April 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 14 Apr 2019 at the 623 Club & hosted by the 623 Group in Belleville IL. There were 19 attendees. After a spirited debate, the Trusted Servants voted to not have a meeting in May 2019. Therefore, the 9 June 2019 meeting will be held at the 623 Club & hosted by Dr Bobs Group. As always, the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Hope to see you there.

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 10 Mar 2019 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District:

How It Works Group – $120

G.O.D. Group of Sparta – $40

Thirsty Thursday Group – $40

Busted Ego Group – $250


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

The district is still pursuing 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. Research is ongoing as of 14 Apr 2019.


Joyce DuFrenne

A longtime member of the New Athens Group

Her presence will be sorely missed

Leaving us with over 35 years of sobriety

Saron Ovian

A longtime member of the Fairview Heights Group &

also attended meetings at the Shrine/Dr Bobs Group

Her unique presence will be missed

Leaving us with over 36 years of sobriety


Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: All is going well. Alex would like to attend the National Archives Convention/Conference in Sep 2019.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. (618.228.9108): W&W’s: The new W&W’s were picked up. An initial distribution was made to the 623 Club and OFTG. Enough W&W’s were dropped off at the 623 Club so that you can pick some up there if you so desire. A number of W&W’s were handed out at the GSR Meeting. BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Dan G.: Not present.

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Not present

CPC: Eric O.: New packets will be tailored towards each profession as the new 2019 W&W’s have been received. Have been working with the drug & alcohol courts. Talking to Union Reps, school counselors & church clergy. My number is being handed out & if I can be of help….they can call me.

CSO: James R.: There were 49 calls rcvd & 80 visitors in February. March saw 44 calls rcvd & 79 visitors. Unfortunately, the answering service costs are to be increased by the provider. Literature is selling well. The new call list is finished.

Grapevine: Dana C.: Not present.

MESYPAA: A bid was developed for the ICYPAA Conference in 2020 & it was accepted. Congratulation to all…..it was a huge effort!!!

PI/LIT: Mike M.: Dave still to meet with Mike to turn over all the PI/LIT materials and give Mike information on what he has done plus whats coming up in the future to include recurring distribution of packets. Also, where to maintain a presence of literature in racks.

Special Events: Lori W.: Not present

Technology Committee: Rob C.: Updated a few past BN’s to the website. Updated a few meetings as needed. The Annual National AA Technology Workshop is being held on 20-22 Sep 2019 in Bowling Green KY. Rob will be attending this event.

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 i OS. Search ‘Meeting Guide’ from Google Play Store 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.: All is well.


A GSR Workshop will be presneted by the Area 21 GSR Workshop Chair Steve S. & Dist 14. It will be held 20 April 2019 at the New Day Recovery Club at 4046 Forest Blvd in East St Louis IL. The time is from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

The Pre-GSC (General Service Conference) will be held on 27 April 2019 & hosted by Dist 14. The Chairman is Adam W. This will be held at the Good Sheppard Church in O’Fallon IL. It is a great facility with rooms available for committees/groups to have “breakout” discussions. Ten (10) people are needed to assist. Please give Mark W. (618.610.1159) a call if you can assist.

Sourthern Area 21 will hold a Corrections Workshop on 11 May 2019 & it will be hosted by Dist 11. It will be held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1 Bachrach Court in Decatur IL. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. Breakfast will be provided. For more info, contact Lisa C. at 217.876.8950.

The Rend Lake Campout at Rend Lake is back!!! It will be held 17-19 May 2019 & 22-25 Aug 2019. The location is the North Sandusky Loop at the Shagbark Group Area. The fees are $20 per camper & $10 per tent. More later….

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 annual Highland Picnic will be held Saturday, 8 June 2019 at Silver Lake Park in Highland IL.

On 22 June 2019, the 623 Club is holding a Speaker Jam. Speakers will begin at 10 a.m. On that day and go until ????. More later……

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 & will be held on 8 Dec 2019. 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: Nedra C. – 37 yrs, Marc S. – 36 yrs, Plumber Tom – 31 yrs, Charlie Q. – 28 yrs, Sandy T. – 27 yrs, Joe M. – 25 yrs, Deanna S. – 22 yrs, Karon W. – 20 yrs, Bob S. – 19 yrs, Pat C., Vicki C. – 16 yrs, Bob L. – 13 yrs, Abe P., Courtney T., Jesse C. – 11 yrs, Jacqueline M. – 10 yrs, David P. – 6 yrs, Dave B. – 5 yrs, Annie G. – 3 yrs, Derek S., Jerry J. – 2 yrs, Megan G. – 1 yr.

Busted Ego Group: Chris K. – 1 yr.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Ed H. – 33 yrs, Doug T. – 30 yrs, Joe, Darla O., Jacqueline G. – 7 yrs, Chris S. – 6 yrs.

Carlyle Lake Group: Andy H. – 13 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group: Louise H. – 8 yrs, Tiffany D. – 7 yrs, Jessica W. – 6 yrs.

Collinsville Lounge Group: Rich C. – 31 yrs.

Collinsville New Life Group: Jerry P. – 37 yrs.

Courage To Change Group: Jim V. – 46 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Mary E. – 27 yrs, Michelle M. – 22 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Bernice V., Geraldine B. – 28 yrs, Edgar F. – 27 yrs, Bill T., George F. – 17 yrs, Dana B. – 13 yrs, William D. – 9 yrs.

G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Nancy M. – 18 yrs.

Kings House Group: Craig W. – 27 yrs, Connie S. – 17 yrs, Doug S. – 9 yrs, Steve S. – 3 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Bob P. – 37 yrs, Don P., Sheila W. – 33 yrs, Jack W-M. – 31 yrs, Theresa M. – 30 yrs, Michael M., Charlie S. – 29 yrs, Sean M. – 26 yrs, John H. – 24 yrs, Greg J., Wayne S. – 23 yrs, Dale J., Tony J., Joetta D., Cliff C., Thad C., Dalyce C., Tom S. – 21 yrs, Shane P., Sergio H., Colin M., Allan C. – 18 yrs, Sharon F., Jill N., Christine B., Dominic R., Kayla B. – 17 yrs, Chris R., Melissa G., Angie K. – 16 yrs, Derrick E., Judy M. – 13 yrs, Andrew H., Debbie F. – 10 yrs, Cal J. – 7 yrs, Nancy R. – 6 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Jack H. – 36 yrs, Allie M. – 33 yrs, Debbie S. – 31 yrs, Debbie N. – 21 yrs, Neal M., Christy W., Debbie V. – 8 yrs.

Waterloo Group: Jim P. – 30 yrs, Susie K. – 12 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 888: The actual drink is the final act of a relapse. Courtesy of Frank C. Caryle IL

Rule 889: Your EGO can switch over to a sober pride. Courtesy of Frank C. Caryle IL

Rule 890: Nobody has promised you tomorrow. Courtesy of Frank C. Caryle IL

Rule 891: As an insurance against the dangers of big-shot-ism, we can often check ourselves by remembering that we are today sober only by the grace of God and that any success we may be having is far more His success than ours. Courtesy of the 12×12, pgs 91-92.

Rule 892: My basic flaw had always been dependence on people or circumstances to supply me with prestige, security, and confidence. Courtesy of the Grapevine, Jan 1958.

Rule 893: While we need not alter our truths, we can surely improve their application to ourselves, to AA as a whole, and to our relation with the world around us. Courtesy of the Grapevine, Feb 1961.

Rule 894: For many of us, a time came when we said, “I’m not going to live this way anymore!” This was a deep, internal decision for change, even though we didn’t know how it would come about. Courtesy of Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading of 21 Jan

Rule 895: We cannot blame God for every bad thing that happens — or simply wait for God to provide all the good we want. Courtesy of Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading of 7 Feb

Rule 896: Life is much calmer when we remember that who we are and what we do are not the same. Courtesy of Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading of 7 Feb

Editor: Gene E.