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Norm's Notes for November 2020

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Founder and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 323rd monthly edition. Justin and I are very honored to be presenting this edition, because it marks the end of our 27th year of publication! We cordially invite you to be with us next month when we begin our 28th year of publication with Club Insider's December, 2020 edition! Stay Tuned, folks!

Is America a GREAT country, or what? As we watch the world in disarray from the pandemic, which has literally driven all businesses into survival modes, I want to tell you all that we're doing our best to provide you with advertisers and authors/articles that will help you win the many battles that the pandemic is causing you to be engaged in. Sadly, this pandemic seems to be something that, at this point, it's anybody's guess about IF and/or WHEN it might go away. My prayers are with you all. We hope your families, club's employees and members are successfully fighting off the COVID-19 Virus. God Bless You All!

■Despite the tough year we have all had, there is still plenty to be thankful for, and on November 26, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

■Folks, this month, my NORM's NOTES are going to be short and sweet because of our truly amazing cover story featuring ALAN, STEVEN and ALEX SCHWARTZ. This is a cover story in which we're celebrating the special 50th Anniversary of their Chicago-based Midtown Athletic Club, originally known as The Tennis Corporation of America (TCA). So, please do take the time to read their amazing 50th Anniversary Story starting on Page #3.

■As I mentioned in my first Note, JUSTIN and I are very honored and totally blessed and pleased to be producing this special November, 2020 Club Insider Edition because it's our 323rd monthly edition and the last edition of our 27th year of Club Insider Publication! Folks, IF that's NOT PROOF there IS a GOD... I don't know what is! Sincere THANKS and APPRECIATION to all of you for reading Club Insider! And also, many THANKS and much APPRECIATION, to LINDA McGINNIS and ALL of the folks at the 120+ year running Walton Press in Monroe, Georgia, the talented folks who print Club Insider every month. THANKS and APPRECIATION to ALL of our excellent Contributing Authors, including and especially to the one and only RICK CARO and our very special group of PROFESSIONALS in our industry who make Club Insider a real "GO TO" publication for all of you making your living in our wonderful industry. Last, but for sure of GREAT IMPORTANCE, very sincere THANKS and APPRECIATION to our wonderful Advertisers, many of whom have been with us for more than a decade! We urge you all to CONTACT them and DO BUSINESS with them, and when you do, please tell them Norm and Justin at Club Insider sent you!

■Speaking of celebrating, I want to wish our good friend, RICK CARO, of New York City and Saratota, Florida, a belated, but very HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY! "Uncle Rick," as JUSTIN and I call him, celebrated his milestone 75th Birthday on October 12, 2020! HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICK!

■Welcome to JEFFREY PINKERTON as he joins Club Insider's Contributing Author Team. Jeffrey is the Business Development Manager for MOSSA, a Club Insider Advertiser. Check out his Article on Page #21 and MOSSA's Ad on Page #23.

Ladies and Gentlemen... now I share a very personal NORM's NOTES with you all about something in my life that I'M VERY PROUD OF! The TRUTH is this is really about my very fortunate EXCELLENT health over nearly 75 years! I feel comfortable sharing this secret with you all plain and simply because I consider ALL of you to be FAMILY and FRIENDS. I'm writing this on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the day after the election. On November 26, 2020, I want to invite ALL of YOU to help me celebrate the 20th Anniversary of when I quit drinking for the rest of my life.

I'm quite proud to be able to share with you today what I consider to be the premier achievement in my life so far, and that achievement is this: I've not had a single drop of liquor, beer or wine in 20 years... since November 26, 2000! I was 54 years old, and Justin was just 15 years old when I stopped the bad habit I had of drinking more than I should.

I'm also very pleased to report that, IF the good Lord's willing, I will celebrate my 75th Birthday on Sunday, January 17, 2021. I Googled that date for fun, and guess what... Hilariously, this date, Sunday, January 17, 2021 is: "Hot-Buttered Rum Day!"

So folks, it's with this VERY PERSONAL sharing with you all today that I want to close these Norm's Notes with a SINCERELY HUGE THANK YOU ALL for reading and supporting Club Insider all these many years! And, to ALL of you, including my wonderful wife, ILENA, and my son, JUSTIN, who put up with me during all those years when I was on the firewater, I can only say: THANKS Y'ALL!!! And, THANKS to any of you I may have mistreated or made unhappy while I was on the firewater. I hope and pray now that YOU will forgive me!

One more very important thing I must write to you all here today, I want to once again very sincerely Thank DR. JOHN COBB and his excellent assistant, INGRID BREBAN, for restoring vision in my left eye! Unfortunately, the procedure for my right eye did not lead to additional improvement, but words cannot express how great my appreciation is for my ability to see again. This provides me with the ability to work on our business every day on this keyboard, drive my car, watch FOOTBALL and other sports on TV, and in general, live a NORMAL LIFE. THANKS to DR. JOHN COBB, INGRID BREBAN and to the entire Thomas Eye Group Team!

JUSTIN and I want to say Thanks for reading Club Insider! We sincerely appreciate y'all being with us!

God bless our troops, airmen and sailors worldwide and keep them safe. Thank you, Congratulations and Welcome Home to all of our troops who have served around the world. God bless America's Policemen and women and Firemen and women; keep them safe. God bless our EMTs, first responders, nurses, doctors, lab technicians and anyone who is helping make Coronavirus a thing of the past. You and your families are our warriors. Finally, God bless you, your family, your club(s) and your members. God Bless America! Laus Deo!

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