June 2018

June 2018
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 10 June 2018 at the 623 Group. There were 19 attendees. The 8 July 2018 meeting will be held at the 623 Group 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 April 2018 to the present:

7th Tradition Donations to the District:
How It Works Group – $200
Road to Recovery Group – $70
Women of Hope Group – $45.45
Coffee Pot Group – $360
AA Friend in Chicago – $37.70
God Group of Sparta – $40
Courage to Change Group – $80
Kings House Group – $120

Steven “Scotty” Stryker

He attended meetings at the 623 Club
His presence will be missed

Kim Larcomb

She attended meetings at the O’Fallon Trailer Group
She will be missed

John Frye

He was a member of the 623 Club
Many remember him & he will be missed

Jim Peel

He was a longtime member of the O’Fallon Trailer Group
He left us after 25 yrs of truly great sobriety
He will be missed by all
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

The Busted Ego Group in New Baden celebrated their 1 yr anniversary. About 50-60 people did attend that special day. The group continues to do great with 20-30 people attending each great meeting.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: Still assembling the timeline of Dist 14; it is slow going but solid progress is being made. Have talked to some more oldtimers for additional info on the history of Dist 14.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. (618.228.9108): W&W’s: A large number of W&W’s were delivered to the 623 Club. BN: Added one more person to the email listing for out of state emailing of the BN.

Bridging the Gap: Dan G.: Attending the Gateway meetings and have handed out all of the literature. More to be made.

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Attended the annual banquet and was asked for Big Books & 12×12’s by the County Corrections Chaplain. These were able to be provided out of stock on hand. The National Corrections Conference is being held in Portland ME & Chuck will be attending. Much good information is disseminated at these annual conferences.

CPC: Terry L.: Continuing to make contact with the local police departments asking how AA can help them.
CSO: James R.: A total review of the call list has been undertaken. Office is expanding; more meeting and/or office space in addtion to having more storage space.

Grapevine: Dennis M.: Not present

PI/LIT: Dave S.: Continue to distribute info to the counseling offices and libraries. Will make more student packets as I have obtained a new supply of W&W’s from Gene. Also, more business cards will be developed/printed for the Dist 14 Officers to hand out to organizations when they officially represent AA.

Special Events: Lisa N.: Not present

Technology Committee: Rob C.: Have been helping others districts with their websites. As a result, the Dist 14 website has been revamped and the results are good. Some features have been upgraded & our website continues to be on the cutting edge. There is a Technology Conference in the near future and Rob will be attending. This enables the Dist 14 Website to be as outstanding as it is. The annual conference is a great thing for all the webmasters who can attend.

Treatment Facilities: Craig Z.: Not present

Workshop: Every Saturday at 5-7 p.m. at the 623 Club, there is a workshop conducted by Paula E. on the Foundations of Service. So far, the response and attendance has been exceptional!!!


The Site Selection Committee is coming from GSO on 11 July 2018. Metro East AA is having a Street Party on 16 June 2018 to show local support for the bid for the International 2030 in St Louis MO. Meeting location is 4100 Humphrey St in St Louis. For more info, call 314.884.8599 or 314.518.9003 on the 16th of June.

MESYPAA will be having an event on 7 July 2018 at St Johns UCC at 102 Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights IL. It will be centered on an ice cream social with fun & fellowship & games.

The 2nd Annual Metro-East Banquet will be held Saturday, 4 Aug 2018 at Belle Court Manor at 225 East A St in Belleville IL. Fellowship begins at 5:30 p.m. With the dinner commencing at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Chris R. of Ingram Texas. Tickets are $30 per person. The last day of ticket sales in 20 July 2018. NO TICKETS will be sold at the door. For more info, call Adam W. 618.520.1344 or Dennis H. 618.910.9807.

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 11 & 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. NOTE: Dist 14 has voted to send $200 to help support the Hospitality Room.

The 35th Annual Fall Classic will be held on 31 Aug – 2 Sep 2018 at the Airport Hilton at 10330 Natural Bridge Road in St Louis MO. Registration will be $20, Al-Anon Luncheon will be $30, the banquet will be $45, Brunch will be $20 with the full meal package which includes $10 off the registration will be $105. For more info, call Eric C. at 706.394.1255 or send an email to: info@fall-classic.com

The 25th Annual MVRC (Mississippi Valley Regional Conference) will be held 26-28 Oct 2018 in Quincy IL. The Quincy Quality Inn on 201 South 3rd St in Quincy will be the venue for the affair. For more info, call Steve M. 217.430.0144 or Julie M. 217.257.2707.
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: Dennis H. – 36 yrs, Kay W. – 34 yrs, Plumber Tom, Desiree M. – 31 yrs, Donna C. – 30 yrs, Rodger T. – 19 yrs, Tara S. – 17 yrs, Sandy C. – 16 yrs, Jay H. – 13 yrs, Joe S. – 12 yrs, Tara C. – 11 yrs, Scott W. – 10 yrs, Lana D. – 6 yrs, Dave P. – 5 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Corey K. – 2 yrs.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Ron W. – 27 yrs.

Carlyle Lake Group: Denny H. – 36 yrs, John R. – 12 yrs, Laurie K. – 10 yrs.

Collinsville Lounge Group: Larry O. – 13 yrs.

Courage to Change Group: Cheryl S. – 8 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Roy B. – 31 yrs, Larry H. – 21 yrs, Sara S. – 12 yrs, Katy D. – 8 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Kenny W., Donald R. – 27 yrs, Vernice G. – 25 yrs, Maurice Y. – 24 yrs, Vickie P. – 17 yrs, Angela W., Sam L. – 15 yrs, Anthony H. – 11 yrs, Reggie W., Lamanuel H. – 9 yrs, William D. – 8 yrs.

Gatehouse Group: Mark K. – 15 yrs.

Kings House Group: Larry S., Wayne E. – 30 yrs, Michael C. – 29 yrs, Allison, Marilyn V. – 22 yrs, Jerry G. – 21 yrs, Connie S. – 16 yrs, Rob C. – 2 yrs.

Mascoutah Group: Pat B. – 12 yrs, Curt R. – 5 yrs, Will R. – 2 yrs.

New Athens Group: Joyce D. – 35 yrs, Charles (Termite) M. – 34 yrs, Neecy W. – 29 yrs, Mike N., Meg W. – 27 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Clete G. – 59 yrs, Larry F. – 32 yrs, Steve S., Jeff M. – 31 yrs, Mary S. – 30 yrs, Theresa M., Sally D., Duane R. – 29 yrs, Donna H. – 28 yrs, Jim F., Ronny W. – 27 yrs, Jim P., Dawn O. – 25 yrs, Randy F. – 24 yrs., John H., Robert M. – 23 yrs, Mike B., Aaron C., Dave H., John H. – 22 yrs, Dalyce C., Tom S., Doug H., Roger G., Helen Z. – 20 yrs, Mike P., Renee L., Mike F., Jason D., Gloria C., Dorothy L. – 19 yrs, David A. – 18 yrs, Steve M., Ken C.., Dawn W., Terry H., Ron L. – 17 yrs, Kayla B., Darah F., Jeanie W., John M., Michael K. – 16 yrs, Cori S., Kathy B., Joel T., Emma Z. – 15 yrs, Bill J., Ellen D. – 14 yrs, Judy M., Jamie R. – 12 yrs, Candi C. – 10 yrs, Dave C. – 9 yrs, Maggie D., Sarah S., Joe G., Alan W. – 7 yrs, Stacey A. – 3 yrs, Amanda W. – 30 days.

Sparta 212 Group: Mary R. – 30 yrs, Mike L. – 27 yrs, Ross E. – 21 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: John G. – 6 yrs.

Trenton Group: Gene E. – 24 yrs, Steve W. – 1 yr, Tristan – 6 mos.

Waterloo Group: Diane H. – 5 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 824: Nevertheless, we must never lose sight of the fact that progress is nearly always characterized by a series of improving compromises. Courtesy of the Twelve Concepts, pgs 40-41.

Rule 825: And, even though we are now sober, the old patterns of behavior are to a degree still with us, always threatening to explode on any good excuse. Courtesy of the Twelve Concepts, pg 69.

Rule 826: How much fuller each day feels when we can be patient and accept the inches we have progressed. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditation for Men, reading of Mar 13th.

Rule 827: Many of us have learned to control the responses of others by always being pleasing and charming……Once we have faced our own life crises, we are not so dependent on having everyone’s approval. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditation for Men, reading of Mar 25th.

Rule 828: We develop better reception for the inner voice as we live this program. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditation for Men, reading of Apr 15th.

Rule 829: No amount of changing on someone else’s part can change us. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditation for Men, reading of Apr 30th.

Rule 830: We can open ourselves to acceptance by being responsible for ourselves and practicing the Twelve Steps……we can receive this message of acceptance only when we are humble and open to it. Courtesy of the Touchstones Daily Meditation for Men, reading of May 10th.

Rule 831: Tell us what’s going on between your ears. We can’t know the roof is leaking until we’re on the inside. Courtesy of Ed H. Sparta IL

Editor: Gene E. 228-9108