While it is true that the club does run "rough-shod" over the group, it is that way because the group considers the club inseparable. It has been that way since its inception, over 20 years ago. It is not in alignment with tradition six, but it is true that this group would cease to exist if "the club" were to dissolve for any reason. that is not right, but that is the way it is and has been during its entire history. By forming a 501(c)3 organization, the members of the group do an "end-around" the AA traditions. Does this mean that there is no good recovery available? NO. Does it mean newcomers have no understanding of the difference between the group and the club? YES. If and when the club does fall apart, there are those of us within the 231 AA "group" that are ready and willing to ensure that an AA group will still be around to serve this part of Aurora.
Dear "SoberJohn" (It is you who call yourself sober, I do not). How dare you? I know who you are and just how many years you have been (or had been) a member of 231. You should be ashamed of yourself for bad mouthing the very club that helped bring you back from certain death. You are a disgrace to the AA community, and I would hope that no one should read nor adhere to your critique of 231 Buckley club! Nay! New Comer rejoice in the fact that there is a place to come that will open its doors to you And will love you until you learn to love yourself! Poor SoberJohn was asked to leave the Club for reasons of his own making. 231 welcomes the newcomer with open arms, minds, and hearts. Do not let one sad man steal away from you a chance for real happiness, and a freedom from the life you are living now. If you do not want to go to 231 we beg you to find another club. Help is out there you need not look much further.
This "AA Club" is totally inappropriate and there is NO AA there at all. The Club directs the Groups and does not follow the Traditions of Alcoholic's Anonymous. The Bleeding Decons that "run" the club delight in making assessments of others and actually banish people from attending meetings. The "Board" believes that anyone entering the building is subject to their "By Laws", even those who are not members of the Club. Very, very sick behavior. Extreme example of untreated Alcoholism in its worst cases. Newcomers BEWARE, this is not a place to go for AA.
Review from Guidestar