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The Chronicle Volume Number 131 December 2010 Circulation 96 DISTRICT 09 MEETING November 7, 2010 White Lake Meeting opened by Terry W (DCM) at 2:00 p.m. and introductions made. Terry S read the traditions. Jerry K made the motion to accept the minutes as corrected which had been presented in ―The Chronicle.‖ John N seconded the motion. Motion carried. John N presented the treasurer’s report. The balance sheet shows a balance forward of $1,691.58 including designations for earmarked funds. Gloria O made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report as submitted. Jeff O seconded the motion. Motion carried. Sixteen members signed the attendance sheet, representing Shawano, Wausaukee, Crivitz, Lakewood, Carter, Peshtigo, White Lake and Menominee, MI. COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLIC INFORMATION: Todd E reported that the form letters are set up personal for each of the different entities of churches, schools, medical personnel, physicians and treatment centers. They are ready to copy and paste. He explained the individual literature that will be included with these mailings. Todd E will be the PI representative for the up coming Intergroup Meeting in Wausaukee. He also suggested that telephone books from other communities be provided to him for future mailing. Also he shared thoughts of contacting local radio stations for public announcements of meeting locations and information opportunities. CORRECTIONS: Gloria O reported for Yvonne P. Three men volunteers are doing a great job at the Marinette County Jail. Two women are continuing to rotate weekly keeping the women’s meeting going at Marinette County Jail. Two men volunteers are still doing a great job at the Oconto Jail. Yvonne is not aware of what is happening at the Shawano Jail. Mary B and Yvonne P are continuing to present meeting at the Menominee Jail and have had good experiences. No request from the men for meeting at the Menominee Jail but Yvonne P had asked Roxanne, the program director, to keep her informed if meetings are requested. There also is an alternate male volunteer who is available for either the Menominee or the Marinette locations, if requested. NEWSLETTER: Sara P reported for Mary B. Mary B wanted to know if there is anyone is not receiving their newsletters. ARCHIVES: Dan La C reported that Archives display will be set up for the November Intergroup meeting in Wausaukee. GRAPEVINE: Sara P reported that the display was set up at the Sponsorship Workshop in Shawano. She reported that she has enjoys volunteering. She was in contact with the Grapevine Area Chair who asked why the books are not on sale at these events. There are 16 different items and Sara P. will check on the cost and report back to GSR. LENDING LIBRARY: John N donated some additional items for the Lending Library. Terry S brought the library with him for anyone to borrow items. TREATMENT: Deborah L had notified Mary C, the Secretary that she will not be able to continue as chairperson for the Treatment Committee. Dawn T volunteered to take over for Deborah L as she is one of the committee members. Gloria O made the motion to accept her as the new Chairperson for the Treatment Committee. Todd E seconded the motion. The motion carried. Gloria O had contact from the director of the Intensive Treatment for Alcoholics in Racine and she reported that female contacts are needed for women in the prisons. WEB SITE: (www.district09aa.org) Jeff O reported the web site is up to date and if there are up coming events that they can be sent to him and he will have them posted on the web site. Terry W reported that there was a great deal of discussion at the assembly about maintaining ―Anonymity‖ on the Internet as it is public domain but no changes were voted upon so each can put what information that they want the public to know but do be aware that from your name and initial, information is not secure. OLD BUSINESS: Service workshop: Dan LaC reported on the Service workshop held at the Presbyterian Church in Shawano on October 23rd. Approximately 30 individuals attended, went well, all left ―Clean and Sober.‖ Hosting of Conference 2012:- Houghton will be hosting (at the college) Fall 2012. The next available conferences will be Spring and Fall 2013. Gloria O suggested perhaps sponsoring a Delegate Workshop which is less demanding. Need 6 to 8 rooms and arrangements for approximately 100 attendees. Terry W recommended GSRs take the discussion back to their groups for further information about their willingness to support these ideas. Fall Conference Report: Gloria O reported on the Fall Assembly. There are 1,232 groups in Area 74, 622 groups are active and only 431 groups have listed GSRs. To be listed for conferences, each GSR must have full name, full address, a telephone number and an email address. Grapevine now has AA Comes of Age in soft cover for $10. and Spiritual Recovery Volume 2 for $10.50. Directories are available and those help individuals find meetings and contacts. These will be helpful for Bridging the Gap to locate contacts from specific areas. Next year GSO will be doing a Membership Survey. There are updates for Corrections which Gloria O forwarded to Yvonne. The Secretary/Registrar is now one position, District 09 would like it be separated into two positions and this was sent back to Structures and Guidelines. Area 74 will be hosting in July 2013, the East Central Regional Conference which is a five state conference. It will be held in Green Bay. There will be an Area Committee meeting in January which had been cancelled but do to so many issues being past back to Committee. Terry W suggested that the GSR meeting start each meeting with concerns, problems and positive things going on with their groups. Todd E made the motion that each GSR meeting includes time for GSRs to share what is going on in their meetings. Jeff O seconded the motion. The motion carried. Announcements: Next District Meeting: December 5th District Meeting - Alano Club, 2218 13th Street, Menominee, Michigan Shawano Presbyterian Church has new daytime meeting at 11:00 a.m. Serenity Club in Shawano has moved their Breakfast Speakers Meeting from the 3rd Saturday to the 1st Saturday June 18th will be Upper Michigan and Wisconsin Corrections Workshop. Bob Mayer is obtaining a Judge from California who holds Drug and Alcohol Court to be the featured speaker. John N made the motion to close the meeting. Gloria O seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 3:10 p.m. District 09 Treasurer’s Report Balance as of 11/07/10: $1,704.08 Total Income: 141.00 Total Expenses: 153.50 To Contact “The Chronicle”: Total Earmarks: 917.09 Mary B Liquid Assets: 774.79 1110 38th Ave #223 Menominee, MI 49858 Donations may be sent to: Phone: 906-864-0269 District 09 Treasurer: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org John N W10649 Williston Spring Rd. To receive a hard copy of newsletter, send $8.00 Crivitz, WI 54114 along with your mailing address. ~~~~~ Make check out to District 09 Area 74 Treasury Treasurer, John Netzel Jeff O ~~~ PO Box 245, Wausau WI 54403 The Newsletter may be sent free through e-mail. (If possible, please include a Group number Fliers are $10.00 a page per month. th and name.) Deadline for submissions is the 18 of the month. ~~~~~ The General Service Office P.O. Box 459 Websites to visit: New York NY 10163 District 01 www.greenbayaa.org ~~~~~ District 02 www.district02aa.org Green Bay Central Office District 09 www.district09aa.org PO Box 1791 Area 74 www.area74.org Green Bay WI 54305 AA Grapevine www.aagrapevine.org GSO/NY www.aa.org The District 09 Lending Library is listed on February 11 - 13, 2011 the District 09 website: www.district09aa.org 38th Annual East Central Region It is listed under NEWSLETTER. Speaker Conference of Delegates Past and Present, Holiday Inn, 150 Nicolet Road, Appleton, WI. tapes and cd’s and more are available to be ~~~~~ checked out and returned. So what is there to do? Upcoming Speakers GSR/District Meetings Of “The Common Solution Group” Meetings start at 2pm Are on the 4th Wed of each month ~~~~~ At 7:00pm at the Alano Club December 5th 2218 13th Street in Menominee MI (The speaker meeting is Alano Club An OPEN non-smoking meeting) 2218 13th Street, Menominee, MI ~~~~~ David B from Menominee MI on November 24th January 2nd Brian B from Green Bay WI on December 22nd Faith Presbyterian Church Pete J from Green Bay WI on January 26th Please announce at your meetings. 806 Fritzie Ave, Crivitz, WI Intergroup/Panel Schedule December 11, 2010 Hello Friends! Appleton Intergroup St. Pius X Church Marquette St. Appleton. I hope all is well with each of you. Dinner – 6:p.m. Speakers – 7:p.m. Remember, “The Chronicle” is your Newsletter. Please bring a dish to pass. If you have something to submit to the newsletter, Meat and buns will be provided. send it to me at email@example.com Door Prizes from Appleton Area Groups Yours in love and service, ~~~~~ Mary B – Dist 09 Newsletter Editor Saturday, January 22, 2011 As Bill Sees It ~ Pg 249 Meet ‘n Eat (AKA Intergroup) ―We see that the sun never sets upon AA’s Fellowship; Redeemer Lutheran Church that more than three hundred and fifty thousand of us School Gymnasium have now recovered from our malady; that we have 210 South Oneida Street everywhere begun to transcend the formidable barriers of (Behind the 218 Club) race, creed, and nationality. This assurance that so many Fellowship at 4:30 pm of us have been able to meet our responsibilities for Dinner at 5:30 pm sobriety and for growth and effectiveness in the troubled AA and Al-Anon Speakers 6:30 to 8:00 pm Ham, Potatoes, and Coffee Will Be Provided world where we live, will surely fill us with the deepest joy Please bring a dish to pass. and satisfaction.‖ More Upcoming Events: Hi Friends, In order to cut down on hardcopy mailing expenses, please let me know if you are not December 3, 2010 a GSR or District committee chairperson. Please Post Thanksgiving Feed consider receiving this newsletter free by e-mail if Ascensiion Lutheran Church - Navarino, WI. you are no longer a chairperson, or GSR. Or send Dinner at 6:pm - Speakers at 7:pm $8.00 per year for a hardcopy to John N Turkey, mashed potatoes stuffing & gravy W10649 Williston Spring Rd. Bring a side dish or Dessert to pass Crivitz, WI 54114. ~~~~~ January 8th, 2011 Thanks, the editor. Area 74 Area Committee Meeting, at the Reitcher Center, 1858 S. Michigan S An elderly man is stopped by the police around 1:am and Three Lakes, WI, beginning at 10:00 AM is asked where he is going at this time of night. ~~~~~ The man replies, ―I am going to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body‖. The officer then asks, ―Really? Who is giving that lecture Tradition Twelve: Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of at this time of night?‖ all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles The man replies, ―My wife.‖ before personalities. ~~Submitted by Sue C. Concept Twelve: The Conference shall observe the spirit of the AA tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth of power; that sufficient operating In keeping in tune with Holiday Cheer… funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it Give a gift of yourself... and volunteer! place none of its members in a position of unqualified At a Correctional Facility. authority over others; that it reach all important decisions Contact: Yvonne P. by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by 906-864-9328 substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally firstname.lastname@example.org punitive nor and incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action. Sober Birthdays to Celebrate!!! 3-Dec-89 – Jim B, Shawano – 21yrs Twelve Tips on Keeping Your Holiday Season 5-Dec-85 – Tom M, Menominee – 25yrs Sober and Joyous 19-Dec-06 – Jeff, Menominee – 4yrs 1. Line up extra AA activities for the holiday season. 20-Dec-89 – Kurt S, Shawano – 21yrs Arrange to take newcomers to meetings, answer the 22-Dec-01 – Chad, Oconto – 9yrs phones at a clubhouse or central office, speak, help 25-Dec-89 – Mary B, Crivitz – 21yrs 25-Dec-91 – Dale, Menominee – 19yrs with dishes, or visit the alcoholic ward at a hospital. 25-Dec-00 – Tom M, Shawano – 10yrs 2. Be a host to AA friends, esp. newcomers. If you don’t 25-Dec-06 – Mike S, Menominee – 4yrs have a place to throw a party, take one person to a 26-Dec-05 – Kathy K, Marinette – 5yrs diner and spring for the coffee. One Day at a Time!!! 3. Keep your AA phone list with you all the time. If a drinking urge or panic comes – postpone everything else until you’ve called an AA. “It has been my experience that, when all human 4. Find out about the special holiday parties, meetings, resources appear to have failed, there is always One or other celebrations given by groups in your area, who will never desert me. He is always there to share and go. If you’re timid, take someone newer than my joy, to steer me down the right path, and to confide you. in when no one else will do. …only God can provide 5. Skip any drinking occasion you are nervous about. the loving nourishment upon which I depend for my daily spiritual health.” Remember how clever you were at excuses when -- Daily Reflections – Dec 6 drinking? Now put the talent to good use. No office party is as important as saving your life. 6. If you have to go to a drinking party and can’t take an “Today, there is absolutely nothing in the AA with you, keep some candy handy. world more important to me than my keeping 7. Don’t think you have to stay late. Plan in advance an this alcoholic sober; not taking a drink is by far ―important date". the most important thing I do each day.” 8. Go to church. Any church. Alcoholics Anonymous – pg 447 9. Don’t sit around brooding. Catch up on those books, museums, walks, and letters. 10. Don’t start now getting worked up about all those Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the holiday temptations. Remember—―One day at a time. result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to 11. Enjoy the true beauty of holiday love and joy. Maybe alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our you cannot give material gifts—but this year, you can affairs. give love. 12. ―Having had a…‖ No need to spell out the Twelfth Step here, since you already know it. ~~From GSO in New York – Box 459 Humor from Grapevines Past: The morning after the night before, a badly hung-over drinker meekly asks his wife if she’d take his suit to the Excerpts from the Big Book – 1 Edition st cleaners. ―Yuck!‖ she gags upon inspecting it, ―what ―…I became fatalistic about things and soon was happened to you?‖ drinking deliberately knowing I’d get drunk, stay drunk, ―Oh,‖ lies our hero, ―this lush next to me at the bar last and what would inevitably happen. night had too much and puked all over me!‖ My friends came to my aid. They tried to help me, but I Later, she calls him at work. ―Say, Hon?‖ she says didn’t want help. I was ashamed and preferred not to see sweetly, ―remember that lush who vomited on your them come around. And they knew that as long as I didn’t jacket?‖ ―Yeah?‖ ―Well, I just wanted you to know, he want to quit, as long as I preferred my own will instead of also messed in your pants!‖ God’s will, the remedy simply could not be applied. It is a Ed went to the Red Cross to sell some blood. After striking thought that God never forces anyone to do His testing it, the nurse asked, ―Have you had any shots will, that His help is ever available but has to be sought in lately?‖ ―No,‖ said Ed, ―but last night I had a six-pack.‖ all earnestness and humility. Charlie made his first meeting and heard a speaker say This condition lasted for months, during which time I had that he had known he was no alcoholic because he never voluntarily entered a private institution to get straightened wet his pants, slept in the weeds, or drank out of a paper out. On the last occasion when I came out of the fog, I bag. ―Bull,‖ thought Charlie. ―These people don’t know asked God to help me again. Shame-faced as I was, I anything. I do those things, and I’m no alcoholic.― went back to the fellowship. They made me welcome, If drunk lawyers are disbarred and drunk clergymen offered me collectively and individually all the help I might defrocked, doesn’t it follow that drunk electricians can be need. They treated me as though nothing had happened. delighted, drunk musicians denoted, drunk models And I feel that it is the most telling tribute to the efficacy deposed, and drunk dry cleaners depressed? Drunken of this remedy that during my period of relapse I still knew laundry workers could decrease, eventually becoming this remedy would work with me if I would let it, but I was depressed and depleted. Even more, drunk bed-makers too stubborn to admit it. will be debunked, drunk baseball players will be debased, That was a year ago. Depend upon it that I stay mighty drunk software engineers will be detested, and drunk close to what has proven to be good for me. I don’t dare musical composers will eventually decompose. In risk getting very far away. And I have found that in simple addition, drunk restaurant customers will be deserved, faith I get results by placing my life in God’s hands every drunk insurance agents will be declaimed, drunk pilots day, by asking Him to keep me a sober man for 24 hours, will be deplaned, and finally, drunk cowboys will be and trying to do His will. He has never let me down yet.‖ deranged.‖ (The Back-Slider) Heard in Meetings… Note: Stories that have been discontinued from the 1st, "I may not be much, but I’m all I think about.'" 2nd and 3rd Editions of Alcoholics Anonymous can be ―You can’t change the wind, but you can adjust the found in the book ―Experience, Strength & Hope‖ sails.‖ available from GSO in New York – www.aa.org. ―AA is like a raffle; you must be present to win.‖ ―The number one way to relieve pain is to forgive.‖ ―I can go from grateful to hateful in a second.‖ December 2010 Grapevine "Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you My first time: AAs share their stories about feel like stripping your gears." milestones in early sobriety: ―Put down the weapons, pick up the tools.‖ Weddings, business trips, football games… new ―The length of my dry time is not a big deal. Sobriety AAs discover what they can do sober. cannot be judged solely on the length of time since the Plus: White knuckle wedding: Who has their last drink. Quality is what counts.‖ rehearsal dinner at a brewery? Leaving Las …………... Vegas—sober: A mile-high meeting ensures a You can order your own subscription of the ―Grapevine‖ winning weekend in ―Sin City‖. Football fantasy: magazine by going to: www.aagrapevine.org or call: Every die-hard fan needs a sober buddy riding shotgun. Also: I’d rather be crazy; Cold snap; 1-800-631-6025. Bottom of the ninth.
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