The Galano Club is a recovery club that provides social
and fellowship meetings for AA, Al-Anon and other 12 Step recovery programs.
While our membership is made up of primarily gay people all are welcome. The
purpose of the club is to promote improvement and development of those
recovering from alcohol, drugs and other addictive
The Galano Club provides a safe place where LGBTQ people
can participate in 12-Step recovery programs, attend meetings, and socialize
with each other. It's survival depends upon active members and volunteer work.
The individual members and volunteers foster their own recovery through associating with other people
at the Club who are in 12-Step programs.
According to the Club's web site:
"The genesis of the Galano Club began in 1973 when founders of the 94 Group discovered it would not be easy to find meeting places for gay AA groups. The idea grew as the 94 AA Group grew and expanded with
additional difficulty in securing meeting places. In addition, there was an
obvious need for gay people to have a place where they could expand their social
needs in an alcohol and drug free atmosphere.
Ten years after the first
94 Group was formed, a "Steering Committee" started the process to form what is
now the Galano Club. The committee became the first Board of Directors. For
several years they met once a week at Summerfield Methodist Church and held
events to raise money for a clubhouse of our own.
In a short time we had
enough funds to move to our first location at 1428 North Farwell Avenue and then
moved to 2408 North Farwell Avenue in March of 1989. On December 7, 2001 the
Galano Club moved to 314 West Court Street on the second floor of the LGBT
Community Center. This was done in part to become more visible in the LGBT
Community to better serve those that are seeking recovery in a safe and
Today we have an active membership base of
close to 125 people and we are home to 24, 12-Step meetings a week. Almost 200
people come through our doors each week for meetings or just to socialize with
other recovering people. We host a wide variety of social activities appealing
to all kinds of interests.
Operated on a purely volunteer basis, the
Galano Club has a Board of Directors elected by the membership consisting of 11
members. The Board, in turn, elects officers. Volunteers run and operate the
Club under the direction of the Board of Directors. No one-that's right, no
It is that spirit of everyone doing their part that makes
all this work. It is the membership pulling together that allows us to build for
WE URGE YOU TO JOIN US IN THAT SPIRIT AND