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:
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