October 2016

October 2016
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 9 Oct 2016 at the 623 Club and hosted by Dr Bobs (E&W) Groups. There were 31 attendees. The 13 Nov 2016 GSR Meeting will be held at the 623 Group. The 11 Dec 2016 GSR Meeting will be held at the O’Fallon Trailer 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 14 Aug 2016 to the present:
7th Tradition Donations to the District:
Life Recovery Group – $125
OFTG – $500
623 Group – $175
How It Works Group – $200
Nominations for the Trusted Servants of Dist 14 (DCM, Alt DCM, Secretary & Treasurer) will take place at the 13 Nov 2016 district meeting with elections for those Trusted Servants to be held at the 11 Dec 2016 district meeting.
Tim Foster is the new GSR for the Cahokia Serenity Group.
Cheryl Moore is the new GSR for the Women of Hope Group.
Committe Reports:
Archives: Connie S.: Not present.
Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E. (618.228.9108): Booze News is doing fine. The process of drafting the 2017 edition of the W&W has begun. Expect to have a workable draft ready for the Trusted Servants to review at the Nov 2016 GSR Meeting. Handed out a considerable number of W&W’s at the Oct 2016 GSR Meeting.
Bridging the Gap: Chris B.: Not present
Camel Walk: Ryan B.: Three (3) people have completed their cards.
Corrections: Chuck D. & Ed H.: Everything is going quite well at all three meetings.
CPC: Dave S.: Contacted 7 more church offices and presented resource information packets to clergy and administrative personnel. Also, I have visited physicians and private/public counseling entities with information packets. In cooperation with PI/LIT, the local media (BND) have been approached concerning publishing a PSA (Public Service Announcement) on behalf of AA. Met with Jay Tebbe, publisher and Brandi Steely, marketing manager of the BND. AA was granted permission to have a ¼ page PSA published on two occasions. The PSA was/will be placed in a highly desirable reading location. Letters of gratitude have been sent to Mr. Tebbe and Ms Steely for their cooperative spirit and community service.
CSO: Chris S. – Not present
Grapevine: Kelley B. – Nothing to report
PI/LIT: Ed N. – Stocked literature for a few places in the Metro East including a DUI Counseling Facility. The PSA coordination with CPC was very meaningful and gratifying.
Special Events: Sam A. – The last event (Kickball) could have gone better. More planning is needed for the next event. Any ideas are more than welcome.
Treatment Facilities: Diane H. – Going well at Gateway. Eagles Nest is getting its protocols established and the meetings are much improved.
Website: Teresa K. – The District 14 website continues to evolve for greater functionality and ease of usage. Since tracking began in Aug 2016, over 1700 distinct IP addresses have hit the website; 356 android phones and 556 iphone/ipad visits.
A “Contact Us” form has been added. It has proven effective to this date.
You can toggle between Standard and Mobile Versions of the Website. Makes it easier to read the info on a mobile phone.
Now, there is an automatic load of the Map Navigation on Mobile Devices.
The calendar functionality is still being tweaked.
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: District14Live@gmail.com
Workshop: Adam W. – The last workshop of the year was held 18 Sep and there were a total of 3 attendees who showed unbridled enthusiam. The 7th thru 12th Traditions were discussed at length.
The 23rd Mississippi Valley Regional Conference will be held 21-23 Oct 2016 at the Hannibal Quality Inn & Suites at 120 Lindsey Drive Hwy 36 in Hannibal MO. If you pre-register, the cost is $20 and the banquet is an additional $20; however, if you register at the door, the registration is $25.00. For more info, call Steve N. (217)242-5784 or Chuck K. (217)316-4887.
The Annual Steak Dinner will be held 5 Nov 2016 at the 623 Club from 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes a 12 oz Steak, two sides and a dessert for $10 per plate. Tickets are available at the Club Snack Bar.
The 19th Annual Illinois Missouri Men’s AA Breakfast will be held on 6 Nov 2016 at Fischer’s Restaurant at 2100 West Main St in Belleville IL. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. with the speaker (Oval M. of St Louis MO) beginning sharply at 10 a.m. Adjournment will occur at ~ 11:30 a.m. Cost of tickets is $22.00. NO tickets will be available at the door this year. For more info and tickets, call Adam W. (618.520.1344) or Bill F. (314.968.5299).
The 64th Annual Jonesboro Thanksgiving Program will be held 11-13 Nov 2016 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jonesboro AR. Pre-registration is $15 before 28 Oct 2016. It will be $20 at the door. You can mail your registration payment to: Thanksgiving Program Treasurer, 3705 Phillips Drive, Paragould AR 72450
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.
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: Terry N. – 41 yrs, Thomas J. – 28 yrs, Ken J. – 25 yrs, Denny R. – 24 yrs, Rick E. – 23 yrs, Jan R., Doug B. – 20 yrs, Keith R. – 18 yrs, Kelly J. – 16 yrs, Jackie O. – 14 yrs, Christina C. – 12 yrs, Ron H. – 6 yrs, Kim F. – 5 yrs, Dan W. Paul S., Pat M. – 3 yrs, Ted L. – 2 yrs, Annie G. – 6 mos.
Coffee Pot Group: Skip B. – 19 yrs.
Collinsville Lounge Group: John F. – 11 yrs.
Collinsville New Life Group: Debra B. – 18 yrs.
Dr Bobs (E&W): Jack B. – 25 yrs, Robin S. – 17 yrs, Elmer R. – 12 yrs, John L. – 8 yrs, Kelley B. – 7 yrs, David M., Frank G., Mark M., Susan V., Mike P., Marlon O. – 6 yrs.
East St Louis 12×12 Group: Barry S. – 26 yrs, Leo H. – 23 yrs, Mary D., Louis J. – 22 yrs, Donella C., Kathy C. – 21 yrs, Terry B., Lula Y. – 20 yrs, Angelica C. – 13 yrs, Livina S. – 11 yrs, James K. – 7 yrs.
G.O.D. Group of Sparta: Jennie G. – 6 yrs.
Jim B. Okawville Group: Bill M. – 26 yrs.
Kings House Group: Mary Ellen J. – 29 yrs, Cindy H. – 27 yrs.
Mascoutah Group: Christine S. – 15 yrs.
New Athens Group: Rian B. – 4 yrs.
O’Fallon Trailer Group: Jim W. – 47 yrs, Dustin B. – 36 yrs, Roger C. – 29 yrs, Scott A. – 26 yrs, Jim F. – 25 yrs, Nick W. – 22 yrs, Mark B. – 21 yrs, Gil B., Jenny T. – 19 yrs, Kate S. – 18 yrs, Curt K., Jason D., Duane K., Jennifer D. – 17 yrs, Tiffany C., Aaron C., Tanya H. – 16 yrs, Mary H., Roger C., Megan C., Sam K., Jim P. – 15 yrs, Kevin B., Joseph A., Keith P. – 14 yrs, Beth W. – 12 yrs, Debbie H. – 9 yrs, Tony P. – 7 yrs, Barb H. – 6 yrs, Bruce N. – 4 yrs.
Red Bud Group: Rod G. – 13 yrs.
Rule 62 Group of Breese: Mary W. – 35 yrs.
Sparta 212 Group: Donna S. – 34 yrs, Gary G. – 30 yrs, Ed L. – 25 yrs, Paul M. – 17 yrs
St Henrys Book Club Group: Keith P. – 13 yrs, Tim S. – 9 yrs.
Women of Hope: Lisa H. – 10 yrs.
Rule 62 Corner:
Rule 752: Fearfulness is the problem, not any one fear. Trusting our Higher Power, we set our fearfulness aside, even if a few particular fears remain. Courtesy of the 10 July reading in the Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men.
Rule 753: The next time you “have a thought”…..you better GET THAT THING OUTTA THERE……before it turns into a “Full Blown Good Idea”. Heard at a meeting in South Kansas City Hall.
Rule 754: “In short, we chose to ‘become willing,’ and no better choice did we ever make.” Courtesy of a letter by Bill W. 1966
Rule 755: Faith is more than our greatest gift; it’s sharing with others is our greatest responsibility. Courtesy of the AA Service Manual, pg 5.
Rule 756: It was impossible to say we had no capacity for faith, or love, or worship. In one form or another, we had been living by faith and little else. Courtesy of the Big Book, pg 54.
Editor: Gene E. 228-9108

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