Why did you develop the Boulder Alano Club?

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. 

The Alano Club 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 makes 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 fosters more opportunities for fellowship and community activities because many meetings are held in one location which means the recovery community interacts more often.

The club helps people not just with an alcohol addiction, but serves those who choose to attend NA, Al-Anon or any other 12-step group that wishes to meet at the club. There are currently 25 other 12-step meetings in Boulder. The club provides 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 is able to do so with ease at the Alano Club.

The club will not close on holidays, and is not 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 are 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 holidays.

There is a 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. 

How much is the contribution for the groups who want to have their meetings at the club.
Each group is asked to pay a contribution according to a sliding scale.  The Boulder Alano Club Board of Directors, elected by members, reserves the right to adjust suggested group contributions as necessary. A locked safe with envelopes is located in the club.
How early before the start of a meeting can we arrive?

Thirty minutes prior to meeting time or TBT.

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 is running water available. Each group must clean up after themselves.

What kinds of groups can meet at the club?
Any group that follows a 12-step format can meet at the club.
Is there an area to hang out/fellowship, drink coffee & socialize?
Is the space be ADA compliant?
Yes. It is to code.
How much decision making power does the Board of Directors have?
There is an online meeting every month where anyone can attend and voice their ideas/opinions etc. Club supporters (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 are serving 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 supporters will be encouraged to attend board meetings and discuss club-related issues directly with the board.
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, 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 any time.
If you are interested in relocating a group to the clubhouse or starting a new meeting please contact us at info@boulderalanoclub.org.

Boulder Alano Club

4800 Baseline Rd. B102
Boulder, CO 80303
(Located next to Big Daddy Bagels)

303-494-5583    info@BoulderAlanoClub.org