The Board interviewed and chose Raymond Shaw as the new Caretaker at the regular monthly Board meeting on April 24, 2016. Ray gave a three minute presentation on why he believes being Caretaker would be good for him and for Alano. Everyone was impressed. His presentation was followed by about ten minutes of questions from Board members.
The Executive Committee of the Board is also the personnel committee. We shall review the current caretaker contract with Ray and tailor the contract to Ray’s abilities and our needs. This is not to say that anything will be compromised – it is to say that every caretaker comes with strengths and weaknesses. Our intention is to focus on the positive.
Alano has operated for sixty-seven years with an all-volunteer work force. In every case we seek the positive attributes and minimize the negative. This is in keeping with our Mission of helping others.
Ray has been one of the regular volunteers helping with the restoration of our building. We are quite familiar with his work.
A few things are likely to change with Ray as Caretaker. In the past the 12 Step Groups were expected to clean their room. Some do better than others. Because we meet in the historic Hax mansion at 401 S. 11th Street, we have unique maintenance needs. For instance – our parquet wood floors are original with the 1886 mansion. These floors require specific and regular upkeep. Ray will likely be tasked with making sure the floors are well maintained, including in the Group meeting areas. This means regular sweeping and mopping with specific cleaning products.
If you see Ray give him a high five – or a hug – whatever your preference. We welcome Ray with great hopes for the future of Alano.