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Christmas Evening 2018

Christmas Eve

At Alano

401 S. 11th

Sunday December 24th at 3:30 PM

Pot Luck Dinner, with

fried chicken from Green Hills.

Bring a side dish or dessert

Alano of St . Joseph, Articles of Association




July 31, 2015


            KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENT, that we, the undersigned, for the purpose of forming a corporation under the laws of Missouri relating to benevolent, religious, scientific, educational and miscellaneous associations under Chapter 352, RSMo, in connection with others, have entered into the following agreement:


Section 1: Name.  The name of the corporation shall be Alano Club of St. Joseph, Missouri, Inc.

Section 2: Location.  The location of this corporation shall be in the City of St. Joseph, County of Buchanan, State of Missouri.

Section 3:

  • Purposes. The general purposes and objectives of this corporation shall be to provide meeting rooms, education, spiritual help and training, social activity, and such other assistance as may be lawfully provided for those in the City of St. Joseph and surrounding areas, who suffer from substance abuse or other forms of addiction, or other maladies as defined in the Bylaws, either directly or indirectly, to give aid and assistance in case of need, and to otherwise promote the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual welfare in accordance with accepted practices and programs.
  • Property. The corporation may acquire and hold, rent, or lease in its own name such real estate and buildings as may be required to provide a proper meeting place or center of activity in carrying out the recovery programs, and may execute all contracts, deeds, deeds of trust, notes, mortgages, leases, and other instruments necessary or incidental to the obtaining and maintaining of such facilities, or sale of any of its assets, whether real, personal or mixed, or whole or in part.
  • Volunteers. The corporation shall strive to recruit and promote volunteers from its members and the larger public health community to help carry out the purposes and mission of this corporation
  • Employees. The corporation may employ any and all other purposes necessary to the operation of its business when volunteers are not feasible.
  • Who may sign documents. All legal documents shall be signed on behalf of the corporation by its President or Vice-President or Treasurer and attested to by its Secretary.

Section 4:  Term:  The term of this Corporation shall be perpetual.


Section: No Stock.  This corporation shall have no capital stock or any kind, nature, or amount whatsoever.


Section 1: Organizers.  The names of the persons organizing this corporation are Tome T. Byrne, R. F. Collins, Lon Miller, A. H. Bottorff, Monte U. Norton, Everett Euler, Ed Johnson, Owen Henson, Robert W. Andres, Ernest Baker, and George Fanning.

Section 2: Membership:  The membership shall be composed of persons residing in the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, or other counties in the area who have applied for membership in accordance with the Bylaws of this corporation, and who have voluntarily offered their services to assist in carrying out of the purposes and objectives of this corporation.

Section 3: Resignation. Any member of this corporation may at any time resign by delivering a written resignation to the person in charge of the business office of this corporation or to any officer of this corporation.

Section 4:

(a)Dues.  Membership dues shall be set by the Board of Directors as described in the bylaws.  Membership is not required to participate in recovery programs.  Membership is required to set on the Board of Directors, as defined in the bylaws.  Membership is required to vote at the annual meeting and other specially called meetings, as defined in the bylaws.  No promised contribution or pledge shall have any binding or legal effect on any member who may make such pledge and any such pledge shall be considered only a moral obligation.

(b) Compensation.  No compensation shall be paid by the corporation to any member for any services rendered in carrying out the primary purposes and objects of this corporation, unless a member shall be designated by the Board of Directors as a paid secretary or custodian of its properties, or who shall devote his or her full time to the business affairs of the corporation.

(c) Negation of pecuniary gain.  This corporation is not organized for a pecuniary profit.  It shall not have any power to issue certificates of stock or declare dividends, and no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any member, director, or individual; provided, however, that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered to or for the corporation in carrying out its purposes.  The balance, if any, of all money received by the corporation from its operations and charitable donations, after the payment in full of all debts and obligations of the corporation of whatever kind or nature, shall be used and distributed exclusively for religious, charitable and educational purposes, this shall include but is not limited to the endowment of an Alano Foundation formed to hold money in trust for future Alano obligations.

Section 5: Dissolution. Upon dissolution of the corporation, the assets shall be distributed to a similar not-for-profit corporation or organization if it then qualifies for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), to be selected by a majority vote of the membership.  Otherwise, the assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of competent jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated for such purposes.

Section 6: Prohibition against specified activities.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Section 7: Who may vote.  Only members in good standing, as defined in the Bylaws, shall be entitled to vote at the annual meeting to elect the Board, or any special membership meeting called as defined in the Bylaws.  Only duly elected members of the Board of Directors shall vote at Board meetings. The Board, as the governing body, votes on all questions affecting the business, organization, operation and policies of this corporation.


Section 1: Officers.  The officers of the corporation shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer.  The officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting, as defined by the Bylaws, and shall hold office for a not less than one year, as defined by the bylaws, or until their successors are elected and qualify.  If an acting officer, corresponding secretary, parliamentarian, or historian is desired, he, she or they may be appointed by the President, subject to approval by the Board.

Section 2: Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than five (5) and not more than twenty-one (21) members.  Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting and shall hold office for a period defined by the Bylaws, or until their successors are elected and qualify.

Section 3: Duties.  To the extent not contrary to these Articles of Association, the duties of the officers and directors shall be set out in the Bylaws of the corporation.

Section 4. Initial Officers and Directors.  The initial officers and directors of the corporation who shall serve until the annual meeting on the first Thursday in January, 1949, are:


Tom T. Byrne, President

  1. F. Collins, Vice-President

Lon Miller, Secretary

A.H. Bottoroff, Treasurer



Monte U. Norton

Everett Euler

Ed Johnson

Owne Henson

Robert W. Andres

Ernest Baker

George Fanning.


(b) Forfeiture of Office.  If any officer or director shall, during his or her term of office, die, resign, become incapacitated, neglect or refuse to perform the duties of his or her office, then in any one or more of such events, his or her office shall be subject to removal at the discretion of the Board as defined in the Bylaws.  Said vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the Bylaws.


Section 5. Annual Meeting.  At the annual meeting of the corporation, the Board of Directors of the corporation for the following year shall be elected by a majority vote of the members in good standing who are present and voting as defined in the Bylaws.  No member shall be permitted to vote by proxy.


Section 6: Executive Committee.  The Bylaws may provide for an executive committee and its power and duties shall be defined by the Board of Directors.

Section 7: Special Meetings.  Special meetings of the members of the corporation may be held at any time or place in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri, or at such other time and place to which the meeting may be adjourned.


Section 1: Annual Meeting.  The annual meeting of the corporation shall be held on the second Sunday or January in each year in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri, or at such other time and place to which the meeting may be adjourned.

Section 2: First Meeting of Board of Directors.  The first meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately following the annual meeting each year, and shall organize by electing the officers for the following year.


Section 1: Amendments to Bylaws.  The Bylaws of this corporation may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members at a meeting called for that purpose, as defined by the Bylaws.


Section 1: Amendments to the Articles of Association.  These Articles of Association may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members at a special meeting called for that purpose, as defined by the Bylaws, and in compliance with Section 352.070, RSMo, as amended from time to time.  A quorum shall be defined by the Bylaws.


Alano Silent Auction – Save The Date


Save the Date Flyer

June 10, 2017

Noon to 6:00 PM

401 S. 11th, Main Hall

Alano Silent Auction

Four Speakers – half hour each

12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00

4:00 Food

6:00 Auction closes

Want to help??  Organizing meeting April 4, 2017 at 6:P30 PM at Alano, 401 S. 11th.  Please come and offer your service.

2016 Christmas Eve Dinner

The Alano Club of St. Joseph is again hosting a Christmas Eve Dinner.

  • Christmas Eve
  • Saturday, December 24th
  • 2:00 PM
  • 401 S. 11th.
  • St. Joseph, Missouri

Alano will provide catered Fried Chicken, Tea, and Coffee.

Please bring a side dish or dessert

As is typical of all Alano events a free will donation is appreciated.



Alano Has a New Caretaker

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.

Alano is Looking for a Caretaker


The Alano Club of St. Joseph is looking for a Caretaker.


The Caretaker lives in the Alano building at 401 S. 11th.  We offer a large bedroom, full bath, a shared kitchen, and plenty of fellowship.

The responsibilities are negotiable but generally include locking and unlocking  the main entrance – thus maintaining building hours, keeping the kitchen and bathrooms clean, some floor cleaning in group rooms (sweeping and mopping), routine yard work like cutting the grass and shoveling the walks, and a full time presence at Alano.

This is a great opportunity for someone in recovery and perhaps on disability.

The last caretaker paid $100 per month – but that is negotiable depending on other responsibilities.


Please send inquiries by letter to: Alano Club, 401 S. 11th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501; or by email to glclark4750@gmail.com.  Be sure to leave contact information.

Also, I am generally at Alano (401 S. 11th) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:30 to about 6:30 – come by if you would like to chat.

Gary L. Clark

Alano Club President

Community Service At Alano

Alano has never positioned the organization to accommodate general community service.  Community Service, in this sense, is service to a not-for-profit to fulfill some obligation – like education or terms of probation.  We have, on rare occasion, offered Community Service opportunities for individuals in specific circumstances.  Those circumstances are judged on a case by case basis.

At present there is a person performing eighty hours of community service.  She will be around for the next month or so.  The circumstance was that she needed the service hours for a traffic violation and we had specific projects in which she is uniquely qualified.  These projects are negotiated by both the President of Alano and the Property Manager.

We are not on the list of Community Service providers at Missouri Probation and Parole or on the list at the St. Joseph School District. There are several reasons:

  • We do not have organized on-going projects that we can easily plug someone into on a Saturday morning – or any other time.
  • We do not have a contact phone number for those organizations to reach us and schedule workers.
  • We do not have a property supervisor on duty to manage and regulate the hours or the work.

We do have several volunteers working in the building who are not obligated to any community service – they work in order to serve others.  One lady in particular has taken on the kitchen as her challenge.  She has done a deep cleaning and has hung new curtains.  She supplied the curtains.

Spring is upon us.  There is work to be done on the landscape.  There are weeds to pull and flowers to transplant.  These jobs are not suited to outsiders doing Community Service.  The kitchen lady has adopted a section of the landscaping by the fence.  She will be working at her leisure to keep her area pleasing to the eye.

One of the 401 Group members has volunteered to cut the grass until we can install a new Caretaker.  This is no small thing – we are committed to being a good neighbor and we must maintain our property at the level expected in a Neighborhood Association.

We are talking, and talking, about forming a Property Committee – a group of able bodied men and women who want to help with our routine maintenance needs.  FYI – all of the work restoring the walls and ceilings and new blinds falls under the category of routine maintenance.  The idea would be for these folks to meet once a month or so and identify small projects -for instance:

  • An emergency light with a failed battery.
  • Storm windows in need of repair.
  • Windows sealed shut with duck tape.
  • Weather stripping around windows and doors is a constant need.
  • Gutter drains around the base of the building.

There is much to do and we cooperate with other organizations as we are able to get this work done.

Burglary At Alano – NA Rent and Literature Money Stolen

Please help restore NA Rent and Literature money.  Send $10 – $50 dollars to Alano NA Fund, 401 S. 11th Street, St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501.

The Narcotics Anonymous safe was broken into today, probably between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.  About $500 in cash was stolen.  This was money to be used to pay the March Rent and to restock literature.

Police were notified.  They took a report and about fifty photos of the crime scene.  The safe is locked in a closet.  That closet is located in a locked room.  The lock to the room and the lock to the closet were pried open.  The safe was breached using some heavy pry bar.  The Group money was stolen.

We gave the police the names of primary suspects.

In the past six months the Board has chosen to prosecute criminal behavior at Alano.  One person has been prosecuted for property damage.  We have also chosen to enforce our Codes of Conduct.  Six people have had their privileges restricted.  Those six were hanging out at Alano and not attending meetings.  This action was taken because small thefts were occurring – like a lamp was stolen from the Al-Anon room.  We believe the lack of a caretaker has attracted some unsavory characters.  This incident reinforces a need to be serious about enforcement of conduct policy.

The next Board meeting will likely result in more restrictions, and perhaps a locking of the facility between meetings.  Sadly, this sort of action is counter to the safe and serene recovery community we are trying to build.

Please help NA by sending $10 or $20 dollars to Alano Rent Fund, 401 S. 11th. St. Joseph, Missouri, 64501.  We are trying to raise $500.00 to pay the NA rent and to restock their literature.


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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