February 2019

District 14 Website Address: www.aa-district14.org/


Note: If you know of a member of AA who has passed away, please send an email (jshsellis@sbcglobal.net) to Gene or call him (618.228.9108) so he can send out an email to let the fellowship know. Thank you.


District 14 met on 17 Feb 2019 at the New Day Recovery Club in East St Louis IL at a special time of 12 Noon. There were 31 attendees. The 10 Mar 2019 meeting will be tentatively held at the Cahokia Serenity Group in Cahokia IL. As always, the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Hope to see you there. Note: The Jan 2019 GSR Meeting was canceled due to bad weather.

As we promised, we will publish in each issue of the BN a list of the groups/people donating to the District. Here are the 7th Tradition donations received from 17 Dec 2018 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District:

Our Group Firehouse (ESL) – $25

623 Group – $200 // $100 to Dist 14 & $100 to Special Events Fund

O’Fallon Trailer Group – $400

Dr Bobs Group – $240


Jay Green

A longtime member of the O’Fallon Trailer Group

Leaving us with over 27 years of sobriety

His smiling face will be missed

Dennis Holt

A longtime member of the 623 Group

Leaving us with over 38 years of sobriety

He will be sorely missed

Robert ‘Bear’ Sramek

A longtime member of the O’Fallon Trailer Group

Leaving us with over 30 years of sobriety

His commitment to AA will be greatly missed



Dist 14 has a post office box & the address will be printed on the cover page of the Where & When for 2019. The address is: District 14, P.O. Box 23794, Belleville IL 62223

Donations to District 14 can be mailed to the above address. If sending a check, please make it out to: District 14 AA

Cheryl M is the new GSR for the How It Works Group.

The district is going to research the cost of getting a storage unit. This has been checked into previously but was not found necessary at the time. Recommendations will be made to the Trusted Servants for their action.

The district is also going to pursue acquiring tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit entity. There is more than one category of this & some research will be conducted before a recommendation is made to the Trusted Servants for action. This would preclude the paying of sales tax and some reports would have to be provided.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: All is going well. Alex would like to attend the National Archives Convention/Conference in Sep 2019. She learned a lot from the last one she attended concerning the preservation and presentation of archived items. Also, Alex is trying to acquire past copies of the secretary notes from past GSR Meetings.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. (618.228.9108): W&W’s: The master W&W was dropped off for printing on 11 Feb 2019 at the Advertiser Press in O’Fallon IL. Anticipate receipt of the new W&W by the Mar 2019 GSR Mtg. 4000 copies will be printed. BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Dan G.: Not present

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Meetings are still held on Mon & Fri at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SWICC. Monday meeting has been switched to a Big Book meeting. Friday is an open discussion meeting. The application process is being greatly streamlined which should improve approval speed as there is only a single poc in Springfield.

CPC: Eric O.: New packets will be tailored towards each profession upon receipt of the new Where & Whens for 2019.

CSO: James R.: Not present

Grapevine: Vacant

MESYPAA: Not present

PI/LIT: Dave S.: Not present

Special Events: Lori W.: Still no date for the St Paddy’s Day Potluck. The usual location is not available for St Paddy’s Day or the week after. Working on getting a location and a date near the end of March 2019. The Fellowship will be kept informed. More later……

Technology Committee: Rob C.: Not present

Looking for a Meeting ? There’s an App for that … District 14 Meetings are Available using “Meeting Guide” !

This App is Downloadable for Android or iOS. Search ‘Meeting Guide’ from Google PlayStore or Apple iTunes. App can travel – just update Zip Code. Meetings load on current day \ time, with previous day’s Meetings grayed out. Searches can be made for Day, Time, City & Type. App uses Google Maps to direct you to the facility.

The Meeting List is automatically updated daily, at 12 N & 12 M, pulling from our District’s Database. Remember: If you have a Meeting Update, Addition, Change or Deletion, please advise the Technology Committee at District14Live@gmail.com Subject: Meeting Update so that we may remain good stewards of good information for those who are still suffering.

Treatment Facilities: James W.: Still going well. Lot of attendees.

Workshop: The next workshop will be a GSR Workshop. More later…..


The 2019 Great River Roundup will be held 1-3 Mar 2019 at the Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center on Route 100 in Grafton IL. Registration is $20 & the banquet is $20. For more info, call Ryan at 618.823.7499 or Nina at 618.514.3953 or Jason at 618.623.5875.

The SRN IL Area 21 Assembly will be held 3 Mar 2019 at Wayne County Floral Hall at Wayne County Fairgrounds on West Main St in Fairfield IL. Registration begins at 7 a.m. & the assembly begins at 9 a.m. Registration costs $5 and the Lunch costs $10. For more info, contact Kyle D. at 618.384.1927 or Carl H. at 618.599.0718.

The Pre-GSC (General Service Conference) will be held on 27 April 2019 & hosted by Dist 14. The Chair is Adam W. More later on this event…….

The SRN IL Area 21 Assembly will be held 2 June 2019 at Veterans Memorial Park at 800 South 27th St in Mt Vernon IL at the Rolland Lewis Community Bldg. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The assembly begins at 9 a.m. Registration costs $5 and the Lunch costs $10. For more info, contact Leo O. at 618.493.6467 or Jodi P. at 920.737.4000.

The 3rd Annual Metro-East Banquet will be held 3 Aug 2019 at Bellecourt Manor at 225 East A St in Belleville IL. The fellowship begins at 5:30 pm and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The speaker will begin promptly at 8 p.m. The speaker is Marti P. of Buda TX. Tickets are $30 and the last day for ticket sales is 19 July 2019. There will be no tickets sales at the door. For more info, contact Eric O. at 618.531.1671.

The December 2019 Area Assembly will be hosted by District 14. More to come later…..

BIRTHDAYS: (Birthdays will only be entered if they occur before or on the date of the GSR Meeting; otherwise, they will be entered in a future edition of the Booze News).

623 Group: Phil C. – 37 yrs, Joe B., Johnnie S. – 35 yrs, Hank H., Teresa K., Bob C. – 31 yrs, Paul G., Dennis M., Ron F. – 27 yrs, Mike B. – 26 yrs, Aruella L., Mike F., Becky F. – 25 yrs, Kevin F. – 23 yrs, Hillary K-P. – 22 yrs, Yvonne M. – 21 yrs, Kate M-G., Jovanna K., Terri L. – 20 yrs, Bob D., Rocky F., Kath M., Steve C. – 18 yrs, Dale B., Corianne B., Lisa P. – 17 yrs, Bonnie L., Gary G. – 16 yrs, Randy M., Dallas H. – 15 yrs, Scott R. – 13 yrs, Aimie D., Mark F. – 12 yrs, Dean M., Mike O. – 10 yrs, Matt G. – 9 yrs, Jimmie T., Bob F., Terri V. – 8 yrs, Micheal C., Andy W., Gary A. – 7 yrs, Jeremy D. – 6 yrs, Amy Z. – 4 yrs, John S. – 3 yrs, David S., Cheyenne H. – 2 yrs, Travis W. – 1 yr.

Archway to Freedom Group: Jeff S. – 11 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Terry L. – 27 yrs, Scott R. – 12 yrs, Chris C. – 5 yrs, John S. – 3 yrs, Jeremy M., Dave B., Jesse V., Lizzy M. – 1 yr, Carla B. – 30 days.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Herestine M. – 21 yrs, Jack G. – 10 yrs, Matt G. – 9 yrs.

Carlyle Lake Group: Mark H. – 29 yrs, Ben H. – 7 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group: Don F. – 28 yrs, Jennifer M. – 15 yrs, Jess W. – 8 yrs, Jeremiah F. – 6 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Shirley S. – 40 yrs, Mike M. – 28 yrs, Jeff H. – 24 yrs, Thamous W. – 15 yrs, Joe S. – 12 yrs, Bill H. – 11 yrs, Dave S., Donna G., Dick G. – 10 yrs, Kevin S. – 9 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Josh Y. – 30 yrs, Ren T. – 29 yrs, Charlotte R. – 28 yrs, Junior W., Wanda T., Malcom P., Reggie J., Anne R. – 27 yrs, Dominic D. – 26 yrs, William R., Barbara L. – 25 yrs, Ivory T. – 22 yrs, Eva J., Herestine M. – 21 yrs, Teresa R. – 19 yrs, Cynthia M., Ruby D. – 17 yrs, Leslie E. – 15 yrs, Martenia J. – 14 yrs, Tisha F. – 13 yrs, James H. – 11 yrs, Lawanda H. – 9 yrs.

Gatehouse Group: Bill D. – 28 yrs.

Kings House Group: Ken K. – 32 yrs, Richard K. – 26 yrs, John N. – 8 yrs, Stacey H. – 7 yrs, Michelle H. – 2 yrs, Chad H., Cindy, Greg – 1 yr.

Mascoutah Group: Flo L – 43 yrs, Roger E. – 2 yrs.

New Athens Group: Mary V. – 9 yrs.

Rule 62 Group of Breese: Ron F. – 21 yrs, Nancy B. – 7 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Rachel G. – 36 yrs, Val O., John S., Rob H. – 33 yrs, Anthony K. – 31 yrs, Margie S. – 30 yrs, Vern G., Mike B. – 29 yrs, Starlen J., Cindy C. – 28 yrs, Tom S. – 25 yrs, Casey L., Barb B., Todd T., Mark K., Bill W. – 24 yrs, Dallas H., Laura T., Ken B. – 23 yrs, Melissa B. – 22 yrs, Larry K., Matt J., Doug H. – 21 yrs, Jeff S. – 20 yrs, Larry T. – 19 yrs, Sherry K., Greg W., Jim O., Amy G., Ryan G., Jeff O. – 18 yrs, Tom S., Scott D., Nick D., Tony M., Jim C., Kim G., Gary Q., Julie J. – 17 yrs, Shay B., Kevin H., Jeremy G., Cindy B. – 16 yrs, David S., Phil W., LaVonne H. – 15 yrs, Evelyn M. – 14 yrs, John R., Mary F., Craig W. – 12 yrs, Brian P. – 11 yrs, Mitch P., Joe P. – 10 yrs, Matt H., Larry T. – 9 yrs, Kris H., Tony R. – 8 yrs, Marilyn M., Wade M., Jeanne D., Greg B. – 7 yrs, Karen S., Joe S., Joe R. – 6 yrs, Carrie B., Jackie B. – 5 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Phyllis F. – 32 yrs, Larry S. – 28 yrs, Nacey W. – 27 yrs, Carmon L. – 23 yrs, Ron R. – 21 yrs, Ren A., Ed H. – 20 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: Mike P. – 30 yrs, Todd S. – 24 yrs, Pam W. – 12 yrs.

Trenton Group: Roger E., Jamie J. – 2 yrs.

Waterloo Group: Ralph S. – 48 yrs, Todd B. – 15 yrs, Alan R. – 8 yrs.

Women of Hope Group: Samantha A. – 4 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 874: To see how our own erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time. Courtesy of the 12×12, pg 47

Rule 875: So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. Courtesy of the 12×12, pgs 72-73

Rule 876: When we work well at this program, when we are faithful to it, we do grow. We see this truth in one another’s lives. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 29 October

Rule 877: Humility is having ourselves in perspective, knowing we are connected to the whole world, accepting how small and powerless we are, and accepting the power and responsibility we have. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 10 Nov

Rule 878: ….a spiritual awakening….as it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life — the one that did not work — for a new life that can and does work under any circumstances whatever. Courtesy of The Grapevine, Dec 1957

Rule 879: This program did not invent the spiritual outlook. It only tells us recovery will come through awakening of the spiritual within us. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 20 Nov

Rule 880: Our task for this day is to be honest with ourselves, to be respectful to others, and to stay open to our Higher Power. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 25 Nov

Rule 881: Ultimately, it is when we have ourselves and our integrity that we are on the recovery path. It is our faith that keeps us there regardless of the setbacks and personal moments of darkness we each must meet. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 15 Dec

Rule 882: The greatest benefits of the program for many of us have been recovery from loneliness and the genuine relationships we have developed. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for 23 Dec

Editor: Gene E. 228-9108