December 2017


December 2017
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 9 Dec 2017 at the 623 Group in Belleville IL & was hosted by the How It Works Group. There were 16 attendees. The 14 Jan 2018 meeting will be at the 623 Group in Belleville IL & will be hosted by the Women of Hope Group. The time of the meeting(s) remains 1 pm. 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 13 Nov 2017 to the present:

7th Tradition Donations to the District:
Kings House Group – $120
Dr Bobs Group – $450

He attended meetings in Edwardsville, Troy & St Jacob
He will be missed by many
Leaving us with ~20 years of sobriety

A Former Member of the Shiloh Coffee Pot Group
& a current member of the Brown Street Group in Paducah KY
His presence will be truly missed
Leaving us with over 37 yrs of amazing sobriety
Dist 14 has acquired a post office box & it is printed in the back section of the Where & When for 2017. 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

Mike Duffy is the new GSR for the Kings House Group. Welcome back Mike!!!!

The Life AA Recovery Group in Shiloh has closed.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C. (314.600.6569): Dist 14 is looking for old W&W’s, District newletters, Photographs, Flyers from District 14 Events to include any conferences or conventins hosted by Dist 14 and much more. If you have any questions, please call Alex at the above number.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E.: W&W’s: The 1st draft was reviewed by all present at the GSR Meeting. Another review will be done at the 14 Jan 2018 GSR Meeting. BN: All is going great!!!!

Bridging the Gap: Dan G.: Not present.

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Meetings are held on Monday & Friday. Attendance has been good at 14-16 per meeting. The SWICC coordinator says volunteer applications is taking ~6 mos; the problem(s) with getting people approved resides in Springfield. Attended the First National Corrections Conference & it was a tremendous success. The SWICC had their annual summitt meeting with inmates who have less than 6 mos or less are introduced to support services for usage upon release. Many individuals spoke to the inmates including former inmates who have had success outside the walls.

CPC: Terry L.: Not present.
CSO: Robby M.: CSO has replaced a few items of furniture & equipment as of late. Big Book sales have been phenomenal. Volunteers are always needed for working the phones – 1 yr of sobriety is needed. The next big item is the 2018 Great River Roundup in early March 2018.

Grapevine: Dennis M.: Not present

PI/LIT: Dave S.: Not Present.

Special Events: Lisa N.: The Alkathon is a go! 33 sponsorships have been arranged/paid for for the dance on New Years Eve to include 4 by the Technology Committee and 2 by the Trenton Group. Personal sponsorships are also welcomed and have been arranged for as of this writing. A PA System will be available to usage by Dist 14….this will be of great usage now & into the future.

Technology Committee: Rob C., Teresa K., Mark W., Paula E.: Rob & Teresa have been trying to get all the W&W changes posted to the Dist 14 Website. This may take awhile, but progress is being. A total of ~75 changes have to be made & it is a lot of cross-checking before a change can be done.

Treatment Facilities: Craig Z.: Not present

Workshop: Vacant


The Southern Area 21 Assembly will be held on 10 Dec 2017 at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge at 7371 Marine Road in Edwardsville IL. This event is being hosted by Dist 18. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. & costs $5.00. The assembly will commence right sharply at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available & the cost is $9.00.

The Downtown Granite City Group will be having a Christmas & New Year Eve Potluck. Mtgs on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Eve will occur at 8 a.m., Noon, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Christmas dinner is to be served at 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day followed by a speaker mtg at 8 p.m. Guest speaker will be Marcellas G. from the 623 Club. Lunch will be served each day plus there will be appetizers on Christmas & New Years Eve at around 5 p.m. Breakfasts snacks will be available each morning.

The Southern Area 21 Assembly will be held on 4 March 2018 at John A Logan College at 700 Logan College Road in Cartersville IL. This event is being hosted by Dist 17. Registration begins at 8 a.m. & the cost is $5.00. The assembly will get down to business at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available & the cost will be $10.00. For more info, Call Tom H. at 618.525.4578 or Lynn D. at 618.519.0919.

The 2018 Illinois State Conference will be held 17-19 Aug 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel at 4191 US Highway 36 West in Decatur IL. This event is being jointly hosted by Dist 18 & Southern IL Area 21. Pre-registration cost is $25 & after 1 Jan 2018 it will be $30. The banquet cost is $35. For more info, call Steve S. at 217.827.7952 or Lisa C. at 217.412.2511.

The Southern Area 21 Assembly will be held on 3 June 2018 at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center at 705 West St Clair St in Vandalia IL. This event is being hosted by Dist 13. More info 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: Kelly A. – 29 yrs, Jeff M. – 17 yrs, Michelle – 15 yrs, Scott M. – 6 yrs, Tyler D., Debbie W. – 4 yrs, Mike D. – 1 yr.

Coffee Pot Group: Tom S. – 26 yrs.

Collinsville Lounge Group: David M. – 16 yrs.

Courage to Change Group: Gayle K. – 17 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Mike M. – 27 yrs, Mary Kay S. – 26 yrs, Mary Francis D. – 20 yrs, John B. – 14 yrs, Bill K. – 11 yrs, Ryan G., Pete C. – 8 yrs, Mark W., Sherry W. – 7 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Todd S., Charles B. – 25 yrs, Derrick S. – 15 yrs, Donna D. – 12 yrs, Yvonne W., Regina Y. – 11 yrs, Jack R. – 9 yrs, Keith J. – 6 yrs.

Gatehouse Group: Mike S. – 13 yrs.

G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Leisa A. – 20 yrs.

Kings House Group: Willie G. – 33 yrs, Tom T. – 18 yrs.

Mascoutah Group: Denise B. – 4 yrs.

New Athens Group: Phyllis B. – 30 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Leisa B. – 31 yrs, Deb D-P., 30 yrs, Bob K. – 29 yrs, Chuck G. – 28 yrs, Mark W. – 24 yrs, Cindy W., Sally C., Cheryl B. – 22 yrs, Isaih N., Bill R. – 21 yrs, Phyllis W. – 20 yrs, Joe K., Greg H. – 19 yrs, George H. – 17 yrs, Nyki L. – 16 yrs, Barbara D. – 15 yrs, Candy M., Mike M. – 14 yrs, Paul P. – 10 yrs, Ken B. – 9 yrs, Shawn D., Mike H. – 7 yrs, Steve A., Ginnie A. – 6 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Roscoe H., Rich H. – 33 yrs, Bill M. – 29 yrs, Greg M. – 24 yrs, Larry L. – 18 yrs, Regetta D. – 16 yrs, MJ S. – 15 yrs, Chad L. – 11 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: Eddie C. – 14 yrs.

Trenton Group: Roger E. – 11 mos, Dustin – 10 mos, Steve – 6 mos, David, Stephanie – 3 mos.

Waterloo Group: Irene S. – 23 yrs, Lester G. – 19 yrs, Matt K. – 8 yrs.

Women of Hope: Jennifer S. – 2 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 797: His admission is the beginning of humility — at least the newcomer is willing to disclaim that he himself is God. That’s all the start he needs. Courtesy of a letter by Bill W. 1966

Rule 798: When we accept the difficult message that our feelings are ours to deal with and no one else’s, self-improvement begins. We begin to walk the difficult but self-respecting path of spiritual awakening. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men for 2 Dec.

Rule 799: As long as we keep our thoughts and feelings to ourselves, we only recycle the same thinking system. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men for 19 Nov.

Rule 800: Our powerlessness reminds us of our need for faithfulness to the program. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men for 12 Oct.

Rule 801: A man who is mistrustful and self-centered has difficulty listening to someone else……or we may be so worried about who has control that we fail to receive the information we are being given. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men for 3 Oct.

Rule 802: Faith is spelled: A C T I O N Courtesy of Bruce N. O’Fallon IL

Rule 803: God didn’t pull me out of the ocean to drown in a bathtub. Courtesy of Lee W. at the Trenton Mtg.

Editor: Gene E.