Since March 12, the world has been a little hectic for everyone. The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused a world-wide shutdown that has given a new definition to the term “social distancing.” Masks are being worn in public, people are working from home, and our youth are forced to do their schoolwork remotely. Those who have traveled have been instructed to quarantine themselves at home to keep everyone around them safe. This is a challenging time, but PMYF and our youth programs have been doing everything to remain calm and remain active.
As you will see in the articles to come in this issue, our youth organizations are doing everything they can to stay positive and keep activities happening. Sure, that means that a lot of our programs that would have been held in person, have to be moved to social platforms, such as Zoom, FaceTime, or Facebook Messenger, but the important thing is that they are still happening. This includes some of the statewide conventions that our youth groups would have held during the summer.
One activity that PMYF put together to help put ease to our youth members and adult leaders was the PMYF Spring Challenge. This challenge started in early April and ran for thirty days at the start of the challenge (participants could start at any time). The challenges included posting a picture of their favorite Masonic Youth memory, a picture with their family, trying something new, finding a new way to exercise, and explaining what leadership is to them. It was a successful challenge that brought a lot of attention to the social media pages while showing that we are still in this together. The winner of the challenge will win an Amazon Gift Card, and I am happy to announce that Kenton Green of Elizabethtown DeMolay is the winner. Kenton accepted the challenge and completed each day of the 30-day challenge. Congratulations Kenton!