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Norm's Notes for April 2019

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader checking in on this beautiful Spring Day here in Atlanta, Georgia! Folks, I welcome you to read these Norm's Notes and all the terrific articles provided this month by our great Club Insider Contributing Author Team (See Directory on This Page). This is our 304th monthly edition of Club Insider, and in case you didn't know, we have over 10,000 pages in our Club Insider Archive Library dating back to November of 1993. If you subscribe for one year for just $89, you get 12 printed editions, PLUS you get Online Access to all 304 monthly editions and the aforementioned 10,000+ page Archive Library!

Is America a GREAT Country, or what? Every time I spend several hours in a jet traveling across our beautiful United States of America, I always come home with Thanks and Appreciation in my heart and mind. I write here about my thanks because I am very thankful to be an American. OH, you've heard that from me before? Haha! I'm just kidding around with you. I write here every month about my appreciation of America because, in my opinion, none of us appreciate America as much as we should. Every one of us should appreciate our beautiful America because we are so blessed to be among the tiny 4% of the world's population who ARE Americans. I'm always amazed at the beauty of our incredible country we are blessed to be part of. Reflecting back on my years serving America as a U.S. Air Force jet instructor pilot, and then becoming an airline pilot in the mid-1970s, I can't help but get a little misty eyed when I think about how gorgeous America truly is from way up there. May GOD Bless America!!!

IHRSA's 38th Annual IHRSA Convention and Trade Show was a roaring success! I want to CONGRATULATE JOE MOORE, IHRSA President and CEO, and his IHRSA Team on another great convention and trade show production. I also want to CONGRATULATE JIM WORTHINGTON, Chairman, and his Board of Directors on the great job they've done over the past year with Jim serving extremely well as the IHRSA's Chairman. CONGRATS JIM and IHRSA Board Members! And, Congratulations, Thanks and Sincere Appreciation to LARRY CONNER, RAY O'CONNOR and MISSY MOSS as they complete their terms on the Board of Directors. Special congratulations to IHRSA Board Member, JASON REINHARDT, who was elected to be IHRSA's incoming Chairman of the Board. Welcome to new IHRSA Board Members: Frank Lawrence, CEO of Little Rock Athletic Centers, LLC; Chris Smith, CEO and President of SNFW Fitness BC Ltd.; Chris Stevenson, Owner of Stevenson Fitness; and Greta Wagner, Executive Director, EVP of Chelsea Piers. Last, but not least, farewell to the great DEREK GALLUP, as he's finished his terms as IHRSA Chairman and Ex-Officio Chairman!

Special CONGRATULATIONS to the IHRSA Award Winners in San Diego: MINDBODY was honored with IHRSA's Associate Member of the Year Award; FRANCESCA SCHUELER, CEO of In-Shape Health Clubs, was honored with the JULIE MAIN IHRSA Woman Leader Award; and Midtown SANCTUAIRE in Montreal, Canada was honored with IHRSA's Outstanding Community Service Award. CONGRATULATIONS to all on these very special IHRSA Honors!

RICK CARO's 2019 IHRSA Financial Panel had an overflow crowd of owners and senior club executives from the U.S. and many other countries. Rick Caro moderated it again for the 23rd year. The panel included: FELIX GERNBURD of KKR & Co.; ROB SCARAMELLA of Delos Capital; and JEFF MANASSERO of Clearlight Partners. Rick Caro commented, "The panel this year covered many of the key segments of the club industry, including high-end/high-service clubs, mid-priced clubs, franchised HV/LP (high-volume, low-priced) clubs and single-activity specialty studios. Each of the three shared keen insights into their perceptions of the industry, its key drivers, economic outlooks, the status of available debt financing, potential concerns and the future winners for the industry."

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