October 2019

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 13 Oct 2019 at the Trenton Group in Trenton IL at 1 p.m. There were 30 attendees. The 10 Nov 2019 meeting will be held at the 623 Club with the 623 Group hosting. 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 15 Sep 2019 to the present.

7th Tradition Donations to the District:

623 Group – $200

Tom Tiernan Sr – He attended many meetings over the years with the latest being Breakfast With the Big Book Group. He always said that acceptance was the solution to his problem(s). He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Leaving us with over 35 yrs of sobriety


District 14 has a post office box and the address was printed on the cover page of the Where & When for 2019 and 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 Desire Group of Collinsville has ceased meeting as of 3 Oct 2019. This change will be reflected in online W&W plus the master W&W.

Cory Barbee is the new GSR of the Wednesday Night Firehouse Group.

Jerry Jett is the new GSR of the Half Measures Meeting.

Committee Reports:

Archives: Alex C.: Alex attended the Natl Convention on Archives. It was a great experience. It gave her many thoughts for the archiving of the items for Dist 14. Groups are encouraged to provide the events of a “special” meeting; i.e., who spoke on what subject, why the meeting was special/unique, etc. Also, it you have AA books that you have had for many years & they are falling apart (the binding is degrading), you can call Alex for the procudures to get them rebound.

Booze News and Where & When’s: Gene E.: W & W’s were handed out at the meeting. At the 10 Nov GSR Mtg, the initial draft for the 2020 W&W will be reviewed by the Trusted Servants BN: All is well.

Bridging the Gap: Jeri J.: He is seeking guidance as he has just assumed the job.

Corrections: Chuck D. – & Ed H.: Chuck has submitted the literature order. Attendance at the meetings at SWICC is down due to a change of seasons.

CPC: Eric O.: Contacted the Cement Masons Union about posting info on AA. Waiting to hear back on when this can be done.

CSO: Joni M.: Not present

Grapevine: Robbie M.: Nothing to report.

MESYPAA: The ISCYPAA Convention for the State of Illinois is going to be held 13-15 March 2020 at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights IL. Flyers have been printed for the event.

PI/LIT: Peyton M.: Received the districts supply that was on-hand. Going through the packages/handouts that Dave had assembled for the clergy and students. Also, have been reviewing the cover letter that went with the packages. All will be updated as needed.

Special Events: Connie S.: The Gobble of Gratitude will not be held in 2019 per vote by the Trusted Servants. Connie will pursue the 2019 Alkathon with the budget allowed to her. She will work on finding a site as an order of first magnitude. We will most certainly keep you posted.

Technology Committee: Rob C.: There were so many topic’s going on that it was truly awesome. Rob developed an app for Dist 14 while he was at the conference and handed out the url for the app at the GSR Mtg. This url will be available on the Dist 14 Website in the near future. The app will continually undergo modification as it evolves. Truly awesome!!!

Treatment Facilities: Liz M.: All meetings are taken & covered through the end of 2019. Dist 14 no longer is covering the tuesday meetings. The next Treatment Committee Meeting is on 9 Nov 2019.

Alkathon 2019: After much discussion, which included reports back from individual groups, the decision to have an Alkathon was put to a vote. The district voted to have the Alkathon in its present format/length for 2019. Connie S. is the Chair of Special Events under which the Alkathon falls. She reported that St Teresa was most unhappy about the condition of the facility after the last Alkathon. As of this writing, that location is NOT available to Dist 14.

How It Works Group Proposal: To make the GSR Preamble conference approved literature. It is hoped that the proposal will have enough merit to be on the agenda of the annual meeting at GSO in New York in 2021. There are several steps to get done before this can happen. The Dist 14 GSR’s thought it was a fantastic idea. We will keep you posted.


The Annual East Central Regional Conference will be held 18-20 Oct 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport at 6401 South 13th St in Milwaukee Wisconsin. For more info, call Nancy H. at 414.801.5184 or Chris S. at 414.333.8167.

The 22nd Annual Illinois-Missouri Men’s AA Breakfast will be held on 27 Oct 2019 at the Orlando Gardens at 4300 Hoffmeister Ave in St Louis MO. The cost of the breakfast is $25. The speaker is Arlin S. of Alton IL. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. & the speaker begins promptly at 10 a.m. For more info, call Bill D. at 314.971.0251 or Jerry G. at 314.520.1225.

The 3rd Annual National Corrections Conference will be held 1-3 Nov 2019 in Houston TX. Registration is $30.00 and the banquet is $40.00. For more info, please call the conference chair at 832.998.4992.

The December 2019 Area Assembly will be hosted by District 14 & will be held on 8 Dec 2019 at the St Luke’s Parish Center at 225 North Church St in Belleville IL. The registration is $5.00 and a light breakfast will be provided. The lunch is $10.00. For more info, contact Cheryl M. at 618.402.5260.

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. – 44 yrs, Pat C. – 24 yrs, Joe D. – 22 yrs, Paul T. – 21 yrs, Tina L. – 17 yrs, Chris P., Justin W. – 15 yrs, Suzy H., Cyndi B., Ed P. – 12 yrs, Kent L. – 11 yrs, Paul S. – 8 yrs.

Busted Ego Group: Don C. – 38 yrs, Jim C. – 20 yrs, Eric O. – 3 yrs.

Cahokia Serenity Group: Brandon C. – 11 yrs.

Coffee Pot Group: Sherman P. – 22 yrs.

Collinsville Honesty Group of Dist 18: Brian R. – 7 yrs.

Dr Bobs Group: Paul S. – 39 yrs, Jeff R., Kevin B. – 9 yrs.

East St Louis 12×12 Group: Nathaniel H., Lester G. – 27 yrs, Buggy B. – 26 yrs, Nova – 25 yrs, Larry D. – 24 yrs, Pamela S. – 8 yrs.

How It Works Group: Robby M. – 2 yrs.

Kings House Group: Mike D. – 26 yrs, Chris V. – 21 yrs.

Mascoutah Group: Wayne L. – 26 yrs, Larry R. – 6 yrs.

O’Fallon Trailer Group: Donna W. – 32 yrs, Richard B. – 31 yrs, Bob T. – 30 yrs, Jim M. – 29 yrs, Shelley P., Paul H. – 28 yrs, Tony G. – 26 yrs, Steve L. – 25 yrs, Rick B. – 23 yrs, Lorrie H. – 21 yrs, Rose L., Mike N. – 19 yrs, Dominic R., Matty S., Mark D. – 18 yrs, Allen R. – 16 yrs, Karen T. – 15 yrs, Claude H. – 12 yrs, Lisa M., Melissa H. – 8 yrs, Mark F. – 6 yrs.

Rule 62 Group of Breese: Mark W. – 3 yrs.

Sparta 212 Group: Eedsel D. – 24 yrs, Jason H. – 8 yrs.

Trenton Group: Carl B. – 7 yrs.

Rule 62 Corner:

Rule 919: Normal is never running out of toilet paper. Courtesy of Jay H. at the Trenton Mtg.

Rule 920: Such damaging parts of our story we tell to someone else who wll understand, yet be unaffected. The rule is, we must be hard on ourselves, but always considerate of others. Courtesy of 12×12, pg 84.

Rule 921: Then comes the day when, finally freed in large degree from rebellion, we practice humility because we deeply want it as a way of life. Courtesy of a letter by Bill W. 1966

Rule 922: When there is doubt about our logic, we wait upon God and listen for the voice of intuition. Courtesy of a letter by Bill W. 1966

Rule 923: Sometimes we’re mistaken about the source of our unhappiness…….but we are not aware that the problem(s) is caused by a deeper feeling of not being able to stand ourselves. Courtesy of the reading for 11 Sep, Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men

Rule 924: As we regain our sanity, we find balance in the basics. Courtesy of the reading for 17 Sep, Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men

Rule 925: We are learning to live in the present, one day at a time. We are letting go of the past. The future we place in trust to our Higher Power. Time doesn’t work against us or challenge us…..it just flows. Courtesy of the reading for 22 Sep, Touchstones Daily Meditations for Men

Editor: Gene E. 228-9108