LETTER: Special assessments were last straw for some club members

To the Editor:

Kudos to Russ Streeter.

His letter of enlightenment in reference to the Meceola Country Club in the March 16 edition of the Pioneer, was right on the mark.

Meceola Country Club was home to local golfers and their families for more than four generations and it is with a great deal of sadness that it will close the doors in 2011.

Many of us who made the decision to suspend membership to the club did so for many reasons, not the least of which was the total railroading of the pro/manager Rick Williams.

The final straw for longtime stockholders was levy of special assessments on original shares of stock and the letter threatening to hire a collection agency.

How ludicrous!

These particular stockholders were the very people that gave hours of personal time and effort to expand the course to 18 holes. They also helped to maintain the clubhouse, clean up dead trees and fallen limbs and, in general, gave time, energy and special talents to keep the club running smoothly. One woman gave hundreds of dollars worth of trees just to help beautify the course and another group bought wallpaper and paint and spent days working on redecorating the clubhouse. The ladies of the club planted flowers under many tee boxes each spring, which developed into many perennial gardens throughout the course. Members of a local family farm loaned a backhoe, dump truck and hours of time to help move massive piles of trees and dirt in the development of the new nine holes on the east side of 150th Avenue.

People gave their time, money and energy to keep the club alive through good times and bad, because they loved it. This was their home club and a great place for families to celebrate weddings, anniversaries and a good game of golf

Meceola Country Club was the place where many future leaders of this community learned fair play and where their parents could take them, with confidence, knowing that they were guided by upstanding members of the community.

The club fell to its knees when a new board of governors didn’t understand the delicate bartered balance of the club and then came in and decided to sweep out the years of loyalty, hard work and spirit of volunteerism that was the very foundation of Meceola in the first place.

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