The Difference Between the Club and AA
The No Names Anonymous Club, often referred to as the Old Stone Club, is not AA. It is a group of people who contribute toward the upkeep, management, and maintenance of OSIII, so it may continue to foster healing and growth through the AA/AlAnon programs. It is run as a business, as suggested in the long form of Tradition Six. AA/AlAnon is what happens in and out of these rooms when one recovering person shares their experience, strength, and hope with another.
“Life on life’s terms” includes a lot of expenses – including keeping OSIII running. Just the costs to keep this building heated and cooled, and the expense of insurance on a public area with hundreds of visitors is astonishing. There are many other expenses. (Coffee!!)
Group rents that are paid help to cover these costs, but additional funds are needed to keep the doors open. Therefore, dues for membership in the club are a token of gratitude from those who choose to join. Members also organize events as fundraisers to help defray expenses. Yard sales, golf outings, meals, dances, bingo, sports events on a big TV, car washes, etc. are some of the events held to raise funds, and also to HAVE FUN! We are all thankful to the members, and volunteers – members or not, who do this service.
Benefits of joining include access to the clubroom, where you can play pool, bumper pool, cards, etc., or just get together with others for the “meetings before and after the meetings”. It’s a good place to relax on a couch as you talk to your sponsor or sponsee! E-mails are sent to keep you informed of special events and changes in meeting schedules. Voting for the Board of Directors, or being a candidate yourself are options of membership also. NNA members also get a discount price for some NNA events.
But, the main benefit of joining is that good feeling you get by helping others! For a small fraction of what you or yours spent on booze, you can help keep OSIII open. Please join today!
The 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. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be the sole responsibility of those people who financially support them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A.-and medically supervised. While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied. An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.