Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
As you are well aware, our community is experiencing unprecedented times as the situation continues to evolve on a daily and even hourly basis. Please read below for updated closure information, and for ways you can help the club and others.
Closures, as of 3/20
We are temporarily closing the club to members and the public. It saddens us to do it, but we know for the sake of public health and "flattening the curve" as quickly as possible, it is the right thing to do.
We are incredibly proud of how the shuffleboard staff worked together this week; cleaning and disinfecting, rescheduling so many member's weddings and parties, and much more. Thank you Shanna, Rick, Ben, Lela, Erik, Manuel, and Mae.
This is a challenging and emotional time for all of us. Small businesses, including organizations such as ours, will be greatly affected by this. Individuals in St. Pete will need help, too.
How to help the club
If you are able, it is appreciated.
- Membership: The most important aspect of the club is your membership. By simply keeping your membership current, you will help us. You can renew or join on the portal: https://membership.stpeteshuffle.com.
- Spring league fees: we will begin refunding league fees on Wednesday, March 25. Many of you have already indicated you don't want a refund, which is a very thoughtful thing to offer. If any other player would like to donate the fee to the club, please let us know by emailing Erik at email@example.com.
- Donations: we've made our Love Jug virtual. Even if it's just a few bucks, every little bit helps. Please note, donations are not tax deductible. https://squareup.com/store/st-petersburg-shuffleboard-club
- eGift cards: we are offering a 10% discount on online gift cards that can be used in the future for merchandise and rental fees, with no expiration date. The gift cards are digital, and can be used either online or at the club. Send one to yourself or a friend. https://squareup.com/gift/ASKSDZFN5W6W4/order
Ways to help others
On Friday, we attended a meeting at the Sunshine Center, the city's multi-service senior center, to learn about ways to help during this time. Next week we will send information about the critical need for volunteers with the local Meals on Wheels. They are making updates to their website over the weekend to more easily sign up volunteers.
In the meantime, the Sunshine Center needs volunteers to make reassurance calls to their senior clients. Many of them rely on the center for socializing. As it is closed for the time being, some are already experiencing the effects of being isolated. If you can spare a little time and want to help while you are at home, these calls are very helpful in lifting people's spirits – including your own! To volunteer, reach out to Ronnie during business hours at 727-893-7622. If you are a Sunshine Center client who would like a call, Ronnie can help with that, too.
While the future is uncertain, what is clear is the strength of the St. Pete community the club is a part of. Thank you for your support and continued flexibility as we navigate this uncharted territory together.
President of the Board of Governors