Where Does It Go?
Group Balances (those not listed have a $0 balance)
Each group, per the 7th tradition of AA (foundation for all 12-step fellowships), is fully self supporting declining outside contributions. As such, the GSO states that each group should “pay a fair rent” for meeting space. The Austin Galano Club handles the accounting for several groups that use the facility and provide on a regular basis the group’s balance. It is then the group’s responsibility to request from the Galano Treasurer the disbursement of those funds in excess of the “rent due” for distribution up to regional and national service offices. Although we are not at quarter end, I have posted the current balances for the groups (year to date).
If your group has a positive balance, your treasurer and group conscience will want to discuss how to distribute those funds (per each group’s individual by laws). if your group has a negative balance, then a conversation may be in order to determine how best to increase donations to the basket.
Our mission at Austin Galano Club is to serve GLBTQ and Allies in Recovery. In pursuit of that mission, Austin Galano Club keeps “rents” as low as possible by relying on a diversity of income to help create a sustainable venue, and help provide an environment for groups to form, flourish, and support their respective regional/national service offices. Membership, donations at the coffee bar, other donations/gifts, all help keep the burden of supporting the facility off the groups so they can keep their focus on their respective primary purpose.
Austin Galano Club is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit. We have no employees, so all donations and gifts go toward operations and serving our mission. Even the rent we pay goes to a generous non-profit who then donates those proceeds to other area non-profits. It’s a great circle of life and we are part of something very wonderful.
Thank each and every one of you for your continued support, energy, time, money, and love. It takes all of us.