So, 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