LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t feel sorry for Meceola County Club – they brought woes on themselves

TO THE EDITOR:

Poor Meceola County Club!

I got a kick out of your story in the March 12-13 Weekend Edition of the Pioneer (”A Long Shot?”) about the current state of affairs at Meceola. The writer cites the rise of other area golf courses such as Tullymore, st. Ives, Canadian Lakes, Falcon Head and Katke as part of the problem. However, the story failed to mention the main reason for the decline in membership that, as I recall, happened in fall 2005.

It was then that the Board of Governors, led by then President Gary Chapman, took it upon themselves to fire the popular, long-time golf professional and general manager Rick Williams, who had served the course for more than 27 years. This caused a membership revolt during which half of the club’s membership (which was at that time roughly a fragile 140) left and never returned.

Back then we were able to pay taxes and the club mortgage and the vendors both outside in the maintenance department and inside in the bar and restaurant. Finances were always a problem, be we were able to maintain.

However, when the club suddenly lost 50 percent of the membership, it was the beginning of the end.

So don’t feel too sorry for poor, MCC. They did it to themselves.

RUSS STREETER

Meceola County Club, past member (1981-2005) and board member (1997-2004)

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