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Silent Auction Fundraiser, All Day Speakers


Alano Club of St. Joseph, Mo. Inc.


Fundraiser & Silent Auction

Fried Chicken provided. Please bring a side dish or desert.

Adults – $5.00, Children 5-12 – $2.00

Saturday, June 10, 2017

401 S. 11th, St. Joseph, MO 64501

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM


12:00 PM – AA – John A.

1:00 PM – NA – Felecia W.

2:00 PM – GA – MaryAnn S.

3:00 PM – Alanon – Tina K.

Dinner will be at 4:00 PM; Auction will end and be announced at 6:00 PM.

Silent Auction – Items provided so far for auction:

2 day weekend getaway at Drury Inn

Beauty University – Queen for a day

Gary C. – Pottery

Case of variety of Pork items

Date Night – Dinner and a movie

Salon certificates

.22 shells, knife, John Deere items

More items will be available.

The Alano club has supported the Recovery community by providing meeting spaces to groups for many years. Due to the increased costs, we are having this fundraiser to keep the doors open and the lights on.

For more information and directions: Please contact Kirby at 816-593-2173 (Home) or 816-344-9157 (Cell).

Visit us at: http://www.ALANOSTJOE.com

Cracker Barrel – 2016

The Alano club of St. Joseph is hosting the 15th annual Cracker Barrel weekend.

When:  August 13th and 14th (all day)

Where:401 S. 11th Street, St. Joseph., Missouri

Long-timers Speakers 20 Years plus

Saturday Pancake Breakfast (9-11am)  and close with Ice Cream Social (9pm -)

Sunday 3PM potluck


9-11 am Pancake Breakfast hosted by the 401 AA Group

12 pm – AA-Quinn G. Hope Group – 21 years

2 pm – AA – Rick L. Accent on Sobriety Group – 26 years

4 pm AA – Larry S. Bootstraps Group – 22 years

6 pm – AA- Steve E. Sobriety & Beyond Group – 43 years

8 pm – Alanon – Dora J. Tri Alanon – 43 years

9:30 pm – Ice Cream Social – Host New Hope Alanon


2 pm – AA- Joe W. Accent on Sobriety Group – 37 years

3 pm Potluck – bring a side dish

$$$ donations accepted – coffee and lemonade, pop for sale.

5 pm – Gary L. 401 Group 2.5 years

7 pm – AA – Mary C. Sober Skirts – 26 years

Kitchen Furnace Repair

A&M Heating and Cooling 001A& M Heating and Cooling came to our rescue.  On Wednesday, about 3:30 PM, we heard a loud screeching sound – as if someone was dragging a metal desk across the floor.  Then silence.  After a few minutes we thought we smelled something like an electrical fire.  There were three people, Gina, Doc, and Gary C., all of questionable repute.  They all agreed on the odor.  They searched the building and could find nothing.  Because we treasure the building and choosing to error on the side of caution, the fire department was called and asked simply to send someone to help us locate the problem.  No need for big trucks and sirens.

One fire unit was sent with two men, one was Jeremy Howery.  They were extraordinarily professional and pleasant.  We finally isolated the problem to the kitchen area furnace.   The blower would not come on.

alano stuff 028On Friday Gary C. and Brian L. tackled the furnace.  Neither of these men is a furnace aficionado- so several cups of coffee were required in the planning phase of the maintenance project.  After about an hour of actual work the blower squirrel cage fan and motor were removed.  This was when we were able to actually see what had happened.

One or more of the blades came loose and destroyed the whole unit in a high RPM clash of metal against metal.  The photo at the left was taken at A&M after the A&M technician Dale had removed it from the cage.

alano stuff 031We actually took the whole assembly to Ragdon – that has been our go-to place with furnace motor problems in the past.  He referred us on to a furnace place on north third – nope, they did not have those parts, but they sent us to a place on north fourth.  No luck there but they sent us to A& M on south 4th street.  We were graciously accepted before they even knew who we represented.  They could readily see that we were not professionals and had little knowledge of what we were asking.  No matter – they quickly began looking around their shop for a replacement fan.

We learned today that these fans are not kept as a part of regular inventory at Heating and Cooling companies – but A&M had some parts from previous ventures.  Dale found one that almost perfectly fit our need.  While Dale was working I explained that the furnace was at the Alano Club of St. Joseph.  The office lady, whose name I sadly cannot remember, Lori I think, asked a few questions about our operation, checked with the owner Mike Anderson, and informed us that the cost of the fan would be ten dollars, including installation on the motor and in the cage.

alano stuff 029When it was time to pay I found I had only seven dollars cash on me so I offered a credit card.  “No,” she said, “Seven dollars is enough”.  She also informed me that she had been talking with the owner, Mike Anderson, about donating two free furnace checks a year (an eighty dollar value).  These folks are great people to work with.  I just cannot say enough about them – the Alano Club has been around for sixty seven years because of people like this.

We are a public health organization working to make St. Joseph and the surrounding area a better place for all.  We host about 36 sanctioned meetings every week and have nearly 2,000 individual visits to our building every month.  This work happens through the generosity of people like Mike Anderson of A&M Heating and Cooling.

With a repaired fan in tow, Brian and Gary returned to Alano where more coffee was required to plan the re-installation of the fan and motor.  After a couple of hours the work was done.  People were showing up for the 5:30 AA and Al-Anon meetings and the building was cozy warm.

We live  in a great community of people helping each other – each of us contributing in our own way to the public health.

This has been a great day and for that I am forever grateful.  The people who receive help at Alano are forever grateful.

Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off 2016

The Alano Club of St. Joseph is again hosting a Super Bowl Party – open to the public.

Sunday February 7, 2016

401 South 11th (enter from side door on Sylvanie Street)

Party starts at 4:30 PM.

St. Joseph, Missouri

Come watch the game on the Big Screen TV

Don’t like football… then come see all the new commercials.

The Chili contest is back.

Think yours is best… make a pot and enter for bragging rights!

Please bring snacks for the table.

Donation basket will be set out.

 Coffee and tea provided

Pop for sale in the machine

Recovery — What a concept!!!

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Al-Anon Presents Four 12 Step Programs

New Hope Al-Anon
401 S. 11th, St. Joseph Missouri
December 9, 2015
Wednesday – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
First time ever speaker’s meeting representing four 12 Step Programs.
AA – Angi A
GA – Shirley M.
NA – Sherri C.
Al-Anon – Dora J.
Speakers begin at 6:00, each speaking for 20 minutes.
Festive spirit and snacks provided
Please join us at this unifying event

The Anonymous People – Movie Night at Alano

The Alano Club is hosting a ‘movie night’. The movie “The Anonymous People” will be shown on a 32 inch flat screen TV.  Anyone interested is invited.  The Unity Committee of Alano is hosting the event – there will likely be some popcorn floating around.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:30 PM (Immediately following the 8:00 Open Speakers Meeting.

WHERE:  The Alano Club of St. Joseph.

401 S. 11th Street

Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501


THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The vacuum created by this silence has been filled by sensational mass media depictions of people in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition. Just like women with breast cancer, or people with HIV/AIDS, courageous addiction recovery advocates are starting to come out of the shadows to tell their true stories. The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

Cracker Barrel – August 9-10, 2014. Alano Club 401 S 11th.

Cracker Barrel flyer 2014

Alano Club Is Not the Same as 12 Step Programs

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.

The following are some organizational contrasts between the Alano Club, AA and Alanon.

Alano Club of St. Joseph AA & ALANON & GA & NA
Physical Spiritual
Business Fellowship
Dues No Dues or Fees
Needs Income Self-Supporting
Rules and Bylaws Traditions
Organized Never be organized
Officers Trusted servants
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.

Alano Special Meeting on Smoking Ban

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:

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Excerpts from “Frequently Asked Questions”:

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If Alano is subject to the Smoking Ban then there are penalties for non-compliance.  Again, from the “Frequently Asked Questions”.:

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Please come to the Special Meeting and express your thoughts.

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.
Smoke-Free Ordinance...