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President Of Caboto Club Says Discussion Ongoing

The president of Windsor’s Caboto Club disputes some reports in the media that the book is closed on the men-only rule.

Dennis Delgado says members of the club’s general assembly had a good discussion Sunday — a discussion which will continue. He says a broad range of opinions was heard from its members on the issue.

In the meantime, the club will not open membership up to women.

The club has found itself embroiled in a controversy over the rule since Premier Kathleen Wynne moved a public town hall meeting earlier this month from the Caboto Club to the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

Since then, the Caboto Club has come under increasing pressure to reconsider the rule. The Windsor and District Labour Council is encouraging its member unions to boycott the club until women are allowed to become members, and Trustees at the Greater Essex County District School Board will vote soon on a motion to stop holding events there at the end of this school year.

At least one prominent member, city councillor Bill Marra has threatened to quit the club if there is not a change.

Club membership has been exclusive to men since its founding almost a century ago. There is a women’s auxiliary board, but members of it do not have the right to vote on club policy.