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Norm's Notes for February 2019

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 302nd monthly edition! YAHOO! This being our 302nd monthly edition, an edition produced by a dude who flunked English 101 at N. C. State while he was playing college football, there is more proof there IS A GOD! Haha! I know in my heart that God smiles down on us every day as we work on this true LABOR of LOVE for you called Club Insider! As I write this, today's the day after the Super Bowl, and I sit here thinking back on what all the soothsayers out there are saying about the game on the radio... that Super Bowl LIII may just be one of the dullest of all Super Bowls so far! Dull... smull... I say CONGRATULATIONS to the New England Patriots and to my friends in the Boston area who work for IHRSA or who own and operate clubs in the region.

Is America a GREAT Country, or what? Hmm... hmmm... hmmm! We are very thankful to be Americans because we have such wonderful opportunities before us every day and new and more exciting opportunities just keep on coming! We are all blessed to be Americans!

I'm sad to report that KEN MELBY, a long-time health and fitness club developer and owner, and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on January 22, 2019. I want to extend my sincere condolences to Ken's wife, CHERYL, and their family for their huge loss. A Celebration of Life for Ken Melby was held Saturday, January 26, 2019. Check out the Obituary starting on Page #3, which includes the Eulogy by RON HEMELGARN, followed by comments from RAY WILSON and JERRY KAHN.

RED LERILLE and his truly amazing club in Lafayette, Louisiana celebrated their 56th Anniversary on January 13, 2019. If you don't know Red, then you should. Red was Mr. America in 1963. Soon after that, he opened Red's in a converted 4,000 square-foot boot shop on January 13th, 1963. Congratulations to Red and his wife, EMMA, and their family, MARK, KACKIE, TINE' and STANLEY, as they all celebrate the 56th Anniversary of Red's! I also want to apologize to Red because I didn't call him on the phone on time last month like I always do to congratulate him every year. Nor did I publish this Norm's Note when I should have, which should have been in our January edition. I hate to be late doing things. Sorry, Red! I called Red last week to send CONGRATULATIONS to him and his family and to apologize for being late with my annual salutations for Red's gigantic health club, which is now over 250,000 square feet. I honestly think that, along with JOE CIRULLI'S Gainesville Health & Fitness, PAT LAUS' Atlantic Club, the late DALE DIBBLE's Cedardale and JIM WORTHINGTON'S Newtown Athletic Club, Red's may well be the best in the world.

Whatever you do, DO NOT MISS the 38th Annual IHRSA Convention and Trade Show coming to beautiful San Diego, California, March 12 - 16th! And, while you're there, please BE SURE to visit the following Club Insider Advertisers' exhibits:

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