New Meetings all the time

One of the great benefits of being a part of the Austin Galano Club is the many “brands” of recovery that meet here. There are new meetings starting all the time and most all are “open” meetings, which means you are welcome to check them out.  A lot of us come into the rooms through AA, often not identifying with alcohol, but went because it was a safe place.  Having multiple anonymous affiliations meeting under one roof certainly lowers the barrier to trying out any of the others that may be of interest.

Stay tuned for an Open House in June, where each of the groups that meets at Galano will share a little about who they are so the community can see at one time what we are a part of.  It’s pretty amazing!!

New Groups/Meetings:

Four Points – AA – Mon – 5:45, Tue – 5:15, Wed – 5:30, Thu – 5:30, Fri – 6:00, Sat – 10:00 AM

Turning Point CMA – Adding Tuesday 8:00 PM in Medium Room – Starts Mar 5th

Precious and Free – CODA – Meeting Tuesdays at 8:00 PM in the Small Room – Starts Feb 17th

Pride Laundromat – ACA – Meeting Fridays at 7:00 PM in the Small Room – Starts Feb 27th

Underearners Anonymous – UA – Meetings Sundays at 5:00 PM in the Small Room – Starts Jan 25th

Heroin Chic – HA – Women’s meeting, Sundays at 6:30 PM in the Small Room – Started Dec 16th

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New Years Eve Social/Dance 9:30P – 12:30A


The Austin Galano Club would like to invite you and your friends to our 3rd annual NYE dance and potluck. We are happy to announce that back by popular demand Mark T. will be busting out the beats this year on the dance floor. Bring a special treat to share if you like. There will be a $5 suggested cover at the door. Anyone who is a dues-paying member of Austin Galano Club OR has under 90 days of sobriety will get in for FREE. You can become a member for as little as $15/mo. See details at

To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Fre­quent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives. – Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89

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Xmas Day 2014 Holiday Party/Potluck

Austin Galano Club will open at noon on December 25th for the Children of Chaos meeting and the club will remain open all day after that so that the community has a safe place to go, fellowship, and have a good time. In the evening, there will be a potluck and party starting at 6:00, with a White Elephant gift exchange starting at 9:30, and festivities will go until 12:00. Food and potluck will go 6:30 – 9:30. All regularly scheduled meetings will meet as usual.
For the potluck, please sign up below to bring something.

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Austin Galano Club Quarterly Membership Meeting

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Group Balances as of September 30, 2014


Here posted are the group balances for the groups for which Galano is the “bank.” If your group is not listed here, they probably just pay us straight rent. The balances here are after all rents have been paid.  Galano makes no decisions for group funds, and does as the group specifies, per our agreement with each of the entities. 2014-10-18_2305

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Board of Directors and Steering Committees

Galano banner blue board electionsSo, there’s been a lot of talk about the upcoming Board of Directors elections on October 19th at 2:00.  It’s a good thing.  There is an important distinction, however, that should be made to highlight the differences between the Board of Directors for a Non-Profit Corporation, and the Steering Committee of a 12-Step Group.  They are very different things, different types of service, and a different level of responsibility.  One is not better than another, by any means, just different positions.

Steering Committee – This is a group of trusted servants who carry forth the conscience of the specific 12-step group they represent. They handle the business of the group, and interact with outside service organizations on behalf of the group (Intergroup, GSO, Institutions, etc).  Each group has its own Steering Committee and its own conscience, per the traditions of each program.

Board of Directors – The Board of Directors for a Non-Profit Corporation are legal agents of the corporation with a fiduciary duty to support the operation of the corporation, ensure legal and tax compliance, offer guidance to the mission and vision, raise funds, and act as ambassadors to the community.  Board Members serve a 3 year term, are not paid for their service, are legally liable for prudent operation of the facility, responsible for maintenance of the physical property,  handle coordination with the groups who utilize the space, and maintain communication with the several community resources tangential to recovery and GLBTQ&A issues.

The structure at Galano, with its being the first experience for a lot of the community with regard to participating in a 12-step group within a club environment, has been challenging for some to understand.  This is especially true for the newcomer where 12-step meetings can look like “Galano meetings,” when in fact, Galano holds no recovery meetings as an organization.  Our mission is to support recovery by supporting the groups who provide that through their singleness of purpose.  We also aim to support the community of individuals at large by providing a comfortable place to gather socially, a safe and comfortable meeting space, and a host of service opportunities.

If you are a member of Galano, have 3 years of clean time, are not in a decision making capacity with any of the groups who utilize Galano, and would like to be of service on the board, contact a current board member or show up on the 19th for the member meeting.  Serving on the Board of Directors is an awesome opportunity to be of service, though it is a major commitment. All the board members to date have worked tirelessly over the last 3 years to help make the Galano what it is today.  We are often behind the scenes and working hard for the community at large, and are very humbled by what has become a pretty amazing home to so many. We recognize, however, that it is time for new servants to start rotating on the board as we enter the regular rotation outlined in our bylaws where a third of the board rolls off each year.

In gratitude and service – The Current BOD

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Galano At Austin Pride 2014


Similar to last year, the Austin Galano Club is participating in both the Pride Festival (11:00AM – 6:00PM, Saturday September 20th, 2014) at Fiesta Gardens, and also the Austin Pride Parade (Line up at 7:15 at 15th and San Jacinto, Saturday September 20th, 2014).  Your participation in one or both would be so awesome.  We do not represent any specific fellowship, and are participating to let the community know that there are recovery resources available to the Austin GLBTQ&A population, that we are here and (for the most part) normal folks.  The event last year was tremendous, and we had a lot of fun talking with folks about the role of Galano in the community, and the abundance of meetings and different fellowships that share our space.  As well, the parade had some 40 Galano members marching, which was a great showing and so much fun!  Be a part of the community.  Show your pride/humility.  Buy one of the Galano/Pride shirts at the coffee bar or at the Festival, and wear it for the march.

Festival Volunteer Sign up:

Sign up for a shift at the Festival here


Show up at 15th and San Jacinto by 7:15 PM on the 20th.


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Vote for Board Members



The time has come…after 3 years, the first round of board members is due to roll off the board, opening up the opportunity for 3 new representatives to take the helm as servants to the community.  If you are a current member of Galano, have 3 years clean, have been a member of the community for some time (3 yrs per the bylaws, waived at this time), and are not serving in a decision making capacity on a board or steering committee of one of the groups/orgs that Galano serves, you are eligible.  Being on the board is a wonderful and rewarding way to be of service.  It takes a lot of commitment to keep the organization running smoothly, and there is a lot to do as we continue to grow, so we are excited for the new members of the board to bring us into the future.  Contact a current board member to express your interest.  Come to the October Member/Group meeting to vote.

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Group Balances as of June 30

Here posted are the group balances for the groups for which Galano is the “bank.” If your group is not listed here, they probably just pay us straight rent. The balances here are after all rents have been paid.  Galano makes no decisions for group funds, and does as the group specifies, per our agreement with each of the entities.  2014-07-12_1818

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Galano Member Meeting

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Recovery, served

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THIS FRIDAY the 13th, watch till you drop! Jeffry spooked up the series of Friday the 13th movies that he’s just dying to share with everyone. Bring a couple bucks to help with snacks or pizza or whatever other food stuffs you eat on Friday the 13th!!

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Thank you Galano Community

The Galano Board and Members would like to thank those that donated money, materials, time, and their sweat/strength this past week to help beautify our space.  Several folks got together to architect the landscape out front, and brought together a great team of individuals who rolled their sleeves up and planted our front green area.  We are all a part of, and the community yearns for the participation of all members.  Thank you community!!

What’s that they say?  “Don’t dig up in fear the seed you planted in faith”

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It’s Spring, which means stuff’s about to happen


Hey Galano Community,

2014 has started off to be a great year, and the club is just plugging along.  We’re grateful for all the participation and support of the cleaning, coffee bar service, and we continue to be humbled by the abundance of group participation and vibrance.  What a wonderful thing we are a part of.

Coming in the next couple weeks, there are a number of folks who will be participating in a landscaping project (from our late 2013 survey) to help bring in some native beauty (other than the members) to the front of the building.  This is an opportunity to plug in directly, get your hands dirty, and make a mark on our home.

Talk with Scurry at the club, or any board member, about how you can participate.  It should be fun.


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Cleaning Volunteers – Group Commitments


Part of our mission is to provide service opportunities to the members of the groups served, in addition to the various other service obligations a person could have.  It is generally recognized that people who are of service in their club feel more connected, a part of, and it strengthens their sobriety.  Supporting this thought, the AA Pamhplet on AA groups (recovery groups in general) when speaking of the group inventory asks,

“Does our group emphasize to all members the value of keeping up with the kitchen, set-up, clean-up and other housekeeping chores that are essential for our Twelfth Step efforts?”

One of the solutions we came up with to support this effort is having a group at the club each month supply the cleaning team (twice per week) with volunteers.  For January, the Turning Point CMA group provided volunteers, and things seemed to work out really great.  We would like to extend that through the end of the year and get the assistance from other groups.  When can YOUR group provide volunteers?


January – Turning Point CMA

February –

March –

April –

May –

June –

July –

August –

September –

October –

November –

December –


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Today's Meetings and Events

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Small Meeting Room
Notes: Free thinkers…
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Oddfellows Coffee Bar
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Small Meeting Room
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Medium Meeting Room
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Small Meeting Room
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Medium Meeting Room
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Large Meeting Room
Notes: Open discussion. Shares restricted to beginner's (those with…

Building Fund

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