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GCE Moves to Online Format

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GCE Moves to Online Format

WHEREAS, as a consequence of the COVID-19 worldwide outbreak and the resultant (and continuing) restrictions or advisories against unnecessary travel or even gatherings of more than 10, and

WHEREAS, given the fact that said virus is more dangerous for people over 65 years of age, which demographic includes a large percentage of UCG elders who planned to attend the GCE,

NOW THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved:

1) The General Conference of Elders (GCE) and its related meetings will not be held face to face or in person this year; 2) Instead, an abbreviated GCE business session and reports will be held on Sunday, May 3, via webcast with the Sabbath services of May 2 to be via live (or prerecorded) webcasting; 3) The Council meeting scheduled to May 4-6 will be held by teleconference; 4) Balloting packets which are being sent out will include instructions that all ballots are to be sent in by absentee ballot (via mail, fax or other electronic means) with subsequent reminders from home office that all ballots cast are to be via absentee ballot. The Council then discussed the proposed agenda for the abbreviated annual meeting of the GCE now to be held via webcast, which was approved unanimously.

GCE Planning Task Force

Revised GCE Agenda for Sunday, May 3
1 p.m.–1:15 p.m.—Call to Order, Approval of 2019 Minutes & Opening Comments (Frank Dunkle) 
1:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m.—Video or Live Address from the Chairman (Donald Ward)
1:45 p.m.–2:15 p.m.—Address from the President (Victor Kubik)
2:15 p.m.–2:35 p.m.—Address from Ministerial and Member Services (Mark Welch)
2:35 p.m.–2:50 p.m.—Break
2:50 p.m.–3:10 p.m.—Address from Media and Communications Services (Peter Eddington)
3:10 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—Video Address from the Treasurer (Rick Shabi)
3:30 p.m.–3:35 p.m.—Announce ballot results (Frank Dunkle)
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.—Deceased Elders and Wives Tribute Webcast Video (Greg Thomas)
4:15 p.m.– 4:20 p.m.—Announce Ballot Results Webcast (Frank Dunkle)