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.
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?
Is there an area to hang out/fellowship, drink coffee & socialize?
Is the space be ADA compliant?
How much decision making power does the Board of Directors have?
What are the terms for the board members? What is the course of action if club members have an issue with a board member?
How should our group make this decision and by when do we need to make the decision?
Boulder Alano Club
4800 Baseline Rd. B102
Boulder, CO 80303
(Located next to Big Daddy Bagels)