CAL – Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2014-2017 (Item # P-24/27)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. Originally, I only read the “Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual” on an as-needed basis, but when my next podcast guest said that this was her favorite book that she wanted to talk about on my “CAL Chat” show, I had to dust off my manual & put on my scuba reading mask to…

CAL – Al-Anon’s 12 Steps & 12 Traditions – Original (Item # B-8)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. If you’re following along with each post chronologically, then you’ve come to this entry to find out what is different in this original (now discontinued) version from 1981 compared to the revised 2005 version.  If the program hasn’t changed, why did the book change & what am I missing that was…

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 – Discovering Choices (Item # B-30)

WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This book almost didn’t happen.  Originally, it was only supposed to be a revision to “The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage” (item # B-4), but the revisions were becoming too extensive & the focus on just marital relationships was too narrow.  So in 2001, concept approval was given to create this…

CAL – Al-Anon Basic Program Wallet Card (Item # M-7)

WHAT I LEARNED: This wallet card has been around for many moons & it can’t get more “basic” than this.  It’s got a preamble, all the Steps, Traditions, Concepts, & Warranties you could want, with a little bit of Serenity Prayer mixed in there as well.  Typically it’s the Newcomer groups that buy these cards…

CAL – This is Al-Anon (Item # P-32)

At a recent Gratitude Dinner, the emcee quickly came up to me & asked for something that she could have at the podium that included the Serenity Prayer, Steps, Traditions, Concepts, Warranties & Al-Anon Declaration.  I said I had just the perfect thing!  Rather than give her a book, I gave her this pamphlet.  And…