It appears that the Amarillo Club has been granted a reprieve.

During a members-only meeting Tuesday night, it was announced that a small group had stepped forward and pledged financial support for the veritable business-networking landmark restaurant that literally overlooks the city.

The opening line of an email in bold print sent to members Wednesday stated the club was "not terminated and dissolved."

"It's a big win for Amarillo," said Aaron Emerson of Gaut, Whittenburg and Emerson, the commercial real-estate company that leases the Chase Tower, which houses the Amarillo Club on its 30th and 31st floors. "The Amarillo Club is a part of our history and a part of doing business in this city."

Tuesday's meeting had been called for the membership to "vote on whether to approve the Resolution of Termination and Dissolution" that had been recommended by the board of directors. There were 107 voting-eligible members at the meeting. Board president Brandon Kuhn outlined the club's financial struggles, which began in 2014. Following some "robust discussion among the members," according to the email, Jerry Hodge took the floor.

The former Amarillo mayor and Maxor National Pharmacy Services founder announced that he had met with "several other interested members." He proposed that the small group "contribute the sum of $250,000 to the Amarillo Club for the purpose of giving the directors a window of opportunity to pay rent, negotiate with the landlord, reopen the club, and to put a plan into place for future success," according to the email.

After Hodge's offer, "a formal motion was made to postpone the vote on the Resolution of Dissolution," until Aug. 1 and to accept Hodge’s offer. The proposed reopening date for the club is on or near June 30.

"The directors, volunteer members and Jerry Hodge's group will immediately begin working on landlord negotiations, staffing, and membership plans," the email states.

Emerson said the tone of the meeting was that changes needed to be made and business-as-usual would not be a long-range solution. Some of those changes were conveyed in the email.

"The general membership communicated to the board that during these unusual circumstances more transparency and communication with the members is needed and the board agrees," the message states.

The email concluded: "These are exciting and dynamic times for the Amarillo Club and the directors appreciate your patience, interest and passion for the club. The directors are committed to more regular and detailed communication with the members. You will be hearing from us soon."

In a letter dated April 25, the board outlined the club's troubles and determined that to "stay financially viable" it would need to implement food and beverage monthly minimum fees and to increase monthly dues. The letter was sent to gauge the membership's sentiment to this course of action.

Less than a week after the restaurant was packed for Mother's Day, the club closed its doors after the dinner dishes were washed for what appeared to be the final time on May 18. At that time, Kuhn said there was "a lot more work" that needed to be done.

Emerson said when the meeting began Tuesday, the sense of the room, which was again packed, was that members didn't want to close the club.

He said he wasn't worried about Chase Tower acquiring another tenant for that location, the top two floors on Amarillo's tallest building, but "there's only one Amarillo Club. We are happy with the way it turned out."