Almost six years ago, AA God™ was so busy providing serenity to the members of an AA group in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; that he he got
SIOGA Club President and racist, Douglas Malins
distracted and let their building burn down. The SIOGA Club, which stands for “Sobriety Is Our Greatest Asset,” has been without a home ever since. Shortly after the fire, the group bought another building, and began the process of sprucing it up with the help of volunteer labor, and started soliciting donations from outside sources. I’m not sure how begging for money fits in with tradition number seven, which states that they decline outside contributions, but I’ll admit that I’m not an expert in “rigorous honesty.”
Last year, SIOGA Club President, Douglas Malins, was all giddy over the prospect of the opening of the new building – but they were out of money. What better way to raise it than with a public appeal in a free puff piece from the local newspaper:
It’s been a long road but Malins, president of the non-profit organization, can see the beginning of the end — except it’s 30 days and $35,000 to $40,000 away.
“Basically, right now we’re broke,” he said. “We’re so close. If we had the money … .”
That is close! It gets even more frustrating, considering that he would have had $10K to spare himself, had he not been forced to pay it in a settlement from a racial discrimination suit against him:
The complaint, which was filed in 2005, alleges that property manager Douglas Malins prohibited a tenant’s grandson, who is biracial, from visiting her apartment and that he interfered with the tenant’s right to have African-American guests at her apartment.
So, I suppose it must cost more to renovate a building when you have to double up on everything. You know, separate restrooms and drinking fountains, and all of those signs designating “whites” and “coloreds” aren’t going to paint themselves for free. Fortunately for Douglas M, some donation money came through, and they were able to open their doors this week.