DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 12/18

OPEN POSITIONS
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Thank you all for serving

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STATEWIDE HOTLINE TOLL-FREE PHONE NUMBER

1-877-AA-OF-NEB (1-877-226-3632)

December 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

6:00 p.m. NEW TIME

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

2018
MINI WORKSHOP

December 9, 2018

1-3 PM Chapter VI

See Flyer on page

HOTLINE ROTATION

December 24-30

Area 41 2019  Meetings

Area 41 Meeting January 12-13 Columbus, NE

WCRAASC March 1-3 Moorhead, MN

Area 41 Meeting April 13-14 Columbus, NE

Area 41 Reunion June 22-23 Columbus, NE

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 OPEN OPEN
Archives Craig 402-507-1859
Events Lori B. and Kyle K. 402-616-0111
CPC/PI Michele B.
Institutions/BTG Jim R. 402-669-0290
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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DECEMBER THE 12TH  Month

Step 12.  “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

Step 12 Worksheet

1.  Read the following paragraph from the A.A. Big Book p.89, and fill in the blank spaces.

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as _________________________ with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! ___________ can help when no one else can. ___________ can secure their confidence when others fail. Remember they are very ill. Life will take on __________ meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Explain how you’ve been humbled as you explain your spiritual experience and awakening.

2. Describe where you were and what was occurring when your spiritual awakening happened.

3. How would you describe your spiritual growth and awareness now? Specifically, what tools or resources influence how and what you think, feel, and believe about God.

4. What do you hope others will understand and/or remember of your message of the spiritual awakening you experienced by working through the 12 steps?

5. If you became a sponsor, what outside resources can you call on if you need extra help to support a person that is in trouble with their substance abuse? (Ask a sponsor for help on this question)

6. How do you know if you are suited to helping another person work a 12 Step program? What kind of characteristic(s) must you exhibit as a sponsor? (Ask a sponsor or AA counselor before you answer this)

7. Read the paragraph from the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 106, and fill in the blanks.

“The ___________ of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step, and ___________ is its key word. Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress. Here we experience the kind of ______________ that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice ____________ Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety. When the Twelfth Step is seen in all its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of ____________ that has no price tag on it.”

8. Complete the following by explaining where the Spiritual Principle of each step needs to be active in your life.

12 Step Spiritual Principles My Actions & Behaviors
Step 1: Surrender
Step 2: Hope
Step 3: Commitment
Step 4: Honesty
Step 5: Truth
Step 6: Willingness
Step 7: Humility
Step 8: Reflection
Step 9: Forgiveness
Step 10: Discipline
Step 11: Spirituality
Step 12: Service

Tradition 12  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Long form.   And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance.  It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine  humility.  This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.

Concept XII: General Warranties of the Conference: in all its proceedings, the General Service Conference shall observe the spirit of the A.A. Tradition, taking great care that the conference never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds, plus an ample reserve, be its prudent financial principle; that none of the Conference Members shall ever be placed in a position of unqualified authority over any of the others; that all important decisions be reached by discussion vote and whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that no Conference action ever be personally punitive or an incitement to public controversy; that though the Conference may act for the service of Alcoholics Anonymous, it shall never perform any acts of government; and that, like the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous which it serves, the Conference itself will always remain democratic in thought and action.

reprinted with permission AAWS.

 FROM THE BIG BOOK

Reprinted from http://www.a-1associates.com/aa/HISTORY_PAGE/Authors.htm

A Close Shave – Henry J Zoeller (Harry Zollers? Boelen? Harry S.?) Akron, Ohio.  Original Manuscript, p. 348 in 1st edition

Harry found sobriety in March of 1937, but he may have entered the fellowship as early as January 1937.

He was born in 1890, the youngest of five sons to a “fine Christian mother, and a hard working blacksmith father.”

At the age of eight he began tasting his father’s beer, and by fourteen, when he quit school, he was drinking wine and hard cider.

He worked as a barber, and acquired several lucrative shops, some with poolrooms and restaurants attached. He married in 1910, during the time he was running his own shops, and fathered ten children.

But the time came when he could no longer finance his own business, so he began to float about the country, working at various jobs, but invariably getting fired in a short time because of his unreliability. His children were usually desperately in need because he spent his money for drinking instead of providing for them.

He finally secured a job in a shop in a small town near Akron. His reputation for drinking soon became more or less generally known, and he was irritated by a deacon and the pastor of a church who, when they were in the shop, constantly invited him to church and Bible classes. He earnestly wished they would mind their own business. But he became friendly with these men, and at last they persuaded him to go to Akron and talk with Dr. Bob.

He listened to Dr. Bob for two hours, and although his mind was quite foggy, he retained a good deal of what was said. He felt that the combined effort of these three Christian gentlemen made it possible for him to have a vital spiritual experience.

That was in March 1937. At the time he wrote his story, he had not had a drink since. He had regained the love of his family and the respect of the community, and said the past few years had been “the happiest of my life, spent helping others who were afflicted with alcoholism.”

HEARD AT A MEETING

We come together to create a net that we can fall into.

AA puts the cheese on my cracker.

ISM  I sponsor myself.

Nobody worries about you like your mother and when she’s gone the world seems unsafe.

Step ten is like emotional ground glass.

You can’t steer a parked car.

Whenever you bring up the past you make it the present.

Gratitude is a verb that must be lived, not merely spoken.

If it’s easy, it’s probably not service.

It’s not a rational disease.

God always answers our prayers.  “Yes, no or wait.”

Meeting would like to grow!

At Chapter VI, there are two meetings on Saturday at 8 AM.  One is larger and is in the big room (east side).  If you are looking for a morning meeting, but one a little smaller, try us!  Begin Your Weekend, 7631-7633 Main Street – Lower Level, Ralston, NE. (west side of building).  Our numbers are becoming smaller and we would like to be stronger like we used to be.  Please help us continue to carry the message at this open meeting. Please come and bring a newcomer!  Or an Oldtimer! We would love to have you there.

As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn, I recently attended a meeting where a young woman with a baby walked in.  She was told that this meeting did not allow any children and she would have to leave.  She was in tears and begged to be allowed to stay.  She said she needed help.  They let her stay.  I was pretty upset by this.  This poor woman wanted help. What if she’d been turned away?  Signed, Only wants a meeting.Dear Only, Tradition Three states, “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.”  I’m very glad this young woman was “allowed” to stay.  Of course, I don’t know the entire story, but what might have happened to her or to that baby if she was forced to leave? Each group can set its own guidelines. For example, some are open, some closed, some have other ‘rules’.  I hope people at that meeting took the time to help her after the meeting. Was she given phone numbers of other women there so she  had contacts?  Did the other ladies get her phone number? Were the meetings that offer babysitting pointed out to her?  We need to take care of each other and that includes making exceptions.  I’ve been to women’s meeting where a male walked in and was invited to stay.  I hope this helps and I hope that lady feels welcome at any meeting she attends.

Dear Marilyn, I am newly sober and female. Several men at meetings come up after the meeting and hug me, and it makes me uncomfortable. One even says to me, “Where’s my hug?” I’m afraid to say anything. What do I do?  Sincerely, Need my space.

Dear Need, some  people do not like to be hugged. It is perfectly okay to tell that person that you don’t hug.  You may try heading them off at the pass. Extend a hand for a hand shake.  If they continue to you with outstretched arms, step back and say politely but firmly, “Sorry I don’t like to be hugged”  or, “You’re making me uncomfortable”  If they continue to be  hug mugger (those that insist on hugging you anyway) it’s okay to say, “I do not hug.  Please don’t do that again”.

Some of my favorite quotes from the Big Book

They said I only had to go to meetings on days I would have had a drink. They said I needed to identify not compare. Identifying, they said, was trying to see how I was like the people I was with. Comparing, they told me, was looking for the differences, usually saying I was better than others. P 405

As one of my early A.A. sponsors used to say, I didn’t hang out with lower companions– I had become one. P 487

I began to feel like a clown juggling too many balls. Each ball represented a problem I was keeping up in the air.  My arms were weary and I knew I couldn’t keep on much longer, but I was not about to give up. My pride and ego wouldn’t let me.  P 506

The excerpts from Alcoholics Anonymous, pages as noted are reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Ponder This

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: October 4, 2018

Present:

Warren W. DCM
Cliff V. Alt DCM
Kathy G Treasurer
Janine J Secretary
Marilyn C Newsletter
Lori B Event Chair
Craig J Archives
Michele B CPC/PI
Jim R Institutions/BTG
Joel B GSR – Thurs 8:15 Smokeout
Jack C. GSR – 12X12 Sat 12:15
Lisa S  GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10AM
Melissa K  GSR – KISS
John M  GSR – Papio 12X12
Len S  GSR – TGIF Friday
Mike I  GSR – Candlelight 10:10 PM
Renee W  GSR – Wed Noonbreak Meeting
Johnnie N  GSR – Papillion Sunday
Randy Y.  GSR – Monday Newcomers
DCM (Warren W) Hello District 23!I want to start by thanking everyone involved in the Feast, Fling and Fellowship. It was an amazing night full of great food, fellowship and sharing the message. Thank you to Lori and her committee for all their hard work. It shows how incredible our District is at service work, and how important that is to being a part of A.A. Cliff and I attended the Area 41 business meeting on 10/13 and 10/14. I will share the information we gathered with the group and please let me know if there are any questions. Please join us next month for our annual Holiday Chili Feed at our meeting on 12/6 at 6p. Please note that our meetings will be at 6p going forward on the first Thursday of every month. As we approach the holiday season, please remember to include others in your holiday gatherings. Not everyone in our fellowship has family and friends to celebrate sobriety with! There are plenty of functions to attend, don’t sit home alone!!Thank you,

Warren W.

Alternate DCM (Cliff V)Hi, to everyone present and everyone reading this. I’m glad to report that I was able to attend the Area 41 meeting last month (10/23/18). I was able to hitch a ride with Warren, so didn’t have to use any Alt DCM budget money! I know we all like to hear that. I got involved with the Archives committee there and learned a little bit about how things get worked out. Things did not go quite the way I had thought they would, but everyone (including, or maybe especially, myself) had a chance to practice “principals before personalities” 😊. Also attended a GSR Workshop at the Area meeting. I learned and was reminded about the purposes GSRs fulfill. This will hopefully help me to help and encourage groups to have GSRs, so they are represented at the District. We need your input!I talked with several GSRs about meetings last month but have a long way to go. I continue to invite all GSRs to touch bases with me, so we can check your meeting’s info as listed with several entities and publications. Thank you in advance for all your help!  Gratefully, yours in service, Cliff V
Treasurer (Kathy G) Submitted treasurer’s report Motion to approve, seconded & passed. District Donations can be remitted to: District 23 Treasurer PO Box 27783 Ralston, NE  68127-0783
Secretary (Janine J) Oct meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on October 11, 2018.   Requested any updates or corrections by 10/14.  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 accept October Minutes as presented, seconded & passed.
Events (Lori B)The Feast, Fling and Fellowship was a great success this year thanks to all the people who got into service.  The committee chairs:  Holden R., Clinton S., Kyle K., Marcy R., Jim R., Mike I., Teri B., Monique, Vic R., Vince C., Marilyn C., Jay J., Kevin B., Janine J., Craig J. and DCM, Warren W. Thank you to the people who attended the event planning meetings to offer their help and opinions.Thank you to Terry G. for the archives display and to Greg B. for the Grapevine display.  A special thank you to Rick K., who was an inspirational speaker.

And, thank you to all those who attended (approximately 220 people).  It is wonderful to see so many people involved in the fellowship and showing that we are not a “glum lot.”

We will be taking a break until we begin planning for the 2019 Sponsorship and Service Workshop.

Thank you for allowing me to serve.  Lori B.

Newsletter (Marilyn C) (Marilyn C) Extra copies were brought to the Feast, Fling and Fellowship. I had forty copies of the newsletter printed for November.  Will discuss my proposed change of printing under old business.  Thank you for letting me serve.  Marilyn C.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) Matt reported that would like to have help on the website.  Needs resources to keep current and would like assistance.  Matt will put together a “how to”.
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) There are more men attending AA at Tecumseh (TSCI) since they decided to have a meeting every week. They have plenty of Big Books, 12 X 12’s, & Daily Reflections but could use more Grapevines and/or anything related to AA recovery. Contact me at+1-402-669-0290 and we’ll make arrangements to pick up. Jim R Needs Living Sober books.  John, GSR made a suggestion to ask groups for subscriptions of Grapevines to send to TSCI.
Mini Workshop (Kathy O) Mini workshop Sunday, November 11 1-3 p.m. Topic: Gratitude and December 9 1-3 p.m. Topic:  TBD
Grapevine (Greg B.) No Report
Archives (Craig J) Organized information, duplicates have been disposed and progress is being made.
 Central Office (Julie F) Unable to attend Thursday evenings and position is now open.
 Hotline (Judd)Hotline week 2018: 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 I was unable to attend the last CPC/PI meeting.
GSR Reports
 Old Business:

  1. Printing of Newsletters and how to distribute based on Newsletter Chair report. Tabled to old business November 1, 2018 since Chair was unable to attend. Want most current available in Newsletter. Discussion about printing minutes.  No changes.  Request that meeting minutes include approved treasurer’s report.
  2. Kathy G., D23 Treasurer, will have the 2018 budgets at the November meeting so chairs can review/update before the December meeting.  The 2019 budgets will be approved at the December meeting. Move to approve until January, 2019.

3. Warren is going to contact the current Webmaster Chair and Central Office Chair to see if they would like to continue in their position.  We may need to find someone to fill these positions.

New Business:Announcements:

New Central Office Location at 69th & Grover effective 1.1.19.

Central Office Christmas Party Saturday, December 8 Dinner tickets pre-sale thru 11.30.18; Sheraton Omaha Hotel 655 N 108 Ave, Omaha, NE  68154

Area 41 2019 Meeting Dates: Jan 12-13, 2019; Apr 13-14, 2019; Jun 22-23, 2019

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

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