REPORTS FROM THE JULY 2012 AREA 26 MEETING
CONTACT YOUR DCM OR AREA CHAIRPERSON FOR COMPLETE MEETING MINUTES
Treasurer's Report – Kenny B.
All DCM’s and Area officers have the current Treasurer’s report. I would like to thank District 14 for hosting this weekend. I would also like to thank everyone who made contributions over the last quarter. Joy and Amy have reviewed the first and second quarter bank statements last weekend per our financial guidelines. The beginning balance for April is $6,011. 89. Second quarter contributions were $12,023.27. Working balance is $18,935.16. Second quarter disbursements $4,558.75. Balance at the end of June was $14,376.41. Make sure that all contributions are listed appropriately in your district. Please remember to put the group name and district number on all contributions.
Chairperson’s Report – Joy F.
Welcome all to the Area Meeting. I noticed when the roll was called that many districts are not represented and I want you to know I really appreciate all of you that are here. Thanks to District 14 for hosting this weekend. I’m sorry I had to miss yesterday, but I felt it was the best thing I could do to keep “unity” in my family. My husband had some surgery and really needed someone with him. All is progressing and he is doing well. I know the meeting was able to go “right-on” without me, but I still felt bad about missing the meeting and all of my friends here. Thanks to Barbara for being so gracious and helpful. I don’t have a lot to report this quarter, but a couple of interesting things. I was invited to moderate/ facilitate an Area inventory in Area 73, West Virginia. It was an interesting experience and I came away feeling like the exercise was very useful to them. It was interesting to hear how they do things and to see what is working well and not so well. I also got to hear Lynda’s Conference Report in District 28. It brought back a lot of memories for me of the Conference. I want to tell her again what a good report it was. Thanks. Regarding the Area’s Finances....Amy and I met with Kenny to go over the books since he has been Treasurer. I have to say I was very impressed with how organized he is. It made the job easy to follow. We looked over the paperwork and initialed the envelopes for more accountability on our part. All the hours he spent looking over past files paid off in more ways than one. As for the other issues regarding Finances, we have had some tough things to look at this year. It is up to the Area to decide how to get back on track, but I hope we can reach a place where trust is restored. I want to do anything I can to help that happen. I also want to thank Kenny and Bruce for all the hours that they have put in trying to give us a realistic picture of our finances. As usual the first place to start is with a “fearless” inventory. Now where do we go from here? As for the rest of us, let’s do our part in doing a better job of paying attention to our financial guidelines, doing our expense sheets, turning in receipts with expense sheets for all expenditures, and being good stewards of our groups’ money. It’s really important that we do a better job all around. Please thank your groups for their contributions! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve.
Alternate Delegate’s Report – George J.
First, I would like to thank District 14 for hosting this weekend. Since our last Area meeting I have missed not being involved in workshop activity but I have found issues of importance that have held my attention. I was very pleased to be present for the pre-conference and post conference reports with Districts 15 & 28. Lynda, our Delegate, did an excellent job. I would like to say that after hearing a thorough report on the Conference proceedings, it seems clear that there are many issues facing Alcoholics Anonymous that we as members should have great interest in and maybe some concern. The subjects that have held my attention have been:
1) The procedure involved that qualifies AA literature to be designated as A.A. Conference Approved Literature. The first concern looking at the Service Manual it became apparent that there were updates and revisions, some seemingly of substance that are never viewed and approved by the Conference (GSC). This is not consistent with its Conference Approved designation. Having spoken with our Delegate, past S.E. Regional Trustee, seated member on the Conference Committee on Report and Charter, Panel 61/Area 15 Delegate and others, it would seem that the AA Service Manual is not the only Conference Approved literature that has been revised or updated without being approved by the conference.
2) Also of concern is the lack of input the fellowship has on its Conference Agenda. This input, in principle, is described in the AA Service Manual and as stated in the "Composition, Scope, and Procedure" manual should come from the Conference Committee on Agenda. But for some reason this responsibility has been compromised and although there has been concerned voiced historically by various Areas and trusted servants across the fellowship, there seems to be a swell of resistance from the General Service Board and its related committees to accept input from the Conference Committee on Agenda.
So, the result of these ideas has led to the material that I would like to make available to all DCM's to review and share and discuss with their Districts and hopefully at the October Area assembly we can have a workshop/sharing session and discuss these policies and the principles they are based on. In closing I would like to thank Area 26, and all who have supported me in this opportunity to serve.
Delegate’s Report – Lynda R.
Thank you to District 14 for hosting this Area Meeting. Everything’s been great! Your hard work and hospitality are very much appreciated. This quarter has been devoted to my attendance at the General Service Conference and reporting to you about what occurred there. Districts 15 and 28 invited me to Lexington on June 3rd for my first Post-Conference Report and the Greater Louisville Districts invited me to share my report at their 7th Annual Delegate’s Report & Unity Picnic held at the Care Center on June 23rd. Both events were well attended, with lots of questions and comments. I’d like to thank all of those who participated for their interest in and dedication to Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of our members do not attend our Area Meetings since they are not involved in General Service. These post-conference reports provide a wonderful opportunity not only to share with the fellowship what is currently taking place in Alcoholics Anonymous, but also to hear what is of concern to our membership. So, if you haven’t already done so, please talk with your districts about the possibility of scheduling a post-conference report. The April meeting of the Board took place immediately following the General Service Conference and was devoted to ratification of the Advisory Actions passed by the Conference and the election of trustees, directors and officers. So, there’s nothing new to report from the Board at this time. Their next meeting will take place the end of this month. Once I receive the minutes, I will forward them to the Area Committee. Copies of the Grapevine Newsletter and AAWS Highlights were e-mailed to the Area Committee. Some of the highlights are:
The Grapevine started a new program last month. You can now receive a daily quote from the Grapevine in your e-mail. The daily quote is also posted on aagrapevine.org. The Grapevine’s newest book/e-book, “Young & Sober” was released the end of June and 5 more e-books are scheduled for release this month, Step by Step, Spiritual Awakenings Volumes 1 & 2, and Emotional Sobriety Volumes 1 & 2.
AAWS is still considering the viability of e-delivery of the Daily Reflections. They have opted not to develop a searchable meeting locator, stating that providing accurate information is best handled locally. At their July meeting they will be discussing a request to revise the policy and process used for listing AA groups in GSO’s records. AAWS is reporting that for the first quarter of 2012, net income from contributions and literature sales was approximately $10,800 under budget, but expenses were also under budget by $68,811.00.
Following the Conference the Delegates were asked to gather information and provide feedback on how to raise awareness regarding the spiritual aspect of self-support. I forwarded this request to our DCMs for their ideas. I’d like to thank the DCMs that responded to this request. Your ideas will be forwarded to the Trustees’ Committee on Finance following this Area Meeting. In the past, we have relied heavily upon literature sales to support and maintain services vital in reaching the still suffering alcoholic. But that is changing. Since there has been a migration in the publishing industry from print to electronic media, income from literature sales is decreasing and with the decline in the economy, contributions are also down. The General Service Board and the Boards of AAWS and the Grapevine are engaged in measures to cut costs and in the development of a plan to ensure the future of Alcoholics Anonymous. But, responsibility for Alcoholics Anonymous does not belong to our corporate Boards, it belongs to us. So how do we convey the spiritual principal of self-support to our members? What actions can we take to ensure our future? If anyone else has an idea, please get with me before the end of the day, so it can be included with the suggestions that I send to the Finance Committee. I’m looking forward to attending the Southeast Regional Conference in New Orleans in August. Our Trustee will be there to fill us in on what’s happening with the General Service Board and all of the Southeast Delegates will be presenting on topics of their choosing. So far, topics include Facebook, singleness of purpose, ________________, and I’ll be talking about trusting the process. The Delegate from West Virginia has asked if Area 26 would be interested in co-hosting the Southern States Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly at some point in the future. Co-hosting would require financial support plus participation and attendance. The Assembly will take place in November of a year that there isn’t a Southeast Regional Forum. The next one is in New Orleans in 2013, so the soonest we’d be looking at hosting this is 2015. I’d like to get a sense of the Area? Would you be interested in exploring the possibility of co-hosting with West Virginia. If so, I’ll start the discussions with the West Virginia Delegate at the Southeast Conference and report back to you in October. There are two Regional forums close by: West Virginia in November 2013 and Illinois in August of this year. I’d like to thank you all again for privilege of serving as your Delegate. If there’s anything I can do to assist you, your groups or your districts, please let me know.
District 1 – Alt. DCM: Mark S.
My name is Mark and I am the alternate DCM for District 1. DCM James says hello, he is regaining his health and hopes to be at the next meeting. I want to thank District 14 for hosting this committee meeting, you have done a great job. There have been a number of things happening in my district since the last meeting. The district has lost three meetings due to lack of support, other groups report membership has fallen off. Three groups have started having GSR representatives and four others have given contact information. The district held a workshop in June on AA and Corrections. Committee Chairman Ed M. presented the workshop. The
workshop was well attended. We will be hosting another workshop in October with a three person panel and ask it basket. The subject will be the Home Group. Everyone in District 1 please stand and thank you for all
District 2 - DCM: Darrick H.
I want to thank District 14 for hosting this and the information at the Hospitalit y room was awesome. Special thanks to Amy and Joy for the e-mail to all districts about their guidelines. We are in the process of revising
our guidelines. Thanks to the website committee for working with us. I want to thank Jon for his hard work on
the directories. There are a few groups that have expressed interest in joining our district and I appreciate the input I have gotten. Added one new meeting at 4:30 and it’s off to a great start. Our next District dinner will be the first Saturday night at the Brown Street club in Paducah.
District 3 – Alt. DCM: Nancy B.
District 3 would like to thank District 14 for hosting this event. I am sorry I could not attend but my 3 year old nephew is having surgery for his kidneys. Please keep him in your prayers. We are in the process of updating
our district structure. It is bringing much entertaining and colorful discussion to our District meetings. Undoubtedly, we will benefit in the end with a great structure for years to come. I know I have already learned
some new words and phrases. Meeting attendance is up thanks to our local justice department....... Accompanied by a surplus of alcoholics wanting to get sober or at least out of this heat. If you are traveling through our district, please consult our website, www.bowlinggreenaa.org for meeting times and locations. We are looking forward to seeing you. We now have an Intergroup in District three and they have a new structure and Central Office.
District 4 -- DCM: Terry C.
Greetings from District four. I would like to take this opportunity to thank District 14 for hosting this meeting and thank you for all your hard work. I am pleased to report that during this last quarter we did not lose any
groups and gained one new group, The early riser group in Elizabethtown at 8:00am. Our district meeting averages 10 people each month. We continue to rotate our meeting between three different counties to help increase participation. Our emergency AA phone number has been in operation for two months now and has proven to be helpful. We also are continuing to work on the district website.
District 5 – Alternate DCM: Joe C.
Could we have a brief moment of silence for the recent losses in our district. District 5 held its district meeting on June 17 at the Coffee Club in Lebanon. Over 70% of our groups were represented. Among the itemsdiscussed were additional attendance at the two new morning meetings and success of the new “Newcomers meeting” at 6 PM on Fridays at the library. Our district picnic will be Saturday, September 1st at the Fredericksburg Ballpark between Bardstown and Springfield. District 5 will host October’s Area assembly at the Quality Inn and Bardstown.
District 6 – DCM: Brian D.
District 6 would like to thank District 14 for hosting Area 26’s quarterly meeting. District 6 holds monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. We are averaging 12 groups at our monthly meetings. In the past quarter District 6 added another group to our District, this group, Rebellion Dogs, a 12 n 12 study group meets on Tuesday Nights at 7:00 P.M., the group began at the beginning of 2012. At the May District Meeting the groups were given the information concerning the theft of the monies from the Area 26 treasurer that was received at the April Area Meeting. The GSR’s were asked to report the information to their groups and bring back comments and suggestions at the June District meeting. The following is the result of the comments received from the groups at our June District Meeting. The statement made by Area 26 past Chairperson, Barbara F stating that “the Area Officers had come to an agreement to write off the amount as a loss and any monies recovered would be listed as contributions” to Area 26 created a stir. The groups felt that as stewards for the groups the Area Officers do not have the authority to basically hide the theft and ignore the fact that a crime was committed, without input from the groups of Area 26. By electing to take this action the groups felt the Area Officers were in fact accessories to the crime after the fact. The groups of District 6 would like all the information obtained from the audit and statements from the previous Treasurer Vonda L. turned over to the County Prosecutor, in the county where Vonda L resided, for criminal prosecution by the Area 26 Committee. The majority of the groups in District 6 were also disheartened to learn that a past delegate who was serving as Area Chairperson and the Secretary did not even know the requirements of the Financial Guidelines for Area 26 as they pertained to their responsibilities. Some groups voiced their concern that maybe Area 26 needs to review how Delegates and Chairperson and Secretaries are elected. Other groups felt they need to use the power of the purse to remind the Area Officers that they serve as the voice of the groups of Area 26 and not as leader of the groups. Just an obedient voice for District 6.
District 7 – DCM: Bill P.
Hi, I'm Bill, an alcoholic and the DCM from District 7. We have 9 active groups in the cities of Somerset, Whitley City, Monticello, and Albany. We are rewriting the district guidelines and will start the process of making them official next Sunday at our district meeting. These guidelines will, among other things establish a quarterly newsletter, a website, will stress service work and provide opportunities for service work in the
district. The district hosted a picnic celebration called "Spring into Service" in June as part of our plan to have a district sponsored event every quarter. The Monticello Group had its 40th anniversary celebration on June 25th
with a pot luck supper and a speaker meeting. Also celebrating were two members, one with 19 years of
sobriety and one with 4 years of sobriet y. Recently we had an AA member move into the district that has a lot of experience in corrections committee work. We are using her experience to start a corrections committee in our district. I would like to thank District 14 for hosting this area meeting.
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District 9 – DCM: Jack A.
We would like to thank District 14 for this weekend. The Intergroup meetings that are held monthly are well attended. Jim R. is our Alternate DCM, Steve P. is our treasurer and Jonda P., is our Secretary. The Intergroup has been going through the Traditions checklist which has proved to be very educational. We are planning our annual summer picnic September 8 at Jenny Wiley State Park. We are receiving group reports from GSR's. We
received a financial report from Steve. We have two jail meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays and one prisoners meeting on Tuesday's.
District 10 - DCM: Joy M.
District 10 is alive and well. We recently helped to host the Unity picnic at the Care Center on June 23. As usual we had a great time and good food. We appreciate Lynda, coming to share her report. The archivist for our district has recorded well over 230 years of sobriety from local long timers. This CD was copied and submitted to Area 26 archives today. Many more are scheduled to be interviewed. At our last district meeting we agreed to change our structure to include updating district 10’s group meetings on the Area 26 website as part of our DCM's duties. Thanks to the hosting committee for great food and fellowship.
District 11 – DCM: Kevin K.
Thanks to District 14 for hosting this weekend. District 11 really appreciates the cool accommodations. Not much to report for District 11 this quarter. All is going fairly smoothly. We did have our workshop on the
“Three Legacies” in April and we had a good time. There were about 100 people in attendance and all left with some good information, a full belly, and a door prize. Thanks go out to our panel members and all the volunteers that made this workshop a success.
District 12 - DCM: Jake B.
My name is Jake and I am an alcoholic, currently serving as the DCM of District 12. There has been a new meeting added to District 12, first things first newcomer meeting at 6:30 on Wednesdays. District 12 helped
collaborate with other districts in the Metro Louisville area for the Unity picnic. It was very successful and Lynda's delegate report was excellent and very informative. The food was amazing and there was a great turnout. Thank you to all the districts and individuals who put in such hard work to make this year's Unity picnic successful. Our district recently formed an Ad Hoc committee to look into the effectiveness of the annual
events that we hold and to bring back advisement to the next district meeting. Our district is now operating above our prudent reserve for the first time in over two years. Attendance at our monthly district meeting has been down a bit lately most likely due to it being summer and people traveling. Thank you to District 14 for hosting this area meeting, thank you for allowing me to be of service and would all those from District 12 please stand.
District 13 -- DCM: Mike Y.
Thanks to District 14. The meetings usually have between nine and eleven GSR’s present at District 13. There are two in attendance today. We have made some new copies of the district handbook for new GSR's. In June we were involved with the Unity picnic held at the Care Center. There was food and games and Lynda gave her delegates report on the General Service Conference.
District 14 -- DCM: David W.
I want to say welcome to District 14 and to Frankfort. I am happy with the way our district has come together for this Area 26 Meeting, and I want everyone in the room who from District 14 to stand or raise your hand if you are already standing. I want to personally thank you all for your service. If any of you all visiting us need anything, these are the people to ask, because these are the people who made this all possible. By the way, how did you all like that BBQ? If you didn’t like it we will gladly give you a refund in full. District 14 continues to meet every month that there is no Area meeting, rotating our meeting location among the groups in the district. As you can imagine most of our activity has been focused on making this weekend possible. All of the groups who regularly attend district meetings contributed in several ways, from planning and hands on work to additional financial support. We decided to divide responsibilities for different aspects of this weekend by home groups. You will notice on the agenda that we didn’t hold a workshop. This was a point of discussion and as no home group chose that responsibility and also because of how much business the Area committee has on our plate this Quarter we decided not have a workshop in hopes of devoting more time to the Area 26 business. We have 4 groups in District 14 who continue to not participate in the District. I have visited 3 these groups in the last 6 months and while at least 2 of them have GSRs, they still have yet attend any District meetings. We have discussed at length the agenda items for this Quarterly meeting, so that I have a clear sense of how District 14 feels. We have provisionally chosen a new alternate DCM as the one initially elected has had some unexpected life changes that made it very difficult to maintain the responsibilities of that position as outlined in our district structure. Charlie R., from the Paris group will serve as the alternate DCM for District 14. I want to thank District 14 for allowing me to serve them.
District 15 -- DCM: Jason R.
Things are going well in District 15 with an overall increase in meeting attendance and no problems to report. We have had District Meetings in June and July since the last Area Meeting in which we have discussed a variety of topics. Beginning on the first Sunday in August, our meeting will be moved to Christ The King Church due to remodeling at our old meeting location. We meet the first Sunday of each month at 5:00 PM. One of the hottest topics discussed in recent months has been the District 15 website which is now up and running. We invite everyone to check it out and provide feedback on how we might improve our site. The address is http://www.aasouthlexingtonky.org, and it can also be found by going to http://www.aalexingtonky.org, a little shorter address. The site has been designed to be used as a service tool for those attempting to locate meetings in the Lexington area as well as a method of communicating local events and service opportunities. Feedback we have received already has been positive, primarily due to its simplicity. Our workshop chair has announced that the next workshop will be held on July 28th, at the Alano Club at 1:30 PM. The exciting topic they have chosen for this month is “Where Your Money Goes”. We hope for some lively discussion about the 7th tradition and invite anyone interested to please join us. Other committees reported that they are doing well, however, the corrections committee reported a lack of willing female AA’s carrying the message inside the walls of the Fayette County detention center. Anyone in the Lexington area who is interested in taking part can see me for more information. Thank you all for being here to enhance my life this weekend!
District 16 -- DCM: Secretary, Amy B.
First let me apologize for my absence the last two meetings, I have been dealing with some health issues that have not allowed me to attend our meeting. Hopefully by the fall meeting I will be well enough to participate once again. Our District currently has 14 groups 8 of which pretty consistently have representation at the District meeting. There is a resurgence of interest in learning more about the principles of the AA structure among a couple of the groups and this has been inspiring to many of us. One of the groups that sponsored 6 meetings a week, that we thought we had lost has re-grouped and has begun to attend the District meetings again and wants full participation in the AA process of service. Once again this is inspiring and shows us how our Higher Power works things out when we just let go. In May we had our spring picnic call Spring Fling. It was held at one of our local camp grounds with a pot luck lunch and an excellent speaker. This was well attended by AAs from all groups across the district and their families and a good time was had by all. We are planning our annual Thankmass get together which will include a speaker and our White Elephant live auction. No date has been set as yet. There is interest among the groups to have a couple of service workshops, we are still trying to come up with a plan of how to present these so as to have the best attendance. More than likely these will be on next year’s schedule.
District 17 – DCM: Renee B.
The May 19th Hog Roast was a great success with about 300 people in attendance. There was plenty of food and fellowship to go around. We had standing room only for both the Al-Anon and the AA meetings. We have one new group that is now officially registered with GSO. On June 10, District 17 sponsored a birthday party for AA. We had three people give leads and a sobriety Countdown. Through a raffle with books and speaker CDs we were able to send a donation with a card to GSO. Thanks again to District 14 for hosting this meeting.
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District 19 – DCM: Jim K.
Thank you District 14 for hosting this meeting. The lunch was great. The groups in District 19 are continuing to be more than they have in many years. We have district meetings each even numbered month with three or
more GSR's in attendance. All the meetings in District 19 have been visited and encouraged to participate. District 19 participated in the planning and execution of the Delegate’s report and Unity picnic in June.
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District 21 – DCM: Melissa B.
Hello! My name is Melissa B., DCM for District 21 and a grateful recovering alcoholic. Many thanks to District 14 for hosting us this weekend. We appreciate your hard work on our behalf. Lunch was delicious! District 21
has had a nice, quiet quarter. The committee met twice. Our first meeting was held to fill empty officer positions. Our new treasurer is a lovely lady with a background in finance and banking, and our newly elected secretary actually comes to every District Meeting, takes notes, and distributes them to the rest of the committee. We are grateful and very impressed with both of them! Recently, we held a second meeting to make preliminary plans for our annual picnic. Usually we hold our picnics in September. However, considering how blistering hot the weather has already been this year, we’re trying to reserve a picnic spot near a public pool while the pools are still open. Would those here from District 21 please stand and be recognized?
District 22 -- DCM: Stan B.
My name is Stan B. and I'm an Alcoholic and DCM for District 22. I want to extend my gratitude to
District 14 for serving as the hosts for this area meeting and for the food they provided. The attendance at the district meetings has been lower the last three months; maybe the warm weather had an impact. We have one new GSR which tells me the district is gaining stability; also one new group that is devoted to studying the traditions but as of yet have not decided to apply as a home group. Our next event will be July 29th and is to help our corrections committee and prison committee. See anyone from the district to purchase raffle tickets to support this effort. I want to thank you and District 22 for allowing me to serve would all those from District 22 stand up and be recognized.
District 23 – GSR: H.
I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to bring this weekend together. The hospitality and fellowship have been great! Things in district 23 have been going along as usual. Meetings are open and
attendance has been good at all meetings. There has been a heartening increase in the message being carried into the women's side of the Boyd County Jail. With two steady meetings occurring every week one of which is devoted to step work with the inmates interested in working the AA 12 Steps. A beginners meeting has been started at a local detox center. However it suffers from a lack of group cohesion in regards to steady chairpersons and being self-supporting as far as coffee supplies and other various organizational aspects. At our last district meeting we had a total of three participants. So we hope that this was just due to summer time vacations etc.
District 24 -- DCM: Jennifer S.
My name is Jennifer and I'm an alcoholic. District 24 would like to thank District 14 for hosting us here in Frankfort. I would also like to thank District 24 for allowing me the opportunity to be of service. Before I forget, would all members of District 24 stand and be recognized. District 24 had the opportunity to help host the 7th Annual Delegate's Report & Unity Picnic on June 23rd. There were approximately 50 to 60 individuals in attendance with great food and fun. Thanks Lynda for your hard work and dedication! A meeting has been planned for August 19th in which the Kentuckiana Districts and the Louisville Intergroup will convene and discuss ways in which we can all work together to carry the message. The District continued to discuss its concerns with confidentiality and anonymity on the Area 26 Website. Out of our discussion some questions were raised in regards to what other Areas in the U.S. are doing. For example, do they actually have a password protected area on their website and if so what software are they using and what security means do they have in place. Emails were sent to the majority of web-masters in the U.S. Several areas have protected websites, some areas have protected websites for only area and district business and a few areas wouldn't touch the issue. It runs the gamut. Results of the survey have been organized in a spreadsheet. We did find that we are not alone in this discussion and most web-masters are willing to help if the Area chooses to move forward. Big thanks to Liz E. for her time on this endeavor! District 24 has also obtained a couple more GSR's and the Group Information Change Forms have been sent to the Area 26 Registrar, GSO and the Louisville Intergroup. All Committee Chair positions are filled with the exception of Kentuckiana News and Archives. We are also still on the hunt for an Alternate DCM.
District 25 – DCM: Renetta P.
Good afternoon, Area 26. My name is Renetta, I’m an alcoholic, representing District 25 as DCM. We’d like to invite you, if you’re out roaming, to visit one of the meetings in Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, or Casey Counties.
Garrard County can’t welcome you to a meeting yet, but the members who live there will be glad to chat with you! Updates for this past quarter are: North Point Training Center continues to be unsupported by District 25 members, but Ed M., Mike M. and Dave T., all from Louisville have been acting on AA’s behalf and stepping in to support the meeting. As of this writing, two people in District 25 have volunteered to be approved by North Point. Their information has been sent to the CTO, but no response has been received to date. Two calls were received during this quarter regarding treatment options for women. One was researched and the information passed on; the second was handled by the person calling before I could return the call at the end of the work day. We now have a volunteer for Archives Chair for District 25 Guy G. The Treasurer position vacated and filled in the same meeting (thank You, God!). CPC had no activity. Groups in the district are becoming more aware of following AA guidelines, with changes being implemented. Thank you, District 14, for your service and hard work in hosting this Area Meeting. You are especially dear to my heart, since you
were my former home district and I remember when it was as dark as District 25 used to be at the District level. Would everyone from District 25 please stand for recognition?
District 26 – DCM: Nikki P.
On behalf of District 26 we would like to thank District 14 for their hospitalit y at this Area meeting. District 26 has been busy this quarter. The Downtown group had a chili cook off and speaker meeting. Hungry Spirits group held an Old-timers/Newcomers Memorial meeting where Gaynell C. and AC were remembered on June 10th, AA;s birthday East End decided through their group conscience to discontinue one of their meetings due to lack of attendance. We gained a group, the Recovery Warriors, which is based in Cumberland Hall, a local treatment facility. Due to Mother's Day, our district meeting was canceled, but our next meeting will be held in August.
District 27 -- DCM: Jeremy S.
We in District 27 would like to thank District 14 for hosting the July Area meeting. Our last meeting was May 20, 2012 at 2:30. We had 8 of 19 groups in attendance. Happenings for our district since last report were the
15th annual Howling at the Moon. Also we had the district's annual fish fry, both went well despite the heat. Updated district schedule meeting brochures were printed and the women's meetings at the jail were
reintroduced. Our next meeting will be July 22, 2012 at 2:30. Thanks for letting me be of service to Alcoholics Anonymous. Everyone in District 27 please stand.
District 28 – Alt DCM: Alice D.
Thank you District 14 for hosting this weekend's area meeting. At the April district meeting I provided handouts on how to make a group more handicapped accessible and encouraged GSR's to discuss this with their home groups. Alice D, alternate DCM, distributed copies of the updated district 28 guidelines. At our May district meeting the Courage group sent a proposed motion for an area structure change that would require two signatures for all checks written by Area 26. After discussion and reviewing the current Area 26 financial guidelines the motion to submit this item was voted down. We discussed ways to be a part of the solution following current guidelines. Lynda R, Delegate, came to Lexington to give a post conference report June 3rd and it was well attended. In June District 28 discussed the motion submitted by districts 6, 10, 11, 14, and 15 regarding proposed structure change and voted in favor of this motion. We discussed the tabled motion about the development of a password-protected area on the Area 26 website. The sense of the district was that there was not enough information regarding logistics, finances and feasibility. With the information currently
available District 28 was not in favor of this motion. This item generated discussion concerning guidelines for Internet, copies of guidelines from GSO were provided to the GSR's. Currently all committee chair positions are filled. Our Corrections chairperson, Robbie C. is planning a Corrections workshop in August. This will be the last Saturday of the month at 1:30 at the Alano club in Lexington.
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District 32 -- DCM: Erika G.
District 32 would like to thank District 14 for hosting the Area 26 committee meeting this quarter. We have five groups that support our monthly meeting on a regular basis. We will be moving our meetings to the Alano club in Florence effective in August. We meet the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. District 32 carries meetings into the BCDC and GCDC on a weekly basis. Men and women volunteers are always needed to carry the message at these institutions. District 32 did hold its second annual service workshop in April. The workshop was held on Unity, Service and Recovery. River Bill and Judy N., shared their experience, strength and hope. There were at least 50 people in attendance and we did fill two positions in the district. It was brought to our district meeting in July that Falmouth care unit is asking for donations of Big Books. If any district has a donation of Big Books they would like to donate, please see me after the meeting or send directly to the Falmouth care unit. Our district has asked GSR's to go back to their groups and asked for donations of Big Books. The groups of District 32 would like all the information obtained from the audit and statements from the previous Treasurer Vonda L., turned over to the county prosecutor in the county where Vonda L., resided for criminal prosecution by the Area 26 committee. And that all future thefts from Area 26 be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
District 33 – DCM:
District 34 – DCM: Jeff N. (Reported by Renee B.) There is nothing new to report in District 34. There is nothing wrong to report in District 34. We seem to be having a lot of anniversaries this month which means a lot of cake. Thanks to everyone in Area 26 for your support.
District 35 -- DCM: Bernard B.
On behalf of District 35 I would like to thank District 14 for its wonderful job hosting this Area 26 general service meeting. District 35 welcomes back the Don't do it alone group. They have since elected a GSR Bob H., and are attending the District 35 business meetings. This brings our total group participation at the district level to four. The Latonia 11th Step group had invited me to their group conscience at which they were entertaining the motion of leaving the district. The home group members expressed their concerns regarding the condition of District 35, past conflicts with the district, and lack of workshops and activities at the district level. I was asked by the group to give a report on District 35’s condition. I did so and to ease the groups’ tensions on the recurrence of past conflicts, I educated the group on the spirit of rotation and that the new trusted servants recognized the past faults in considering the groups autonomy. I'm glad to report that the motion failed by unanimous vote. District 35 is still organizing a dance however we seem to be failing at raising any volunteers to support its production. We're entertaining the idea for an open house, supported by flyers, to raise awareness of the district's need for support and to reach awareness of what the AA members would like to see from their district. At our last District 35 meeting a motion passed with unanimous decision, to temporarily cease sending the Area 26 any contributions until the financial matter is settled. Although this motion was passed, not as a punishment to the Area 26 from a district standpoint more so to ensure the groups wishing not to support the area can be assured that the monies sent to the district will be used to support their district and not the area. As the DCM in hindsight and education I received after the fact I've realized that I've failed on two fronts. One this motion should of gone back to the groups before it was voted on and not by the basis of the GSR's understanding of their groups and two I should've educated my GSR’s on the financial needs of an area to carry out our primary purpose to carry the message to alcoholics who still suffer and this motion to start an area of financial support is not in the best interest of AA as a whole. As a means of amending the situation I will be educating the GSR”s on the importance of supporting the area financially and I will also entertain the motion to rescind this motion and take it to the groups in an educational manner and bring it back to the district as a new motion. District 35 after review of its district boundaries has released any claims of entitlement to the Kenton County correctional facility.
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Host Committee Reports
Lexington Host Committee – John M, Chairperson
I am John M. alcoholic. I am the chair of the State convention host committee in Lexington and we are chairing the next convention February 15-17, 2013 at the Lexington Convention Center. The host hotel will be The Hilton. Starting next week you can make reservations. Speakers include Gary and Julie B., from Indianapolis, Peter M., from New Jersey, Bob O., from Minnesota, Kent C., from Ohio and Michael E., from Georgia. Our committee will start meeting on a regular basis starting July 22nd at 3:30 at the Token Club in Lexington. We are working on the website from which you can register for the convention. There will also be a link to make hotel reservations as well. The address will be: www.kystateconvention.com.
Louisville Host Committee – Angie S, Chairperson
Owensboro Host Committee
Northern Kentucky Host Committee
Paducah Host Committee
Kentucky Conference of Young People in AA (KCYPAA), Matt
KCYPAA is the Kentucky Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. Our mission statement this year is as follows: “KCYPAA’s hope is to give back, to reach out a hand that was so freely given to us; to show other young people suffering from the same malady that they, too, can recover; that there is life after the drink; that we absolutely insist on enjoying our sobriety. With a loving God and the 12 steps and traditions of AA, young peoples’ bottoms are being raised one day at a time”. This year's conference is November 16-18 at The Clarion Hotel in Lexington. The conference is well attended with typically 300 to 500 people, and runs from Friday evening to Sunday around noon. There are open AA meetings, panel discussions, the main guest speaker featured on Saturday night, a sobriety countdown, archives room and overnight meetings every hour. The conference is also time for people to get together and have some outrageous sober fun. We have a fantastic hospitality room, activities planned throughout the weekend, a dance, and this year we will be using the “Fun- Dome” portion of the hotel exclusively for KCYPAA attendants until late into the night. Our hospitality room will be open 24 hours as well. We believe this will be the most fun conference this year you don't want to miss it! KCYPAA holds several events throughout the year to generate interest in the upcoming conference and provide opportunities to have fun in sobriety. Through these events we are able to help offset the cost to put on the conference and also provide scholarships toward full and partial conference fees of some alcoholics in need. If you would like to help in these events, or host an event in your area, please contact our events committee chair Colin S. at 859-489-5178. We would like to see this conference become a unifying event for all of Kentucky. To do this we need to be able to reach out to all areas of the state, and connect with young people needing this fellowship. This is easily done by passing out flyers and registration forms, and announcing the conference and events. If you are willing to help promote the conference in your area, and reach out to young people in AA at your local meetings, please contact our outreach committee chair JD W. at 859-797-7371. For registration or hotel questions, you can connect with our registration chair Matt G. at 615-400-7488 and our hotel chair Anna R. at 859-230-9612. We have provided some registration flyers in the packet that's being passed out. We hope that you better understand our purpose, and can pass our information on to those who would benefit from KCYPAA. If you have any questions please contact anyone listed and we will be happy to connect with you.
Bluegrass Intergroup, Susan M, Treasurer
The Bluegrass Intergroup picnic was held June 30, 2012 at Jacobson Park at Shelter four. In spite of record heat, many attended and enjoyed Barbeque and speaker Buren P from Lexington. The Intergroup office is now open on Saturdays from 10-3 PM. We are hoping that the extended hours will help those who cannot come during regular business hours. Our regular business hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to5 PM and Tuesday from noon to 6 PM. In April, the IG Office dispersed its excess prudent reserve per bylaws to GSO and to Area 26. $ 5354 was sent to each service organization. Copies of the IG Treasurer’s Report are available. The Intergroup Banquet will be November 10 at the Tates Creek Country Club. Ticket prices to be announced, but save the date. The Intergroup office is in desperate need of 12 step volunteers for our phone lists. We are trying to update the lists of the surrounding communities. Our intergroup office covers 65 counties in Kentucky. I have brought signup sheets for you to take back to your groups. Please feel free to make additional copies. If you are in this area and if you are interested please call the office at 1-800-467-8019 or in Lexington 859-225-1212. It is suggested that you have at least one year of sobriety
Greater Louisville Intergroup, Martin B, Chair
My name is Martin and I am a grateful recovering alcoholic and here today as the Chair of the greater Louisville intergroup. I want to thank District 14 for hosting this event and all those who serve Area 26. Some of the things we have accomplished in the last quarter are there is a new program called Meetings on Wheels which takes meetings into members in hospitals, rehabs, homes and others who can’t get out to meetings. They now have 68 volunteers and have done 29 meetings. Archives continue to organize the records. Corrections have developed a list of contacts who are taking meetings into various facilities. They are also promoting the pink can fund which provides books for corrections. The Grapevine committee has a new chairperson, Laura R. She is working on a list of GVR’s for intergroup. Group relations have visited a number of new groups and checked out complaints about existing groups. For instance we had a meeting on our list that was actually a NA meeting so this was removed from the list. Outside speaker has been invited back to the Galen School of Nursing for the third time. Public information Charlie S., participates in every workshop close by and keeps us informed of all issues concerning public information. The quarterly chair Camille F., has invited Bob O., from Colorado to speak for us at the next quarterly event on July 21st, the doors will open at 7:00pm. Treatment committee has started a couple of new meetings at treatment facility and working to maintain the meeting at JADAC. Prudent reserve for the central office is normally $34,000. We are currently at $40,000. This is soon going to change as we enter some months when contributions are normally down. We are down $4,000 from our groups as of this time last year but book sales are up. The central office answering service 1811 calls, 66 of those were 12 step calls. Visitors to the office were 228 and there were 104 e-mails answered. We also have a new printer/fax.
The website had 7, 692 unique visitors. We are always updating our website. Thank you.
Western Kentucky Intergroup, Phil B, Alt. DCM District 33
Northern Kentucky Intergroup
South East Regional Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (SERCYPAA)
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Archives – Peggy S, Chairperson
The Area 26 Archives Committee met on July 7 in Frankfort. Ten alcoholics attended the meeting. Please stand and be recognized. We opened the meeting with the Serenity prayer. Since the last meeting, the Repository was opened on May 20 and June 17 from noon to 4. There were no visitors. However, much work was accomplished on those two days and many other days. The Area 26 meeting minutes are filed by month and year and ready to be scanned onto a hard drive. The other files are reorganized. The physical environment is inviting. While working with the files, I found a letter from GSO stating the first 20 cities that had AA groups in Kentucky. I recalled being at the Akron archives and viewing their display of AA's history. I looked at our blank walls and envisioned our Kentucky history on our walls. I found a history of Lexington's beginnings by Mary P. and found photographs to illustrate it. Then a history of Louisville was found and another poster was made. Going through the files, 3 cities had lots of information on their beginnings. Nine cities had a little information and eight had none. So where can this important information come from? Our long timers and our group histories. The committee put some folders together for each DCM with suggestions on how to get this information from the folks and groups in your district. That is what was handed out yesterday. Please give it to your district archive chair. Have that person contact me. Joy from District 10 has started working on the history in her district. The next monstrous task is the millions of tapes. We discussed how to tackle this. A plan of action is to sort thru them into categories of relevance to Kentucky. Then assess the physical soundness of them, followed by categorizing them and putting them on a hard drive. We were reminded how no media is permanent and we will adjust our collection to the times. Eventually the tapes can be transcribed. July 15 is the 11th anniversary of our repository at its present location 3499 Landsdowne Drive, Suite 110 in Lexington, Kentucky. To celebrate your archives will be open from noon to 4 and we are inviting former archive chairs to visit and share some stories. The archives display shows some of the work done this month. Thanks to Area 14 for hosting this meeting and thanks to all of you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your archives chair.
Cooperation with Professional Community (CPC) - Mark D, Chairperson
I would like to thank District 14 for hosting this weekend. There were 7 people who attended the meeting yesterday. Could you please stand and be recognized? We discussed putting literature in schools, hospitals and doctors’ offices then checking regularly to make sure that they were still available. We also discussed mailing the letter that is AA approved to judges about what AA is and what AA isn’t. Many people are concerned about what is happening in meetings and that is not what CPC is designed to do. CPC is to help carry the message to the professional community.
Corrections - Ed M., Chairperson
Twenty-five people attended the Area 26 Corrections Committee meeting yesterday, representing 11 districts and 16 correctional facilities. We had an awesome meeting. Mike M. discussed the number of state and federal prisons in Area 26 and noted that there are approximately 21,500 inmates housed in 14 state institutions and 8,600 in five federal prisons. These 30,000 prisoners do not include those housed in the 120 county jails across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, nor any of the people incarcerated in Indiana prisons and jails. Robbie C. shared a list of facilities where outside sponsorship is needed for taking in meetings, noting that the willingness to take over even one meeting a month at one of these facilities would be a great help. In other matters pertaining to corrections, we talked about: handling discussion meetings where drug use is mentioned; acquiring Big Books for those incarcerated; Grapevine subscriptions for inmates serving one or more years; the registration of a new correctional group in Lebanon, Kentucky; getting outside speakers to come into facilities; and, other successes and challenges. Since the last Area meeting, I have been involved in three workshops, gone to 24 institutional meetings, spoken 17 times, written 18 letters to inmates and three to corrections professionals, and met with two facilities about starting up AA meetings. Each opportunity affords me the chance to discuss this form of service work best exemplified by the people who attended the correctional meeting yesterday. Amber and Angie started up a women’s meeting in the Boyd County jail; Jeff and Alan carry one into KCPC; Mike, Duane and Kevin do the Henryville prison; Leslie meets with the women in the Woodford County Detention Center; John does the Franklin County Regional Jail; Joe O. has been doing the Marion County Detention Center for years; Renetta is involved with Northpoint Training Center and the Boyle County jail; Joe M. takes meetings into a Nelson County facility; Jack handles institutions in the Indiana counties of Floyd, Johnson, and Martin; Phyllis and Jane are working with Meade and Breckinridge Counties in Kentucky; and, Mike covers Bell County Forestry Camp, the Kentucky State Reformatory, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, and the Shelby County jail. This list does not include all those who used to take meetings into correctional facilities or else have only begun to do so, nor does it count those active members of Alcoholics Anonymous who presently take in meetings behind the walls but were not at our committee meeting yesterday. I am amazed in compiling this list of those present yesterday the work being done by them, on the one hand, and, on the other, all that there is yet to do in this vital area of service. We are told on page 97 of the Big Book that helping others is the foundation stone of our recovery. One of those indispensable ways of helping is to carry the message to those who do not have the luxury of attending meetings outside the walls where they are housed. Thank you, District 14, for hosting our Area Meeting this weekend.
Would all those who attended the Corrections Committee please stand to be recognized?
Grapevine – Cindy S, Chairperson
Thank you District 14 for hosting the Area quarterly, lunch was great both days. The Grapevine Committee met and reviewed the upcoming possible titles and their topics for the books. The big topic of discussion is a gift that we received. We receive old editions of the Grapevine dating all the way back to the 60’s from Jim G. in Louisville. We decided that some would go to Archives some would be displayed in some manner and this topic will continue to be discussed. I have a copy of the new book “Young and Sober” on the display in the lobby with information on how to order that if you are interested. I have been getting the Grapevine quote of the day, it comes right to my phone and I get to start my day in that manner and it’s great. Will those who attended the meeting yesterday please stand and be recognized.
Kentuckiana Newsletter - Gary P, Chairperson
Because of the Website committee message on area 26 website 53 people have subscribed to the newsletter this quarter. I would like to thank the website committee for all the help. Margie H. GSR from District 5 found the coffee cup. Don’t look for one today because that was the last one. Because of a short quarter and our printer needing the newsletter early, we didn’t get the Spanish version done. 9 people attended out meeting yesterday. After looking at some other areas the committee decided that next year the cost of the paper subscription will go up to $12.00 per year. Oct issue is ‘’Understanding and Misunderstanding Anonymity’’ Stan B. will be writing on Tradition 6, Darryl M. Tradition 7, Jeremy S. Tradition 8 and Brian D. Tradition 9. Deadline for articles will be Sept 1st. The January topic will be ‘’ Meeting Calamity with Serenity’’ I would to thank district 14 for the hard work, warm hospitality. I didn’t get to stay for lunch yesterday but I heard the food was good also. Would all those who attended the Kentuckiana Newsletter meeting yesterday please stand
Literature – David K. Chairperson
The meeting opened with the Set Aside Prayer. Ten members of the fellowship were present representing a wide range of service positions including our current Delegate Lynda and alternate George. The focus of this meeting was to discuss the lack of conference action on the request by this area to change the dust jacket of the fourth edition of the Big Book to reflect “The AA Message” as it appeared in the third edition of the Big Book. As well as to recommend to the area to continue to raise this issue as a floor action, again, or to let it go. Discussion included revisiting the 2001 Advisory Action permitted the publications committee to oversee among other things, the jacket material. The importance of group conscience in making any changes to literature was discussed to ensure that the basic message of AA is conveyed consistently. We also discussed the background regarding this most recent request by Area 26 to bring about the change we are requesting. We also ventured into the history of the Dust Cover information and reviewed the content of the 2001 Advisor y Action and were able to agree that in the spirit of cooperation it really doesn’t matter who wrote the jacket notes to the third edition but it does matter when the integrity of our message is changed without conference approval.
After much discussion, a vote was taken to determine if this committee was going to recommend we continue to pursue this floor action is not. A simple majority of those in attendance determined that we will pursue this once again. That being said, we have requested a floor action to reinstate language specifically identifying “the AA message” on the inside front dust jacket of the fourth edition of the Big Book. Following the Serenity Prayer, the meeting adjourned. I would like to thank District 14 for this fabulous weekend and would all those who attended yesterday’s meeting please stand? Thank you I really appreciate all of you for attending the meeting yesterday.
Public Information – Barbara F, Alternate Chairperson
Doug was unable to attend due to storm damage and I had the privilege of chairing this committee. Eight people attended. We had a really good discussion about how to get Big Books into libraries, how to address
anonymity breaks. There were several people who expressed concern about overlap between district committee chairs and intergroup committee chairs. At times there seems to be little or no communication between those two sets of chairs. We discussed different ways to approach school guidance counselors to reach students with literature, videos or speaking opportunities. Would everyone who attended the PI meeting yesterday please stand and be recognized?
Registrar - - Jon S, Chairperson
There are updates to the directory you have just received and these will be handed to all DCM’s and if there are extras to those who would like to have one. This is just a sample of what I will try and do each quarter of updates to the directory. 90% of our group changes take place between October and December. I did make a mistake with two Intergroups that have been corrected now. I’d like to thank District 14 for hosting this meeting. Is there anyone who was involved in this that is still sitting down, not up check on coffee or something? If so would you stand so we can thank you? We now have 683 Active, 540 Inactive, 6 Incomplete,
35 Merged, 0 New, 5 Pending Active, 1 Pending Inactive, 49 Unknown, 0. With some help I called about 400 group contacts. That’s still less than half the groups because most have two contacts. Ideally all changes should come through a DCM but if I am contacted by a GSR I will make the DCM aware of the change. I would like to give a special thanks to the DCMs who did the work gathering the information. When I accepted this position I was told that the registrar didn’t have committee meetings because in a sense all our DCMs are on this committee and I accepted that. However, this weekend we got a room and had four people attend. We talked about the need for the registrar committee to have meetings because some districts have someone in charge of all changes in the district. This committee should have addressed the issue of adding the registrar duties to the structure even before there was an ad hoc committee. We also discussed the agenda item and the need for every district to have a group awareness committee or a corresponding secretary. I hope to continue to get a room at each area meeting. I could use the help calling groups especially those that don’t have DCMs. There are many slots within the database that I have learned about. For instance district committee chairs and Intergroup chairs. We currently list past delegates in the other field. We may want to consider having the Registrar rotating opposite the rest of the committee to make sure one person follows the changes all the way through. Would those who attended the Registrar committee meeting please stand to be recognized?
Special Needs-Accessibilities –Nancy B, Chairperson
First off I want to thank District 14 for hosting this weekend. The pulled pork was great yesterday and I've so appreciated the cool environment. There were nine of us at the committee meeting yesterday and, again, I was amazed at the various special needs brought up for discussion. A couple of needs to consider, other than the obvious, are moving smoking areas away from the entrance so that members with pulmonary issues don't have to walk through the smoke to go to a meeting. The other involves veterans returning from war. So many are coming home with physical disabilities and with PTSD. One suggestion to help them was to ask a few sober veterans to help start a meeting for veterans, other than at VA hospitals, but in their hometowns. Perhaps sharing experience, strength and hope with those who have walked in their shoes will help to keep them sober. We also discussed one way to help the hard of hearing by purchasing small portable speaker amplifiers to pass around as people are sharing. Jim Schmitz shared with us that there is an “app” for that – who knew? And there are more members than we know about that would benefit from AA literature on CDs. So many are embarrassed to admit that they cannot read, if we let everyone know the CDs are available the word would get to them. Of course, there are many service opportunities by helping those members with special needs, such as offering to read to the deaf, blind and illiterate. And learning sign language to sign at meetings or special AA events. We also talked about meeting places being handicap accessible, not just to get into the meeting building, but also in the bathrooms and that there is room enough to transfer from a wheelchair to the toilet. And for those physically handicapped in a meeting, instead of standing up and forming a circle, stand in place for the prayer or stay seated. There are so many little things we can do to help those with special needs. For instance, District 15 Special Needs Committee is preparing a survey to email to their district's GSRs to see what, if any, help they might need to help their special needs members. We just need to become aware and be willing to make some changes. If those who attended the meeting are still here, would you please stand up. And thank you for your interest in special needs.
Treatment Facilities – Laura H, Chairperson
I would like to thank District 14 for their hospitality and great BBQ this weekend. We had 4 people in attendance at our meeting. I would like to thank them and ask that they stand and be recognized. We watched the “Hope” video and discussed the how resourceful it can be to show it to those in treatment centers. We also discussed the informing treatment facilities what AA does and doesn’t do. Our meeting ended early as we had so few in attendance. I look forward to seeing everyone in Bardstown at our October Area Assembly. Thank you for allowing me to serve.
Website – Bill C, Chairperson
I would like to thank District 14 for hosting this weekend’s meetings and for all their hard work and service, I attended the 7th annual Unity picnic and delegates report in Louisville, I did set up our Website display, we were treated to good fellowship, food and an excellent delegates report thank you Lynda. We have answered numerous emails the last three months with Jason posting the flyers thank you Jason for stepping up to free Jon to do his registrar job and special thanks to Buzz and others who keep an eye on all incoming mail and forward or answer the mail, thanks’ also to Jason R. for his Technical help in posting flyers and also Jon for his help. We had a good Website meeting on Saturday we had hard copies of the website statement of purpose and guidelines provided by Buzz, we reaffirmed our commitment to abide by these guidelines and also reminded all that we will not break any ones anonymity on the website including flyers last names will not be used including email address with the last name included. We discussed an upcoming motion that asked that certain items should be housed in a secure area on the website. The Website committee has several people who would be glad to share their experience, strength and hope in the area of a group that wants to build their own website. Would those who attended the website meeting please stand, thank you.
Welcome to Service Workshop - Barbara F, Co-Chairperson
I had the pleasure of chairing the Welcome to service workshop yesterday there were abo ut 25 people in attendance. There were 6 or 7 who were attending their very first area meeting. We discussed this weekend’s agenda, the upside down triangle and the makeup of the general service structure, we talked a little bit about the makeup of the General Service Conference and terms and rotations of the various service positions. Thanks everyone who participated in that discussion.
DCM Meeting - - - -Chairperson