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Norm's Notes for June 2017

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Hello Everybody! This is your CLUB INSIDER Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 282nd monthly edition! Do you want to hear something amazing? Check this out... Club Insider's Online Archive Library now has over 9,000 archived pages going back to our first edition which was a little 12-page edition with our friend, RED LERILLE, on the cover! Check it out today by going to

I'm very sad to report to you that our good friend, a talented industry expert and long-time Club Insider Contributing Author, KAREN WOODARD - CHAVEZ' Father, JERRY RICHARDSON, passed away on May 19, 2017. At age 86, he'd been hospitalized with pneumonia when he was hit with a major stroke. Karen and her Mom and Family had the very difficult experience of receiving stunning and emotionally rocking news when the pulmonologist told them that her Dad had a stroke and would never be able to speak or hear again or even survive without life support due to the stroke he suffered and the pneumonia he was admitted for. Sadly, Karen's family made the decision to take him off life support and let him go at 1:30 PM on Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017. May Mr. Jerry Richardson Rest In Peace, and may Karen and her Family find solace in the fact that he is no longer suffering. God bless Mr. Jerry Richardson and his Family.

Is America a great country, or what!? Every night, when I say my prayers, I say "Thank You" to the good Lord for making me an American. Do you have gratitude in your mind and heart for being American? If you don't, and you ARE an American, consider this... Consider how fortunate you and I, and our families, are to be among the 4% of the world population who live in the United States of America! And, yes, if you are a long-time reader of Club Insider, you have read this same message in previous Norm's Notes. So, you may ask, "Norm, why repeat this?" My response simply is this: I'm very happy and extremely proud to be an American. Because of how strongly I feel about being an American, I believe it's both my right, and in an interesting way, it's my responsibility, to express this happiness with being an American from time to time. Thank GOD America has freedom of speech, and I welcome YOU to use your freedom to agree with or disagree with me. Either way, FIRE AWAY at

CRAIG WATERS is the intellectually gifted Editor at the always interesting CBI Magazine, also known as "The IHRSA Magazine." Each month, Craig leads off each CBI edition with comments about some of the stories of contained in that particular issue. This month, in the June CBI edition, Craig commented on three articles, with the first comment being about the Page #25 article and photo in which yours truly was shown with several of my long-time industry friends taken at IHRSA Los Angeles in March: RAYBOB GORDON, BOB McKENNA and NESTOR FERNANDEZ. The headline of the article summarized the content of the piece, which has been presented in this column more than once, so I will repeat only the headline: Norm Cates to Receive Club Industry's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Thanks Craig for your entertaining comments about me and the Club Industry honor, and Thanks to JAY ABLONDI, CBI Publisher, for kindly covering this story in your June edition.

This month, Club Insider brings another All Star Line Up of Contributing Authors, including excellent articles by: PAUL R. BEDARD, Esquire, who addresses When A Health Club's Dress Code Conflicts With a Member's Religious Beliefs. BILL McBRIDE writes about Innovation - Disruption - Progression, and Professor GERRY FAUST tackles The Life Cycle of an Organization: The Growing Phases. Also weighing in are Tracy Stepp and Mike Boos of the Claremont Club with their comments on what they do and how they do it at the amazing Claremont Club in Claremont, California, courtesy of MIKE ALPERT, CEO and President of the fantastic organization.

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