No-Names Anonymous, Inc. is an Indiana non-profit corporation that has been recognized by the IRS as having tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Articles of incorporation were filed with the Indiana Secretary of State on July 28, 1989. William J Hust (Bill) served as the official incorporator, and the initial Board of Directors was comprised of the following individuals:
Graden Nance (Gene)
Jerry L Layman
Albert J Rueger (Al)
Hank Williams (aka/ Albert Henry Williams)
Mary L Cravens
James France (Jim)
James Kleysteuber (Jimmy)
Pursuant to the articles of incorporation, “(t)he purposes for which the Corporation is formed are: (a) To promote abstinence, continued sobriety and the rehabilitation of persons who are alcoholic, including but limited to the provision of an educational and group therapeutic process. (b) To exercise and enjoy any and all other powers, rights and privileges granted by the Indiana Not-for-Profit Corporation Act of 1971, and Acts amendatory, to corporations organized thereunder.”
Since the official name had not been discussed, Bill Hust simply penciled in the name “No-Names Anonymous as a placeholder on the incorporation form; but when it was presented to the organizers, the group conscience was “that will work.”
The corporation took possession of the first “Old Stone” sometime in September of 1989. The club, located at 613 Cherry Street in the St Mary’s old school building, opened on November 1, 1989. The name of “Old Stone Club” was suggested by Al Rueger, and the Board of Directors made that name official on January 22, 1990.
A few years later, the Parrish decided that it needed the space that the Club was leasing, and thus, Old Stone II was born of necessity. The location was in the Old Salvation Army building at Sycamore & 6th Street, and the grand opening was held on February 5, 1994 (Ken Devaney was the featured speaker – his lead from that event is included in the “Speaker ‘Tapes” section of this website).
In 1998, the City of Evansville acquired the Old Salvation Army location, and the Club found itself relocating again. The Club took up temporary residence in the old courthouse from December of 1998 until sometime in the fall of 1999, when the current location was opened.