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.
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Addiction is a Public Health Issue

Addiction has become so widespread that it is now recognized as a public health issue.  The Alano Club of St. Joseph has a simple mission – hosting meeting space for 12 Step Programs, providing social activities for those in recovery, and education. This mission is designed to support recovery from addiction in a supportive community of other recovering alcoholics and addicts.

In the past addiction was seen as a health issue for individuals.  Today we recognize the public health implications of active addiction.  From ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network):

Directly or indirectly, every community is affected by drug abuse and addiction, as is every family.  Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, lung disease, obesity, and mental disorders can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use; however, some may occur after just one use . . . A strong link also exists between drug abuse and top social problems such as drugged driving, violence and crime, stress, and child abuse.

As one can easily see, addiction is much more than a drunk sitting on a park bench, or the opium addict hidden in some dark den of abuse.

Addiction is defined as a “…chronic, progressive, incurable disease, characterized by a loss of control over a substance, including alcohol.  Like all chronic, progressive, incurable diseases, addiction has a tendency to relapse.  Consider heart disease, for example.  Like addiction, heart disease has identifiable symptoms and identifiable treatments.  Diabetes and arthritis are the same – identifiable symptoms and identifiable treatments.

Tobacco Effects on Whole Body










From NIDA, 2007  (National Institute for Drug Abuse):

“Drug addiction is preventable. Researchers have developed a broad range of programs that are effective in preventing early use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs and in curbing abuse that has already begun. Preventing substance abuse early in life, especially during adolescence, can reduce the chances of later abuse and addiction” (NIDA, 2007).

Obviously, the best approach is to never begin the use of drugs in the first place.  Education programs in our schools can help prevent the use of drugs by adolescents.  While Alano does not endorse any particular program, we do affirm the need for early education.

More from NIDA (2007)

“Drug addiction is treatable. Like diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, drug addiction is a chronic disease that can be managed successfully. Relapse is not a sign of treatment failure, but rather an indication that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted to help addicted individuals fully recover (NIDA, 2007).

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Some drugs seem to be more harmful than others.  The actual difference is in time and quantities.  A classic alcoholic takes about fifteen years to develop full blown alcoholism.  A young person might begin alcohol use in late adolescence.  This person might go to college or enter the military or find a technical school for job training.  With school or military service completed that person likely gets a job, gets married, buys a house, has children, has two automobiles, and a life of dignity and respect.  When the alcoholism matures the person begins having problems at home, at work, and often with the law.  These are the symptoms.

Hard core narcotic use is the same as alcohol with the exception of length of time for addiction maturity.  The same person in the alcohol scenario who begins use of narcotic drugs in late adolescence will probably not complete military service or college or any other form of job training.  They do not begin a profession, struggle in relationships, and have trouble with the law.

As noted in the above chart, the use of methamphetamine has profound impact on our brain.  Total abstinence can see the return of brain function but long term studies have yet to predict the long term damage.

Most of the addictive drugs, including alcohol, cause a wide range of other health issues.  As with the tobacco chart above we know that our internal organs suffer from the constant introduction of toxins in our system.

Many people are in our hospitals with a diagnosis of liver or kidney problems.  Many have heart conditions.  Cancers of a wide variety present themselves.  These diagnosis do not always reflect the cause of the problem – do not recognize the addiction as the dependent variable in individual illnesses.

We are convinced that addiction is a major public health issues and we work everyday to minimize the harm of addiction.


Museum Hill Spring Clean-up 2014

Please mail your comments to sanctuaryjo@gmail.com
Museum Hill – a neighborhood of over 300 Victorian homes in St Joseph

Museum Hill Neighborhood Spring Clean Up will happen April 12th.
* This date is changed from the one in your membership book to avoid Easter Weekend.

Two dumpsters will be set on 11th street at Angileque in morning. One is for “Household Trash” – One is for “Yard Waste”

Asplundh will be supplying a chopper to handle tree limbs and brush. The chips will be made available to the neighborhood for landscaping, bedding, etc. at Tom and Ginny Rinderknecht’s.

We’ll start the day at Bob & Karen Ferrell’s for “Continental Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Karen and Bob provide drinks, but please bring a side dish…fruit, quiche, donuts, sausage…

Volunteers will be assigned Alley Ways to remove old weeds, leaves, brush and over hanging limbs. Anyone with a truck who can help haul will be greatly appreciated.

A place will be designated to drop off Scrap Metal, Appliances and Electronics.

ALL furniture must be broken down to be placed in the dumpster. Whole furnature is not allowed.

Tell Museum Hill neighbors! Flyers will be available for hand out. You can pick them up at the April Meeting .


Alano 2014 Floor Project update

Alano Floor Project
Rescheduled to begin April 14, 2014

Issues beyond our control have caused a delay in the 2014 floor project. The work schedule follows. We always enjoy volunteers.

On Monday April 14, 2014, after the Monday Al-Anon meeting, the furniture will be removed from the main hall (401 Group meeting space). The 8:00 PM 401 Group Meeting shall be held in the Al-Anon Room. The floor in the main hall will be sanded and refinished on Tuesday April 15 – and given six days to cure. On Monday April 21, the furniture shall be returned to the main hall and 401 Group meetings shall continue as before.

After the April 22, 2014, Tuesday 6:30 Pony Express GA Group Meeting the furniture shall be removed from their room and the floor shall be sanded and refinished on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Saturday GA meeting, April 26, shall occur in the Al-Anon Room. The furniture shall be returned to the GA room before their meeting on Tuesday April 29. 2014.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, The furniture on the Al-Anon room shall be removed and the floor refinished. The furniture shall be returned on Monday, May 5, 2014.

The first floor project will be complete.