I am writing this May 2020 Blog on the 27th of April…We are all now constantly consumed with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our lives and families. Here are some sobering local statistics as of Sunday, April 26, 2020:
• The nine-county San Francisco Bay Area with a 7.75M population has had 7,499 people catching the virus and 260 lives lost;
• The State of California with a 40M population has seen 43,647 infected and 1,717 lives lost.
These are the sad facts hovering over us, and impacting our daily lives. Trying to “carry on” is difficult, but truly necessary for the sake of ourselves and society at large. That is why Il Cenacolo is so important. The public venues where we usually meet—restaurants, symphony, opera, etc., have all been closed since March 17 (seven weeks ago) thereby compromising the very camaraderie, spirit and purpose of our club. And, realistically, we must assume that they will continue to be closed through the end of May and perhaps into June or July—and we must hope that they survive as businesses. (Please don’t forget our cherished SFIAC, see following).
To counter all of this, our vice president David Cobb spearheaded the idea of holding our Thursday Luncheons and Board of Director Meetings virtually via Zoom, and it seems to be working. So far we have held three Zoom meetings: a Board meeting on April 9 with 12 of our 13 directors attending, an instructive Thursday luncheon meeting on April 16 with 25 members attending, and a Thursday luncheon meeting featuring a speaker on April 23 with 18 members attending. The first two meetings went very well, and with the third there was a slight glitch—but we are still learning and it shouldn’t happen again! We plan to continue with virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Come join us!
The silver lining of all of this is that several Cenacolisti who do not regularly attend are able to participate in the virtual meetings! So, you can too! We have had rave reviews so far!
As far as other planned events go, please note that the Friday, May 8 Symphony Night has been canceled, and Ron Derenzi will issue refunds to those who have signed up. Please stay tuned for updates on other events. And of course, if all goes well, we are still looking forward to actually celebrating our traditional Opera Outing in September and our Holiday Gala in December in person.
Wishing all of you good health (wash your hands and “social distance”!) —