DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 9/18

OPEN POSITIONS 
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: September 2018

STATEWIDE HOTLINE TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER
1-877-AA-OF-NEB (1-877-226-3632)

August 2018

WE ARE SELF SUPPORTING THROUGH OUR OWN CONTRIBUTIONS
Please put your group # on the check memo line so you receive credit!

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
402-556-1880
General Service Office
Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

INTERGROUP
MONTHLY – 1ST MONDAY

7:00 p.m.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
3314 So. 44th Ave
Parking on west side of building

DISTRICT 23
MONTHLY – 1ST THURSDAY
6:30 p.m. (April 5, 2018)
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston
Feast Fling and Fellowship Oct 6th
MINI WORKSHOP

NEXT IS SEPTEMBER 16  1-3 PM
See Flyer Inside Newsletter

EVENTS PLANNING COMMITTEE

Planning meetings for the Feast, Fling and Fellowship
are scheduled for September 9,16, 30th at 11:30  Meetings are in the small room at Chapter VI,

If needed we will meet on September 23rd

HOTLINE ROTATION
October 15-21
December 24-30

AREA 41 2018
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 Kathy G. 402-689-7734
Newsletter Marilyn C. 402-690-0448
Central Office Julie F. 402-651-3276
Archives Craig J. 402-507-1859
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 402-709-7518

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September the 9th Month

Step 9:  Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
The purpose of Step 9 of Alcoholics Anonymous is to take action and apologize to those you have harmed with your drinking. This step will provide you with peace of mind, relief and liberation from the chains of regret. How do I feel about making amends to the people on the Step 8 list?

Person Feelings/Emotions Reasons

Tradition 9: AA as such ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

Long form of Tradition 9:  Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization. Rotating leadership is best. The small group may elect its secretary, the large group is rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary.   The trustees of the General Services Board are, in effect, our General Service Committee. They are the custodians of our A.A.  Tradition and the receivers of voluntary AA contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General service office at New York. They are authorized by the groups to handle our overall public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine. All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole. They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern. Universal respect is the key to their usefulness.

Concept 9: Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees.

9th Step Prayer: (from the app AA BigBook)

God give me the strength and direction to do the right thing no matter what the consequences may be. Help me to consider others and not harm them in anyway. Help me to consult with others before I take any actions that would cause me to be sorry. Help me to not repeat such behaviors. Show me the way of Patience, Tolerance, Kindness, and Love and help me live the spiritual life. Amen

PONDER THIS

My disease sits on my shoulder and scratches.

MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: February 1, 2018

Present:

Warren W. DCM
Judd D. Hotline
Cliff V. Alt. DCM
Tim K. GSR Sat 8 AM
Kathy G. Treasurer
Lisa S. GSR – Sunday Free To Be 10 am.
Janine J. Secretary
Melissa K. GSR – KISS
Marilyn C Newsletter
John M. GSR Papio 12×12
Lori B.  Event Chair
Len S GSR TGIF Friday
Kathy O. Mini-workshop
Randy F GSR Rocksolid
Craig J. Archives
Matt S. GSR-Tuesday 8:15 Big Book
Michele B. CPC/PI
Renee W GSR Wed Noonbreak Meeting
Jim  R. Institutions/BTG
Joel B. GSR Thursday 8:15 Smokeout
DCM (Warren W.) Hello District 23!
I attended the Area 41 meeting on 7/21 and 7/22. One significant takeaway was that our Central Office will be moving at the end of this year to a new location TBD. I will keep you in the loop when the new location is announced. Please come say hi to us at the Cornhusker Roundup, District 23 will be sponsoring a hospitality table and there is always plenty of food and fellowship! Be on the lookout for planning meetings and service positions for our 29th Annual Feast, Fling and Fellowship. It is scheduled for 10/6 this year and is the flagship event for District 23. Plan to attend and bring a newcomer! Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.  In Service, Warren W.
Alternate DCM (Cliff V) August 2018 Alternate DCM report.

Plans are well underway for our Hospitality Room at the Cornhusker Roundup. Had our first two planning meetings, and have one more planned for August 12th, 12:30 pm at Chapter VI. We are going to count on volunteers to bring snacks, desserts and beverages for most of the event. Sign-up sheets for greeters and food/beverages have been set out at both rooms at Chapter VI, a set going to Murderers Row, Free to Be and 12 x 12 Study at Envisions. Please promote the event and encourage signing up at meetings you attend. District 23 will have sandwiches Friday night and wings catered in on Saturday night. Still have a couple positions we could use help with, so, I encourage you to come to the next planning meeting and get involved.

Saturday night Speaker Meeting at Chapter VI has closed, so got their information removed from GSO, Area 41 and Where and When.

I have been in contact with Marilyn C. trying to coordinate the group names and times, to be sure they are registered correctly. In service, Cliff V.

Treasurer (Kathy G) Cornhusker Roundup has received a donation for the hospitality room.  Motion to accept Treasurer’s report for July, 2018 as presented, seconded and passed.

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

Secretary (Janine J) July meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on July 5.   Requested any updates or corrections by 7/11. One correction was submitted by Cliff V.  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 July, 2018 meeting minutes, seconded and passed.
Events (Lori B) The Feast, Fling & Fellowship is early this year – Saturday, October 6, with set up on Friday, October 5.
The first planning meeting will be August 26, 2018 11:30 Chapter VI the same date as the follow-up meeting for the Cornhusker Roundup Hospitality Room.  The Feast, Fling & Fellowship is our “big” event so we will need plenty of help.  Please plan on attending the planning meetings. The additional planning meetings are scheduled for September 9, September 16 and September 30 11:30.  If needed we will meet on September 23rd.  Hope to see you there.  It really is a great way to meet people, have some fun and to give back to AA.  Thank you for allowing me to serve, Lori B.
Newsletter (Marilyn C) For August I had 100 copies of the newsletter printed.  Warren picked them up to take some to Area 41.  He used about 40 for Area and will bring the rest to the district meeting.  He will also bring some to the Cornhusker Roundup.  I had one question actually submitted for the “As Marilyn Sees It” column.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) Matt stated 98 people visited website.  Plan on doing more with archives.
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) Attended AA meetings at TSCI on 7-10 & 7-24, 13 attendees on the 10th and 1 on the 24th.
 Mini Workshop (Kathy O) July mini workshop 15 people, great food and dynamic speaker.  Next workshop September 16 1-3 p.m. Chapter VI Topic: How Helping Others Helps You.
Grapevine (Greg B.)  No report
Archives (Craig J) “…On July 24 met with another District GSR participant (Jack) at Chapter 6 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM to begin sorting and organizing archive material.  Collectively sorted and then disposed of duplicate documents (newsletters, flyers, other material). Also, began filing in loose papers and documents into existing files. Will continue during August on a date to be determined…”
 Central Office (Julie F) No Report
 Hotline (Judd D) Next week is D23’s week.  If you would like to be added to the list, let Judd know.

Hotline week 2018: Aug 6-12; Oct 15-21; Dec 24-30

Link to Hotline schedule: http://www.omahaaa.org/Post/sections/3/Files/Hotline%20Schedule%202018%20revised.pdf

 CPC/PI (Michele B) No Report
 GSR Reports No report
Old Business:

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

Motion to move meeting time to 6 p.m.  11 for Against 7 1 abstain

Motion to start 6 p.m. meeting time December 6, 2018. Passed

Craig to check with church to ensure new meeting time will be accommodated.

New Business:

Asking for input for D23 hosting Area 41 4 Corners Workshop in 4th Quarter, 2019.

Announcements:

Area 41 2018 Meeting Dates: October 13-14

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn, I am a busy dad with a full-time job, a wife, an ex-wife, three kids and two step kids.  The kids are all in sports, choir and drama.  Now my sponsor says I have to do some service work. When the heck am I supposed to do that? In my spare time between 2 and 3 in the morning?  I am three years sober and go to at least four meetings a week. Sincerely, No Time for Anything Else.

Dear No Time, you do sound busy.  However, at these four meetings you go to can you volunteer to do coffee, greet, clean up, straighten the chairs and tables?  Could you be a Group Service Representative (GSR) for your group? That’s a once a month commitment and about 3 times a year you get to go on a weekend road trip to Area 41 meetings.  Your group may even help you fund the trip. There you will meet a lot of other very busy recovering alcoholics.  If you don’t sponsor anybody you may talk to your sponsor and see if you are ready to help another recovering alcoholic.  Do you chair meetings?  Could you write an article for the District 23 Newsletter?  You can do that from your home and email it in. There is a ton more of service work you could do, especially since you have regular meetings you go to.  You can do this!

Dear Marilyn, I keep hearing at meetings that I have to “accept” everything.  I accept the fact that I’m an alcoholic but when I have a problem my sponsor says I just have to ‘accept it’.  Like when my boss is being mean to me, and everyone else, or when my brother died or when I read things in the news that I really don’t like. (shootings, kids hurt, kidnappings, gang wars etc.) How do I accept these things?  Thanks, Maybe not willing.

Dear Maybe, these things happen.  It’s called ‘life’ happening.  Accepting these things does NOT mean you have to like them. When I was newly sober I had a hard time with the exact same things you are describing.  My sponsor at the time told me what I just told you.  I don’t have to like things in order to accept them. That made all the difference in the world to me. I’m glad my sponsor told me that.  I hope this will help you.

 

Inscription from a plaque on Dr. Bob’s desk

Humility

Perpetual quietness of the heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing is done against me.

It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and pray to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about is seeming trouble.

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Are you, or do you know someone, who is: homebound, in a nursing home, in an assisted living, in a hospital, disabled or just too sick to go to meetings?  You can go to meetings on the phone!  Visit Online Intergroup at:  aa-intergroup.org.  Then click on the ‘online meetings’ box.  Then click on ‘telephone’ and find your meetings.  I was amazed to find this in the Grapevine!  There are meetings every day of the week and at all hours.

 

This needlepoint hung in the kitchen in my family home when I was growing up.  I saw it every day as far back as I can remember.  It was made by my mom’s aunt when she was in her 90’s.  I had no idea at that time how important this prayer would become to me later on. It would be the prayer I say almost every day. When my youngest son was a teenager I asked him if he still said prayers at bedtime. He told me he did. I asked him if he would be willing to tell me what prayers. He said he said the Serenity Prayer. I was astonished. I asked him how he knew that prayer.  He reminded me it was hanging in the bathroom by the mirror on a small stained-glass cross. Many years later, when I was at my mom and dad’s house, I asked them if I could have that needlepoint after they died. Before I left that day to come home, my mom gave it to me. It’s now in my house. I think I’ll take it to my youngest son when I go to visit him in California in October.

 

The New Serenity Prayer

By Fr. James Martin, SJ

Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is pretty much everyone, since I’m clearly not you, God. At least not the last time I checked. And while you’re at it, God please give me the courage to change what I need to change about myself, which is frankly a lot, since, once again, I’m not you, which means I’m not perfect.

It’s better for me to focus on changing myself than to worry about changing other people, who, as you’ll no doubt remember me saying, I can’t change anyway.

Finally, give me the wisdom to just shut up whenever I think that I’m clearly smarter than everyone else in the room, that no one knows what they’re talking about except me, or that I alone have all the answers. Basically, God, grant me the wisdom to remember that I’m not you. Amen.

And finally, a non-AA quote of the month:

I dusted once.  It came back. I’m not falling for that again!