Area 61 Unity Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2008 by xaO45g

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									Area 61 Unity Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2008
       Progress for the greatest number depends upon…



                Unity




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Officers and Coordinators Reports and Contact Information
Secretary:
secretary@area61afg.org

Treasurer:
treasurer@area61afg.org

Delegate:
delegate@area61afg.org
 GREETINGS,
I JUST RECENTLY RETURNED FROM THE WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCE, WHICH WAS HELD IN STAMFORD, CT. IT WAS A FULFILLING, SPIRITUAL
AND EDUCATIONAL WEEK THAT WENT BY FAR TOO QUICKLY. WE STARTED OUT ON SAT, BY REGISTERING AND RECEIVING OUR CONFERENCE
NOTEBOOKS. THAT EVENING WE HAD OUR WELCOMING DINNER, FOLLOWED BY SHARING AREA HIGHLIGHTS.
     SUNDAY WAS THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE.THE CONFERENCE THEME WAS BUILD BRIGES-ENERGIZING OUR SPIRITUAL
QUEST. WE HAD A FULL CONFERNCE ORIENTATION. IT WAS STRESSED THAT THE DELEGATE IS THE CONDUIT AND THAT WE MUST UNDERSTAND
THE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO BRING IT BACK TO THE AREA. WE DISCUSSED KDBM (Knowledge Based Decision Making). THE MOST IMPORTANT
POINTS TO REMEMBER ARE
    1.   OPEN COMMUNICATION
    2.   DIALOGUE BEFORE DELIBERATION (OPPOSITE OF ROBERTS RULES)
    3.   ALL DECISION MAKERS WILL HAVE COMMON ACCESS TO FULL INFORMATION
    4.   WE EXIST IN A CULTURE OF TRUST
    5.   PRESUME GOODWILL
WE THEN HEARD THE FINANCE REPORT. THE GENERAL FUND PAYS THE EVERYDAY OPERATING COSTS, THE RESERVE FUND IS A SAVINGS ACOUNT,
AND THE BUILDING FUND REFERS TO THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES PERTAINING TO THE BUILDING. TOTAL ASSETS ARE $10, 900,596 AT THE END
OF 2007. THE BUILDING WILL BE PAID FOR IN 2010. RETIREMENT FUNDS ARE KEPT IN THE RESERVE FUND. THE AVERAGE COST OF EACH GROUP
TO THE WSO IS $228.33. THE AVERAGE CONTRIBUTION OF EACH GROUP WAS $98.14. WE THEN WATCHED A SKIT ON THE QUARTERLY APPEAL
LEETER. THEY SHOWED HOW THE APPEAL LETTER IS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL NOT THE GROUP, AS MANY THINK.
          NEXT WAS A PRESENTATION ON COMMITTEES. WE WERE GIVEN THE HISTORY OF THE COMMITTEES AND THE REASON WHY SOME OF
THEM HAVE BEEN DISBANDED. THERE IS DISCUSSION AS TO WHETHER TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE COMMITTEES OR HAVE TASK AND THOUGHT
FORCES INSTEAD. THEY TRIED THESE TASK FORCES ON A LIMITED SCALE THIS YEAR AND ONE RESULT WAS THE NEW RESERVE FUND GUIDELINES
WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON. A TASK FORCE WOULD HAVE A CERTAIN TASK AND FOLLOW IT THROUGH FROM START TO FINISH. SOME
PROJECTS WOULD BE LONG, SOME SHORT. A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS WOULD BE THE LITERATURE COMMITTEE. WHEN A NEW PIECE OF
LITERATURE WOULD BE COMING OUT, THE PEOPLE ON THE TASK FORCE WOULD FOLLOW IT THROUGH TO ITS CONCLUSION. CURRENTLY NEW
DELEGATES ARE ASSIGNED EACH YEAR TO THE LITERATURE COMMITTEE AND THEY MAY BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PROJECT. MUCH TIME IS SPENT
BRINGING THE NEW PEOPLE UP TO SPEED, WHILE SOME OF THE OUTGOING DELEGATES AREN’T ABLE TO BE THERE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE
PROJECT.
         OUR FIRST CHOSEN AGENDA TOPIC WAS CREATING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHY GROUPS FOCUSED ON OUR SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES AND
FREE FROM PROGRAM DILUTION. WE HAD A DISCUSSION AND THEN SUMMARIZED AT THE END. TRADITIONS 1 AND 4 AND CONCEPT 1 ARE
INVALUABLE TOOLS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.

WE DID OUR FIRST BIG QUESTION WHICH WAS HOW CAN WE, AS WSC MEMBERS, EXPAND, RENEW AND STRENGHTEN OUR CONNECTIONS WITH
THE FELLOWSHIP? AFTER DISCUSSSION, WE SUMMED IT UP INTO OUR 3 BEST IDEAS.
    1.   TRUSTEE CONFERENCE CALL COULD INCLUDE OTHER AREA OFFICERS
    2.   DELEGATES COULD CALL DRS AFTER SENDING OUT A LETTER FIRST
    3.   WSO STAFF AND TRUSTEES CAN VISIT THE AREAS
WE NOMINATED TRUSTEES FOR 3 REGIONS; THE NEW PROCESS FOR NOMINATING TRUSTEES WAS EXPLAINED TO US.

WE DISCUSSED WHAT MIGHT BE THE IMPACT OF FURTHER DIVISION TO CONSOLIDATION OF THE AREAS? WE WERE GIVEN THE BACKGROUND
MATERIAL ON WHY SOME AREAS HAD SPLIT IN THE PAST AND THEN WE HELD A DISCUSSION. SOME OF THE IDEAS WERE
    1.   COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE WAYS OF COMMUNICATING WITHIN THE AREA
    2.   CONSIDER DIVERSITY
    3.   PERHAPS CONSOLIDATE SMALLER AREAS
    4.   ARRANGE AREAS BY GEOGRAPHY
    5.   WE DON’T NECESSARILY HAVE TO CHANGE THE PRESENT POLICY, BUT DEAL WITH EACH SITUATION AS IT ARISES
    6.   USE THOUGHT AND TASK FORCES
WE THEN DISCUSSED THE POLICY BEQUEST. THIS WOULD CHANGE SO THAT AN AL-ANON MEMBER COULD DO A ONE TIME BEQUEST TO THE WSO
IS ANY AMOUNT THEY CHOOSE, AS LONG AS THE MONEY IS NOT EAR MARKED. 10% OF THE MONEY WOULD GO INTO THE GENERAL FUND. THE
AMOUNT WOULD BE DETERMINED BY THE OPERATING COSTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE REST OF THE MONEY WOULD GO INTO SPECIAL
PROJECTS. THE WSC DELEGATES WOULD DETERMINE WHICH PROJECTS THEY WOULD LIKE THE MONEY TO GO FOR AND THEY WOULD VOTE ON

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IT. THE WSO WOULD THEN CARRY THIS OUT. THE FIRST PART OF THE MOTION PASSED, BUT WE HELD OFF ON THE SECOND PART BECAUSE THEY
WANT THE MEMBERSHIP TO DISCUSS HOW THEY WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF HOW TO HANLE THE MONEY FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS
AND IF THEY WOULD WANT A CAP ON THE SPENDING. IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS ON THE SUBJECT, PLEASE SEND THEM TO ME. I NEED TO SEND IN
ANY IDEAS BY DEC. 15TH.
         WE THEN HAD A DISCUSSION THE ANONYMITY MOTION. WE LEARNED THAT THERE ARE 3 LEVELS OF ANONYMITY-PUBLIC,
PROFESSIONAL AND MEDIA. THERE IS NOTHING IN WRITING COVERING THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW. WSO HOPES TO DEVELOP A POWER POINT
PRESENTATION TO
ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS.
         INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATE: AS OF APRIL, THERE ARE 3200 REGISTERED FOR PITTSBURGH FROM 16 COUNTRIES. THE MANIN
EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN THE MELLON ARENA AND PANELS WILL BE HELD IN THE DAVID L. LAWRENECE CENTER. IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING THE
WORKSHOPS ON SERVICE DAY (THUR.), YOU MUST PRE REGISTER.
         WE HAD THE GREAT HONOR OF VISITING STEPPING STONES. WE DISCUSSED SOME QUESTIONS ON THE BUS TRIP, WHICH HELPED US
TO SEE THAT THE PAST SERVES AS AN INVALUABLE LINK TO AL-ANON’S PRESENT AND FUTURE. IT WAS TRULY A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. WE
WERE ABLE TO VIEW SOME OF THE ACTUAL LETTERS THAT BILL AND LOIS WROTE TO EACH OTHER AND SEE THE DESK WHERE LOIS WROTE THE
LETTERS TO THE 87 GROUPS WHICH ULTIMATELY WAS THE START OF AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS. IT WAS A FUN EVENT ALSO. RIC (EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR) AND DORIS (TRUSTEE) DRESSED UP IN MOTORCYCLE GEAR. EACH BUS HAD WSO STAFF AND TRUSTEES DRESSED UP IN THE PERIOD.

WE THEN DISCUSSED THE NEXT CHOSEN AGENDA TOPIC. ARE WE ADEQUATELY PREPARING OUR FUTURE TRUSTED SERVANTS FOR THEIR
POSITIONS? THE MAIN IDEAS WERE
   1. EDUCATE GR’S SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTIONS
   2. HAVE TRANSISTION MEETINGS (HAND ME DOWN)
   3. DEVELOP WEB’N’RS FROM WSO TO AREAS
   4. SHOW ENERGY, ENTHUSIASM AND EMPATHY
WE DISCUSSED THE NEXT BIG QUESTION. CONSIDERING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY AND IMAGINATION FOR THE FUTURE, HOW CAN WE MORE
EFFECTIVELY USE THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR WSC MEMBERS TO ENERGIZE THEIR SPIRITUAL GROWTH? WE TOOK SOME TIME TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS ON WHAT SKILLS I HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED FROM SERVICE AND WHAT SKILLS WOULD I LIKE TO DEVELOP. WE THEN SHARED
THESE ANSWERS.
        OUR NEXT CHOSEN AGENDA TOPIC WAS THE FUTURE OF CHOSEN AGENDAS. THE WSO IS SEEKING DISCUSSIONS APPLICABLE TO AL-
ANON AS A WHOLE WITH VISION FOR OUR FUTURE. IS THE WSC FULFILLING THIS PURPOSE? SEVERAL QUESTIONS WERE DISCUSSED. IN ORDER
TO STOP THE REPITION OF MANY TOPICS, PERHAPS A FAQ COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE ON THE WEB SITE. WSO COULD DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR
DELEGATES TO CREATE TOPICS.
WE HAD A DISCUSSION ON HOW THE AL-ANON/ALATEEN MESSAGE CAN REACH FAMILIES OF ACTIVE A.A. MEMEBERS AND ATTRACT THOSE FAMILY
MEMBERS TO OUR AL-ANON/ALATEEN MEETINGS. SOME OF THE IDEAS WERE
    1.   HAVE A.A. AND AL-ANON MEETINGS AT THE SAME TIME AND LOCATION
    2.   PUT AN AL-ANON POSTER WITH CONTACT INFORMATION IN AN A.A. INTERGROUP OFFICE
    3.   HAVE AN OPEN AL-ANON MEETING AT AN A.A. CLUBHOUSE
    4.   USE AL-ANON FACES ALCOHLISM AS AN OUTREACH TOOL
WE VIEWED THE NEW PSA FOR THIS YEAR. ONCE AGAIN THEY WILL BE USING THE SKETCHES FORMAT. THE PSA ISN’T QUITE FINISHED BUT IT
WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON TO VIEW ON THE MEMBERS WEB SITE. 130,000 COPIES OF AL-ANON FACES ALCOHOLISM WERE PURCHASED IN 2007.
THIS IS A 12% INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE NEW BOOK IS CALLED DISCOVERING CHOICES AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE
INTERNATIONAL. IT IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. THERE PROBABLY WON’T BE AN RSS NEXT YEAR, BUT WSO STAFF AND TRUSTEES WILL BE
VISITING THE AREAS INSTEAD. IN THE NEAR FUTURE THERE WILL BE A SERIES OF 6 PODCASTS AVAILABLE ON THE PUBLIC OUTREACH PAGE,
WHICH WILL BE INFORMATION FOR NEWCOMERS. PAST DELEGATES WERE USED TO CREATE THIS. WE WILL BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THESE TO
USE FOR NEWCOMER MEETINGS.
         WE DISCUSSED THE MOTION ON THE ALATEEN TRADITIONS. THE PURPOSE IS TO SAFEGUARD THEM FROM ANY FURTHER CHANGES, BUT
THE WORDING OF THE MOTION WASN’T ACCEPTABLE TO SOME PEOPLE. AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION, THE MOTION WAS REWORDED AGAINA DN
THERE WERE STILL QUESTIONS, SO THE POLICY COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THE MOTION AND MAKE CHANGES AND PRESENT IT AGAIN AT NEXT
YEARS WSC.
WE HAD A PRESENTATION ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION. WE LEARNED A LOT AND THE KEY POINTS TO THE DISCUSSION WERE
    1.   STOP TALKING AND START LISTENEING
    2.   TRY TO IMAGINE THE OTHER PERSONS VIEWPOINT
    3.   LOOK, ACT AND BE INTERESTED
    4.   OBSERVE NON-VERBAL BEHAVIOR
    5.   DON’T INTERRUPT
    6.   TRY TO LISTEN IN BETWEEN THE LINES
    7.   PARAPHRASE WHAT YOU THINK YOU HEARD
    8.   DON’T TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONFLICT
WE SAW A SKIT ON DIVERSITY, WHICH LED TO THE QUESTION HOW CAN WE BUILD BRIDGES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR
DIVERSE CURRENT AND FUTURE MEMBERS AND STRENGHTEN THE AL-ANON FAMILY GROUPS’ FOUNDATION OF UNITY. WE BROKE
UP INTO SMALL GROUPS AND REPORTED BACK TO THE CONFERENCE.
    1.   LEARN THE CULTURE OF THE GROUPS THAT YOU WILL BE DEALING WITH IN YOUR AREA
    2.   DO A MEETING ON WHEELS TO A NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY
    3.   ASK BEFORE GIVING A HUG
    4.   DISPLAY LITERATURE IN ALL 3 LANGUAGES
THE 3 INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES SHARED THEIR STORIES. INGA FROM GERMANY SHARED THAT THE FIRST AL-ANON MEETING IN
GERMANY FORMED IN 1967 AND THE FIRST ALATEEN GROUP IN 1973. THEY HAVE 15 BOOKS AND 30 PAMPHLETS THAT ARE TRANSLATED INTO
GERMAN. THE TRANSLATIONS ARE DONE BY VOLUNTEERS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 880 GROUPS IN GERMANY-41 ALATEEN AND 65 ADULT
CHILDREN. NADIA FROM MEXICO SHARED THAT THE FIRST GROUP FORMED IN MEXICO IN 1975. THERE ARE 33000 AL-ANON GROUPS IN MEXICO-

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420 ALATEEN. LOUISE FROM SOUTH AFRICA SHARED THAT THEY ARE ONE OF THE OLDEST GSO IN THE WORLD. IN 1951 WHEN LOIS SENT OUT
THE 87 LETTERS TO EXISTING GROUPS, THEY WERE ONE OF THEM. THEY HAVE 140 GROUPS. SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THEY STRUGGLE WITH IS
THAT THERE ARE 11 DIFFERENT OFFICIAL LANGUAGES IN AFRICA AND THEY HAVE NO POWER AND POSTAGE IN SOME AREAS. THEY USE
MSSIONARIES TO CARRY THE MESSAGE TO SOME OF THESE AREAS. THEY TRANSLATE THEIR LITERATURE INTO AFRICANS. THEY HAVE 3 AREAS
THAT HOLD MONTHLY ASSEMBLIES AND THEY HOLD A NATIONAL CONVENTION EVERY YEAR, BUT THEY DON’T HAVE A NATIONAL CONFERENCE
EVERY YEAR.

THE 2009 WSC WILL BE HELD APRIL18-23 IN VIRGINIA BEACH.
WE ENDED THE CONFERENCE WITH THE CLOSING DINNER AND SPIRITUAL SPEAKERS, FOLLOWED BY THE PANEL 46 SKIT. IT WAS A REWARDING
AND SPIRITUAL WEEK.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
AREA 61 DELEGATE PANEL 47




Alternate Delegate:
 altdelegate@area61afg.org

Unity Editor:
unityeditor@area61afg.org
Thanks to all for your patience with your new Unity Editor. A special note to all DR’s and officers, please be
sure to read the Website report re: the email contact information for all DR’s and officers. If you can send me
your reports in a word document format for each assembly it will be much appreciated. You can send it to the
Unity editor by going to the Area web site at http://www.area61afg.org/ and click on Contact an Officer,
Coordinator or District Representative. I updated the area map on the front cover. If I missed anyone or you
see any errors please let me know and I will update it before the next issue.
I welcome any additional articles and information for this newsletter. If you go the WSO web page
http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/members/index.html you can download G-21, which is the Newsletter
Guidelines in case you are wondering what can or cannot be published.

**Each Group with a GR or email contact will receive an emailed copy to be printed and taken to your group.
Send New GR email address to the Group Records coordinator: grouprecords@area61afg.org

**Groups without a GR email contact will receive a free printed copy.

*** For a free copy send your Email Address to: unityeditor@area61afg.org or you can go to
http://www.area61afg.org/ to download or view a free copy.

Literature Coordinators:
literature@area61afg.org
On Sat, April 26 we sold $329.66 in literature at the AA, Al -Anon, Alateen Tri County Spring Conference in
Kenosha. The day was very worthwhile and we look forward to doing it again next spring.
       We now have at least 1 copy of each piece of literature that is offer through CAL. We encourage
everyone to stop by the literature tables today and check out the many pamphlets and guidelines that are
available. There is a wealth of knowledge right here, just waiting for you.
       Also, we plan on have specials at each of the assemblies from now on. Today's special is the book LOIS
REMEMBERS. In it Lois W, cofounder of Al-Anon, recalls the eventful years before and after the founding, of
AA and Al-Anon. It is priced at $11.00 but today, while copies last, you can have it for $8.00.
Respectfully submitted


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Public Outreach:
publicoutreach@area61afg.org
WSO announced that they are offering podcasts as a public service announcement. They can be viewed at the Al-Anon
website. They can be personalized for a particular location.

As seen in the fall, the public service announcements have been completed and are getting distributed.

                                                  Web Marketers Wanted
Your Al-Anon World Service Office is seeking Al-Anon members who have experience marketing Web sites and Web
content. The Communications Section plans to collect advice and suggestions from professionals who have current or
recent experience with attracting audiences to sites, features, products, or services on the Internet.

Do you know Al-Anon members who work on the Internet? Would you ask them if their experience includes attracting
people to Web sites, products, or services on the Internet? Would you ask them to share their knowledge and experience
with staff from the World Service Office? Please invite them to e-mail the WSO with a brief description of their successful
experience performing this kind of work. Al-Anon members who are also members of Alcoholics Anonymous are not
eligible to serve in this role. The e-mail address is wso@al-anon.org, attention: Public Outreach.

Selected members, if they are willing, will serve on a Thought Force that conducts all of its business via e-mail,
conference calls, or the Internet. Every effort will be made to accommodate members’ work schedules, so everyone will
have a chance to participate. This is a short-term commitment to serve on a Thought Force that will dissolve by the end
of the summer.

This is a new opportunity for Al-Anon members who might have been unable to do other kinds of service for Al-Anon.
Please consider asking members who have never participated in Al-Anon service before.


Web Site Coordinator:
webmaster@area61afg.org
The Area 61 Web site is alive and strong. It continues to be very active. I am giving the statistics since my last
                         report, which was at the AWSC meeting on March 1, 2008.
In March 2008 we had:
         1273 Unique Visitors
         1678 Visits
         6934 Pages Viewed
In April 2008 we had:
         1246 Unique Visitors
         1592 Visits
         6605 Pages Viewed
So far in May 2008 we had:
         592 Unique Visitors
         718 Visits
         3042 Pages Viewed
The seven most viewed pages are:
         Meetings
         What is Al-Anon
         Is Al-Anon for Me
         Steps, Traditions and Concepts
         Area 61 Districts
         Events
         Literature
I created email addresses and passwords for each District Representative. I added the DR emails to the page with the
Officers and Coordinators emails. The page is on the website under Contact an Officer, Coordinator or District
Representative which you can find by clicking the link on the navigation bar on the left side of the page. I have written
instructions for each DR. When you give your report please stop by and pick up your instructions. I don’t want to leave
this information on a table as it has password information on it. I have set up filters for each one, which should stop most
junk mail and/or spam from coming in. You might receive some junk/spam. If you do move it to your junk box as that will
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help stop them from coming through. Be sure to log out of your email account by clicking on the logout tab on the top
right of the page. This will also help stop junk/spam from coming in.

I am working on two new pages for the website. One is a page, which will contain instruction information such as how to
register a meeting with WSO and other group records information. It will also include the history sheets for archive
information. This page could include other information as well. The other page will be password protected and could
include but not limited to information for Officers, Coordinators and DRs.

I continue to update meetings as I get updates from our Group Records Coordinator.

I continue to update the event information. I also respond to many emails.

Respectfully Submitted,


Alateen Coordinator:
alateen@area61afg.org
         Right now, it’s a little busy as our area is hosting the Alateen-Midlake conference next weekend at Devilshead
Resort. We have a great committee of Alateens and sponsors, mostly from the Appleton-Oshkosh area. The planning
meetings have been ongoing for the past five months. We’re down to the wire and as of right now, our projected numbers
for attendance is short which has a direct affect on our ability to cover the expenses for the event. I’m estimating that we
may be $1500 - $2000 short and will need the assistance from Area 61 to cover the expenses.
         WSO continues to send inquiries my way for follow-up. My email Inbox sometimes overflows with Alateen emails.
Sometimes it takes several days to work through them.
         We will be working together to propose revisions to the Area 61 Alateen Safety Guidelines for our Policy manual
for consideration/review by the ASWC Fall Meeting and finally by the AFG Fall Assembly 2008. WSO has made some
major changes in the guidelines G-34”Alateen Safety Guidelines”. The Alateen Training Manual has also been updated.
Our area guidelines should be consistent with WSO guidelines as much as possible.
         I am very grateful to have a wonderful group of Alateen sponsors who are willing and able to give a little, and
sometimes a lot of themselves to Alateens and their healing/recovery.
Respectfully submitted with hugs,


Group Records:
grouprecords@area61afg.org

We currently have 355 Active or Suspended/No Mail groups. A detailed summary is below:

                                                                        Districts
    Status    Total
                      1   2    3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
 New/Unreg        4                                1                                1                                            1   1
 Active         345 13 16 11 15        6 19 20 39 11 18 14          9 14     5 14       4   5 12 13     9   9   13   7   9 17 12 11
 Suspended        6                                1            1       2               1                                            1
 Inactive        52 1 3 2 3            4   2   3   6   4    3   3                   2   3   2   5               1                3   2
 Obsolete       105     7 1 2          6   4   9 17    4    7   2   2   2    2      2   2   6   6   3   3   1   8        1   3   5

There are currently 6 groups in Suspended/No Mail status. I have a Suspended Mail Status Report in the packets for
Districts 8, 11, 13, 16, and 27. Please let me know the correct mailing address. Even if it is accurate, contact me so that I
can re-activate the meeting.
        The WSO has changed the “Suspended” status to be “No Mail” status. The length of time a meeting will remain in
Suspended/No Mail status has changed from 1 to 2 years. After 2 years, the meeting will be inactivated and no longer
receive mailings or be listed as active.
         They also replaced the category of “Institution” with “Introductory”. The new definition is…Introductory meetings
can be held at institutions, such as hospitals, treatment centers, and shelters, or any other location where families and
friends of alcoholics gather. Attendance changes frequently. Such a meeting is not considered an Al-Anon group and
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does not have its own Group Representative. Regardless, it will be a registered group and receive all the benefits of a
non-introductory meeting (except voting rights as they do not have a GR). See the 2006-2009 Service Manual, pg 78, for
further information.
And…they’ve just released a revised Group Registration/Change Form. They also plan to create an on-line, updatable
form in the near future. This will make transfer of information via email much easier.
The procedure for group registrations and updates has been streamlined. Groups do not need to send changes to the
WSO (except on the letter that the WSO sends out annually to each group). Groups only need to send information to their
District Rep and to me. I will make the changes to the WSO’s records. The WSO’s new change form, the Area 61
Instructions, and a Definition of Terms sheet is included in your packets. Extra paper copies are on the table. I will also
email a packet of forms to the DRs after the Assembly.


An Adopt-a-Group program was announced by the Group Services Committee at the last AWSC. Here’s how it
works…an Al-Anon member volunteers to be a surrogate District Rep for the groups in an unrepresented District. The
volunteer should live close to the District to allow meeting visits. So far, we have “adopted-out” 5 Districts. They are: 14,
16, 17, 22, and 23.
Other activities since the last Assembly include:

       District Report mailing to all DRs in early February.

       Comparison between the WSO printout in early February and our records showed 144 significant differences in
        our data. With your help, I have been able to resolve many of these.

       Data cleanup for groups in Southeast Wisconsin. Thanks to those who assisted me.

       Evaluated all meetings noted as “Combined with AA” on the Area 61 website to determine if they qualify to be
        registered as Al-Anon meetings. They were not registered and have been removed from the website.

       Worked with the SE Wisconsin-West Allis Office Board to make the updating of their group’s records more
        efficient. Meetings in SE Wisconsin should now make all group changes through me using the Area 61
        procedures. They no longer need to contact the West Allis office with updates as I will notify the office of changes
        (along with notification to the WSO, the Area 61 webmaster, and the District Reps).
Please complete an Assembly Evaluation Form before leaving.
Your trusted servant,


Assembly Coordinator:
assembly@area61afg.org

Archivist:
archive@area61afg.org

Liaison:
liaison@area61afg.org

Chairperson:
 chairperson@area61afg.org

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 Area Alateen Process Person:
  areaalateenprocess@area61afg.org
I have certified 9 new Alateen Sponsors in 2008 for a total of 106 certified sponsors in Area 61. You will find a list
of certified sponsors and active meetings that are in your district in your folder.
           We have 35 active Alateen groups in the Area, with new meetings in Oconomowoc, Racine and Sheboygan.
The meeting in Mauston is closing due to lack of sponsors. Meetings that are starting up include Milwaukee and
Boulder Jct.
           I have recently re-certified all sponsors according to WSO guidelines.



 District Representative Reports and Contact information
 District 1 – Racine County
         DR Dist 01 drdistrict1@area61afg.org
 “Blessings and Springtime Aspirations” from District 1 (Racine, SE WI) and this new DR
 Meetings 12-current meetings =       1-Woman Prison
                                               1- Alateen- Correctional Center
                                               1-New Alateen 4-mo. old
                                               9- Reg. Al-Anon Meetings
 Coming Events:
                2009 “So. AA Spring Conf.”     Asked to help Host
                2008 “Fellowship Day”          Al-Anon runs bake sale w/donations
                     AA @ RACO                 and participates in a panel. Splits
                      Sept./Oct.               proceeds with our District.

 Past Event:
                2008 Tri-County Conf.         Al-Anon/Alateen –good turnout!
                April 26th, 2008              @ UA in Kenosha, WI
                                              Racine, Kenosha, Lake County
 Literature:
                2008 “Al-Anon Faces           Ordered 100 booklets not received yet,
                      Alcoholism”             and our GR’s are looking forward to doing Outreach
                                              with group participation.
 For me, getting organized is hard word and keeping up with just the event flyers, monthly-forum and change
 sheets made me realize now that the “ district meeting” and GR/contact is the lifeline to each group. I’ve had a
 very slow start because of volunteers dropping out because of other commitments and work situations. I hope
 to get paperwork finally corrected and on its way to you. Thanks Milwaukee LDC and Area 61 for all your kind
 answers to my inane questions. Your efforts are really appreciated.
 Respectively Submitted,




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District 2 – Southern Milwaukee County
       DR Dist 02 drdistrict2@area61afg.org

District 3 – Northern Milwaukee County
       DR Dist 03 drdistrict3@area61afg.org
      Introduced the other two members of District 3 ... A new Alternate District Rep and a new GR in
       District 3. Very happy and proud to have three attending from District 3!
      Attended two more meetings in the district. Of those two, have another GR contact person.
      One more meeting to go for my first round of visiting meetings.
      Will attend meetings for a second round with Alternate Dr.
      We have one group making contributions to District 3! My home group where I am GR. Brought it up
       in a group conscience.
      Hope to piggy-back on a fundraiser with District 2.


District 4 – Jefferson and Waukesha Counties
       DR Dist 04 drdistrict4@area61afg.org
District 4 has had the pleasure of hosting this 2008 Spring Assembly. All of our GRs took a very big part to
help make this happen and it was a joy to be amongst them as we worked on this together. We hope that all
those in the business meeting and the other attendees will enjoy their weekend. A very big thank you to Barb
R., our outgoing Area Assembly Coordinator, for making this all possible. Without her guidance and direction
we would have been lost! We wish her all of the best this world has to offer.
        In addition to planning the Spring Assembly, we have been thrilled and blessed with a growing
representation at the district level. There are several new GRs and Alternate GRs with us here today and it is
with great enthusiasm that we welcome them to the Area 61 meeting. The more people we have participating at
this level, the better our district is represented on a worldwide basis and the stronger and more firmly rooted our
Al-Anon program becomes. I’d like to thank those new members:
          – new GR from Just for Today, Waukesha
          – new Alternate GR from Wales Hope & Serenity, Wales
          – new Alternate GR from Sunday Morning Sunlight, Waukesha
          – new GR from Monday Nite Free, Oconomowoc
Other business in District 4 includes an effort to expand our service to our community by finding a District
Public Outreach Coordinator who can work closely with our Area Coordinator. We have a very active pocket of
enthusiasm in SE Wisconsin and would like to continue giving back to those in need by way of extending our
hand. Our last district meeting was held in early April and the need was discussed to create a Public Outreach
Coordinator position and I am hopeful that we will find some enthusiastic volunteer in the next few months.
Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to host this assembly. It was a joy to be of service.
In love and service,


District 5 –Washington and Dodge Counties
       DR Dist 05 drdistrict5@area61afg.org



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District 6 – Calumet, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Fond du Lac Counties
       DR Dist 06 drdistrict6@area61afg.org
         You know the feeling you have every time you walk by the Christmas tree and see another present
hiding beneath it? Well, that’s the feeling I have about District 6. It seems like every week something new is
happening.
         Our Alakids and Alateens registered their meetings with WSO, and are now part of the worldwide
fellowship. What a gift, knowing they’re no longer alone. Having six certified Alateen sponsors is the big red
ribbon wrapped around that gift.
         We’ve added our third non-cross talk meeting in the Sheboygan area. Come and visit us any Saturday
morning at 11:00 at the Where’s Waldo AFG.
Where at? Waldo, of course. (Just south of Plymouth in case you didn’t know).
         We ended 2007 with our annual Christmas luncheon at the Gratitude Club in Fond du Lac, where out
Trustee, was the speaker. Her openness and honesty had us laughing, and crying as she shared her recovery
journey. This is an annual party so mark you calendars for December 13, 2008, and come and join us.
The Sunday Night New Hope AFG in Plymouth gave another gift of the fellowship to us, when they presented a
workshop on Serenity on April 26th. The speakers shared good insights and helpful tools on how to achieve, and
then keep our serenity. We enjoyed this so much we’re making April our annual workshop month. Watch for
our fliers.
         Combining District meetings with events like these, or holding them before or after a regularly
scheduled Al-Anon meeting brings lots of drop in visitors. (I’ve noticed a few potential future GR’s in the
audience.) We teamed up with the Chilton group also, and not only had a good Al-Anon meeting followed by a
good District meeting (that’s the GR’s description not my ego), they treated us to all kinds of low cal goodies
afterwards – brownies, nuts, cookies, etc.
         We’ll find out where Waldo is at in August when they’re the host. It’s wonderful getting the groups
involved in this way.
         It’s been a great year so far. Lots of group inventories taking place; the Traditions are being studied and
implemented more, and I have several group history forms ready to give to our Area 61Archivist. The GR’s are
enjoying finding the old timers of the groups to fill out the questionnaires. Amazing how H.P. finds ways to put
us together, isn’t it?
         On June 22nd, we’ll take part in an open AA meeting at Salem UCC in Plymouth. We’re looking forward
to good Al-Anon and AA speakers, and lots of fellowship there too.
         We’ve been moving forward in Public Outreach. Currently, we are putting newcomer packets, meeting
lists, and contact phone numbers in domestic violence shelters. We’re hoping to help them see the possible
connection could be alcoholism. We’re continuing to gather information for the Area Outreach project of
putting the Crying House on billboards also.
         For those of you who think, like I did, that you can’t be a DR; that it’s too hard, or too much… believe
me, the gifts just keep on coming.
Respectfully submitted.




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District 7 – Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano Counties, Cities of Neenah & Menasha
     DR Dist 07 drdistrict7@area61afg.org




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District 8 – Dane and Green Counties
       DR Dist 08 drdistrict8@area61afg.org
Aloha from District 8!
Our district encompasses Dane and Green Counties. We have several active meeting including three Spanish-
speaking meetings.
        Recent activity in our district includes a Spaghetti Dinner held the first weekend of March to help us
raise funds for Alateens to go to the Midlake Conference. Turn out was wonderful and now we will be paying
for two sponsors and two teens to attend the conference. We are also looking into having a public service ad
run on our bus systems this fall and we are very excited about this to reach more people who may need Al-
Anon. We are fortunate enough to have funds to do this.
      $1200 to place billboards on busses in Dane County
      $300.00 Alateen Outreach to foster care parents/children and foster care Coordinators out of Dane
        County
We will also be hosting the next Spring Assembly and are very excited about the opportunity to further our
service work doing this.
Respectively in Service,


District 9 – Adams, Waushara, Sauk, Marquette, Columbia and Green Lake Counties
       DR Dist 09 drdistrict9@area61afg.org
Hello from District 9.
         On Saturday, April 26th Redgranite Al-Anon held its first meeting. The group meets on Saturdays at
9:00am in the Civic Center at 202 Pine River, Redgranite WI. This may be a drawing card for summertime
visitors.
         Our District 9 is hosting a Workshop and Salad Luncheon tilted “From Dis-Stressed to De-Stressed” on
Saturday, September 13. The Workshop is at the United Methodist Church, 321 Unity Drive, Wisconsin Dells.
Our Area 61 Delegate will be the keynote Speaker and we also have AA Speaker. There will be Panels and a
Raffle as well as the Salad Luncheon. Pick up a Workshop Flyer here at the Spring Assembly. Everyone mark
your calendars for Sat., September 13th for a day of fun and recovery.
In service,


District 10 – Clark, Taylor, Wood, Marathon and Portage Counties
       DR Dist 10 drdistrict10@area61afg.org

District 11 – Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, LaCrosse and Vernon Counties
       DR Dist 11 drdistrict11@area61afg.org
Greetings from District 11
        Our district is still going strong here in Monroe, Jackson, Juneau, Vernon and LaCrosse counties.
We’ve added a new meeting on Thursdays, 6:00pm located in Ontario at the Ontario Farmhouse on hwy 131.
        Our Monday night teen meeting in Mauston, Rock and Roll teens has closed; we didn’t have the
sponsors to take care of it. And our Wednesday night meeting in Tomah, Lakeside Serenity has changed its
time to 6:00 instead of 7:30pm and seems to be bringing in more people!
        Two of our members are trying to organize workshops to do over the summer with our district doing
different themes on half days; we’ll let you know how it works out!
With love in the program,

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District 12 – Buffalo, EauClaire, Trempealeau and Pepin Counties
       DR Dist 12 drdistrict12@area61afg.org
                                            Greetings from District 12
    Since our last gathering, District 12 has been busy updating and distributing meeting schedules and GR
      contacts lists.
    We have welcomed three new Group Representatives to our district meeting.
    Our most important news is the establishment of a new Alateen Meeting on Monday evenings at the
      Boys and Girls Club in Eau Claire. Ten to fourteen year olds meet at 5:30 and high school students
      meet at 6:00. The meetings have had an encouraging number of young people in attendance. We are
      currently looking for two more Alateen adult sponsors to assist with these meetings.
    District 12 has also purchased and distributed 100 copies of the pamphlet “How Al-Anon Works,” along
      with our updated meeting schedules, to area doctors, guidance counselors, and others who might be able
      to pass along information about the program to others.
    Our district maintains a phone system to direct callers to Al-Anon volunteers, and we have also assured
      that the schedule of all Eau Claire Al-Anon meetings are published in the local newspaper.
    We are in the process of making a list of volunteer speakers from our district that would be willing to
      tell their story to groups unfamiliar with Al-Anon, and we are also looking for an individual and a group
      willing to complete the interview/questionnaire for Al-Anon Archives.
    We are looking into establishing a “Newcomers Group” to especially address the needs of newcomers.
    Finally, our district has contributed money and 4 baskets to our Assembly Raffle, so spend your money
      on raffle tickets now!
Respectfully submitted,


District 13 – Polk, St. Croix and Pierce Counties
       DR Dist 13 drdistrict13@area61afg.org
District 13 has 11 meetings, 4 of which make contributions to the district level. The DR has been away
and unwell, but is now ready to do some visiting. It is hoped to at least be getting responses to emails
sent to every group.

Over the past few months I have received calls from health care professionals in Eau Claire, New
Richmond and St Croix Falls looking for Alateen meetings. We still have no Alateen meeting in our
district.

The price of gas is making trips around the district – and to Wisconsin Rapids – more and more difficult.
I realize this is affecting all of us.

I remain excited about my program and honored to be of service.


District 14 – Ashland, Bayfield, Iron and Douglas Counties
***Please invite any qualified member you know from this district to join us as a DR or contact



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District 15 – Oneida, Price, Lincoln and Vilas Counties
       DR Dist 15 drdistrict15@area61afg.org
In March we hosted our very first district event, a “Cabin Fever” Workshop. We had 4 panels, two Forum
Writer’s Workshops and lunch was “catered “ by our GR’s. Our Alternate Delegate also picked up a table full
of consignment literature from the Literature Distribution Center in West Allis WI, which was a welcome
addition? We had an amazing day and hope to make this an annual event.
        Our District Public Outreach Coordinator has been working overtime since the Fall Assembly? We now
have a Hotline phone, a cell phone that can be a rotated service in the District. The 211 help line also came to
the north woods and she worked feverishly with the local information clearing house to get our information and
schedule of meetings listed correctly. She also worked with a local grocery store chain to put a public
information message on their cash register monitors. It is now on the monitors at the Rhinelander location and
will be soon at the Eagle River location. She also had an information table, along with one our GR’s at a Mental
Health Summit held at a local hotel on April.
        I reported last fall that we had been doing some outreach into District 17, in particular the Crandon area,
which has a large Native American population. Our District had now officially adopted District 17. Our GR’s
have begun outreach to the meetings in that District. We are also providing Al-Anon speakers for a monthly
open speaker meeting at a new AA meeting in the reservation area. I spoke at the first meeting, which was well
attended, by counselors and staff from the behavioral health department of the reservation health center. There
was definite interest in Al-Anon.
        We are busy getting ready to co-host the Fall Assembly 2008 with District 26. We’ll be happy to accept
any participants. We are continuing to attend the Family night at our local treatment center and our New
Beginner Meeting is going well.
        For the second year, we have 3 members of the Hodag Alateen meeting in Rhinelander along with their
sponsor heading to Midlake this year!
Respectfully submitted,


District 16 – Crawford, Iowa, Grant, Richland and Lafayette Counties
***Please invite any qualified member you know from this district to join us as a DR or contact

 District 17 – Florence, Marinette, Forest, Menominee, Langlade and Oconto Counties
***Please invite any qualified member you know from this district to join us as a DR or contact

District 18 – Cities of Jackson, Menomonee Falls, Germantown & Brookfield &
Ozaukee County
   DR Dist 18 drdistrict18@area61afg.org
      Combined District event a success!
       District 18 and District 4
      Sponsorship Event, topics were:
   
               Picking a Sponsor                       Unconditional …
               When to get one                         Love
               What to look for                        Sharing
               Fear of rejection                       Respect
               Finding your "perfect" sponsor          Acceptance
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               Healthy Sponsorship                      Service Sponsorship
               What it is                               What is it and why would I need one
               What it is NOT                           An ISR's experience
               Ending a sponsor/sponsee relationship    A GR's experience
               Temporary sponsorship                    Acting as a service sponsor

         Lots of positive feedback on event.
                  Raised over 300.00 which was split between Districts 18 and 4
                  Over 50 people in attendance
      New Meeting in District 18
         Choices Thursday
         New Day Club
         11936 North Port Washington Road
         Mequon, WI 53092
         Thursdays
         7pm
      How time flies…
         Our District Rep’s term is up in September. We have spoken to one or two people who may be interested in
         taking the position(s).
      Group Records
         Most, if not all group records have been updated at the SE WI Service Center and Area 61 Group Records
      AA/Al-Anon memo
         We included the memo from WSO Conference Members re: Question regarding use of “Early Al-Anon
         Literature and the AA ‘big book’” in our March Newsletter
In service,


District 19 – Brown, Kewaunee and Door Counties
       DR Dist 19 drdistrict19@area61afg.org
          We have one new AFG for a total of 15 Active Al-Anon/Alateen Family Group meetings including one
institutional meeting for women inmates. Our Alateen meeting started up again three months ago and has had
teens come for most meetings. Two Alateen school meeting were started, but have been suspended for the
summer and will restart this fall.
         The district had a Spring Workshop: “Workin’ the Steps… how’d they do that”. Everyone in attendance
had the opportunity to have hands-on experience by answering critical questions about each step. This is the
first actual workshop for the district in several years. Other events were more pane based with little attendee
participation.
         We did a couple of new outreach projects including distributing WSO Public Service Announcements to
all the local TV stations. The PSA’s were edited to include local AFG contact information, and some of our
members set up an AFG information booth at a neighborhood health fair event.
         We’ve started planning for our Fall Outreach. Our outreach to the nursing schools in our area is also in
progress. AFG members have the opportunity to share their stories to two of the three nursing schools in our
area in the past several months. The response has been awesome.
Respectfully submitted with hugs,


District 20 – Burnett, Washburn and Sawyer Counties
        DR Dist 20 drdistrict20@area61afg.org
District 20 has great news! We have grown from 6 meetings to 9 since the Fall Assembly! The new meetings
are in Siren, Spooner, and Hayward.
All else has been quiet.
In serenity,
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District 21 – Kenosha County
       DR Dist 21 drdistrict21@area61afg.org

District 22 – Cities of Milwaukee, West Allis and Wauwatosa
       DR Dist 22 drdistrict22@area61afg.org

District 23 – City of Burlington and Walworth County
***Please invite any qualified member you know from this district to join us as a DR or contact

District 24 – Winnebago County
       DR Dist 24 drdistrict24@area61afg.org
www.area61afg.org AA/Al-Anon Local Help Line 1-920-410-4620
www.al-anon.org/members Al-Anon Web site
www.al-anon.org Al-Anon Public Outreach for Professionals

        We agreed that District 24 can benefit from outreach to Hispanics in our community and identified a
leader in the Hispanic community we intend to approach next month to help inform Spanish Speakers about Al-
Anon and encourage their participation. We will purchase 12 Newcomer packets printed in Spanish and present
them for distribution to a Spanish Speakers Al-Anon group when it is established. We will request
reimbursement from funds made available (Fall Assembly 2007) by the Outreach to Members action
committee.
        We cooperated with District 7 to recruit an An-Anon panel of speakers (May 17) for the Area 74 AA
Spring Conference in Neenah.
        By our June meeting, we will have visited all AFG groups in District 24 to update group information.
We will update the District 24 Group Records Report and submit it to the Area 61 records coordinator.
        Our AA friends collaborated with NA this winter to purchase a new recovery center. On May 1 the
Solutions 12-step Recovery Club, Inc. opened, located at 621 Evans Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901. Three
District 24 AFG groups have already transferred meetings to the Recovery Club.
        Most District 24 AFG groups continue to choose not to elect GRs. Three of our nine groups have GRs
serving the district. Financial support is less than unanimous.
Yours in service,


District 25 – City of Ft Atkinson and Rock County
       DR Dist 25 drdistrict25@area61afg.org

District 26 – Barron, Rusk, Dunn and Chippewa Counties
       DR Dist 26 drdistrict26@area61afg.org
We have a monthly District Meeting
There are currently 11 groups in our district; however, attendance is down with 3-4 GR’s in attendance.
In October 2007, our District Outreach Coordinator worked with WITC, Rice Lake’s Nursing Class, on having a
meeting on wheels. After the meeting we gave them a questionnaire for nursing students, such as, “Were they
aware of Al-Anon and Alateen”. For most of them the answer was “NO”. They thought that the information


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presented was helpful and that they would like more information about alcoholism because it would allow them
to direct people to help through Al-Anon and Alateen.
All of the information was well received and they would like us back in October 2008 for more inspiration.


District 27 – Upper Michigan Counties Ontonagon, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron,
Keweenaw, Baraga, Marquette, Dickinson, Menominee, Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft
and Luce
   DR Dist 27 drdistrict27@area61afg.org
     I am creating a meeting list for he Upper Peninsula and have 14 towns, 20 Al-Anon groups and 1
      Alateen group.
    I have been gathering e-mail addresses- good way to keep in touch without the cost of postage.
    I did find I had to create the meeting list in several formats as not everyone has the same capability to
      download.
    Not all of these groups are registered in Area 61 and some are not registered at all.
    We need to discuss how to get these groups in the directory at WSO, if you bring up Michigan – none
      of them show up – even those who think they are registered in Michigan. If you are traveling and have
      Internet access and want to go to a group in Ishpeming – how would you know to look in Wisconsin?
    I have been encouraging Al-Anon’s to get together at Intergroups – just so we can identify with each
      other. Some months are better than others.
    I also try and encourage them to come to Assembly – get interested in service. As you all know this is a
      hard concept.
Thank you to all who think a home group is important, and who think talking to newcomers is important.




Please mark your calendars for upcoming Assemblies –
“Participation is the Key to Harmony” AFG Concept 4
                         2008 Fall Assembly
                                                              Hosted by Districts 15 & 26
                         "Harvest An Al-Anon Garden”
                         The Hotel Mead
        Sept 26-28, 2008 451 East Grand Avenue
        Friday - Sunday Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494            For a Registration form send an email to
                                                              drdistrict15@area61afg.org
                         Phone Number: (715) 423-1500 or
                                                              or
                         1-800-843-6323
                                                              drdistrict26@area61afg.org
                         Web Site: www.hotelmead.com


                           2009 Spring Assembly
                           The Hotel Mead
                           451 East Grand Avenue
         May 15-16, 2009
                           Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494                Hosted by District 8
         Friday - Saturday
                           Phone Number: (715) 423-1500 or
                           1-800-843-6323
                           Web Site: www.hotelmead.com


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                                2009 Fall Assembly

                                The Hotel Mead
          Sept 25-27, 2009      451 East Grand Avenue
                                                                             Hosted by Districts 2 & 6
          Friday - Sunday       Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
                                Phone Number: (715) 423-1500 or
                                1-800-843-6323
                                Web Site: www.hotelmead.com


You can also find many other events for fun and fellowship at the Area 61 Web Site
http://www.area61afg.org/

Please support your local LDC (literature distribution center)
You can print an order form by going to http://www.alanon-wi.org/
Dear Friend:
        The purpose of this letter is to request your patronage and support of the Southeastern Wisconsin Al-
Anon Literature Distribution Center.
        The Southeastern Wisconsin Service Center is approved by the Al-Anon World Service Office (WSO)
as a Literature Distribution Center (LDC). As such, it is our responsibility to facilitate the distribution of
Conference Approved Literature (CAL) to Al-Anon Family Groups, individual Al-Anon members, treatment
centers, etc.
        WSO would prefer that orders for literature be made through the local LDCs, such as the Southeastern
Wisconsin Service Center. We are able to provide you with all the literature that WSO has, at the same prices.
Your purchases of literature through our Service Center will ensure our ability to continue to provide the needed
services to Al-Anon Family Groups here in Wisconsin.
        A catalog of Conference Approved Literature and Service Materials and a Literature Order Form are
enclosed. Please note that we charge a shipping fee of a minimum of $6.00 or 8% whichever is higher, for each
order that is shipped. Literature may also be obtained by visiting the Service Center at 6737 W. Washington
St., Suite 2125, West Allis WI 53214. Please call 414-257-2415 in advance to verify our hours.
Thank you in advance for your literature orders!
Sincerely,

Al-Anon Family Groups of SE Wisconsin


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