Illinois boat club tables vote on female members

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Women will have to wait at least another six months before they can possibly join the Springfield (Ill.) Motor Boat Club.

Gene Hayes, commodore of the private club on Lake Springfield, said a vote Thursday that would have allowed women to become full members failed because of a procedural problem, the State Journal-Register newspaper reported.

The “no” vote had nothing to do with the merits of the proposal, Hayes said, and another vote could be taken in six months.

The Motor Boat Club, 17 Club Area, has restricted membership to men since it was formed in 1933. An effort in 2005 to allow women to be full members failed.

After seeing reports of the vote local officials introduced an anti-discrimination ordinance that would require private clubs that lease land from the city to admit women.

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