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Norm's Notes for March 2019

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader since 1993 checking in! I'm really fired up today because in just a few days, we'll be heading to beautiful San Diego, California for the 38th Annual IHRSA Convention and Trade Show! Yahoo! We're expecting thousands of club business professionals from around the globe to be there, and of course, we can always depend on San Diego to provide a fabulous convention environment as they always do!

Folks, this will be my 38th IHRSA Convention and Trade Show since RICK CARO and I created what we then called IRSA, The International Racquet Sports Association. We held our first two IRSA Conventions and Trade Shows in Las Vegas, and I was honored to be our First IRSA President. Rick Caro served as our President the next year. They now call the IHRSA leaders "Chairmen/women." Over the years, we've had many terrific people steering IHRSA as our Presidents and Chairmen/women and Board Members, and I want to say THANKS to all of you who've served IRSA/IHRSA during the first 37 years!

Rick Caro is a good friend whom I truthfully nicknamed, "The health, racquet and sportsclub industry's BEST FRIEND," and I'm very proud to be able to say that Rick Caro and I have never missed an IRSA/IHRSA Convention during the first 37 years. Rick Caro is a really terrific and extremely talented guy with whom I spent countless hours on the telephone between Atlanta and New York City when we were putting IRSA together. Rick and I have stayed in touch with IHRSA, and both of us have done what we can to help the Association along the way.

To say that Rick and I are very PROUD of IHRSA would be a significant understatement. So, with all of the above said, I want to invite you to drop by and visit us at Booth #1105. Also, be sure to visit our Club Insider Advertisers who are exhibiting:

ABC Financial | #3414
Club Industry | #525
Crunch Franchise | #4019
iGoFigure Software | #4330
Instinctive Insights | #4208
Iron Grip Barbell Company | #3023
Muscle Up Marketing | #4119
Sports and Fitness Insurance | #1204

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