Luther Carr's membership required an amendment to club bylaws, which had permitted any 10 members to bar a nominated person from becoming a member. When Carr was first nominated, 10 members acted on their racial prejudice and protested his membership. Thus, in accordance with bylaws, he was automatically blackballed.
The Board of Trustees issued a stinging rebuke, and asked the membership to amend the bylaws. The club manager at the time, Ellis Jones, remembers that "it was a very quiet meeting. The vote was unanimous and there was no hullabaloo" (Crowley, 59).
The Rainier Club is located in a historic building in downtown Seattle at 820 4th Avenue. It was founded in 1888 by Judge Thomas Burke (1849-1925) and other civic leaders, and remains a thriving, and now, non-discriminatory institution for meeting, networking, and dining.