1st Annual Gratitude Dinner & Open Speaker Meeting

We will be celebrating the miracles of recovery at our 1st Annual 

Gratitude Dinner

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti at the Elgin Alano Club

  on Saturday November 11th | Dinner begins at 5:30 pm

Think about this – how do YOU cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude for:

  Yourself? Your family? Your recovery? Your fellowship? Your community?

Join us for an Open Speaker Meeting featuring a panel of Veterans in Recovery at 6:30 PM featuring:

   Rachel S. US Army Res.  |  Ken W.  US Army Ret.  |  Bryan T.  US Marine Corps

Bring a Dish or Dessert to Pass!

  Door Prize Give-A-Way!  |  No Admission Required  |  50/50 Raffle Drawing!                                            

“An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to  

  try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.” 12 & 12 – Step 10, pg. 95

The Soul Kitchen Retreat: Spring 2017

Hello friends!

The Soul Kitchen is holding our second spiritual retreat this spring. Just like last time, we are planning a weekend that we hope to be both laid back and intense…simultaneously. Trust me, it can be done. 😊 And while the majority of those in attendance will likely be part of a recovery fellowship, anyone seeking spiritual growth is welcome.

We are going to be looking at how calamity and painful experiences can color our spiritual journey, as well as how we can better understand them in the context of God’s love.

The retreat is held at Villa Desiderata, an amazing place, where it’s frankly quite hard NOT to have a spiritual experience of one kind or another.

Please come join us and see what God has in store. Feel free to add anyone to this event that you think would benefit. And don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Many blessings to you all!

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
~Rabindranath Tagore

Retreat Committee: Alex S, Ben C, Cheryl I, Joe N, Laurie-Faith G, Mae Y, Ryan K

Theme: “Weathering the Storm”

Cost: $140 (covers everything, including meals)
**Funds may be available for partial scholarships. If money is an issue, please let us know asap so we can accommodate. We do not want money to prevent anyone from joining us.

Mae Y
(630) 202-5243

Ryan K
(331) 222-2517

Women’s 12 Step Recovery Retreat

Women’s 12 Step Recovery Retreat 
“A Vision of You” – February 24th – 26th, 2017
Villa Desiderata Retreat Center, 3015 North Bayview Lane, McHenry, IL 60051

Cost: $130.oo Scholarships Available

Facilitator: Susan L. Questions or registration forms? Contact Sandy at 847-431-1895

We regret to inform you that we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions. Please bring any foods or snacks specific to your dietary needs. Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Friday night; retreat program starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday supper available. Check-Out 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Register prior to January 29th for a special bonus!

Christmas Day Open House

The Elgin Alano Club invites you to enjoy a

Christmas Day Open House

Sunday December 25th, 2016

Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm   |   Food – Fellowship – Fun!

All are Welcome!

EAC will be open for friends and visitors on Christmas Day!  There will be food to share, the gift shop, plasma flat screen TV (football broadcasts) and members lounge are open, kids room activities (Disney & Wii) and lots more!  Bring a dish to pass, DVD or Board Game to share and stop in to make some new friends.

Our regular closed meeting will be in session at 6:30 pm in the main meeting room.

Elgin Alano Club – 73 S. Riverside Dr. Downtown Elgin

www.ElginAlanoClub.org – Laurie Faith 815-263-7658

Soul Kitchen – Spiritual Retreat for People in Recovery

Hello recovery friends!

We’re happy to announce a new spiritual retreat starting this winter: December 9-11. It’s our intention to create a weekend experience that is both totally laid back, and at the same time, really intense. Sound impossible? Maybe it is, but we’re trying anyway. Come find out 🙂 In any case, we know it will be a cool new experience for all of us.

This is a spiritual retreat for men and women in recovery. It is not specifically AA, nor will we focus on any single spiritual path. There will, however, be examples used from various spiritual traditions throughout the weekend. We hope this will not make anyone uncomfortable.

The theme for our first retreat is “Ditching the Double Life,” which refers to a paragraph on page 73 of the AA Big Book.

“More than most people, the alcoholic leads a double life. He is very much the actor. To the outer world he presents his stage character. This is the one he likes his fellows to see. He wants to enjoy a certain reputa­ tion, but knows in his heart he doesn’t deserve it.”

We all wear masks. Whether we want to admit that or not. At this retreat, we will take a raw, honest look at our masks and why we need them. In a laid back way, of course 🙂

The cost for the weekend, which includes room and board, is $125. We are asking for a $25 deposit to hold your spot.

Questions? Contact our retreat secretaries: Mae Y or Ryan K. Or anyone else on the retreat committee.

Theme: Ditching the Double Life

Cost: $125, with a $25 deposit
(a limited number of scholarships are available. let us know ASAP if you need one)

Retreat Committee: Alex S, Ben C, Brandon I, Cheryl I, Joe N, Lisa S, Mae Y, and Ryan K