chapter representatives will be contacted in the coming week with information on how to access the financing and donation programs. Our website will be updated as more details and applications become available, at www.stanthonyhall.org. You may contact Brother Vince Chamblee (vince.chamblee@gmail.com, 662-397-4978) with questions on the loan program or speak with Heather Cobb at our national headquarters 607-366-0555, to request assistance.

Please also don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. My cell phone is 401-374-7035, and my email is bjthornton221@gmail.com. It would be my privilege to be in touch with you.

All of us here on the policy committee wish the best for you and your loved ones.

Yours ever faithfully in the bonds,
Excellent Sister Barbara Thornton, Τ’76, Κ’91, H.D. ’95
Policy Committee Chair