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					                     SCOTTISH LIFE (GA)
August 2010           Scottish ational ews                    Volume 6, Issue 8


When anyone, anywhere, reaches
out for help I want the hand of GA
and GAM-ANON always to be there,
and for that I am responsible.
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                                EDITORIAL
Hello and welcome to the August issue of Scottish Life. I know you must all be
getting bored with my editorials highlighting the lack of articles for Scottish Life.
Generally between editions we have four weeks to gather the material,
occasionally we have five weeks, this time it was four weeks. Before I put in any
contributions I have about six pages already filled – Meeting Places, jokes,
forthcoming events etc so only need a further 10 pages to fill a 16 page edition,
about two pages a week. After three weeks I had only received five pages and it
looked highly unlikely there would be an August edition. However, following a
conversation with Tommy in the office, Tommy put out an E Mail highlighting
the situation and in the course of the next seven days I received a further nine
pages taking us to the elusive 20 page edition. Many thanks to Tommy and to
everyone who responded to the appeal and I hope this new found enthusiasm will
continue in the forthcoming months. On page 2 of the magazine is a booking
form for the 2011 Convention and this will be replicated every month until the
event, one less page to fill.

                            Charles     Editor         Daisy Street Wednesday

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                          YOUR FRIE D PAUL
                     When I was young life was a breeze
                        I had the wind in my sails,
                       For I could find a port of call
                      When storms turned into gales
                       The safe haven that I would find
                           The bookies is was for me,
                  It would shelter me from the outside world
                        It was a place where I was free
                     For me it was the end of the rainbow
                          A land of milk and honey,
                      A place where I would feel no pain
                         And freed me of any worry
                       But sadly things began to change
                       And gambling took over my life,
                       It was a place of total destruction
                          For me, my family, my wife
                      There was no longer a pot of gold
                     There wasn't the smallest of dreams,
                       It did give me remorse and guilt
                      no matter my many sad schemes
                     My refuge centre was there no more
                     Now only a place of misery and pain,
                    A place where financial problems grew
                       And mental problems I did gain.
                    There was a place just waiting for me
                        To help me get back into life,
                A place that was filled with kindness and love
                  Now our hearts are filled with happiness
                        Myself, my family, my wife.
                             PHO E A FRIE D
We have members in outlying areas that cannot get to a meeting. If you are
willing to telephone them on a regular basis call the office on 0141 353 3223.
Two Irishmen were looking at a Mail Order catalogue and admiring the models.
One says, 'Have you seen the beautiful girls in this catalogue?' The second one
says, “Yes and look at the price!” The first one says, They aren't expensive, I'm
buying one.' The second one smiles. “Good idea! Order one and if she's as
beautiful as is in the catalogue, I’ll get one.” Three weeks later, the youngest
Irishman asks his pal, 'Did you receive the girl you ordered.” The second
Irishman says, “No, but it shouldn’t be long as she sent her clothes yesterday?”


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JOH                                                               KIRKCALDY

I started gambling when I was 16 and spent my money on fruit machines. I’d
spend a lot of my time in amusement arcades and other places where there were
fruit machines and would spend whatever money I had. This made me angry
and frustrated, back then it was only 5p and 10p a shot. When I turned 16 I got
a job as a YTS landscape gardener and every week my £23.50 wages would be
lost in those machines, I hated it. Little did I know this was the start of my road
to ruin. After two six month YTS schemes I felt I wasn't getting anywhere so I
turned to crime. Shoplifting, house-breaking, fraud, I didn't care anymore. I
received my first sentence, which was at a three month detention centre in Glen
Ochil on 11 July 1981, I was released nine weeks later. Two months later I was
sentenced to two years borstal training, I did 10 months. I was released on 10
September 1982 and I was 18 years old. I should have learned my lesson by
then but the damage was done. I started going to the bookies and for 30 years
(minus four years spent in prisons) my life has been non existent because of
gambling. I have tried to end my life a few times as my head is so messed up
with what I've been through in my life. I went to GA but didn't go back for a
while. I repeated this a couple of times but recently I went back and had to deal
with this disease because I'd rather be dead than continue with this misery. This
is going to be the hardest challenge I’ve ever been faced with but I hope I can
stick at GA and go there every week for as long as I can. I need GA and know
everybody at GA will understand and only GA members will understand. I
have to believe I can do this, one day at a time, thanks to everyone.

                            JULY STATISTICS
Jason, our Webmaster, has provided the following statistics from the website –
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   our Stories Page viewed by 315 times
• 47.1% of people found the site by typing the address in and 28% found us
   via a search engine such as Google. The others found us by linking in
   from another site carrying the GA Scotland link, the most popular link was
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• 6 people downloaded the Scottish Life online from the Members’ Section
   and 3 people checked the month’s Pinnings.
          Did you ever notice the Roman umerals for forty (40) are XL
            Birds of a feather flock together and then crap on your car

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JO ATHA                                                 PARTICK TUESDAY

This is from my diary when I first came to GA. I’d just moved in with my
girlfriend J and couldn’t cope. I’d been a dope smoker and was suffering from
anxiety and depression. I told J I’d stopped but every time my head went
wonky the truth came out. J knew I gambled but not to the extent. Before,
during and after work I went mad with roulette machines. I was renowned in
my office as having a short fuse and no wonder with my lifestyle. My lunch
consisted of feeding notes into the machine and chain smoking. I’d stopped
smoking grass and was starting to feel better but was still gambling. I needed
my escape from reality, my secret vice and J didn’t know.
Thursday – Pay Day. I go on my lunch break with the stupid idea of trying to
win money. Why? I think I’m going to be skint for Christmas, if I win money
I’ll be ok, but it doesn’t work like that. I lose, get more money and the spiral
continues. Before I know it I’ve withdrawn all the money the cash machine
will allow. If only I could turn back time as all the progress I’ve made has been
shot to pieces in an hour of madness. I phone GA and there’s a meeting which I
go to, it’s good for me and I’ll go back, I need to beat this addiction. The
consequences of my gambling are far-reaching with no money, trust etc. I’ve
no money for Christmas; the question I keep asking is why. I love J but do
things which hurt her as well as me. What kind of person does that make me?
Not a good person, I don’t feel anxious but I’m depressed at what I’ve done, I
don’t understand why, well I do. I’ve an addiction and a big problem, I’ll take
one day at a time, like I’ve done with dope. It’s not good, back to square one. I
know I can’t screw up again or J will be gone for good and who can blame her.
That’s the last thing I want, I must be responsible.
Friday. Today was always going to be bad after yesterday. I’ve an empty
feeling and J feels remote, I don’t blame her, she seems better without me and
with people she can trust. I’m quite down and fed up, I’m in remorse mode,
feeling sorry for myself, I must be more upbeat. I didn’t bet today as it would
be the end, I don’t want to and must take each day as a new challenge, a bet-
free day means I’ve won. We visit my parents, they don’t understand why I
gamble but neither do I. My mum can’t take it and this brings it home to me. I
still lie about the extent of my gambling and that I didn’t think I’d a problem.
This hurts J and she’s still remote and I’m on my last chance. If I lose her my
life will be ruined, when will I face up to this situation seriously? One more
screw up and who knows where I’ll be in years to come, I must accept it or else.
Saturday. I’m working when I should be going to football, it’s one thing I
enjoy but because of Thursday I can’t afford it. This affects me but it’s not only
me I should worry about. J seems ok but is probably hiding it and could break
down, I’m empty and depressed. Life has turned from good to bad, regret and
feeling sorry for me is natural but not good and I can’t turn back time. I must
look forward and the consequences of lapsing again would be disastrous.


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My dad is dealing with things better than my mum, work is ok and I met J after
work. She is fed up but has stood by me and is the best. If it wasn’t for her
God knows where I’d be. One more screw up and that’s it, we fall asleep early
as we’re emotionally shattered.
Today. I’m two years off a bet. Since that Thursday I’ve had three falls, no
financial damage but mental damage doing the wrong things and not following
the programme. My last fall brought me to a crossroads; accept what I was and
what I needed to do. I now have acceptance in my life, life is better and me and
J are very much in love, I treat her with the respect she deserves. My mental
health is good, medication works, but my meetings have done as much as any
pill. My parents have their son back and it’s thanks to GA. I can watch my
team but after 90 minutes of torture I wonder why I bother. Thank you to
everyone at all the meetings, whatever happens I know where I should be.

WHAT’s THE WEATHER LIKE?                  SOUTHER CORRESPO DE T

We Brits are a curious bunch. A favourite topic of conversation is, what's the
weather like? Isn't it always - too hot, too cold, always raining, we could do
with a drop of rain, snow blocking the roads, not enough to ski, whatever it is
we aren’t satisfied. Hmm, Just for today! So, how's your recovery? This is
another question with no right answers. Today I’m blessed with spare time,
instead of feeling down about it I can use it to work on my recovery. No matter
how good it is, it can be better. The GA Programme is structured with 12
Steps. Step 4 is my favourite and one I’m currently focussed on. Many
members have found this step difficult, a booklet, Who am I, is available from
your literature secretary, it focuses on the moral side of things. I found the
searching and fearless financial part ok, when it came to moral, it was more
difficult, it was probably as easy, I made it difficult. How’d you feel about
buying a cup of coffee after a morning’s shopping? Are you comfortable
talking with acquaintances you meet in a shopping centre or do you want to get
on? As a young lad I remember going shopping with my mum. She’d bump
into someone and have a conversation. I'd be tugging her skirt and encouraging
her to hurry to the toy shop! As a recovering compulsive gambler I feel similar
emotions today but I'm an adult! Does this bode well for my recovery or does it
indicate further work is required? Have you the financial clout and emotional
oomph to cope with a sudden unexpected bill? They happen all the time, there's
an advert on telly showing someone borrowing a fan of tenners after the telly
blows up. Financially I can use my rainy day money, emotionally though I’d be
cheesed off and feel down. Perhaps people out there in normal peopleland can
rationalise the telly going pop is an opportunity to use that rainy day money and
upgrade to digital, widescreen, LCD, maybe even colour, ha ha! Take a
moment to think about your recovery. Recovery isn’t abstinence; you can have
plenty of abstinence with little or no recovery. Abstinence is a prerequisite to
recovery, anyone claiming to have recovery without abstinence needs to go into
the corner of the room and have a serious talk with themselves!

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A CHA CE E COU TER                          ALEX P                  I VER ESS

In 2001 I attended a quiz night organised by my work. I was a recovering
alcoholic and it was taking place in a pub in Glasgow. I needed to keep busy so
what better way than to sell raffles. I went round the room with a determination
to sell as many tickets as possible. I went to a table where there were people I
knew only a little. Most of them bought tickets, however, one guy declined,
come on, I prompted him it’s for a good cause. ‘ o I don’t gamble he replied’,
it’s only raffle tickets, I said, that’s not gambling. ‘It is for me’, he said, ‘I
don’t want any, thanks.’ I left but as time went on I wondered about this
strange person who wouldn’t buy raffle tickets and considered it gambling. I
decided to approach him and on our second conversation he revealed he was a
member of GA and was staying away from that first bet. I’d been staying away
from the first drink for 10 years so I identified. I realised I’d tried to bully him
that night and wouldn’t take no for answer until he had to be as I saw it, rude to
me. I knew I’d also taken resentment against the fellow. I decided I owed him
amends and decided to apologise but a different set of words came out, I found
myself telling him I’d tried stopping gambling several times and maybe I
needed to go to a GA meeting. He responded by offering to take me to my first
meeting the next night, adding it would be good for his recovery.
On 8 May 2001 I was taken to my first meeting, Dumbarton Wednesday Group,
was made welcome and asked to return. This has been my experience as I’ve
always been made welcome and asked to keep coming back and have never
needed to gamble since then. As time went on I found myself considering
whether like two men in Los Angeles in 1957, and two men in Akron in 1935,
this had been a chance encounter. I came to believe my higher power was
guiding me through the doors of GA, but another willing member had taken the
time to take me; because someone had done this for him. Keep up the good
work with the magazine, our group is small, new people come and most don’t
stay, but at least leave with GA literature including Scottish Life. Maybe this is
the way their higher power is guiding them.

A O YMOUS                  WEB CO TRIBUTIO                        GA MEMBER

Gambling is destroying me and my family. It’s taking over my life and my
debts are mounting up. I tried a meeting but didn’t feel comfortable amongst
the people there, some seemed to talk down to others and some made out they
were special. Some of the speakers seemed to think that because they’ve
stopped punting they’re all round good guys, it’s too weird to describe. They
seemed to think they were really due something because they’re now leading
normal lives, weird stuff. I can honestly say I felt uncomfortable and in the
midst of some very mixed-up people. I want to beat this addiction but need
normal people to help me, not some dysfunctional nut-jobs who think they’re
superior because they’ve managed to stay out a casino or bookies for 5 minutes.
Can you point me in the direction of the emotionally stable members please?

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TWEAKED A D BULLSHIT                        TOMMY             DAISY STREET

At two meetings I attended recently I sat listening to two members of our
Fellowship referring to our programme as being tweaked, or certain Steps as
bullshit. Surely this is not the message we should be hearing at our meetings,
especially if there are new members hearing these extreme and controversial
views. We in Gamblers Anonymous Scotland are not dumb, we know where
the Steps originated, and we do know there are slight changes from the
originals, so what. The vast majority of GA members worldwide have never
seen the AA 12 Steps, and this may come as a surprise to the two members who
I listened to, and our Programme works for them. I’ve been in our Fellowship
for a long time, and the Programme as it stands in GA has worked well for me.
It has enabled me to stop gambling and turn my life around. I would have no
wish to disrupt any meeting but I’ll find it difficult to sit at meetings in the
future and listen to this trash. Our programme is a programme of attraction and
the two members in question do anything but attract members to them with this
attitude. To finish I must say I’m an alcoholic (sober 30 years) and I’ve the
greatest of respect for AA and it works well, the countless people worldwide
who owe their lives to AA is testimony enough. But this is GA and we have
our Programme, which is not second class or bullshit. So to the two members
in question, please give some thought to the comments you make at meetings,
the members who attend meetings are looking for help, not insults.

CLAIRE                     WEB CO TRIBUTIO                        GAM-A O
I’ve sat here tonight and read many of these stories, every single one I relate to
in some way. My husband thankfully found GA 5 years ago and hasn’t
gambled since, last night my man was given his 5 year Pin. It was an Open
Meeting, so people were sharing stories within the room. The stories brought it
all back to me, sleepless nights, fights, the feeling I was the only one in the
world that had to deal with this. My life back then was out of control, I’d
feelings inside of me that made me crazy. I remember looking at friends and
their partners and wishing I’d that. He used me is so many ways, always for his
own gain and at my lowest with his gambling, I hated him. However, 5 years
down the line things have changed, yes of course for him, he is 5 years off a bet
and a nicer man for it. But for me too, GA gave me strength and understanding
he wasn’t the only one and it wasn’t my fault. I know this is an illness and a
family illness, and one day at a time we’re healing. This is a life long recovery
but I’d not have it any other way, and to my gambler, well done, I love you.
A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in his chair on his porch. "I
couldn't help noticing how happy you look". She said. "What’s your secret for
a long, happy life?" ‘I smoke three packets of cigarettes a day and I drink a
case of whisky every week, eat fatty foods and never exercise". "That’s
amazing and how old are you? ‘26, he said!
        Stay Alert! They walk among us, they reproduce, they vote

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CAROLI E                                         RUTHERGLE           THURSDAY

I remember my first day in the Fellowship, I’d gone to the Beginners’ Meeting
at Rutherglen, I cried all the way through that meeting and for the next few after
that. Looking back on my first few meetings makes me realise how far I’ve
come over the last 17 months and how much I’ve changed. I still struggle with
my stubborn personality, more so when I don't get my own way in the house,
although Steve deals with this very well. I’m working on it, a day at a time, the
same way I live my life today, trying not to look too far ahead. I struggled a lot
in my early days; I couldn't deal with being in my mid-twenties and having lost
my beloved home, husband and probably most of all, being caught. With me
being a secretive gambler I think that was the hardest thing to deal with. I can
still see the look on my mum's face when I told her what I’d been doing and the
sums of money I owed and that’s a look I never want to see again. If I gamble
again, that’s what I would be faced with, but I feel strong and know they’re
proud of the person I’ve become and my mum has her daughter back. For a
long time I relied on people to manage my life for me, without me putting any
effort in, but expecting all the rewards, however it’s not like that now. For a
number of days I've been in and out of GA, but thankfully I’ve stayed around
this time and have been since 12 March 09 and I’m loving my meetings.
My life at this moment is wonderful, I’ve a roof over my head, a job, the
support of my loving partner Steve, and my wonderful mum and family, but
most of all I’m gambling-free. I've managed to stay away from a bet, a day at a
time, by following the GA programme to the best of my ability. Probably the
most important thing for me was I came back to my meetings for me, and no
one else. My love for the Fellowship and my family keeps me strong. As my
sister reminds me I’ve two beautiful nephews that need spoiled and want their
aunt there when they’re growing up. I stress how important meetings have been
to me and getting me to where I am today. Meetings are what gives me strength
to deal with the everyday problems I have in my life, which everyone gets,
that's life, nothing can always be perfect. If anyone is struggling or thinking of
coming to meetings, please give it a try as it's the best thing that happened to
me and could be for you. Everyone within meetings tries to help each other if
they can; it's a great place to be within the body of a meeting room. I don't even
want to think of where I’d be without GA. I don't ever want to go back to the
Hell I was living in; this keeps me going even through hard days and being able
to talk to someone in a meeting who listens and doesn't judge. GA has given
me this new lease for life and I’m making sure I live it to the full as you only
get one life. I wish everyone the best, another big thank you to my meeting and
other meetings I attend and to my good friends within the rooms.
If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it will always be yours. If it
doesn't come back, it was never yours to begin with. But, if it just sits in your
living room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your telephone, takes
your money and doesn't appear to realise that you’d set it free, you either
married it or gave birth to it!

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BILLY                                                 OXGA GS SATURDAY

Hi Tommy, I’m just back from Tuesday Oxgangs meeting and read your email.
I’m glad I did that as I’ve written a quick story for Scottish Life. I’ve
written before but not for 9 months, so this piece is overdue. I understand the
importance of Scottish Life and it’s a massive part of my recovery. I keep them
at the side of my bed and often pick one up at random and read it again. I’ve
tried to encourage Oxgangs members to write more articles but sometimes it
falls on deaf ears. As secretary for Saturday I’ll ensure I bring it up on a regular
basis. Thanks for the e-mail as it gave me the kick up the backside I needed
Thanks to Tommy for sending an email asking people to make an effort and
write an article for Scottish Life. In my case it’s been a while and while I’ve
tried to encourage others I’ve procrastinated myself. Isn’t that a well known
trait of a compulsive gambler’s procrastination? I read the July edition of
Scottish Life and read about someone who had their own business who was
losing hundreds of pounds every day there was also a story from someone who
had spent the last 12 years in jail due to gambling. My first thought in both
cases was, thank God that’s not me, I hope they find GA soon. I’ve been
attending GA coming up for two years and it was a turning point in my life. I
gambled seriously from when I was in first year at school until I was 47 years
old. What a waste of 35 years! Gambling cost me my marriage, it robbed me
of my education and affected my career prospects. It cost me my self-respect
and a whole lot more that I’d rather not think about. I tried to stop gambling a
few times but always failed. I believe only GA can stop me gambling. I’m sure
there are a few people that can stop without GA, but in my opinion they are few
and far between. In my time in GA I’d say virtually everybody that has left the
rooms has gone back gambling. That’s why I’ll stay because it’s safe and I’m
amongst good friends, these new friends will be friends for life. They’ve
enriched my life and help me on a daily basis to lead a normal life. So what’s a
normal life? For me it’s enjoying a great cup of coffee from my local deli,
meeting up with friends for lunch, going to the cinema with my girlfriend,
doing normal things that normal people do. My only problem was I didn’t
know what normal was until I’d a spell of recovery in GA. I won’t bore you
any longer so I’ll finish by saying recovery in GA has given me the following:
honesty, choices, a clear head, peace of mind and a future.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air,
the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the
person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all 4
legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the
rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used
the whistle to get service. "Wet your whistle", is the phrase inspired by
this practice.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame

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STA                                                 DE     ISTOU TUESDAY

DO 'T TRY A D DO IT YOUR WAY IT WO 'T WORK!
This Fellowship gave me the chance and opportunity to gain a new life and
restore sanity. I’ve not gambled for many years but it took a while and was
hard work at the start to face reality and the fact that gambling had me licked. I
had the thought I could quell the overpowering obsession of addictive gambling
and then be able to have a wee bet when I had it under control, what a
pipedream, no, nightmare! This illness had me not just under its control, but a
slave to its every want and desire. It continually told me I didn’t suffer from it,
short memory was rampant! This disease never sleeps, takes a day off, goes
sick and is always ready to attack. It took everything in every department of
my life, my emotions, except for anger, hate and resentment, my conscience,
my love for anyone or anything, my ability to think rationally. Compassion,
humility, honesty as well as all aspects of my financial situation, all were
victims to its insatiable appetite. Only when I accepted after many broken
promises and half hearted attempts, did I finally admit gambling had beaten me
up as well as had me beaten. I was then open to the assurance of an achievable
new life. How? This I was promised was real and possible if I was prepared to
do my best to follow some simple guidelines and a structured everyday
programme set out by the Fellowship known as the Programme of Recovery.

Within a framework of honesty, open-mindedness and willingness, it’ll give
you a life you could only have dreamed about before GA. To achieve this I was
told to attend GA regularly, be honest with myself and the group. Practice it
all, a day at a time. Find a pal you like and can trust, talk to him/her, let them
know how you really are feeling. Simple stuff if you want to get better. You
can't get the programme if you don't attend meetings, so go. You can't get the
strength of your fellow members if you don't open up and talk about you! You
can't be a loner, it won't work, you need contact and identification, so keep
going! Make it your top priority because if not, you won’t be open to or ever
achieve the riches that are available to the recovering compulsive gambler.
Peace of mind and serenity, hope and honesty are all there, with just a decent
effort, acceptance and applied commitment. If not, you’ll slide surely and
certainly back to the disaster that brought you along in the first place, I know
I've done it. Always remember the illness is still lurking in the background!
My experience over many years has found that as it says in the handbook or our
Bible, that this whole programme will work for the person who wants it to work
and you are that person, only you can stop the progressive destruction, no one
else can but you can get help, guidance, support and identification, just ask. It’s
freely available if you’re honestly doing your best to truly recover. As I found
out the hard way, you can only get this at meetings, so continue to go and
regularly be involved. The GA room is our recovery ward, it has all the
equipment and personnel that are necessary to restore us to good health and a
decent future, it only takes time and the available medicine is endless and free.


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Look to successful members, the experienced guys, the members who are there
every week, usually do more than one meeting a week, never seem to have
problems and look and sound happier than you! They will guide and support
you, it’s the Twelfth Step of Recovery and you never know, you may just be
helping them; they too are still compulsive gamblers. I’ve been confronted
many times over the years with different and difficult problems but none was
ever so insurmountable that a bet would have resolved any of them. I’ve major
upsets in my life but the programme and my Higher Power are helping me to
accept and cope with them, I've let go and let God of my understanding deal
with it. So keep the faith that this works, it did for me and I was the world's
worst compulsive gambler. All welcome any Tuesday at 7-30pm.
PRO Report Sunday 15 August 2010 held at GA Office Maryhill Halls
Some TV screens in Doctors’ practices carry local contact numbers, Paul will
check if we can get GA onto this. It was suggested a questionnaire go to all
groups asking their opinion on PRO matters, looking for ideas and thoughts on
how we can improve. Nick and Douglas will work on a questionnaire that we
can take back to the groups for discussion. Kevin has come up with a few good
ideas, two are for the future and will go to Rob the webmaster to see if they’re
workable once the website is revamped. The one we can start on right away is a
suggestion we hold a few information sessions across Glasgow to raise
awareness and provide information about GA and Gam-Anon amongst the local
community. The plan would be to hold three meetings in a month across
Glasgow, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on a Saturday morning, three GA members
and three Gam-Anon-members would be on hand to support the meeting and
answer questions. To make this work we would need to: Source premises to
host the meetings and set a date: Jim will try for Maryhill, Nick will check out
Tuesday Dennistoun and Kevin will check out Parkhead. Dates to aim for are
20 November or 27 November. Advertise locally wherever we decide to hold
the meetings. Two weeks before the meeting produce and distribute a leaflet,
visit church halls, libraries, doctors’ surgeries, colleges, schools, social work,
NHS, university and college welfare services and community centres. Notify
radio and any other organisations that can help promote the event. Format of
sessions: Depends on who turns up, how many people, if they want a group
information session, some may want a 1 to 1 chat. This will be discussed and
developed over the next few meetings. The PRO group meet the 3rd Sunday of
every month, 12-2 at Maryhill, and everyone is welcome, so come along and
contribute. It’s a good opportunity to bounce ideas of each other, give
something back and to become involved. Thanks to everyone who made the
effort to come along and a special thanks to Kevin and his daughter for all their
hard work in providing the Information Sessions Plan.
Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like, "You know,
sometimes I forget to eat!" ow I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden
name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special
kind of stupid to forget to eat.

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MICHAEL                                                             HAMILTO

My gambling history is a long one, over 50 years; it’s to use the football cliché,
a game of two halves. The first half is longer than 45 minutes, 52 years to be
precise. From my first tanner bet on the 1951 Grand National on Nickel Coin,
which won at 40/1, to my retirement from the railway in 2003? The second half
is from 2003 to the present, let me share this with you. I came from a poor
working class background and had six brothers and a twin sister. Until I was 21
the family was brought up in the slum tenements of Glasgow, Whiteinch and
Parkhead. My father never worked, smoked heavily, never drank but was a
compulsive gambler who died at 48 years old in 1951 when I was nine. He
gave me the tanner for the bet. There was never any money, clothes and shoes
were second hand and the staple diet was mince and tatties, fish and chips,
porridge, and pieces in anything! I’d a happy childhood and what I remember
of my father was only good, telling funny stories and playing and singing on his
accordion. My Irish mother was a gem, working hard and lavishing love on her
kids. All my brothers loved racing and from an early age, the Noon Record was
more often in the house than the Daily Record. When I left school at 15 and
started work in a jewellery shop, I was in the bookies, an expert on form and
spending cash. Bookies didn't bother what age you were; they’d just become
legal. I’ve heard therapies where the speaker wondered when he became a
compulsive gambler, I know exactly. In the jewellery shop where I worked it
was customary for me to take rings, watches or cash from my shop to another
shop, five minutes away. On this occasion, about 3.25 in the afternoon, I was to
deliver £50 to the other branch. Walking there I knew the Cheltenham Gold
cup winner, Gay Donald, was running in a four horse race at 3.30, was 3/1 on
and was a certainty! £50 on that and I’d winnings of more than £16, five times
my wages! Losing didn't come into my thinking. I didn't put the bet on, Gay
Donald lost and that’s the day I became a compulsive gambler.

When I was 16, my oldest brother Matt gave me cash to place a bet for him, I
lost the cash on my own bets and didn't put his on. He’d always bet outsiders,
his bet was four forecasts and a yankee, every bet won! As the bets were for
Saturday night, results weren’t known until Sunday when I’d be first up to get
the papers, I nearly collapsed when I saw the results. The results were usually
late entries at the side of the papers, I tore out all the pages in the papers which
showed the results! I don't remember how much my brother's winnings were,
certainly £100, at least 12 weeks wages in 1958. My brother from that day to
the day he died never mentioned this incident. There was another incident
when I was 16 of another brother getting me to place a bet for him, which I
didn't. The die was cast; most Friday paydays were spent in the bookies,
though I did pay my dig money regularly to my mum (that was to change). In
1963 I married a lovely Irish girl, Susan. I was working in the railway and
recall an incident in December. I’d a substantial win on the Friday and decided
to go to Cheltenham races on Saturday. There was an overnight train to Bristol,
I could travel free on a railway pass and could get to the races from there.

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I went to the races and was skint by the fourth race. I walked to the station;
I’d a couple of hours to wait for my train and was hungry. I had no lunch and
sat in the booking office and waited for somebody to drop money. A lady
dropped a £1 note; I grabbed it as soon as she went away. I had lunch! How
low can you get, I could get lower! In 1965, Katherine, the first of my six
children was born and another four children followed by 1971. These years
were the worst of my gambling career. As a shift worker every dayshift, one
week in three, Susan didn't know if she was getting a wage. On returning from
hospital on her five pregnancies she found I’d lost the wages. Until my wages
were paid into the bank in 1980, Susan was never sure of her housekeeping
money when I was dayshift. As soon as I was paid I was in the bookies. Over
and over I’d promised it would never happen again but to no avail. During this
time I sold my children's endowments to get cash for betting.

From 1980 household finances were secure; I was doing well in my job and got
promoted. I’d been lowly paid up to then and had a lot of mouths to feed and
gambling had been destructive. Susan was sure of her money now but I was
always looking for cash to gamble. Wages were paid monthly, so once a month
I’d pocket money which quickly disappeared to the bookies. At one stage I got
so fed up losing I decided that if I lost £10 I’d shoplift £10, if £20 then shoplift
£20. I’d never been in any kind of criminal bother before, after three months I
got caught. This was a terrific worry as I thought I’d lose my job, I was a
manager now. I spent a night in the cells, went to court and was fined. In the
workplace I wasn’t involved with cash and this incident didn’t get to my
employers. I got involved with loans, £100-£200, on a regular basis to feed my
gambling habit. I didn't have a credit card and worked on my own money
without affecting the household budget. Occasionally I’d borrow £100 from
my oldest son, he never took it back. The family were away now apart from my
last child, David, born in 1981. Susan was better off and had a car and we’d
bought our home. Here are two incidents which haunt me from these times.
One Friday night I’d lost my pocket money and on leaving work found a purse
with a £100 in it. There was a name and address in it; I persuaded myself I’d
hand it in to the police the next day. That didn't happen; I spent the money and
binned the purse! The second incident was on privatisation; British Rail
employees were able to purchase shares at a low price and after two years could
sell them. One of my sons and a daughter gave me £100 to buy shares for them,
which I did. Two years later it was time to sell them for a £1,000 apiece, my
daughter got her money, my son didn't, the bookies got it. Like my brother
before, my son never mentioned it, there was love going for me. I retired in
2003 with gambling debts of £3,000, but as I’d a five figure sum coming and a
healthy works pension, everything seemed rosy. The rest of my therapy
between 2003 and 2007 is different in that getting hold of a lot of money for
the first time I created £21,000 of debt, whereas the previous 51 years had
created £3,000 of debt but lots of horror stories, I’ll send this in next month.


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WILLIE                                                        CAMBUSLA G
Today I’ve got strong urges to have a bet and I’ve decided to write my feelings
and the reasons why I won’t go and do my brains in and live the life of a
compulsive gambler. The first bet would open the door to all sorts of problems
I don’t have anymore. Things like I can’t be bothered to do most things,
keeping my self-respect, constant borrowing, debt problems, arguing with my
wife, bad bookie moods, and a big red face most days I gambled. I’d panic
attacks, pawned my wedding ring and went around with a beer coaster instead
of a tax disc on my van. I was lying, cheating and swearing on family
members’ lives when I needed to get out of a lying situation. We all know the
score so I’ll keep living my life the GA way, one day at a time. Guess what, I
don’t feel like a bet now.

TOMMY                                             MOTHERWELL FRIDAY
It’s been a while since I’ve written to Scottish Life. Group news first, since we
opened in May 2007 our membership has gone up and down, we have five
regular members, strong in their GA, and five who flirt in and out, but thanks to
visitors our average attendance is between 10-15. Meetings are good and all
who attend get a chance to talk. Personally things have been a bit difficult at
times due to wear and tear in the body and becoming more mature. Thanks to
GA my gambling problem is at the back of the queue. I’m still a compulsive
gambler and take my life, one day at a time. Very early in my GA life I
decided to make GA part of my life and with it came a better life for Lily and
the family. It was hard at times as I didn’t try to change myself but wanted to
change everybody else. However by attending other meetings and Lily going to
Gam-Anon things gradually improved. We met many friends, sadly some have
passed away, but the Fellowship still has many strong members who have lots
of wisdom to offer. How would you describe success in GA? By attending
meetings on a regular basis, visiting other meetings whenever possible and at
the start have blind faith GA will help you with your gambling problem.
A man owned a farm in Saskatchewan. The Wage and Hours Department
claimed he wasn’t paying proper wages and sent an agent to interview him. "I
need a list of your employees and how much you pay them," demanded the
agent. "Well," replied the farmer, "there's my farmhand who's been with me for
3 years, I pay him $200 a week, plus free room and board. The cook’s been
here 18 months and I pay her $150 per week plus free room and board. Then
there's the half-wit, he works 18 hours a day and does 90% of the work. He
makes $10 a week, pays his own room and board and I buy him a bottle of
bourbon every week, he sleeps with my wife occasionally." "That's the guy I
want to talk to” says the agent. "That would be me," replied the farmer.
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you’d have produced enough
sound energy to heat a cup of coffee.
         The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer

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If you know the bible, even a little, you’ll find this hilarious. Kids were asked
about the old and new testaments and the following were written by children.
They haven’t been retouched or corrected, incorrect spelling has been left in.

1. In the first book of the bible Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world
so he took the Sabbath off.
2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was Joan of
Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in pears.
3. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day but a ball of fire during the
night.
4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with
unsympathetic Genitals.
5. Sampson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like
Delilah.
6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.
7. Moses led the Jews to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread
which is bread without ingredients.
 8. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards Moses went up
Mount Cyanide to get the 10 commandments.
 9. The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.
10. The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.
11. Moses died before he ever reached Canada, then Joshua led the Hebrews
in the battle of Geritol.
 12. The greatest miracle in the bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still
and he obeyed him.
 13. David was a Hebrew king who was skilled at playing the liar. He fought
the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in biblical times.
14. Solomon, one of David’s sons had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
15. When Mary heard she was the mother of Jesus she sang the Magna Carta.
16. When the 3 wise guys from the East Side arrived they found Jesus in the
manager.
17. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
18. St. John the blacksmith dumped water on his head.
19. Jesus enunciated the golden rule which says to do unto others before they
do one to you. He also explained a man doth not live by sweat alone.
20. It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the
tombstone off the entrance.
21. The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels.
22. The Epistels were the wives of the Apostles.
23. One of the oppossums was St. Matthew who was also a taximan.
24 St Paul cavorted to Christianity, he preached Holy Acrimony which is
another name for marriage.
25. Christians have only one spouse, this is called monotony.
Life is too short to wake up with regrets, so love the people who treat you
right. Forget the one's who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If
you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it’d be worth it. Friends
are like balloons; once you let them go, you mightn’t get them back.

A friend of mine confused her valium with her birth control pills. She has 14
kids but doesn't care.


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                                AUGUST JOKES
A farmer goes out to his field and discovers his cows are frozen solid. As far as
the eye can see there are cows, motionless as statues. It had been a cold night,
but he was amazed anything like this could happen. The realisation of the
situation dawned on him. With his entire livestock gone, how could he make
ends meet, feed his wife and kids and pay the mortgage? He sat with his head in
his hands, trying to come to terms with impending poverty. Then, an elderly
woman walked by, "What's up, chuck?" asked the old lady in a Yorkshire accent.
The farmer gestured toward the frozen cows and explained his predicament. The
woman smiled, walked over to the nearest cow and placed her hand on its nose.
After a few seconds the cow began to twitch and was soon back to normal,
chewing the cud and going moo, like cows do. One by one the old woman
defrosted the cows until the field was full of healthy animals. The farmer was
delighted and asked the woman what she wanted as a repayment for her deed.
She thanked him, but declined his offer and walked off across the field. A
passer-by who’d witnessed this approached the farmer. "You know who that was
don't you?" "No" said the farmer. "Who?" "That was Thora Hird".
A C       journalist heard about an old Jewish man who’d been going to the
Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long time. She went to
check and went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the
holy site. She watched him pray and after 45 minutes, when he turned to leave,
using a cane and moving slowly, she approached him for an interview.
“Pardon me, sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from C . What’s your name?" “Morris
Fishbein,” he replied. “Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western
Wall and praying?” “For 60 years.” “60 years! That’s amazing! What do you
pray for?” “I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and Muslims. “I
pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for our children to grow
up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man.” “And how do you
feel after doing this for 60 years?” “Like I’m talking to a brick wall!"
An Irish woman of advanced age visited her doctor to ask his advice in reviving
her husband's libido. 'What about trying Viagra?' asked the doctor. 'Not a
chance,’ she said. 'He won't even take aspirin.' 'Not a problem,' replied the
doctor. 'Give him an Irish Viagra, you drop the Viagra tablet in his coffee, he
won't taste it. Try it and call me in a week to let me know how things went.' A
week later she called the doctor, who inquired as to her progress. The poor dear
exclaimed, 'Oh, faith and begorrah! T'was horrid! Terrible, doctor!' 'Really?
What happened?' asked the doctor. 'Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in
his coffee and the effect was immediate. He jumped straight up with a twinkle
in his eye and his pants a-bulging fiercely! With a’ swoop of his arm, he sent
cups and tablecloth flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and
there passionately on the tabletop! It was a nightmare, I tell you, an absolute
nightmare!' 'Why so terrible?' asked the doctor, 'Do you mean the sex your
husband provided wasn't good?' ‘Twas the best sex I've had in 25 years! But
sure as I'm sittin’ here, I'll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again!'

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                     MEETI G PLACES A D TIMES (SCOTLA D)
  DAY        AREA                       ADDRESS                        START

Monday     Glasgow     Parkhead Congregational Church,                 10 am -
                       Ravel Row, Westmuir, G31 5EW                    12 noon
Monday     Carlisle    Church of Scotland, Chapel Street, CA1 1JA      7.30-9pm
Monday     Blackburn Church of Scotland, East Mains Street             7.45-9.45pm
Monday     Clydebank Radnor Parish Church, Radnor Park, Spencer        7.30 pm
                       Street, G81 3AS (off Kilbowie Rd.)
Monday     Cumbernauld Greenfaulds Meeting Rooms, Lochinvar Rd,        7.30 pm
                       Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld, G67 4AR
Monday     Ardrossan Church of the Nazerine, 150a Glasgow Str.,        7.30-         Enter via
                                                                                     ramp at side
                       (Next door to Indoor Bowling)                   9.30pm
Monday     Edinburgh Methodist Church, The Square Centre,              7.15 pm
                       Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Wee        Glasgow     Duns Scotas Church,147 Ballater Street,         7.30 pm
Monday                 G5 OYT
Big        Glasgow     Anderson & Kelvingrove Church, Elderslie        7.30 pm       Gam-Anon
Monday                 Street (off St Vincent Str.), G3 8DS            Beginners
                                                                       7.30pm
Monday     Dundee       St Vincents Church, Pitkerro Road, DD4 8ES     7.30 pm
Tuesday    Glasgow      Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE      2 - 4 pm
Tuesday    Oxgangs      Colinton Mains Parish Church,                  7 -9pm
                        223 Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh EH13 9ED
Tuesday    Glasgow      Partick Burgh Hall, Burgh Hall Street,         7.30 pm       Beginners
                        (next to Peel Str.)                            – 10 pm        8.45 pm
Tuesday    Perth        Caladh Centre, 6 Milne Street, PH1 5QL         7.30-9.30     Gam-Anon
Tuesday    Glasgow      Our Lady of Good Counsel, Craigpark,           7.30 pm –
                        Dennistoun, G31 2JF (off Alexandra Par.)       10 pm
Tuesday    Hamilton     Burnbank Parish Church, Udston Road, ML3       7.30 pm
Tuesday    Paisley      Ralston Community Hall, 6 Allenton Avenue,     7.30 pm       Beginners
                        Ralston, PA1 3BL                                              7.30 pm
Tuesday   Leven         DAPL 1/2 Parkdale Park Drive, KY8 5AQ          6.30 pm
Wednesday Glasgow       Partick Burgh Hall, Burgh Hall Street          1pm-3pm
Wednesday Kirkcaldy     Saint Brycedale Church, Saint Brycedale Rd,    7.30 pm       Gam-Anon
                        KY1 1ET                                                      First Wed
Wednesday Blackhill     Molindinar Community Centre                    7-9pm
Wednesday Glasgow       Neighbourhood Centre, Daisy Street,            7.15-         Beginners &
                                                                                     Gan-Anon
                        Govanhill, G42 8JL                             9.25pm        7.15pm
Wednesday Kilmarnock    Henderson Parish Church, London Road,          7.30pm        Beginners
                        Kilmarnock, KA3 7AD                                          7.30 pm
Wednesday Coatbridge    St. Bartholemews Church, 1 Trent Street,       7.30-9.50pm
Wednesday Inverness     Recreation Hall, Raigmore Hospital             6.30-8.30pm
Wednesday Parkhead      Ravel Row, Parkhead, Westmuir, G31 5EW         5 - 7pm
Thursday   Falkirk      Salvation Army Hall, Main Str, Stenhousemuir   7.30 pm
Thursday   Oxgangs      Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre,                  7 - 9 pm
                        7 Firrhill Drive, EH13 9EV
Thursday   Erskine      Bargarron Community Centre, Bargarron Sq.      7.30-9.30pm




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  DAY         AREA                        ADDRESS                       STARTS

Thursday   Glasgow       Parkhead Congregational Church,                2-4pm
                         Ravel Row, Westmuir, G31 5EW
Thursday   Rutherglen    St Columbkilles Church Hall, Room 5,           7.45 –     (At Taxi
                         Kirkwood Street, (Off Main Street)             9.45pm     Rank)
Thursday   Dundee        St Peters & Paul’s Church Hall, Milton Str     7.30 pm    Gam-Anon
Thursday   Glasgow       Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE      7.30 pm    Gam-Anon
Thursday   East Kilbride East Mains Baptist Church,                     7.30 pm    Beginners
                         Maxwell Drive, G74 4HG                                    7-7.45 pm
Thursday   Edinburgh     Methodist Church, The Square Centre,           7.30 pm    Gam-Anon
                         Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Thursday   Kirkintilloch A R Centre, 29 Townhead, G 76                  8 -10pm
                         (contact Angus before going)
Thursday   Livingston    Riverside Primary School,                      7.30 pm
                         Maree Walk, EH54 5BP
Thursday   Kilmaurs      The Cabin, Townhead, Kilmaurs                  8-10pm
                         (Next to Wheatchief Pub)
Friday     Glasgow       Partick Burgh Hall, Burgh Hall Str.            2-4pm
                         (Next to Peel Str.)
Friday     Glasgow       Parkhead Congregational Church,                10 am -
                         Ravel Row, Westmuir, G31 5EW                   12 noon
Friday     Dundee        St Vincents Church, Pitkerro Road,             6.30 pm    Steps
                         DD4 8ES                                                   Meeting
Friday     Glasgow       Renfield Trust Centre, 266 Bath Str,           7.30 pm    Gam-Anon
Friday     Motherwell    St. Brendans RC Church,                        7.30 pm
                         51 Barons Rd, ML1 2NB
Friday     Cambuslang Community Centre Halls (Community                 7.30 -
                         Resources) Hawthorn Walk, G72 7AQ              9.30pm
Friday     Dumfries      Dumfries Activity and Resource Centre, Burns   7 - 9pm
                          Street
Saturday   Rutherglen     Reuther Hall,Victoria Street, G37 1DS         10 am      Gam-Anon
morning                                                                            Every Week
                                                                        9-9.50am   Beginners
Saturday   Aberdeen       Saint Peters Church, Justice Street, AB11     2 – 4 pm
                          5HX
Saturday   Oxgangs        Colinton Mains Parish Church, 223             10 am-     Beginners
                          Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh EH13 9ED              Noon       10.00-11.00
Sunday     Inverness      Recreation Hall, Raigmore Hospital            11am-1
Sunday     Glasgow        Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE     6 pm       Steps
                                                                                   Meeting




God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to
     change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference



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