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VS&F Journey

Thank you

By Dan Doenges | In Community | on April 18, 2020

Hello Vermont Sport & Fitness Members,

Twenty-Seven years ago, I first stepped into Vermont Sport & Fitness as an 8-year-old kid with my Mom and little brother to use the daycare. From the very beginning, it has been a special place for me. I spent my teen years working at the club and I have spent the last 12 years running VS&F as general manager and now owner. Vermont Sport & Fitness is and will always be an important place for me and has already played a significant role in my life.

However, YOU our members, are what makes the club special. You are all unique, caring, and dedicated to health and fitness. The members are the heroes in this story and always have been. Vermont Sport & Fitness only exists because of you.

Over the years I have seen thousands of people working hard year after year to be the best versions of themselves to go out and tackle the world. I have spent every day working on the club trying to make sure we were our best so you can be your best. Vermont Sport & Fitness will come back stronger because you all will be stronger and together, we will be ready for anything.

Being a member really does mean something. It means you are all connected in a way that props each other up and binds you all in ways that are not always obvious. Covid-19 has shown us how we can only be strong together and the truth is, by supporting others, we are also supporting ourselves.  

As you may know, although our small business is closed, most of our costs have not gone away. We have been on a mission to do everything we can to keep the club alive and able to reopen. Right now, your memberships are carrying the club and the primary thing allowing us to reopen. There is no way to truly thank you all enough for time and time again being such an amazing community.

We have been getting some hopeful news out of the state of Vermont as they begin to put the economy back on track in the safest way possible. We are in constant communication with the state to prepare the club for when you all return. Although an official date has not been set, May 15th is now the most promising date that we will prepare for. If we are authorized and can safely open any sooner, we will.

I wanted to take this moment on behalf of myself, Leslie, my family and our staff; to say Thank You for your support over the last few weeks. Although it has not quite been a full month since the club was closed, it has felt much longer without seeing our club family. We miss you and can’t wait to open our doors with your health and safety as our number one priority. The well-being of every one of us is more important than ever, and we are up to the challenge.

Please be safe, stay healthy, and we will see you the first moments we can open our doors.

If you have any questions please email lkdoenges@gmail.com and we will call or email you back.

Dan and Leslie

8 Comments to "Thank you"

  • Rick Pontillo says:

    April 18, 2020 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to getting back!

    1. Dan Doenges says:

      May 9, 2020 at 2:20 am - Reply

      Yes, cant wait to have you back Rick!

  • Sally Keefe says:

    April 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I miss being there!!! Look forward to the reopening! I’ve been trying to keep up the exersise and have been somewhat successful, but I miss the people!!! Can’t wait to be able to exercise together!!!

    1. Dan Doenges says:

      May 9, 2020 at 2:20 am - Reply

      We will see you soon Sally! We cant wait either.

  • Brent Gifford says:

    April 24, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Thanks for the update looking forward to getting back to the routine. Your the Best. Brent Gifford

    1. Dan Doenges says:

      May 9, 2020 at 2:21 am - Reply

      Yes, good seeing you. Hopefully again next week.

  • Dan says:

    May 2, 2020 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Any word if you’ll be opening on the 15th?

    1. Dan Doenges says:

      May 9, 2020 at 2:22 am - Reply

      Fingers crossed!

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