Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the club:
“What is the difference between AA and the Alano Club?” or “Is the Alano Club AA?”
The Alano Club of Murray is not Alcoholics Anonymous. We are a non-profit membership based organization providing a safe, accepting place for 12 step meetings that include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alanon, Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Crystal Meth Anonymous (MA) and likely more groups in the future.
We are not officially sanctioned by the World Service Office in New York City, the headquarters of AA. Through our Board of Directors, paid members, volunteers and group conscience of the meetings here at the club we observe the 12 traditions, to promote unity and singleness of purpose here at the Alano Club.
The 12 traditions of AA state that it is not “affiliated with any group or outside enterprise.” That includes us.
“Do I have to pay to attend meetings?”
According to AA’s 7th tradition, “there are no dues or fees for AA membership, we are self supporting through our own contributions.” You can attend any meetings here free of charge. Donations given during the meeting will go to pay rent, helping to support the Alano Club and the 12 step program you are attending in general. If you would like to know more about what a specific group does with donations, feel free to speak to the group secretary or treasurer of that meeting.
It costs money to maintain and operate the club itself. We are funded by voluntary membership dues, donations, revenues from our kitchen and the generous service work of many people at the club.