Thank you all for serving

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July 2018

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District 23
PO Box 27783
Ralston, NE 68127-0783
c/o Kathy G.
Area 41 Treasurer
Nick K.
16758 Arcadia
Omaha, NE 68116
Central Office
4901 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68132
General Service Office
Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163


7:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m. (April 5, 2018)
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

Sponsorship and Service Workshop Event is May 5.
Planning meetings are:
Sunday, April 15 11:30 a.m. Chapter VI
Sunday, April 29 11:30 a.m. Chapter VI

July 22, 2018

Aug 6-12

AREA 41 2018
July 21-22; October 13-14
Ramada Columbus Hotel and Conference Center 265 33rd Ave Columbus, NE 68601

Yours in Service

DCM Warren W. 402-990-8586
Alt. DCM Cliff V. 402-659-5466
Secretary Janine J 402-677-4978
Treasurer Janine J 402-689-7734
Newsletter Marilyn C 402-690-0448
Central Office Julie F 402-651-3276
Archives Craig
Events Lori B. and Kyle K. 402-616-0111
CPC/PI Michele B.
Institutions/BTG Jim R.
Grapevine Greg B. 402-740-3088
Hotline Judd D. 402-659-0253
Webmaster Geri S. D23NE.ORG
Mini-Workshop: Kathy O’K 402-498-9870


July the 7th Month

Step 7:  Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Every person has character defects, whether they come in the form of impatience, anger, apathy, criticism or negativity. The recovering alcoholic is not strong enough to eliminate these defects on their own, so they ask their higher power to do so. 

Tradition 7:  Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions

Traditions Checklist   12 step.com

  1. Honestly now, do I do all I can to help AA (my group, my central office, my GSO) remain self-supporting? Could I put a little more into the basket on behalf of the new guy who can’t afford it yet? How generous was I when tanked in a barroom?
    2. Should the Grapevine sell advertising space to book publishers and drug companies, so it could make a big profit and become a bigger magazine, in full color, at a cheaper price per copy?
    3. If GSO runs short of funds some year, wouldn’t it be okay to let the government subsidize AA groups in hospitals and prisons?
    4. Is it more important to get a big AA collection from a few people, or a smaller collection in which more members participate?
    5. Is a group treasurer’s report unimportant AA business? How does the treasurer feel about it?
    6. How important in my recovery is the feeling of self-respect, rather than the feeling of being always under obligation for charity received?

Concept 7: The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness.

Let us prepare for the study of the seventh concept of service by examining the talents we are using to be of service in AA, at home and at work.

  1. Are we serving to our full capabilities?
  2. Have I resisted being accountable to others for my service?
  3. Do I improve my service when the group conscience tells me I need to change?
  4. If I am lonely and I do not have good relationships, is the group conscience telling me I need to give love rather than seek it?
  5. When I am not being of service with my work talents, the group conscience speaks to me by not paying me. If my financial situation presents a problem, what is my attitude and motive in giving service? Do I seek to serve or seek to be rewarded?

Reprinted from http://1212and12.org/homework/concepts/1212and12_concept_7.pdf

Here’s a list I found of possible character defects to consider while doing step work. It’s by Lydia at her recovery blog:  Don’t Drink and Don’t Die  Lydia’s Character Defect List visit her site for updated versions of this list)

  • anger, hatred
  • anxiety– Not as a clinical diagnosis, but as a general way of viewing things with an eye toward what is wrong, what might be wrong, what has been wrong or what is going to be wrong. Excessive worry, especially about things I cannot change.
  • arrogance– Offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
  • closed mindedness– Contempt prior to investigation. Disregarding things and ideas just because they are new and unknown. Being unwilling to try things or follow suggestions. Failing to remain teachable.  Having a mind firmly unreceptive to new ideas or arguments.
  • dependency, over dependency, co dependency– Relying on others to provide for us what we ought to provide for ourselves. Feeling we must be in a relationship, or must hold on to others who want to move on. Letting others control us to an extreme due to our fear of being alone, abandoned, or independent.
  • depression, pessimism– Not as a clinical condition, but as a way to generally see the dark side of things.
  • dishonesty– Sins of omission and commission. Telling lies, hiding things, telling half truths or pretending something is so that isn’t. Withholding important information. Adding untrue details to stories and situations.  Stealing, cheating, taking things that aren’t ours and that we aren’t entitled to.
  • controlling attitude toward people, places and things– Trying to control others by manipulation, bribery, punishment, withholding things or tricking them into acting as we wish, even when we believe it is in their best interest to do so. Failing to be equal partners with others and to consider their knowledge and opinions.
  • gluttony, greed – Wanting and taking too much: food, sex, time, money, comfort, leisure, material possessions, attention, security.  Acquiring things (material things, relationships, attention) at the expense of others.
  • gossiping– Speaking or writing about others in a negative manner, especially to get them in trouble or to feel superior to them and bond with someone else against the target of the gossip.  When I find myself talking about someone, I must pause and check out why I am mentioning their name.
  • humility, a lack of humility – Feeling better than and worse than others, and being self centered.
  • impatience– Being frustrated by waiting, wanting often to be some time in the future, wanting something to change or improve rather than accepting it as it is.
  • intolerance– Not accepting people or things for who or what they are.
  • inventory taking, being judgmental – Noticing and listing, out loud or to ourselves, the faults of others.
  • jealousy and envy– Wanting what others have, feeling we don’t have enough or deserve more, wishing we had what others do instead of them. This applies to material possessions like houses, cars, money and such. It also applies to nonmaterial things like relationships, a nice family, children, parents, friends and partners, and fulfilling work relationships. We can envy others their looks and physical appearance, their talents and physical abilities or attributes such as thinness, tallness, sports ability or musical talent.
  • laziness, procrastination, sloth– Not doing as much as is reasonable for us to do. Putting things off repeatedly. Not carrying our own load as much as we are able. Letting others provide things for us that we ought to get for ourselves.
  • perfectionism– Expecting or demanding too much from ourselves or others. Treating things that aren’t perfect as not good enough. Not recognizing a good try or progress.
  • prejudice– Pre-judging people based on a group they belong to. Negative feelings about someone based on their religion, race, nationality, age, disability, sexual orientation, accent, politics, economic status, physical characteristics like height, weight, hair style, clothing style, physical fitness.
  • rationalization, minimizing and justifying, self-justification– Saying and/or believing I had good motives for bad behavior.  Saying that I did bad things for good reasons, or that what I did really wasn’t that bad.
  • resentment– The feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury or insult.
  • rigidity and fear of change
  • self centeredness, selfishness– Spending excessive time thinking about myself. Considering myself first in situations. Not having enough regard for others or thinking about how circumstances hurt or help others. Thinking about what I can get out of situations and people, what’s in it for me? Spending too much time considering my appearance, acquiring things for myself, pampering myself, indulging myself.

Heard at Meetings

  • It’s an 11th step issue.  It’s happened, now it’s up to you to deal with it with God’s help.
  • Now. Hear. This.
  • Can’t commit a crime by thinking about it. Can’t get sober by thinking about it.
  • A bad day for the ego is a good day for the soul.
  • Be where your hands are.
  • This is a pretty good deal for folks like us.
  • What I say isn’t important but what I hear is.
  • When you get a good idea, call your sponsor.
  • Take your mess to your sponsor and your message to the meetings.
  • Hurt people hurt people.
  • If I were arrested for being a recovering alcoholic would there be enough evidence to convict me?
  • Being drunk wasn’t fun anymore.  It was a necessity.
  • Don’t leave 15 minutes before the miracle happens, but don’t leave after, either.
  • I can turn it over to God, but someone has to sign the papers.
  • If you wait to go to a meeting when you need it, it’s too late.

Women in the program have their own “flavor” of crazy.
Happiness is appreciating what you have, not getting what you want.
If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Remember: It’s ok to look back but don’t stare.

Alcoholic drinking’s three stages: impulsive, compulsive, repulsive.
We can no longer be content with just getting by.
I spent a lifetime in hell and it only took me twelve steps to get to heaven.
Would you like to be right or happy?
When I came to recovery I realized that being a child for 28 years nearly killed me
We came to these rooms not because we drank a lot, but because we drank too much.
Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
Remember, don’t run so fast that your guardian angel can’t keep up
The longer I’m sober, the drunker I was.

  • We don’t get hope until we are hopeless.

Newsletter Articles
Send to Marilyn C.
Please submit by the 15th of the month.


District 23 Meeting Notes Date: February 1, 2018


Warren W. DCM
Cliff V. Alt DCM
Janine J Secretary
Marilyn C Newsletter
Lori B. Event Chair
Geri S. Website
Craig J. Archives
Greg B. Grapevine
Jim R Institutions/BTG
 Joel B.  GSR – Thurs 8:15 Smokeout
 Tim K.  GSR – Sat 8AM
 Scott S.  GSR – Sunday Morning 10AM
 Jack C.  GSR –  12×12 Sat 12:15
 Lisa S.  GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10a
 Melissa K.  GSR –  KISS
 John M.  GSR –  Papio 12×12
DCM (Warren W.) Thank you to those that participated in 2 events in May. Service and Sponsorship Workshop and Mini Workshop.  Workshops were fun, good attendance, and wonderful food.  We are starting to get a name in town in putting on really good events.  Please attend next mini workshop which will be the 3rd Sunday in July.  No new news from Area 41.  Cliff & I are still trying to visit groups and see what they can add.
Alternate DCM (Cliff V.) Appreciate support for workshops.  Talked to Lori about getting table for Cornhusker Roundup.  Planning meetings for Roundup will be July 15 12:30 at Chapter VI, July 29 and August 12.  Please come and lend support.
Treasurer (Kathy G.)

Motion to approve Treasurer report as presented with categorization corrections.  Seconded and passed.

District Donations can be remitted to: District 23 Treasurer PO Box 27783 Ralston, NE  68127-0783

Secretary (Janine) May meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on May 3.   Requested any updates or corrections by 5/9. No corrections were submitted.  Requested that the meeting minutes be published in the newsletter. Please submit reports for the next district meeting to district23aa@gmail.com after your meetings so they can be added to these notes.  Motion to approve meeting minutes, seconded and passed.
 Events (Lori B) The District 23 Sponsorship and Service Workshop was held on May 5.  It was huge success due to all the hard work of the Committee Charis and volunteers.  Thank you to the speakers, who did a great job.  There were many people from treatment centers who enjoyed the event.  The next event we will be planning for is the Cornhusker Roundup hospitality room. Cliff V.  is going to take the lead in planning for this.  I urge you to become involved in the event planning meetings.  It is a great way to get to know people and it is fun.  Thanks for allowing me to serve, Lori B.
 Newsletter (Marilyn C.) I had 40 copies printed of the June newsletter.  I still would love to see some articles come in.  I started a little column “As Marilyn Sees It.” Sort of a Hints from Heloise column. I’d like to see some fun questions submitted that I could play with and still carry the message.  All articles or questions should be submitted to me at mjcbellevue@gmail.com by the 15th of each month.  PLEASE, get your sponsors and sponsees involved.  Would really like to see this newsletter take off with lots of input.  Any suggestions for improvement are welcome.  Any newsletters not picked up tonight will be put at Chapter VI so if you go to meetings in other locations, please take some. Thank you for letting me serve. Marilyn C.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) Please send enhancements to Matt.
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) No report
 Mini Workshop (Kathy O) We held our first Mini Workshop on May 20, 2018 and I think it was a success. We had 2 dynamite speakers who talked about “How Service has affected their sobriety” and some great food. There were 18 persons in attendance and I’d like to thank everyone for getting the word out. Hopefully I won’t forget to put the location on the next flyer. The next Mini Workshop is scheduled for July 22, 2018. The topic and speaker(s) will be on the flyers. Thank you all for letting me serve!  In service, Kathleen O’Keefe
Grapevine (Greg B.)  No report
Archives (Craig J) On May 20, 2018, met at Chapter 6 @ 11:30 AM (prior to the mini Workshop event).  Conducted site survey of existing material to understand what is currently in place.  Began to contemplate plans to organize and to develop plan/procedures to correlate into District 23 Web Site.  Have reached out to others with longer term knowledge to assist as project moves forward. Regards, Craig J
 Central Office (Julie F)
 Hotline (Judd) Hotline week 2018: Aug 6-12; Oct 15-21; Dec 24-30
 CPC/PI (Michele B) No report
 GSR Reports No report
 Old Business: None
New Business: 

Consider to change D23 meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Area 41 2018 Meeting Dates: July 21-22; October 13-14

Ramada Columbus Hotel and Conference Center 265 33rd Ave Columbus, NE 68601

Next Meeting: Thursday, July 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

Thought to Ponder

It’s an 11th step issue.  It’s happened, now it’s up to you to deal with it with God’s help.

July Mini Workshop

Sunday, July 22, 2018

1-3 PM

Chapter VI


Speakers and Topic to be determined. Watch for the flyers.


Free Lunch.

Main course provided.

Please bring a side dish or dessert.


As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn,

I have been going to 5 meetings a week for a year.  I am now sober for a year!  Yipee!  Is it okay to drop one or two meetings?  Sincerely, Just Wondering

Dear Just Wondering,

Sure.  As long as you don’t drop the one that’s been keeping you sober.

Dear Marilyn,

I heard about something called The Grapevine.  Is that at meeting where everyone gossips?  You know, “I heard it through the Grapevine”. Sincerely, Tongue Waggin’ Wendy.

Dear Tongue Waggin’, The Grapevine is our meeting in print. It’s a nice little monthly magazine that fits in your purse. You can take it to the park, the doctor’s office or anywhere you may find yourself sitting for a while.  By the way, have you called your sponsor lately?


If you would like to submit an article to the newsletter, please send it to Marilyn C. at mjcbellevue@gmail.com