March 30, 2020
Dear NWFC Family,
We hope this finds you happy and healthy. We miss you all! Please keep reading for important information about April tuition and a virtual club gathering this Wednesday!
Like the entire country, we are all learning to adapt to change, lots of change, and we know everyone has been impacted. NWFC administrative staff, coaches, and Board are working to sustain the Club through this unprecedented closure.
First and foremost, without member support, we will not be able to meet the pay and benefits for our staff. Therefore, the Board is asking members to consider the value they receive from the Club and their desire to help NWFC through this difficult time. Please continue paying your monthly tuition. This is the most timely and significant assistance as it will help cover operating expenses. After classes resume, tuition will be modified, beginning from April 1, to reflect the closure period amount of tuition converted to a tax-deductible donation. We will automatically process this donation, and you will receive a letter confirming your gift, which may then be used for tax purposes. Please notify us by Friday, April 3, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to STOP your auto-tuition payment on April 5.
NWFC FAMILY GATHERING
Please read the document for full details, answers to frequent questions, and new ways to stay involved and help. 2020.03.30 NWFC Member Q&A
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!
March 17, 2020
We are closed until further notice and have no idea when we will reopen. That is the bad news.
The good news is this community is resilient, compassionate, and has a record of achievement on and off the strip. Just last month, we finished an expansion and then hosted our largest and most epic tournament. And we will do it again!
The first steps included the safe closing of the club and then ideas to keep fencers engaged during this situation. The most important thing right now is everyone's ongoing health and safety.
We will be available again on Tuesday, March 24, from 1 pm to 4 pm for locker cleanout, armory repairs, and ordered equipment pickup. If you would like to borrow club equipment for home use until the club reopens, please email Coach Michael (email@example.com) well in advance.
Now more than ever before, we need to pull together as a community. Please watch the Northwest Fencing Center Challenge announcement below, as the coaches are preparing ways to stay connected and fit! We encourage all fencers and families to participate and then invite friends from near and far to join us.
The next steps include communication about many topics, including tuition questions and how you can help. We reduced club staffing to reflect the new operational normal, so please be patient, but do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not yet read this blog, please do so as we could not have said it anywhere near this eloquently. https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/an-open-letter-to-the-usa-fencing-community-about-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
March 16, 2020
NWFC is canceling all classes, private lessons, open bouting, and tournaments effective March 16 until further notice.
The staff is still working and will be using this time to prepare online training and develop other options.
It would be greatly appreciated if all members would remove (and clean) all personal gear so we can continue disinfecting the entire facility. The club is open for gear pick-up between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm today and again on Tuesday, March 17.
As we navigate this uncharted territory together, we ask for your continued patience and support. It is impossible to close any business, including NWFC, without creating hardships for the organization, the staff, and the students.
We could not have said it anywhere near this eloquently, and urge you to please read this: https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/an-open-letter-to-the-usa-fencing-community-about-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
We will continue to monitor advice from the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, and local experts, and will implement best-practices accordingly. As this situation evolves, more information will be forthcoming.
In addition to the standards we have all been told about from so many sources, here are the very important additional steps your club continues to prevent exposure:
- We have multiple hand sanitizer stations using a 70% alcohol-based product for use in between washing your hands. Please use them!
- In addition to existing cleaning routines, we are increasing disinfection of all club gear. Masks, gloves, jackets, plastrons etc., are all washed or disinfected after each use. .
- The club continues to provide sanitizing wipes, and we ask for assistance wiping down frequently touched places, your fencer's equipment, doors, tables, etc.
- Parents, please explain to your youth fencers why personal sharing of gear is discouraged.
- While tradition and sportsmanship are important, and such a wonderful aspect of this sport, sadly now is a good time to pause from shaking of hands after bouts.
Thanks for assisting in these efforts as together, we hope to avoid a case of exposure at NWFC!