January 2020


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 12 Jan 2020 at the O’Fallon Trailer Group In O’Fallon IL. There were 32 attendees. The 15 Dec 2019 meeting was canceled due to inclement weather. The 9 Feb 2020 meeting will be at the 623 Club & hosted by the 623 Group. 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 10 Nov 2019 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District:

Our Group Firehouse – $100
623 Group – $200
OFTG – $200

Private Donation In the Memory of the late Matthew “Po” Evans – $300 Thank you.


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

The Marissa Group has voted to move from Dist 4 to Dist 14 effective immediately. The change will be made to the on-line W&W plus to the master Where & When.

The Saturday Night 696 Group in Belle Rive IL has closed. The change will be made to the on-line W&W plus to the master Where & When.

– Ryan Y. is the new Alt GSR for the OFTG.
– Cori Stewart is the new GSR for the Kings House.
– Caitlin Pugh is the new GSR for Thirsty Thursday.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: She is working on a long range project. Progress is somewhat slow. More later.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E.: Where and Whens: Where & When has been sent to the printers for a printing of 4000 copies. Anticipate acquisition within two weeks. Deliveries will be tentatively made to 623 Club & OFTG. BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Jerry J.: Not present

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Three (3) people are taking meetings into the St Clair County Jail. Dist 14 asked them what the district could do for them. Contact info was provided to them.

CPC: Eric O.: One person made contact & info was provided.

CSO: Mary B.: Has accepted the position. More later.

Grapevine: Robbie M.: No report

MESYPAA: See in Upcoming Events. There are plenty of opportunities for service work.

PI/LIT: Dave S. Acting PI Chair: In Nov, some open mtgs ran out of the Student Info Packets. Dave was able to order the replacement pamphlets, labels & envelopes to create 100 packets. Several locations/meetings were replenished.

Some of the packets were given to Pat K, Area 21 CPC chair who will encourage their usage in the districts that have schools with nursing/counseling programs.

After securing an appt with Shannon Meier, Divisional Secretary of Nursing Education at SWIC; I provided her with 20 packets to given to students who attended AA Mtgs but were unable to obtain them due to the mtgs being out of the packets. Dave suggested that Dist 14 might assemble a panel to visit some classes at SWIC for a Q&A. Ms Meier will consult with the Associate Professors before further action is taken. She was greatly surprised by the number of AA Meetings in our Where & When. She was grateful for the info and visit.

Special Events: Connie S.: All went well with the Alkathon.

Technology Committee: Rob C.: Lots of emails have been received on a variety of subjects. These have been forwarded to the appropriate contacts.

Treatment Facilities: Liz M.: Touchette – Continuing to locate chairs for Saturdays. Had to remove staples from all literature to be able to bring inside.

Gateway – Monday & Sunday mtgs were changed to 6 p.m. There was some issues with the Sunday night mtg; after contacting the the leadership at Gateway, this issue has been alleviated. Liz will be chairing the Sunday Night Mtg the remainder of 2020.

Smarts – No updates at this time.


The 47th Annual East Central Region Conference of Delegates Past & Present will be held 14-16 Feb 2020 at the Sheraton Detroil Novi Hotel at 21111 Haggerty Road in Novi MI. If you have questions, please call Betty M. at 248.991.4538.

The 39th Annual Five “5” Corners Convention will be held 21-22 Feb 2020 at the Miner Convention Center in Miner MO. There is no cost for the registration. Registration begins on 21 Feb 2020, Friday at 3 p.m. For more info, contact the Convention Chairman at 870.740.8113.

The Great River Roundup will be held 6-7 Mar 2020 at the Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton IL. The cost of registration is $20 and the banquet cost is also $20. For reservations at the lodge, call 618.786.2331. For more info, call Ryan at 618.823.7499 or Nina at 618.514.3963 or Jason at 618.623.5875.

The Southern Illinois Area 21 March 2020 Assembly will be held 8 Mar 2020 & hosted by Dist 18. The Assembly will held at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge at 7371 Marine Road in Edwardsville IL. Registration begins at 8 a.m. & the Assembly begins right promptly at 9 a.m. Registration costs $5 and lunch will cost $9.00. For more info, contact Karin S. at 618.530.0486.

The Illinois State Conference of Young People in AA (ISCYPAA) will be held 13-15 Mar 2020 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel at 319 Fountains Parkways in Fairview Heights IL.

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: Bob C. – 34 yrs, Hank H., Teresa K. – 32 yrs, Kelly A. – 31 yrs, Paul G., Dennis M. – 28 yrs, Motorcyle Mike, Aruella L., Mike F. – 26 yrs, Kevin F. – 24 yrs, Earnie C., Hillary K-P. – 23 yrs, Yvonne M. – 22 yrs, Katie M-G., Jovanna K. – 21 yrs, Jeff M., Bob D., Rocky F., Kath M. – 19 yrs, Dale B., Corianne B. – 18 yrs, Michelle, Vickie V., Bonnie L. – 17 yrs, Randy M. – 16 yrs, Aimee D. – 13 yrs, Greg H. – 12 yrs, Dean M. – 11 yrs, Sandra B., Jimmie T. – 9 yrs, Scott M., Michael C., Andy W., Gary A. – 8 yrs, Jeremy D. – 7 yrs, Tyler D., Len A., Debbie W. – 6 yrs, Mike D., David S. – 3 yrs, Travis W. – 2 yrs.

Archway to Freedom Group: Jeff S. – 12 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Terry L. – 29 yrs, Scott R. – 14 yrs, Shelley S. – 5 yrs, Shelley L., Jeremy M., Dave B. – 2 yrs, Karla B., Steve W. – 1 yr.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Herestine M. – 22 yrs.

Carlyle Lake Group: Mark H. – 30 yrs, Gary S. – 23 yrs, Brett H. – 7 yrs.

Coffee Pot Group: Tom S. – 28 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group of Dist 18: Jeremiah F. – 7 yrs.

Collinsville Lounge Group: Dave M. – 18 yrs.

Courage to Change Group: Gayle K. – 19 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Mike M. – 29 yrs, Mary Francis D. – 27 yrs, Jeff H. – 25 yrs, John B., Thamous W. – 16 yrs, Bill K. – 13 yrs, Bill H. – 12 yrs, Dana S., Dave S., Donna G., Dick G. – 11 yrs, Ryan G., Pete C., Kevin S. – 10 yrs, Mark W., Sherry W. – 9 yrs

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Josh Y. – 31 yrs, Gregory M., Ren T. – 30 yrs, Charlotte r. – 29 yrs, Junion W., Wanda T. – 28 yrs, Todd S., Charles B., Dominic D. – 27 yrs, William R., Barbara L. – 26 yrs, Ivory T. – 23 yrs, Eva J., Hertestine M. – 22 yrs, Louise S., Teresa R. – 20 yrs, Cynthia M. – 18 yrs, Derrick S. – 17 yrs, Donna D., Tisha F. – 14 yrs, Yvonne W., Regina Y. – 13 yrs, Jack R. – 11 yrs, Lawanda H. – 10 yrs, Keith J. – 8 yrs.

Gatehouse Group: Bill D. – 29 yrs, Mike S. – 15 yrs.

G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Leisa A. – 22 yrs.

Kings House Group: Willie G. – 35 yrs, Julie P. – 27 yrs, Tom T. – 20 yrs, Stacey H. – 8 yrs, Teresa W. – 5 yrs.

Mascoutah Group: Roger E. – 3 yrs, Joel S. – 1 yr.

New Athens Group: Mary V. – 10 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Chuck S. – 44 yrs, Val O. – 34 yrs, Leisa B. – 33 yrs, Deb D-P. – 32 yrs, Bob K., Margie S. – 31 yrs, Chuck G. – 30 yrs, Starlen J. – 29 yrs, Mark W. – 26 yrs, Casey L., Barb B. – 25 yrs, Robert J., Cindy W., Sally C., Cheryl B., Dallas H., Laura T. – 24 yrs, Isaih N., Bill R. – 23 yrs, RZ R. – 22 yrs, Larry S., Joe K, Greg H. – 21 yrs, Liz V. – 20 yrs, Jenny M., George H., Sherry K., Greg W. – 19 yrs, Nyki L., Ched H., Tom S., Scott D. – 18 yrs, Barbara D., Phil D., Shay B., Kevin H. – 17 yrs, Candy M., Mike M., David S. – 16 yrs, Evelyn M. – 15 yrs, John R. – 13 yrs, Paul P. – 12 yrs, Ken B., Mitch P. – 11 yrs, Shawn D., Mike H., Kris H. – 9 yrs, Steve A., Ginnie A., Marilyn M. – 8 yrs, Earl R. – 1 yr.

Rule 62 Group of Breese: Ron F. – 22 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Roscoe H., Rich H., Mary R. – 35 yrs, Bill M. – 31 yrs, Nacey W. – 28 yrs, Greg M. – 26 yrs, Ren A. – 21 yrs, Larry L. – 20 yrs, Regetta D. – 18 yrs, MJ S. – 17 yrs, Chad L. – 13 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: Mike P. – 31 yrs, Todd S. – 25 yrs, Eddie C. – 16 yrs, Pam W. – 13 yrs.

Trenton Group: Roger E. – 3 yrs.

Waterloo Group: Ralph S. – 49 yrs, Irene S. – 25 yrs, Lester G. – 21 yrs, Matt K. – 10 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 933: Men don’t understand women and women don’t understand men. Heard at the Trenton Mtg

Rule 934: Relationships are not my strong suit. Courtesy of Corey K. at the Trenton Mtg

Rule 935: If you can feel it, you can heal it……however, it is easier said than done. Courtesy of Frank C. at the Trenton Mtg.

Rule 936: When I achieve perfect balance, all is good & it feels like it will last forever…..then along comes life. Courtesy of Frank C. at the Trenton Mtg

Rule 937: While the comment or advice of others may not be infallible, it is likely to be far more specific than any direct guidance we may receive while we are still inexperienced in establishing a contact with a Power greater than ourselves. Courtesy of the 12×12, pg 60

Rule 938: The idea keeps persisting that the instincts are primarily bad and are the roadblocks before which all spirituality falters…..(However) Recognition and right channeling of the instinctual are the essence of achieving wholeness. Courtesy of a Letter by Bill W. 1954

Rule 939: ….we have not prayed rightly. Therefore, we remained self-deceived, and so incapable to receiving enough grace to restore us to sanity. Courtesy of the 12×12, pg 32

Rule 940: We can become more tolerant of our unsettled predicaments……things have a way of settling out and clarifying with time. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading of 20 October

Rule 941: Our sincerity with ourselves becomes a solid footing for growth. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men, reading of 21 October

Rule 942: Self-knowledge and self-improvement are very difficult for most people. It usually needs great courage and long struggle. Courtesy of Abraham Maslow

Rule 943: I never would’ve thought I’d have a relationship with a book. Heard at the AA Annual National Corrections Conference by a former Inmate….Courtesy of Ed H. Sparta IL

Rule 944: There is a long hard road to follow now but the pavement is a lot smoother. Courtesy of Frank C. at the Trenton Mtg.

Editor: Gene E. 228-9108