Over the last 3+ years, the Austin Galano Club has grown significantly in the groups it serves. Not just in the number of groups served (23 currently), but in the types of anonymous fellowships (there are now 13 different ones), demographics, special interests (women only, Atheist/Freethinker, Business Owner’s), etc. Our aim at the very start was to create a home where it was easy and safe for new groups to get started, where “old” groups could find a home among a larger community of recovery, and where the burden of managing the facility did not rest with the groups, but on those interested members who chose to do so. As such, the Austin Galano Club, it’s board, and it’s supporting members are always trying to improve, and we are always looking for ways that we can better serve the groups, the community, and the members of the groups who call Austin Galano Club home.
In accordance with Tradition Six of Alcoholics Anonymous (and extensible to other 12-Step fellowships) a group can bind itself to no one, and cannot be affiliated or lend its name to another entity. A group can, it says, cooperate and have relationships with anyone, which they do often, without endorsing or implying affiliation. The Austin Galano Club respects this line, and we are careful about the level of service we provide and our whole relationship with groups, so that we do not cross this line, fuzzy as it may be.
In an effort to provide greater opportunity for groups to keep their members informed, the Austin Galano Club at the last Group Rep meeting introduced the idea of providing each group a space on the Galano website. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so we moved ahead with it. As a result, we have made each group the author of their own page and will list/publish each group’s page at their discretion. Check one out here. Keep an eye on the Groups menu for new groups as they come up, and be sure to explore the variety of fellowship that is waiting here for you at Austin Galano Club.
We are humbled and grateful for what has become.
PS – please sign up for a shift at the coffee bar. 😉
The entire Galano Community is invited to join us at the Festival and later in the day at the Parade for the Austin Pride Celebration. Sign up sheets are posted in each of the meeting rooms if you would like to volunteer to be of service. We will need folks to staff the booth, and would LOVE to have a large contingent marching in the parade that evening. This has been such a fun event to participate in, and we have raised the awareness of GLBTQ&A recovery in Austin through our presence the last two years.
Free shirts will be provided to dues-paying members, so if you are not yet a member or your membership has lapsed, sign up now at: MEMBERSHIP SIGNUP
Austin Pride: Saturday August 29th, 2015
Festival: 10:00 – 6:00
Parade: Lineup at 7:00 PM, Parade starts at 8:00 PM
Thanks to all who came out and provided feedback and guidance. Here attached is the presentation, should you want to refer back, or you missed the meeting. Group Balances are in the presentation.
A couple of items that are worth mentioning:
Our membership portion of monthly income is declining, primarily due to folks not re-signing up after a card changes or expires. If you support our mission, please support the club financially.http://www.austingalano.org/membership
Group Communication – the members and group reps brought up that we really need to establish group responsibilities/accountability. The board will be working on these “policies” immediately for discussion at the next meeting. More info forthcoming. Mandatory regular meetings of group reps, though, is a likely element. smile emoticon
Let’s plan our Austin Pride & Parade participation!
Volunteers needed for:
- Staffing the AGC Booth.
- Decorating the vehicles.
- Setup and takedown.
- Handing out FREE T-Shirts to members!
Join us at the Update Meeting for Members & Groups at the Clubhouse
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:00pm
Join us for a summer-time Members Meeting on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:00pm, at the Austin Galano Club.
We’ll discuss plans for the Gay Pride parade, including volunteers for the Pride Booth; new groups meeting at the club, finances and much more. Free coffee in the Oddfellows Lounge for all attendees.