The Chronicle Volume Number 126 July 2010 Circulation 89 DISTRICT 09 MEETING June 6, 2010 Menominee, MI Meeting opened by DCM, Terry W. at 2:00 pm with the Serenity Prayer. Traditions were read by Sue C. and introductions made. Terry W. made the motion to accept the Minutes of the last meeting as presented in the Chronicle. Gloria O. made a motion to accept the minutes after a correction. Jeff O. seconded the motion and the motion carried. Nineteen members signed the attendance sheet, representing Shawano, Wausaukee, Lakewood, Carter, Peshtigo, Crivitz, Marinette and Menominee, MI. Treasurers Report: John N. provided balance sheet showing an available balance forward of $1,721.96 including designations for earmarked funds. See attached. Mary C. made the motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, Sue C. seconded the motion and the motion carried. COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLIC INFORMATION: Todd E. reported continual updating of supplies and continuing to provide information to Yvonne P., Richard H. and other locations. CORRECTIONS: Yvonne P. Yvonne reported she is seeking a workbook presenting Step 1 through 5. Also reported attending two N.A. meetings as those meetings need continued support. She will be attending the 15th Annual Wisconsin and UP of Michigan Corrections Conference in Fond du Lac on June 12th. NEWSLETTER: Mary B. expressed concerns that all are receiving the newsletter. All GSR and Committee chairpersons are to receive a copy and others may purchase copies for $8 per year. ARCHIVES: Mary B. brought some additional items for archives. Germaine K. shared a CD from the Area Interview in which she had taken part. Mary B. also donated items from her attendance at the 2005 International Convention in Toronto. She also will bring items from the 2010 International Convention in San Antonio which she will attend in July. GRAPEVINE: Sue C. brought the Grapevine equipment, brochures, etc. to the meeting for the next Grapevine representative. No replacement for the position of Grapevine Committee Chair has been found. LENDING LIBRARY: No report. TREATMENT: Terry W reported that Mary W is still not doing well medically. She has put together some service manuals. There may be a need to find a replacement for Treatment Chair. WEB SITE: (www.district09aa.org) Jeff O. said the web site is up to date and running. Jeff O. is continuing to locate a place to put Terry S’s lending library list on line. Some telephone numbers have been added to the web site and the list was sent around again this meeting to allow committee chairs to note rather they approve of adding their number and /or email address to the web-site. Jeff O. made a motion to have all committee reports accepted as presented. Mary B. seconded the motion. The motion carried. OLD BUSINESS: Hosting of Conference: Karl S. with Mary B’s help will present District 09’s proposal for hosting the Conference in Fall 2012 at the Fall Conference 2010. Fun Fest: Mary C. requested that a date be presented. August 15th was selected and Jerry K. will contact Crivitz about reserving that date for the Fun Fest. The list for volunteers to help with the Fun Fest was sent around again this month. Not one new name was added. Mary C. would like to have volunteers who could commit one half hour of the time during the picnic to watch the playground which is located close to the pavilion. Mary C. would like to let those parents who bring their children have a time to relax and enjoy the “Fellowship.” Conference Report: Terry W. had attended. A lot of time is spent on attempting to work on business and little time spent doing business. Terry W. complemented the delegate and his report. Also, the conference dealt with the Grapevine’s problems with finances. Advised that by the end of 2010, there will be no grapevine. Questions were sent back to be shared with the groups about the value of the Grapevine. Copies were provided to the GSRs to take back to their groups. New Business: Educational Topic: Mary C made the motion to close, Jeff O. seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting closed at 3:20 p.m. Announcements: Next District Meeting: July 11th - Faith Presbyterian Church, 806 Fritzie Ave, Crivitz, WI, 2:00 p.m. Seymour Intergroup: Saturday June 26th - 6 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner, speakers at 7:15 (Meat and buns will be provided, bring a dish to pass) Emmanuel Lutheran Church 349 N. Main Street Recovery on the Lake: July 16, 17 and 18 - AA, NA, Al~Anon Camp out (Location – N1530 Mallard Bay Rd Keshena 54135) Chilton Intergroup: Saturday July 31, Good Shepherd Parish Church Hall, 54 E Main St, Chilton - Potluck 6 p.m. Speaker 7 p.m. Fun Fest: August 15th Sunday in Crivitz - Noon to five p.m. Fall Conference: September 10th, 11th and 12th, Terrace Bay Resort, 7146 P Road, Gladstone, MI ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ District 09 Treasurer’s Report 1110 38th Ave #223 Balance as of 5-31-10: $1,584.96 Menominee, MI 49858 Total Income: 136.00 Phone: 906-864-0269 Total Expenses: 22.00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Total Earmarks: 917.09 Liquid Assets: 781.87 To receive a hard copy of newsletter, send $8.00 along with your mailing address. Donations may be sent to: Make check out to District 09 District 09 Treasurer: Treasurer, John Netzel ~~~ John Netzel The Newsletter may be sent free through e-mail. W10649 Williston Spring Rd. Fliers are $10.00 a page per month. Crivitz, WI 54114 th Deadline for submissions is the 18 of the month. And Area 74 Treasury It’s the friends we meet along life’s way who make Jeff Onson PO Box 245 the trip more fun. Wausau WI 54403 ~~^~~^~~ (If possible, please include a Group number Websites to visit: and name.) District 01 www.greenbayaa.org And District 02 www.district02aa.org The General Service Office District 09 www.district09aa.org P.O. Box 459 Area 74 www.area74.org New York NY 10163 AA Grapevine www.aagrapevine.org And GSO/NY www.aa.org Green Bay Central Office PO Box 1791 Green Bay WI 54305 . Willingness is the Key Friends make the good things better and the bad Acceptance is the Answer things not so bad… simply by being there. ~~^~~^~~ So what is there to do? Easy Does It ~ But Do It! GSR/District Meetings To Contact “The Chronicle”: Meetings start at 2pm Mary Bray ~~~~~ July 11th Concepts Workshop Faith Presbyterian Church Green Bay Community Church 600 Cardinal Lane 806 Fritzie Ave, Crivitz, WI ~~~~~ Fri: 5:00 – 9:pm, Sat: 9:am – 9:pm. ~~~~~ August 1st September 10th - 12th Peace Church, 208 E Maurer Area 74 Fall Conference, Shawano, WI Terrace Bay Resort, 7146 P Road Gladstone, MI Intergroup/Panel Schedule ~~~~~ June 26th October 16th Seymour Intergroup – 6:pm Fall Assembly – Three Lakes, WI Pot Luck Dinner Meeting ~~~~~ Emmanuel Lutheran Church October 15, 16, & 17 349 N Main Street, Seymour WI Serenity Retreat - Fortune Lake 7:15 AA and Al-Anon Speakers Info: Sally W - (715)582-4952 Note: Air conditioned for your comfort. ~~~~~ July 31, Chilton Intergroup, Upcoming Speakers Good Shepherd Parish Church Hall, Of The “Common Solution Group” 54 E Main St, Chilton – Are on the 4th Wed of each month Potluck 6 p.m., Speaker 7 p.m. At 7:00pm at the Alano Club 2218 13th Street in Menominee MI More Upcoming Events: June 25th – 27th (The speaker meeting is Northeast Wisconsin Second Annual An OPEN non-smoking meeting) Tri-State Roundup Ted L from Green Bay WI on June 23rd Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI Diane D from Marshfield WI on July 28th ~~~~~ August 25th? Lisa S from Appleton WI on September 22nd July 1st – 4th Eric from Fon du lac WI on Oct 27th AA 2010 International Convention Please announce at your meetings. “75 Years of Alcoholics Anonymous” San Antonio, TX ~~~~~ July 10th Hello Friends! Green Bay Central Office’s Picnic/Speaker/Fundraiser I hope all is well with each of you. 2:pm at VFW Bellevue Remember, “The Chronicle” is your Newsletter. 3323 Kewaunee Road, Green Bay If you have something to submit to the newsletter, A $2.00 donation is suggested send it to me at email@example.com Brats, Hotdogs, and Hamburgers will be Yours in love and service, provided by the Central Office. Mary Bray – Dist 09 Newsletter Editor Bring a dish to pass. ~~~~~ As Bill Sees It ~ Pg 5 July 16, 17 and 18 “But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the Recovery On the Lake - AA, NA, Al~Anon maintenance and growth of a spiritual Camp-out N1530 Mallard Bay Rd Keshena experience, this business of harboring August 15th resentment is infinitely grave. For then we shut Fun Fest ourselves off from the sunlight of the spirit.” John Shaeffer Pavilion, Crivitz WI Noon to 5pm ~~~~~ August 20th and 21st Hi Friends, In order to cut down on hardcopy mailing expenses, please let me know if you are not a GSR or District committee chairperson. Please consider receiving this newsletter free by e-mail if Big question you are no longer a chairperson, or GSR. Or send $8.00 per year for a hardcopy to John Netzel You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a 'drop off’, (The ground W10649 Williston Spring Rd. Crivitz, WI 54114. is 2 feet below the level you are traveling on), and on your right side is a fire engine Thanks, the editor. traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping horse, which is “[We need] to accept our present circumstances as the same size as your car and you cannot they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about overtake it. Behind you is a galloping zebra. us as they are. This is an exercise in acceptance that Both the horse and zebra are also traveling we can profitably practice every day of our lives.” at the same speed as you. -- Daily Reflections – Jan 12 ~~^~~^~~ What must you do to safely get out of this To forgive is to set a prisoner free – highly dangerous situation? And discover the prisoner was you. GET OFF the merry-go-round! You’re drunk! ~~Submitted by Karl S. Sober Birthdays to Celebrate!!! If you planted hope today in any hopeless 1-Jul-94 – Steve C, Menominee – 16yrs heart, 2-Jul-04 – Vicki K, Marinette – 6yrs If someone's burden was lighter because you 4-Jul-98 – Barb H, Lakewood – 22yrs did your part, 15-Jul-04 – Brenda, Marinette – 6yrs If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, 20-Jul-07 – Tom, Crivitz – 3yrs If tonight your name is mentioned when 22-Jul-90 – Arliss W, Coleman – 20yrs someone kneels to pray, 25-Jul-96 – Jerilyn, Shawano – 14yrs Then your day was well spent. 31-Jul-89 – Steve C, Oconto – 21yrs . One Day at a Time!!! st . Excerpts from the Big Book – 1 Edition “I wanted to quit but each time I drank it was worse than before. The misery that my mother “Our next function is to grow in went through was unbelievable, for I had understanding and effectiveness. This is not an become her sole support. I was willing to try overnight matter. It should continue for our anything if I could only get a release from this lifetime. Continue to watch for selfishness, curse. I knew it was breaking up my home and dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these I was losing everyone that was dear to me. crop up, we ask God at once to remove them.” For a few months I was successful in Alcoholics Anonymous – pg 84 discontinuing drinking. Then all of a sudden I fell again. I lost my position and thought I was through. When I was told of a doctor who had been Please help carry the Message into your successful in overcoming alcohol and was Local Jail or Corrections Facility asked to go and see him in a nearby city, I Contact Yvonne P. consented but with a feeling that it was just 906-864-9328 another cure. firstname.lastname@example.org From him and a number of other men, An alcoholic grew so disturbed with everything however, I found it was possible to become a she read about the connection between drinking and health problems that she forced herself to give man again. He suggested my entrance into a up reading. hospital to clear my mind and build me up. Late one night a cop spotted a car being driven Meals had become a thing of the past for me. I very erratically and over the speed limit. He pulled it had lost all appetite for food but forced myself over and asked the driver if he had been drinking. to eat a little to survive. “Oh, sure,” the man replied. “It’s Friday night, so This doctor told me that unless I was sincere in after work I go out with the guys, and first we stop be this pub and put away four or five frosties. Then wanting to quit drinking, I would be wasting we go to Frank’s Lounge for Happy Hour, and I his time and mine and also money in doing have six or seven margaritas, then I drive my buddy this. My answer was I would try anything that home and he asks me in for a nightcap, so I go in would release me. for a shot or two with him. And of course, I always I went into the hospital and started to build my have my own fifth here iin the glove compartment to get me home.” “Sir,” the officer sighed, “I’m afraid body up again through proper nourishment I’ll need you to step out of the car and take a and my mind through a different method than breathalyzer test.” “Why?” said the drunk, I had ever known of. indignant, “Don’t you believe me?” A religious awakening was conveyed to me A female boozer at a bar kept taking the same through some unseen force. I at one time photo from her purse, looking at it, then putting it away. Finally the bartender asked, “Excuse me, would have laughed at such a possibility lady, but you’ve been doing that all night –who’s the because I had tried it and failed because I had picture of?” “My husband,” She explained. “Oh, not applied it properly. I, at last, was shown sorry, did he… pass away?” “No.” she answered. the way by those men to whom I am now most “Then why do you keep looking at his picture?” grateful. “When he starts looking good, it’s time for me to quit and go home.” I am now 50 years old, unmarried, have . become sane and sensible again, have made AA Grapevine Short Takes: my mother happy and brought back those who “My sponsor says if I give the program an hour a day, were dear to me, have made many new it will give me twenty-three back.” 1998 friends, mix where I never mixed before, “We know that if we slip, it matters little whether received back my old position. I have the others know, because we will know.” 1988 respect of my fellow men and have learned My worst shortcoming seems to be long-going. 2007 how to actually live and really enjoy life. It has “Only in seeking to improve my conscious contact with been nearly a year and a half since I have God can I develop the willingness to break free.” 1998 “It‟s a program of limitless possibilities, not one of found this new life and I know as long as I do restriction and restraint.” 1998 the few things that God requires me to do, I “I „m responsible for my own happiness – It‟s an inside will never take another drink. job.” 1988 (The Rolling Stone) “To those who are far from perfection, but who make …………... an effort, there come miraculous rewards.” 1977 Note: Stories that have been discontinued “I think I woke up on the wrong side of my head this from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions of Alcoholics morning.” 2007 Anonymous can be found in the book “I walk better when I do not walk alone.” 1976 “Experience, Strength & Hope” available from GSO in New York – www.aa.org. “I wasn‟t afraid of dying; I was afraid of living another twenty or thirty years in that despair and hopelessness.” 1998 . Humor from Grapevines Past: There was exactly $17.04 left of her paycheck when she got home late that night. Her husband read her the riot act, and when he’d finished, the drunken wife said, “Well, at least I bought something for the house.” The husband brightened. “What was it?” he asked. “A round of drinks,” she said.