Club Update: June 5, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for June 5, 2020. Reporting from the (remote) bridge of The Skating Club of Boston. June is now here, and as it turns out, there IS a pony after all! And after way too many weeks of heavy shovel work. The Club re-opens on Monday! If I could find the time, I would list every synonym imaginable for hallelujah and print them here. I will leave it at REJOICE!

Re-Opening Guidelines
The Club re-opens for skating on Monday morning, June 8th, as part of Phase II of the Governor’s and Mayor’s re-opening plans. If you have contracted ice with the Club, you should have already heard from your coach regarding the schedule options for you to skate under our Phase II reduced-capacity guidelines. If your coach was not available to assist, you should have heard from Brian Podgurski. If you have contracted for ice, and have not heard from Brian or your coach yet, please reach out to Brian as soon as possible at so that he can work with you in securing a spot in the ice schedule. If you don’t plan on returning to the ice for the rest of your current contract, please also let Brian know if you have not already. This will be an open spot for the skaters who are immediately returning.

Before coming to the rink, please refer back to the Club’s re-opening guidelines that have been posted on the home page of the Club’s website, and also here. They have been updated to reflect your feedback and input over the last two weeks. Please be sure to have read the guidelines, and to understand what will be expected from every member returning to the ice. If you would like to complete the self-certification questionnaire before arriving at the Club, it has been posted on the Club’s website along with the guidelines for returning to skating. This will be a whole new experience for all of us in making this new reality work to everyone’s satisfaction and importantly, safety. We are counting on every individual to provide honest answers to the questionnaire, and to follow all guidelines when at the rink. If you have questions or are uncomfortable with any part of the new guidelines, please check with the Club office before coming to the rink. Once on-site, all guidelines will be followed by the Club team members with no exceptions. We are excited to welcome you back!

Club Awards
Thanks to everyone who attended the Club’s virtual awards ceremony last Friday. The best part was watching our skaters enjoy the ceremony with their family and friends. Why do we do these events and ceremonies? That’s why! Many thanks again to Katharine Steeger, Tim LeBlanc, Jack Zeghibe and Brian Podgurski for running the show, and for working around the Zoom limit on attendance snafu. Katharine and Brian hustled throughout the ceremony to make space in the virtual room for our award recipients who were initially shut out. We can’t thank them enough for caring so much. If Katharine ever leaves the Club it could only be for a job as an air traffic controller. My imagination had her working off of multiple headsets and computers while directing member traffic.

Annual Meeting
As I mentioned last week, the Club is required to have an annual meeting for the benefit of its members. It’s an opportunity for some of us to review the Club’s performance over the past year, and to also highlight what to look forward to for the coming year. With the ongoing pandemic and development of the Club’s new facility, there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to plan for the Club’s future. We will share all that we know, and also all that we don’t yet know. (Almost always just as important.) While this year’s election for officers and directors is uncontested, the Club will still report on the voting results to update the Club’s bylaws. We will also require a quorum to vote on last year’s meeting minutes and other regular business of the corporation. This year’s meeting will be a virtual meeting on Zoom, and it has been rescheduled for Friday evening, June 12th, at 7:00 pm. If you missed the Club’s email on Wednesday with the invitation to register, you may also register here. We hope to see you there.

Instagram Live Archives
Jimmy Morgan returns to Instagram tomorrow with a live interview with Club coach Garret Lucash. Garret is the recent winner of the PSA’s Pieter Kollen Sports Science Award, and always has a fresh and intelligent perspective on all aspects of skating. He is a well-recognized author on several different subjects in the sport, and will be sure to offer all of us new and intriguing insights. I am looking forward to it! The Club’s Instagram Live segment is (almost) every Saturday at 1:00 pm on the Club’s Instagram page. If you miss it, the interviews are posted shortly afterwards on the Club’s website under the About, and then the News & Media links.

What’s Next?
Skating! That’s what’s next. But what’s next is also a very important step for all of us. Here at the Club, and throughout the Commonwealth. (It may be too late for other parts of the country.) As state and city government steps back, it is now on all of us as individuals to pick up full responsibility for our safety and that of our loved ones. We have all been well-educated by now on how the virus is most easily transmitted, and that wearing a face mask is the best way to protect ourselves and just as importantly, to protect others. The lifting of the government restrictions is not a statement that it is safe to move about the cabin. It is a statement that the responsibility for our safety has now been turned over to each of us. The virus is still with us, and it is possible that we will not see a vaccine made available until this time next year. We could have up to a whole year of needing to act smart in and outside the rink. Because what we do outside of the Club now affects what we all do inside the Club. Please be safe and conscientious everywhere you go. We want every single member to stay well. We also want the Club to stay open and to fulfill its essential purpose of providing joy and recreation and community to all of our members.

Stay safe and sane inside insanity everyone! Let’s all move around the cabin safely and with our face masks on.


Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director