March 2019

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 Nov 2018 at the 623 Club in Belleville. There were 31 attendees. The 16 Dec 2018 meeting will be held at the 623 Club in Belleville IL. As always, the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Hope to see you there.
NOTE: The date of the GSR Meeting for Dec 2018 was changed from 9 Dec to 16 Dec as the Area Assembly will be held on 9 Dec 2018.

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 15 Oct 2018 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District:

Seniors in Sobriety Grp – $120

12×12 Sunday @ 3pm in ESL – $25

Our Grp Firehouse – $25


Dist 14 has a post office box & the address will be printed on the cover page of the Where & When for 2019. 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 district researched the cost of getting a storage unit. After research, it was decided on a unit in O’Fallon that is climate controlled (heat & humidity) met our needs. The Trusted Servants approved the rental of the unit. Arrangements are being made to move all the Districts supplies & Archives to that location.

The district is still pursuing acquiring tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit entity. There is more than one category of this & some research will be conducted before a recommendation is made to the Trusted Servants for action. This would preclude the paying of sales tax and some reports would have to be provided. Research is ongoing as of 10 Mar 2019.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C. (314.600.6569): All is going well. Alex would like to attend the National Archives Convention/Conference in Sep 2019. She recently received a lot of material for the archives which will be cataloged and made available for display.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. (618.228.9108): W&W’s: The master W&W was dropped off for printing on 11 Feb 2019 at the Advertiser Press in O’Fallon IL. Anticipate pickup on 16 Mar 19. The late pickup is due to mechanical breakdown at the printer. An initial distribution will be made 16 March to the O’Fallon Trailer Grp & 623 Club. GSR’s can pickup some W&W’s at the 623 Club if they so desire. BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Dan G.: Still going to Gateway & handing out flyers. Not many takers to date.

Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Meetings are still held on Mon & Fri at 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Monday meeting is open Big Book meeting. Friday is an open discussion meeting. The application process has been greatly streamlined which should improve approval speed as there is only a single poc in Springfield. Volunteer training is scheduled for Tuesday, 23 April at 9 a.m. in conjunction with the annual TB test. The Volunteer Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, 25 April at 11 a.m. The results of the TB test will be available at that time.

Ed H. will be attending the National Corrections Conference in Houston TX in Nov 2019 as a SIA 21 Representative.

CPC: Eric O.: New packets will be tailored towards each profession upon receipt of the new Where & Whens for 2019.

CSO: James R.: All is well. Well stocked in literature & books. Lots of visitors and phone calls.

Grapevine: Dana C.: Not present. A packet for Grapevine work will be ordered.

MESYPAA: The last event was held 9 Mar 2019 & it was a huge success. The theme was “Rock the Mic Nite” and it was a karaoke fest. A bid is being developed for the ICYPAA Conference in 2020.

PI/LIT: Mike M.: Dave will meet with Mike to turn over all the PI/LIT materials and give Mike information on what he has done plus whats coming up in the future to include recurring distribution of packets.

Special Events: Lori W.: St Patrick’s Day Potluck is scheduled 30 March 2019 at Turkey Hill Grange which is next to Eckerts. The address is: 1375 East State Route 15 in Belleville IL. The dinner begins sharply at 5 p.m. The speakers begin at 7 p.m. There will be a special guest speaker (Jim V.) who was present at the very first St Patrick’s Day Event. Then, we will have Jeff & Cathy H. speak.

There has arisen a need for two more roasters to be used for any District 14 event. After some discussion, a decision was made to purchase two Oster 22qt Roasters.

The next Special Events committee meeting is scheduled for 15 March 2019.

Technology Committee: Rob C.: Nothing to report.

Looking for a Meeting ? There’s an App for that … District 14 Meetings are Available using “Meeting Guide” !

This App is Downloadable for Android or i OS. Search ‘Meeting Guide’ from Google Play Store or Apple iTunes. App can travel – just update Zip Code. Meetings load on current day \ time, with previous day’s Meetings grayed out. Searches can be made for Day, Time, City & Type. App uses Google Maps to direct you to the facility.

The Meeting List is automatically updated daily, at 12 N & 12 M, pulling from our District’s Database. Remember: If you have a Meeting Update, Addition, Change or Deletion, please advise the Technology Committee at Subject: Meeting Update so that we may remain good stewards of good information for those who are still suffering.

Treatment Facilities: Not present

Workshop: The next workshop will be a GSR Workshop. More later…..


The Pre-GSC (General Service Conference) will be held on 27 April 2019 & hosted by Dist 14. The Chair is Adam W. This will be held at the Good Sheppard Church in O’Fallon IL. It is a great facility with rooms available for committees/groups to have “breakout” discussions. Ten (10) people are needed to assist. Please give Mark W. (618.610.1159) a call if you can assist.

The SRN IL Area 21 Assembly will be held 2 June 2019 at Veterans Memorial Park at 800 South 27th St in Mt Vernon IL at the Rolland Lewis Community Bldg. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The assembly begins at 9 a.m. Registration costs $5 and the Lunch costs $10. For more info, contact Leo O. at 618.493.6467 or Jodi P. at 920.737.4000.

The 3rd Annual Metro-East Banquet will be held 3 Aug 2019 at Bellecourt Manor at 225 East A St in Belleville IL. The fellowship begins at 5:30 pm and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The speaker will begin promptly at 8 p.m. The speaker is Marti P. of Buda TX. Tickets are $30 and the last day for ticket sales is 19 July 2019. There will be no tickets sales at the door. For more info, contact Eric O. at 618.531.1671.

The December 2019 Area Assembly will be hosted by District 14. More to come 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: Marcellis G. – 27 yrs, Gary G. – 25 yrs, Lisa S., Mike P. – 20 yrs, Deanna W., Roger M. – 15 yrs, Robyn T. – 11 yrs, Bob C. – 10 yrs, Gary B. – 2 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Terry L. – 28 yrs (the editor erred on the number of years & apologizes)

Cahokia Serenity Group: Reggie M. – 28 yrs, Livinia – 7 yrs.

Carlyle Lake Group: Don H. – 32 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group: Terry G. – 32 yrs, Andy H. – 6 yrs.

Courage To Change Group: Christy P. – 11 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Mandy N. – 27 yrs, Frank G., Carl T. – 9 yrs.

How It Works Group: Adam W. – 6 yrs.

Kings House Group: Gary A. – 35 yrs, Sue S. – 30 yrs, Gale H. – 20 yrs, Gordon A. – 17 yrs, Alex C. – 7 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Dave H. – 34 yrs, Deborah B. – 27 yrs, Steve B. – 26 yrs, Suzan D., Matt S. – 24 yrs, Curt R. – 23 yrs, Barney L. – 21 yrs, Tim H., Mike S., Lex W., Matthew L. – 20 yrs, Chris J. – 18 yrs, Jeff F., Joe S., Lorie J. – 17 yrs, John A., Bob B. – 16 yrs, Susan B. – 15 yrs, Casey G. – 9 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Allan K. – 36 yrs, Bill R. – 34 yrs, Betty A. – 20 yrs, Larry H. – 17 yrs, Tim V. – 8 yrs.

St Henry’s Book Club Group: Dan W. – 6 yrs.

Trenton Group: Sharon H. – 5 yrs.

Waterloo Group: Louise G. – 38 yrs, Greg L. – 23 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 883: In praying, we ask simply that throughout the day God place in us the best understanding of His will that we can have for that day, and that we be given the grace by which we may carry it out. Courtesy of the 12×12, pg 102

Rule 884: The minute I figure I have got a perfectly clear pipeline to God, I have become egotistical enough to get into real trouble. Courtesy of a letter by Bill W. 1950

Rule 885: ….when we pursue the values of honesty, humility, and service, we will find enduring self-respect and close friendships. Courtesy of the 27 Dec reading in the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men.

Rule 886: After we get a new understanding about ourselves we think, “Now I will never have to make the same mistake again!” But, our lessons are usually not that easily learned. Courtesy of the 29 Dec reading in the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men.

Rule 887: Perhaps none of us could achieve true adult maturity — or a relationship with God — without having the foundations of our lives shaken. Courtesy of the 30 Dec reading in the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men.

Editor: Gene E. 228-9108