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2017 Thanksgiving Dinner 1:00 PM

Alano Club of St. Joseph

Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

Thursday November 23, 2017

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, bread provided by Alano

Bring a covered dish or your favorite desert




2017 Thanksgiving Dinner

Alano Club

Thanksgiving Dinner

1:30 PM


November 23, 2017

Turkey, Ham, Mashed Potatoes, and bread rolls provided

Bring a Covered Dish

and your favorite dessert.

The St. Joseph Recovery Community is invited to share a day of gratitude and serenity

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.



Signs of Compulsive Debting

From Debtors Anonymous

Signs of Compulsive Debting

If you think you might have a problem with money and debt, look over these Twelve Signposts on the Road to Compulsive Debting, If you can recognize yourself in 8 or more of the descriptions below, you may be a compulsive debtor, and DA can help you.

1) Being unclear about your financial situation. Not knowing account balances, monthly expenses, loan interest rates, fees, fines, or contractual obligations.

2) Constantly “borrowing” items such as books, pens, or small amounts of money from friends and others, and failing to return them.

3) Poor saving habits. Not planning for taxes, retirement or other non-recurring but predictable items, and then feeling surprised when they come due; a “live for today, don’t worry about tomorrow” attitude.”

4) Compulsive shopping: Being unable to pass up a “good deal”; making impulsive purchases; leaving price tags on clothes so they can be returned; not using items you’ve purchased.

5) Difficulty in meeting basic financial or personal obligations, and/or an inordinate sense of accomplishment when such obligations are met.

6) A different feeling when buying things on credit than when paying cash, a feeling of being in the club, of being accepted, of being grown up.

7) Living in chaos and drama around money: Using one credit card to pay another; bouncing checks; always having a financial crises to contend with.

8) A tendency to live on the edge: Living paycheck to paycheck; taking risks with health and car insurance coverage; writing checks hoping money will appear to cover them.

9) Unwarranted inhibition and embarrassment in what should be a normal discussion of money.

10) Overworking or under earning: Working extra hours to earn money to pay creditors; using time inefficiently; taking jobs below your skill and education level.

11. An unwillingness to care for and value yourself: Living in self-imposed deprivation; denying your basic needs in order to pay your creditors.

12. A feeling or hope that someone will take care of you if necessary, so that you won’t really get into serious financial trouble, that there will always be someone you can turn to.

Debtors Anonymous To Meet At Alano

Last fall the Board approved an agreement for Debtors Anonymous to meet at Alano.  We were contacted yesterday and that group now has their sanction from the WSO of Debtors Anonymous.  They will begin meeting at Alano this Saturday at 5:30 PM in what is called the Al-Anon Room.  Their rent will be the minimum start-up charged by Alano – $25.00 per month – beginning in June.



5:30 PM Saturdays


401 S. 11th

St. Joseph, Missouri

Alano Club of St. Joseph

(meeting in the Al-Anon Room)


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.

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.

2015 Christmas Eve Dinner

Alano Christmas Dinner announcement 2015 001