“I came to the Alano Club for the second time in March of 2016. My success in “sticking with it” had a great deal to do with getting a sponsor right away and slowly but surely working the steps. Just as important, and for me possibly even more so, was getting involved through service work…
As much as we can’t believe it, the 2019 Holiday Season has arrived. Before you know it, every store from here to Texas will be playing the same Christmas music playlist on repeat ad nauseam. And don’t even get me started on the Hallmark Christmas movies!
Some don’t care for the holiday season because it can be difficult on many levels. Family relationships are tough; some have no family; some are working on their first sober holiday season; and so on.
Others love the festivities and look forward to the time with friends and family.
Most of us fall somewhere in between.
The good news is, no matter what category you fall in there’s always a safe place to fall back on. The Club offers a warm and inviting place for recovering friends to gather and enjoy the holidays no matter what your circumstances are.
If this is your first sober holiday season, or if you struggle through the holidays in general, I’d like to lend a few reasons why staying sober through the holidays might be a good idea. . .
Congratulations! If you’re reading this you’re either bored, dying for the long-winded guy at your table to clam up, or you care about news at the Club more than your average Joe. Either way, you’re in the right place!
There are some issues that crop up from time to time that I want to remind all of our valued patrons . . .
Our Club was founded 50 years ago, when a small group of people in recovery decided this area needed an Alano Club and began the process of creating what we have today.
After several years of work establishing ourselves as a nonprofit business, we finally found our first home on Fourth Avenue in 1975. . .
Newest Board Member: Jeff Cox
I have been an active member of the Club since I got sober in 2012. The Club is a very important part of my recovery. It is where I attend all of my meetings, see my friends, and get to be of service.
I have enjoyed doing service work at the Club since I became a member. I have helped with painting, grounds clean-up, and social events. Most recently, I was elected to serve on the Board of Directors. I very much look forward to being of service to the Club in a way that is new to me.
The Club has been a second home to me for several years and I hope to always be a contributing member of the Club.
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service!
I was driving around in my car. I had been drinking for 3 solid days and was sure I was going to be fired from my job for no call/no show. I wanted to go to the bar, but I knew that the chances of blacking out again were very high and in that divinely-inspired moment of clarity I knew that I had no control over what would happen to me if I picked up another drink. It was 1981. . .
First, we want to give a special shout out to a couple members of our Club who have gone out of their way to assist the Club on a few needed projects.
Joe D. continues to volunteer at the Club on a regular basis. Most recently, he put in a ton of work helping with our Christmas Tree Fundraiser by getting the sale area set up and organizing help for the duration of the fundraiser. With his help, we sold out of trees for the second year in a row!
Andy B. was kind enough to lend us his time and skills to build and install a hand rail for our new patio. It looks wonderful and makes our patio steps safer for our patrons. Andy is a great example of an involved member. We are lucky to have so many skilled members willing to help the Club!
Thank you, Joe and Andy for your continued dedication to the WAC!
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My first AA meeting was at the Washtenaw Alano Club. For the first year of my sobriety, I didn’t go anywhere except the Alano Club for my meetings. I don’t even recall when I got adventurous enough to check out meetings away from the Club – it may have been another year before I felt that confident. The Alano Club was within my comfort zone. Nothing else was. . .
If you are sinking in quicksand and somebody throws you a rope, and you say “no thanks I don’t want that rope,” are you making a big mistake? That’s what was said to me as I left Brighton Hospital after my first 10 days of detoxed sobriety…
I first entered our Club in 1985. It was located on S. State St. in a small rented building. A picture of that building hangs in Room 3. It was my first week of sobriety and I didn’t have a clue. It was smoke-filled and had a snack counter run by a strange man. You had to go down a steep and narrow set of stairs to get to the meeting rooms (also filled with smoke). No one told me to get out, and some of the people seemed friendly – so I stayed. Through the years, I’ve attended other meetings (held in churches), but to this day I consider our Club my spiritual home…