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.
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:
Excerpts from “Frequently Asked Questions”:
If Alano is subject to the Smoking Ban then there are penalties for non-compliance. Again, from the “Frequently Asked Questions”.:
Please come to the Special Meeting and express your thoughts.
“Will you exchange sickness and remorse, desolation and despair, for faith and hope, health and happiness? We, in Alano Club, have made this trade and are glad. We have found the way out. You can do the same before time runs out.
The Alano Building was built in the late 1886 by George Hax. We restored our floors again in 2011. The project cost $1,500 – all donated by members, and all of the work was done by members. The floor project was long and arduous. There was constant wood dust in the building – but the meetings continued. This project was a testament to the determination of 12 Step programs.