West Suburban Alano Society, Inc. (WSA) has been serving Minnetonka & surrounding areas since 1976. Our objective is to provide a financially self-sustaining facility that promotes personal and social growth for individuals & families in recovery now & for years to come. WSA provides a comfortable and supportive environment to hold meetings and to be with people who understand the process of recovery. This is made possible thanks to the willingness and generosity of members & volunteers. We are a completely volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. We rely entirely on meeting room rent and membership contributions to afford the upkeep and operational expenses of the Alano.
1975 (March) – Our Founders were members of the Glen Lake Alcoholics Anonymous group which met at the old Glen Lake School. The group had grown from 30 members to 100 members. The Glen Lake School was becoming too small for this growing AA group.
1976 (August) – A meeting of seven people from the Glen Lake AA Group and one guest from the Twin Lake Alano discuss the formation of the Society. The group works with the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, and the City of Minnetonka to lease the former Administrator’s Home at the Glen Lake Sanitarium. Approval is received and they have a location for the Society.
1976 (October 1) – West Suburban Alano Society, Inc. is officially a legally organized corporation in accordance with the provisions of the Minnesota Non-Profit Corporation Act, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 317. The Society opens their doors and the first meetings of AA and Alanon are held.
1992 – Hennepin County and City of Minnetonka notify the Society that their lease is terminated due to development. The land will be used for a golf course. The Society purchases a building at 14407 Excelsior Boulevard from the City of Minnetonka. Extensive remodeling and updating to the building is done with help from the members and volunteers devoting their time and money.
2006 – The Alano Society is advised that their building will be acquired by eminent domain and sold to a private developer for the redevelopment of the Glen Lake area. We are able to work with the City of Minnetonka to secure a new location.
2007 (November) – The new West Suburban Alano Society building at 5235 Woodhill Road in Minnetonka has been completed and we have moved in. The Alano is the result of many long hours and generous contributions from local businesses, community, the Alano Board, members and friends.
The new Alano building is 4,500 sq.ft. all on one level. The entire building is handicap accessible including large restrooms. There is an open foyer with a 14 ft. hand crafted solid ironwood table where people mingle & enjoy coffee and conversation before meetings, or they may choose to get some fresh air on the patio. To facilitate Alano functions & fundraisers, there is a fabulous new kitchen with beautiful cabinetry and all new appliances…commercial stove, double oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and lots of counter space. The Alano has one large general meeting room and five separate meeting rooms for small groups. There is a library with books and literature, and a quiet spot to read. Two additional rooms that are completely separate from the rest of the building, including their heat and exhaust systems, accommodate those who wish to smoke. The Alano is a very comfortable space with lots of windows and an open, airy feel. The in-floor radiant heat and energy efficient air conditioning keep it comfortable year-round. There is ample parking in our adjacent parking lot and handicap parking right at the front door. Members at the Alano will tell you that it is like a second home for them. Oh, did I mention…the coffee’s always hot.