Susan Taylor, an attorney for the club, says that Davis' offer was much too little, and that the club's debts far exceed $250,000, a figure that the club's former president, John Glover, has given to a suburban newspaper and had cited to Davis in a February letter. She says because of the complexity of the club's tax liability, its bookkeeping problems and potential legal bills, there is no telling what the club's debt is. Glover was out of the country and unavailable for comment, and the club's current president, Bob French, refused to talk to the Press.
One of the voting members, Barbara Adair, says she and her husband have been members of the Meyerland Club since 1959, and that the associate members are too new on the scene to know what they are talking about. They have no idea of the difficulty of running the club, she says.
"Some of them had an opportunity to join," she says. "Now that they found out about the sale, they're trying to get their hands on some money. It's just greed as far as I'm concerned."
"If it were just greed," responds Patrick Devine, "we would let them sell and sue after the sale."
Marcelle Henry, a voting member who stands to benefit but is opposed to the sale, says she hopes that by the time it's over, no one makes anything. After all, the club was donated to the members, and some regular members have made no greater investment in dues than some associate members. Jim Davis estimates that if the sale goes through, the regular members will not make much, and shakes his head with some bitterness.
Some older members were encouraged by regular members to drop their voting status in exchange for lower dues, says Davis, a move that also lowered the number of people to share in the sale. Davis says he and the other associate members just want a chance to raise their children in the same idyllic setting that the older members enjoyed in the '60s and '70s, when the club was in its prime.
"We're talking about people," he says, "who have sold out their neighborhood for a few thousand dollars.