Illinois club won’t move up vote on female members

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A warning from the mayor of Springfield, Ill., that a Lake Springfield boat club's men-only membership policy could violate its lease with the city was not enough for members to push up a vote on the issue.

Earlier this week, Mayor Mike Houston said the city had written the Motor Boat Club and other clubs, warning them that their leases require the groups to follow all federal, state and city laws, the State Journal-Register reported.

The letter was sent to the Motor Boat Club just days after club members postponed a vote on allowing women members for six months. The club, which was formed in 1933, does not allow women to be full members, but the wives of members can use club facilities.

Gene Hayes, commodore of the Motor Boat Club, told the newspaper Wednesday that members will stick to their plan to vote in six months whether to admit women as full members.

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