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Alano Club Membership – Why Join?

Life is not about what you get – life is about what you give.

At present membership at the Alano Club is determined by length of time in recovery and dues of three dollars per month.  There are two benefits of membership 1) The right to vote at business meetings, and 2) The satisfaction of donating to a worthy cause.  Members may vote after three consecutive months of membership.  So why be a member?

Most 12 Step Programs promote the paradox that a person can not keep what they do not give away.  Working a program means sacrifice – it means that we give to others.  We give of our time, our labor, and our money.  We give with no expectation of any return.

The Alano Club is an independent, 501-C3, not-for-profit, charitable public health organization that is not affiliated with any 12 Step program – that is right, not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous or any other program.  AA does not run Alano.  Alano has an elected Board of Directors and elected Officers.  But Alano has a mission of supporting 12 Step Programs and their individual members.

Money is primarily raised by renting space to 12 Step Programs and we are proud today to have four different programs meeting in our building.  The rental income does not cover expenses.  Funds are raised by charitable donations.  Social events organized by Alano are funded by simply having a ‘donation basket’ available.  One form of charitable donation is in the form of monthly dues.  One does not have to be an active participant in the daily operations of Alano to donate to the cause.  One does not have to be a member to donate to the cause.  However, membership is a motivator to remember each month to donate to Alano.

With rising energy costs and building maintenance expenses we at Alano need more money.  It is as simple as that.

Please consider joining Alano as a contributing member by paying the monthly dues.  Again, one does not have to be a member to donate money.

Any donation shall be greatly appreciated.


Discussion on Alano Movie Night – invitation

This presentation shall be made a the regular September business meeting of the Alano Club of St. Joe.  The members will have to approve the idea.  If approved we shall move forward.  If you like this idea please come and show your support at:

401 S. 11th

September 28, 2014

Sunday 5:30 PM (regular Alano Business Meeting.  This topic will be under New Business).

Alano Club of St. Joe
Movie proposal
September 28, 2014

Bill P. called with a proposal.
A man named Shawn from the Atchison AA group has several movies dealing with recovery. I’m told that Atchison hosts a ‘movie night’ and has popcorn and other snacks.
Shawn has a movie called “The Anonymous People” that he would be willing to show in St. Joe. Bill P. talked to John A. and, because the movie includes other 12 Step Programs, they thought the Alano Club might be the best venue. Bill called me.
I agreed with both Bill and John. Bill and I tentatively decided on Sunday October 19th at 5:30 PM as the best time to have the event. The reasons for this date and time were fourfold.

  • 1. It is far enough in the future to get organized and
    2. Sunday at 5:30 does not interfere with other meetings and
    3. Saturday the 11th is the Savanah group’s anniversary dinner (we felt tow big events in one weekend would be too much.
    4. This follows the Alano mission of “…providing meeting rooms, social activities, and education for people in 12 Step Programs”..

The movie is one hour and twenty eight minutes.
Our Unity committee could arrange for popcorn and other snacks.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions

St. Joseph, Mo., Oxford House Information

Oxford houses are used by recovering alcoholics and addicts as temporary housing in early recovery.  Oxford houses may be privately owned or be a part of some organization.  Typically there are around eight people living in a house.  These people share the cost of rent.  There is generally an interview and an initial deposit of around $200 which includes the first week’s rent.  Rent is often a weekly affair – typically around $75.  The occupants have jobs and attend local 12 Step meetings

At present St. Joseph has three men’s Oxford houses and no women’s house.

The three Men’s house are:

Felix Street Oxford House

1419 Felix Street

816 232-4773


Museum Hill Oxford House

12 10 Felix Street

816 689-0727


Tenth Street Oxford House

507 S. 10th Street

816 232-8988


New Hope Al-Anon has a fresh look

New Hope Al-Anon began last January with one meeting a week.  We now meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM.  This past month we have been actively working to create a new fresh look for our meeting room.

This room restoration was completed with Al-Anon labor and material donations.  Some serious elbow grease coupled with positive enthusiasm saw the job through.

For those unfamiliar with Al-Ann – it is a program for the families of alcoholics.  At present all of New Hope Al-Anon meetings are open so we do not exclude the families of other addicts.

Here are a few photos of the completed room:

Alanon to nw


Alanon 010

Alanon 009

Alan looking south

Cracker Barrel – August 9-10, 2014. Alano Club 401 S 11th.

Cracker Barrel flyer 2014

Alano Club Is Not the Same as 12 Step Programs

The following was taken as a direct quote from the High Plains Alano Club web site.  There has been no formal adoption of this language by the Alano Club of St. Joseph.  This is merely an example of how the Alano Club and Groups might be distinguished.  While the comparison is clearly a distinction noting the business aspect of Alano we should remember that we are a not-for-profit charitable organization with deep roots in the 12 Step community.

Alano Club / AA / Alanon / GA / NA Interrelatedness

There are sometimes misconceptions and confusion regarding the interrelatedness between the Alano Club and Alcoholics Anonymous/Alanon/Gamblers Anonymous/ and Narcotics Anonymous.

The Club operates as a business whose revenues come from renting the meeting room, membership dues and occasional fundraisers. Alano Club expenses consist of upkeep and maintenance of the facilities, utilities, and other overhead expenses necessary to operate.

The following are some organizational contrasts between the Alano Club, AA and Alanon.

Alano Club of St. Joseph AA & ALANON & GA & NA
Physical Spiritual
Business Fellowship
Dues No Dues or Fees
Needs Income Self-Supporting
Rules and Bylaws Traditions
Organized Never be organized
Officers Trusted servants
Limited Membership All welcome

There are some 12 Step members who are very sensitive to any mixing of 12 Step business with Alano Club business. Alano Club announcements should always be made under “Non-Group Announcements.” The Alano Club is a totally separate entity from AA, NA or Alanon.

Special Meeting rescheduled again June 8 at 5:30 PM

We are terribly sorry folks.  There is a District 2 AA meeting at 2:00 so we have to reschedule the special meeting on revenue and expense reporting to 5:30 PM

SO:  June 8, 2014, 5:30 PM, in Alano Main Hall.  Discussion on Revenue and Expense Reporting.

Stay tuned.


Special Meeting Rescheduled to June 8, 2014 3:00 PM

As you can see – we are getting the signatures of three members to validate the meeting.

“Special” meeting
for Sunday June 1, 2014 rescheduled
New “Special meeting” called for
Sunday June 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

This meeting is to address:
Revenue and expense reporting.







Special Board Meeting to Address Revenue and Expense Reporting

The Board of Directors of the Alano Club of St. Joseph is having a meeting to consider some accounting changes.  A review of revenue and expense reporting is the topic.  This meeting is as much about education regarding accounting practices as it is about changing practices.  Our Treasurer has served in his position for about seven years – this is because we trust him beyond measure.  This meeting is simply about how we report revenue and expenses – and thus ultimately about how we file tax returns.


Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 3:00 PM.


Alano Club Main Hall.


Revenue and expense reporting

A special meeting of the Board does not require a ten day notice.  The topic is limited to changing some accounting practices.

  • Standard Principles of Accounting are necessary for any 501-C-3 corporation.
  • Standard Principles of Accounting are necessary for any 501-C-3 corporation that receives government grant money.
  • Standard Principles of Accounting protect us from filing misleading tax returns.
  • Standard Principles of Accounting  limit opportunity for fiscal mischief, or even criminal embezzlement.

While this is a meeting of the Board – it is not a closed meeting.  Anyone may attend.



Smoking to be Banned at Alano

The final ruling of the City Health Department is clear:  Smoking is to be banned at Alano.  The final judgement hinged on a simple question:  Is the general public allowed in the building?  The simple honest answers is yes – the public is allowed in the building.

Smoking shall be banned effective at midnight June 6, 2014. 

The Alano shall not be fined because we shall follow the directions on dealing with smoking in the building.

The following is an excerpt from the letter from the City Health Department regarding our responsibility:

Alano responsibility on smsoking ban

Penalty information (also from the City Health Department and the Legal Department):

Alano smoke 007


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