Galano Members Meeting

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Join us in the Oddfellows Lounge at Austin Galano Club

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00PM

Come hear about and share the impact your support is making in our community.  Also, upcoming plans, status of the building fund, general finances, and selection of new Board servant-leaders.

Do you love what Galano does? And have at least 3-years continuous sobriety, are not currently serving in leadership of one of our affiliated groups, have the desire to make an impact in the LGBT recovery community, and can devote 5-to-20-hours-per-month of active participation and service? Then please speak to us about joining the Austin Galano Club Board of Servant Leaders.  We have much to do and we want to grow!  Contact any Board Member beforehand with questions, hopes and fears. Then show up and get voted in!

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Our Annual Anniversary Party is coming!

Sunday afternoon 2:00-5:00pm, June 28, 2015.

Open House with Food – Fellowship – Fun!

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Fabulous Garage Sale to Benefit the Building Fund

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Come Shop for Treasures!

Garage Sale Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26, 2015

8:00AM to 6:00PM at AGC.

Donate your old (valuable) stuff!  

Drop off at the Club Friday April 24 Noon-8:00PM.

Or contact Johnathan S. to arrange for truck pickup at (512) 799-7468.

 

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2015 Group Balances as of Mar 31

As part of the ongoing reporting and transparency of the Galano Club and the services we provide to the groups who meet at the club, we regularly report on the group balances, and have available the daily deposit for each group.  Each group, per the AA traditions, is in control of their money and what is done with it, where it is sent, etc. and the Galano servants collect, count, and track.  A regular audit/review of  what Galano tracks as the daily deposits / expenses is in order for each of the group treasurers, and can be found on a publicly viewable spreadsheet.  (Daily Deposits Spreadsheet).  If there are any discrepancies, please have the treasurer connect with the Galano treasurer to resolve.  We do our best at making sure we keep everything out in the open and accurate.

As such, here below is the group balance for each of the groups where Austin Galano Club is keeping track, after all rents and other expenses have been paid (if your group is not listed below, your group’s Treasurer will have this information):

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As well, the Austin Galano Club Profit/Loss statement for the quarter ending Mar 31, 2015 can be found here

 

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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

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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 austingalano.org.

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

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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

Parade:

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

 

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Vote for Board Members

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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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13th

OOOO…FRIDAY THE 13TH Movie Night

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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Today's Meetings and Events

9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Oddfellows Coffee Bar
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Large Meeting Room
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Small Meeting Room
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Small Meeting Room
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Medium Meeting Room
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Medium Meeting Room
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All meetings are LGBTQA-sensitive and non-smoking.

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