Why is an Alano Club needed in Boulder?

Since 1997, Boulder Group One Foundation (BGOF) has graciously given service to the Boulder 12-step recovery community by leasing and managing meeting space. According to the BGOF treasurer, the amount of money collected from the groups has consistently been about 20% short of actual expenses. This shortfall has been funded through donations from generous members of the BGOF group and a few others in AA community. 

An Alano Club with dues paying membership of hopefully hundreds, will cover this negative cash flow and at the same time help create community, offer decision-making input for members, and provide a fully-accessible meeting space designed to allow concurrent meetings to take place. 

The purpose of 12-step programs is to help as many people as possible. A club will make that possible because when someone searches online or calls Intergroup for a meeting, they will be directed to one central, easy to find, accessible meeting space, with capacity for multiple meetings.

Having a clubhouse will foster more opportunities for fellowship and community activities because many meetings will be held in one location which means the recovery community will interact more often.

The club will help people not just with an alcohol addiction, but will serve those who choose to attend NA, Al-Anon or any other 12-step group that wishes to meet at the club. We currently have at least 25 other 12-step meetings in Boulder. The club will provide a space for more of these meetings.

Some 12-step groups have a hard time finding meeting space. Anyone who wants to start a 12-step based meeting will be able to do so with ease at the new Club.

The club will not close on holidays and meetings, and will not be subject to anyone else’s schedule. (i.e. some meetings close or are rescheduled when the church’s need their space for holidays, etc.). We will be able to host marathon meetings all day on holidays, a time when it is difficult for many to stay sober. We can host parties as well so those with no place to go will have food and fellowship on a holiday.

The plans for the new club include a room to room to accommodate childcare. Childcare is something that is currently lacking; more parents with children will be able to attend meetings. Childcare will be provided by each group, not the club. 

Why isn't this club being formed through Boulder One (Boulder Group One Foundation)?

When people first started talking about forming a club, the preference was to organize under BGOF.  A meeting was held with the BGOF Board, where we explored the possibility of BGOF modifying its bylaws to become a club, and move to the site that had been identified as a possibility for a club.  There was a lot of productive conversation and collaboration at this meeting.  After the meeting, the BGOF board voted to not modify it’s bylaws and not move to a new space.  

How much is the contribution for the groups who want to have their meetings at the club.

Each group will be asked to pay a contribution according to a to-be-determined (TBT) sliding scale.  The Boulder Alano Club Board of Directors, elected by members, reserve the right to adjust suggested group contributions as necessary.  Groups can contribute by check or cash. A locked safe with envelopes will be located in the club.

What are the hours of operation? Will it be open all day?

In the beginning we will open just for meetings and a few additional hours. Over time we plan to be open from 6am to midnight. We also plan to hire a manager once we become more established and have a larger budget.

Who will be able to open the club? How will our members enter?

We are planning to use hotel-style key card access to open & lock the club doors. We are also looking into other options to make entry and lock-up simple. We suggest each group create an “opener” monthly service commitment and each month the cards can rotate between members.

Anyone with card access can unlock and lock the door; cards can be activated and deactivated onsite as well as activated/deactivated for specific blocks of time. Cards will be deactivated if not used for 90 days.

How early before the start of a meeting can we arrive?

Thirty minutes  prior to meeting time or TBT.

Can anyone with a key or card access the club whenever they want to?

People with card access can open the club one hour before & stay for a half hour after and must lock the door when leaving. Club members can stay and socialize at BAC during regular open hours. 

We expect those with card access to be responsible. In the event the club is left unlocked the individual will be asked to be more mindful, and if they do it a second time the card will be deactivated. We will then ask the group not to give a card to that individual. If the group does not follow through on the request, the board will speak to the group.  If they continue to not follow the request, the board will decide if the group can remain at the club.

Can we bring outside food in? Serve coffee in our meetings? Will there be running water?

Yes, groups can bring food and serve coffee. There will be running water available. Each group must clean up after themselves.

Will there be a space for sponsor/sponsee meetings to happen?

Yes.

What kinds of groups can meet at the club?

Any group that follows a 12-step format can meet at the club.

Will there be smoking/vaping on premises?

Only outside in designated areas.

What will the parking situation be like?

There is ample parking in the shopping center parking lot.

Will there be an area to hang out/fellowship, drink coffee & socialize?

Yes. 

Will the space be ADA compliant?

Yes. It will be to code.

How much decision making power does the Board of Directors have?

There will be a meeting every month where anyone can attend and voice their ideas/opinions etc. Club members (who are current in paid dues) will be involved in the voting process.

What are the terms for the board members? What is the course of action if club members have an issue with a board member?

There is currently an interim Board made up of 12 Directors, who will serve for the first 6 months after the club opens.  At that time, we will have elections for 6 of the Board positions. The terms will be staggered. The club members will be encouraged to attend board meetings and discuss the issue directly with the board.

Will there be a maintenance person to clean the bathrooms, shovel snow, sweep, etc?

These duties will eventually fall under a manager’s list of responsibilities. At the onset we will rely on group members to help out.

How should our group make this decision and by when do we need to make the decision?

We suggest each group announce a group conscience meeting will take place whenever they deem appropriate (club is attempting to open mid-July, 2018), and that they announce the meeting and purpose of the meeting for up to 4 weeks prior to the meeting. At the meeting we suggest everyone has a chance to voice whether they feel the group should relocate or not and a vote should be taken to make the final decision.There is no time limit on when the decision is made. Your group can join us at the opening or any time after.

If you are interested in relocating a group to the clubhouse or starting a new meeting please contact us at info@boulderalanoclub.org.