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Norm's Notes for September 2017

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Hello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 285th monthly edition!

•Even after being bashed by two major weather events, hurricanes HARVEY and IRMA, I still ask you: Is America a great country, or what? God Bless all those lost and suffering from both of these storms, and may those lost Rest In Peace.

These epic disasters, also known as HURRICANE HARVEY, which hit Houston, Texas and surrounding areas, and HURRICANE IRMA, which hit the entire state of Florida and South Georgia with a vengeance, brought a total of over 75 inches of rain, which along with record winds, destroyed homes and businesses in an enormous portion of the United States. Reports have estimated the damage to be several hundred billion dollars when it is all said and done. I can't remember a time when America has ever been hit this hard by two hurricanes that arrived within a week of each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by these two monster acts of nature. I also want to draw your attention to efforts going on in our industry to raise funds to help our friends in clubs in both regions. Check out Page #3 to see what REX Roundtable leaders, WILL PHILLIPS, EDDIE TOCK and BRENT DARDEN are doing to help. Plus, check out www.clubindustry.com where ANTHONY DOMINIC produced coverage about hurricane-related happenings at ClubCorp, Lifetime, The Houstonian and the YMCA of Greater Houston. And, a quick look at Dominic's Club Industry reports say that 14 YMCAs in the Houston area have reopened, and ClubCorp, Fit Athletic, The Houstonian, Avenue Fitness Houston Gym, Lifetime and Texas Southern University and the University of Houston campuses have all re-opened.

Writing in the previous Note of Club Industry's ANTHONY DOMINIC, I'd like to draw your attention to a very nice article he wrote, and Club Industry published on their Website and via their Newsbeat eblast on Wednesday, September 13 about yours truly. The Profile was produced and published in honor of the Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award they're presenting to me at the Club Industry Show at the Chicago Hilton on October 5, 2017 at 8:45AM. Stay Tuned!

Club Industry's Newsbeat, which included a profile article about me, had hardly hit the wires before I heard from one of my long-time friends, LOU QUINT, whom I became friends with way back in our NCCA days in the late 1970s! WOW! It's hard to believe it's been that Dadgum long! Lou shared that life is good and that he's living in Portland, Oregon. He also mentioned that he owns a couple of clubs in Wyoming (www.itsmywac.com) and that he's doing some long-term development and consulting in Nebraska, Washington, Arizona, South Dakota and Florida. After all these years, Lou and I remain of the same mind... as he writes: "As a consultant, I keep it low key and work with people who want to make America healthier!" He closed his kind email with something that truly warmed my heart when he wrote: "Norm, I appreciate you always giving people the credit, but in reality, you have been a driver and a man who had a vision. I am glad the industry is willing to recognize one of our great leaders." Thanks very much, Lou, and please give my best to your wife, LYNDA!

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