NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches civic clubs were scrambling for a meeting place after the Hotel Fredonia closed Monday night.
The Rotary Club, one of the longest standing customers at the hotel, found a place, members are anxious to get back to their landmark location.
Nacogdoches Rotary members enter a weekend hot spot on their lunch hour. The Banita Creek Hall will be a temporary home until the Hotel Fredonia reopens.
Business people are the first ones to empathize with hotel owner Susan Pack Reents' decision to close.
"It's a difficult time for people in that particular industry to be able to maintain cash flow and to be able to serve and do the things they need to stay in business," said Ron Collins the president-elect of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.
The business club voiced support for the Hotel Fredonia. They even included it in the lunch prayer.
"And we pray that your blessings be upon Susan," one of the members said in the prayer.
It could take the likes of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club to direct the future of the Hotel Fredonia. The club is influential, and yes, many of its members have connections.
"We will all just continue to try to get the word out, to network with other people and let them know about how we so very much care about the hotel," said Lisa King, a Rotary member and a former officer of the organization.
Rotarian Joe Max Green bailed the hotel out prior to the current ownership. He's no longer an investor, but fully supports keeping the landmark open.
"After having been involved in the hotel for 20 something years this is something that we've got to get taken care of and get open again and going," Green said.
In the meantime, the current situation has to be accepted. Rotarians will dine on catered meals. Economic developers plan a job fair
"We're targeting the employees from the Fredonia Hotel but others are also invited to participate," said Judy McDonald, the director of NEDCO.
Another gesture is a longstanding Rotary tradition. Each holiday season, a pot is passed around for tips to go to the Hotel Fredonia wait staff. This year the collection takes on special significance.
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