August 2020

Note: If you know of a member of AA who has passed away, please send an email ( 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 9 Aug 2020 on-line via Zoom due to COVID-19 issues. There were 30 participants. The next GSR Meeting will be on 11 Oct 2020. As always, the meeting starts at 1 p.m. unless so stated. 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 9 Feb 2020 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District: None at this time


Dist 14 has a post office box & the address was printed on the cover page of the Where & When for 2019 & will be done in the future. 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



Her outspokeness will be missed by many

Leaving us with over 38 years of sobriety


His passion for service work will be missed

Leaving us with over 19 years of sobriety


Notes From the MTG:

The Waterloo meetings on Monday & Wednesday nights have chgd their meeting times from 8 pm to 7 pm. This chg has been made on the on-line W&W already. It will be made in the paper W&W also.

At this time, the following meetings are now meeting in person (Pls realize that there may be restrictions; i.e., masks, social distancing, etc):

O’Fallon Trailer Group

623 Club

How It Works Group – Tuesday only

Busted Ego Group – starts 13 Aug 2020

Waterloo Group

Thirsty Thursday Group

Dr Bobs Group

Sparta 212 Club

Blue Collar Group

St Henry’s Book Club Group – Tuesday only

Southern Illinois Area 21 Report

The Delegate from Southern Area 21, Bobby D. gave a brief report that reflected most strongly & favorably on the first ever Virtual GSO Conference. The conference was a stunning success beyond the expectations of any & all!!! A lot of people put in a lot of effort to make it happen!!! As Bobby said, “AA has met the challenge & adapted with stellar results”. A truly unique experience for all the GSO Conference attendees in this year of unique challenges. I was truly humbled to be part of it.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: Not present

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E.: W&W’s: OK BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Jeri J.: Rob C. passed the info that a lady who lives in New Athens needs rides to meetings. Info was passed to Paula E. who will call some of the ladies who attend the New Athens meeting.

Corrections: Chuck D. – & Ed H.: Accessibility to SWICC has been shut down. Bruce Bayer (volunteer coordinator at SWICC) say it could be a couple of more months before SWICC reopens. The annual fall seminar at SWICC for inmates who are getting out soon has “vendors” for the inmates to talk & meet. AA has been invited each year & it is hoped this will again be the case.

CPC: Eric O.: Not present

CSO: Mary B.: CSO is going to meeting monthly. Meetings at CSO must follow the mask & social distancing guidelines plus any other requirements to attend, hold & participate in the meetings. If not done, the meetings will not be allowed.

Grapevine: Robbie M.: Not present

MESYPAA: Megan G. – The Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Height will be the setting for the conference. The dates are 19-21 Feb 2021.

PI/LIT: Cori S.: Not present

Special Events: Connie S.: Not present

Technology Committee: Rob C.: All is well.

Treatment Facilities: Liz M.: SMARTS – still no access. Touchette – reached out… response. Gateway – Zoom meetings only. After considerable discussion, the Homeless Shelter in East St Louis that would like to have meetings there cannot be accomodated. Just don’t have the people to do it. For the men & women who are getting out of treatment; packets are being developed to be gender specific.


The Ohio State Convention & East Central Regional Conference will be held 20-22 Aug 2021 at the Radisson Hotel at UTMC at 3100 Glendale Ave in Toledo OH. The will be hosted by Area 55 (NW Ohio & SE Michigan).

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: Danny P. – 37 yrs, Jerry H., Rob B., Dennis C., Thomas J. – 32 yrs, Tony H., Rick E. – 27 yrs, Rick S. – 26 yrs, Jan R. – 24 yrs, Zara E. – 23 yrs, Rhonda Q., Kelly J. – 20 yrs, Jackie O. – 18 yrs, Craig B. – 17 yrs, Kevin H., Christina C. – 16 yrs, Dale A. – 15 yrs, Marcella B. – 14 yrs, Kim F. – 9 yrs, Dan M. – 8 yrs, Dan W., Pat M. – 7 yrs, Dennis P. – 6 yrs, Dean V. – 5 yrs, Angela C., Justin W. – 3 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Keith P. – 18 yrs, Janet B. – 13 yrs, Austin N. – 5 yrs, Corey K. – 4 yrs, Kevin K. – 2 yrs.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Kevin S. – 29 yrs.

Coffee Pot Group: Skip B. – 23 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group of Dist 18: Tom C. – 20 yrs.

Collinsville Lounge Group: Chris S. – 18 yrs, John F. – 15 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Jack B. – 29 yrs, Larry H. – 23 yrs, Kenny K. – 17 yrs, Elmer R. – 16 yrs, Ed N., James D. – 15 yrs, Steve F. – 12 yrs, Curtis C., John L., Kelley B. – 11 yrs, David M., Frank G., Mark M., Susan V., Mike P., Marion O. – 10 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: John B. – 33 yrs, Barry S. – 30 yrs, Leo H., Craig S. – 27 yrs, Mary D., Louis J. – 26 yrs, Myran C., Donella C., Kathy C. – 25 yrs, Terry B., Lula Y. – 24 yrs, Lenora A. – 21 yrs, Dan G. – 20 yrs, Kendall B., Angelica C. – 17 yrs, Livina S. – 15 yrs, Timothy S. – 14 yrs, Stan H., Charles T. – 12 yrs, Robert V., James K. – 11 yrs.

Gatehouse Group: Harold M. – 29 yrs, Steve S. – 28 yrs, Doug S. – 16 yrs.

G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Jennie G. – 10 yrs.

How It Works Group: Chuck D. – 10 yrs, Jenny R. – 4 yrs.

Kings House Group: Mary Ellen J. – 33 yrs, Cindy H. – 31 yrs, Marilyn V. – 24 yrs, Keith P. – 18 yrs, Michael S. – 5 yrs, Meg W., Randi – 3 yrs, Daniel H. – 2 yrs.

Mascoutah Group: Alan E. – 4 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Jim W. – 51 yrs, Helen B. – 42 yrs, Dustin B. – 40 yrs, Barb H. – 34 yrs, Roger C. – 33 yrs, Mary B. – 32 yrs, Gil G., Marilyn L., Scott A. – 30 yrs, Kristina W., Liz H. – 28 yrs, Dawn O. – 27 yrs, Mike M., Nick W. – 26 yrs, John G., John B. – 25 yrs, Gil B., Jenny T. – 23 yrs, Amy P., Jodi F., Kate S. – 22 yrs, Karen G., Craig R., Curt K., Jason D., Duane K., Jennifer D. – 21 yrs, Sheryl K., Perry W., Laura M., John H., Don L., Tiffany C., Aaron C. – 20 yrs, Mary H., Roger C., Megan C., Sam K., Jim P. – 19 yrs, Kevin B., Joseph A. – 18 yrs, Chris J. – 16 yrs, Debbie H. – 13 yrs, Tony P. – 11 yrs, Barb H. – 10 yrs, Deb C., Bruce N. – 8 yrs, Jerry G. – 7 yrs, Deb G. – 5 yrs.

Rule 62 Group of Breese: Dennis S. – 26 yrs, Frank C. – 10 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Ted N. – 36 yrs, Paul M. – 21 yrs, Becky D. – 11 yrs, Logan H. – 10 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: Paula E. – 34 yrs, Gary G. – 17 yrs, Tim S. – 13 yrs, Rian B. – 8 yrs.

Thirsty Thursday Group: Zach B. – 1 yr.

Trenton Group: Denny S. – 33 yrs.

Waterloo Group: Chris K. – 11 yrs, Dave C. – 6 yrs.

Women of Hope 2.0: Amy B. – 16 yrs, Samantha A. – 6 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 969: …..some of us are far more alcohol-damaged than others. Courtesy of a talk by Bill W. 1960

Rule 970: Seldom did we look at character-building as something desirable in itself. We never thought of making honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living. Courtesy of the Grapevine, Jan 1958

Rule 971: No alcoholic should go mad or die merely because he/she did not come straight to AA at the beginning. Courtesy of the Grapevine, July 1965

Rule 972: The verdict of the ages is that men/women of faith seldom lack courage. They trust their God. So we never apologize for our belief in Him. Instead, we try to let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do. Courtesy of the Big Book, pg 68

Rule 973: Only through utter defeat are we able to take our first steps toward liberation and strength. Our admissions of personal powerlessness finally turn out to be firm bedrock upon which happy and purposeful lives may be built. Courtesy of the 12×12, pg 21


Gene E. 228-9108