Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wit and Wisdom in Exclusive Private Clubs

In this post-recession economy, luxury items are often the first to go for many Americans, and memberships to private clubs are not immune to cut-backs that are the result of tenuous financial times. According to research, 51% of the 4,400 private clubs across the country are experiencing financial stress.

The business environment in which private clubs operate is very unique. While generously giving back to society by employing more than 290,000 individuals with a payroll equaling $5.3 billion, they also face the challenge of providing their members with optimum quality, service, and the luxurious amenities to which the members are accustomed, while controlling rising costs. They must also constantly react to changes in government regulations, tax laws, operational advancements, and member expectations.

The foremost expert in the world on the management of private clubs is Norm Spitzig (aka Clive Endive Ogive, IV).  “Private clubs are ‘under attack’ by needless bureaucracy, excessive governmental interference and regulation and an increasing array of ‘creative’ new state and federal taxes,” Mr. Ogive explains. “But such an approach is clearly penny wise and pound foolish.”

In an effort to bring recognition to the many benefits that private clubs offer to society, Mr. Ogive has written two widely popular comedies that introduce readers to the wit and wisdom of life in the world’s most exclusive private clubs. His most recent book, Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury is the hilarious tale of a private club president and busybody waitress who team up to solve a grisly murder on the golf course of the Old Bunbury Golf Links and Reading Room.

From the intolerable room temperature in the Ladies Card Room to the grave decisions which must be made by the Pillow Committee, this entertaining sequel to Private Clubs in America and Around the World keeps readers laughing at the impossibly funny situations and zany characters who are members of these elite private clubs. To learn more about Mr. Clive Endive Ogive, IV and his newest book, Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury, visit    

Norm Spitzig, MCM (aka Clive Endive Ogive, IV) is internationally recognized as “the go-to person” in the world of private club management and governance. As such, he is an eloquent and visionary spokesman for the private club industry, both here in the United States and around the globe. His groundbreaking book Perspectives on Club Management – now over 20 years old - continues to inspire and challenge club directors, managers, and students around the world.

Mr. Clive Endive Ogive IV is available for personal appearances, comments, interviews and, readings. For every book purchased on the author's website (, the author will donate $1.00 to The Club Foundation (, the only 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the private club industry.

Private Clubs in America and Around the World and Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury are available on the author's website, and through Dog Ear Publishing (, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders, and other fine bookstores nationwide.

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