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District 5 Business Meetings:
The next REGULAR District 5 business meeting Saturday, March 18, 2017 ~ 10:45 am to 12:45 pm. King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. ALL Al-Anon members are welcome to attend! Have you been to a District meeting before? Please consider checking this one out – new faces and new ideas are needed and will be welcomed! This meeting is attended by Group Reps. If your GR can’t make it, send your group’s Alternate Group Rep. We have started a new tradition of bringing finger-foods to share before the prompt 10:45 start-time. You do NOT have to bring food to attend! (or to partake in a snack or two!) We do ask that it be easy, non-messy food - no kitchen use. And to bring your own coffee/pop/water/tea, etc. Hope to see you!
We will have 1-hour-mini-district-meetings again in 2017. These are in an attempt get more people involved. The frequency will give more opportunities for busy schedules. As true for the regular 2-hour meetings, ALL members are welcome to come and share ideas and voice concerns. We’re becoming a more active District! Come and get involved! Hope to see YOU there! These will also be at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard Road, Ann Arbor. They will be held on the 1st Fridays of most months: January 6, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Sept 1, October 6. And keep in mind that there is a 6:30 Al-Anon meeting at King of Kings so you can stay and attend that after the business meeting!
Our Seventh Tradition states that Al-Anon is a self-supporting program. We are supported not only by member contributions, but also by member service! And, member service helps the individual who serves as well as the Al-Anon members and program. There are service opportunities at all levels of Al-Anon/Alateen. Here are a few!
District Level (District 5) Service Opportunities:
Current terms of service end in December, 2017. Rotation of these service positions are voted for prior to year-end. Voting took place at the District Meeting on November 15, 2014 at King of Kings at 11:00 a.m. To learn the specifics of various roles, beyond the Group Level, click here to familiarize yourself with the Structure of the Al-Anon/Alateen Fellowship. The page this link directs you to contains a wealth of information. Service work opens the door to personal growth!
ALATEEN SPONSORS AND ALATEEN SERVICE SUPPORT NEEDED: Our area Alateen program needs adult Al-Anon member(s) to sponsor Alateen groups and support Alateen activities. Alateen sponsorship is extremely rewarding for the Alateen sponsor and extremely helpful for the Alateen members. Have YOU ever thought of becoming involved with Alateen service? The Al-Anon publication, “Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You? ” (S-27) provides an overview of the requirements to be an Alateen sponsor. For information on how you can sponsor an Alateen group or help support Alateen activities, please click here!
“Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You?” (S-27) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.
Web site service opportunities! District 5 web site people are asking for help:
From ALL members to submit short messages or writings for our District 5 Bulletin Board/Member Sharing page.
w From any/all members to write YOUR story (anonymously) to be shared on the District 5 Stories page.
w Website Committee is forming - be on the ground floor to share ideas for a new look to our pages! Inquire to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Does YOUR District 5 Al-Anon Meeting Have A Group Representative? If not, your meeting members are missing out on the opportunity to learn about district news, participate in district functions, and vote on district issues. At your next meeting, why not find out if someone is representing your group? You can find out more about becoming a Group Representative by contacting our District Representative: DistrictRep@afgdistrict5.org
District-level Business: Would you like to become involved at the district level? Some of the ways to help: planning, organizing, outreach, and more. Find out more by contacting our District Representative (see address above).
NEWEST Alateen Meeting! Began October 7, 2015. 7:30 p.m. Every Wednesday. Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor in the Alpha Room on the 2nd floor. Welcomes young members 10-19.
Besides book marking this page, another way to keep up with Al-Anon activities in Michigan is through the Serenity Sentinel, a quarterly newsletter for Michigan Al-Anon Family Group members. The Serenity Sentinel has articles from Michigan’s Delegate, Chairperson and Treasurer; information about upcoming Al-Anon events; and fliers and registration forms for the events. A one-year subscription is $4.00. Each registered Al-Anon group that maintains a current mailing address with the Area Office will receive a free Serenity Sentinel. Please click here to print a subscription form.
LITERATURE: Below are listed just some of the many great pieces of CAL (Conference Approved Literature). Please email our District 5 LDC at Literature@afgdistrict5.org or call our hotline 734-995-4949 for more information on how to obtain literature locally to help support District 5.
“Reaching for Personal Freedom” A spiral workbook in hopes of providing new opportunities to apply the wisdom with Al-Anon’s three Legacies to the challenges of daily living. When we open ourselves to the spiritual principles in these Legacies, we can find abundant possibilities for growth and fulfillment.
“How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics” This edition of Al-Anon’s basic book is now in paperback and the cost is $6.00. It is recommended that each group purchase several books to be used in their meetings and/or given to “Newcomers”.
“Many Voices, One Journey” Al-Anon Family Group’s is the story of growth and recovery of the fellowship and its members over the past 60 years. The book is divided into short segments that can be read aloud at a meeting.
“Blueprint for Progress” Al-Anon’s Fourth Step Inventory. This workbook will help you with working on your inventory and help you look for positive growth.
“Living with Sobriety” In this booklet, Al-Anon members share how they met the new challenges that sobriety presented to family members and friends, as well as the alcoholic.
“The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage” Al-Anon members share openly and honestly about how Al-Anon has helped them face various problems in their marriages.
“The Al-Anon Family Groups-Classic Edition” Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Al-Anon’s first book includes the original text written by our pioneer members, as well as an introduction, footnotes, and appendix that put it in historical perspective. While the world has changed in the last 55 years, the hope our program offers has not.
“As we Understood” is celebrating a 25th Anniversary which was written in 1982. This Al-Anon and Alateen book made its debut at the First Al-Anon International Convention in Montreal, Quebec. This was the first Conference approved book to include spiritual sharings from members.
Will the Forum grow - or fade away? Readers are needed and Sharings are wanted. The Forum has an important role to play in Al-Anon. It is called “A Meeting in My Pocket.” The Forum is affordable at $11 per year. Each registered Al-Anon group is now receiving a free copy of The Forum. It has been suggested that if each group bought one or two copies of the magazine it would once again become a focal point for Al-Anon unity and a bridge to the future. The Forum will fade away unless we, as a fellowship, decide that it is worth our support. Please click here to print a subscription form.