The 365 Grand Club
's "Stakeholders Meeting" drew an audience of several dozen that included three City Councilors, nonprofit workers and TV reporters to the Mining Exchange A Wyndham Grand Hotel and Spa
, on July 11.
The mysterious meeting announced just two days earlier promised to be "A Community Call to Action" promoting "a pivotal initiative to move the needle on direct and preventative care of our homeless population."
It turned out to be a couple of short presentations by representatives from Springs Rescue Mission and REACH Pikes Peak, followed by a "call to action" by Andrew Woehle, the Club's membership director.
That "call" consisted of a three-month trial membership offer to anyone who donates $250 to either nonprofit.
A membership means access to three fitness centers, along with perks such as 10 percent discounts at certain restaurants and access to monthly mixers.
But wait, there's more: "Stakeholders [aka donors] will be featured on the 365 Grand Club website and newsletter as well as any press releases surrounding impact initiatives."
If you're already a club member, you can get a 5 percent discount for donating $250.
Woehle promised there were people on hand at the meeting to help people sign up for what the 365 Grand Club's website promises is the "best elite urban club in the country."
Councilors Bill Murray, Yolanda Avila and Richard Skorman sat front row at the meeting.
Just the day before, Murray and Avila were the sole councilors voting against an ordinance targeted at the homeless population that will penalize people
who set up camp within 100 feet of public waterways.
"How about silence," Murray said when asked for his response to the membership offer.
Murray said the councilors, like the rest of the audience, didn't know what the meeting was about until Woehle's ending announcement.
He offered a "thank you" to the 365 Grand Club for "standing up and asking for contributions for the Rescue Mission.
"I had hoped it would have been a more expansive conversation."