Club Update: May 8, 2020

Dear Member,

This is your Captain’s log update for May 8, 2020. Reporting from the (remote) bridge of The Skating Club of Boston. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our skating moms! And where is Spring, please? She is missing. If anyone can find her, please call the Club office. She can have the honor of being the first skater back on the ice if she would only come back to town.

The Past Week
We have taken this past week to continue to coordinate our re-opening plans with U.S. Figure Skating, other facilities and other governing bodies. This will likely continue right up until when we get the notice that we can re-open as information is constantly evolving. I have been hearing more questions than answers on the U.S. Figure Skating event advisory board. The unanswered questions are just as important as the few answers we have for what they demonstrate as the total universe of concern for skaters, parents, officials, volunteers, rink operators, and staff members. We are pulling together the Club’s document detailing the opening procedures and safety measures for members, coaches and employees. We recognize the importance of not only opening, but opening in a manner that gives everyone as much peace of mind as possible. But no matter what the Club does for implementing safety measures, our success will still all come down to each of us as individuals. We must respect ourselves and our fellow members by willingly, closely and consistently following all established protocols for membership, coach and employee safety.

Instagram Live Archives
I continue to really enjoy Jimmy Morgan’s Instagram Live interviews. I am learning so much about different Club members from Jimmy’s fun and kickback conversations. Last week’s interview with Elin Schran has been posted on the Club website and can be seen along with Marissa Castelli and Max Naumov. I dare anyone to watch it, and not have a smile on their face the whole time. So much joy! Jimmy’s guest tomorrow will be Olympic medalist, U.S. Champion and Club coach, Simon Shnapir. The Club’s Instagram Live segment is each 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.

Face Masks
How is everyone’s face mask project coming along? I can guarantee you that when the Club re-opens, face masks will be required for all coaches, skaters, management and anyone else with access to the facility. Given the difficulty in securing large quantities of face masks for non-essential businesses, no one should rely upon the Club to provide face masks. It’s just not a practical consideration at this point in time. So we are hoping that everyone is taking the time during the shutdown to secure their own face masks. Preferably washable and reusable, with a fresh mask for every day you come to the Club.

The Hero’s Journey
This week I have been reminded of the “hero’s journey”. In mythology, the hero’s journey comes in a variety of formats. But at its essence, it details the story of a protagonist who goes on an adventure, faces various challenges, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, returning home a hero, and forever positively transformed by the crisis. Or the adventure, depending perhaps on whether you are an optimist or pessimist. Think about any animated Disney movie, really. Take the story of Hercules for example, whether from mythology or from Burbank. The message of the hero’s journey is that it is common to all of humanity, and each of us walks the arc of a hero’s journey in our own lives. The meaning, I think, is that the hero’s journey is necessary, or positive change or personal growth might never occur. We become the heroes of our own lives by the adversities we face and overcome. I suspect these stories were told and retold to offer courage and inspiration to all who face challenges and struggles in their life. And why did this come to mind this week? We can be crushed, discouraged or dissuaded from our path by Covid19. Or we can persevere through the crisis, meet our personal challenges, and forever be positively impacted by the experience. I think this is true for individuals and for organizations. The Club is on its own hero’s journey here. I trust that it too will be positively transformed through this decisive crisis. Even if it takes the entire next year. I wish the same for all of our members, coaches and employees. Myself too!

Stay safe and sane inside insanity everyone. And enjoy your journey!


Doug Zeghibe
Executive Director