Club Update: July 17, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for July 17, 2020. Hopefully, everyone is enjoying their time away from the Club with all sorts of safe summer activities. Just no conventions, giant lake parties or late-night raves, please!

Office Back Up
We are requesting that members with a number of questions wait to enter the office until an ice session is already underway. This is an important courtesy to skaters needing to check-in for their upcoming session. Given the restriction of only one member in the Club office at a time, it is impossible to check-in skaters for a session if another member is in the office with a number of questions or a question requiring research or a lengthy response. We have had skaters getting on sessions late and missing the start of their lessons because they could not enter the office to check-in. If you are asked to come back to the office with your questions after the session has started so that the front office team can better serve everyone, I hope you will understand. Thank you!

Fall Ice Schedule
Truly, it is soon to be released. I think we can even commit to next week.

New Facility
One of the many things that we have spent a considerable amount of time on, while designing the new facility, is making sure that we are representing the essence and history of the Club’s 108-years of history, and especially the last 82-years spent here at 1240 Soldiers Field Road. During a tour of the facility this past week with a long-time Club member and sponsor of the building, I was incredibly excited to hear them remark that they already felt the spirit and soul of the Club when walking in the still-unfinished space. Club management and volunteers have spent a great deal of time and thought in designing the Club’s history wall in the performance center. We have spent almost as much time in designing the graphics for 1240 Cafe and in the plaques acknowledging sponsored rooms and spaces commemorating Club coaches of distinction. The main lobby’s wall of honor acknowledging the names of donors gifting $5,000 is one more intimate space commemorating the generosity of current Club members. Even the front entry will have a large representation of the Club logo with an explanation of its history and significance for the Club’s next generation of members. I know I speak on behalf of Joe Blount and other members of the Club’s building committee when I say we hope every Club member will feel the same way when entering the new space and experiencing it for the first time. We truly want both new and current members to feel immediately at home and familiar in the space.

The Next 100 Years Capital Campaign
The Club management team and I are excited by the increased level of activity on seat donations this past week. It’s encouraging to see so many Club members getting behind this really important effort. Thank you to all those who have already named seats in the performance center. But we still have more to do! If you have not already, please join the effort. Pledges of $3,000 or more can be paid out in up to five years. Pledges of $5,000 or more will feature your name on the donor wall of honor in the Club’s main lobby. To name a seat, click here. If you have any questions or would like to make a pledge over time, please call Erique L’Heureux at 978-551-1152.

We are “Smahter” in Boston
We had another good week of safe skating and social distancing at 1240 Soldiers Field Road this week. Thank you! Please continue to keep in mind that what we do outside of the Club will most directly affect what we can all 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 continue to rise at alarming rates. We are not immune. We are only protected by our being smarter. We continue to all be separated by no more than six degrees of separation.

Which by the way, is a pretty good movie for a rainy day. I don’t think it is on Netflix, but if you have Prime Video, I am giving it a thumbs up!

Sincerely,

Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director