District 13 Meeting Minutes – 06/15/2021

Next District Meeting 7/20/2021

In Attendance:  Bre, Brian K, Paul, Jim W, Steve B, Michael, Mark C, Daniel C, Tom, Ashley, John S., Adam K., Marilyn, Debbie F, Phil M, Rick G, Randall, Jimmy P, Mike R

Jim W opened the District Meeting and Jim chaired the Meeting. The meeting was opened with a quiet time followed by the Serenity Prayer and Responsibility Statement.

Randall - Read Traditions 1, 2, 9 and 12.

1.       Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA Unity.

2.       For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express himself in our group conscience.  Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.

9.  A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards directly responsible to   those they serve.

12.  Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

Concepts 1 and 12 were read by Bob K.

1. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for AA World Service should always reside in the collective conscience of our fellowship.

12.  The conference shall observe the spirit of the AA tradition taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and whenever possible substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government; that, like the society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.

Jim W asked everyone to review minutes. Randall motioned, passed Jim W went over the agenda. Daniel C. motioned, Mark C second, passed.


Treasurer’s Report – Dan C.

       Collected $367. Paid out 398 .14 (Amazon web services, cell phone, and picnic seed money) . Op funds 1128.32

       Pink Can total: $810.15 (hasn’t moved in a while). Going to leave it alone for now.

Zoom Committee- Tom D

       Going to stream the speakers for the picnic.

Finance Committee – Steve B.

       no report. Finance committee meets next month.

Correctional Facilities Committee – Phil M. 

       Facilities are still shut down.

       Things at Joliet Treatment Center are opening up. Requesting district pays ½ cost of TB test ($23.90) Phil needed to return to the Joliet Center.

       For pen pals -- exploring possibly adding more than just “man” or “woman” on the forms for requesting pen pal (to include trans, etc.).

Directory and Literature Committee – Vacant

Workshop Committee – Tom filling in for Brian K.

       Shooting for an August date

Picnic Committee: Ashley

       PICNIC INFO: July 17th

       Tickets are ON SALE NOW! We’re doing will-call or purchase at the door $2/ea BRING A SIDE!

-A-M last name please bring a dessert!

-N-Z please bring a side dish!


       Looking for volunteers!

       Meeting with be hybrid at Poplar Creek off Barrington Road between Golf and HIggins on the west side of Barrington Road across from hospital

       7pm Friday night

       OR Use District 13 Tuesday PM Zoom Link (which is on the website) YES - doing basket raffle (keep at $35 limit)

    -Put the name of the group on there (date and time you meet too) and theme

    -Each meeting should do one

    -Drop off by 9am the day of the picnic     -Or get with Ashley to drop them off

       Debbie got seed money from Dan and is going to get in touch with Mary Jane with financial stuff Bring a Cooler, Ice, Water, Pop!

Public Information Committee/Cooperation with Professional Community Committee – Vacant AA Grapevine Committee – John S.

       NEED MORE SUBSCRIBERS!! Down to 60K subscribers from 100K.

       This month’s Grapevine featured section is “Dating & Relationships” AA members their stories about how they've learned to form true partnerships in sobriety. Also included are powerful stories of hope by members during the current COVID-19 crisis

       Submit your stories for upcoming issues: Beginners & Day Counters – Tell us about your first 90 days. What are the most important things that helped you? Any tips? How was your sponsor helpful? The literature? Fellowship? Slogans? (due July 15)

       Grapevine is always looking for stories on individual steps and traditions

       Grapevine looking for stories, photos, illustrations. Visit www.aagrapevine.org/share to learn more about how you can share with Grapevine.

       This month’s Grapevine featured section is “Our Twelve Steps” AA members share inspiring stories of experience and hope about how the Steps changed their lives. Also included are powerful stories of hope by members during the current COVID-19 crisis

       Submit your stories for upcoming issues:  Remote Communities & Sober Holidays (due June 15); Beginners & Day Counters (due July 15); Grapevine is always looking for stories on individual steps and traditions

       The current La Viña issue special section is “Spirituality”

       Submit your Spanish-language stories for: Acceptance (due July 30); Newcomer issue (due Sep 30); The  Three Legacies (due Oct 17)

       La Viña is always looking for stories on individual steps and traditions

       Grapevine has a Youtube channel! And can record your story www.youtube.com/aagrapevine

Hospitals and Treatment Facilities Committee. – Mike R

       We still need Big Books for the Meeting Tub in the Main Auditorium at Share 1776 Moon Lake Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169!

       We still need AA attendees at Amita - Saint Alexius Behavioral Center 1650 Moon Lake Blvd Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 at 6 PM Tuesday Evenings! A Big Book Read and Discussion Meeting!

       Father John working hard to get the detox and inpatient people into the meeting and open it up a little more, get the Saturday morning meeting going again. Looking at possibly Sept.

       Share continues - Sunday AM Eye Opener group donated a box of Big Books.

       CASA committee met, Laura B has been working hard to get Bridging the Gap sign-up sheet going.

Special Accessibilities Committee – Randall

       Talking about meetings going into homes--insurance concerns with that. Looking more into that. Ultimate goal is to help others who can’t get out of their homes. Want to figure out how many people would actually use this service.

Committee on Conferences – Vacant Technology Committee- Vacant

Website Administrator – Nazar Z & John

       Got a lot of updates to the website, Jim talked to Nazar

       Updated picnic info, meetings, minutes.

       Nazar looking for help on the website. Please announce at your meetings! If anyone has web development or design skills, we could really use the help!

       Nazar will let us pay him. He has to look through receipts or we will try to make a fair estimate to get him paid.

Secretary’s Report – Bre M

       Send updated contact info if you have it!

Alternate District Chair Report – Debbie F.

       Minutes up-to-date on the website up through March 2021

       Vacant committees are listed on the website--complete with descriptions on the position

District Chair Report – Jim W

       Casa 5/22/21 - Highlighted Takeaways

○ Finance

■ East Central Region (ECR) had the lowest contributions/member to the GSO for 2020 - $3.84

■ A one time payment of $7.34/member would've supported GSO in 2020.

○ Trustee Elections

■ Monica used Concept 5 to try and reverse Tommy B.'s rejection as the Area 19's Candidate for ECR Trustee to no avail.

■ Cathi C. from Area 23 is the new Trustee from The ECR.

○ A motion to have Tommy B. retained as Area 19's ECR Trustee candidate for 2024 was voted down 60-3-3 AFTER Tommy B withdrew from that consideration.

● Post GSC 6/6/21 - takeaways

○ A 5th edition of The Big Book has been approved

■ Will take several years

■ No changes to pp 1-164

■ Will need to be presented to the GSB again

○ Language and how it is used in our literature was very prevalent at the GSC.

■ Monica spoke to the minority to help swing the vote to replace "inmate" and "offender" with "person in custody" in our literature to an advisory action for 2021.

■ A floor action to the Grapevine Agenda item to make the Preamble

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