DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 12/18

OPEN POSITIONS
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: December 2018

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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DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 11/18

OPEN POSITIONS
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: November 2018

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

November 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- – Chili Feed
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston
2018
MINI WORKSHOP

November 11, 2018
AND
December 9, 2018

HOTLINE ROTATION
December 24-30

AREA 41 2018
No more this year. Stay tuned for updates!

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

Liaison Nov

November the 11th Month

Step 11.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Meditation and prayer main channels to Higher Power.  Connection between self-examination and prayer. Any unshakable foundation for life.  How shall we meditate?  Meditation has no boundaries.  An individual adventure. What about prayer? Daily petitions for understanding of God’s will and grace to carry it out.  Actual results of prayer are beyond question. First result is emotional balance.  The excerpts from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions pages 8 are reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

STEP 11 WORKSHEET:

  1. Has your thoughts of a God/Higher Power changed to a set of beliefs; what are those beliefs?
  2. List 2 prayers and/or affirmations that assist you in staying in contact with your God/Higher Power?
  3. What forms of meditation do you practice?
  4. Do you set aside a specific time a day that you practice this form of prayer/affirmations and meditation?
  5. Do you have a specific place where you practice prayer and meditation in your household or other locations?
  6. Plan a new activity that brings you inspiration, joy and that is uplifting, being a vacation to a new place, a retreat or 12 step convention , etc. and make it an adventure.

Tradition 11  Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

Long form Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never a need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.

11th Step Prayer (Prayer of St.Francis)

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

    Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
Amen.

 

Concept XI: While the Trustees hold final responsibility for AA’s world service administration, they should always have the assistance of the best possible standing committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants. Therefore, the composition of these underlying committees and service boards, the personal qualifications of their members, the manner of their induction into service, the systems of their rotation, the way in which they are related to each other, the special rights and duties of our executives, staffs, and consultants, together with a proper basis for the financial compensation of these special workers, will always be matters for serious care and concern.

ATTENTION

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STARTING IN DECEMBER, 2018 THE DISTRICT 23 MEETINGS WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 PM INSTEAD OF 6:30.  PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AT ALL MEETINGS IN THE DISTRICT.  FREE CHILI FEED IN DECEMBER.  COME CHECK US OUT!

FROM THE BIG BOOK

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

A Business Man’s Recovery — William Ruddell  New Jersey Original Manuscript, p. 242 in 1st edition 1st Board Chair 11/38-2/39.

Bill Ruddell was born in 1900. According to his story in the Big Book, he first got sober in February 1937.
When the Alcoholic Foundation was established in the spring of 1938, he was appointed as a trustee. He almost immediately got drunk and was replaced by Harry Brick (“A Different Slant”)
He was underage to join the Army in WW I, but ran away from home and lied about his age to join up. It was in the Army that he started to drink.
He tried many geographic cures. Instead of coming home from Germany after the war he stayed, then took jobs in Russia, England, and back to Germany. He came home in 1924 hoping Prohibition could help him stop drinking. There he discovered the speakeasies. So, he shipped off to the Venezuela for a job in the oil fields. They soon poured him on a ship and sent him home.
He had tried doctors, hospitals, psychiatrists, rest cures, changes of scenery, etc., to try to stop drinking. He got married to a woman named Kathleen, hoping marriage would solve his problem. But even Kathleen couldn’t help.
Finally, he consulted a doctor who referred him to A.A. Bill Wilson talked to him and told him his own story, then told him to think about it for a few days. He was back to see Bill again the next day.
Dr. Bob and the twelve men and women whose stories are in this section were among the early members of A.A.’s first groups. The third edition introduces this section by saying that they all had passed away of natural causes, having maintained complete sobriety. But it is known that Marty Mann and Clarence Snyder were both still living when the third edition was published, and Marty had a later slip of which perhaps the editors of the third edition were unaware.

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Are you, or do you know someone, who is: homebound, in a nursing home?  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.

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As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn, I still don’t understand what Step 13 is.  You answered my question in August but I don’t get it and someone asked me to ask you again.  Tallulah

Dear Tallulah.  Well, let me try to answer it this way.  You take step 1 and add it to step 12 and that’s 13.  What that means is, my life is unmanageable and I’d LOVE to share it with you.

Dear Marilyn, I seem to raise my hand to help with any service work there is. Then I find myself overextended and don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I just haven’t shown up.  What’s wrong with me?  Always willing.

Dear Always Willing, I love service work!  It has helped keep me sober for a long time.  Service work is important.  It also is important to those you offer to help.  Are you volunteering for too many things?  Talk to your sponsor about  your commitments and see if you need to talk about balance. If you are on a committee, they count on you to be there and actively participate.  If you volunteer to chair a meeting or pour coffee or clean up or greet, those are integral parts of that meeting.  If you serve as your group representative on a Steering Committee or as a GSR at district, please show up!  Your group is counting on you.  Sometimes things come up that we have to take care of. Be responsible. Find someone to fill in for you.  It will make you feel better and someone will be able to take the news to your meeting for you.

MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: October 4, 2018

Present:

 

Warren W. DCM
Cliff V. Alt DCM
Kathy G Treasurer
Lori B Event Chair
Kathy O. Mini-Workshop
Craig J. Archives
Cliff V. Alt DCM
Jack C. GSR – 12×12 Sat 12:15
Lisa S. GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10am
John M. GSR – Papio 12×12
 Renee W. GSR – Wed Noonbreak Meeting
 Mike I.  GSR – CandleLight 10:10 PM
DCM (Warren W) Greetings District 23!
We are looking forward to our 29th annual Feast, Fling and Fellowship. Thank you to all those who have been involved in the planning, it should be an amazing event! I will be attending the last Area 41 meeting of the year on 10/13 and 10/14 in Columbus. As we finish out 2018, I encourage your feedback on how we can continue to grow as a district. Make sure you mark your calendars for our Holiday Chili Feed at our meeting on 12/6. Please also note that this is the first meeting with our new meeting time for 2019, which is 6:00p on the first Thursday of each month. Thank you! Warren W.
Alternate DCM (Cliff V) I am continuing to attend meetings and talk to GSR’s to verify that the District 23 groups are listed correctly at Central Office, in the Where & When, on the Area 41 website, with GSO, on the District 23’s Treasurers Report and on Chapter VI’s current list groups that meet there. I invite all GSR’s to speak to me about the group’s status, name, meeting time and place so that I can verify that these lists are up to date.
Warren and I have put together a plan to attend, all the meetings that we do not have verified, and then the rest of the District 23 meetings before the year is over.
GSR’s, if you know that your meeting is not listed properly on any of these lists, please contact me so we can get them fixed. Thank you in advance for all your help with this! I will be reaching out to the meetings I do not hear from, to verify their information, over the next couple months.
Gratefully in service, Cliff V
Treasurer (Kathy G) September Treasurers report was approved.
District Donations can be remitted to: District 23 Treasurer PO Box 27783 Ralston, NE 68127-0783
Secretary (Janine J) Sept meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on September 6. Requested any updates or corrections by 9/12. Requested that the meeting minutes be published in the newsletter. September meeting minutes were approved. Please submit reports for the next district meeting to district23aa@gmail.com after your meetings so they can be added to these notes.
Events (Lori B) The Feast, Fling and Fellowship is this Saturday. The Chair people have done a great job and the FF&F will be a fun evening. Many tickets have been sold so we are expecting a good turnout. After the FF&F there will not be another event until next year’s Sponsorship and Service Workshop. Everyone can take a break for a few months before we begin planning for the workshop. Thank you for allowing me to serve, Lori B.
Newsletter (Marilyn C) 40 October newsletters were printed for the District and another 40 to be available at the Feast, Fling and Fellowship on October 6, 2018.
Someone with experience suggested I wait until after the district meeting to have the newsletter printed. I was doing it earlier so it could be distributed at the district meeting. However, I am open to suggestions. Janine sends the minutes out the day after the district meeting asking for changes to be submitted within a week’s time. If everyone could get their changes to Janine in maybe 2-3 days after she sends them out instead of a week that might work. Kathy is good about sending me the Treasurer’s report, too. That way the minutes would be the most recent and the Treasurer’s report only one month ‘late’ instead of two. My only problem is then getting the newsletters to the meetings other than Chapter VI. Maybe those meetings could have someone stop by Chapter VI and pick a couple up? I think I could have them printed by the end of the second week or beginning of the third. I could send a mass email to let everyone know when they are at Chapter VI. Thoughts, please? Thank you for letting me serve, Marilyn C.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) No Report
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) Received and email from Amber Gigstadt the Club Coordinator at the prison in Tecumseh and she informed me that the inmates want to meet every Tuesday instead of every two weeks. Made a suggestion on our last visit that “meeting makers make it”, in or out of prison and the importance of “complete abstinence”, in or out of prison. More seeds, more fruit, right? Jim R.
Mini Workshop (Kathy O) There were 13-14 people at the last workshop. Brian B. did a wonderful job speaking. The next workshop will be held on the second Sunday of December, not the third Sunday. The date is December 9th.
Grapevine (Greg B.)
Archives (Craig J) On September 20 met at Chapter 6 along with District GSR participant (Jack) from 9:00 -11:00AM to continue sorting and organizing archive material. Collectively sorted and then disposed of duplicate documents (newsletters, flyers, other material). Also, began filing, by year, the loose papers and documents into files. Plan to then further refine specific material within each year…..such as District events, meetings and workshop info. Plan to continue Archive work during October on a date to be determined…” In Service, Craig J. Archives Chair
 Central Office (Julie F) No Report
 Hotline (Judd)

Hotline week 2018: 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 CPC/PI Didn’t meet
GSR Reports Mike asked if the 10:10 candlelight meeting at Chapter VI was registered. He will discuss with Cliff, Alt DCM.
 Old Business:
New Business: 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.

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.

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

Announcements: Area 41 2018 Meeting Dates: October 13-14
Ramada Columbus Hotel and Conference Center 265 33rd Ave Columbus, NE 68601

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

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DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 10/18

OPEN POSITIONS 
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: October 2018

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

October 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.
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston
Annual Big Event
  Feast Fling and Fewllowship
MINI WORKSHOP

None in October
NEXT IS SEPTEMBER 16  1-3 PM
Topic and speakers TBA

HOTLINE ROTATION
Aug 6-12
October 15-21

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
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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October the 10th Month

Step10 The excerpts from The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 8  are reprinted with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

“Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Can we stay sober and keep emotional balance under all conditions?  Self-searching becomes a regular habit.  Admit, accept, and patiently correct defects.  Emotional hangover.  When past is settled with, present challenges can be met.

Varieties of inventory.  Anger, resentments, jealousy, envy, self-pity, hurt pride- all led to the bottle.  Self-restraint first objective. Insurance against “big-shot-ism”  Let’s look at credits as well as debits.”

The purpose of Step 10 of Alcoholics Anonymous encourages you to examine yourself as a part of your daily routine. Just as you addressed your defects, you must keep your successes in check. It’s easy to fall back into a life of pride and self-satisfaction.

 

STEP 10 WORKSHEET:

REVIEW  YOUR ACTIONS AND WHAT YOU DID WRONG TODAY IN RELATION TO OTHERS.(AGAINST YOUR VALUES.)

1). What was the incident?

2). Did this do harm to others, if so, how?

3). How were your actions in contradiction to how you expect yourself to treat others?

4). How do you intend to make your amends?

REVIEW EXPECTATIONS OF HOW OTHERS SHOULD ACT IN RELATIONSHIP TO YOU OR IN YOUR PRESENCE, THAT LEFT RESENTMENT/UNRESOLVED CONFLICT.

1). What was the incident?

2). Who was harmed by their actions?

3). How were their actions in contradiction to how you expect others to act around you?

4). How do you intend to resolve this issue?

REVIEW WHAT YOU DID RIGHT.  (The action that demonstrated strength about your character.)

1). What was the incident?

2). Who benefited from your actions?

3). How were your actions supportive of your values/beliefs?

4). Give yourself an “at-a boy”, or at-a-girl”

Tradition 10
“Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”

Long form
No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues — particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous Groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters, they can express no views whatever

FROM THE BIG BOOK

Beginning this month there will be printed a short biography of an author of one of the stories in the Big Book.  The feature this month is Bob P.  from CT.  p 554 3rd edition and p 553 4th edition. Reprinted from http://www.a-1associates.com/aa/HISTORY_PAGE/Authors.htm

 

AA Taught Him To Handle Sobriety
“God willing, we may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day.”
Bob joined A.A. in New York City in 1961, probably never dreaming one day he would be the manager of A.A.’s General Service Office.
Bob was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in Kansas, the only child of loving parents. His parents drank only socially, and his father gave him his first drink — a tiny glass of sherry to celebrate the New Year — when he was thirteen. He immediately saw the effect it had on him and prayed he wouldn’t drink any more. But in college he began to drink at fraternity parties and beer busts.
The family moved frequently and Bob found himself in a different school every year until high school, where he was always the new kid who had to prove himself. He retreated into a fantasy world. He became the classic over-achiever and sold his first article to a national magazine while still an undergraduate.
After graduation from college he moved to New York to pursue a writing career and landed a good job. He was soon regarded as a “boy wonder.” But by age twenty-two he was a daily drinker.
He then had difficulty in every aspect of his life. His service in the Navy was marred when he was given a “Captain’s Mast,” i.e., discipline for trouble he got into while drinking. His marriage suffered, his values became distorted, and by forty his health was severely damaged.
When the doctor told him he would have to stop drinking he did, for ten months, with no apparent difficulty, but he did not enjoy life without drinking, and soon he was drinking again and his physical condition deteriorated further.
He developed cirrhosis of the liver, had frequent blackouts, severe nosebleeds, angry bruises which appeared mysteriously all over his body. Despite three episodes of losing large quantities of blood by vomiting and from his rectum, he drank again.
His doctor finally gave up on him and referred him to a psychiatrist in the same suite of offices. “He happened to be, by the grace of God,” Bob wrote, “Dr. Harry Tiebout, the psychiatrist who probably knew more about alcoholism than any other in the world.” At that time Dr. Tiebout was serving as a nonalcoholic trustee on the General Service Board.
Dr. Tiebout sent him to High Watch to dry out. There he read the Big Book and began his slow road back to health and sanity.
When Bob had been in A.A. only a short time, an oldtimer told him that A.A. does not teach us how to handle our drinking, but it teaches us how to handle sobriety.
Not only did his health recover, so did his marriage, his relationship with his children, his performance on his job.
All these things A.A. gave him, but most of all it taught him how to handle sobriety, how to relate to people, how to deal with disappointments and problems. He learned that “the name of the game is not so much to stop drinking as to stay sober.”
“God willing, we members of Alcoholics Anonymous may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning — through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings — how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in our drinking days.”
Bob has served A.A. in many ways. He worked for G.S.O. for twelve and a half years. He was a director and trustee of the General Service Board for six years and office general manager for a decade. Upon retirement from G.S.O. in 1986, he took on the task for G.S.O. of writing an update of A.A.’s history covering the period from the publication of “Alcoholics Anonymous Comes to Age,” through its fiftieth year. Unfortunately, this manuscript was never published.
At the 1986 General Service Conference, Bob gave what the 1986 Final Report called “a powerful and inspiring closing talk” titled “Our greatest danger: rigidity.”
He said: “If you were to ask me what is the greatest danger facing A.A. today, I would have to answer the growing rigidity – the increasing demand for absolute answers to nit-picking questions; pressure for G.S.O. to ‘enforce’ our Traditions, screening alcoholics at closed meetings, prohibiting non-Conference approved literature, i.e., ‘banning books,’ laying more and more rules on groups and members. And in this trend toward rigidity, we are drifting farther and farther away from our co-founders. Bill, in particular, must be spinning in his grave, for he was perhaps the most permissive person I ever met. One of his favorite sayings was ‘Every group has the right to be wrong.'”
Bob continues to give his service to A.A. in many ways. At the International Convention in Minneapolis in 2000, he appeared to be handling many jobs. He filled in to lead at least one of the small meetings, “Pioneers in A.A.” The program does not list him as the Moderator. He was probably filling in for someone else at the last minute.

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Thought to Ponder

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn, my sponsor is out of town on vacation.  I don’t want to bother him but I have something I’d really like to talk to him about.  What should I do?  Perplexed.

Dear Perplexed, when we become willing to sponsor someone, we agree to be of service when needed.  Did you ask your sponsor before he left on vacation if it was okay to contact him?  Always make sure you have “deputy sponsors” you can call if your sponsor is completely unreachable.  You can always call his sponsor, too. I suggest calling your sponsor and giving it a try.  He’ll let you know if he’s somewhere he can talk or not.

Dear Marilyn, I seem to raise my hand to help with any service work there is. Then I find myself overextended and don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I just haven’t shown up.  What’s wrong with me?  Always willing.

Dear Always Willing, I love service work!  It has helped keep me sober for a long time.  Service work is important.  It also is important to those you offer to help.  Are you volunteering for too many things?  Talk to your sponsor about  your commitments and see if you need to talk about balance. If you are on a committee, they count on you to be there and actively participate.  If you volunteer to chair a meeting or pour coffee or clean up or greet, those are integral parts of that meeting.  What happens if you don’t show up? Well, someone fills in for you.  AA carries on.  Sometimes things come up that we have to take care of. Be responsible. Find someone to fill in for you.  It will make you feel better.

 

MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: September 6, 2018

Present:

Warren W. DCM
Kathy G. Treasurer
Janine J. Secretary
Marilyn C. Newsletter
Lori B. Event Chair
Kathy O. Mini-Workshop
Geri S. Website
Craig J. Archives
 Matt S. GSR – Tuesday 8:15 Big Book
 Len S. GSR – TGIF Friday
 Randy F GSR – Rocksolid
 Mike I.  GSR – CandleLight 10:10 PM
 Jack C.  GSR –  12×12 Sat 12:15
 Lisa S.  GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10a
 Melissa K.  GSR –  KISS
 Renee W.  GSR – Wed Noonbreak Meeting
DCM (Warren W.) Greetings District 23,
Thanks to all who helped with the hospitality room at the Cornhusker Roundup, especially Cliff and Lori for their planning and leadership. The new setup was great, and I think we helped to spread the message of fun and fellowship. Please join us for our upcoming planning meetings for the Feast, Fling and Fellowship. This is our 29th year of hosting this event and it is a wonderful display of what we do as a district. I want to encourage more GSRs to join us for district meetings, if you would like me to speak at your meeting or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks for all you do!  In Service, Warren W.
Alternate DCM (Cliff V.)Last month we had our District 23 Hospitality Room for the Cornhusker Roundup. There was a lot of support from members of the District. Thank you everyone for sharing your experience! And thank you to everyone who got into service and made it a successful event! We received $137.81 from the donation can. Had expenses of $100.01 for the wings on Friday and the sandwiches on Saturday, $14.00 for the Big Book we raffled off and $8.55 for plastic cups, leaving $15.25 to go into the District’s account. I will cover more details at the follow up meeting, Sunday Sept 9th, 11:30 at Chapter VI. This will be after the FF&F planning meeting.

I spoke with Bob M., Chapter VI standing committee member, briefly about working together to get all the Ralston meetings sorted out.

Gratefully in service Cliff V

Treasurer (Kathy G.)

Submit August Treasurer’s report.  Motion to approve as submitted, seconded & passed.

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

Secretary (Janine)Aug meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on August 2.   Requested any updates or corrections by 8/8.  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.  Lori will take minute notes for October.  Motion to approve August minutes, seconded & passed.
 Events (Lori B) ) The Feast, Fling & Fellowship will be held on Saturday October 6, with set-up on Friday October 5.  Tickets are $10 or two for $18.  We have had one event planning meeting, but still have some positions that need to be filled – coffee, pop, raffle, supply and transport.  If you are interested, please see me.  Future planning meetings will be held on September 9, September 16 and September 30 (September 23, if needed).  Please consider attending the event planning meetings to help out.  The event will be a chance to help other alcoholics and to show that “we are not a glum lot.”  Thank you for allowing me to serve, Lori B
 Newsletter (Marilyn C.)   We had to have additional newsletters printed for the Roundup.  Someone at Area pointed out to Warren that the Area’s Treasurer’s name and phone number were printed which may have breached the 12thtradition. This was corrected to his first name, last initial and mailing address (for contributions). The template has been corrected for future newsletters.   The planning committee for the Feast, Fling and Fellowship in October, has requested copies be made available there.  Please encourage people to write articles for the newsletter and submit to me at mjcbellevue@gmail.com. Thank you for letting me serve. Respectfully submitted, Marilyn C.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) Website 57 views; 20 visitors; steady use. Would like to train someone else to help keep it current..
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R)Continue to attend AA meetings at TSCI and believe some progress is being made with a few more inmates coming but most of all they are sharing more of their experiences and the meetings are lasting longer. Jim R
 Mini Workshop (Kathy O) Workshop September 16 1-3 p.m. Chapter VI Topic: How Helping Others Helps You. Speaker Bryan B. I want to say “Thank You” to all those that have helped out and to those who have supported the mini workshop.  Hope to see you at the September workshop. Thank you for letting me serve!
Grapevine (Greg B.) If you would like to have some sign ups for yourself or as a gift, please pick up
Archives (Craig J) No Report
 Central Office (Julie F) No Report
 Hotline (Judd)

 Hotline week 2018: 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 ReportsMatt 8:15 Tues doesn’t have a steering committee meeting member. Marilyn invited him to invite one of their members to come to the meeting.
 Old Business:

Asking for input for D23 hosting Area 41 4 Corners Workshop in 4th Quarter, 2019. A decision was made to not be the Host District for 4th Q 2019.  Area 41 will be informed.

Banner Sign update: Hopefully will be completed by 10/6 for FFF.

New Business:

Announcements:Area 41 2018 Meeting Dates:  October 13-14

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

Next Meeting: Thursday, October 4th  2018, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

phone

Are you, or do you know someone, who is: homebound, in a nursing home?  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.

 

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.

phone

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!

DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 8/18

OPEN POSITIONS 
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: August 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
MINI WORKSHOP

None in August
NEXT IS SEPTEMBER 16  1-3 PM
Topic and speakers TBA

HOTLINE ROTATION
Aug 6-12
October 15-21

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
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

Liaison august

August the 8th Month

Step 8:  “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.”

Step 8 is the beginning of making amends, of healing the past with others. From the inventory of Step 4, I have a good starting place for making a list of people that I have harmed. I look over my personal inventory and possibly reflect on my life again. I make a list of the people that I have harmed. I can write down thoughts beside each name about what the appropriate amends might be. I then go through the list and make sure I am willing in my heart to make the amends.

From 12step.org

What Should Be on My List?

In order to fully voice what you did and how that harmed other people, the list should be more than just a series of names.  If you can’t put what you did on paper, you are still running from the guilt.

Include:

  • Name of the injured person (or organization/institution/group)
  • The details of the harm
  • How the person responded to the situation
  • Your current feelings about what took place
  • Your goal inmaking amends
  • The type of amends that would be appropriate

Also, don’t forget to add yourself to the list. You have certainly been harmed by your drinking and you deserve to have things made right.
reprinted from http://alcoholicsanonymous.com/step-8-of-aa/

Tradition Eight: Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

  1. Is my own behavior accurately described by the Traditions? If not, what needs changing?
  2. When I chafe about any particular Tradition, do I realize how it affects others?
  3. Do I sometimes try to get some reward—even if not money—for my personal AA efforts?
  4. Do I try to sound in AA like an expert on alcoholism? On recovery? On medicine? On sociology? On AA itself? On psychology? On spiritual matters? Or, heaven help me, even on humility?
  5. Do I make an effort to understand what AA employees do? What workers in other alcoholism agencies do? Can I distinguish clearly among them?
  6. In my own AA life, have I any experiences which illustrate the wisdom of this Tradition?
  7. Have I paid enough attention to the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions? To the pamphlet AA TraditionHow It Developed?

Concept 8:
Short Form: The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and
finance. They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active Services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities.

Long Form: The Trustees of the General Service Board act in two primary capacities: (a) With respect to the larger matters of over-all policy and finance, they are the principal planners and administrators. They and their primary committees directly manage these affairs. (b) But with respect to our separately incorporated and constantly active services, the relation of the Trustees is mainly that of full stock ownership and of custodial oversight which they exercise through their ability to elect all directors of these entities. reprinted with permission AAWS

Heard at Meetings

Let go or be dragged.

If you’re going to worry, why pray? If you are going to pray, why worry?

Bloom where you are planted.

I can’t treat self-will with self-will.

I found a higher power that I didn’t know I needed or wanted.

I have a disease that lies to me in my own voice.

My character defects come back and they bring friends.

Alcohol took away my affections.

The steps help me live with myself and the traditions help me life with the world at large.

Humility is the ability to live one’s life with no expectation of recognition.

Thank God we are allowed to have a higher power.

Dear God, if there is one, save my soul if I have one.

Busted, disgusted and not to be trusted.

When I don’t know what to do, then I should do what I know.

I thought I had to be worthy to be useful. I was useful and became worthy.

You aren’t the voices in your head, but you are the idiot that listens to them.

The program will survive an anonymity break, but the individual may not.

I got all my ducks in a row and then I found out they weren’t my ducks.

Stay in the mail tent and avoid the sideshow.

Thought to Ponder

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: February 1, 2018

Present:

Warren W. DCM
Kathy G. Treasurer
Janine J. Secretary
Marilyn C. Newsletter
Lori B. Event Chair
Kathy O. Mini-Workshop
Geri S. Website
Craig J. Archives
 Matt S. GSR – Tuesday 8:15 Big Book
 Len S. GSR – TGIF Friday
 Randy F GSR – Rocksolid
 Mike I.  GSR – CandleLight 10:10 PM
 Jack C.  GSR –  12×12 Sat 12:15
 Lisa S.  GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10a
 Melissa K.  GSR –  KISS
 Renee W.  GSR – Wed Noonbreak Meeting
DCM (Warren W.) Greetings District 23,
I will be attending the Area 41 meeting in Columbus on 7/21 and 7/22. Everyone is welcome if you want to attend. Please contact me with any questions. The Cornhusker Roundup is coming up in August and District 23 is hosting a hospitality room, please consider joining us at the planning meetings. I hope everyone has a safe holiday week, I’d ask you to take a minute to reflect on the many “freedoms” we now enjoy as we trudge this road of sobriety!  In Service,  Warren
Alternate DCM (Cliff V.) The first event planning meeting for the Cornhusker Roundup is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th, 12:30 p.m. in the small room at Chapter VI in Ralston. I encourage everyone to get involved. It is a great opportunity to get involved and to fellowship with other alcoholics. We will need people for Transport, signup sheets, setup, greeters, help with food, snacks, desserts, cleanup, and transport back to Ralston.
Treasurer (Kathy G.)

Motion to accept Treasurer’s report for June 2018 as presented seconded & passed.

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

Secretary (Janine) June meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on June11.   Requested any updates or corrections by 6/15. 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 June Meeting minutes as presented, seconded & passed.
 Events (Lori B) District 23 Events Chair Report  June 2018

The next event we will be planning is the Cornhusker Roundup Hospitality Room. Cliff V. will be the chair for this event.
We will begin planning for the Feast, Fling & Fellowship in late August. The FF&F will be on Saturday, October 6th, with set up on Friday, October 5th. Please plan on getting involved in the planning of this event. We will need lots of volunteers to make the FF&F a success.

Thank you for allowing me to serve.

 Newsletter (Marilyn C.) I had 40 copies printed of the July newsletter.  Still seeking articles from others in recovery.
 Webmaster (Geri S.) No report.

Matt – View count is low, 5-15 views/month.  It takes 6 hours/month to keep current.  Matt requested that we work on letting people know about the website.

Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) Attended the TSCI AA meeting on 6-26 and there was few more inmates at the meeting, was encouraging to have more come.  Jim R
 Mini Workshop (Kathy O) Flyers for mini-workshop available for Sunday July 22 1-3 p.m.  Speaker Jessica. Please distribute flyers.
Grapevine (Greg B.)  No report
Archives (Craig J) No Report
 Central Office (Julie F) No Report
 Hotline (Judd) No Report

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 as CPC/PI did not meet in June due to inclement weather.
 GSR Reports No report
 Old Business:

Consider changing D23 meeting time from 6:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Janine J will make a survey to poll the attendees.

Lori B. Cornhusker Roundup will be changing.  All the districts will be sharing a combined ballroom and there are not room rentals for this year’s hospitality event.

New Business: 

Warren – getting a $60 6×2’ banner with District 23 with circle & triangle to have for events $60. Multiuse & reusable.  Motion to get a banner, seconded & passed.

Announcements:

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, August 2, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

August treasurer

As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn,
I have heard about 13th step but I don’t understand. I have been sober 3 weeks and hear the 12 steps all the time. What is 13? Oh, wait! I’ll ask my new boyfriend. He’s 4 months sober and knows everything. Tallulah.

Dear Tallulah, 13th step is not a good thing. That’s when people hit on newcomers for reasons other than recovery. It is recommended that we don’t get in relationships for an entire year when we first sober up. You might want to re-think the relationship for at least a year.

Dear Marilyn,
Why does it seem like everything in the newsletter is a month late? I thought we are supposed to live in today? Thank you, A Little OCD

Dear A Little OCD,
Good question. At the district meeting the reports are read to the members present and they have to be approved before they can be published. Soooooo, at the July meeting, the minutes from the June meeting and the June treasurer’s report are read. Once these are approved they may be printed in the next newsletter. The District 23 meeting is on the First Thursday of each month. That is also when the current newsletter is distributed to everyone present. I think this is a very good question and thanks for reading the newsletter. See me for a prize.

Dear Marilyn,
A member of my home group seems to be breaking a few of the traditions during his weekly shares. It appears to me he resents AA and may be running people off? What should I do?
Signed, Out of Ideas

Dear Out of Ideas,
Wow! That is too bad that he resents AA. I have found AA to be a lifesaver. Is this person relatively new to AA? Does he have a sponsor? Is that sponsor at meetings where this person shares? I would suggest a couple of things here. Some of the more “seasoned” male members may want to talk to him privately after a meeting and let him know he is breaking traditions. He may not even be aware that he is doing so. How about doing a topic on traditions and how they affect how/what we share at meetings? We certainly don’t want people to be ‘run off’ because of this. I learned the hard way that if we don’t confront bad behavior we are giving it permission to continue. I don’t know what may have been done already to help this fellow. Your sponsor may have more ideas if she is also at these same meetings. I wish I had a magic wand but I don’t. Please let me know how this turns out.

Another Thought to Ponder

I NEED TO REMIND MYSELF HOW BAD IT WAS SO I DON’T FORGET HOW BAD IT WAS.

DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 7/18

OPEN POSITIONS 
None
Thank you all for serving

PDF FORM: July 2018

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

July 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.
CREIGHTON MEDICAL CENTER
30TH & CUMING

DISTRICT 23
MONTHLY – 1ST THURSDAY
6:30 p.m. (April 5, 2018)
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston
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 EVENTS PLANNING COMMITTEE
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

MINI WORKSHOP
July 22, 2018

HOTLINE ROTATION
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

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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.

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MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: February 1, 2018

Present:

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.

Announcements:

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.

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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

 

DISTRICT 23 NEWSLETTER – 6/18

OPEN POSITIONS 
CENTRAL OFFICE LIAISON

PDF FORM: June 2018

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

June 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.
CREIGHTON MEDICAL CENTER
30TH & CUMING

DISTRICT 23
MONTHLY – 1ST THURSDAY
6:30 p.m. (April 5, 2018)
Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston
.

 EVENTS PLANNING COMMITTEE
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

 DISTRICT 23
MONTHLY – 1st THURSDAY
6:00 PM
June 7, 2018
July 5, 2018

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

HOTLINE ROTATION
May 28-June 3
Aug 6-12

AREA 41 2018
July 21-22; October 13-14

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
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

194 Character Defects.

These are from a website called Realistic Recovery, not an AA approved site.  Food for thought only.  Note all that apply.defects.pngAA Slogans and Quote’s

  •   God=good orderly direction
  •   Be as enthusiastic about AA as you were about your drinking
  •   You received without cost, now give without charge
  •   Humility is our acceptance of ourselves
  •   Trying to pray is praying
  •   Get it —give it—grow in it
  •   Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation
  •   We’re responsible for the effort not the outcome
  •   This is a selfish program
  •   Ego=edging God out
  •   Keep your sobriety first to make it last
  •   I drank: too much—too often—too long
  •   AA will work if you want it to work
  •   Minds are like parachutes—-they won’t work unless they’re open
  •   What you hear and see here, stays here
  •   Alcoholism is the only disease that tells you you’re all right
  •   If you turn it over and don’t let go of it, you will be upside down.
  •   An AA meeting is where losers get together to talk about their winnings
  •   AA is a school in which we are all learners and all teachers
  •   God taught us to laugh again but God, please don’t let us forget that we once cried
  •   Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm
  •   AA may not solve all your problems but it is willing to share them
  •   It isn’t the load that weighs us down–it’s the way we carry it
  •   Principles before personalities
  •   When you do all the talking you only learn what you already know
  •   The 7 t’s —take time to think the thing through
  •   There are none too dumb for the AA program but many are too smart
  •   We all have another drunk left in us but we don’t know if we have another recovery in us
  •   To be forgiven we must forgive

WANTED
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Send to Marilyn C.
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MEETING NOTES

District 23 Meeting Notes Date: February 1, 2018

Present:

Warren W. DCM
Cliff V. Alt DCM
Kathy G Treasurer
Janine J Secretary
Marilyn C Newsletter
Lori B. Event Chair
Kathy O. Mini Workshop
Craig J. Archives
Michele B. CPC/PI
Jim R Institutions/BTG
 Judd D.  Hotline
 Tim K.  GSR – Sat 8AM
 Joel B.  GSR –  Thurs 8:15 Smokeout
 Jack C.  GSR –  12×12 Sat 12:15
 Matt S  GSR –  Tuesday 8:15 Big Book
Jack C  GSR – 12×12 Sat 12:15
Scott S  GSR – Sunday Morning 10am
 Lisa S  GSR – Sunday Free to Be 10a
 Melissa K.  GSR –  KISS
 John M.  GSR –  Papio 12×12
 Len S  GSR –  TGIF Friday
 Randy F  GSR –  Rocksolid
 Mike I GSR –  Candlelight 10:10 PM
 Justin S.  GSR –  We Are Responsible
DCM (Warren W.)

Greetings District 23! I attended the Area 41 Meeting 4/7 and 4/8 in Columbus. Our newsletters will be here in the next couple of weeks and I will have them at our next meeting. There were a couple of items that I feel are very important to discuss. Long story short, we are now fully sales tax and 501(c) 3 compliant with the State of Nebraska. For a considerable period of time we were not charging sales tax for our literature/grapevine sales and we have now corrected that and paid the past due amount from our prudent reserve. I have a full report from our treasurer if anyone wants to take a look at it.

Looking forward to our Service and Sponsorship Workshop! Thanks for all the work that has been out in.

In Service,

Warren W.

Alternate DCM (Cliff V.) Made contact with 1 GSR and got paper work completed to get group registered and members as the primary contact w/ GSO.  Please reach out to me if you need help.  Having conversations with A41 to determine current meeting roster.
Treasurer (Kathy G.)

Motion to approve treasurer’s report as submitted.  Seconded and passed.

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

Secretary (Janine)April meeting minutes were submitted electronically to all members on the contact list on April 5.   Requested any updates or corrections by 4/11. No corrections were submitted.  Requested that the meeting minutes be published in the newsletter. Motion to approve April meeting minutes, seconded and passed.  Please submit reports for the next district meeting to district23aa@gmail.com after your meetings so they can be added to these notes.
 Events (Lori B) The District 23 Sponsorship and Service Workshop is May 5th.  Thank you to the Events Planning Committee for all their hard work.  There are some new ideas that will make the Workshop fun, as well as informative.  There will be a break until the next event – the Cornhusker Roundup.  Please consider helping with this event. Thanks for allowing me to serve, Lori B.
 Newsletter (Marilyn C.)I had 80 copies of the May Newsletter printed this time.  40 for the Sponsorship and Service Work Shop and 40 for distribution at the District meeting and meeting halls. I get a lot of ideas from the Internet on recovery websites and from A.A. literature.  With the literature I properly cite the reference per GSO and Grapevine.  I am trying to do articles relating to the number of the month.  May, 5thstep and tradition and concept.  June, 6thstep, tradition and concept etc.  Please consider writing a short article about AA. It can be about recovery, a step or tradition.  I am still looking for other people to write articles.  Try to get someone you sponsor to write an article.  Or your sponsor. Or yourself They can be submitted to me at mjcbellevue@gmail.com.  by the 15thof the month.  Thank you for letting me serve.  Marilyn C.
 Webmaster (Geri S.)Matt Website has been updated and full front page.  Has newsletters and meeting minutes in pdf format.  Would like input from others on what we could add.  What would you like to see on the website?  Discussion about adding D23 meeting list.  Alt DCM will give updated list to be published.  Upcoming events. Email msnell@unomaha.edu.
Institutions/Bridging the Gap (Jim R) There’s five more men that have committed to going to institutions. John T. & I attended AA on May 17 at TSCI and the meeting was small but believe we planted a seed of hope. Hope to have a table set up at the Service & Sponsorship Workshop. Jim
 Mini Workshop (Kathy O) May 20 1 -3 p.m.; Vince & Tim K will come and speak to talk about service and what it has done for their personal growth.  Am hoping that there will be a lot of newcomers in attendance.
Grapevine (Greg B.)  No report
Archives (Craig J) Archives will be reviewed on 5/20 11:30 a.m. Chapter VI. If you are interested, please come help.
 Central Office (Julie F) No report.
 Hotline (Judd)

CHANGE in HOTLINE WEEK; See below.

Hotline week 2018: May 28-June 3; Aug 6-12; Oct 15-21; Dec 24-30

Link to Hotline schedule: http://www.omahaaa.org/Post/sections/3/Files/Hotline 2017.pdf

 CPC/PI (Michele B) Last month we participated in the Omaha Health, Wellness, and Fitness Expo at the Baxter Arena 4/7/2018 thru 4/8/2018. I won’t have the numbers on how many visitors we had until next meeting. When I was there Sunday we had multiple people stop and ask questions. We also handed out literature along with hotline and Alanon phone numbers. Michele B  CPC/PI District 23
 GSR Reports No report
 Old Business:

Create a D23 mission statement.  No consensus on mission statement or what the purpose of D23 is about.  Take a month to think about it.  Revisit on May 3, 2018. Table and remove the discussion. Motion do not include a D23 mission statement.  Seconded.  Passed.

Non-Profit vs profit treatment center question. Should we invite for profit treatment center patients to the events and have it be free?  As we are affiliating ourselves with for profit treatment. Motion that D23’s  position welcome those people who want to attend our D23 events and we don’t exclude anyone based on treatment center affiliation, ability to pay and D23 will actively invite in accordance with the 3rd Tradition.   Seconded.   Passed.

New Business: None

Non-Profit vs. profit treatment center question.
Announcements:

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

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

Area 41 Treasurer

16758 Arcadia

Omaha, NE 68116

Phone: 402-709-4341

Email: nickkissel@gmail.com

Next Meeting: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Trinity Methodist Church & Community Center 8009 Q St Ralston

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As Marilyn Sees It

Dear Marilyn,

My sponsor says I should work the steps.  All of them.  In order. What should I do? Get a new sponsor?  Thank you, a Newcomer,

Dear Newcomer,

No, you should not get a new sponsor.  Yes, you need to work all the steps and in order. Why do you think they are numbered?

Dear Marilyn,

My sponsor says I don’t know as much as I think.  I’m 30 days sober.  Thank you, an Oldtimer.

Dear Oldtimer, you are not. Keep coming back.

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