November 21, 2020 – District Meeting

Please join us in serving the district to further the Al-Anon mission from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM on Zoom( to participate, will need to install the Zoom app before the meeting starts). Please email the District Representative for meeting ID and password or other questions regarding participation. You are welcome to join after the meeting starts if necessary. Please email the District 5 Secretary to add items to the agenda.

Agenda
Open with the Serenity Prayer, read 12 Concepts of Service and Introductions 
Treasurer Report-Jan A
AWSC Nov. 14, 2020 report-Maggie S, District Rep attended this zoom meeting
Coordinator reports: 
District Rep  
Alternate District Rep
Alateen 
Phone-Information Coordinator
Public Outreach
Web Admin
LDC Liaison
AIS-vacant
Other vacant service positions: Group Records, Open Speaker Meeting 
 
New business: 
Elections: DR, etc
District 5 Zoom account
Up-to-date Group Rep list requested
LDC ideas on literature communication
Next District 5 meetings, to be determined
Meeting from 10:30am-12pm
 
Close with the Al-Anon Declaration
Let It Begin With Me.
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help – let the hand of
Al-Anon and Alateen always be there, and
Let It Begin With Me.
 

CLOSED: This meeting of Al-Anon is closed to the public. Closed meetings are for anyone whose personal life is or has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker. If you are interested in Al-Anon/Alateen or wish to observe as a student or professional, we welcome you to attend one of our meetings designated as ‘open’.

August 15, 2020 – District Meeting

Please join us in serving the district to further the Al-Anon mission from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM on Zoom( to participate, will need to install the Zoom app before the meeting starts). Please email the District Representative for meeting ID and password or other questions regarding participation. You are welcome to join after the meeting starts if necessary. Please email the District 5 Secretary to add items to the agenda.

Volunteer for Secretary is needed to record minutes, as this position still open

Agenda
Open with the Serenity Prayer, read 12 Concepts of Service and Introductions
Minutes of last meeting (I jotted down some points, but not in any written format yet) Any Volunteer? 
Election: Secretary ?
 
Treasurer Report-Jan A
AWSC Aug 8, 2020 report-Nancy B, Alt District Rep attended this zoom meeting
Coordinator reports: 
District Rep (will plan to attend 11/14/20 AWSC mtg for reporting purposes) 
Alternate District Rep
Alateen 
Phone-Information Coordinator
Public Outreach
Web Admin
LDC Liaison-welcome Marcia W (Diane has stepped down)
AIS
Several vacant service positions to fill: Group Records, Secretary, Open Speaker Meeting 
 
New business:
Separating some payments from LDC duties: 
ie Great Call district phone service billing address to District 5 PO Box? Payment from district checking acct? Domain name billing address change to District 5 Treasurer (it’s paid until June 2025)
 
Website’s Meeting accuracy per Google Calendar (Zoom or in-person meeting)
 
Next District 5 meeting is Saturday, Nov 21, 2020, most likely this will be a Zoom
Meeting also, from 10:30am-12pm
 
Close with the Al-Anon Declaration
Let It Begin With Me.
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help – let the hand of
Al-Anon and Alateen always be there, and
Let It Begin With Me.
 

CLOSED: This meeting of Al-Anon is closed to the public. Closed meetings are for anyone whose personal life is or has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker. If you are interested in Al-Anon/Alateen or wish to observe as a student or professional, we welcome you to attend one of our meetings designated as ‘open’.

June 27, 2020 – District Meeting

Please join us in serving the district to further the Al-Anon mission from 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM on Zoom. Please email the Alternate GR for meeting ID and password. We are still seeking a new District Representative (DR). You are welcome to join after the meeting starts if necessary. Please email the District 5 Secretary to add items to the agenda.

Agenda

  • Open with Serenity Prayer
  • Read Twelve Concepts of Service
  • Introductions
  • Minutes from past meeting
  • Voting policy – Each registered group may assign only one individual per District Meeting who may vote. Officers that are not voting on behalf of a group at the District Meeting may also vote.
  • In Feb, received an email and praise for our district website from an out of state member writing a book, who is asking to use the Legacy section, “Structure of the Al-Anon/Alateen Fellowship”; he/she would give credit to us.
  • Treasurer’s report – Jan A
  • Spring Assembly Report – Shelia L
  • Items to discuss
    • Elections: District Representative, Secretary
    • Vacant positions: Al-Anon Information Service (AIS), Open Speaker Series, Group Records
    • Changing announcement email policy from 2 per month.
    • Suggestion for future District 5 business meetings to be held outdoors, combined with doing Zoom
  • Reports
    • District Representative (DR) – Vacant
    • Alternate DR – Maggie S
    • Alateen – Robin R
    • AIS – Vacant
    • LDC Liaison – Diane B
    • Group Records – Vacant
    • Information Phone – Kelly S
    • Open Speaker Series – Vacant
    • Public Outreach – Bev S
    • Secretary – Vacant
    • Web Admin – Melinda K
  • Other business
  • Next meeting Saturday, August 15, 2020, most likely a Zoom meeting from 10:30-12.
  • Close with the Al-Anon Declaration

    Let It Begin With Me.
    When anyone, anywhere,
    reaches out for help – let the hand of
    Al-Anon and Alateen always be there, and
    Let It Begin With Me.

CLOSED: This meeting of Al-Anon is closed to the public. Closed meetings are for anyone whose personal life is or has been deeply affected by close contact with a problem drinker. If you are interested in Al-Anon/Alateen or wish to observe as a student or professional, we welcome you to attend one of our meetings designated as ‘open’.

Memo to District 5

Hello fellow District 5 Al-Anon friends,

I hope this message finds District 5 members and families doing well, and that you’ve been able to ‘attend’ some zoom or online meetings during the ‘Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe’ quarantine. Personally, I know of one Al-Anon member who passed away in April after contracting the coronavirus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and our essential workers.
The Spring edition of our state newsletter, the Serenity Sentinel was delivered recently, and includes sharings on how Al-Anon has helped during this stressful time. All active registered groups receive it, or a personal subscription of $4 per year is available by sending name and address to the state treasurer at MI AFG, Inc PO Box 980174, Ypsilanti MI 48198-0174.
Also,  WSO (al-anon.org) and MI AFG (miafg.org) websites have lots of useful information for your review, and both organizations ask for donations to continue to Carry the Message to Newcomers during this unprecedented time.  PayPal or physical checks can be mailed. See address on our website, or at WSO.
Last week I received the latest World Service Office Quarterly Appeal Letter( and it is attached to this email), which was mailed to all GR, CMA(Current Mailing Address) and members.  It was written prior to AA International Convention in Detroit being cancelled however, as was the World Service Conference in Virginia Beach, VA and the 48th Michigan State Convention in Bay City. Michigan AFG had a Day of Recovery zoom event on May 2nd with panelists on Step 1, 2, 3 and main speaker, Judy K., from Reno NV (see AMOTAudio link below)..  A working lunch break, included a brief state Delegate and several Coordinator reports, one of note from Sandy C, Group Records, that WSO would like the ‘what we thought would be temporary online meetings’ be registered now as indeed online, so as to allow Newcomers a chance to find and attend a meeting..
SAVE-THE-DATE:

  • June 13th – This will be a combined Area World Service Conference meeting & Spring Assembly and will take place on Zoom.  This Michigan AFG business meeting is open to all Al-Anon members.  More details to come …

Make sure to check out the recordings of Al-Anon Without Borders speakers:  http://msbrecording.com/al-anon-zoom-meetings/  and those from the MIAFG Day of Recovery:  Free Zoom Recordings | AMOT Audio

In Gratitude for Al-Anon,Maggie S, Alt District 5 rep



Letter from Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 


Dear Al‑Anon and Alateen members,

On behalf of the Finance Committee, I am writing to inform you of the impact COVID‑19 is having at the World Service Office (WSO). Since the start of the COVID‑19 pandemic, donations and literature sales have decreased significantly at the WSO. I know many of you are experiencing similar situations at your home group, District, Al‑Anon Information Service (AIS), Literature Distribution Center (LDC), or Area.At the end of April, literature sales were down 75% and contributions were down 34% and we are projecting a $1,600,000 operating deficit at the end of 2020. Given reduced revenues, the Board has approved a transfer from the Reserve Fund to the General Fund of $250,000 to provide cash necessary for operations. Significant cost cutting measures have been implemented including elimination of Staff merit and cost of living increases for 2020; all Staff travel through the end of the year; and Board, Executive, and Finance Committee travel through the end of August. 
Additionally, after prayerful consideration of our projected cash position, Staff furlough and layoff actions were taken Friday, May 1. All Staff who were impacted are eligible for the expanded unemployment coverage due to COVID‑19. 

Despite these actions, the WSO is doing business as usual, processing literature orders through customer service and shipping products ordered, fielding calls for public outreach and electronic meeting information, and keeping our presence known on social media and other services. To continue, we need your help. Some thoughts I have been having about Seventh Tradition donations:

Do your groups, Districts, or Areas have money that was planned to cover Group Representative, District Representative, or Area officer travel which could now be donated because the District or Area meetings were held virtually?Is your group making announcements at your meetings to let members know they can go online and donate directly to WSO?How is your group handling the May Appeal Letter during this time of meetings happening virtually? Will it even be read?How can we keep the Seventh Tradition money flowing through the links of service from the groups to Districts to Areas to the WSO?

In the past, when members have been asked to help the WSO your response has been overwhelming. So once again we are coming to you. The pandemic has increased the incidence of alcoholism. The WSO would appreciate any contributions you and your group, District or Area can provide to help us continue to serve the families and friends still suffering in these uncertain times. We can process checks mailed to the WSO, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, or you can use the link below to contribute online. Love in service,  Cathy T.  


Treasurer  
Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.  

How to Make an Announcement & How to Subscribe to Receive Announcements

Al-Anon members, if you have an announcement that you would like to be distributed and posted to the website please send detailed announcement requests to announcements@afgdistrict5.org. Please provide a contact number and/or anonymous email address for follow up questions, and indicate when you would like the announcement to expire. Phone numbers will not be posted to the website, but anonymous email addresses will. If you object to us sharing your email, please indicate that in your request. An email is considered anonymous if it does not contain your full last name or affiliated business.

If you know of fellow Al-Anon members that would like to subscribe to receive email announcements please refer them to the Announcement Subscription web page.

If you attend a meeting and do not hear any or one of these announcements mentioned please encourage fellow Al-Anon members to visit this Announcements page. Please also encourage others to learn about the Open Service Positions in the announcement above.