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2011 In Review

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Well, it's that time again! This month, we will review everything covered in Club Insider during 2011. As always, we have worked very hard to produce a set of valuable cover stories, featuring amazing and successful individuals within the industry whose stories can help others in the industry. Our growing team of Contributing Authors presented many great articles on a variety of topics, any one of which can help your club business thrive and grow. We reported industry news as it happened, and of course, Norm Cates provided another full volume of Norm's Notes, reporting the inside scoop on news affecting the industry, offering commentary and opinions, as well as honoring those that our industry and this world lost in 2011.

A Summary of Our 2011 Cover Stories

In January, we brought you the amazing story of Glenda Pigue and her facility, Fitness Unlimited, in Benton, Arkansas. When she purchased the dying club in 1976, it was 1,200 square feet and had only 40 members. Today, she is up to 60,000 square feet and 5,000 members! This was a great story to begin the New Year! For our February edition, we enjoyed sharing the story of the wonderful Kay Aplin and her club, Family Fitness, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Our March edition was a special one, in which we covered the 30th Anniversary of IHRSA. We asked 16 industry veterans about their experience with and the contributions of IHRSA these past 30 years and how our industry is truly light years ahead of where it was when the organization began in 1981. There is still a way to go, but IHRSA can help us get there.

In April, we shared the story of Club One with an interview with Bill McBride, who had just become President of the company. In May, we didn't discuss computers, iPhones or iPads, but we shared Steve Vucovich's Apple Athletic Club in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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