Due to recent 2015 zoning changes and lease renewals at N. Union, the EAC Board of Directors started to April to actively look for an alternative location for the Elgin Alano Club.
And… we’ve got great news… a fantastic location has been leased, renovated and our belongs moved in! Meetings began at “Serenity on the River” on Saturday December 5th after we’ve received our Conditional-Use Occupancy Permit from the City of Elgin!
Our new location is on the ground level of the historic “Columbia Block” building between S. Grove and S. Riverside Drives in Downtown Elgin. Entrance is from the Riverside Drive Promenade and we’ll have plenty of space for multiple meetings/events coordinated for the same day/time in the future!
The new club at 73 S. Riverside Drive is close to Festival Park, public transportation, good retail neighbors, plenty of free parking (street and lot) and the beautiful Fox River!
This location is over 3,800 sqft of converted office space, handicap accessible (via elevator), with private breakout rooms, a large main meeting room and space for amenities we’ve come to know and love… such as the members lounge, literature/gift shop and kids room! “Serenity on the River” indeed!
- Download the “2015 Serenity of the River Pledge Drive” Moving Fund Donation Form and make your pledge! All donations are Tax Deductible.
- Donate Online! Permit fees and moving costs do add up…Your group can pass an additional ‘moving fund’ basket at meetings or take a group conscious to make a donation to the club directly. All funds will be applied towards costs already incurred in renovations to obtain occupancy and our 2016 project to build-out a kitchen and larger meeting room area as we expand into unit C of the building.
Are you as tired of hearing us ask for money as we are of asking?
Well the club wants to be self-supporting with a prudent reserve to keep operations going – but as some stories tell… it has been tough these last few years since our move from downtown Elgin. We need your help in raising extra monies to cover permit, application, inspection and moving costs to enter this next chapter of our club.
- Since moving from downtown Elgin 3-years ago we’ve dwindled from a healthy 15-18 meetings per week to a nominal 12 meetings with a variety of attendance and support (good and poor).
- Despite a lack in handicap access and easy public transportation, we have survived being on the Third floor and alienating the non-mountain climbing people (but what a way to ‘work’ the steps!).
With securing a new centralized and street level location; we firmly believe a steadier flow of 2-3 daily meetings are ready to thrive at the club once more. The board of EAC is eager to welcome new groups, workshops, members, rentals and events through the new and improved clubs doors with a newer, larger and more accessible location. 🙂
This new phase the Elgin Alano Club is entering is exciting in the fact that you are involved! Without you, none of this would be possible. You, who have stuck with us through thick and thin and not lost faith… come help us make ‘Serenity of the River’ a new ‘forever’ home for the club and the fellowship you love and support!
Make your Tax-Deductible Donation ONLINE now.
A Few Reminders for Club Security with Meeting Chairs and Members who will be using facilities at our new home, “Serenity on the River”.
- All active 2015-16 Membership Keys work in the Exterior and Interior doors at the new club.
- Main Entrance door for meetings is the Single Grey Exterior Door, to the left of the building elevator door.
- Meeting Chairs will unlock the exterior and the interior entrance doors 15-minutes prior to a meeting – glass elevator door will only be unlocked in the event handicap access is required.
- The closed-circuit security system and meeting safe have been transferred and installed at the new club.
- When closing up, remember to turn the lights off, check the coffee maker is off, club is clear of persons and ensure all doors are locked and secured.
- Emergency Exit door in our meeting room, Panic Bar will sound Alarm if opened, only Fire Dept or Bldg Maintenance Key can deactivate.
Next Steps: Building out the LARGE Meeting Hall and Kitchen Area for Unit C (our current vending and storage area). We are continuing to raise monies for the Building Fund to reach our goal of $3,500 and successful build-out the space in 2016. We need YOU, so we can continue to rehab our new club!
Thanks to all those who wrote letters of support and showed up in person as we went through the 6-month long City Council process – it’s our members that continue to make EAC a great resource to the fellowship in recovery!
Thank you to ALL our volunteers who have help complete a successful transition from Union St to Serenity on the River!