CAL – My Journey in Service (Item # M-57)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. While perusing through some Al-Anon service tools in the Area Archives, I came across “My Journey in Service” (item # M-57).  At roughly 60 pages, the booklet is designed as a journal so it has lots of lined paper & blank spaces for writing, plus it includes a CAL service-oriented quote…

MTG – Orlando – “Serenity Now! AFG”

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the only Al-Anon meeting on the University of Central Florida campus.  Because it’s an “open” meeting, they get quite a few UCF students attending that are majoring in various health care professions.  It’s nice to know that even though they might not ever return, they just might continue to carry the Al-Anon message 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 – Area Forum Coordinators (Item # G-32)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline is the first place I’ve seen that states in writing what The Forum magazine doesn’t accept: skits, prayers, fictional stories, or poetry (except Alateen poetry which is being accepted on a trial basis).  This information is left off of “The Forum Writing Guideline” (item # F-1).   2. Question – Who…

CAL – Outreach to Professionals (Item # G-29)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline mentioned a phrase that was very curious to me: “sponsoring a professional.”  I had never thought of it that way before, but I guess a professional that isn’t aware of the program would be similar to a newcomer & would need a “go-to” person for guidance that was committed…

CAL – The Open Al-Anon Meeting (Item # G-27)

WHAT I LEARNED: This guideline seems geared more toward “closed” groups that are having a special temporary “open” meeting (i.e. for an anniversary).  A suggested meeting format is included & there are instructions on how to notify other groups, professionals, & the general public about the meeting while still avoiding promoting & stressing attracting.  You…

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 – 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 – 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 – Al-Anon Fact File (Item # P-36)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. For the professional community of the 70’s, they would have received this “Al-Anon Fact File” (item #P-36) in a PR kit as a coated sheet.  To reduce costs in 1980, it became a “self-cover” & is still a good outreach tool that explains Al-Anon’s public relations policies by paraphrasing the Traditions…

CAL – Youth & the Alcoholic Parent (Item # P-21)

Last week I finished the Professional Packet (item # K-30).  (What I learned about all the other items in that packet can be found in previous entries for the general Al-Anon Newcomer Packet (K-10).)   …This week, I’m starting the very last packet, whew! WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the second pamphlet in the Alateen Newcomer Packet…

CAL – Facts about Alateen (Item # P-41)

WHAT I LEARNED: This is the sixth item in the Professional Packet (item # K-30) & is very cut & dry info about Alateen – no extra frills or sharings in this pamphlet, just the facts ma’am!  I did find it interesting that while the Alateen 12 Steps are exactly the same as Al-Anon’s, some of their…

CAL – Are You Troubled by Someone’s Drinking? (Item # S-17)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This is the fourth item in the Professional Packet (item # K-30) & is one of my top selling outreach items – now I can see why.  This questionnaire is written very broadly so it can apply to anyone affected by alcoholism – including adult children of alcoholics & kids that…