Category Archives: Alano Events

Alano Gamblers Anonymous Room Restored

We have completed the restoration of the original dining room at the Hax Mansion in the Museum Hill Neighborhood in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Most of the first floor at our Alano Club has now been restored.  There remains only a hallway and the kitchen.

Gamblers Anonymous has been meeting in the dining room since 2002.  These photos were taken 30 minutes after  the restoration was complete.



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2015 Preservation Expo and Alano – What Did We Learn?

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 AM – today – was a great day for Alano.  Alano participated in the first ever Preservation Expo 2015 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Our participation was limited to inviting Preservation Expo participants into our building for one hour, 9-10 AM.  We learned a few things.

The preservation community is very supportive of the work we are doing to restore our building.  There were around fifty different people who toured the building.  They did not come as a single group but rather came in groups of two to six.  These people were greeted by several Alano volunteers who represented our mission very,very well.  I, for one, was completely satisfied and happy at the strong representation our group gave on behalf of all of us.  Those people who served as greeters and chaperones were:  Jeff C., Danny B.  Julie B., and Greg B.  All of us should be proud of the mature and thoughtful work of these brave souls.

Groups of people mingled in our facility for some time, taking pictures of our fireplaces, woodwork, ornamental door and window hardware, and our original ornate chandeliers.  Each of the groups was accompanied by one of our volunteers.  The discussion were casual and informative.  Some of the visitors offered us further insight into our building and the history of the Hax family.

stairwell 4One lady lives in a sort of companion home – that is to say that she lives in a Krug home of the same vintage.  A Hax was married to a Krug and George Hax, the original owner of our building, was in the meat packing business with the Krugs.  Our visitor noted that the stairwell in her home is identical to the main stairwell at Alano.  She informed us that contrary to popular belief, not all of the ornate wood decor was labored over by St. Joseph craftsmen with hammers and chisels.  In the late 1800’s one could order fireplace mantels and stairwells from companies in such far away places as Chicago.  The identical stairwells suggest that perhaps these items were shipped in from out of town.

cannaThe same lady does gardening across the street at the Wyeth-Tootle Museum.  She offered to trim our rose bushes to help them thrive.  I was happy to accommodate – clearly she knows what she is doing.  She also noted our iris’s on the front garden and commented that the Iris is becoming popular in our neighborhood – along with cannas. It is time for canna planting and she offered to share some with Alano.  Being neighborly is a wonderful thing.  We are grateful for the neighborhood support.

Two gentlemen we spoke with were knowledgeable about some of our history.  I told them that Ms. Hax bequeathed the building to the St. Joseph Art Society in 1947 and Alano acquired the building in 1948.  These men informed us that Ms Hax was very active and generous with the local art community.  The same St. Joseph Art Society started what is now the Albright-Kemper Museum of Art.  Anyone heard of that?

Several important things happened at our property this morning.  We were able to show the restoration work we have been laboring hard to complete.  We were able to effectively tell the Alano story and to educate many people about our mission. And we saw four volunteers rise to the occasion, they represented Alano and 12 Step Programs as enthusiastic, mature, responsible, knowledgeable, and caring people.  The Alano image was greatly enhanced by the work of all of the people who have contributed time, labor, money, and encouragement to the ongoing process of restoring the interior of the building.  And particularly by these four volunteers that served as ambassadors for all of us.

We created alliances with our neighbors today.  These alliances shall serves us well as we progress into the future.

FYI – We used a fact sheet so we each told the same story – the following are the facts as were presented today:

Alano Club Fact sheet 2015

July 17, 1948 Chartered by the State
Acquired property at 401 S. 11th Street

August, 1949 Building opened as Alano Mercy Hospital

1956 Ceased hospital operations
Shifted focus to support for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

May 1965 Tri-Al-Anon formed

1991 Building repainted beige

1993 Bylaws amendment to allow Al-Anon member on Board of Directors

1995 Tri-Al-Anon moved to Patee Park Baptist Church

1997 New roof installed with City Grants

1998 Front Porch rebuilt with City Grants

2002 Charter amended to allow all 12 Step Programs.
Pony Express Gamblers Anonymous began

2006 Renovation of second floor room for Narcotics Anonymous
Stepping Stones NA formed

2010 First floor parquet wood floor restoration

2011 Stepping Stones becomes Opportunity-4-Hope

2012 Wrought Iron Fence Restoration
Landscape restoration

2014 January – New Hope Alano formed
July – Interior restoration begins with Alanon Room.
November – Restoration of main hall begins

2015 April – Restoration of Gamblers Anonymous room begins.

Spaghetti Dinner and Fundraiser – Silent Auction

This is a first for Alano – a silent auction.  The committee has gone beyond expectations and have organized a really sophisticated event.  The following flyer is being distributed in the KC Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous Newsletter – we expect this to reach about 150 Groups in the KC Area.  This could be a great event – please come and support Alano.

Saturday May 23, 2015 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

401 S. 11th Street St. Joseph, Mo.

Silent Auction items so far:

2 Day weekend getaway

2 New car batteries

Portable battery Charger

Case of ribs


For more information please contact Kirby at 816 593-2173 (home) or 816 344-9157 (cell)

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Bylaws Vote Meeting Reminder April 19, 2015 5:00 PM

Alano Club of St. Joseph
Special Meeting Reminder
April 19, 2015 5:00 PM

This is a meeting to VOTE ON THE BYLAWS

A Special Meeting of the Alano Club membership has been called to vote on the proposed updates to our Articles of Association and our By-Laws.
April 19, 2015 at 5:00 PM (Please note time difference from other Sunday meetings).
Alano Club Main Hall

Copies of the proposed changes have been presented and many questions answered. This meeting is simply to vote on the proposals. The Bylaws and Articles will be voted on as one motion.

Preservation Expo 2015

The first Preservation Expo in St. Joseph is being held on May 15, 16, and 17 of 2015. There are a variety of events but of concern to Alano and Alano patrons is Saturday morning May 16.  Our building is to be opened to preservationists from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  The Alano President shall conduct a tour of our facility.

We hope to learn more about historic preservation and how we can apply those techniques to our property.

If you are concerned about your anonymity then please note the times mentioned.

Alano Spring Cleaning Day May 2, 2015

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Window Cleaning and Woodwork Polishing Day

May 2, 2015 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Cookout for workers – food served at 4:30 PM

Be Proud of your Meeting Place

Please come and help.

Bring cleaning supplies such as step ladders, windex, and Liquid Gold.  Alano will supply wash cloths and water.

Special Meeting to Review Proposed ByLaws

The Bylaws Committee is inviting all to come and hear the presentation of the proposed updates to our Bylaws and Articles of Association.  The Special Meeting, affirmed in writing by three members, is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 5:00 PM.  There will be a brief presentation about the process and the purpose of the Bylaws Committee.

Essentially, the Committee was commissioned by the President to look into better job descriptions of the Officers, to better identify areas of responsibility for Board Members, and to create a more transparent governing process.  The first meeting the Committee chose to review all of the Bylaws.  The Committee met faithfully almost every week for eight months to write a seven page document.  No votes were ever taken at any meeting – we operated with the idea of consensus.  Nothing is in the proposed Bylaws that any of us cannot support.

The general outcome of the process is a redefining of the governing body of the Alano Club.  Emphasis has been placed on the Board Responsibilities.  The Board is being given great responsibility and the authority to fulfill their duties.  We believe the new governance will better protect our mission and our assets.  Another outcome is a more transparent process to the general public.  We are attempting to join the larger public health community in and around St. Joseph.

Please plan on coming to the meeting.


Sunday, March 29, 2015 5:00 PM.

Alano Club Main Hall.

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Super Bowl Chili Cookoff, 2015

The Alano Club of St. Joseph is having a Super Bowl event.

The party starts at 4:00 with a chili cook-off.  Bring your best chile – or just show up for the fellowship.

Super Bowl at 5:30

Al-Anon Speaker’s Meeting (Special Event)

New Hope Al-Anon

Special Holiday Speaker’s Meeting

When: December 17, 2014, 6:30 PM

Where: 401 South 11th

Speakers: Linda C. – Al-Anon
Bill P. – AA

Cookies and Punch shall be served.

Please come and enjoy the fellowship.


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