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Friday Night Speakers – Fitchburg’s Finest

Feel the Warmth at Fitchburg Serenity Club

Easy Breathers 5:30 Friday A.A. Speaker Meeting at the Fitchburg Serenity Club.
Many thanks to these speakers for graciously agreeing to share their experience,
strength and hope with a larger audience.


  • Covid Updates

    The Fitchburg Serenity Club Board met Tuesday night November 17 to finalize this doc (Communication, Cleaning & Closures Protocol doc) and to discuss the recent Emergency Order #10 issued by local public health officials and clarify appropriate FSC protocols/response. Here are relevant updates:

    1. Re: Emergency Order #10: Fitchburg Serenity Club falls under what the order defines as Healthcare and Public Health Operations (Section 7) and therefore, is not required to close immediately. We confirmed this interpretation by calling MAICO, who’d confirmed directly with Dane County Public Health that we can remain open. FSC is subject to increased restrictions in order to comply with the recently issued Emergency Order #10, and we’ve taken the following actions as a result. Now more than ever before, due to the rising number of Covid cases in our community, as well as our need to comply with governing authorities, we urge your cooperation and active participation in helping FSC to comply with the orders we’ve been given.
    2. For the sake of safety and compliance, we have:
      1. updated our Written Hygiene Policy, adding language as needed for compliance with Emergency Order #10
      2. updated and posted the Communication, Cleaning & Closures Protocol doc we finalized Tuesday night
      3. created a COVID UPDATES page of our website accessible from the FSC homepage, which includes links to the Communication, Cleaning & Closures Protocol doc and the updated Hygiene Policy, as well as guidance on self-reporting and how we’ll respond.
      4. Posted copies of the updated Written Hygiene Policy on the front door of FSC and in all meeting rooms
      5. Posted updated max room occupancy on all FSC meeting room doors.

    Thank you for your active participation in helping FSC to remain open and safe, while complying with local public health authorities. 100% individual compliance and cooperation is essential in helping us to keep FSC open for those in need of in-person recovery meetings at this difficult time.

    If you have questions, please email the board at board@fitchburgserenityclub.com.

  • Mid-Year FSC Financial Update

    Many of you have asked how the clubhouse is doing financially this year. We wanted to provide an update through the month of August. We will continue to update you in the months to come. You’ll find graphs below. Here are a few highlights from Fitchburg Serenity Club Treasurer Dave S.

    1. Income is down, but trending up from May. Specifically, rent is down, but trending up from May.
    2. We currently have 238 FSC members. Of these, 142 members are current on pledged giving. During this time of financial challenge for many, we are not ending memberships due to lack of payment. However, those able to resume/maintain membership pledges during this time are encouraged to do so.
    3. Operating expenses have been reduced to accommodate the lower income. (Minor) Repairs and Maintenance is the largest discretionary category being reduced.
    4. Capital projects previously funded are in process. New capital funding that can be held off is suspended during this time of austerity.

    Monthly Income Trend September 2019 through August 2020

    FSC Income vs Expenses September 2019 through August 2020

    While revenue has fluctuated significantly, normal monthly operating expenses remain constant. These operating expenses run about $6000 monthly for FSC. When monthly income doesn’t cover this amount, we need to tap our prudent reserves.

    The extent to which we need to use reserve funds for operating expenses impacts our ability to cover big-ticket items to maintain and preserve our beautiful, old clubhouse. Earlier in 2020, those big-ticket items included HVAC fixes, a much-needed security system installation, as well as a safer set of steps and walkway up to the building to replace the old paver walkway.

    Prior to the pandemic impacts, we had planned to move forward with kitchen renovation, but have put this project on hold in favor of focus on must-do projects for the sake of repair and maintenance and keeping the doors open. For example, this fall/winter, we will likely need to invest in some major HVAC system repairs and upgrades.

    If you have questions, you may always email the FSC board. Thank you for your continued 7th Tradition donations for Fitchburg Serenity Club.

    You can make a one-time donation or set up recurring donation amounts via our Paypal donate link below or at any time from our homepage.

  • FSC Update as Our Community Transitions

    While Fitchburg Serenity Club has remained open throughout our community’s Safer At Home order, we wanted to provide an updated list of guidelines as our community transitions to more places being open. FSC is moving forward based on information and input we have available today. We will continue to evolve our guidelines as this ever-evolving pandemic situation evolves. The following remains in effect until further notice.

    *SOURCE FOR GUIDELINES: CDC and Forward Dane PDF for Dane County

    We strive to uphold our mission: FSC is a non-profit corporation for recovering alcoholics, addicts, their families and friends, who follow a 12-step program of recovery. FSC provides space for meetings, the opportunity for fellowship, and endeavors to offer a safe, secure, positive environment for recovery.

    Note: We understand that “safe” does not and cannot mean ensuring the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 due to humans being in physical contact or in close proximity. Those who attend meetings at Fitchburg Serenity Club should take precautions to maintain their own health and safety.

    FSC Guidelines for Meeting Groups effective May 26, 2020 until further notice

    Most of these guidelines are a continuation of how we’ve been operating throughout our community’s Safer At Home order.

    • Cleaning Meeting Rooms: After each use of each meeting room (including use by one or more persons), please use the provided disinfectant solution to wipe down all tables and hard surfaces (arms of chairs, hard-surface chairs). Indicate the room has been cleaned by writing the date/time on the sign on the door.
    • Masks/Gloves: Are not required, although some of our attenders choose to wear them to protect themselves and others. As supplies permit, we will provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer at the FSC entrance for use as desired by members and attenders.
    • Meeting Room Occupancy: Please respect social distancing guidelines. Once meeting numbers get to a level where social distancing is challenging, we ask that meeting leaders suggest a split in an available meeting room nearby.
    • Guidelines for Common Space Areas: Please be respectful of others. Avoid physical contact and maintain six feet of personal space as much as possible in the lobby, hallways, entrances, restrooms.
    • Wash hands frequently and make use of hand sanitizer provided in meeting rooms and common areas.
    • Please avoid bringing food to share: If food was shared during your meeting, please take all leftovers home after your meeting. Please dispose of all wastepaper and empty cups, etc. in the bin.
    • 7th Tradition: Thank you for your continued observance of the 7th Tradition. Based on your comfort level, meeting groups and individuals can elect to pass the basket or observe the 7th Tradition by dropping contributions directly into the safe near the vending machines or contributing online (donate link on the FSC website).

    Discussions Underway:

    • Technology: As our community re-opens, we realize that some meeting groups which have had both virtual and in-person meetings taking place may want to bring their virtual and in-person groups together by using technology within the rooms. The FSC Board is discussing ways to make this easier and less distracting than having someone’s laptop on a table. If your meeting group has a need for technology-assisted meetings, please email board@fitchburgserenityclub.com, and we will work to support your needs.
    • Coffee Service: We are in discussions about how and when coffee service can be safely resumed and what that might look like. We will keep you posted as updates are available.

    If you have questions, please email board@fitchburgserenityclub.com. Thank you.

  • Current FSC Safety Measures

    Maintaining a Clean & Healthy Environment

    For members and attenders wanting to know what safety measures are in place at the clubhouse for in-person gatherings during our current situation, following is a list of steps begin taken. These are also posted in common and meeting areas at the clubhouse. We’ve attempted to follow CDC and WI governmental/health recommendations and will continue to monitor government and health organization recommendations for community groups as the situation evolves.

    The FSC Board will meet to discuss updates to this list of steps as our local community shifts from our current shelter in place restrictions to a post-May 26 situation, and will post updates prior to May 26 here, on our website and on our Facebook page. If you have questions, please email board@fitchburgserenityclub.com.

    1. Professional cleaners come 3x per week to clean and wipe down common areas, including table tops. Disinfectant is used for hard surfaces in common areas.
    2. Hand sanitizer is readily available for use in each meeting room and in the common areas.
    3. A disinfecting bleach solution is available in every room and common area to wipe down the tables and other hard surfaces. This is a 9:1 bleach solution and the refill supplies, including a funnel for easy pouring, is located in the kitchen under the sink. A chart is provided in every area to log when the tables are cleaned.
    4. Meeting rooms have been adjusted to align with Governor Evers’ order banning gatherings of 10 or more. Once a meeting reaches 10 occupants, please take a split in any of the other available rooms. (Note: While the shelter in place order and closing of non-essential businesses is more up-to-date than the 10 or more order, the restriction of 10 people per room is a manageable way to adhere to the six-foot distance guideline in place in most public areas at this time where gatherings still take place.)

    We are monitoring government and health organization recommendations for community groups. We will update members if and when the above list of actions changes.

    If you have any questions, please email: board@fitchburgserenityclub.com.

    Thank you, FSC Board

  • June 3, 2016 – Howard O
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  • April 1, 2016 – Sid
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  • February 19, 2016 – Dave S.
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  • February 12, 2016 – Todd F.
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  • February 5, 2016 – Karen
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  • January 10, 2016 – Jim W. 50 Year Talk
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Easy Breathers 5:30 Friday A.A. Speaker Meeting at the Fitchburg Serenity Club.
Many thanks to these speakers for graciously agreeing to share their experience,
strength and hope with a larger audience.