District 13 Meeting Minutes – 10/19/2021

Next District Meeting 11/16/2021

Meeting was hybrid

Attendance & Introductions:

Jim W, Debbie F, Paul S, Brian K, Scott H, Tom D, Dan C, John S, Dani P, Jemma, Bob K, Jimmy P, Jim C, Randall, Adam K, Ashley E, Marilyn R, Mark C


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. 

Jim - 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 Paul

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 asked if anyone was attending for the first time – Tom new GSR

Jim W asked everyone to review minutes.  Motion to approve. Minutes approved.

Jim W went over the agenda. Motion to approve. Agenda approved.


Treasurer’s Report – Dan C.

       Collected $502.80. Paid out $47.69 (Amazon web services, cell phone). Op funds $2,269.62 

       Pink Can total: $810.15 (hasn’t moved in a while). 

            If sending checks, please put meeting number on the check.  You can find it in the directory.

VCC Committee- Tom D

       Tu, Th, Sat meeting still going strong.  Saturday best turnout – 8-12 attending

Finance Committee – Steve B. (absent)

       NO REPORT

Debbie asked about the budget.  It was sent.  Groups need to vote on it.  Discussion on the budget deficit.

Correctional Facilities Committee – Phil M. (absent)

       NO REPORT

Directory and Literature - Vacant

Workshop Committee – Brian K.

        Holding off on large events at the moment

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

John suggested everyone sign up for a Grapevine subscription!!  Does not include on-line which is a separate subscription.  If you have extra Grapevine issues bring them in so John can distribute.

●The Grapevine Committee met, both online and in person, October 12, 2021.  We reviewed the current issue of Grapevine News; discussed new releases from Grapevine - the Prayer and Meditation book, a weekly Podcast, and pamphlet on the 12 Traditions (now in the CASO Bookstore - $.36)

  Alternate Chair, Monique P. continued our discussion on how committee members’ groups are accepting/integrating the new preamble language in their meetings; shared the availability of printed cards with updated version of the preamble; reminded members of our new magazine publisher and change in mailer packaging

  This month’s Grapevine featured section is: “Cooperation With Professionals (CPC),” featuring stories by AA members about the importance of CPC service, or members who found AA because of it. Also featuring stories of hope by members during the current COVID-19 crisis ● Submit your stories for upcoming issues: We Celebrate the 12 Concepts! & Getting into General Service Share examples you’ve seen of the Concepts in action in your service life.  ● This month’s LaViña Special Section is “The Annual Prison Issue"

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

(due Oct 17) Important: LaViña is always looking for stories on individual steps and traditions ● Grapevine has a new podcast!! “The AA Grapevine Half-Hour Variety Hour” debuted Oct 4. Join Don and Sam each week as they interview a different member about their experience, strength and hope in a casual ‘meeting after the meeting’ manner. New episodes available in English Mondays, 9:00 am EST. Visit https://www.aagrapevine.org/podcast to listen.

  New Book now available! *Prayer & Meditation* features stories by members of about the many ways they incorporate prayer and meditation in their daily lives (Now available - $11.50) ● We have changed printers, so watch for your Grapevine and La Viña magazines in a white mailer 

  Grapevine and LaViña are live on Instagram!! Follow us at @alcoholicsanonymous_gv @alcoholicosanonimos_lv See daily quotes, know when our new magazine issues release, learn about new books and stay inspired by and connected to Grapevine and LaViña, and to AA as a whole

  Want to Help Another Alcoholic? Carry The Message Project 2021 gives three easy ways to share Grapevine & LaViña’s great twelve step tools! Learn more at www.aagrapevine.org/carrythe-message or visit the Grapevine YouTube channel

  Consider supporting Here’s How (Chicago’s monthly AA newsletter), in addition to Grapevine and LaViña. More information on subscribing and/or submitting content available at chicagoaa.org/heres-how/

  Sign up for emails from Grapevine and LaViña: Grapevine Daily quote, monthly newsletter,

Grapevine and Your Group (quarterly); LaViña weekly quote, LaViña news www.aagrapevine.org/emails

  Grapevine is always looking for stories, photographs and illustrations. Visit www.aagrapevine.org/share to learn more about how you can share with Grapevine. ● Record your story. Grapevine is collecting members’ stories in their own voices. Please visit: www.aagrapevine.org/audio-portal for additional information.

  Grapevine has a YouTube channel! Find member stories from Grapevine and La Viña as well as informational videos. Visit and subscribe for free at www.youtube.com/aagrapevine ● Recommend your group purchase a GV/LV subscription to add to your group’s literature library. Visit www.aagrapevine.org for more information on these and other topics. ● The next meeting of the Grapevine committee is November 9, 2021, at 6:30pm


Hospitals and Treatment Facilities Committee. – Mike R (absent)                                                                                                                                                                                             

        We are still waiting for the Information Packets regarding the Bridging The Gap program for use at Amita and Share!

        Meetings still continue at Amita/Saint Alexius Behavioral Center and Share!

        Volunteers at Share need to Show or phone Louise Proof of Vaccination for Covid Monday thru Friday 9 AM - 5 PM!

        Thank you, Sunday Morning Eye Opener and St. Marcelline Friday Night meetings, for your past Big Book Donations!

        Yes! We could use more Big Books as The Meeting Tub is again running dry!


Debbie asked if meetings at Amita/Saint Alexius were back in person.  No, only the Tuesday meeting with Father Jim On Tuesday nights.


Committee on Conferences – Vacant

Special Accessibilities Committee – Randall

      Focusing on closed captioning with zoom meetings

      Question on anonymity on emails sent out

      Working on a document to support blind/low vision members

John S. brought up the Schaumburg Township flyer which provides disability services including services for the deaf and blind.  The number for deaf services video call is 224-520-9763

Technology Committee- Vacant

Secretary Report – Bre resigned so now Vacant

Website Administrator – Nazar Z & John (absent)

      No Report

Brian advised that Nazar is available on Signal and that’s the best way to get in touch with him

Jim advised that if anyone sees anything that needs to be changed/updated contact him or Debbie


Alternate District Chair Report – Debbie F.

      No report

District Chair Report – Jim W

        No Report

Look at the budget and discuss it with your groups


New Business

        Paul asked about the District Appreciation Dinner reservation. Is it still open?  Motion to discuss Appreciation Dinner for next April at next meeting – passed.

        Brian brought up distribution of money to GSO, CASO.  Dan waiting for accountant to get back to him on taxes and cost.

        Scott H volunteered to chair the CPC committee for the district.  Brian nominated him and he was voted in – Yay!

Old Business

● GSR/Alt GSR Info verification for Group Services database:

>>Please click the link below (I will then grant you permission), then check the info, and mark a

✓ with your name in the yellow column, indicating the info is correct - make the corrections, if needed and then mark the yellow column<<





Next CASA Saturday November 13, 2021, hosted by District 24


St. Hyacinth Basilica, 3636 W. Wolfram, Chicago, IL 60618


Sharing 11:00am Lunch 12:00pm Assembly 1pm CT

Also on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 987 5972 6527 Passcode: 712021

To Join by phone: 312-626-6799 when prompted enter the meeting ID and password

Motion to Close – Jim W

Meeting Adjourned

Responsibility Statement

Lord’s Prayer

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