CAL – A Meeting on Wheels (Item # G-22)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Apparently a meeting on wheels has nothing to do with food or meals on wheels. Ha ha! 😜 It’s basically 3-4 people holding a “mock” meeting to show non-members & professionals (doctors, social workers, counselors, etc…) what kind of help is available in the rooms. Rather than just leaving outreach pamphlets…

CAL – Guidelines for Newsletter Editors (Item # G-21)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For some reason I thought newsletters were only for Districts, but apparently they can also be for Areas & Al-Anon Information Services. 2. Reading this item made me miss our newsletter for District 6.  We voted to discontinue it in place of our website, however according to this guideline, there’s a…

CAL – Area Conventions (Item # G-20)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. As current Co-Chair for the 2015 North Florida Area Convention, it was helpful to re-read this guideline because it reminds me that, just like in the program, many have come before me & many will come after me & it will all be ok. 2. My favorite line is: “Understand that…

CAL – Starting an Alateen Group (Item # G-19)

WHAT I LEARNED: There are only 2 types of Alateen meetings: Closed & Limited Access.  Even I, as Literature Chairperson at the District Level, cannot attend an Alateen meeting.  Only Al‑Anon members involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS’s) & designated Area trusted servants can go & even then, it’s only on an occasional basis.  The only non-certified attendees allowed are the kids…

CAL – Literature Distribution Centers (Item # G-18)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I used to think “LDC” stood for Literature Distribution Chairperson, but according to this guideline, the “C” stands for Center because CAL can be sold through Al‑Anon Information Services, Intergroups, or other entities. 2. Also per this guideline, I’m supposed to post a disclaimer on my electronic literature order form that’s available…

CAL – District Meetings (Item # G-15)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Just like group meetings, district meetings can vary widely.  Hence the autonomousness nature of the program (see Tradition 4). 2. FYI: The Greek word autonomos means “having one’s own laws,” from autos “self” & nomos “law.”  That’s your word origin of the day! 🤓 ━━━━━▼━━━━━ **UPDATE (5/5/17): This guideline was revised in…

CAL – Services in Correctional Facilities (Item # G-14)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Inmates sharing a Fifth Step with an Al-Anon member is not considered “privileged,” however it is “protected communication” if done with a person of the clergy.  …It makes me think of all the privileges I take advantage of in the program. 2. Come to think of it, couldn’t the term “inmate” be relative?  I…

CAL – Suggested Programs for Meeting (Item # G-13)

WHAT I LEARNED: I’ll never be without a meeting topic again now that I’ve seen the second page of this guideline with 23 options to choose from! ━━━━━▼━━━━━ **UPDATE (5/5/17): This guideline was revised in 2013.  The title has changed slightly because an “s” has been added to the word “Meeting” to make it plural. …

CAL – Starting an Al-Anon Group (Item # G-12)

WHAT I LEARNED: According to this guideline every new group is sent 3 packets of literature from the World Service Office (WSO), however it’s spread out over one year – not given all at once upon startup like I thought.  What pieces are they given?  To find out, you could start your own group –…

CAL – Group Representative (Item # G-11)

WHAT I LEARNED: Back in the day when I was a GR (Group Representative), I was given this guideline as a hardcopy but I must have only read the front side.  Now that I’m reading it electronically, I finally see the second page with the Sample Agenda for a Group Business Meeting & the GR…

CAL – Outreach to the Public/Media (Item # G-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: The last revision to this guideline was in 2004 & I think it’s due for an update because when I read the title regarding “media,” I thought there might be info in this that includes social media as well, but there wasn’t.  …Maybe a whole new separate guideline needs to be created…

CAL – Outreach to Institutions (Item # G-9)

WHAT I LEARNED: Question #1: What type of Al-Anon/Alateen meeting is NOT allowed to have a Group Representative? Answer #1: An Institutions Group Meeting! Question #2: Want to know why? Answer #2: You’ll have to read this guideline…  I’m not going to just give everything away on this blog!  Ha ha 😜 ━━━━━▼━━━━━ **UPDATE (5/5/17): This…

CAL – Taking a Group Inventory (Item # G-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Near the end of 2012, this guideline was expanded to be more inclusive of Alateen meetings & it was divided into 2 sections: G-8a which are several lists of questions, & G-8b “Methods & Reflections” – which offer “how-to” suggestions on taking the inventory & more importantly… following up on the…

CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Participation in an AA Area Convention (Item # G-7)

WHAT I LEARNED: Because Al-Anon is self-supporting, contributions from AA are considered “outside” & are therefore declined (see Tradition 7).  In the case of AA Conventions where there is Al-Anon participation, AA is entitled to keep all monies from Al-Anon registrations, meals, & workshops.  However, there is a little note in this guideline that Al-Anon…

CAL – Area Literature Coordinators (Item # G-6)

WHAT I LEARNED: Much like any of the guidelines that are job descriptions, I always learn that the position entails a lot more than I thought!  Area Literature Coordinators interact not just with World Service Office & LDC’s (Literature Distribution Centers – like yours truly!), but also Website Coordinators, Information Service or Intergroups, Newsletter Editors,…

CAL – Alateen Meetings in Schools (Item # G-5)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. I thought there were only 2 general meeting types, open or closed.  However, there is a third: limited access meetings, which is what Alateen meetings often are when they’re held in a school. 2. Schools are required by law to report certain types of abuse, so I’ve often wondered how a meeting can…