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Norm's Notes for May 2018

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 293rd monthly edition of Club Insider!

Is America a great country, or what? Today, I'm thrilled to extend mucho congratulations to JIM WORTHINGTON, Founder and Owner of The Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA and IHRSA Board Chairman-elect, as on May 4th, he was named to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN)! Folks, check out this great news on Page #3 of this edition and Stay Tuned!

■While I've not met the man, I'm saddened to pass on this sad news as reported by CBI Magazine in their May Edition. DAVID SWOPE, industry pioneer and Co-Founder of ClubFit, passed away in January at the age of 76. In CBI, former IHRSA Executive Director, JOHN McCARTHY, said this about David Swope: "David was a kind, modest and thoughtful man, and an early member of IHRSA, who came to many IHRSA Conventions. He partnered with BETH BECK to develop and steer the two magnificent ClubFit multipurpose and indoor/outdoor athletic clubs in Westchester Country, New York, which were among the first of their kind in the region." May DAVID SWOPE Rest In Peace.

■I had a chance to spend some time on the phone the other day with MIKE ALPERT, CEO and President of The Claremont Club in Claremont, California. One of the things we discussed was his article on Page #6 of this edition entitled, "Little Things We Take For Granted." We call Mike's monthly column, "Exercise IS Medicine!" and I urge you to read this month's article and all his past articles. The reason I urge you to read all of Mike's articles from the past two years is that he is making miracles at their Claremont Club. As I told Mike, I'm supporting and publishing his articles every month, because in my view, he's doing God's work at The Claremont Club. And, I really mean that statement. This month's article, an amazing sharing of experiences of VICTORIA ARLAN, whom some of you may remember from the Dancing With The Stars TV Show. Victoria's story is certainly a really good example of the miracles Mike is making. Don't miss it!

Folks, please mark your calendar and Save The Dates for the following:

  • The 2018 Club Industry Show, in Chicago, October 24 - 26th;
  • The Athletic Business Show, in New Orleans, November 7 - 10th;
  • The IHRSA Convention and Trade Show, returning to San Diego next year, March 13 - 16th, 2019.

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