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As Bill Sees It #3 - Pain and Progress

Posted by Erin McV on November 20, 2016 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"Years ago I used to commiserate with all people who suffered.  Now I commiserate with those who suffer only in ignorance, who do not understand the purpose and ultimate utility of pain".

Someone once remarked that pain is the touchstone of spiritual progress.How heartily we AA's can agree with him, for we know that the pains of alcoholism had to come before sobriety and emotional turmoil before serenity.


"Believe more deeply.  Hold your face up to the Light, even though for the momeny you do not see".

Keep It Simple - October 16

Posted by Erin McV on October 16, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Keep It Simple - October 16


To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you’re overdoing it.

–Josh Jenkins


It’s okay to make mistakes. But we shouldn’t live a life of excuses. We shouldn’t slide over our mistakes; we should learn from them.


Excuses keep us apart from ourselves and others. People don’t trust us if we won’t admit and accept our mistakes. Relying on excuses dooms us to repeat the same mistakes.


In recovery, we admit and accept our behavior. We do this by continuing to take an inventory of our lives. We do this so we can learn from our mistakes. “Owning” our mistakes helps us grow.


Prayer for the Day: Higher Power, help me own my mistakes. Thank-you for Step Ten and the growth it holds for me.


Action for the Day: Today, I’ll list my five favorite excuses. I’ll think of the last time I used each of these. What was I trying to avoid.


always available

Posted by Mercy Jean on October 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

My name is Mercy.  I have been sober a month shy of 12 years.  I wanted to post again to let people know that I am still here if any women need a sponsor.  I am happy to help.  I normally use the phone to do step work but can facetime once in awhile if needed. Please send a message to me if you want to work together.

GSAA Archivist Qualifications

Posted by Club_Epic aka Walt on August 9, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

GSAA Archivist Qualifications

Term of office: 1 year

Suggested sobriety: 2 or more years

Suggested previous service experience:

Service at the group level, face to face or online group. Example: Chairperson, Secretary, or Treasurer.

Other suggested qualifications: At least (18) months as a group member.

Familiar with our AA literature pertaining to groups and service, including: "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions" (the Traditions parts), "The AA Service Manual," "Twelve Concepts for World Service" (at least the illustrated version); "AA Guidelines" (the entire set), and the pamphlet "The AA Group."

The function of the archivist can be considered therefore to be twofold: primarily, a custodial responsibility for assuring the physical integrity of the collections of records including minutes, motions, vote outcomes, group principles and group bylaws and ensure and its availability to group in a concise and sorted format.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Like the all GSAA positions, Archivists need to be good all-around group servants.

Maintain minutes of all(since GSAA's inception in 2012) prior business meetings.

Assists Vote Counter in maintaining the group membership and service rosters(WE DO NOT DO THIS CURRENTLY, only Group Chairperson has access to members of GSAA and no Private Message Function right now. ITR is aware of this.)

The Archivist can vote, introduce motions, and participate in discussion and should be preset at all business meetings.

The Archivist should keep a repository of minutes, in addition to:

1. Officer’s reports, if any were made during the meeting.

2. The exact wording of any motions introduced, and their fate (passed, defeated, referred to committee, or tabled).

3. If motions were referred to committee, make sure the group specifies the duties of the committee and when their report should be delivered to the full business meeting.

4. Develop to the best of his/her ability an archive of votes take, dates they took place and be able to access during business meetings for the group to make group conscience decisions using factual historical information.

If at any time the Archivist is unclear about something, he/she should ask Members who were responsible for the motion or the vote for clarification from the individual and the group immediately.

Taken from the AA Guidelines Archives, from GSO, Box 459, Grand Central Station, NY, NY

The archivist is the person responsible for the collection, including documents, books, recordings, and artifacts. He or she maintains the physical integrity of the collection, and also develops an index, inventory, and/or finding aid, to provide easy ways to search and access the collection. The archivist is also responsible for ensuring the protection of the anonymity of members, and the confidentiality of all A.A. records. In most cases, the archivist regularly reports to the local A.A. entity that supports the work, giving updates on current projects. It is desirable that the archivist take at least an introductory course in archival science or library science, and have a membership in a local archivists’ organization.

The function of the archivist can be considered therefore to be twofold: primarily, a custodial responsibility for assuring the physical integrity of the collection and its availability to persons with a valid reason for study; and also a parallel and critical role of information gatherer. The archivist gathers facts and documentation, from both the distant and recent past, to preserve A.A.’s message. Bill W. urged that archives are needed “so that myth doesn’t prevail over fact.” In a real sense, A.A. archivists are “keepers of the past.”

At a very basic level, archivists do four things with an archives


1. Organize it: Sort the collection somehow; chronologically, alphabetically, by subject, and/or by type of object, in a sensible manner.

2. Catalog it: Create a searchable list or inventory describing each item in the collection.

3. Preserve it: Perform preservation tasks, from the very simple to the very complicated, to prolong the life of the item.

4. Let people know about it: Create exhibits and displays, publish articles about the archives in a newsletter, provide research access, and give information to those who have questions.

Light From a Prayer

Posted by Erin McV on May 8, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Light From a Prayer

"God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we ca, and the wisdom to know the difference."


We treasure our "Serenity Prayer" because it brings a new light to us that can dissipate our oldtime and nearly fatal habit of fooling ourselves.  

In the radiance of this prayer we see that defeat, rightly accepted, need be no disaster. We now know that we do not have to run away, nor ought we again try to ovecome adversity by still another bulldozing power drive that can only push up obstacles before us faster than they can be taken down.

Keep It SImple - April 10th

Posted by Erin McV on April 10, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Keep It Simple - April 10

"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from making nests in your hair." - Chinese proverb

Life is full of feelings.  We can be happy, sad, mad, scared.  These feelings can come and go quickly.  Or we may hang on to them.  As recovering (alcoholics) addicts, we used to hang on to those feelings that made us feel bad.  We let them make "nests" in our hair.  We used our feelings as an excuse to drink or use other drugs.

Now we're learning to hang on to our good feelings.  We can let go of anger, hurt, and fear.  We can shoo away the birds of sadness and welcome the birds of happiness.

Prayer for the Day - Higher Power help me become a "brid watcher".  Help me learn from my feelings.  And help me let go fo the bad one so I can be happy.

Action for the Day - If I need to get rid of the sadness or anger that I'm hanging on to, I'll ge thelp from my sponsor, a councelor, or a clergyperson.

Thank you!

Posted by Diane on March 4, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I want to thank Joe and Greg for this amazing site.....There is a lot of work here, quiet laboring behind the scenes. Thank you! Diane:):D;)


Posted by DougE on December 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In the sphere of material things, giving means being rich. Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.


—Erich Fromm



Material possessions have great significance in our world. Not only do we strive to own a special car, electronic gear, and far more clothes than we need, but we also think in terms of possessing a girlfriend, or our health, or happiness, or things that cannot be owned. Some of us have become addicted to buying and owning things. This gimme-gimme mentality affects us all and, rather than enriching us, it impoverishes us. Tangible things enrich us only when we use them and share them to improve our lives and the lives of others. We don't need to be wealthy to share what we have with others. It is the sharing that nourishes us and builds bridges between us.


Wise people have known for thousands of years that a man's spirituality is deeply affected by his relationship to his possessions. When we respect what we own as a gift from God and share it with others, we grow richer spiritually.


I will hold my possessions loosely and with respect so they can be used well and shared.


Posted by DougE on December 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Celebration is a forgetting in order to remember. A forgetting of ego, of problems, of difficulties. A letting go.


—Matthew Fox



A holiday presents us with an opportunity to practice the letting go of this program. This is a special day to set aside our work and our routines, to put our problems and burdens on the shelf. Let us join with others who are also letting go on this day and celebrate. Maybe we can learn from them how they do it.


We may have been too compulsive on past holidays to celebrate. Or perhaps our holidays are clouded with painful memories. We might miss loved ones or we may recall disappointments or the chaos of earlier holidays. There is no need for perfection in our celebration. We can have some tension, or pain, and yet set it aside as we join with others for a special day.

The Tolerance Prayer

Posted by Dayzed on December 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Lord, give me tolerance towards those whose thoughts and ways, in the Program and life, conflict with mine. For though I would, I cannot always know what constitutes the Absolute Truth. The other person may be right, while I may be all wrong, yet unaware.

Lord, make my motives right, for only this can ease my conscience when I sometimes err.

Lord, give me tolerance, for who am I to stand in judgement on another person's mistakes? No one knows better than my inward self how many little blunders I have and can make.

Life is full of stones that somehow trip us, and meaning not, we stumble now and then.

Lord, give me tolerance, for only you are rightly fit to judge my fellow travelers.