N. FL Fall Assembly 2014 – Day 1 of 3

WHAT I LEARNED: A sign of a good speaker is when they start speaking & all I can think is “I’m freezing,” but by the time they’re done with their story, I’ve completely forgotten that I was ever cold at all!

CAL – Al-Anon Speaks For Itself (Item # AV-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. In 1986, Al-Anon’s first outreach film “Al-Anon Speaks For Itself” (item # AV-10) helped carry the message to teachers, the clergy, the media, social workers, counselors, & other professionals.  The 15-minute program featured stories from members from all walks of life & was broken into 5 sections: 1) The Way It…

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 – 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 – As We Understood… (Item # B-11)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Based on its size, this book looks like it might be a daily reader, but it’s not designed that way.  The purpose of the book was to share members’ sense of the spiritual (not religious) nature of the program.  It doesn’t focus on any one particular Step & I’m glad for…

CAL – Al-Anon Information Services (AIS) (Item # G-4)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For quite some time there was confusion in the fellowship about the responsibilities, boundaries, & differences between information services, Literature Distribution Centers (LDCs), intergroups, & information service liaisons.  The World Service Office responded by creating this particular guideline & a separate one titled “Literature Distribution Centers” (item # G-18). 2. Any…

CAL – Moving On! From Alateen to Al-Anon (Item # P-59)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is my lowest selling pamphlet.  Since December 2011, I’ve only sold a grand total of 1 — & that was at a Gratitude Dinner.  So here again I thought “Why do I need to read this?  …No one else is!”  And once again, now after having read it, I feel…

CAL – Detachment (Item # S-19)

WHAT I LEARNED: This leaflet started out in a World Service Office newsletter for professionals to educate them on how Al-Anon uses the word “detachment” but this outreach piece soon became a runaway hit with members for their own personal recovery.  At a meeting last year, I heard this leaflet read aloud & the first…

CAL – Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism (Item # B-1)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. To me, there’s something intriguing about reading discontinued books.  I feel like I’m uncovering something they no longer want me to know.  This is how I felt reading Al-Anon’s second book, “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” (item # B-1) that I got from our District archives chairperson.  It originally came out in 1965…

CAL – Alateen-a day at a time (Item # B-10)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. As of this year, 2013, this book has been around for 30 years!  It’s Alateen’s first daily reader & is very different than Alateen’s second daily reader “Living Today in Alateen” (item # B-26).  It seems it is for older teens because there are no pictures, drawings, or even quotes from…

** Thank you for your sympathy wishes **

This blog has been silent for the past 3 weeks because, as some of you are already aware, my boyfriend of 16 years died of a drug overdose on 11/18/13.  No one was aware he was shooting up.  He hid it well & didn’t reach out to anybody.  And it saddens me to think that the…

CAL – In All Our Affairs: Making Crises Work For You (Item # B-15)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Right away I liked that this book is broken up into 4 parts: Awareness, Acceptance, Action, & Moving On.  And for me, reading this couldn’t have come at a better time, because I was going through what I considered a crisis this past month.  But after so many stories about violence,…

CAL – Just for Today Wallet Card (Item # M-10)

With the help of receiving a CAL timeline from the World Service Office, I’m returning to the literature & have some back-tracking to do… WHAT I LEARNED: This wallet card has been around since 1954 & I thought given its small size, it would have less on it than the bookmark version (item # M-12),…

CAL – Alateen–Hope for Children of Alcoholics (Item # B-3)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Alateen began in 1957, but they didn’t have their first hardcover book until this one came out in 1973.  Its origins were a pamphlet (which has been discontinued) & it was expanded to now have sections for Steps, Traditions, Slogans, Personal Stories, & an Alateen Timeline. 2. At 120 pages, it’s…

CAL – Living Today in Alateen (Item # B-26)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Unlike the other Alateen daily reader, “Alateen-a day at a time, (item # B-10), since “Living Today in Alateen” (B-26) is the newer one (from 2001) it includes quotes from “Courage to Change” (B-16), “From Survival to Recovery” (item # B-21), & “Paths to Recovery” (B-24).  For some reason, I assumed…