The questions had been put to the leaders by members including Fellows and this website.
Houston chapter members may vote on whether to send the questions to national.
E-mails by this website to chapter president Ed Davis have been posted on the site, including links to stories that discuss the cost of staying in New York.
Society staff pay/benefits reached $5.5 million in 2010 or 52.5% of revenues of $10.5M. Payroll costs were $1,027,652 in 1987 or 29.1% of revenues of $4,830,580. Occupancy costs went from $352,750 in 1992 to $738,076 in 2010. Staying in New York since 1987, when the lease at 845 Third ave. expired, has cost the Society at least $50 million assuming pay/rent savings of $2M yearly for 25 years by being in Houston or six other locations that vied for the offices (at the invitation of national).
Houston withheld its dues in January 1985 to protest skimpy answers coming from 1985 president Dave Ferguson.
The national board not only ignored the petition but permanently cut the Assembly in half by canceling the Spring Assembly, claiming it was too costly. In its place is the $140,000 June weekend-in-New York meeting for 134 chapter, section and district heads called “The Leadership Rally.” Participants receive $550 each from national. All proceedings are off-the-record.
Lisa Dimond Vasquez, the daughter of Margot, is currently president-elect of the chapter which is headed by Davis, general manager of Fifth Ring PR.
Lisa was a radio/TV journalist for 11 years beginning in Abilene, Texas, and moving to New Orleans and then Baton Rouge where she covered the state legislature for the Louisiana Network. She also worked for KTRH-AM Radio which fed the AP and CBS and ABC radio networks. She then was chief of staff for two Houston City Council members and a Congresswoman.
Some Houston members say the slogan of the chapter today could be “Remember Houston 1985” the way that Texans and all Americans “Remember the Alamo” (when more than 200 Texans died in 1836 defending the Alamo against an attack by 1,500 Mexicans who were trying to take back Texas from the U.S.).