District 69: A message from your District
We are aware that some members feel that reading announcements at meetings takes away from sharing time, however, we humbly ask that the meeting secretary or group representative read this out loud to the group.
If you’ve done any service beyond the group level, I’m sure you’re aware of Knowledge Based Decision Making. For those of you not, the general concept of that is to gather all of the knowledge possible prior to making a decision. For those of us who have been impacted by the disease of alcoholism, this is a new concept. We sometimes react to the alcoholic and others, making knee jerk decisions.
We are thrilled by the passion for Alateen in district 69. We currently have the most Alateen meetings in Southern California and that is something to be proud of.
We do want to remind you all that Alateen is a part of Al-Anon. Our hope is that each of us can give a little bit of that passion for Alateen toward welcoming new and diverse members of AlAnon, and encourage them to take an active role in this program that has given us so much.
Our traditions teach us that we are a program of attraction rather than promotion. If a fellow member has at least two years of attendance in Al-Anon and a working knowledge of the traditions and steps, please have them send an email to both Sarah and Stefanie to get the ball rolling in certification.They will be given a link to sign up for an online class. Once the class is complete, Sarah will interview them and complete the process.
As excited as we are of the potential of growing Alateen in North County San Diego, we also want to be sure our current meetings are self supporting (meaning two AMIASs willing to regularly show up and teens actually attending the meeting). In my tenure of service, we have had to close Alateen meetings due to the lack of attendance and support. And that’s okay.
Remember, we as Al-Anons are not responsible for saving these kids. We are not their higher power. What we CAN do is continue to work our own program of recovery so that we may be fit to be of service when our HP calls us. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your trusted servants.
Stefanie & Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org