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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):

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Alano Special Meeting on Smoking Ban

Special Meeting: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 4:00 PM Alano Main Hall, all are invited and everyone may participate in the discussion.  Motions and vote by dues paying members only.

As most are aware the City of St. Joseph passed a smoking ban by popular vote on April 8, 2014.  Questions abound.  The Alano Club of St. Joseph, Missouri, Inc. meets all of the criteria of a Membership Club.  However, as with all other membership clubs in St. Joseph, there are extenuating qualifications regarding the application of the City Smoking Ban.

Many people in Alano were once afflicted with debilitating addiction.  The addiction found us manipulating, lying, minimizing, and avoiding rules and regulations.  We walked with the fear of being caught doing something we were not supposed to be doing.  With recovery comes the serenity of knowing we no longer have to look over our shoulder in constant vigilance – ever fearful of being caught.  In the case of the Smoking Ban we shall determine the law’s application to us and we shall follow the rules.  We choose today to no longer live in fear.

Included in this post are a copy of the letter sent to 175 businesses, including Alano.  The letter explains the responsibilities of the Owner/Manager of any establishment covered by the smoking ban.  Attached to the letter was a six page document titled “Frequently Asked Questions”.  We scanned that document and edited for questions directly related to Membership Clubs.  Those edits are also included in this post.

Letter From City:

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Excerpts from “Frequently Asked Questions”:

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If Alano is subject to the Smoking Ban then there are penalties for non-compliance.  Again, from the “Frequently Asked Questions”.:

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Please come to the Special Meeting and express your thoughts.



2014 Floor Project – Main Hall Completed

Resurfacing our floors has been much easier and rewarding than the major undertaking in 2011.  The resurfacing required simply buffing the floors with 150 grit sandpaper, a good cleaning, and then application of the floor product.  The main hall was completed in one day.

The 401 AA Group will move back into their regular meeting space on Monday, April, 21, 2014.  On that same day we shall move the furniture out of the Pony Express GA room and begin resurfacing that floor.  If all goes well we shall do the hall and Al-Anon floors the following Monday – April 28, 2014.

The following photos are of the completed main hall:

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Wrought Iron Fence Project 2013 Report

Alano Club of St. Joseph 2013 Wrought Iron Fence Project
Project Narrative

” A 2011 spring storm knocked over a tree. The tree hit the wrought iron fence and knocked the fence down. Parts were broken and bent. Most of the broken parts were destroyed. Some members of Alano stood the fence up and secured it with wood braces attached to wood stakes in the bank. Conflict arouse around who and how the fence was to be repaired. Time passed. In the spring of 2013 the City Property Management Department gave the Alano Club a citation for failing to fix the fence. A short time was given to get the fence repaired. A member volunteered to fix the fence with the stipulation that he be allowed to work alone to avoid the regular controversy about whom and how things are to be done. Some parts had to be fabricated from flat iron and angle iron. Rebar was allowed to replace the destroyed anchor poles. The fence was repaired in about eight days.

While repairing the damaged fence the rest of the fence around the building was assessed. That part of the fence had been repaired for $3,500 in 2001. The inspection revealed that the work done in 2001 was not adequate to keep the fence level and straight. The member volunteered to repair the whole fence with the added condition that he be allowed to landscape the fence line to protect the fence in the future. Permission was granted.
The process was one of excavating the fence line. Old fence parts were unearthed. Where possible these were returned to their original purpose in the fence. The excavation also revealed the original engineering – thus informing the process of re-engineering of the repaired fence to alleviate sinking, bowing, and leaning.
The previously painted fence showed signs of flaking paint, rust, and even red primer. The repaired fence was given a decorative coat of flat black paint to return it to its original appearance.
The project was financed by the Alano Treasury and member donations. All labor was voluntary.”

The total cost of the project was $210, including concrete, paint, and flowers.

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Smoke Free Ordinance and Alano

We have inquiries submitted to the City Manager asking for clarification on the Smoke Free Ordinance as it applies to the Alano Club of St. Joseph.   The ordinance takes effect 60 days after passage so we have until June 7, 2014, to determine whether this applies to our property.  We have requested a written response so there is no confusion.

From the City Web site:

Smoke-Free Ordinance Passed April 8, 2014 Voters passed the Smoke-Free Indoor Air Workplaces and Public Places Ordinance on April 8, 2014. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect on June 7, 2014. Click on the link below to view the ordinance.
Smoke-Free Ordinance...

Bring Your Wheel Barrow and Shovel


“We have problems in Alano,

and many are praying and waiting for God to do something.
I just wonder if maybe our God isn’t waiting for us to do something.
And while no one is capable of doing everything;

Everyone is capable of doing something.”
Paraphrased from Ronald Reagan.


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