Norm's Notes for May 2020
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■Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Founder and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 317th Monthly Edition! I want you all to know that JUSTIN CATES, my son, business partner, and now, Publisher of Club Insider, has done another great job with this May edition. I urge you to take the time to read it all. I also want to Thank all of our Advertisers and Contributing Authors for their continued support and contributions to this Labor of Love we call Club Insider. Please take some time to check out our Advertisers' offerings and do some business with them. I know they will greatly appreciate it.
■Is America a great country or what!? Hmm... hmm... hmm...
■I want you all to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this awful pandemic era, and we pray that you and your family have been able to avoid the Coronavirus itself, albeit none of us are avoiding the other effects of the pandemic. If you have had it, we sure hope you have defeated it. God Bless you all as we all work through this crisis.
■During my 45+ years of involvement in our wonderful industry, I've had the joy and pleasure of knowing some really special and terrific people. And, when I think back on all those years, I can candidly and honestly say that my good friend, RUTH STRICKER, was one of the most outstanding and special people I've ever known. Ruth was the Founder of The Marsh in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and during her career, she made The Marsh one of the single most outstanding and excellent clubs on Planet Earth. Ruth was World Class and Super Special and saying she was one-of-a-kind in our industry would not be an exaggeration but the TRUTH. Ruth helped give our industry a touch of class that has served every one of us in the long haul since Ruth began her amazing life saga. So, it is with great sadness and a sincerity that I bid RUTH STRICKER farewell. May Ruth Stricker Rest In Peace. See Ruth's Obituary beginning on Page #3.
■Following the permanent closure of 30 locations, GGI Holdings, LLC., owner of Gold's Gym, announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to financially restructure the company. Stay Tuned!
■My notes this month are brief because I continue to struggle with vision problems. My right eye is essentially blind. Sadly, I suffered what they called a Retinal Stroke in my right eye, which decreased my vision about 85%. Prior to that event, my left eye was in need of cataract surgery, a surgery that I had scheduled to happen at the same time that the Coronavirus Pandemic hit... What timing! The GOOD NEWS is that I now have cataract surgery scheduled for Thursday, May 14th, and they tell me that they expect to be able to return the vision in my left eye to 20/20 or close to it! WOW! It will be great to have my vision back. By the time you read this, the result will be in, and I will either be enjoying good vision in my left eye, or God forbid, something went wrong, and I am not. The bottom line is I have the upmost confidence in Dr. Cobb of the Thomas Eye Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia, who will be performing the surgery. Anyway, enough about my eye problem. I just want all of you to know that we appreciate your support of Club Insider and all those who enable us to bring this publication to you each month!
■JUSTIN and I want to say Thanks for reading Club Insider!
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■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 you, your family, your club(s) and your members. God Bless America! Laus Deo!
■But, wait, there's more! 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.