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.
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
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
The Unity Committee of Alano is again sponsoring a Karaoke night at 401 S. 11th.
On March 8, 2014, at 9:30 PM (after the 8:00 Speakers Meeting) we will provide corned beef and cabbage and potatoes. St. Patrick’s day is in March – thus the theme for the food.
Karaoke has been a regular practice at the Alano for months – It is generally held on the second Saturday of the month.
We have experimented with a cover charge and with a goodwill basket. The goodwill basket has not produced much to offset the cost of the event. A cover charge has generated money but we fear has limited the participation. In order to serve our mission and to provide recovery community opportunities we are setting the cost for this event at $2.00 for members and $3.00 for non-members. The Karaoke events are not fundraisers. We hope only to minimize the out-of-pocket expense for Alano.
We continually see the best mix of sponsoring recovery community events with costs. We believe that socializing in a recovery community adds value to recovery.
WHEN: Our dinner is traditionally held at 2:00 PM on Thanksgiving day
WHERE: 401 South 11th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri
Generally, Alano will supply the turkey or ham. Other than the meat dish the dinner is pot luck. We are always grateful for the many donations. The spirit of service to others is a central ingredient to a healthy recovery.
Thank you to all who participate.
Donations are accepted