Club Update: July 31, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for July 31, 2020. August is here! Next month we move to Norwood. After a 20-year odyssey of starts, stops, turns and pivots. But no big deal, right?

Fall Ice Schedule
The draft schedule was posted late yesterday. You can also review it here. As noted in the email that introduced the schedule, final tweaks will still be made between now and the opening of contract registration in the second week of August. That includes leveling for the higher-level ice and additional weekend ice.

Thank you, Tony!
I am sending a big shout out to Tony Ruffo for the stupendous job he has been doing keeping the Club clean. Tony has made it his personal mission to keep the Club as clean as possible in order to keep all of us as safe as possible. This includes his trips to the Club business office where he meticulously cleans every corner and crevice of our offices. Tony has been with the Club for over 27 years, and could not be more loyal or caring about the safety of every member. Thanks to all of you who have been thanking Tony while at the Club. He likes to share those stories with me, so please know how much he appreciates your positive feedback. Feel free to encourage Tony to come with us to Norwood too! Tony doesn’t drive, and public transportation from his home in Brighton to Norwood is not straightforward. I fully understand his dilemma – it’s a very big ask of him. But the thought of not having Tony with us in Norwood leaves me sad. Folks as friendly and hard-working and caring as Tony are almost impossible to replace.

Junior Activities Committee
Thank you too, to all of the kids on the Junior Activities Committee (JAC) for all they have been doing during the pandemic to keep things interesting for all the kids at the Club. This includes the Friday night #clubconnected events that ranged from kickboxing to movie nights to making banana bread. (Trust me, there is always room for banana bread!) If you are interested in learning more about the JAC and getting involved, write them at There is no cost, and it is open to all kids in the 6th grade and above. There is no better way to meet new friends, have fun off the ice, and experience leadership and teamwork than through the JAC. I myself was a JAC member, and co-chaired the committee in 1978 with Beth Peterson. (Maybe 1979? It’s been soooo long.) Kudos to today’s chairs – Joyce Gong, Clara Gross, Chloe Man, Gemma Parker and Lilly Wallingford – for doing so many more imaginative and fun things than in my day.

The Next 100 Years Capital Campaign
More members joined the campaign this week, with even more ideas for the many folks they want to honor and celebrate in the new performance center. The actual seats are now on-site in Norwood, and are currently being installed. We’ll post some photos on social media next week. If you have not already, now is the time to 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 also 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 will be leaving the Club at the end of the summer to pursue his next big adventure, so time is also running out to speak with one of the friendliest and most helpful of our Club team members.

The Crazy Week That Was
The Club sent an email yesterday informing our members of the incident at New England Sports Center earlier in the week where a hockey coach tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. While we believe there was minimal risk to the Club community given everything we know about the situation, we want to thank everyone who responded pro-actively and quickly with withdrawing from the Club, getting tested and taking every precaution. We want to also thank all of our members who have been doing the same regarding other incidents outside of the Club. This is exactly what we need to do. I know I may remind some of you of Mr. Lorensax, but I am writing this with as much inflection as my keyboard permits. What we all do outside of the Club directly reflects what we all can do inside the Club. Wearing a mask and practicing social distancing everywhere we go is the surest way to keep the kids skating, the coaches coaching, and the Club operating in the black as it makes this once-in-a-lifetime expansion. Please talk to your skaters on a regular basis and reinforce this most simple and most important behavior.

Some things are so important they demand a good nag.


Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director