The Alano Club of St. Joseph was founded in 1949 as Alano Mercy Hospital. Four beds were available for detoxing alcoholics and meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous were held regularly. Time and needs changed – and so did Alano. We presently offer meeting space, social activities, and education to ALL 12 Step Programs. At the moment we host as tenants Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Gamblers Anonymous.
ADDRESS: 401 S 11th St.; St Joseph, MO
PHONE NUMBER: (816) 364-9179
Lessons From The Geese
This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a ‘V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.
FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates “uplift” for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
FACT: When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it.
LESSON: If we have as much commons sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those heading where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others. It is harder to do something alone than together.
FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation, and another goose flies to the point position.
LESSON: It is sensible to take turns doing the hard and demanding tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent of each other’s skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, or resources.
FACT: The geese flying in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and care of others)is the quality of honking we seek. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.
FACT: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two other geese will drop out of formation with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their flock.
LESSON: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues and each other in difficult times as well as in good.
Can be attained if you. . . . .
- · Care more than others think is wise.
- · Risk more than others think is safe.
- · Dream more than others think is practical.
- · Expect more than others think is possible.
Definition of a Mature Person
The mature person has developed attitudes in relationship to him/herself and to the environment, which has lifted him/her above “childishness” in thought and behavior.
- Accept criticism gratefully, being honestly glad for an opportunity to improve yourself
- Do not indulge in self-pity. Begin to feel the laws of compensation operating in all facets of your life.
- Do not expect special consideration from anyone.Control your temper.
- Meet emergencies with poise.
- Does not have feelings easily hurt.
- Accept responsibility for your own actions.
- Outgrow the ‘all or nothing’ stage.
- Learn to recognize that no person or situation is wholly good or bad, and begin to appreciate the Golden Mean.
- Be patient at reasonable delays. Learn that you are not the arbitrator of the universe and that you must often adjust yourself to the other people and their convenience.
- Be a good loser. Endure defeat and disappointment without whining or complaining to others or yourself.
- Do not worry about things you cannot help.
- Do not give yourself to boasting or ‘showing off’ in socially unacceptable, vile, annoying, or unwelcome ways.
- Be honestly glad when others enjoy success or good fortune. It is time to outgrow envy and jealousy.
- Listen thoughtfully to the opinion of others. Be open minded. Do not become argumentative when your views are opposed.
- Do not be a chronic ‘fault finder’.
- Plan things in advance rather than trusting to the inspiration of the moment.