This is our first newsletter for 2019, and, along with announcements about upcoming events at your Token Club, the long-awaited news about the Club’s future is now clear.
After more than 50 years at our Dutchmans Lane location, we signed a lease for our new facility at 3439 Breckinridge Lane on Feb. 5. The agreement is for seven years, with the option for two five-year extensions.
This move was prompted by the sale of the larger property to Norton Hospital. Our goal has been to have full operational capability by Aug. 1. We are currently waiting for construction/building permit approval. Renovation and build-out will take six-eight weeks once permits are approved. We’ve contracted with a construction company to take care of all aspects of work.
Our primary customer, of course, is the 12-step group, and we intend to maintain – indeed, grow – our meeting schedule. Our great hope is that every group that meets at our current location will join us at Breckinridge Plaza, and the Club will soon be reaching out to a representative of each group to share that message.
We currently occupy 2,000 square feet where we host 57 meetings per week. Our new club will have more than two-and-a-half times as much room, with 5,200 square feet; three meeting rooms; lounge & concession; first floor with front and rear entrances; handicap accessible; ample, well-lit parking; and a designated smoking area.
Of course, three meeting rooms will allow us to hold more meetings to serve our community, and perhaps to serve other 12-step fellowships that don’t meet with us now.
Our new facility is in Breckinridge Plaza, only 2.9 miles from our current location, in the former Horner’s Novelty store. The new club, a six-minute drive from exit 18 of the Watterson Expressway, can also be reached by TARC Bus lines 23, 62, and 53X.
The new facility will allow us to expand our food concession with more snacks and ready-to-eat foods and give us more space for recovery literature and merchandise.
Rolf Provan, Vice President for Business Development & Marketing at Luckett & Farley, an architectural and engineering firm in Louisville, is President of the Board of Directors of the Token Club and has overseen the work of the Club for the past year.
“More than 62,000 people walk in to our Club every year – some with decades of sobriety, others, just off the street or out of rehab. It’s a safe place, where people can recover and grow without being judged. It’s also a place where the newcomer can find role models and mentors, and learn how to navigate their new life,” he said.
“We’re grateful for the generous contributions from our many donors to make our move happen, all of which will make our city a stronger, more vibrant community,” Provan said.
We will post progress reports with pictures on our new website, on our Facebook page, via email, and at the Club; and we’ll schedule an Open House as we near our occupancy date to introduce the Club to our many supporters in the community.
On Saturday, March 23, we’ll also hold a Town Hall meeting from noon to 1:30 with the Club’s Board of Directors, who will discuss more details about the new facility, and answer your questions. We hope to see you there.
Of course, you can always email the Club with a question at email@example.com
In other news, we have one of our regular Pancake Breakfasts scheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 9-11 a.m. Come and join us after the Early Bird Meeting, or before the 10 a.m. Al-Anon Meeting. Guests from all 12-step groups are welcome, as are family, friends, and supporters. Pancakes are free, and your contributions are always appreciated.
During the second half of March, we’ve also got a raffle scheduled. See the display at the Club for details. On April 9, we’ll have a fund-raising dinner at Blaze Pizza, and our Spring Membership Drive will take place in April.
Also, mark your calendars for the Golf Scramble at Oxmoor Country Club on June 30.
As always, we’re extremely grateful for the many friends and supporters we have in our community, and we look forward to another successful year of service to all 12-step fellowships. We couldn’t do this without you, and we appreciate your continued, generous support.