Our State Articles of Association state that Alano promotes the “…spiritual, educational, mental, and physical recovery from addiction.”
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. Alano also finances social programs and subsidizes rent for some 12 Step Programs.
The following are some organizational contrasts between the Alano Club, AA and Alanon.
|Alano Club of St. Joseph||AA & ALANON & GA & NA
|Dues||No Dues or Fees|
|Rules and Bylaws||Traditions|
|Organized||Never be organized|
|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.