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04 April 2018

posted Apr 16, 2018, 4:18 PM by Web Master2


(I thought) Spring was on the way!! : )

Well it is April…Time for “House cleaning” of all kinds!    Enjoy these highlights from the April issue!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving 22 subscriptions away in the next year !!

APRIL 2018

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


S-1 District is holding a FORUM writing workshop on Saturday, June 9th from 9:30-12:00 noon

At Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk! 3 Lord Street.


APRIL IS ALCOHOLISM AWARENESS MONTH


STEP 4        “Made a  S E A R C H I N G and  FEARLESS moral inventory of ourselves”


This step seems intimidating ….  But with the help of a SPONSOR and the BLUEPRINT for PROGRESS…..It is just another growth opportunity….AND the keys to the kingdom!


TRADITION 4   “Each Group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting another Group or Al=-Anon or AA as a whole”

This speaks about how we all can have our own opinions but still work together as a whole.




CONCEPT 4   “Participation is the key to harmony”

What a wonderful concept! We are “trusted servants” we do not govern.  We encourage all opinions to be heard, for everyone to participate. Our service positions rotate!





Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international


Maine’s Summer Convention Is August 23-26th at Ferry Beach in Sacco!  Check out the Maine

AFG website for all the details!!




02 February 2018

posted Feb 13, 2018, 2:57 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 2:58 AM ]

The Winter is here!  Happy February!!

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! During these chilly winter months consider writing a piece to submit to the Forum for publication!!  They are always looking for members to share their experience, strength and hope!!  Writing guidelines are online!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order one for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving several free subscriptions away in the next month as some wonderful Al-Anon member donated $55 to pay for 5 Forum subscriptions!!

February 2018

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


This month’s message is “Recovery through Laughter!!” Annie from Florida shares how the laughter in the rooms…despite everyone’s pain…has taught her to lighten up.


Dr. Don from Ohio shares his struggle and agony over his son’s addiction. Realizing that even with all he knew, he could not save his own son’s life.  But Al-Anon saved him.


Teri, from CO, shares about out this year’s conference theme “There is No standing still”

in Al-Anon. She shares about her time in service and how it gave her Al-Anon journey a sense of purpose.


There is a GREAT piece on learning to care for ourselves! Charlotte, from Georgia, shares of her journey and what it took to FINALLY put the focus on herself and heal.




Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international


Remember you can go to www.alanon.org/18membersurvey  to complete the 2018 member survey!  They need YOUR input!


STEP 2    Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

    We “came” then we “came to” then we “came to believe”!!


Tradition 2   Honoring the decisions that the group makes is so important.  Our Group conscience is the way we handle that.


Concept 2  Talks about authority and responsibility….And how many hands make for light work.


Alateen celebrates 60 years!!  Consider being an Alateen sponsor, ordering some Alateen literature for your Al-Anon meetings or dropping some Alateen literature off at your local JR and SR High school!  Remember we WELCOME teens into our Al-Anon meetings and want them to feel welcome!


Here is a subscription for to the Forum!



01 January 2018

posted Jan 7, 2018, 3:13 PM by Web Master2



The New Year  Is here….JANUARY FORUM!

Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving several free subscriptions away in the next month as some wonderful Al-Anon member donated $55 to pay for 5 Forum subscriptions!!

January 2018

So many of us have been helped by a piece of Conference Approved Literature! Consider holding a writing workshop before or after one of your meetings!

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!

 

I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday season!!  While the rest of the world marks the New Year with resolutions… We in Al -Anon are fortunate enough to know that we can “begin again” any time!!  What a gift!

 

God’s Will and the power to carry it out is a great anonymous story from a woman who was brought to her knees and finally had to hand her life over to her HP and trust that she would be ok.

 

There is a GREAT section on MEN & SPONSORSHIP

 

Janet from Wisconsin shares how she learned to LET GO OF HER alcoholic son….The struggle….the gift.

 

Another anonymous member shares how Al-Anon helped her get through the unthinkable tragedy of her husband of 30 yrs being murdered. An amazing share.

 

 

 

There is a focus on REACHING FOR PERSONAL FREEDOM and how members appreciate really digging deep with the questions on the steps, traditions and concepts.

 

Pat from Oregon shares about her “Toolbox” called Al-Anon!!

 

Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international

 

There is a great piece on WHY we need to work our program!! Paula from Arizona shares about complacency and how valuable her sponsor is!

 

Remember you can go to www.alanon.org/18membersurvey  to complete the 2018 member survey!  They need YOUR input!

 

STEP 1     Helpless or Powerless? Definitely NOT helpless!! Just POWERLESS over people/places/things!!

 

Tradition 1   “Our common welfare” is soooo important. Participating in the UNITY is the key.

 

Concept 1   “My opinion has value”….  This share relates Concept 1 to her own family…With each member having their role.+

 

 

Alateen celebrates 60 years!!  Consider being an Alateen sponsor, ordering some Alateen literature for your Al-Anon meetings or dropping some Alateen literature off at your local JR and SR High school!  Remember we WELCOME teens into our Al-Anon meetings and want them to feel welcome!

 

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful winter.

08 August 2018

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:49 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 2:14 AM ]


Happy HOT August!  Have you signed up for the Al-Anon Summer Maine Convention 8/24-8/26??  It is sure to be a great time! See Maine AFG website for details!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving 22 subscriptions away in the next year !!

August 2018      “Calmly through the River”

If we cannot get to a meeting, or we are traveling and just need a dose of Al-Anon……

THE FORUM is your answer!!  A meeting in your pocket!!

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


STEP 8   “”Made a list of all people we had harmed and became WILLING to make amends to them all”.   We just need to make the list!! And then pray for that lovely willingness!! Step by step we work this step….


TRADITION 8   “Al-Anon 12 step work should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers”  Rotation of service positions is soooooo important!


CONCEPT 8   “The Board of Trustees delegates full authority for routine management of Al-Anon Headquarters to its executive committees” This concept is all about delegating!


Vali from the WSO shares how only after years in the program was she able to see all the wisdom of our original daily reader “One Day at A Time in Al-Anon”.  The ODAT celebrates it’s 50th year this year!!


Pat O shares how after her first meeting she felt such a sense of HOPE. She indentified enough and felt a bit of relief to know Al-Anon was right for her.


The statement “Calmly down the river” is a short story comparing the journey in Al-Anon to that of a river ride. It invloves going with the flow and letting go!!









Maine’s Summer Convention Is August 23-26th at Ferry Beach in Sacco!  Check out the Maine

AFG website for all the details!!



06 June 2018

posted Jun 4, 2017, 4:12 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 4:10 PM ]


Happy June!!…Longer days and more sunshine inside and out!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving 22 subscriptions away in the next year !!

June 2018     “Journey through the 12 Steps”

District S-1 is holding a writers workshop for entries for the Forum Saturday, June 9th

9:30 – 12:00noon. Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3 Lord Street Kennebunk!!  Refreshments and supplies provided…Just bring yourself and all your wonderful recovery to share!!


If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


STEP 6  This month the member shares how she got over her fear of step 6! If her HP removed these defects what would she be left with?   hmmmmmm


TRADITION 6   This share reflects on the phrase “primary spiritual aim” and what that means to her.


CONCEPT 6    This share speaks of the concept of delegated responsibility….And how the more we “share the load” the more we can all accomplish!


George from Hawaii sgares about how he learned to love hisself, his HP and others through the Al-Anon program. A very moving story.


Cindy from Arkansas shares on passing her recovery and what she has learned onto her son and what a gift that is!


Another member from Iowa talks about service and how she has come to love and accept herself through her experiences doing service in Al-Anon.  (I agree!)





Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international


Maine’s Summer Convention Is August 23-26th at Ferry Beach in Sacco!  Check out the Maine

AFG website for all the details!! Must save room by June 16th!!!!




05 May 2018

posted May 21, 2017, 3:56 AM by Web Master2   [ updated May 8, 2018, 2:55 AM ]


Spring ….. Is HERE!!

Happy May…Warmer times are here….Enjoy the “New Beginnings” of the season.

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving 22 subscriptions away in the next year !!

May 2018

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


S-1 District is holding a FORUM writing workshop on Saturday, June 9th from 9:30-12:00 noon

At Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk! 3 Lord Street. Come and share!!


STEP 5  “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. What a gift to share this Step with a trusted Sponsor. Feel the relief. Be FREE


TRADITION 5   This share related tradition 5 to a triangle. One side being the support we give our alcoholic relatives & friends, the other is the comfort we give to our fellow Al-Anon members and the last being the base of the triangle representing ourselves and our step work.


CONCEPT 5   Talks this month about the importance of the “minority voice” when we make group decisions.








Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international


Maine’s Summer Convention Is August 23-26th at Ferry Beach in Sacco!  Check out the Maine

AFG website for all the details!! Must save room by June 16th!!!!



03 March 2018

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:30 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 4:49 AM ]


Hello!  Spring is on the way, a time for new beginnings!!  Why not treat yourself to your own copy of the Forum!! Until then, enjoy these highlights from the March issue! guidelines are online!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order one for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription! If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving several free subscriptions away in the next month as some wonderful Al-Anon member donated $55 to pay for 5 Forum subscriptions!!

March 2018

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


This month’s cover story is “All the Trying in the World” Mary from Wisconsin shares that no matter what she tried, it was not enough to get the alcoholic to stop drinking.


Listen to a 110 min audio interview with Al-Anon’s co-founders!! Go to

www.al-anon,org/lois-interview to download it for FREE!


Cliff, a NEWCOMER from Minnesota, shares about finding HOPE in Al-Anon. He was heartened by the laughter and kindness he experienced.


Deb from Alberta reminds us of the acronym J.A.D.E.


And Kay from Oklahoma talks about how SERVICE work lead her out of FEAR and into FAITH


There is a great piece from Mac in Florida sharing his ability to say “NO”. He shares how he chooses now NOT TO ALLOW himself to be manipulated.



Al-Anon’s convention is on July 6-8th 2018 in Baltimore,MD  www.al-anon.org/international



STEP 3:  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.  Linda B. shares how she made the decision to hand her daughter over to the care of God.


Tradition 3:  “The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.” A member from New York shares on this Tradition and how it led him to be gentle with his mother regarding his father’s drinking problem.


Concept 3:     The right decision makes effective leadership possible.

This member shared how “being right” doesn’t matter to her anymore. She uses prayer and meditation to accept the things she cannot change!


Alateen celebrates 60 years!!  Consider being an Alateen sponsor, ordering some Alateen literature for your Al-Anon meetings or dropping some Alateen literature off at your local JR and SR High school!  Remember we WELCOME teens into our Al-Anon meetings and want them to feel welcome!


Here is a subscription for to the Forum!




12 December 2017

posted Jan 6, 2017, 3:02 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 5:31 PM ]


Hello!  Enjoy these highlights from the Forum! Please consider ordering yourself a personal copy for only $11 for 12 months!  If your meeting does not have one, order one for them as well!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving several free subscriptions away in the next month as some wonderful Al-Anon member donated $55 to pay for 5 Forum subscriptions!!

December 2017

So many of us have been helped by a piece of Conference Approved Literature! Consider holding a writing workshop before or after one of your meetings!

If we cannot get to a meeting….If we are in a crisis…To look up help on a certain subject…

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!

 

This month’s FORUM is filled with so much! Just in time for the HOLIDAYS!

 

“Taking back the Holidays” is the theme…   This month’s share by Christine from Illinois is about caring for ourselves throughout the holiday season, setting boundaries and other gems to stay sane during this next month!

 

There is an anonymous story about keeping ourselves safe. So important as we tend to lose sight of our own safety when dealing with an active situation.

 

Vali F. Exec. Director shared on the powerful affect a newcomer has to all of us and our meetings. Reminding us of how much courage it takes to just walk in the doors, let alone share!

 

“The Spin Cycle”…. A clever member relates to her journey in Al-Anon to the different cycles of the washing machine! Spoil alert… “Deepwater Wash” was her 4th step inventory!

 

Remember you can go to www.alanon.org/18membersurvey  to complete the 2018 member survey!  They need YOUR input!

 

Step 12    “Sharing the message” talks of how opportunities present themselves for us to share our message of recovery.

 

Tradition 12   “Letting Go of our secrets” The 12th Tradition share speaks about  guarding our anonymity and provides a safe place for us to share.

 

Concept 12    “I’m not the Al-Anon Police”   This Concept reminds us that each meeting, each member is on its own spiritual path.

 

Alateen celebrates 60 years!!  Consider being an Alateen sponsor, ordering some Alateen literature for your Al-Anon meetings or dropping some Alateen literature off at your local JR and SR High school!  Remember we WELCOME teens into our Al-Anon meetings and want them to feel welcome!

 

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful season.

11 November 2018

posted Dec 5, 2016, 3:14 AM by Web Master2   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 5:19 PM ]

 

 


Happy November!!  So much to be thankful for!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will have 17 subscriptions left to give away in the next year !!

If we cannot get to a meeting, or we are traveling and just need a dose of Al-Anon……

THE FORUM is your answer!!  A meeting in your pocket!!


The FORUM is ALWAYS looking for entries from Al-Anon members!  Write something on your favorite Step, Tradition or Slogan! Send it into the Forum or submit it online!


STEP 11  “Sought through Prayer and Meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out”

Jay from Wisconsin shares his experience with the 11th step in such a beautiful way. Speaking of a deep peace and love that he now experiences as a result of his closer relationship with his HP.


TRADITION 11   This tradition speaks of Attraction rather than Promotion. Joan from CT shares how she learned the difference between these two early on in her recovery. She likened attraction to living life as if she was “wearing a loose sweater” where Promotion felt more like “forcing solutions”.


CONCEPT 11   “The WSO is composed of selected committees, executives and staff members”.

Tarcila from TN shares:

This Concept speaks about “team work” and not needing to “do it all ourselves”. When we do more than our share, we deny others the opportunity to help as well.

The Forum has SO many different articles!  There is always something on Service & on Alateen.

I love the “Instant Meeting” which is focused on the Step of the Month. There are several stories with varying topics sent in from all over the world! It is so inspiring.

There is another piece reminding us to keep Newcomers in mind this holiday season!!














10 October 2018

posted Nov 13, 2016, 12:05 PM by Web Master2   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 5:17 PM ]

Happy October!!

If your meeting does not have a subscription, please order a copy of the FORUM for them.  My goal is for each meeting in the State of Maine to have a subscription!  If you are not able to pay for a subscription…. Please message me and we will be giving 22 subscriptions away in the next year !!

September 2018      “A Clearer Picture”

If we cannot get to a meeting, or we are traveling and just need a dose of Al-Anon……

THE FORUM is your answer!!  A meeting in your pocket!!

SHARE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN HELPED BY CAL! In what ways has CAL affected your recovery? A little bird told me if you write on the CONCEPTS or TRADITIONS you have a good chance of being published!!  It can be a fun time for your Group to get together! Send comments to: wso@al-anon.org with CAL Corner in the subject line…deadline is 15th of each month!


The FORUM is ALWAYS looking for entries from Al-Anon members!  Write something on your favorite Step, Tradition or Slogan! Send it into the Forum or submit it online!


STEP 10  “Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it”.  BALANCE is the topic in this months’ sharing about Step 10. Sometimes we are WRONG…and we also do positive things much of the time!


TRADITION 10   “The Al-Anon Family groups have no opinions on outside issues: hence our name be never drawn into public controversy.” How wonderful that Al-Anon provides such an oasis for all of us in this crazy world…A place away from controversy.


CONCEPT 10   “Service responsibility is balanced by carefully defined service authority and double-headed management is avoided.” This member applies this concept to her marriage.


There is a GREAT article about saying “yes” to Service! How this member’s life changed after that.


The Forum has SO many different articles!  There is always something on Service & on Alateen.

I love the “Instant Meeting” which is focused on the Step of the Month. There are several stories with varying topics sent in from all over the world! It is so inspiring.

There is another piece reminding us to keep Newcomers in mind this holiday season!!










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