Frequently Asked Questions
I have never been to a meeting before. What should I expect?
All you need to bring is yourself! Find a time that works for you on our meetings page and come on down! For more details, contact us!
What if I am not sure if I qualify for an AA meeting?
Exploring the AA website is a great place to start! More questions? Feel free to contact us!
Is the club safe?
Safety and inclusion at the club are of paramount importance to us. Although many of the recovery programs have broad qualifications for membership, the Club will not tolerate harassment of any kind. If unsafe behavior is observed or brought to our attention in confidence, we do have a formal process to resolve the issue in an attempt to make sure everyone feels safe at the Club. If you have such a concern, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Do I have to be member to come to the club?
Nope! Many of our visitors are not members, however, we feel that membership in the club is a great way to support recovery in our community.
How do I get more involved with being of service at the club?
Coming to our meetings, events, and our business meetings are all great ways to be of service!
Hear from Our Members
"Early on in recovery my sobriety seemed fragile and tenuous. Staying sober was not an easy task. I was always told: "I can't stay but WE can!" The Alano Club was a haven of safety. The Big Book says: "We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality—safe and protected." This is what I found at the Alano Club. There were meetings available throughout the day. There were people who taught me how to build a strong recovery. There were people that not only read "how it works" but they showed me how it works. To me the Alano Club is sacred ground. It is a place where one can build a fuller, happier, and more productive life than could have been previously imagined. A place where like minds can gather to support each other and to grow together."
"In these rooms I found the steps that led me back to myself and a community I can be myself with. So grateful."
"I love the Club. Everyone is welcoming and it's where my friends gather, heal and laugh."
"The Alano club means the world to me. It showed me a path to what would become a and continues to be a beautiful life that no longer includes alcohol. I love the sense of community and all of the fun events that embrace and include everyone. It has shown me that recovery is badass and there are people and fun activities that include anyone that walks in that door with a desire to stop drinking."
Updates and Announcements
What is the Alano Club?
Although not directly tied to a specific recovery program, the Kalamazoo Alano Club has served as a safe place for recovery meetings to take place since 1968. We believe that through creating and nurturing recovery within the Kalamazoo area, we are playing an active role in making our community a better place. By hosting meetings and events, we hope to carry the message that not only is recovery from addiction possible, but that we can actually have fun doing it!
The Club has recovery meetings throughout the day, 365 days a year. Although primarily a location for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, you will find a range of different meeting types taking place here. If you are new to the Kalamazoo recovery scene, please check out our Meetings page to find out more details about meetings that fit your schedule. From there, just head on down and see what we are about!
Many of us find that being of service to others is a vital component of our recovery. Please check out our page on Club Business or come on by to learn more about how you can get involved. If you find that the Club is an invaluable tool for recovery in our community, we encourage you to help support us however you can. We take donations and have memberships available, but even your participation in our meetings and events is considered a huge act of support as far as we are concerned!
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to the difference.