December 2016

December 2016
District 14 Website Address:
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 11 Dec 2016 at the O’Fallon Trailer Group in O’Fallon IL. There were 18 attendees. The 8 Jan 2017 meeting will be held at the 623 Club and hosted by the 623 Group. The time of the meeting(s) remains 1 p.m. Hope to see you there.
As we promised in the Feb 2016 BN, we will publish in each issue of the BN a list of the groups/people donating to the District. Here are the donations received from 13 Nov 2016 to the present:
7th Tradition Donations to the District:
Courage to Change Group – $100.00
A budget for every committee and/or position was established/completed. This gives the Trusted Servants guidance in the area of money management. All are thanked for their inputs.
As of 15 Nov 2016 (Tuesday), there will be a new meeting in Caseyville at the Generation Church at 7517 North Illinois St. It is called “Blue Collar Sobriety Group”. It is a Men Only meeting with a speaker and then discussion. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Committe Reports:
Archives: Connie S. – Not present.
Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. – BN is doing great. The 2nd review of the W&W was completed; as the attendance was limited due to the Area Assembly, a 3rd occasion to review the W&W will be done at the Jan 2017 meeting.
Bridging the Gap: Chris B.: Going to Gateway and Smarts to take AA into both locations. You must be approved to enter the facilities.
Camel Walk: Ryan B. – Correction – Nov 16 BN should have read: Four people have gotten their Camel Walk shirts. The Editor apologizes. Not present for the Dec 16 GSR Meeting.
Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H. – There are 3 meetings a week (M,W,F @ 7-8:30 p.m.). Literature is needed (12×12 & Daily Reflections). Used Grapevines are always appreciated. Attended a reentry summit that focused on 250 inmates who will be released in 2017. Great personal satisfaction in the success stories of former inmates.
CPC: Dave S. – Delivered student info packets to 3 open meetings. Supplied AA literature to Annual 12 Step Retreat at Kings House Retreat & Renewal Center. Provided info packets to TASC. Met with several private counselor and treatment/dui evaluation offices. Info packets were provided to these facilities.
CSO: Chris S.- Not present
Grapevine: Kelley B. – Not present
PI/LIT: Ed N. – A couple of info racks will be restocked soon. Also, there will be an info rack at the Alkathon.
Special Events: Sam A. – All days for the Alkathon are filled except for 24 & 25 Dec 16. Again as in past years, the District will possibly do those days. There will be a memorial on 30 Dec 16 to those members we lost in 2016. All supplies that are on hand will be inventoried and there is a brickload of decorations. The inventory will allow the committee to determine what needed to be purchased. The need to find a safe and secure storage place for the districts supplies and decorations needs to be addressed.
Treatment Facilities: Diane H. – To date, no one has volunteered to take on the chair position. If no one does, I will be happy to continue.
Website: Teresa K. – If you have a flyer on an AA function and want it posted on the District 14 Website, please send it immediately to Teresa at:
Hits on the website have increased tremendously in just a few months. Website revision continues & will be ready for rollout in early 2017. The conference in North Carolina was super informative. Most districts have technology committees — lots of great interaction and ideas generated; i.e., there is a great potential in this area.
There is a website you can go to for more technology info:
You must request entry and must state your credentials/position of what you do. This info will be reviewed and your request will be approved and/or denied.
Workshop: Adam W. – Not present – at Area Assembly.
The SIA 21 Winter Assembly will be held 11 Dec 2016 in Champaign IL & hosted by Dist 12. It will be held at the Urbana Civic Center at 108 Water St in Urbana IL. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $5.00….Lunch is $10.00. For more info, contact Michael G. (217.443.2642) or Antonia D. (504.655.0892).
The annual District 14 Alkathon will be held 24 Dec 2016 to 1 Jan 2017. Groups and the dates they will support will be finalized at the 11 Dec 2016 GSR Meeting. There are still days open. Flyers are being prepared. More next month…….
The annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner will be held on 11 Mar 2017.
The SIA 21 Spring Assembly will be held 12 Mar 2017 in Belleville IL at the Cathedral Grade School at 200 South 2nd St (park in rear) & hosted by Dist 14. The first committee meeting was held and the catering was decided upon and the flyers were developed. The location has already been secured. The next committee meeting will be on 28 Aug 2016 at 11 a.m. at the OFTG. For more info, contact Pat M. (618.567.2820) or Lisa H. (618.567.2347).
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: Kelly A. – 28 yrs, Jeff M. – 16 yrs, Michelle – 14 yrs, Eddie C. – 13 yrs, Sandra B. – 6 yrs, Scott M. – 5 yrs, Debbie W. – 3 yrs.
Carlyle Lake Group: Brett H. – 4 yrs.
Coffee Pot Group: Tom S. – 25 yrs.
Courage to Change Group: Gayle K. – 16 yrs.
Dr Bobs (E&W): Mike M. – 26 yrs, Mark Kay S. – 25 yrs, Mary Francis D. – 19 yrs, Bill K. – 10 yrs, Ryan G., Pete C. – 7 yrs, Mark W., Sherry W. – 6 yrs, John B. – 3 yrs.
Eagles Nest Group: Kenny R. – 5 yrs, George P., Russell T. – 1 yr, Tyrone D., Curtis P. – 6 mos, Gary W., Andy W., King B. – 30 days.
East St Louis 12×12 Group: Todd S., Charles B. – 24 yrs, Derrick S. – 14 yrs, Donna D. – 11 yrs, Yvonne W., Regina Y. – 10 yrs, Jack R. – 8 yrs, Keith J. – 4 yrs, Chris B. – 3 yrs.
Gatehouse Group: Mike S. – 12 yrs.
G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Leisa A. – 19 yrs.
Kings House Group: Willie G. – 32 yrs, Tom T. – 17 yrs.
Mascoutah Group: Denise B. – 3 yrs.
O’Fallon Trailer Group: Leisa B. – 30 yrs, Deb D-P. – 29 yrs, Chuck G. – 27 yrs, Mark W. – 23 yrs, Sally C., Cheryl B. – 21 yrs, Isaih N., Bill R. – 20 yrs, Phyllis W., RZ R. – 19 yrs, Joe K., Greg H. – 18 yrs, George H. – 16 yrs, Nyki L. – 15 yrs, Barbara D. – 14 yrs, Candy M., Mike M. – 13 yrs, Paul P. – 9 yrs, Ken B. – 8 yrs, Shawn D., Mike H. – 6 yrs, Steve A., Ginnie A. – 5 yrs, Pat M. – 4 yrs.
Sparta 212 Group: Roscoe H., Rich H. – 32 yrs, Bill M. – 28 yrs, Greg M. – 23 yrs, Larry L. – 17 yrs, Regetta D. – 15 yrs, MJ S. – 14 yrs, Chad L. – 10 yrs.
Trenton Group: Shelly – 30 days
Waterloo Group: Lester G. – 18 yrs, Matt K. – 7 yrs.
Rule 62 Corner:
Rule 758: The humility I feel today goes hand in hand with my self-respect and gratefulness for being part of life. Courtesy of Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading for Nov 10.
Rule 759: If you feel like you need a meeting, you probably need a meeting. If you feel like you don’t need a meeting, you really need a meeting. Courtesy of Frank C. Carlyle IL
Rule 760: I can’t believe how good I feel now that I have quit drinking. Courtesy of John Germantown IL
Editor: Gene E. 228-9108

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