CAL – Updated Al-Anon Service Guidelines for 2021 (Various Item #’s)

On October 6th, 2021, I got an interesting update from Al-Anon’s World Service Office’s (the WSO) newsletter “In The Loop” that mentioned:  “We are excited to announce that we are in the process of updating the Al-Anon/Alateen Guidelines!  In addition to getting a fresh, new look, the guidelines will also reflect updated information.  A milestone…

CAL – The Forum Writing Guideline (Item # F-1)

Next week I’ll be posting an update on several Al‑Anon guidelines that have been revised this year. However while I was researching those, it led me to this guideline for The Forum that was very recently updated – just last month, in October 2021, in fact! It got me wondering, 🤔 “What changed exactly?” See…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017 (Item # N/A)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. My next “CAL Chat” podcast guest said that “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism 2017” was her favorite outreach piece that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show (Episode #9), so it was time to read it all the way through!  I had read entire versions of previous ones so I was…

CAL – Sexual Intimacy & the Alcoholic Relationship (Item # P-77)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Well surprise, surprise, this is not an instruction booklet on how to have sex with an alcoholic!  However, it does reassure me that I’m not the only one who has had difficulty in this area.  Intimacy, especially sexual intimacy, is a topic rarely brought up in Al-Anon meetings.  This must have…

CAL – How Al-Anon Works (Item # B-22, B-32, eB-22, eA-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I was going to read this book as the very last one of this blog since I was making my way up to the top seller & according to the World Service Office, this one is it.  …It would be like starting a climb by already being at the top…

CAL – Reserve Fund Guideline (Item # G-41)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline focuses on withholding money for good, healthy reasons.  How different that is from my pre-Al-Anon days when I withheld money out of fear, or as punishment… 2. The most interesting part of this guideline is the list of personal questions on page 4 – especially the question about how my…

CAL – Guideline for Al-Anon Websites (Item # G-40)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. There is no such thing as “Conference Approved” text to use on Al-Anon websites, therefore it’s not necessary for all sites to use the same wording.  Freedom!  Whoo-hoo!  Ha ha ha. 😃 2. I understand that links on an Al-Anon site to non-Al-Anon sites would give the appearance of affiliation & are to…

CAL – Area Public Outreach Coordinator (Item # G-38)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Because Areas can vary due to autonomy (just like groups), the work of an Area Public Outreach Coordinator can actually be split into various committees or job positions: PI (Public Information), CPC (Cooperating with the Professional Community), & Institutions Coordinators.  I don’t know of any other Area position that does this,…

CAL – Electronic Al-Anon Meeting Guideline (Item # G-39)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. According to this guideline, there are 3 types of online Al-Anon meetings that the World Service Office (WSO) will register: chat, email, or message board.  (…I guess Skype meetings haven’t caught on yet?) 2. There’s still a 7th Tradition basket!  Donations are sent directly to WSO, rather than a District or Area. 3….

CAL – District Representative (Item # G-37)

WHAT I LEARNED: There’s also info in this guideline about the Alternate District Rep &, if needed, they can serve as several other positions as well such as Secretary, Treasurer, or Public Outreach contact.  Whew – hopefully not all once! 😄 ━━━━━▼━━━━━ **UPDATE (5/5/17): This guideline was revised in 2014 & the changes are somewhat substantial. …

CAL – Alateen Safety Guidelines (Item # G-34)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. According to this Alateen guideline, any reporting of child abuse is done on a personal basis, not as an Alateen Sponsor or an AMIAS (an Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service).  This is done with Tradition 10 in mind to keep the fellowship out of public controversy! 2. Even though I’m not a certified…