August 2020 Newsletter

: LaMora Simpson


Lazy summer afternoons, Walks along the beach,
Balmy evenings, cloudless skies, Stars just out of reach,
Sailing on a quiet lake, Hammocks in the shade…
These are simple treasures
Of which August days are made.

I don’t know, but to me it seems everything slows down in August. This year our social life has surely slowed down, but one thing that has not is our covid pandemic. The Memphis area’s numbers continue to grow and most people personally know someone, friend or relative that has caught it. It is a serious reminder that now is not the time to lower our guard. Below is an excerpt from a letter sent to the Krewes by Carnival Memphis in July:

During the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020, the Executive Committee of Carnival Memphis has made the following addition to the Grand Krewe Sanctioned Event policies.
Due to the new reality and uncertainty of a post-Covid world, the Executive Committee will not consider any new sanctioned events to be held until after June 30, 2021.

Additionally, several Joint chairman meetings were held earlier in the year to discuss what to do about the cancellation of all Carnival sanctioned events for 2020 and 2021. After much discussion, the general consensus was, where possible, retain all current Krewe board members and royalty through 2021 and simply pick up with the cancelled 2020 events that were cancelled in 2021. This means that things like coronations that were completed in 2020 will not be held in 2021 since 2021 is a continuation of the 2020 year. Most, if not all of your Ennead board has graciously agreed to continue to serve in their current capacity until this extended year is completed. The Ennead Royalty has also graciously agreed to this as well.

Our By-Laws and traditions state that we have an annual business meeting in the month of August. The Ennead Board met to try to figure out a reasonable way to accomplish this function. While we may not hold elections for new officers we feel we need some endorsement or sharing of ideas with all of Ennead’s members. So we are going to provide as safe a venue as we can for our business meeting to be held at Delta Blues Winery, courtesy of Jerry Michie. Masks will be required for attendance and we will be checking temperatures upon arrival to the event. If an elevated temperature is identified, we will ask you to return home and not risk someone’s health. Additionally, we are trying to set up a ZOOM telecast with David Kelley’s help, so that anyone who would like to attend but feels it too great a risk to be present, can do so electronically. Everyone will receive an electronic invitation with a request to RSVP, so please watch for this and respond. We need your response for proper planning.

The date of the meeting will be August 29th 6pm until 9pm. Some other very important business that has been discussed by the board and the finance committee is Ennead membership dues. A finite decision has not been made due to uncertainties of what will happen with the remainder of this year and the beginning of next year. However, a plan is in effect as a result of our finance meeting and a summary of that plan is included below.

7/20/2020 Ennead Finance Meeting with Treasurer Dottie Crihfield

Finance committee members in attendance: Jerry Michie, LaMora Simpson, Stacey Montgomery, Karen Mora, Barbara Baker, Charles Humphreys, and Dottie Crihfield
Summary:  There was a general discussion regarding Ennead’s present budget.  The discussion included the facts that due to COVID, Ennead events that were in our current budget have been cancelled.  These include our small group gatherings (not a big impact to budget) and our large party gathering that do impact our budget.  In 2020 we had our Coronation which is usually a cost of $10,000 to Ennead minus guest fees.   The only Ennead-paid Carnival Event which has been cancelled to date is our Clubroom.  The total for all including our annual overhead for items such as insurance, storage unit, post office box, carnival dues, and other miscellaneous expenses year to date are $14,000.  Our income year to date is 67 members @ $295 = $19,765 plus $5,580 income from guest fees for a total of $25,345.  This leaves us with a balance of approximately $11,345.
What does Ennead’s future hold?  A hard question to answer. At the least, we have traditionally had an Annual Meeting, a Halloween party, a Christmas Gala. The future does not look bright for those events but we think it is too early to completely dismiss their potential.   It was discussed that to meet
our membership’s expectations and to retain our current membership, some adjustment to the cost of membership dues seems warranted.
We are unsure what events will be held in the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. We will make some effort toward having some limited Ennead ‘safe gatherings’ where possible.  These will most likely have minimal impact on our budget.  We would also like to plan an Annual Business
Meeting (if possible) that will allow for safe social distancing and (if possible) provide an online presence such as a Zoom broadcast for those who do not wish to physically attend.
In summary:  Until more information is available the exact amount of credit which members will receive for 2020 dues and possibly 2021 dues for events that already have or will be cancelled and fall within our budget will be delayed. The plan is that once this amount is determined and approved by
the board a credit will be offered to those 2020 members to be applied toward their 2021 dues. It was determined that a November/ December time frame would give a more accurate assessment.  These are not easy times and the future is difficult at best to predict.

Ennead Finance Committee

Thank you all for being members of Ennead and let’s hope our current epidemic goes away soon and life can return to normal. Stay safe and well!


I was caring for a woman from Kentucky and asked, “So, how’s your
breakfast this morning?” “It’s very good, except for the Kentucky Jelly.
I can’t seem to get used to the taste,” the patient replied. I then asked
to see the jelly and the woman produced a foil packet labeled “KY Jelly.”
Dr. Leonard Kransdorf, Detroit, MI, courtesy of Jack Shea


August Birthdays

Julie Eaves             09/06
September Young 09/07
Paola High             09/12
Barbara Baker      09/19
Larry Rice              09/21