Club Update: July 10, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for July 10, 2020. This should be short and sweet, as we appear to have settled into the summer ice schedule and a reasonably good routine at 1240 Soldiers Field Road. Thanks to our coaches and members alike for that!

Policy Rollback
On Tuesday, we did rollback last week’s relaxation of the mask policy for when a skater is in their program. On further reflection and feedback, it was too much too soon given the manner in which this coronavirus is spread. Once again, skaters are required to wear their masks while skating their programs. It is definitely less than ideal for training. But when the alternative is considered – a single asymptomatic skater breathing hard through their program across every corner of the ice – it’s far better to continue on the more conservative course. It actually still surprises me that other skating facilities are not requiring masks on the ice. I know that almost every decision involves shades of gray, but sometimes I do wonder if we are all in the same pandemic.

Fall Ice
I seem to write every week that the fall ice schedule is soon to be released. But truly, it is soon to be released! We met on it again today. There seems to be endless tweaks at this point to make refinements where we can to accommodate specific groups of interest, especially on the ice we have later in the day. But I think we will release the schedule while still making these tweaks, as none of them will take away from the significant weekday and weekend ice in which most of our members are interested. Because the summer session has been extended two weeks, and so many families are still evaluating their fall school and work plans, I hope this has not been too much of an inconvenience.

Club Library and Academic Center
We sent an email earlier in the summer advising members of the new Club library and academic center in the Norwood facility. With many parents exploring homeschool options for the fall, homeschooling at the Club may provide a happy medium. Kids can skate at times where there are fewer skaters on the ice, and manage their academics in a more controlled environment than a traditional classroom. Yet parents can still be free to work from home uninterrupted for several hours. For more information, write the Club at club.info@scboston.org and the new program coordinator, Erika Hoffman, will circle back to answer your questions and provide more information. We began planning the academic center long before the pandemic arrived, and it now seems even more timely and in need than we could ever have envisioned.

The Next 100 Years Capital Campaign
Donations to the campaign really picked up this past week. Thanks to everyone who has donated, or is currently in discussions to donate! It’s heartening to know that Club members are invested in the future of the Club and reading these weekly emails. For those of you who may be on the fence about donating and have questions, please feel free to reach out to me or the Club’s Campaign Director, Deb Ianno. Deb can be reached at deb.ianno@scboston.org. You can donate directly at thenext100years.org/seatcampaign, or contact Erique at erique.lheureux@scboston.org to make a pledge. Pledges of 3 or more seats may be paid over a period of up to 5 years. As a reminder, donations are tax-deductible, and for folks donating at least 5 seats, their names will also be included on the Wall of Honor in the new building’s main lobby. I never thought of or planned for a career that would include fundraising. So this campaign may be a bit of a surprise for both of us. But it’s actually quite easy to ask members to also become donors when I believe in this institution as much as I do. What we are doing with this new facility and our new programming will reshape competitive and recreational skating in this part of the country for decades to come. The Skating Club of Boston will soon again be where it once was for the first 50 years of its history – leading the country. In the coming weeks, we’ll have some exciting announcements for new coaches of every level and specialty joining the Club – competitive and recreational; pairs, singles and dance; specialty for choreography, performance and skating skills. We may even have some new skaters too. With the talent of the Club’s membership, the talent of the Club’s coaches, and the facilities of the Club’s new home, we will very soon be unbeatable as the premier destination for figure skating. How incredibly satisfying that we all get to be new founders of this next generation of excellence.

Six Degrees of Separation
Please continue to keep in mind that what we do outside of the Club will most affect what we can do inside the Club. Please be safe and conscientious everywhere you go. Wear your mask each time you leave your home. We want every single member to stay well. We also want the Club to continue to stay open as cases around us and outside of New England rise at alarming rates. We are all separated by no more than six degrees of separation. That means that what happens in Florida, Arizona and Texas can easily impact what we do here if we don’t maintain our own smart practices for social distancing.

The responsibility for our safety continues to be with each of us.

Sincerely,

Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director