Frequently Asked Questions

What is it? Why do we need it? How will it benefit AA? What is the difference between a Club and a Group? Why become a Founding Member? How can I support this? Long Form of Tradition Six What is it? Austin Galano Club (AGC) is a non-profit corporation formed to serve the recovery community of Austin and surrounding areas, specifically for the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender community, and serving all 12-step based programs and activities.  The club is focused on providing a facility and operational support for the meeting spaces for such groups, as well as providing social, community education, and service opportunities to the group members served.  The facility provided by the club can also be used by the recovery community to have a safe, affordable, comfortable place to gather, whether for a meeting or for social purposes. Why do we need it? The Club provides a safe and financially secure place for GLBTQ&A 12-step recovery meetings to occur. The Club construct allows recovery groups, including but not limited to Alcoholics Anonymous, to focus their full attention on their respective primary purpose, leaving the concern for money and property to the corporation. The Club is also host to other recovery-related groups and social functions. The Club provides a home for GLBTQ&A recovery in Austin.  A long-term goal is to purchase a property. How will it benefit AA? By providing a stable, well-maintained, and financially-secure meeting space while allowing groups to focus on serving their members within their traditions . To provide a non-profit “landlord” to serve the GLBTQ&A recovery community. What is the difference between a Club and a Group? A Club is a non-profit organization that manages and maintains the physical facility for GLBTQ&A recovery-related groups.  The Club rents meeting space to 12-step groups and other recovery based groups. The AA World Service office states that “The importance of each group’s maintaining its autonomy and identity separate from the club in which it meets cannot be emphasized too strongly.” An 12-Step Group meeting at the Galano site would still completely control what occurs inside their meetings. Why become a Member? The Austin Galano Club derived 100% of its startup revenues from memberships and donations from members and member-groups. Regular membership dues help provide a solid foundation for operational expenses, keeping the financial burden of club operations from falling upon the groups who meet at the facility.  All groups, however, will pay a fair rent in the spirit of allowing them to be “fully self-supporting” Your Membership support is critical to the success of this enterprise. Austin needs a sustainable facility that is dedicated to the service and support of the GLBTQ&A recovery community. Members get a voice on club governance. They can elect board members and vote in membership meetings. Your Austin Galano Club contributions are a tangible legacy to the GLBTQ&A 12-Step recovery community in Austin. How can I support this? You can become a Member of the Austin Galano Club. Your membership dues may be paid annually or monthly through the Galano website. Additional gifts and donations from Club Members are also very much appreciated as we begin this endeavor. The Club is a non-profit corporation chartered in Texas, and is a tax exempt organization as specified by section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.  The Club has been issued a Federal ID number. Donations are tax-deductible and can be fully documented with a receipt.  An annual donation summary is provided following the close of each calendar year. Long Form of Tradition Six Problems of money, property, and authority may easily  divert  us from  our primary  spiritual  aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business . . . .  (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 1952, p. 190)