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1 Salt River Valley Al-Anon Information Service N e w s l e t t e r October / November 2018 Dist. 2b Vol.4 Issue 10 Salt River Valley Al-Anon Information Service (SRVAIS) Chair: Dufy L. OFFICERS Vice Chair: Tom N. Secretary: Dee D. Treasurer: John N. Vice-Treasurer: Tracy Member-at-Large: Nick Member-at-Large: Tracy COORDINATORS Technology / POS: John N. Meeting List: John W. Newsletter Editor: Patrick G. Volunteer: Debbie Y. / Vicky After-Hours: Balvina. SRVAIS Liaison: Dufy L /Tom N. Alateen Liaison: (open) Literature Supply: John W. Public Outreach: (open) Spanish Liaison: (open) Facebook: Stephanie B. Webmaster: Ruth D. Office Location 2432 W. Peoria Ave. #1027 Phoenix, Az Keep Coming Back After an Al-Anon meeting one night, I stood outside the church in the freezing rain. Cars drove away, and people waved to each other with promises to meet next week. Once again, I felt deep despair because no one in the meeting was able to give me the answers I needed. I wanted a recipe for ensuring the sobriety of the alcoholic. I hoped for a prescription to put my shattered family back together and to enjoy a good night s sleep without worrying about the next bounced check or overdue bill. Instead, a woman grasped my hands before I left, looked into my tear filled eyes and said, Just Keep Coming Back. Is she kidding? Why would I come back here? I thought as I drove home that night. I resolved not to go back. But I did go back. I went back because of the urging of a friend who had been in these meetings for many years. And I went back because the literature I began reading told me that alcoholism is a disease and that there was nothing I could do to get my loved one sober. As I studied the Steps, worked with a Sponsor and continued to attend meetings, I learned that I could live life with hope and serenity with or without the sobriety of another. That was over 30 years ago. I have learned a great deal about the disease of alcoholism, how to live with the alcoholics in my family and how to care for myself in order to live a fuller life. One of the things I do for my selfcare is to regularly attend meetings. And I try not to miss an opportunity to welcome newcomers. I grab their hands, look into their tear filled eyes and say, Just Keep Coming Back. INSIDE: Pg. 1-2 Al-Anon Pg. 3. Alateen Pg. 4-9 Flyer s By Laura P., Colorado The Forum, October 2017 Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al- Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA I remember the first day of visitation when my son was in a treatment center. He suggested that I attend an Al-Anon meeting afterward. It was truly an invitation by my Higher Power to take that giant step forward. I remember that I listened, I cried and I hugged. I was hooked by something that was said in that meeting, something that I felt, and I went back the next week. Here I am five years later, still going back for more. I never dreamed I would find a place where I felt so welcomed, so loved, so wanted. People encouraged me to Keep Coming Back. I found a place where I learned all about myself my strengths, my weaknesses, my worth, my sense of humor. Continue October / November 2018 p.1

2 02 Salt River Valley Al-Anon Information Service Continue from pg.1 This program is for me. I learned to take care of myself and, in so doing, am a better person. Peace, serenity, happiness, and love are words I use today because they are words that make up who I am. By Julie B., Florida The Forum, October 2017 Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al- Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA Chair Report Duffy reported that herself, John N., Treasurer and Larry S., Vice - Treasurer will be stepping down this year. Longtimers Meeting Event I went to this Event, and had a good time. Things that went on were Fellowship, Food, Speakers, 50/50 Drawing and Silent Auction. A big thank you to those who put on the Event all the Volunteers and all those who came. Patrick G. Inner Group Office Spanish Website oih - al anon.org Hold a Meeting at SRVAIS Office Must call and add their name and times on the Calendar at the front desk. Thank you Contact: SRVAIS Office Donation Form Groups use when sending in donations to SRVAIS Office so you will get credit for it. Face Book You can find us on FaceBook! Yes, all you techies out there, we too, are in the modern age! Thank you to Stephanie for making this happen! Here is the address to type in when on facebook: Salt River Valley Al-Anon Information Service Literature Reminder Literature pre-ordering is available & greatly reduces the time to process your sales before the GR meeting. Al-Anon Story s, Welcomed Keep it to around 300 words, thank you.submit : Next GR s & DR s Office Meeting PHONE BRIDGE For a list of WSO registered phone meetings. Contact: GR1 Form Meeting changes and new meetings. Can find form on srvais.org website. After Hours Calls Have all shifts covered. 95% of callers are looking for a meeting location. Calls can be forwarded to either a home phone or a cell phone. Contact: Balvina at ( 480) if you are interested in serving in this position. Volunteer at SRVAIS Office If you are interested in being apart of our team, volunteering just 4 hours a month. Please call Debbie Y. or Vicky at SRVAIS They will set up a training session for you. Al-Anon Information Submit group updates, flyers and Al-Anon information to Plus send flyers to : SRVAIS Office to be posted on website. Thank You To Everyone for your Service! No Matter how big or small all important, Thank you! October / November 2018 p.2 02

3 03 Alateen Chat When I focus on the things that I m grateful for, my attitude changes dramatically. Even when everything seems like it will never be okay, almost every negative feeling goes away when I think positive. I m grateful for my friends. I wouldn t be here without them. I m grateful for my parents and siblings. I don t like them at times but they are the reason I found Alateen. The most grate-ful thing in my life is Alateen. Thanks to this program I have learned a lot about gratitude. All I need to do is look at the positive side of life and pay more attention about myself and not others. Going to Alateen has changed my life. Being grateful changes my attitude from negative to positive. Being negative doesn t always help in situations. I think about all the people that have been there since day one. All Alateen s this page is for you, send me some of your program stories for your fellow Alateen members to read. Just keep it around 100 to 50 words. My is: Any? Let me know. Thank you. Patrick G. Newsletter editor. I know that tomorrow will be a better day if I stay positive and don t let the little things bring me down. I know that I m better than that. I can practice gratitude today by thinking positive and don t let anyone or anything hold me back from becoming what I want to be in life and enjoy it to the fullest. Katelin Alateen Talk, Summer 2017 Reprinted with permission of Alateen Talk, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters., Inc., Virginia Beach, VA. October / November 2018 p.3 03

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