District 13 Meeting Minutes – 04/20/2021

Next District Meeting 05/18/2021



In Attendance: Bre, Brian K., Daniel, Jim W., Bob K., Debbie F., George M., Jimmy P., Michael, Phil M., Scott H., Steve B., Adam K.

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.

Michael - 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 Steve B.

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.  Debbie Motioned, Passed.

Jim W went over the agenda.  Brian Motioned, Passed.

REPORTS:

Treasurer’s Report – Dan C.

  • Collected $215.20.  Paid out $31.90 (phone bill).  Op funds $1,156.19

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

Zoom Committee- Tom D.

  • TU, TH, SA still running smooth.  Info is on the website.

Finance Committee – Steve B.

  • No meeting this month.  Next meeting is May.

  • Received the "Draft" which is a recap of all the committees from downtown and it will be finalized and go out soon.

Correctional Facilities Committee – Phil M.

  • Nothing's going on in our area.  State prisions still shut down due to COVID.  Same with county jails.

Directory and Literature Committee – Vacant

Workshop Committee – Brian K.

  • Waiting to hear from governor.  They have one in the pipeline ready to go when things open.

Public Information Committee/Cooperation with Professional Community Committee – Vacant

Secretary's Report - Bre M.

  • Please send me your notes/minutes before or after the meeting.
  • Please let me know if you're not on the email list or if you specifically know of people who should be (or should not be) on the list anymore.
  • Send me in-person meetings for a list I can send to the treatment centers for newcomers.

AA Grapevine Committee – John S.

  • NEED MORE SUBSCRIBERS!!

  • 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 “Fun in Sobriety” AA members share stories about diving into life, enjoying sobriety, and having some fun.  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 - Do you live in a remote community?  Do you have challenges getting into A.A.?  Do you serve on a remote communities committee?  Share with us.  Also how do you stay sober through the holiday? (due June 15)

  • More upcoming topics: Remote Communities, Sober Holiday Stories

  • The current La Viña issue special section is “The Newcomer Issue”

  • Submit your Spanish-language stories for: The Family and A.A. (due May 30); Acceptance (due July 30); Newcomer issue (due Sep 30).

  • La Viña is always looking for stores on individual steps and traditions.

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

  • The next meeting of the Grapevine committee is May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm.

  • WORKSHOP - SOWING SEEDS OF SOBRIETY

    • SATURDAY MAY 15th 2021, 4-6pm CT

Hospitals and Treatment Facilities Committee – Mike R. (absent but sent report to Bre)

  • Our CASA chairman has resigned and as of this morning it is unknown if anyone has stepped forward to chair the committee.  I plan to attend the next meeting on May 3 for an update so I can report next month.

  • At 6:00pm tonight (April 20), Father Jim S. will introduce Joe B., Joe K., and I to possibly 15 Intensive Outpatient clients at Amita Behavioral Treatment Center (1650 Moon Lake Blvd, Hoffman Estates IL.

  • The meeting is scheduled from 6:00pm - 7:30pm weekly on Tuesday with a total allowable attendance of 35 people.

  • The topic will be a Big Book read and discussion starting with The Doctor's Opinion a half-chapter at a time, progressing through the steps as needed.

  • Their IOP program runs from 4 to 6 weeks and all will be encouraged to continue attendance even after the completion of their program.  We will be adhering to Amita/CDC COVID-19 rules.

  • This can be a service opportunity for any A.A. member going forward.  If anyone is interested in attending, please contact me at [phone omitted] and/or [email omitted].

  • Nothing has been mentioned about Amita opening-up to visitors or the regular weekly A.A. Meetings that we enjoyed prior to the pandemic.

  • Thank you!  Sunday Eye Opener meeting and Saint Marceleen's Friday Night Group for the Big Book donations, making the books available to those who forget to bring them to any of the 12 step meetings they attend at Share.

  • The daily Share meetings continue.

Special Accessibilities Committee – Randall

  • Elderly people having a hard time with changing Zoom technology

  • Working to plan to bring meetings to individuals in nursing homes who cannot leave their facilities.

Committee on Conferences – Vacant

Technology Committee - Vacant

Website Administrator – Nazar Z.

  • Not present.

Alternate District Chair Report – Debbie F.

  • Website - she reached-out to Nazar but hasn't heard back

District Chair Report – Jim W.

  • I was unable to attend the monthly DCM Sharing session on 4/3/21.  Though our Area Chair, Laura B., considerately sent an email to all DCMs, to mention an idea that came out of that session, which was very well-received.  I forwarded that to everyone in District 13 database on 4/15/21.  The discussion regarding CASO being open for in-person on each last Saturday of the month turned into an idea to have that day designated as an open house for districts to have workshops or any event that the space can accommodate, when we can meet after the pandemic has subsided.  Also, since there is Zoom equipment in the office, these events could potentially be very expansive.

  • The sharing session I did attend on 4/14/21 was 2 hours, with sharing from past delegates and trustees, and the Area 58 (Oregon) GV/LV Chair, plus a workshop, all on the theme of diversion and inclusivity in A.A.  As is typical of these sharing sessions, panelists and participants were well-represented from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

  • The distinction between inclusivity and diversity was discussed, emphasizing that groups and districts should ask if they are doing all they can to not only reach out to the diversity within their local community, but to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be included in activities at the district and area levels.  For example, in one area non-native Americans attended Native American meetings; a cultural exchange opening doors.  A suggestion to have a deaf speaker at a major event was made by someone else; at the ACO a few years ago, I recall we had a Spanish speaker with an interpreter.

  • The main message is that, although improved over the decades, A.A. still does not represent the diversity of suffering alcoholics of the population by race, gender, and age.  Also, of those who are in A.A., regarding the service structure, the term mono-inclusion was defined; that as one examines the inverted A.A. service structure pyramid, there is increasingly less diversity as you go from groups on top to the GSO/GSC at the bottom tip - thus, less inclusivity.

  • However, to "fix" this, like we always do, that starts with the groups and individual A.A. members.  How can the groups in District 13 reach-out to the diverse members within our communities and offer them inclusivity?

New Business
  • A.A phone training
    • VOLUNTEER PHONE TRAINING
    • April 17th at 4:00pm - 5:50pm CDT
    • Training sessions for chat and remote off-hours phone shifts:
      • Zoom Virtual Training
      • 4pm - Technical Support for those needing Zoom instruction
      • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Training Class
      • To register, please fill out:
      • https://www.chicagoaa.org/committees/committee-off-hour-phone/
  • Our kickoff meeting is next Monday, the 26th at 6:00pm, although we will regularly meet on the second Monday of the month starting May 10th (from 6pm-7pm).  Those with questions are welcome to reach-out to me at ACO@ChicagoAA.org
    • Zoom Meeting ID: 932 335 9769
    • Passcode: ACO2021
  • Please announce at meetings that we need more help with the website.
    • Need it to be updated
    • More consistency
Old Business
  • None
Motion to Close - Jim W.

Meeting Adjourned with the Seventh Tradition and The Lord's Prayer.

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