Club Update: July 24, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for July 24, 2020. I started a countdown calendar on my office grease board for how many days until we move to Norwood. But it only caused me further stress so I erased it. Suffice to say, we will be moving before the end of summer. And I’ve already written about how fast summer moves once the 4th of July is in our rearview mirrors!

Fall Ice Schedule
It is here and ready. We are just going to hold off on registering for Fall Ice until we make some final assessments regarding weekend hockey ice commitments. If they can be eliminated, we can offer more sessions for some of our Club programs. I know that sounds like a no brainer for a decision, but there is very little that is ever straightforward and simple with Club operations. But please use the schedule we post to start planning for your fall skating programs. We will follow up with the registration links within the next week or two.

An email will be going out very shortly with the link to review and download. The team is working on that as I write.

The Club Logo
This week we saw the first glimpse of the fabrication of the Club logo that will be hung at the peak of the Club’s front facade. If you didn’t see it on social media, you can click to see it here. I got really excited! The Club logo not only represents our institution, it also represents the art of compulsory figures, a historic element of the sport of figure skating. I could not think of a more fitting logo for the Club and the important decades of history we represent and helped to write. As mentioned last week, a great deal of the Club’s history will come alive in the new facility. And the story behind the Club’s logo will be featured in the main entry vestibule. The Club logo is just one more thing for which we can all be very proud in our sport.

The Next 100 Years Capital Campaign
We have received great feedback on the seat campaign this week. Both in terms of donations but also in suggestions. One immediate response was to add the performance center seating chart to the donation page for the Take Your Seat campaign. There is no better way to visualize where your seats will be in the performance center. And there is still time to choose your locations. 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, would like to make a pledge over time, or choose the exact location of your seat, please call Erique L’Heureux at 978-551-1152. Erique has many responsibilities at the Club, but his favorite is in helping donors choose their seats!

The Irony of It All
We had another good week of safe skating. Off the ice? Not quite as good. The irony is that a few of the Club’s skaters are having the toughest time of everyone in wearing their masks while on the ice, off the ice and hanging out in the parking lot. We know that the easiest thing to do to remain safe – wear a mask – is the hardest thing to do on a day-in, day-out basis. We are all experiencing that. But what we all do outside of the Club will most affect what we can do inside the Club. Would every parent please share this email with their skater(s)? The irony of my writing this is that we are all making every effort to make the Club as safe as possible, and open and available to the skaters. And it appears to be a few skaters who skate the most that pose the greatest risk for all of us. They need to know they are not only risking their own safety, they are playing with the fortunes of the entire Club membership and the Club itself. Suspension is such an ugly word. It’s also not a nice thing to do. But we will do it if that is the only option. No skater should think they are immune. To the virus or a good old-fashioned suspension. This is so much bigger than any one of us.

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Sincerely,

Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director