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Norm's Notes for July 2017

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 283rd monthly edition! This is a sad time for all of us, as you will see when you read on.

Is America a great country, or what? I write these words the day after the 4th of July, and I say to you all: God Bless America, and let's be thankful for our great country!

•I sit here with great sadness in my mind and heart because we've lost two really fine guys from our industry in the past five weeks. They are BOB KUCHEFSKI, who suddenly passed away on May 26th with no warning or explanation of why, and MICHAEL SCOTT SCUDDER, who passed away on June 30th due to complications from his June 7th hip surgery. Both were great guys and terrific contributors to our health and fitness club industry! Bob and Michael Scott are already greatly missed. To that end, the following two Norm's Notes appear in the chronological order of their deaths.

JOHN McCARTHY was kind to forward the sad news that BOB KUCHEFSKI, a long-time industry leader in the insurance field at Hoffman Insurance Company, passed away suddenly with no warning, on May 26th. Bob was the beloved husband of JANE (WETTAW) KUCHEFSKI and devoted father of KATHRYN KUCHEFSKI, also of Boston. Bob is survived by his Mother, JACQUELINE (HAMILTON) KUCHEFSKI of Danville, Illinois, and brothers KENNETH, LAWRENCE, RICHARD and JAMES. John McCarthy wrote this about Bob: "He was on his way to work, and simply died in his car as he parked it in front of his office. Bob insured dozens of clubs in the Northeast, and was a 30-plus year veteran in the industry... a warm, friendly and social man who never missed an IHRSA or NEHRSA event." Thanks to Big John for passing this sad news on to us. May BOB KUCHEFSKI Rest In Peace.

And, I sit here today still totally stunned, on Saturday, July 1st, writing an article entitled: A Tribute to BROTHER MICHAEL SCOTT SCUDDER. Sadly, this Tribute, which begins on Page #3, is a very special writing in which I go back to share my lead-in writing for our January 2004 Club Insider Cover Story about Michael with you all, in addition to telling the story of Brother Scudder's passing on June 30th. I hope you will read my Tribute to Brother Michael Scott Scudder. And, to the spirits of BOB KUCHEFSKI and BROTHER MICHAEL SCOTT SCUDDER, I say: REST IN PEACE, BOB and MICHAEL!

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