Sep 19, 2020

September 2020 Zoom Meeting Bullet Points

  • Looking to get more info on General Serviceship? Attached is a digital version of the new GSR kit!

  • Do you know someone who is interested in a BIPOC (Black Indigenous and people of color) AA meeting? There are groups starting globally that are specific for BIPOC individuals. IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I CAN FORWARD YOU THE VIRTUAL MEETING LIST.

  • If you know any BIPOC individuals who want to be of service there is a new committee being formed. They meet usually on Sundays from 10a-12p. The BIPOC community is also having a panel on October 17th, from 5-7. Flyer attached.

  • The Election assembly will be happening October 18th. DUring this assembly, we will be electing new Delegates and other positions for the new Panel starting on January 1st, 2021. It will be held via zoom, and the meeting information will follow soon. For those who are eligible, meaning all GSR's, there are going to be demonstrations held prior to October 18th, to ensure the process is understood. If you are a new GSR, or a GSR that hasn't filled any paperwork, please contact Debi D at 323.514.7242 to ensure we have your information. You can also email me. All of the demonstration dates are in another attachment.

  • If your group is looking to get more information on opening meetings back to in person meetings, I have attached some information from our most recent round table on opening meetings up. Provides questions to pose to your groups, as long as some government guidelines, etc. It is a compressed file

  • CYC (Coop. with the Young Community) has a zine! Here's a link - share it with your groups!

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-PsDiFtA9xm7_-vVHpX79gBUUZ5ws-aI/view?usp=sharing Attached is also a pdf version

     

    Got sober under 25? Know someone who did? We need submissions for our quarterly zine used for outreach to young people and youth organizations. We're looking for artwork, drawings, poems, stories, jokes, whatever, all related to any aspect of sobriety/getting sober as a young person. 

     

    Submissions can be made ongoingly and can be emailed to: CYC@area05aa.org

    • Artwork: Can be any size up to 5x5 inches; will be printed one color only; email as jpeg;

    • Poetry: no more than 50 words; email in body of email or attached as word doc;

    • Personal story: no more than 200 words; can be emailed in body of email or attached as Word doc

  • Camp Spiritfire is having a fall event Sun., Nov 1st! Event name TBD (Fall Back into Service, Camp Spookyfire, Camp Solsti-fire,...?) but everyone should tap in Sunday, November 1st for a celebration of recovery like none other - an alter building workshop, letting go ceremony, cook-along, visit from the Spiritfire Oracle, ghost story A.A. meeting, and more! Flyer coming soon! www.campspiritfire.org

  • Also, here is a link to our shared drive! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1J0nr9NyrSWRBCd7nc1Qor63sMVkJkgS8?usp=sharing 

Jun 06, 2020

What are these "Bullet Points?"

If you're new to being a General Service Representative (GSR) at Combined Hollywood Districts, welcome! Each month at our district meeting, we discuss issues of interest to groups and group members. After most meetings, the main themes and important resources for groups and members are sent out as "bullet points" to aid GSRs in making announcements to their groups.

Here are some helpful hints:

1. You don't have to use these bullet points - feel free to make up your own, based on what was important or interesting to you at the meeting, and/or what you think your group will be interested in.

2. Your group will probably be interested in issues/topics that YOU found interesting or were inspired by :)

 

3. You can ALSO use old bullet points - feel free to peruse! So many are interesting facts about A.A., cool ways to be of service, studies of A.A. Traditions or Concepts, controversial issues, such as meetings and social media, and even jokes.

May 16, 2020

May 2020 Bullet Points

  • Call for Service - Central Office is in need of individuals to answer the lines. Shift is 12am-9am. Minimum requirement of 2 years of sobriety.

  • Looking for best practices on zoom. Visit https://lacoaa.org/zoom-meeting-best-practices/ for some great ideas!

  • Grapevine announcement - Grapevine and La Vina (Spanish Grapevine) issues from January through May are currently free. https://www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help

  • Cooperation with the Young Committee Call For Submissions for zine - Got sober under 25? Know someone who did? We need submissions for our quarterly zine, "The Void" used for outreach to young people and youth organizations.
    Want to contribute? We're looking for artwork, drawings, poems, stories, jokes, whatever, all related to any aspect of sobriety/getting sober as a young person. 
    Submissions can be made ongoingly and can be emailed to: CYC@area05aa.org
    Artwork: Can be any size up to 5x5 inches; will be printed one color only; email as jpeg;
    Poetry: no more than 50 words; email in body of email or attached as word doc;
    Personal story: no more than 200 words; can be emailed in body of email or attached as Word doc.

Mar 14, 2020

March 2020 Zoom Meeting Bullet Points

For the latest resources & info regarding Covid-19, click here.

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our March zoom call. Your DCMC is working on ensuring everyone is receiving emails, apparently some of them are not getting through. Below is briefly what we went over in our zoom meeting

 

  • We talked about what are meetings doing in these times of need. A lot of meetings are going virtual for the time being. Here is a link that was shared to me with a directory of meetings that are now online. These are for the meeting that are going virtual. If anyone has more meetings please let me know and we can continue in getting the information out. Again, these are just meetings that are being converted to online meetings temporarily 

            ONLINE MEETING DIRECTORY

  • The Cooperation with Young People has a google drive! You can find the zine that was put out by the committee, and can get more information about young people in alcoholics anonymous. Also has a YPAA listing.Cooperation with the Young Shared Drive

  • Here is a link for a bunch of online meetings that happen regularly, and can be joined online at any time. AA Intergroup

  • At the moment, we have postponed our May event. We will discuss next month what we should do. Also, we discussed that if we are going to continue zoom meetings in the time being, about purchasing a zoom account for the CHD. 

  • The Pre conference questionnaires are due by April 12th. If you don't know what this is, these are items that are being talked about to be put on the agenda for AA to take action on. Our Area Delegate, Thomas B., will take our collective group conscious, and be communicate them with AA as a whole. This is the opportunity to be a part of change in AA. Might be a little slow, but you too can be a part of it. They are talking about changing or updating literature, grapevine changes, corrections updates, and other topics. I will work on getting everyone the questionnaire and the backgrounds to each. I can't find it right now, but wanted to get the other info our

Aug 05, 2019

July 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

Hello all, 

 

Below are several reminders for your meeting's GSR announcements: 

  • Service Summer Camp:  

    • Please share with your groups! Registration has been extended until August 19th and will stay at $160.00. It will not increase to $175. The weekend will be filled with reflection, fun and fellowship! Go to Combinedhollywood.org to find out more - flyer attached.

    • IT'S GOING TO SELL OUT QUICK! 

  • Our Area 05 Delegate Thomas S. will be at our August 17th meeting to discuss what he learned at the 69th General Service Conference from 10a-11a. 

    • This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage your meeting members to visit Combined Hollywood! Please invite your groups - especially secretaries, treasurers and other committee members. 

  • CORRECTIONS: We reach the hand to incarcerated brothers/sisters through pre-release contact to connect them with volunteers on the outside.

    • You don't have to be a GSR to write letters - anyone is encouraged! We need volunteers for assisting with the database. Connect those interested in volunteering with Dayna D. 

  • Cooperation with the Young Community (CYC) makes sure that AA exists where young people and adolescents are - including youth agencies, LGBTQ+ organizations, foster courts, and juvenile justice organizations.

    • If you know folks who got sober young who may be willing to speak on a panel or volunteer in this committee, speak with Jen S.

  • Combined Hollywood is considering creating a private Facebook groupto present the hand of the district available where alcoholics (sober or not yet sober) may have access. Do you have a strong opinion about this? Please join us at our next monthly meeting to continue the discussion. Are there other issues we're not considering? What, if any, traditions/concepts are applicable here? Would this be of value to you? Would you be more likely to view information from a FB page? 

  • Our next monthly meeting is August 17th from 10a-12p at The At Center. 

Jun 15, 2019

June 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

CHD SERVICE SUMMER CAMP 2019

  • August 30th-September 1st, 2019 in Idllywild, CA

  • Workshops, sharing sessions, meetings, nature walks, swimming, campfires, music & dancing, talent show, Color Wars, and more!

  • Cabin lodging & all meals and activities included with cost of registration - $160.

  • Scholarships available.

  • Find more info & Register at: https://www.combinedhollywood.org/service-summer-camp

 

CHD FACEBOOK PAGE​

CHD is considering developing a Facebook page as an opportunity to have the hand of our district available where alcoholics already are. Two options were presented - a FB page for announcements, etc., and a Secret FB group to allow 2-way communication and posts. Pros & Cons were discussed, including that if we have a secret FB group, a great deal of moderating would be required, but a secret group as opposed to a page could promote more community-building. 

IMPORTANT: What does your group think about the district having a presence on FB? Please ask:

  • Are there other issues we’re not considering?

  • What, if any, traditions/concepts are applicable here?

  • Would group members be more likely to view information available on a FB page?

  • Are our groups good with this? 

 

2019 AA UNITY FORUM | JULY 13th & 14th 

  • The Unity Forum will bring AA members, volunteers and staff from all AA service organizations in our area together to connect, strengthen unity, share valuable ideas and experience, and learn how we can further support one another and collaborate as we work towards our purpose of helping the still-suffering alcoholic. 

  • July 13th & 14th at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Flyer attached

  • https://www.unityforum.org/

GRAPEVINE/LA VINA WRITING WORKSHOP

  • August 4th, 2019 from 2-4pm

  • Share your experience, strength and hope with our fellowship through writing!

  • Crist the Shepherd Lutheran Church, 185 W. Altadena Dr., Altadena

 

BLISS CAFE IS CLOSING

Bliss Cafe, a Los Angeles staple that has served hundreds of alcoholics throughout the years, is closing! The meetings located there are looking for a new location near Fountain & Vine that can hold 3-5 mtgs per day. Please email if you have any leads!

 

WACYPAA Pajamalooza Meeting & Dance

  • Saturday, July 20th

  • Meeting starts at 8 p.m., Dance at 9:30 p.m.

  • Wear your swaggiest pajamas

  • SHARE! Center, 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City 90230

 

COOP. WITH THE YOUNG COMMUNITY (CYC)

  • CYC makes sure the hand of A.A. is available in places where young people are. 

  • Foothill Roundup - Come visit our booth & join us for a panel on topics related to getting sober young!

  • August 2nd - 4th; panel is Friday 8/4 at 5 p.m.

  • Contact Jen S. at CYC@aascaa.org. for more info or to volunteer

2020 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF AA

May 31, 2019

May 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

DISTRICT NEWS

 

CHD SERVICE SUMMER CAMP 2019

 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Thank you to everyone who came to our annual pancake breakfast, Pancakes Before Personalities. It was great to see so many members and enjoy delicious pancakes with you! We couldn't have done it without our volunteers. Thank you from the bottom of our pancake batter bowl! 

ONLINE CONTRIBUTIONS

You can now make donations to Combined Hollywood Districts ONLINE 

Thank you to all the groups who contributed to Combined Hollywood this month. 

SPRING AREA ASSEMBLY | JUNE 9TH 

  • The area assembly is a quarterly meeting held to relay and discuss all business matters and events happening in all of Area 05. It's a great way to meet new people in our area. It's also a great opportunity for you learn more about many of the committees in Area 05 and join one! 

  • This will be the first time our delegate Thomas S will be giving his General Service Conference report back. You won't want to miss it :D 

  • All GSRs are encouraged to attend - but you don't have to be a GSR to attend. 

  • Sunday June 9th, 2019 from 8am - 4pm - John Adams Middle School - 2425 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

2019 AA UNITY FORUM | JULY 13th & 14th 

  • The Unity Forum will bring AA members, volunteers and staff from all AA service organizations in our area together to connect, strengthen unity, share valuable ideas and experience, and learn how we can further support one another and collaborate as we work towards our purpose of helping the still-suffering alcoholic. 

  • July 13th & 14th at Westminster Presbyterian Church

  • Flyer attached

  • https://www.unityforum.org/

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

2020 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF AA

 

COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS

WACYPAA Midyear Scavenger Hunt & Annual YPAA Day

  • Scavenger Hunt & Bid Cities Q&A on Saturday June 8th, 2019 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles - Flyer attached

  • Annual YPAA Day on Sunday June 9th, 2019 at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Flyer attached

 

Want to get involved with Cooperation with the Young People's committee?

 

The Grapevine/La Vina Writing Event

  • Share your experience, strength and hope with our fellowship. 

  • August 4th, 2019 from 2-4pm

Apr 30, 2019

April 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

Hello District Members, 

 

Thank you to all who attended our April meeting and welcome to our new GSRs! 

 

Below are the bullet points to use for announcements at your meetings. 

 

THESE BULLET POINTS ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS!!! Please announce what YOU feel excited about. We also suggest that you announce 1-2 bullet points at your meeting each week to keep announcements timely and exciting! 

 

DISTRICT NEWS

 

PANCAKES BEFORE PERSONALITIES IS MAY 4TH!!!

  • 9:00-11:00 at Founders Church 

  • Flyer attached - Thank you to Felicity for making the flyer!

  • Contact Kim to volunteer or for more info: kimtucker66@hotmail.com

CHD SERVICE SUMMER CAMP 2019!!! 

7TH TRADITION 

  • Information about where 7th tradition goes so you can discuss with your group

NEVER HAD A LEGAL DRINK AND HOLLYWOOD SPEAKERS ARE MOVING TO AT CENTER STARTING IN MAY! 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: 

 

Lionel G - 3 years! 

Nono - 4 years! 

Bill W - 19 years! 

 

AREA NEWS

 

69TH GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE

  • Deadline for questionnaire submissions extended to MAY 13th

  • Find background to agenda items here: http://area05aa.org/gsc-background/ Password is GSC69 (background information is intended for AA members only and not the general public) 

  • You can fill out the questionnaire here: http://area05aa.org/69th-gsc-english-questionnaire/

  • Or you can mail your responses to PO Box 481193 Los Angeles, CA 90048. Responses must be received by April 20th.

WACYPAA 6TH ANNUAL MUSTACHE BALL

  • Saturday May 4th at 8:00PM

  • 6666 Green Valley Circle, Culver City, CA90230 

  • MECHANICAL BULL RIDING COMPETITION!!!!! 

  • Flyer attached

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

2020 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION OF AA

Mar 16, 2019

March 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

At the District

  • The moment you've all been waiting for! Combined Hollywood Districts' annual Pancake Breakfast (drum roll....) 

    • PANCAKES BEFORE PERSONALITIES!

    • May 4th from 9:00-11:00 at Founders Church 

    • Flyer attached - Thank you to Felicity for making the flyer!

  • CHD Service Summer Camp registration is open! Camp is Aug. 30-Sept. 1. 2019 in Idlywild Pines. Follow the link for more info + registration

  • The Great Fact Men's Stag meeting is now offering child care. It is one of, if not the only men's meeting in the entire Los Angeles area to offer this. The meeting is on Tuesday nights from 7:30 - 9 pm in the upstairs room of the church at 5750 W. Olympic Blvd.

At the Area

  • Area 5 Pre-Conference Workshop is Saturday-Sunday April 6-7 from 8:30-4:00pm. Shannon has made a flyer to help answer your questions about what the pre-conference actually is. It's very useful, check it out! 

  • The 69th General Service Conference Agenda Items are available. 

    • Deadline for questionnaire submissions is APRIL 25th 

    • Find background to agenda items here: http://area05aa.org/gsc-background/ Password is GSC69 (background information is intended for AA members only and not the general public) 

    • You can fill out the questionnaire here: http://area05aa.org/69th-gsc-english-questionnaire/

    • Or you can mail your responses to PO Box 481193 Los Angeles, CA 90048. Responses must be received by April 20th.

  • The 32nd Annual International AA Men's Conference is being held in Los Angeles April 26th - 28th at the LAX Marriott Hotel. Follow the link to find more info: 

Committee Announcements

  • Corrections Committee: Corrections Committee needs volunteers to write letters to our incarcerated members. Corrections Prerelease Program connects sober members on the outside to sober members on the inside. When you announce this at your meeting, you can pass around the attached sign up sheet and email it to area05corrections@gmail.com

  • Treatment Facilities: Anyone interested in getting involved with the Treatment Facilities Committee can contact Jim I. at tfc@aascaa.org

  • WAYCPAA: The 23rd annual WACYPAA (Western Area Conference of Young People in AA) will be held in LOS ANGELES! Congrats LACYPAA! Do you want to get involved? All volunteer positions are available. For more information or go to https://lacypaa.org/

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Feb 28, 2019

February 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

Hello all, 

 

Thank you for a very lively and well attended February meeting. It is great to see so many new faces in General Service. My hope is that, as a district, we are able to help the alcoholic who still suffers while also having fun. We can show those who might feel skeptical about AA, and General Service, that we are not a glum lot! 

 

Below are your February meeting bullet points. I've also added some additional information that I believe to be useful and noteworthy. 

 

***PLEASE READ THE BULLET POINTS*** Find a few that YOU feel passionate about. If you share with passion and interest, it will transfer to your groups during your announcements...maybe try standing or starting with a funny fact or AA joke! 

 

Here are a few examples you can use: 

 

Did you know that Dr. Bob had tattoo? It's true, a dragon and a compass was tattooed from his shoulder to wrist. Basically a sleeve! 

(From: http://silkworth.net/aabiography/roberthsmith.html)

 

Why don't alcoholics drive motorcycles? Because the can't handle-bars. 

- unknown

 

At the District

 

  • It's that time of year again! Combined Hollywood Districts' annual Pancake Breakfast will be in May. We need your input. Start sending in your groups' name suggestions! Some of our past event names have been: "Brunch of Drunks"; "Lack of Flour was our Dilemma"

  • The AT Center is looking for your input. LA Works is sponsoring a mural project to be installed on the Unity Hall wall facing the patio outside. Who is your AA hero? Share next time you're at the AT Center or tell your General Service Rep. 

  • The Great Fact Men's Stag meeting is now offering child care. It is one of, if not the only men's meeting in the entire Los Angeles area to offer this. The meeting is on Tuesday nights from 7:30 - 9 pm in the upstairs room of the church at 5750 W. Olympic Blvd.

  • Thank you for your monetary donations! 

  • Meetings in need of outreach: 

Tuesday @ 8:15
1110 Bates Avenue (Jewish Community Center)
Los Angeles CA 90029

 

Thursday @ 8:30
1110 Bates Avenue (Jewish Community Center)
Los Angeles CA 90029
 

Thursday @ 7:30p
We Agnostics Women's Meeting
4607 Prospect

 

At the Area

 

  • Pacific Regional AA Service Assembly (PRAASA) is happening March 1st-3rd in Irvine, CA. ALL are encouraged to addend. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the power of AA as a whole. 

    • Want to do but don't have a ride? Combined Hollywood's own Alt. DCMC Lionell G. has agreed to help organize carpooling. 

    • You can reach him at LionellG@me.com 

  • Area Committee Meeting - Sunday February 24, 2019 | 8:00a-1:30p | Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104

    • Committees are at the heart of General Service. Come to the Area Committee Meeting to learn about committees in our area and join one! Flyer attached.  

  • The 69th General Service Conference Agenda Items are available. Please review, discuss and ask questions. These items will be further discussed during our next monthly meeting and during the April pre-conference workshop. Flyer attached.

Committee Announcements

  • Corrections Committee: Corrections Committee needs volunteers to write letters to our incarcerated members. Corrections Prerelease Program connects sober members on the outside to sober members on the inside. When you announce this at your meeting, you can pass around the attached sign up sheet and email it to area05corrections@gmail.com

  • Treatment Facilities: Anyone interested in getting involved with the Treatment Facilities Committee can contact Jim I. at tfc@aascaa.org

  • WAYCPAA: The 23rd annual WACYPAA (Western Area Conference of Young People in AA) will be held in LOS ANGELES! Congrats LACYPAA! Do you want to get involved? All volunteer positions are available. For more information or go to https://lacypaa.org/

Jan 31, 2019

January 2019 Meeting Bullet Points

Hello Combined Hollywood General Service Reps! 

 

Thank you to everyone who came out for our first meeting of Panel 69. I heard there were a lot of really great ideas shared! Here are a few of them

  • Hosting a summer dance called "Under the Stars" 

  • Bringing back GSR orientation at the district meeting

  • Liaising with Central Office to collect old meeting directories for donation

  • "What is General Service" workshop

  • Presentation/discussion/workshop about money and self-support during our district meeting

Monthly bullet points BELOW. 

 

Please READ the bullet points to find which one you feel most inspired by. Your group members will get excited about what's going on if you're excited about it. 

 

A suggestion: announce one, maaaaaybe two, bullet point/s at a meeting at a time. This way your group may not feel so overloaded by all of the cool stuff happening in General Service! 

 

At the District: 

  • The Great Fact Men's Stag meeting is now offering child care. It is one of, if not the only men's meeting in the entire Los Angeles area to offer this. The meeting is on Tuesday nights from 7:30 - 9 pm in the upstairs room of the church at 5750 W. Olympic Blvd. 

  • Combined Hollywood's Service Summer Camp is happening again! August 30th-Sept 1st. More info about registration coming soon. 

  • Our annual Pancake Breakfast will take place on May 4th. Start sending in your groups' name suggestions! Some of our past event names have been: "Brunch of Drunks"; "Lack of Flour was our Dilemma"

At the Area: 

  • The 4-Area DCM Sharing session will be held THIS SATURDAY, February 2nd, 2019. The 4-Area DCM Sharing Session provides District Committee Members from Areas 05, 08, 09 and 93 with an opportunity to share information and personal experiences in general service work.  All past, present and future DCMs, DCMCs and Alternates are invited.  All General Service Reps are encouraged to attend. 8a-4p 8530 Stanton Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620. 

  • Area 5 has a new website! area05aa.org. There you can subscribe to their mailing list, find the SCAAN (Southern California AA Newsletter) which has information about our most recent winter area assembly and read about a bunch of different committees you can join. 

  • The 23rd annual WACYPAA (Western Area Conference of Young People in AA) will be held in LOS ANGELES! Congrats LACYPAA! Do you want to get involved? All volunteer positions are available. See the flyer below for more information or go to https://lacypaa.org/

Dec 15, 2018

December 2018 Meeting Bullet Points

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

  • We had a special presentation from our outgoing Panel 67 Delegate, Thomas B. – an inspiring talk on the importance of flexibility, optimism, and participation. He discussed how decisions get made in A.A., and how important it will be for all of us to weigh in on upcoming agenda items - one of those is a plain-language version of the Big Book. This could address incorporation of gender-neutral pronouns we were talking about in a previous meeting -and more.  Come on out Saturday, January 19th from 10am-12pm at the AT Center – to learn more about how you can be a part of this process.

AT Center: 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026 – park in lot on Fountain; street parking also available. Meeting is located upstairs.

Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter can be found here

  • We discussed Tradition and Concept 12, around the importance of anonymity as practiced through humility that underlie both the twelfth tradition and concept. We learned that the 12th concept also contains what are called the 6 warranties which require three quarters of all A.A. members to approve if they want them changed. The "warranties" protect our fellowship from tyranny and ensure every decision is democratic. They outline a workable middle ground between fear and recklessness, like being able to save enough money without being stingy. They express the wisdom of forethought for the future balanced with lessons of the past. If you'd like to learn more about our traditions or concepts and how they apply at the group or personal level, please join us at our monthly district meeting, contact our DCMC, or consider asking someone to serve as your service sponsor.  

 


  • Our January Assembly is coming up - attend this if you want to be of service to alcoholics who may not know about A.A. yet, or might have a hard time finding it! We've talked a lot about Corrections work - like Corrections Correspondence - writing letters to those who are incarcerated; or Public Information - going into schools to talk to kids about what A.A. is and is not. These are just some of the ways anyone can be of service in A.A. You don't need to be a G.S.R. to help - in fact, the work can't get done without your help. You don't have to commit to two years - but check it out at least once. The next Area assembly is January 26th and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The committee breakouts will take place in the first half of the day, before lunch. We'll also receive the agenda items that groups will need to discuss and decide on (like whether we want to develop a plain language translation of the big book). Talk to me after the meeting for more information - you can look up all the committees and what they do, as well as find the address for the assembly, on our website: www.CombinedHollywood.org.

Saturday, January 26th, 2019; 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (A.A. meeting, fellowship & registration at 8:00 a.m.) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 North Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA . 91104.

 

 

  • Service Summer Camp returns Labor Day weekend – August 31st – September 1st! If you didn’t get a chance to attend in October, Combined Hollywood is excited to host it again in August! There will be workshops, campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, nature walks, a Saturday night talent show, and more! We anticipate that slots will fill up fast, so we’ll have pre-registration available soon at a discounted rate. More information soon – if you’d like to participate, or be part of the planning, please see me after the meeting.  

Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

  • Used Literature Drive – Donate your old Big Books to a meeting in need. Have an old Big Book lying around? Buy an extra for a sponsee that no longer needs it? Consider donating them so they can be passed along to a meeting in need. The Skid Row Drifters and meetings like it have served homeless alcoholics for many years - a population in need of meetings, though without the funds to contribute to the 7th tradition or to purchase much-needed literature. If you have an old Big Book or two that you'd like to donate, or other A.A. literature such as Grapevines, please bring it in and I'll collect them. Any questions, see me after the meeting.

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please do! If you or your group would like to sponsor a panel there, please see me after the meeting for location and meeting days & times.

Royal Palms is located at:  360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Please emailCombinedHollywood@gmail.comif someone/a group would like to sponsor a panel.

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

 

NATIONALLY:

 

·  A.A. now has a YouTube channel! You can find all sorts of A.A.-approved PSAs and videos there. Come and see me after the meeting for the link, or Google "AAWS youtube".

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nfvf9DeDA7QYvLeq4pQ-w

 

The A.A. Grapevine is looking for both written and audio stories to carry the message. Their new audio project allows those who are visually impaired to hear sharing from A.A. members all over the U.S.! Consider sharing your experience, strength or hope – you call, record your story or share on a voicemail for up to 7 minutes, and then follow the prompts to submit! Are you a writer or enjoy writing?  The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in print." You can write about anything on your mind. Your story is important – did you know that the last time A.A. requested stories from the fellowship to include in literature, they received only 14 submissions? Let’s make A.A. sharing as diverse as we are!

 

Audio submission instructions can be found here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/audio-instructions

 

How to submit a 300 - 1500 word written story to Grapevine:
• Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
• Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
• or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

 

You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine 

 

DID YOU KNOW:

 

Box 4-5-9 is a newsletter from A.A. General Service Office. They recently published an article on diversity, inclusion, safety, and the importance of these for the future of A.A. It's titled "The Only Requirement..." There was also an article on the recent completion of the second edition of the Thai big book - this was powerful since the reason for the second edition - a complete revision of the translation - was due to the language being too formal and difficult for most Thai people to understand. This was a powerful demonstration of making A.A. available and accessible to the suffering alcoholic.

Nov 10, 2018

November 2018 Meeting Bullet Points

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

  • Our last District meeting of the panel will take place December 15, 2018 – This will be a special meeting, with lots of food and a talk from our Area Delegate, Thomas B. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Thomas is an inspiring speaker, and will discuss how decisions get made in A.A., including some agenda items which require our groups' input to decide - one of those is a plain-language version of the Big Book. This could address incorporation of gender-neutral pronouns we were talking about at October's district meeting -and more. Come on out Saturday, December 15th from 10am-12pm at the AT Center – see me after the meeting for more information.

AT Center: 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026 – park in lot on Fountain; street parking also available. Meeting is located upstairs.

Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter can be found here.

  • Want to be of service to those in need this holiday season? On Sunday, December 2nd  in Venice Beach beginning at 11:00 a.m., LACYPAA (LA County Young People in A.A.) is hosting “P.B. & Generosity”  There will be a speaker meeting at 11, followed by assembling of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and then handing them out at Venice Boardwalk. If you would like more information, I have a digital flyer with all the details – see me after the meeting.

Sunday, December 2nd, 11am

Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice CA 90291.

Link to flyer is here. More info atlacypaaevents2018@gmail.com

 

  • Service Summer Camp returns Labor Day weekend – August 31st – September 1st! If you didn’t get a chance to attend in October, Combined Hollywood is excited to host it again in August! There will be workshops, campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, nature walks, a Saturday night talent show, and more! We anticipate that slots will fill up fast, so we’ll have pre-registration available soon at a discounted rate. More information soon – if you’d like to participate, or be part of the planning, please see me after the meeting.  

Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

https://www.combinedhollywood.org/events/service-summer-camp-in-october

  • Used Literature Drive – Donate your old Big Books to a meeting in need. Have an old Big Book lying around? Buy an extra for a sponsee that no longer needs it? Consider donating them so they can be passed along to a meeting in need. The Skid Row Drifters and meetings like it have served homeless alcoholics for many years - a population in need of meetings, though without the funds to contribute to the 7th tradition or to purchase much-needed literature. If you have an old Big Book or two that you'd like to donate, or other A.A. literature such as Grapevines, please bring it in and I'll collect them. Any questions, see me after the meeting.

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please do! See me after the meeting for location and their meeting days & times.

Royal Palms is located at:  360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

 

NATIONALLY:

·  The A.A. Grapevine is looking for both written and audio stories to carry the message. Their new audio project allows those who are visually impaired to hear sharing from A.A. members all over the U.S.! Consider sharing your experience, strength or hope – you call, record your story or share on a voicemail for up to 7 minutes, and then follow the prompts to submit! Are you a writer or enjoy writing?  The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in print." You can write about anything on your mind. Your story is important – did you know that the last time A.A. requested stories from the fellowship to include in literature, they received only 14 submissions? Let’s make A.A. sharing as diverse as we are!

 

Audio submission instructions can be found here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/audio-instructions

 

How to submit a 300 - 1500 word written story to Grapevine:
• Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
• Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
• or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

 

You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine 

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:

 

In April 1939, 4,730 copies of the 1st edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” were published. The price was $3.50. It was a very expensive book for its time. The equivalent to $58 a copy today.

Oct 20, 2018

October 2018 Meeting Bullet Points

Next District Meeting Moved to 2nd Saturday! (One time only)

November 10, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

AT Center

1773 Griffith Park Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90039 (map)

(Parking in lot on Fountain.)

BULLET POINTS

 

  • Both the District and the Area had elections. Every two years we elect all new officers – this is important because A.A. doesn’t have authorities. Alcoholics have been known to have some control issues or have a hard time giving things up. With the spirit and tradition of rotation, we get to practice humility and accountability, we get to allow new leadership and new perspectives. We get to help them by communicating our group strengths, solutions, and issues. The district is looking forward to another two years serving this group, and I thank you for letting me serve as your General Service Representative.

 

  • Service Summer Camp was a blast! Combined Hollywood Districts would like to thank everyone who attended or assisted others with attending our first ever event like this. The enthusiasm, love, and unity that we found has been so inspiring and meaningful to everyone on the planning committee and we have been overwhelmed by suggestions for next year already – bringing back Color Wars and the Talent/No Talent show, the Spirit Fire Oracle, and more workshops on all different topics. Think we should do this again next year or have questions about it? Let me know!

 

  • Used Literature Drive – Donate your old Big Books to a meeting in need. Have an old Big Book lying around? Buy an extra for a sponsee that no longer needs it? Consider donating them so they can be passed along to a meeting in need. The Skid Row Drifters and meetings like it have served homeless alcoholics for many years - a population in need of meetings, though without the funds to contribute to the 7th tradition or to purchase much-needed literature. If you have an old Big Book or two that you'd like to donate, please bring it in and I'll collect them. Any questions, see me after the meeting.

 

  • Our Delegate will be attending our next District meeting to give a report on what he saw, heard and felt at the 2018 General Service Conference in New York - this is where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed.  The UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists& agnostic members will be available for orders soon, having a LinkedIn page for A.A., developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets are now available! At our recent Pacific Regional Forum, and idea from the microphone was to create a plain language version of the Big Book. If you have an idea too, or want to hear the full report-back, see me after the meeting.

    Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter can be found here.

    If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, come to our District meeting (Next: Nov 10th), or contact us for more on the proposal process.

     

    AROUND L.A.:

 

  • Meetings with ASL interpretation are increasing for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. A full list of these meetings will be available soon. Know of a meeting that offers ASL interpretation? Let me know after the meeting.

    Please reach out to either Jen or Danielle with meetings offering ASL.

     

    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED: 

 

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

    Royal Palms is located at: 360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

    Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

     

  • Never Had a Legal Drink meeting needs support. This meeting has served young alcoholics for many years. It has recently moved and is in need of support. It meets on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm in Silverlake. If you’re able to attend, please see me after the meeting.

    1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

     

    NATIONALLY:

     

     

     

  • Want to have a direct impact on A.A. literature? Please encourage Spanish-speaking women members in your area to write their personal stories for possible inclusion in the new pamphlet in development.  Manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. The author’s complete name, address and email/phone information should be included with the submission. Submissions are due by November 19, 2018 and can be emailed to Literature@aa.org  with “Spanish-speaking women in A.A.” in the subject line of the message.

     

    Submissions can also be mailed to: Literature Coordinator, General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

 

  • The A.A. Grapevine is looking for both written and audio stories to carry the message. Their new audio project allows those who are visually impaired to hear sharing from A.A. members all over the U.S.! Consider sharing your experience, strength or hope – you call, record your story or share on a voicemail for up to 7 minutes, and then follow the prompts to submit! Are you a writer or enjoy writing?  The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in print." You can write about anything on your mind. Your story is important – did you know that the last time A.A. requested stories from the fellowship to include in literature, they received only 14 submissions? Let’s make A.A. sharing as diverse as we are!

 

Audio submission instructions can be found here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/audio-instructions

 

How to submit a 300 - 1500 word written story to Grapevine:
• Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
• Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
• or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

 

You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine 

 

 

 

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:

 

Some consideration was being given to the name "One Hundred Men," as the title of what would become the Big Book. This was squashed by the presence of Florence Rankin, whose story "A Feminine Victory" appeared in the Big Book’s First Edition. At the time, Florence had been sober for a little more than a year. Florence’s ex-husband, who knew Bill Wilson from Wall Street, brought Lois to talk with her which laid the foundation for her eventual sobriety. This was in March of 1937.

 

 

Last, you can find more info about General Service and the conference process on our Area 05 website: www.aascaa.org.

Sep 15, 2018

September 2018 Bullet Points

Service Summer Camp – Outreach & Weekly Planning Meetings!

 

We are fast approaching this event and have many details to cover, tasks to complete, things to discuss! As this is a district event, we need your help to make it the exciting and innovative event it needs to be. 

If you are attending, join us on the planning committee - your presence, ideas, and interest are all that are required. We have our LAST planning meeting this Thursday, 6-8pm. Call or email for the address (Fountain and Gower). 

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

 

 

 

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is putting on a brand new fellowship event - Service Summer Camp - October 5th, 6th, and 7th in Idyllwild! This will be a weekend of camp activities just like when we were kids - plus a program of great workshops and panels focused on the service part of our recovery. Thank you so much to everyone who signed up - we got a bigger response than we could've hoped for and we are at capacity! We're really excited to see you at camp!

  • Used Literature Drive – Donate your old Big Books to a meeting in need. Have an old Big Book lying around? Buy an extra for a sponsee that no longer needs it? Consider donating them so they can be passed along to a meeting in need. The Skid Row Drifters and meetings like it have served homeless alcoholics for many years - a population in need of meetings, though without the funds to contribute to the 7th tradition or to purchase much-needed literature. If you have an old Big Book or two that you'd like to donate, please bring it in and I'll collect them. Any questions, see me after the meeting.

 

  • Our District will now be offering online contributions! There have been a lot of conversations about A.A. contributions in the digital age. Just like our Area, Combined Hollywood Districts will also be accepting contributions online on our website! We have been discussing the importance of accessibility, having more ways to contribute to services that help alcoholics to find A.A. There are also a bunch of meetings that are trying to figure out ways to increase their meeting contributions so they can ensure the meeting exists for the alcoholic who needs it. Some groups are using Venmo to receive donations since so many folks don’t carry cash anymore. Fact sheet & Frequently Asked Questions that a group in San Francisco created when they did a bunch of research about this are available – including looking at the Traditions, pros and cons. See me after the meeting for more information.

 

Combined Hollywood website: CombinedHollywood.org; Area 05 website: Area05AA.org; download the Payment Processing/Traditions fact sheet here.

 

 

  • At our September district meeting, we discussed Concept 11: The importance of  integrity in our service work -  preparation, setting expectations, and, at the larger service level, finding the best possible committees and workers to fill needed positions and paying a competitive rate. We must practice the spirituality behind our 7th Tradition - paying our own way and accountability.

District meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm upstairs at the AT Center, 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is holding elections in October! Have you been hearing about service and been waiting for an opportunity to step up? You're in luck! We're having elections at our next District meeting, October 20th at the AT Center in Silverlake. We'll be electing a new District Committee Member Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and District Committee Members. You can also step up as Corrections liaison, work in Public Information, with Treatment Centers, and Professionals to make sure suffering alcoholics can find A.A. where they are. Or just sit in on the process! There will be coffee and food!

 

District meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm upstairs at the AT Center, 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

 

AROUND L.A.:

  • Meetings with ASL interpretation are increasing for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Afull list of these meetings will be available soon. Know of a meeting that offers ASL interpretation? Let me know after the meeting.

Please reach out to either Jen or Danielle with meetings offering ASL.

 

EVENTS:

 

  • LACYPAA (L.A. County Young People in A.A.) is having an event –YPAA Day 2.0 at Hurricane Harbor! More details coming soon - Tickets will be super cheap! More info coming soon, but talk to me after the meeting if you’re interested.

 

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET!

 

  • Our Delegate attended the annual General Service Conference in New York where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed.  The UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members will be available for orders soon, having a LinkedIn page for A.A., developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets are now available! At our recent Pacific Regional Forum, and idea from the microphone was to create a plain language version of the Big Book. If you have an idea too, or want to see the full report-back, see me after the meeting.

Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter can be found here.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

 

 

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

 

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

Royal Palms is located at: 360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

 

 

  • Never Had a Legal Drink meeting needs support. This meeting has served young alcoholics for many years. It has recently moved and is in need of support. It meets on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm in Silverlake. If you’re able to attend, please see me after the meeting.

1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

 

 

  • Cool service opportunity! Are you interested in helping reach the hand of A.A. everywhere alcoholics are? Our Los Angeles Public Information Committee needs volunteers at the LA County Fair to provide information to the public regarding what A.A. is and is not. This will be a valuable service to those alcoholics who may need A.A. If you would like to see what shifts are available, or what is needed, please see me after the meeting.

 

Please have interested members email PI@AASCAA.org.

 

 

 

NATIONALLY:

 

  • Want to have a direct impact on A.A. literature? Please encourage Spanish-speaking women members in your area to write their personal stories for possible inclusion in the new pamphlet in development.  Manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. The author’s complete name, address and email/phone information should be included with the submission. Submissions are due by November 19, 2018 and can be emailed to Literature@aa.org  with “Spanish-speaking women in A.A.” in the subject line of the message.

 

Submissions can also be mailed to: Literature Coordinator, General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • In April 1939, 4,730 copies of the 1st edition of “Alcoholics Anonymous” were published. The price was $3.50. It was a very expensive book for its time. The equivalent to $58 a copy today.

    There is a myth that there are no “musts” in AA, only “suggestions”. Glance at pages 14, 44, 73, 74, 79 and 85. These pages are littered with “musts” Actually there are 123 incidences of the word “must” in total.

    Another myth is that the first 164 pages have not been changed. The wording of the twelfth step was changed in 1941. The term “spiritual experience” was changed to “spiritual awakening.
    In 1947, in the 11th printing of the 1st edition, the term “ex-alcoholic” was replaced by the terms “ex-problem drinker” or “non-drinker”.

Aug 18, 2018

August 2018 Bullet Points

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

 

 

 

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is putting on a brand new fellowship event - Service Summer Camp - October 5th, 6th, and 7th in Idyllwild! This will be a weekend of camp activities just like when we were kids - plus a program of great workshops and panels focused on the service part of our recovery. The purpose of this event is to look at service, rethink it, and experience it in totally new and engaging ways. So if you want to "up your service game" - and you love hanging out with friends, roasting marshmallows, and playing capture the flag - then this is definitely for you. Cost is $135 - which includes cabin lodging, all meals, all the coffee you can drink, and a full slate of activities. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

 

Registration for this event is open for only 2 more weeks (until Sep 5th), so see me to register or do it online at combinedhollywood.org.

 

 

 

  • Used Literature Drive – Donate your old Big Books to a meeting in need. Have an old Big Book lying around? Buy an extra for a sponsee that no longer needs it? Consider donating them so they can be passed along to a meeting in need. The Skid Row Drifters and meetings like it have served homeless alcoholics for many years - a population in need of meetings, though without the funds to contribute to the 7th tradition or to purchase much-needed literature. If you have an old Big Book or two that you'd like to donate, please bring it in and I'll collect them. Any questions, see me after the meeting.

 

 

 

  • Our District will now be offering online contributions! There have been a lot of conversations about A.A. contributions in the digital age. Just like our Area, Combined Hollywood Districts will also be accepting contributions online on our website! We have been discussing the importance of accessibility, having more ways to contribute to services that help alcoholics to find A.A. There are also a bunch of meetings that are trying to figure out ways to increase their meeting contributions so they can ensure the meeting exists for the alcoholic who needs it. Some groups are using Venmo to receive donations since so many folks don’t carry cash anymore. Fact sheet & Frequently Asked Questions that a group in San Francisco created when they did a bunch of research about this are available – including looking at the Traditions, pros and cons. See me after the meeting for more information.

 

Combined Hollywood website: CombinedHollywood.org; Area 05 website: Area05AA.org; download the Payment Processing/Traditions fact sheet here.

 

 

 

  • At our August district meeting, we discussed Tradition 10: The importance of being careful not to share as “experts” on A.A., to be mindful during sharing that our opinions are just that, and that sharing on outside politics or issues can take away from our primary purpose – to share our experience practicing A.A.’s steps and traditions to get and stay sober. We heard a really thoughtful presentation from one of our district members around understanding how to practice this tradition in every area of our lives – work, home and family, and in A.A. meetings. In his presentation, he said:  “Staying away from outside issues helps us focus on our singleness of purpose and helps us maintain our unity and our cohesiveness. We all have completely different ways of seeing the world, and our ability to work together, even though we are so different, is what makes us so strong and capable as a team.” If you want to learn more about this Tradition or others, talk to me after the meeting. We also do a presentation during each district meeting and anyone who’s interested is invited to attend.  

District meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm upstairs at the AT Center, 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

 

 

AROUND L.A.:

  • Meetings with ASL interpretation are increasing for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Afull list of these meetings will be available soon. Know of a meeting that offers ASL interpretation? Let me know after the meeting.

Please reach out to either Jen or Danielle with meetings offering ASL.

 

EVENTS:

 

  • LACYPAA (L.A. County Young People in A.A.) is having an event –YPAA Day 2.0 at Hurricane Harbor! More details coming soon - Tickets will be super cheap! More info coming soon, but talk to me after the meeting if you’re interested.

 

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET!

 

  • Our Delegate attended the annual General Service Conference in New York where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed. Some highlights are that based on our feedback, we will be moving forward with publishing the UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members, having a LinkedIn page for A.A., developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets will be published and available in the next couple months. I have the full report back – if you want to see that,  OR if you have an idea about a change you’d like to see, talk to me after the meeting.

Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter can be found here.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

 

 

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

 

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

Royal Palms is located at: 360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

 

 

  • Never Had a Legal Drink meeting needs support. This meeting has served young alcoholics for many years. It has recently moved and is in need of support. It meets on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm in Silverlake. If you’re able to attend, please see me after the meeting.

1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

 

 

  • Cool service opportunity! Are you interested in helping reach the hand of A.A. everywhere alcoholics are? Our Los Angeles Public Information Committee needs volunteers at the LA County Fair to provide information to the public regarding what A.A. is and is not. This will be a valuable service to those alcoholics who may need A.A. If you would like to see what shifts are available, or what is needed, please see me after the meeting.

 

Please have interested members email PI@AASCAA.org.

 

 

 

NATIONALLY:

 

  • Want to have a direct impact on A.A. literature? Please encourage Spanish-speaking women members in your area to write their personal stories for possible inclusion in the new pamphlet in development.  Manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. The author’s complete name, address and email/phone information should be included with the submission. Submissions are due by November 19, 2018 and can be emailed to Literature@aa.org  with “Spanish-speaking women in A.A.” in the subject line of the message.

 

Submissions can also be mailed to: Literature Coordinator, General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • Many of A.A.’s principles and traditions were inspired by the Oxford Groups - it had "no hierarchy, no temples, no endowments, its workers no salaries, no plans but God's plan." One could not “belong” to the Oxford group for it had no membership list, badges, or definite location. It was simply a group of people from all walks of life who have surrendered their life to their Higher Power. Their endeavor was to lead a spiritual life and their purpose was to carry their message so others could do the same. The Oxford Groups changed their name in 1998 to “Initiatives of Change,” which still exists today.

Jul 14, 2018

July 2018 Bullet Points

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

  • Combined Hollywood still needs volunteers to help host an Area event this Saturday! Has your sponsor suggested service? Are you feeling squirrely and would like to get out of your head in a way that would help someone else too? We need you! You’ll also be able to sit in on a General Service orientation where you’ll learn A.A. history and trivia, and how A.A. is able to serve alcoholics who don’t even know about A.A. yet. Please see me after the meeting if you’re interested, or able to be of service - the event is this Saturday, July 21st at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Los Feliz. 

[**GSR: IF YOU'VE VOLUNTEERED AS A COMMITMENT CHAIR, LET THE GROUP MEMBERS KNOW WHAT YOU NEED - e.g.]

"Thank you to the folks who volunteered to help already – I’ll reach out to you soon to make sure you have all the details. If you would like help out, see me after the meeting.”

[OTHERWISE:]

"We need greeters, set-up people, clean-up, and help with serving food. See me after the meeting if you're interested."

Area Assembly info 8:00 AM* - 4:00 PM

*Breakfast, Fellowship, A.A. meeting & Registration from 8:00-9:00 AM

Assembly called to Order: 9:00 AM

2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027. (Ample parking in lot – entrance on Vermont.)

 

  • Service Summer Camp is October 5th – 7th! It’s going to be a weekend all about fun and service! There will be workshops, like for secretaries, live/work/service balance. There will be campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, yoga, a Saturday night talent show, Capture the Flag and more! Registration is only $135 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for both nights, all meals starting on Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, vegan and gluten-free options available, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. You can register online, where you’ll also find a bunch of details on the weekend – Go to CombinedHollywood.org and click on "Service Summer Camp.”

A.A. members can also pay with check or money order and send pre-registration form (attached) and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

https://www.combinedhollywood.org/events/service-summer-camp-in-october

 

  • Combined Hollywood Districts held a Group Inventory Training at our July meeting! District members learned and participated in this process that lays the foundation for unity and informed group conscience. We began, and will continue in the next few months, to explore our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. This serves to bring a singleness of purpose and many groups find it vital to their growth and progress - much the same way that the 4th Step inventory helps the individual. If you want more information on how this group or another group can do a group inventory, please see me after the meeting.

Multiple handouts available in Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1c9vDlN9_havqd-nrfgidQG5eue6ONcFa

 

  • At our July district meeting, we discussed Concept 10: The importance of having the authority to carry out responsibilities we’re tasked with in a service position. We heard a really good presentation from one of our district members around trusting those we’ve asked to serve us. We talked about how sometimes as alcoholics we can be defiant, but we learn in A.A. to choose our leaders with care, be clear about expectations, and then give our trusted servants the space to carry out their responsibilities that we’ve tasked them with. We can apply this in our lives too – by seeing how we can allow our loved ones with the space to follow through with things we’ve decided on together, and to be accountable in our own responsibilities whether at work, home, or in A.A. If you want more details about this Concept or what we talked about, come and see me after the meeting.

 

EVENTS:

  • LACYPAA (L.A. County Young People in A.A.) is having an event –YPAA Day 2.0 at Hurricane Harbor! More details coming soon - Tickets will be super cheap! More info coming soon, but talk to me after the meeting if you’re interested.

  • HYPAA (Hollywood Young People in A.A.) is hosting “Summer Social!” HYPAA meets Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at Las Palmas and Franklin in Hollywood and has been serving alcoholics who are getting sober young for 30 years -they’re celebrating their 30th anniversary the first week of August with a bunch of events. A potluck dinner and meeting on Friday night, a movie night on Saturday, and a picnic with music and a meeting on Sunday. Come and see me after the meeting for more info!

Flyer attached.

DON’T FORGET!

  • Our Delegate has returned from the annual General Service Conference in New York where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed. Some highlights are that based on our feedback, we will be moving forward with publishing the UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members, having a LinkedIn page, developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets will be published and available in the next couple months. I have the full report back – if you want to see that,  OR if you have an idea about a change you’d like to see, talk to me after the meeting.

Delegate’s Conference Report newsletter is attached.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

Royal Palms is located at: 360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

  • Never Had a Legal Drink meeting needs support. This meeting has served young alcoholics for many years. It has recently moved and is in need of support. It meets on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm in Silverlake. If you’re able to attend, please see me after the meeting.

1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

 

  • Cool service opportunity! Are you interested in helping reach the hand of A.A. everywhere alcoholics are? Our Los Angeles Corrections Committee needs your help for their Pre-Release Contact Program - Volunteers are needed to contact A.A. members coming out of correctional facilities! To learn more about this rewarding way to be of service, go to www.Area5Corrections.org or see me after the meeting.

Please have interested members go to Area5corrections.org

 

NATIONALLY:

  • Want to have a direct impact on A.A. literature? Please encourage Spanish-speaking women members in your area to write their personal stories for possible inclusion in the new pamphlet in development.  Manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. The author’s complete name, address and email/phone information should be included with the submission. Submissions are due by November 19, 2018 and can be emailed to Literature@aa.org  with “Spanish-speaking women in A.A.” in the subject line of the message.

Submissions can also be mailed to: Literature Coordinator, General Service Office, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

Jun 16, 2018

June 2018 Bullet Points

FROM OUR DISTRICT MEETING:

  • $7.40 on 7/04! Did you know that if every alcoholic contributed just $7.40 per year to A.A., A.A. could be completely self-supporting and not rely on literature sales to provide the services it does to each alcoholic around the world that reaches out for help? On 7/04, let's each contribute $7.40! You can mail it to the General Service Office in NY,  submit it online at AA.org, or collect it during your meeting and turn it in together.

 

  • Combined Hollywood needs volunteers to help host an Area event in July! Has your sponsor suggested service? Are you feeling squirrely and would like to get out of your head in a way that would help someone else too? We need you! You’ll also be able to sit in on a General Service orientation where you’ll learn A.A. history and trivia, and how A.A. is able to serve alcoholics who don’t even know about A.A. yet. Please see me after the meeting if you’re interested, or able to be of service - the event is Saturday, July 21st at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Los Feliz. 

**We need greeters, set-up people, clean-up, and help with serving food. Email us if you're interested.

Area Assembly info 8:00 AM* - 4:00 PM

*Breakfast, Fellowship, A.A. meeting & Registration from 8:00-9:00 AM

Assembly called to Order: 9:00 AM

2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027. (Ample parking in lot – entrance on Vermont.)

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is participating in a Group Inventory Training at our July meeting! District members will both learn and participate in this valuable process – to explore our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. This serves to bring a singleness of purpose and many groups find it vital to their growth and progress - much the same way that the 4th Step inventory helps the individual. All who wish to are encouraged to join us on Saturday, July 14th at 10:00am – coffee and donuts provided!

Sat. July 14, 2018: 10am-12pm - AT Center, 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90026

  • At our June district meeting, we discussed Tradition 9: A.A. ought never be organized. While this tradition speaks to how A.A. has no authorities dictating rules or laws, the ninth tradition can be applied in our lives as well - it assures us that once our ninth step amends have been made, we will be led to a profound place of peace that most of us have sought in our lives: divine order. That we are able to give up control or to attempt to fit everything into our limited ideas of order.

When we stop fighting the flow of the river, we won’t go into the rocks. Putting this principle behind the 9th Tradition into practice, life becomes a joy not a struggle. This does not mean that we don’t plan. Being unorganized is not being dis-organized. It means that we make long range plans but we execute them a day at a time. We don’t undertake more than we can handle, or go to the other extreme and avoid responsibilities in life. We are able to “go with the flow.”

  • Combined Hollywood District members took a membership survey to see how well we’re doing. While it is true that General Service is viewed and experienced as more “big picture” and includes meetings that are “business-y” in nature, and while General Service may, like the A.A. meetings we attend, have strong personalities, most GSRs and district members find General Service to be rewarding and meaningful to their personal growth and recovery. Participation in General Service has been found to build confidence to serve as a resource for their groups and group members – through study of traditions, how A.A. survives for those who haven’t made it yet, how to be of service in really unique ways, and how to apply principles in their personal lives and at the group level. If you have questions or would like to get involved in General Service (Corrections work, working with Professionals in the community around how A.A. can help alcoholics, developing literature, talking to schools or treatment centers, writing letters to inmates, etc.), please join us at the Area Assembly on July 21st (Our Mother of Good Counsel Church) – starts at 9am.

  • We talked more about Safety at our June district meeting. One of the things mentioned is that it’s everyone’s responsibility to maintain safety in our groups – we can do this by have regular discussions during our group business meeting, which can be a strengthening and unifying process and make us prepared to handle situations before they come up. We discussed bullying, and wondered if we would know it if we saw it.

Here are some things our groups and GSRs have done to promote safety: added wording from the yellow card on safety to meeting format (available at AA.org and on our district Google Drive); added “Any Safety Issues?” as a topic to regular business meeting format; Home group members have made themselves available to those who may be uncomfortable to bring it up; taking group inventory, including asking about safety issues (physical, emotional, bullying, crosstalk, location-oriented such as lighting). Do you have ideas? What has your group done and has it been effective? Email us!

DON’T FORGET!

  • Our Delegate has returned from the annual General Service Conference in  New York where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed. Some highlights are that based on our feedback, we will be moving forward with publishing the UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members, having a LinkedIn page, developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets will be published and available in the next couple months. I have the full report back – if you want to see that,  OR if you have an idea about a change you’d like to see, talk to your group’s GSR, or email us.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

  • Service Summer Camp is October 5th – 7th! It’s going to be a weekend all about fun and service! There will be all sorts of workshops, like for secretaries, live/work/service balance. There will be campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, nature walks, a Saturday night talent show, Capture the Flag and more! Registration is only $135 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for both nights, all meals starting on Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. You can NOW register online, where you’ll also find a bunch of details on the weekend – Go to CombinedHollywood.org and click on "Service Summer Camp.”

A.A. members can also pay with check or money order and send pre-registration form (attached) and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

https://www.combinedhollywood.org/events/service-summer-camp-in-october

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Royal Palms has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Royal Palms members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you are able to attend a Royal Palms meeting, please do! It’s located at:  360 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, 90057

Mtg days/times: Mon 8pm; Tue 8:30pm; Thu 8:30pm; Fri 8:30pm;  Sat 8pm; Sun 7am, 12pm, 8:30pm.

  • Never Had a Legal Drink meeting needs support. This meeting has served young alcoholics for many years. It has recently moved and is in need of support. It meets on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm in Silverlake. If you’re able to attend, please do! It’s located at:  1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:

  • When Ebby Thacher visited Bill W. at his New York apartment and told him "he had got religion," Wilson's heart sank. Until then, Wilson had struggled with the existence of God, but of his meeting with Thacher he wrote: "My friend suggested what then seemed a novel idea. He said, 'Why don't you choose your own conception of God?' That statement hit me hard. It melted the icy intellectual mountain in whose shadow I had lived and shivered many years. I stood in the sunlight at last."

 Wilson excitedly told his wife Lois about his spiritual progress, yet the next day he drank again and a few days later readmitted himself to Towns Hospital for the fourth and last time. While at Towns Hospital under Silkworth's care, Wilson was administered a drug cure known as the Belladonna Cure, a deliriant that causes hallucinations. It was while undergoing this treatment that Wilson experienced his "white light" spiritual conversion.

May 19, 2018

May 2018 Bullet Points

FROM THE DISTRICT:

  • Our Delegate has returned from the annual General Service Conference in  New York where he communicated our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed. Some highlights are that based on our feedback, we will be moving forward with publishing the UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members, having a LinkedIn page, developing a pamphlet for Spanish speaking women, and the pamphlet geared toward members with mental health issues, as well as revised A.A. For the Woman and LGBTQ pamphlets will be published and available in the next couple months. I have the full report back – if you want to see that,  OR if you have an idea about a change you’d like to see, talk to me after the meeting.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

  • Skid Row Drifters found a new meeting space! This group has served for almost 40 years bringing much-needed recovery to skid row. They met for many years in Gladys Park and have been dark for the past several months looking for a new meeting space. They will now be meeting indoors at Midnight Mission and have nightly meetings at 7:30pm. If you are willing and available to serve at any of those meetings, please see me after the meeting and I’ll connect you with someone from Skid Row Drifters.

Email Danielle at Alternate_DCMC@aascaa.org for more info. Midnight Mission is located at:  601 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

  • There have been a lot of conversations about A.A. contributions in the digital age. Just like Combined Hollywood Districts, our Area will also be accepting contributions online on their website! We have been discussing the importance of accessibility and have had many discussions around the importance of security and making sure that payment processing is compliant with traditions and nonprofit requirements. I’ll let you know when it’s available – probably next month. There are also a bunch of meetings that are trying to figure out ways to increase their meeting contributions. Some groups are using Venmo to receive donations since so many folks don’t carry cash anymore. Fact sheet & Frequently Asked Questions that a group in San Francisco created when they did a bunch of research about this are available – including looking at the Traditions, pros and cons.

Area 05 website: Area05AA.org

  • Service Summer Camp is October 5th – 7th! It’s going to be a weekend all about fun and service! There will be all sorts of workshops, like for secretaries, live/work/service balance. There will be campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, nature walks, a Saturday night talent show, Capture the Flag and more! Early Bird Registration is $125 until June 23rd when it goes up to $135. Registration includes dorm-style cabin lodging for both nights, all meals starting on Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. You can NOW register online, where you’ll also find a bunch of details on the weekend – Go to CombinedHollywood.org and click on "Service Summer Camp.”

A.A. members can also pay with check or money order and send pre-registration form (attached) and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

https://www.combinedhollywood.org/events/service-summer-camp-in-october

AROUND L.A.

  • ​ LACYPAA – LA Young People in A.A. is having their annual YPAA Day at Magic Mountain on Saturday June 3rd – spend a day taking over Six Flags – lunch is included - picnic is from 2:30-4:30 and meeting from 5-6pm. Flyers are available - come and see me after the meeting for more info.

 A.A. AT LARGE:

  • Our Area Grapevine committee reached out to Folsom Prison and Soledad Prison to see how they can better assist the incarcerated alcoholic – among many other suggestions, both prisons also agreed to receive and maintain subscriptions to the Grapevine and La Vina so that those who are sober or may want to get sober can get the A.A. message.  This is a big deal since prison officials have not traditionally been receptive to requests or proposals like this. Our Area Corrections chair had a similar experience – he oversees the Corrections Correspondence program in L.A. and recently received a letter from an inmate requesting information on how to start a meeting in his prison since he has been sober and still has several years on his sentence. If you’d like to get involved in Grapevine or Corrections work, please talk to me after the meeting – it’s really a powerful way to serve A.A.

Please encourage interested individuals to email: Jesus – Grapevine@aascaa.org; Miguel – Corrections@aascaa.org (or go to Area5Corrections.org to sign up for Corrections Correspondence, Pre-Release Contact Program, or Metro 1-on-1.)

 

  • $7.40 on 7/04! Did you know that if every alcoholic contributed just $7.40 per year to A.A., A.A. could be completely self-supporting and not rely on literature sales to provide the services it does to each alcoholic around the world that reaches out for help? On 7/04, let's each contribute $7.40! You can mail it to the General Service Office in NY,  submit it online at AA.org, or we can collect it here and turn it in together...

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Bimini House has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Bimini members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you would like to attend a Bimini House meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

Bimini House is located at: 155 S. Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004

Mtgs are: Tue 6:30p.m.; Tue & Thu - Sun at 8:00p.m.; Wed 1:00p.m.; Sun 1:30p.m.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

·         The Big Book has been translated into over 67 languages, with one just completed in Twi by three A.A. members in Ghana - the three women then coordinated a mass sewing circle with volunteers who hand-binded leather covers onto the newly created books. Translations of the Big Book alone present particular challenges for each country. The concept of higher-power, for example. Translation is an art, not a science, so sensitivity to maintaining the integrity of the original English as well as the vernacular of the local Fellowship must be bridged. The Fellowship of Goa, India, is working on a version in the style of a drama, which is the traditional form for communicating material of spiritual depth in the Konkani language. Both Zulu and Navajo translations are available in audio form as these are spoken languages.

Apr 21, 2018

April 2018 Bullet Points

FROM THE DISTRICT:

  • At this month’s district meeting, we discussed Concept 9 which deals with Leadership in A.A. Most of us come in to A.A. having a hard time with authority or being “told” what to do – A.A. leadership is different in that we lead by example. But we also discussed that good leaders in A.A. have to have the ability to see down the road, to have vision when discussing issues or when group members make proposals. This means that we have to learn the balance between living “one day at a time” in our recovery and the prudence of vision and planning for success. We also learned about the challenge of not becoming “order-takers,” taking tough stands, compromise, and accepting criticism. If you have questions or want to hear about what Bill W. has to say about leadership, contact us.  

Bill W.’s essay: “Leadership – An Ever Vital Need” can be found here.

 

  • District 9 has split in two! The reason General Service exists is to make sure that the alcoholic who hasn’t found A.A. yet is able to learn about it where they are – whether that’s in jail, at their doctor’s office, at work, at a VA, in a homeless shelter. General Service also allows communication between groups to help each other deal with group issues – like safety issues or what to do when a treasurer runs off with all the money. Having contact with the district allows that sharing to happen. It also allows groups that don’t have GSRs a chance to ask for needed help or resources. But in District 9, there have been too many meetings for the DCM and their alternate to get to, with many of those meetings in Skid Row, a place where there are tons of ways we could be of service. We voted to split the district into two – District 9 north & south so that we can have a total of 4 people reaching out to or assisting meetings. We’re not sure if this will alleviate the problem, but we feel like it’s a solution worth trying. If you have questions about this or how it might affect you or your group, please contact us.

 

  • There have been a lot of conversations about groups accepting online 7th Tradition contributions. Combined Hollywood Districts will soon be accepting contributions online on our website with PayPal! We have been discussing the importance of accessibility and have had many discussions around the importance of security and making sure that payment processing is compliant with traditions and nonprofit requirements. I’ll let you know when it’s available – probably next month. There are also a bunch of meetings that are trying to figure out ways to increase their meeting contributions. Some groups are using Venmo to receive donations since so many folks don’t carry cash anymore. Fact sheet & Frequently Asked Questions that a group in San Francisco created when they did a bunch of research about this are available here – looking at the Traditions, pros and cons.

 

  • LACYPAA – LA Young People in A.A. is having their 5th Annual Meeting & Moustache Ball on Saturday May 12th – meeting is at 8pm and dance starts at 9:30pm.

Event will be held at: SHARE! Culver City, 6666 Green Valley Cir., Culver City 90230.

 

  • Service Summer Camp is October 5th – 7th! It’s going to be a weekend all about fun and service! There will be all sorts of workshops, like for secretaries, how to work the traditions with sponsees. There will be campfires, music, morning meditations, meetings, a field-games tournament, nature walks, a Saturday night talent show, Capture the Flag and more! Pre-Registration is $125 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for both nights, all meals starting on Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. You can NOW register online, where you’ll also find a bunch of details on the weekend – click on "Service Summer Camp.”

A.A. members can also pay with check or money order and send pre-registration form (attached) and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

 

  • Our Delegate has been in New York communicating our feedback from all those questionnaires we discussed – we’ll find out in May whether we’ll be moving forward with publishing the UK’s “God Word” pamphlet for atheists & agnostic members, having a LinkedIn page, whether A.A. will have a 5th edition of the Big Book with the preamble, Responsibility Statement in it, and whether we’ll be creating a new 12 and 12 that includes a study of the Concepts too. If you were part of a group discussion here, showed up at the workshop with the Delegate, or submitted responses online, your voice was heard and was part of the collective conscience of all of A.A. If you didn’t participate or know about it, talk to your homegroup’s GSR – OR if you have an idea about a change you’d like to see, contact us.

If someone would like to make a change to A.A. literature, or a policy in A.A., they can: Send an email on www.aa.org, or contact us for more on the proposal process.

 

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  • Skid Row Drifters is looking for meeting space! This group has served for almost 40 years bringing much-needed recovery to skid row. After all this time, they are no longer able to meet in Gladys park, a place where many vulnerable alcoholics have come to find respite. Right now, the meetings have gone "dark" as Drifters panel leaders search the area for a new home. If you know of a location in the skid row area that may be available, please contact us.

DID YOU KNOW?

ONE voice can have a ripple effect. What begins as a conversation after a meeting can change A.A. Here’s an example. Our Area 05 secretary, Zoraida R., a Spanish-speaking woman concerned and disheartened by the specific cultural challenges Spanish-speaking women face in finding or staying in A.A., discussed this with others. Here’s what she says:

In December 2015, the need to reach the remote community of Spanish Speaking women alcoholics was realized by members in Area 05.  As a result, the first Hispanic Women’s Workshop in California was held on December 3rd 2016 and hosted by areas 05, 07, 08, 09, and 93.  70 Spanish speaking women from different parts of California, Colorado, Arizona, Mexico and Panama attended.  They ranged from 46 years of sobriety to just a few days.  The workshop focused on spiritual principles, sponsorship, service, sisterhood, and safety. Some women reported that they had never been in a room with more than a couple of alcoholic women at any given time.

In April 2017, there were only 4 Spanish Speaking Women’s meetings registered with the General Service Office in all of California… a state with a population of 40 million people.  Since then, we’ve started 5 more meetings in Area 05 alone.  One in Claremont, Temple City, La Puente, West Hollywood, and Whittier. 

Since then, meetings have sprung up in San Bernardino, Van Nuys, Santa Maria and Coachella, Las Vegas, & Connecticut.

In December 2017, we held our 2nd Hispanic Women’s Workshop with participation from Areas 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 42, 93, Baja California Norte, the AA Grapevine Board, and the AA General Service Board.  This time we hosted 180 women, including women in Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, and Venezuela who joined us via Skype and gathered in their homes to participate in our roundtables and report backs. 

Our workshop was featured in the Holiday Issue of Box 459.  The current DCMC of Manhattan was so moved by the article and need to reach out to Spanish women alcoholics in his districts that he contacted us to learn more. Now, their Area, South East New York, will be having their first Hispanic Women’s Workshop on May 5th. 

On May 9th, we were invited to speak at the American Psychiatric Association 2018 Annual Meeting at Javits Center in New York City and asked to share about our outreach efforts to Spanish speaking women alcoholics.

At the General Service Conference this year an agenda item will be considered to create a new pamphlet for the Spanish speaking woman alcoholic. 

How will your voice be heard? How will you share what you’ve found or experienced?

Mar 17, 2018

March 2018 Bullet Points

FROM THE DISTRICT:

 

·         Combined Hollywood Districts is hosting - "BRUNCH of Drunks" Pancake Brunch! Come out Saturday March 24th from 12:30-2pm for a FREE gratitude brunch and speaker discussion meeting to celebrate YOU - members of Combined Hollywood districts. Gluten free and vegan options will be available! Brunch starts at 12:30, meeting starts at 1pm. It’ll be at Hollywood Lutheran, where the New Hope meeting is – the parking lot will be available. Please help me out by announcing this at your meetings! See "events" for flyer and more info.

Brunch details: Sat March 24th, 2018, brunch at 12:30, meeting starts at 1:00pm.

Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles 90027. Parking available in the lot, street parking, and parking in Barnsdall Park.

 

·         In our District meeting, we talked more about leading business meetings, and the group conscience process. One of the things mentioned is how important it is that everyone have a chance to weigh in on decisions that might affect them or people coming into A.A. One of those is to adapt the pamphlet “The God Word” that the U.K. has for members who are atheists or agnostics since many of those who wanted the pamphlet we created (“Many Paths to Spirituality”) don’t feel like it accurately represents experiences of atheists or agnostics. They’re also talking about changes to the Big Book, and creating a different 12 & 12 – it’ll include the 12 Concepts as well. Are you on Linked-In? We might create a LinkedIn page for A.A. If you’d like to look at the full agenda, and if you’d like to weigh in on anything in the agenda, you can review the questionnaires here. Feedback will be needed by April 17th, so schedule business/group conscience meetings NOW.

 

There is a Pre-Conference workshop April 7th & 8th where our entire Area (all of LA County) will get together to discuss these items - we’ll hear presentations with arguments for and against, and have roundtable discussions. That’ll be where our voices get heard by the delegate. They’re urging all group members to participate, so contact us if you would like to carpool or for more info.

 AND - Service Summer Camp registration will be given to the District with the most group members!

Sat. April 7th & Sun. April 8th, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rosemead Community Recreation Center, 3936 Muscatel Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

 

·         At this month’s district meeting, we discussed Tradition 8 – that we serve “for fun & for free.” There are no dues or fees required to become sober or to take the steps with a sponsor. This allows those in service to “freely give” what we have found in A.A. to anyone who reaches out – regardless of how much money is in their pocket. One district member mentioned that with money – the customer is always right” – Tradition 8 maintains humility and gives us a way to show our gratitude. Please see me after the meeting if you want to learn more.  

 

·         Combined Hollywood ALSO presents: Service Summer Camp...in October! We're having a weekend of service-related workshops, sharing sessions and panels - want to have a deeper connection to our third legacy AND have a weekend-long Capture the Flag challenge? Come to Service Summer Camp in Idyllwild! ! There will be campfires, music, ghost stories, morning meditation, A.A. meetings, team field-day tournament, nature walks, a talent show, and more! Pre-Registration is $125 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for 2 nights, all meals beginning Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. Service Summer Camp is October 5-7th, 2018, but slots are filling up very quickly. I recommend early-bird registration, which ends May 20th. Regular registration after that time will increase.  If you want more info, or to pre-register, see me after the meeting.

Download our pre-reg flyer here. Regular flyer coming soon! A.A. members can pay with check or money order. Please send pre-registration form and payment to address on registration form. A lot of information is available under "events." Sorry, no children under 18.

 

AROUND LOS ANGELES:

  • LACYPAA (LA County Young People in AA) is having a 3-on-3 Basketball Games tournament Saturday March 31st in Santa Monica! There will be a meeting in the park at 9:00am and the tournament starts at 10:30am. Create your own team or join one when you get there. And you don’t have to play, either – come out with friends and make new ones too. Talk to me after the meeting if you want to participate, or for more info.

     

    Marine Park, 1406 Marine St., Santa Monica

    Suggested donation - $20 – Pre-register by sending email to LACYPAAevents2018@gmail.com.

     

·         Cool service opportunity! Are you interested in helping reach the hand of A.A. everywhere alcoholics are? Our Los Angeles Corrections Committee needs your help for their Pre-Release Contact Program - Volunteers are needed to contact A.A. members coming out of correctional facilities! To learn more about this rewarding way to be of service, go to www.Area5Corrections.org

 

·         There’s a new Spanish-speaking women’s meeting in West L.A. on Thursdays at 8:00pm at the West Hollywood Recovery Center! Not many monolingual Spanish-speaking women are able to find sobriety, even in Los Angeles - Spanish-speaking meetings are largely attended by men, leaving sponsorship and fellowship difficult for alcoholic Spanish-speaking women. If you know any Spanish-speaking women, please let them know and announce at the meetings you attend. Also, Shakers club in Glendale would like to make their space available to host a Spanish-speaking women’s meeting there, so if you know a woman who might be interested in starting one there, or if you’d like a full list of Spanish-speaking meetings in L.A., please see me after the meeting.

West Hollywood: W.Hwd Recovery Center, 626 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069;

Temple City: Saturdays at 3:00PM at Cheers Alano Club - 5934 Temple City Blvd. 91780.

Claremont: Not sure of exact address.

Women who would like to learn more, please contact us.

 

AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

 

·         Are you a writer? Or do you have a story you'd like to share? The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in a magazine." You can write about anything on your mind, or, submit a story on a special topic - upcoming topics include: 

AA in the Workplace (stories due April 5, 2018)
How do the tools of AA help you navigate day to day on your job? Give examples. How different are you now at your job than when you were drinking? What’s it like to be a worker among workers? Please share your experiences.

How to submit a story to Grapevine:
You can submit 300 - 1500 word articles (3) ways:  
• Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
• Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
• or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine 

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

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 The 2017 A.A. Zhengzhou Convention took place over three days in October 2017 in the city of Zhengzhou, in China’s central Henan Province. The convention was held in a large conference room on the fifth floor of Zhengzhou No. 9 People’s Hospital, a mental institution. This meant that every window the attendees looked out of was barred. Yet “people came from all over the coun­try,” says Alex L., one of the organizers. “Some traveled 24 hours on slow trains just to be there.”

This isn’t unusual, Alex adds. Though China is home to 1.43 billion people, there are perhaps 300-400 sober in A.A.“There are people who live in cities without A.A. who travel hundreds of miles just to get to a meeting, let alone a convention. It just shows you how much they want Alcoholics Anonymous.”       

 “The Chinese community keeps a list of meeting places and times that are known to us. That list has about 30 locations in the whole of China, including English-language ex-pat meetings. Beijing has four meetings. Shanghai has two or three. Everywhere else, it’s hit or miss.”

 Although there had been English-language A.A. meetings in China for years, A.A. wasn’t really introduced to the country until 2000, when American addiction specialist Dr. David Powell, with the assistance of the U.S./Canada General Service Office, invited four Chinese doctors to act as observers at the International Convention in Minneapolis. Convinced that the program could work for the Chinese, they brought it back to their

 country. On July 25, 2000, the first official meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in China in Mandarin occurred. (Sober 17 years, Mr. C., Chinese A.A. Number One, would attend the Zhengzhou Convention.)

To see the full article at Box 4-5-9, go here: https://www.aa.org/newsletters/en_US/en_box459_spring18.pdf

Feb 17, 2018

February 2018 Bullet Points

FROM THE DISTRICT:

  • At this month’s district meeting, we discussed Concept 7 – that the “Power of the Purse” is given to groups – that it is up to the collective conscience of our fellowship to determine the services and literature that we want. But we can only exercise this power if we get involved by having our voice heard through a group representative. If you attend a group that doesn’t have a G.S.R., you can let them know that decisions that affect A.A., and around how A.A. uses its money, are ultimately up to the groups themselves. Speak with your General Service Representative, email us, or attend a monthly district meeting to learn more.

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is hosting - "BRUNCH of Drunks" Pancake Brunch! Come out Saturday March 24th from 12:30-2pm for a gratitude brunch and speaker discussion meeting to celebrate YOU - members of Combined Hollywood districts. Gluten free options will be available! Brunch starts at 12:30, meeting starts at 1pm. It’ll be at Hollywood Lutheran, where the New Hope meeting is – the parking lot will be available. Help us out by announcing this at your meetings - click here for more info!

Brunch details: Sat March 24th, 2018, brunch at 12:30, meeting starts at 1:00pm.

Hollywood Lutheran Church, 1733 N. New Hampshire Ave., Los Angeles 90027

  • We had an initial training about the group conscience process, especially in how we find out how groups feel about things going on in A.A. as a whole. One of the things mentioned is how important it is that everyone have a chance to weigh in on decisions that might affect them or people coming into A.A. On that note, every year there’s a conference in New York where A.A. needs our input on things that might affect us. I have the full list of those items and I’d like to get your input so I can make sure your voice is heard. One of those is to adapt the pamphlet “The God Word” that the U.K. has for members who are atheists or agnostics since many of those who wanted the pamphlet we created (“Many Paths to Spirituality”) don’t feel like it accurately represents experiences of atheists or agnostics. They’re also talking about creating a different 12 & 12 – it’ll include the 12 Concepts as well. If you’d like to look at the full agenda, and if you’d like to weigh in on anything in the agenda, I’ll make sure to email it to you or bring some hard copies to put on the literature table. Feedback will be needed by the beginning of April, so I’d love to have a business meeting to talk about all of this and get your input in March. Speak with your General Service Representative or email us if you have any questions on agenda items, or if you or your group would like a training on to lead an informed group conscience.

Find the most recent version of the General Service Conference agenda and the questionnaires with background information on the items of particular interest to our delegate here.

  • There was a safety workshop a couple weeks ago hosted by District 3 in Pasadena. A police officer and A.A. member talked about A.A. and the law – including that if it is against the law outside of A.A., it’s also against the law in meetings – making threats, threatening behavior, and sexual assault, including unwanted touching are all illegal; he talked about how each group should decide ahead of time under which circumstances they will call the police and who will do that during an emergency. Another presenter discussed the importance of intervening in issues of safety immediately or as soon as safely possible – that inaction can lead to continued or worsening problems. She also discussed traditions and concepts that support the group in taking action to protect its members – including that while “love & tolerance of others is our code,” our common welfare comes first. That if something happens in A.A., it IS an A.A. issue. The point made repeatedly was that groups should talk NOW about safety issues – such as by having a business meeting, that waiting until a safety issue emerges can make it really difficult to address. I can forward you literature if you want, and I’d love to talk about safety at our next business meeting. Speak with your General Service Representative, email us, or attend a monthly district meeting to learn more.

Combined Hollywood Districts has the following in our Google Drive under "Safety":

The revised “A.A. Group” pamphlet, now including wording on safety;

The new yellow Safety card;

A.A. Service Material on Safety;

“Sponsorship” pamphlet.

  • Combined Hollywood ALSO presents: Service Summer Camp...in October! We're having a weekend of service-related workshops, sharing sessions and panels - want to have a deeper connection to our third legacy AND have a weekend-long Capture the Flag challenge? Come to Service Summer Camp in Idyllwild! ! There will be campfires, music, ghost stories, morning meditation, A.A. meetings, team field-day tournament, nature walks, a talent show, and more! Pre-Registration is $115 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for 2 nights, all meals beginning Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. Service Summer Camp is October 5-7th, 2018, but slots are filling up very quickly. I recommend pre-registration, which ends February 25th. Regular registration after that time will increase.  If you want more info, or to pre-register, click here.

A.A. members can pay with check or money order. Please send pre-registration form and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18.

AROUND LOS ANGELES:

  • Cool service opportunity! Are you interested in helping reach the hand of A.A. everywhere alcoholics are? Our Los Angeles Corrections Committee needs your help for their Pre-Release Contact Program - Volunteers are needed to contact A.A. members coming out of correctional facilities! To learn more about this rewarding way to be of service, go to www.Area5Corrections.org, speak with your General Service Representative, email us, or attend a monthly district meeting.

 

  • There’s a new Spanish-speaking women’s meeting in West L.A. on Thursdays at 8:00pm at the West Hollywood Recovery Center! Not many monolingual Spanish-speaking women are able to find sobriety, even in Los Angeles - Spanish-speaking meetings are largely attended by men, leaving sponsorship and fellowship difficult for alcoholic Spanish-speaking women. If you know any Spanish-speaking women, please let them know and announce at the meetings you attend. Also, Shakers club in Glendale would like to make their space available to host a Spanish-speaking women’s meeting there, so if you know a woman who might be interested in starting one there, or if you’d like a full list of Spanish-speaking meetings in L.A., speak with your General Service Representative, or email Zoraida at secretary@aascaa.org.

West Hollywood: W.Hwd Recovery Center, 626 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069;

Temple City: Saturdays at 3:00PM at Cheers Alano Club - 5934 Temple City Blvd. 91780.

Claremont: (Not sure of exact address.)

AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL:

  • Are you a writer? Or do you have a story you'd like to share? The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in a magazine." You can write about anything on your mind, or, submit a story on a special topic - upcoming topics include: 

Young & Sober (stories due March 5, 2018)
Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? Grapevine is looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s and 30s. Also, ICYPAA celebrates 60 years! Do you go to young people’s AA conferences? How have they helped you? Share your experience.

AA in the Workplace (stories due April 5, 2018)
How do the tools of AA help you navigate day to day on your job? Give examples. How different are you now at your job than when you were drinking? What’s it like to be a worker among workers? Please share your experiences.

How to submit a story to Grapevine:
You can submit 300 - 1500 word articles (3) ways:  
• Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
• Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
• or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • Passing the Digital Basket is becoming more popular and accessible. A group in San Francisco looked extensively into the idea of online contributions and created a user guide for any group who has the interest or desire to implement a digital contributions solution at their meeting. I guides potential users through the pros and cons of six different platforms (including Venmo, Paypal, Square Cash), as well as answering questions regarding anonymity or hacking concerns. In an age where more and more A.A. members don’t carry cash, and the cost of living has made self-support vital to the continuation of A.A., many groups are considering if they should implement digital contributions in their meeting. You can find the guide created by the San Francisco A.A. group at www.aasf.org/digitalcontributions.

To see the full article at Box 4-5-9, go here: https://www.aa.org/newsletters/en_US/en_box459_holiday17.pdf

Jan 13, 2018

January 2018 Bullet Points

  • At this month's district meeting, we discussed our 7th Tradition around self-support. Members celebrate sobriety by giving time, energy and money in support of our Twelfth Step - carrying the message. You may not think that $2, 3 or $5 dollars you give goes far, but consider this: As a direct result of your contributions in the basket, your meeting can keep its doors open for that next suffering alcoholic to find a new way of life; as a result of your meeting sending contributions to the Area & District, workshops and service-related events are created to help each group grow; and your group's contribution to GSO funded the translation of the Big Book into Swahili which was then brought to an alcoholic living in a small village in Tanzania where there is still an underground meeting to this day. Our seventh tradition is a spiritual act and an opportunity to practice humility and gratitude. Please consider contributing generously next time the basket comes around.

  • Combined Hollywood Districts is Co-Hosting a Safety Workshop! There will be a panel of speakers discussing A.A. and the Law - what is legal versus illegal, what you can do, how traditions inform how we handle safety issues, myths and misconceptions about A.A. and traditions that can impact how we deal with safety issues, and ways to safeguard your meeting. There will be free breakfast & safety literature, roundtable discussions, and an "Ask-it Basket" Q & A. Volunteers are needed too - let us know if you have questions, would like to volunteer, or want to carpool!

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 997 E. Walnut Ave., Pasadena, 91106

Hosted by District 3 with participation from Combined Hollywood Districts!

Here's a link to the new Safety card for meetings:

https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/f-211_SafetyCardforAAGroups.pd

  • "BRUNCH of Drunks" Pancake Brunch will be Saturday March 24th from 12:30-2pm! Join us for a gratitude brunch to celebrate you - members of Combined Hollywood districts and for a speaker discussion meeting.  gluten free options available. Brunch starts at 12:30, meeting starts at 1pm. location info and flyers on our Events page. If you'd like to volunteer at this event, please speak with your meeting's GSR or email us!

  • Are you a meeting secretary or chairperson? Were you thrown into having to lead your meeting's business meeting or group conscience and felt...overwhelmed or wished, "there should be training on this!" Well, at our next District meeting, we'll be learning about how to lead a group conscience and business meetings. Anyone interested can attend - District meetings are open to everyone and we'd love for you to join us - there will be free donuts and coffee too!

Next meeting: Saturday February 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

AT Center - 1773 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026

  • Service Summer cAAmp! We're having a weekend of service-related workshops, sharing sessions and panels - want to have a deeper connection to our third legacy AND have a weekend-long Capture the Flag challenge? Come to Service Summer Camp in Idyllwild! ! There will be campfires, music, ghost stories, morning meditation, A.A. meetings, team field-day tournament, nature walks, a talent show, and more! Pre-Registration is $115 and includes dorm-style cabin lodging for 2 nights, all meals beginning Friday night through Sunday morning breakfast, coffee for the whole weekend, and all activities. Service Summer Camp is October 5-7th, 2018, but slots are filling up very quickly. We recommend pre-registration, which ends February 25th. Regular registration after that time will increase.  For detailed information on the weekend, or to pre-register, see our "Events" page.

A.A. members can pay with check or money order. Please send pre-registration form and payment to address on registration form. Sorry, no children under 18 or pets.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

  •  Know any monolingual Spanish-speaking women? Not many monolingual Spanish-speaking women are able to find sobriety, even in Los Angeles - Spanish-speaking meetings are largely attended by men, leaving sponsorship and fellowship difficult for alcoholic Spanish-speaking women. Last month our Area hosted the 2nd annual Spanish-speaking women's workshop where women as far away as Chile and Guatamala participated! As of a few months ago, there were only 4 Spanish-speaking women's meetings in ALL of California. There are now THREE Spanish-speaking women's meetings available in the LA area! One in Temple City, one in Claremont, and one more in Hollywood just started! If you'd like more information on meeting times and locations, email Zoraida, Area Secretary: Secretary@aascaa.org.

  • Skid Row Drifters is looking for meeting space! This group has served  for almost 40 years bringing much-needed recovery to skid row. After all this time, they are no longer able to meet in Gladys park, a place where many vulnerable alcoholics have come to find respite. Right now, the meetings have gone "dark" as Drifters panel leaders search the area for a new home. If you know of a location in the skid row area that may be available, please email us at CombinedHollywood@gmail.com.

  •  Bimini House has served alcoholics for many years. However, meeting attendance by those with time - especially women - has been decreasing, leaving Bimini members with less access to long-term sobriety. If you would like to attend a Bimini House meeting, please see me after the meeting for a list of days and times.

Bimini House is located at: 155 S. Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004

Mtgs are: Tue 6:30p.m.; Tue & Thu - Sun at 8:00p.m.; Wed 1:00p.m.; Sun 1:30p.m.

AT THE AREA & NATIONAL LEVEL:

  • Our Southern California Area 5 is hosting this year's 4-Area DCM Sharing Session. This event is a half-day of roundtable sharing sessions on service-related topics with participants from all of Southern California - up to Bakersfield, over to Nevada, and down past San Diego. You don't have to be a District Committee Member to participate - in fact, everyone is encouraged to attend and volunteers are needed to assist on the day of the event. If you would like to attend or volunteer, or if you have questions, see our Events page or email us.

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Breakfast & registration at 8:00 a.m.

3936 North Muscatel Ave., Rosemead, CA  91770

 

  • Are you a writer? Or do you have a story you'd like to share? The A.A. Grapevine is always looking for letters and stories to include in A.A.'s "meeting in a magazine." You can write about anything on your mind, or, submit a story on a special topic - upcoming topics include: 

    • Carry the Message  (stories due Feb. 5, 2018)
      What are the ways you (or your group) use Grapevine and La Vina to reach alcoholics in treatment centers, jails and prisons, doctor’s offices or to homebound members? How do you use the Grapevine website or Story Archive to help carry the message? What ways do you use Grapevine in your home group or area? What kind of service helps you most? Let us know!

      Young & Sober (ICYPAA turns 60!) (stories due March 5, 2018)
      Did you come into AA at an early age? What was that like? We’re looking for stories by people who got sober in their teens, 20s and 30s. Also, ICYPAA celebrates 60 years! Do you go to young people’s AA conferences? How have they helped you? Share your experience.

      IF REQUESTED - How to submit a story to Grapevine:
      You can submit 300 - 1500 word articles (3) ways:  
      • Mail to: Editorial Department, A.A. Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
      • Send via email to GVeditorial@AA Grapevine.org
      • or Upload via the A.A. Grapevine website.

      You can find more info and a link to the upload form here: http://www.aagrapevine.org/guidelines-contributing-grapevine

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

 

"Crosstalk" means different things at different meetings. A.A. has often been referred to as a "benign anarchy." a waold in which autonomy from group to group can seem like an invitation to chaos. Yet, unruly as some group appear, when guided by the need for unity that underlies all A.A. activites and rshaped by the recognition that the Fellowship is built on the connection that happens when one alcoholic shares his or her experience with another, a kind of order takes hold of almost every Aa.A. meeting. "We alcoholics see that we must work together and hang together, else most of us will finally die alone."

One thing many groups have discovered can test that unity is crosstalk - sharing that is often considered intrusive and disruptive. Some groups define any comments, negative or positive, about another person's sharing beyone "thank you for your share" as crosstalk or interference. Some outline it as engaging directly in coversation with another alcohoic during the meeting, or providing commentary on someone's share. 

What is your understanding of "crosstalk?" Your group's?

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