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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bridging The Gap

Hello fellow travellers 

Hope all had a great summer as we move forward to the fall

Here is the BTG update for September 2022

We continue to support the clients commencing from kingheaven an peardonville treatment centre’s

We recently visited peardonville women’s treatment centre on Sept  14th with a 3 person panel it was well received with 14 clients signing up for help getting hooked in to AA/NA upon their release from treatment into their community’s throughout BC.

Thanks Darcy

Woman to Woman

Woman to Woman meets every Thursday at noon at the Alano Club.  We are getting consistent turnout and it is a safe place for women to share what’s on their hearts. Upcoming birthday is Jean S.  taking 14 years on Sept. 22

Friday Night Grapevine

Hello everyone my name is Zak the GSR for the Friday Night Grapevine. We are a busy meeting that meets every Friday night at 7:30 at the Alano club. We read from a passage from either the grapevine short quote book or from an article from the grapevine. We share on the readings or whatever is on the speakers heart. Not much has changed over the past month in our group. We are still looking for new members to join the grapevine to help be of service to Chilliwack AA. Our primary purpose still remains to help the alcoholic that still suffers.

Zak H

SNL Meeting

Hello everyone…I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie….SNL is held every Saturday evening at 7:30pm at The Alano Club …we read from As Bill Sees It and share on the reading or whatever is on your heart ….we average 20-35 people and continue to see newcomers coming thru the doors….we offer them a meeting list with members names and phone numbers as well as give them a big book …we loved being involved in the 38th Chilliwack Round Up …what an amazing event …great job to the Committee and thank you for all your endless hours preparing for this …over 1900 years of sobriety in that room …so grateful for Alcoholics Anonymous….again thank you ….thank you for allowing me to be of service ..

.GSR Debbie B.

Thursday Night Big Book

Hi, I’m Penny, the GSR for the Thursday Night Big Book group. We are an open group who meet at Ruth and Naomi’s on Thursdays at 6:30pm Our memberships is slowly growing; we have 18 members with a weekly attendance that ranges between 15 – 20 people. Our business meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month after our regular meeting; we have 4 – 6 members attending.

As our group name states, we read from the big book for about 20 minutes and then we share. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting and we have lots of room for new group members.

We will be celebrating Alicia’s 9-year cake on Sept 22

We welcome you to check out our meeting and we always have room for new members.

Yours in Love & Service

Penn

Our Primary Purpose

Our group meets every Monday night at 7 pm at the Sardis Community Church. We have approximately 20 people attending every week. Look forward to seeing you all there

Ted S

CORRECTIONS

Corrections for District 45 – August 17th, 2022

Greetings:

Would you be willing to spare at least one hour a month to help support our Inside AA members?

District 45 has four Registered Inside A.A. groups:

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am. Myrna P & I went in last Saturday with about 6 fellows in attendance. Myrna was able to present them with one of the New Grapevine Books “Free on the Inside” from an AA member on the Sunshine Coast.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

Jean and I are going in. We have two meetings back to back with about 7 in the first meeting and about 5 in the second meeting.

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Jeff and I are going up. The meeting starts at 6 pm for the regular meeting and then we do the Steps through the Big Book in the next hour.

Open the Gate to Freedom group – Kent Institution

The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to be a source of Twelve Step calls.

“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of: recovery, unity and service. To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT: CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday September 7th, 6 pm

Zoom ID 285 909 9992 Pass 427248

Our Corrections Round Up will be Saturday, March 25th, 2023 at the Level Ground Church in Abbotsford

Pen Pal Plus Program has over 50 fellows and 10 woman utilizing this tool of recovery

Live meetings are now happening at:

Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Fraser Valley Institution (FVI) (Minimum & Medium)

Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village

Mountain Institution

Mission Medium

Mission Minimum

Pacific Institution (PI)

Regional Referral Assessment Centre (RRAC) (coming in September)

Matsqui Institution is still not happening at this time.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun August 28th 6 pm D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER

Guest Speaker: Ruth L. Past Area Delegate from Quebec

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

Vancouver Corrections Round Up will be happening:

Saturday, November 5th in Pitt Meadows.

Pre Release F-163 A.A. Corrections Prerelease Contact Information – For A.A.s on the Inside (aa.org) F-162 – A.A. Corrections Prerelease Contact Information – For A.A.s on the Outside (aa.org)

In Area 79 BC/Yukon, we have our own Pre Release program whereby the request is sent to the Area 79 Corrections Chair and then is sent an individual in the District where our Inside AA member is getting out to. Our Outside AA member will introduce the new person to the local AA Community for their first 2 or 3 meetings.

A.A. Community Contact

If one of our Inside AA members is not getting out in 6 months or less, we will connect them up with a Temporary Sponsor or Mentor in the Community that they will be going

home too. For those who take advantage of this opportunity, it has worked out very well for them

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation.

YILAS, Clifford T.

Communications

Website continues to be the media that our District uses for information. As a result of lack of reports coming in to produce a printed bulletin I have stopped producing them for the time being. Hopefully the bulletin will resume in print soon

Ted s

AUGUST NEWSLETTER

District 45 AA GSR Meeting Minutes

DCM Report

Hello District 45 my name is Malcolm and i am an Alcoholic. Happy to serve as your DCM, our District currently is sitting at around 20 meetings per week most are live and some are on Zoom. We currently have vacant chair positions in our District being PI/CPC, Archives, Corrections and Telephone. We are looking for responsible members to help build Alcoholics Anonymous in our District. I would like to congratulate the Mount Cheam Group in Agassiz for becoming a registered group with New York last month, way to stay connected to AA as a whole. They currently meet at noon on Tuesdays. I would like to remind everyone that our Chilliwack District 45 Roundup is set for September 16th and 17th and i have just booked Rio D from Area 79 to do the Delegates report at 7pm on September 16 so looking forward to everyone coming out to support this. I would like to thank all of my GSR’s for  showing up to District and for their service.

YILAS

Malcolm 

Events

The 2nd annual picnic was held on July 17/22.  The weather and the mosquitos cooperated in making this a great success, with anywhere up to 70 people.  We were especially happy to see lots of children this year as well, who were happy to get some face painting and animal/sword  balloons.  The water balloons were a smashing success and all the kids got a prize.  The free lunch, lawn bowling, corn hole, karaoke music and a few races, and great fellowship rounded out the day.  Hope to see you all next year.

The golf tournament is taking place on Aug. 20th.  Details are on the poster.

The Chilliwack round up is fast approaching. We’ve added a few more items which will be added to the current poster. We need groups to volunteer for chairing some of the meetings, as well as several people to help on the day for kitchen, set up, clean up, decorating, etc….   We would also appreciate donations for the silent auction. 

In the future there will be another workshop, and our second annual Christmas party on Dec. 18th.

Contact me asap to add your name to the volunteer list. 

Yours in sobriety and with many thanks,

Maggie R.

Thursday Night Big Book

Hi, I’m Penny, the GSR for the Thursday Night Big Book group.    We are an open group who meet at Ruth and Naomi’s on Thursdays at 6:30pm   Currently we have 14 members with a weekly attendance that ranges between 15 – 20 people.   Our business meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month after our regular meeting; we have 6 -7 members attending.

As our group name states, we read from the big book for about 20 minutes and then we share.   If you haven’t already, we welcome you to check out our meeting and we always have room for new members. 

Birthdays for July:    July 4 – Kelsey – 4 years

                                    July 17 – Marissa – 1 year

                                    July 27 – Tausha – 1 year

Yours in Love & Service

Penny

Nearly Normal

Hi everyone, I’m Nathan and I’m GSR for this group. We are located at the Chilliwack Alano Club, on Sunday night at 7:03pm. This is a candle light meeting and we read from the 12 and 12. Talk about what is read or from their heart relating to Alcoholism. We average between 10 to 30 people a night, and everyone is welcome including newcomers. We are still looking for more group members to join.

Nathan

GSR for Nearly Normal

GSR Report

Woman to Woman

Thursday noon at the Alano Club

We are an open meeting of women who are free to share from their heart in a safe environment.  We are getting 15+ people every week.  On birthdays it is open to men as well.

Upcoming birthdays:

Pam E.   –  12 years   July  28

Laura S. –  21 years   Aug. 4

Thursday Night Big Book

Hi, I’m Penny, the GSR for the Thursday Night Big Book group.    We are an open group who meet at Ruth and Naomi’s on Thursdays at 6:30pm   Currently we have 14 members with a weekly attendance that ranges between 15 – 20 people.   Our business meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month after our regular meeting; we have 6 -7 members attending.

As our group name states, we read from the big book for about 20 minutes and then we share.   If you haven’t already, we welcome you to check out our meeting and we always have room for new members. 

Birthdays for July:    July 4 – Kelsey – 4 years

                                    July 17 – Marissa – 1 year

                                    July 27 – Tausha – 1 year

Yours in Love & Service

Penny

Saturday Night Live

Hello everyone…I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie…..and I’m GSR for Saturday Night Live Group which is every Saturday Night at 7:30pm at The Alano Club…we have been averaging 25-35 people and lots of newcomers and visitors this summer…..we read from As Bill Sees It…and share on this or whatever is on your heart …we give a big book to newcomers along with a list of names and numbers …Jeremy joined our group earlier this year and we are excited to celebrate his 4 years in sobriety with Alcoholics Anonymous September 3rd….we are excited ..and grateful the round up is taking place this year in September and looking forward to being of service …..enjoy the rest of your summer everyone! Yours in love and service Debbie B.

Cultus Lake Group

Hello, my name is Andrew C, and I am an alcoholic and the GSR for the Cultus Lake Group. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the church at 269 Fir St, Cultus Lake, BC and are an open meeting reading from “As Bill Sees It” and sharing on topics relevant to the reading.

We’ve had a pretty good turnout this summer, and one new member has joined our group. Our Seventh Tradition is strong, and as discussed at our last business meeting, we can contribute to the district. Also, our group is interested in chairing one of the meetings for next month’s Round-Up. As the GSR or our Alternate GSR plan to attend the upcoming 2022 September Voting/Election Assembly in Vernon, BC.

The Cultus Lake Group invites all alcoholics to attend or join our meeting; thank you for allowing me to be of service.

Andrew C.

Corrections for District 45 – June 15 th , 2022

CORRECTIONS COULD SURE USE SOME HELP,

especially if you could spare just one night a month?

District 45 is starting this year with five full time volunteers and one part time

volunteer. This covers four Correctional Facilities of a possible seven meetings a

week (once Covid slows down)

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District 45 Registered Inside A.A. groups include:

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Jeff and I are going up. The meeting starts at 6 pm. We have had one Pre Release

application in the last week.

We have one dedicated volunteer for this site.

Open the Gate to Freedom group – Kent Institution

The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to be a source of Twelve Step calls.

We have a Novalco Twelve Step study package that is being given to those interested.

We are just beginning to have a regular AA meeting on Friday from 1 – 3 pm.

We have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday. The large

Covid outbreak continues to stall our re entry.

We have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am. They have a new Webex system

which works much better than the old system.

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two on Webex.

__________________

“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of: recovery, unity and service. To inform, teach and

unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT: CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday July 6 th , 6 pm

Zoom ID 285 909 9992 Pass 427248

At our last meeting we voted to begin planning for our next “SECONDS & INCHES”

Corrections Round Up of at the end of March in 2023.

(GVIS) Vancouver Corrections Round Up will be happening on November 5 th in Pitt

Meadows this year.

We had a discussion on Escorted Temporary Absences. This is where AA members

can take our Inside AA members to Outside AA Events and District meetings.

Pen Pal Plus Program has 50 fellows and ten women utilizing this tool of recovery.

Fraser Valley Institution has been meeting for over 2 months now in both Min & Med.

Matsqui Institution is suffering a Covid outbreak at this time.

Mission Medium had its first live meeting this Monday and had 2 Outside Volunteers

and 5 Inside AA members.

Mission Minimum has a live meeting every Friday and this been going for a month.

Pacific Institution held their first live meeting last Friday with 3 Outside A.A. Volunteers

and 8 Inside AA members.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun June 26 th 6 pm D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

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If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with

you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

PhoneHospital Meeting
Dec 20/Jan 21 – Sardis Step & TraditionDec 20/Jan 21 –
Jan/Feb 21 –  Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb 21 – Sacred Tree
Feb/Mar 21 – Tamihi Men’sFeb/Mar 21 –
Mar/Apr 21 – Early BirdMar/Apr 21 –
Apr/May 21 –Apr/May 21 –
May/June 21 –May/June 21 –
June/July 21 –June/July 21 –
July/Aug 21 –  JenJuly/Aug 21 – 
Aug/Sept 21 –Aug/Sept 21 –
Sept/Oct 21 –Sept/Oct 21 –
Oct/Nov 21 –Oct/Nov 21 –
Nov/Dec 21 –Nov/Dec 21 –

JUNE NEWSLETTER

Minutes from the May 18/2022 District 45 AA Meeting

DCM Report: Malcom S

Hello Friends,

This is your DCM report for District 45. We currently have approximately 20 meetings per week some most are live and we also have some with the Zoom option. I am excited to say that we have a GSC member coming to Chilliwack on June 12 to help us celebrate founders day. Hope to see you all there. We also still have service positions available at the District level. That’s all for now.

YILAS

Malcolm 

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Chair Reports:

Communications

NEW MEETING LIST AND THE NEW BULLETIN IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE ALANO CLUB

Events

Upcoming Calendar of Events 2022

June 12 (Sunday) – Founders Day

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30-4:30pm

Free, fun, and informative

Archives presentation

Speaker from BC Yukon (Christina /remote communities chair)

History trivia game (and prize)

Sandwiches/goodies will be served

July – 2nd Annual picnic/barbecue

Gwynne Vaughan Park 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

$5/person refundable at picnic

August – Golf tournament

Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

Sept. 16-17th38th District 45 Round-up

Evergreen Hall, Opens on Friday 5:00 pm

October – Workshop TBA

Workshop, date, and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

November – Gratitude Day

Christ Lutheran Church – Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

December 18th2nd Annual Christmas Party (Just for the Grown-ups)

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30pm – 5:30 pm

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 2nd at 2pm. Meeting location is at Terri’s house.

Maggie R.   604 745-4275

maggietambosso@hotmail.com

Literature:

Literature

We had $376 in sales bringing our balance to $1898 Balance We have a ton of 12x12s and pocket big books as well as all the other basic AA literature available.

Yours with Love & Service

Owen

Bridging the Gap:

Hello fellow travellers 

Update for Bridging The Gap for May

As the rain continues to fall we continue to help those get hooked into AA/NA across BC

We have been speaking  at Ruth & Naomi’s Tuesdays at noon to the homeless We need new speakers to share their stories.

We are currently looking for new speakers to participate anyone interested call Darcy 778-779-1057

We are looking forward to attending Kingheaven June 7 at 10:00am

That’s all for now

Thanks Darcy BTG

Corrections:

Corrections for District 45

CORRECTIONS COULD SURE USE SOME HELP,

especially if you could spare just one night a month?

District 45 is starting this year with five full time volunteers and one part time volunteer. This covers four Correctional Facilities of a possible seven meetings a week (once Covid slows down)

__________________

District 45 Registered Inside A.A. groups include:

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Jeff and I are going up.  The meeting starts at 6 pm.  We have had one Pre Release application in the last week.

We have three volunteers for this site.

Open the Gate to Freedom group – Kent Institution

The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to be a source of Twelve Step calls.

We have a Novalco package that is being given to those interested in pursuing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

We are going to have a regular AA meeting.  We just need to work out the day and time.  I tried for last Friday, but no one came.

We have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday.  The large Covid outbreak continues to stall our re entry.

We have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am.  There were 8 people attended our meeting from the Inside which is the most we have had in a very long time.  They have a new Webex system which works much better than the old system.

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two or three on Webex.

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Our Person In Custody (PIC) Motion was heard at the General Service Conference and it was decided that A.A. would keep that descriptive language going forward.

I finally got the last of the Grapevine Books that were ordered in September.  I am in the process of delivering them to our Four Correctional Facilities. 

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“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  recovery, unity and service.  To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday June 1st, 6 pm

Zoom ID           285 909 9992                Pass    427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has almost 50 fellows and ten women utilizing this tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                      International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun  29 May 6 pm        D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

__________________

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

                                   AA Hotline                           Hospital Meeting

Jan/Feb – Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb – No meeting Available
Feb/Mar – Women to WomenFeb/Mar – No meeting Available
Mar/Apr – Sardis 12 x 12Mar/Apr – No meeting Available
Apr/May – Saturday Night LiveApr/May – No meeting Available
May/Jun – She RisesMay/Jun – No meeting Available
Jun/Jul – Sardis 12 x 12Jun/Jul – No meeting Available
Jul/Aug – Thursday Night BB – R&NJul/Aug – No meeting Available
Aug/Sep – NoonerAug/Sep –

Old Business

Second – Zac

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (11 total)

Motion Passed

New Business

GSR Reports

Friday Night Grapevine

Hello everyone my name is Zak the GSR for the Friday Night Grapevine. We are a busy meeting that meets every Friday night at 7:30 at the Alano club. We read from a passage from either the grapevine short quote book or from an article from the grapevine. We share on the readings or whatever is on the speakers heart. Not much has changed over the past month in our group, we do have some cakes coming up Mike.S took 2 years may.20 Jesse.N took 2 years may.27 Mac.H is taking 6 years June.10 and Kurt.V is taking 6 years on June.24 so we are excited to celebrate the miracles of sobriety through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous! we are still looking for new members to join the grapevine to help be of service to Chilliwack AA. Our primary purpose still remains to help the alcoholic that still suffers.

Zak H

Saturday Night Live

I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie……our group meets every Saturday night at the Alano Club at 7:30pm ….we read from As Bill Sees It ….and you can share from the readings or whatever is on your heart…..we average 20–25 people each meeting and continue to see many newcomers in the rooms …we have big books for the newcomer along with a members list of names and phone numbers so they can reach out to us as needed …we are still looking for anyone wanting to join our group ….we’d love to have you….thank you for allowing me to be of service ….GSR Debbie B.

Thursday Night Big Book

Hi, I’m Penny, the new GSR for the Thursday Night Big Book group.    Our group is 5 months old; we are an open group who meet at Ruth and Naomi’s on Thursdays at 6:30pm   Currently we have 14 members with a weekly attendance that ranges between 15 – 20 people.   Our business meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month after our regular meeting; we have 6 -7 members attending.

As our group name states, we read from the big book for about 20 minutes and then we share.   If you haven’t already, we welcome you to check out our meeting and we always have room for new members. 

Yours in Love & Service

Penny

She Rises

Hello everyone. My name is Deanna L., an alcoholic, and the new GSR for the Sunday afternoon meeting, “She Rises”. We are an open, women’s only meeting, with the focus on staying in the solution. We have 15-20 homegroup members, and are frequently blessed with newcomers. We celebrate milestones with monthly chips, and gift Big Books to anyone that needs them.  We read from “Each Day A New Beginning” and a reader’s choice from the BB. 

We celebrated 3-year cake in April (Briana) and a 1-year cake in May (Melissa). Our cake dates are frequently open, with the birthday lady choosing this, and the date which is the best fit for their schedules and family/friend availability. Several members attended the North Shore Round-Up in Vancouver, April 16-17. The speakers, especially “ANT”, and the dances were very good and the venue (at the Convention Centre) was phenomenal.

We are no longer a “new” group, having had our group’s 1 year anniversary in March. Our celebration picnic is Sunday, June 5, immediately following our 4:00 meeting, at the Alano Club in Chilliwack. As it follows our meeting, it is for women (and their children) only ~ Sorry guys. 

Thank-you for allowing me to be of service,

Yours,

Deanna L. 

Agassiz Lions Den

Hi everybody, my name is Wendy, I am happy to serve as the GSR for Agassiz Lions Den. We meet Thursday nights at 8:00 pm at the Agricultural Hall in Agassiz – 6800 Pioneer Avenue. We are an open meeting where we share our Experience, Strength and Hope on topics suggested by people attending. We have anywhere from 10 – 20 people attending. We have a great mix of long-term sobriety and wisdom as well as newcomers – You are welcome to join us any Thursday evening.

Attendance has been steady during the past month – around 20 people – newcomers and visitors.

No Sobriety Birthdays in May.

We have a new member – Starla C. – WELCOME

Yours in service,

Wendy

GSR report (Maggie)

Woman to Woman meets

Thursday noon at the Alano Club.

Attendance is growing, and its a place where we can provide support to newcomers and each other, and share freely what is on our hearts.

Cultus Lake

Hello, my name is Andrew C, and I am an alcoholic and the GSR for the Cultus Lake Group. We are an Open meeting and read from “As Bill Sees It” and share topics relevant to the reading. We continue to function as a parallel model where we meet in person on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the church located at 269 Fir St, Cultus Lake, BC or on Zoom (815 8115 1449) and have had a good turnout for both, averaging 10-15 people. We have had a few new members join our group and have cakes coming up.

We have emerged from the virtual world of GSRs attending meetings into in-person meetings, so the group has voted to increase the prudent reserve accordingly. Before attending the pre-conference service assembly, our group met to discuss the Policy/ Admissions Agenda Items so that I was informed when I attended. I looked forward to hearing other groups report back on all agenda items.

The Cultus Lake Group invites all alcoholics to attend or join our meeting; thank you for allowing me to be of service.

Andrew C. 

Nooner

Hi everyone my name is Jen and I am a alcoholic. I have the privilege of being the new GSR for the New Nooner Meeting, I look forward to ensuring that the group is well informed and that the voice of the group’s informed group conscience is heard.

Our group meets 12pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Alano Club. We read from the Big Book, Daily Reflections and on Wednesday’s a long form of a Tradition and share on the readings or from the heart. We welcome anyone new with a Big Book and a list of phone numbers for them to reach out as well as temporary sponsors.

Our average attendance is 30 to 40 people and that continues to rise as restrictions were lifted and individuals feel more comfortable to be in larger groups. We average 8 to 10 people at our business meetings but hope to increase participation as more service positions open. In the spirit of rotation at our last business meeting we voted members into the following service positions. Alternate GSR – Olivia, Secretary – Joanne, Treasurer – Rick, Literature – Joe , thank you for being of service!! Next business meeting will be held May 25th at 1pm and we are always looking for more group members, please see myself or another group member for more information or any questions.

In Love and Service

Jen G

MAY NEWSLETTER

Minutes from the April 20/2022 District 45 AA Meeting

DCM Report: Malcom S

Hello Friends,

This is your District 45 DCM report, our district has approximately 20 meetings a week most our now live but some groups serve us on Zoom. It was nice to see some of the GSR’s at the Pre-Conference and I look forward to seeing more of you in June in Duncan B.C. at the upcoming Quarterly assembly. Sad news is that Brian had to step down as our Alternate DCM we wish him well and appreciated his service to the district. We have a few Districtservice positions and our looking for trusted servants to come out and serve at the District level. We have lots of exciting events coming up soon in our District so please have a look at our webpage if you are interested. That’s all for now.

YILAS

Malcolm

TREASURER REPORT

Committee Chair Reports:

Communications

Our bulletins and meeting list are now available at the Alano Club. Our website is having great results with visitors and views on the site increasing every month. Please notify me of any changes to your meeting times so that our meeting lists are always up to date online and on our actual printed list. The month of April had 258 visitors and 786 vies on our website. People found our site 228 times through search engines.  Our podcast was listened to 134 times through the month of April

Love and service

Ted S

Events

Upcoming Calendar of Events 2022

May 14th Tap-ins mini golf @ 10am

Pitch & Putt Golf Party $15   May 14th 10 am Cultus Lake Pitch & Putt Course Contact Pam 604-798-7282 Please sign up if you are going

June 12 (Sunday) – Founders Day

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30-4:30pm

July – 2nd Annual picnic/barbecue

Gwynne Vaughan Park 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

$5/person refundable at picnic

August – Golf tournament

Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

Sept. 16-17th38th District 45 Round-up

Evergreen Hall, Opens on Friday 5:00 pm

October – Workshop TBA

Workshop, date, and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

November – Gratitude Day

Christ Lutheran Church – Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

December 18th2nd Annual Christmas Party (Just for the Grown-ups)

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30pm – 5:30 pm

We would love to hear any new ideas anyone has that we can add to or enhance our events.  And we will need lots of volunteers.  Besides bringing unity and education to our district, we hope to bring a sense of inclusion and community to every single member of AA. 

Our next meeting is scheduled for May 2nd at 2pm. Meeting location is at Terri’s house.

Maggie R.   604 745-4275

maggietambosso@hotmail.com

Literature:

District literature is pretty much stocked with all literature and pamphlets minus a few pamphlets.  If you need books or have back ordered books or pamphlets, please contact Owen.

Yours with Love & Service Owen C

Bridging the Gap:

N/A

Corrections:

CORRECTIONS COULD SURE USE SOME HELP

I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting if you would consider having a Corrections presentation or a Corrections Representative.

I attended the Steps and Traditions group (at Carmen United) on March 23rd.  It was excellent that one of their next speakers at the group had been incarcerated and had witnessed the value of having Outside A.A. members coming in to reach out to the still suffering alcoholic.

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District 45 is starting this year with four full time volunteers and one part time volunteer. 

To assist in Corrections, you may help in any number of different ways, (your choice):

  1. Attend inside A.A. meetings.  We have one Provincial Correctional Centre and three Federal Institutions in District 45.  Feel free to attend once a month.
  2. Help to create a Corrections Committee for District 45.
  3. Attend our Corrections Connections meetings (once a month).  District 45 Chilliwack as well as Abbotsford, Mission and White Rock are active participants in this endeavor.
  4. Participate in the local Pen Pal Plus program or the Corrections Correspondence Service.

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District 45 Registered Inside A.A. groups

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

I went for the first time on Thursday – March 17th.  There were 6 people in attendance with one person getting out on April 19th and one person getting out in August.  The August fellow filled out a Pre-Release form which is now in the hands of our Area 79 Corrections Chair.

We were to go tomorrow evening but they are in a Covid protocol, hence a lock down.

We have two volunteers for this site.

Open the Gate to Freedom group – Kent Institution

The Structured Intervention Unit (SIU) continues to be a source of Twelve Step calls.

We have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday.  We were planning to open up after this Easter Holiday weekend, but they are now having a large Covid outbreak and will be in quarantine for the next while.

We have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two or three on Webex.

__________________

“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  recovery, unity and service.  To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday May 4th, 6 pm

Zoom ID         285 909 9992              Pass    427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 44 fellows and nine women utilizing this tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                     International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun 29 May 6 pm      D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

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Pre-Conference Highlights

The Report Back for the Corrections 6 Agenda items took over an hour.

Our Person In Custody Motion (PIC) from our District 45 was being discussed by 93 Areas throughout North America and will be discussed at this year’s General Service Conference, which is happening this week.

The Best part of attending an Area 79 BC/Yukon Quarterly or Assembly is hearing our:

First Timers Sharing . . .

  • Going to our A.A. meetings was like driving my car around and seeing the sights.  Coming to this Service Assembly was taking the time to look under the hood!
  • Working at the group level and participating in District allowed me to see how the pieces of the bones of AA fit together.  Coming here this weekend, I got to witness the blood flowing . . . . .

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If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

                                   AA Hotline                           Hospital Meeting

Jan/Feb – Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb – No meeting Available
Feb/Mar – Women to WomenFeb/Mar – No meeting Available
Mar/Apr – Sardis 12 x 12Mar/Apr – No meeting Available
Apr/May – Saturday Night LiveApr/May – No meeting Available
May/Jun – She RisesMay/Jun – No meeting Available
Jun/Jul – Sardis 12 x 12Jun/Jul –
Jul/Aug –Jul/Aug –
Aug/Sep –Aug/Sep –

Old Business

  • The District is hoping that groups will start to or continue to donate money to the District, as funding is needed.
  • We know  that because of the changing health restrictions, zoom meetings are changing to hybrid meetings and/or being discontinued, as more meetings are now opening . Please let Ted S know of any meeting changes before the next district meeting as the updated meeting/phone lists are printed once a month just after the district meeting. 
  • If your group would like to have a Corrections presentation with a Q & A right after during a meeting, please contact Clifford T.
  • There are many positions that need to be filled with in District AA 45 and many volunteers are needed for events and corrections. Please contact your GSR or a District Committee member for more information.
  • If you have not checked out our new AA website, please do so at ChilliwackAA.org and sign up for an account to be kept updated on various items happening in the district and be notified of new podcasts available on the website.
  • The BC Yukon area 79 Pre-Conference coming up on Zoom April 8,9 and 10th if anyone is interested, go to the BC Yukon website to preregister bcyukonaa.org.

New Business

  • Motion (Jean) – To pay up to $600 for Malcom to go to the BC/Yukon Quarterly Meeting located in Duncan, BC on June 24- 26th, 2022.

Second – Zac

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (11 total)

Motion Passed

GSR Reports

Friday Night Grapevine

Hello everyone my name is Zak the GSR for the Friday Night Grapevine. We are a busy meeting that meets every Friday night at 7:30 at the Alano Club. We read from a passage from either the grapevine short quote book or from an article from the grapevine. We share on the readings or whatever is on the speakers heart. Not much has changed over the past month in our group we are still looking for new members to join the grapevine to help be of service to Chilliwack AA. We are still planning on putting on a BBQ when the weather gets nicer as well as other events throughout the year. Our primary purpose still remains to help the alcoholic that still suffers.

Zak H

Nearly Normal

Hi everyone, I’m Nathan and I’m GSR for this group. We are located at the Chilliwack Alano Club, on Sunday night at 7:03pm. This is a candlelight meeting and we read from the 12 and 12. Talk about what is read or from their heart relating to Alcoholism. We average between 10 to 20 people a night, and everyone is welcome including newcomers. We are still looking for more group members to join. We also have one birthday this month. Nathan who is taking 4 years on May 15th.

Nathan

GSR for Nearly Normal

Saturday Night Live

I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie and I’m the G.S.R. for Saturday night live group…we meet every Saturday night at 7:30 at The Alano Club …sharing our experience…strength and hope with one another….we read from As Bill Sees it and other regular readings as well….we average 25–30 people each week ….people have been asking if we will bring back speaker meetings anytime soon so our next business meeting we will have a group conscience and decide then ….we’ve seen more and more newcomers attending our meeting and so grateful to have them be a part of our recovery as we are of theirs ….if they need a big book ..we are happy to give them one along with a meeting list with names of new friends they can call when they need to…..thank you for allowing me to be of service …Debbie B.

April Newsletter

Minutes from the March 16/2022 District 45 AA Meeting

DCM Report: Malcom S

Hello Friends,

My name is Malcolm and i am Your DCM for District 45. I would like to congratulate our new Alternate DCM Brian as he was voted in unanimously at our last District meeting. Brian has been coming to district for around the last year and has jumped right into service. So happy that you decided to take this service position on. We have approximately 20 meetings a week in our District most are live, but some are on zoom as well. We just had a great sponsorship workshop on March 19, 2022, it was great to see so many people come out. It was very well done by the events committee and want to say thank you for all your hard work. I am looking forward to the BC Yukon area 79 Pre-Conference coming up on Zoom April 8,9 and 10th if anyone is interested go to the BC Yukon website to preregister bcyukonaa.org. That’s all for now.

YILAS

Malcolm  

Treasurey Report

Committee Chair Reports:

Communications

The new meeting list and bulletin will be printed next week. I have not received any changes to meeting schedules so it will be printed as is at this moment.

Our website has been a complete success based on the amount of visitors and views to the site. As of this writing there have been 195 visitors and 557 views for the month of March. The latest podcast is a talk on Sponsorship by Clifford Tate. It was recorded at the Sponsorship Workshop held at the Alano Club . Well worth a listen.. I always put out a invitation to anyone that wants to participate in a podcast. Contact me at communications45aa@outlook.com

Events

Upcoming Calendar of Events 2022

Mar. 19 (Saturday) – Sponsorship Workshop

Chilliwack Alano Club 1:30 to 3:30pm

Guest speaker

Short talks presented by a panel of experienced sponsors on various aspects of sponsorship

Questions and answer period

Refreshments provided

April – Walking/birdwatching at Great Blue Heron Reserve

Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

May 14th Tap-ins mini golf

Time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

June 12 (Sunday) – Founders Day

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30-4:30pm

July – 2nd Annual picnic/barbecue

Gwynne Vaughan Park 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

$5/person refundable at picnic

August – Golf tournament

Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

Sept. 16-17th38th District 45 Round-up

Evergreen Hall, Opens on Friday 5:00 pm

October – Workshop TBA

Workshop, date, and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

November – Gratitude Day

Christ Lutheran Church – Date and time to be announced later, contact Maggie, or see website for information

December 18th2nd Annual Christmas Party (Just for the Grown-ups)

Christ Lutheran Church 1:30pm – 5:30 pm

We would love to hear any new ideas anyone has that we can add to or enhance our events.  And we will need lots of volunteers.  Besides bringing unity and education to our district, we hope to bring a sense of inclusion and community to every single member of AA. 

What can Chilliwack AA do to make you feel connected and have fun?

Maggie R.   604 745-4275

maggietambosso@hotmail.com

Literature :

Back ordered Big Books have been shipped and the District literature is pretty much stocked with all literature and pamphlets minus a few pamphlets.  If you need books or have back ordered books or pamphlets, please contact Owen to pick up your AA Literature. The big books should arrive soon.

I will be making another order before next in April to stock a few pamphlets and more books if needed. I will be taking advantage of the mixed quantity discounts. I am still having billing issues with GSO but it’s still cheaper than going through Area79

 Yours with Love & Service Owen C

Bridging the Gap:

N/A

Corrections:

I love and appreciate what Ted did for Corrections on the new website!

You can also easily scroll down to Nancy McCarthy’s article in the Corrections Today magazine and read it right there or copy it to your own computer!

__________________

I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting if you would consider having a Corrections representative.

Last month there were three groups interested or would like more information. 

I will be attending the Steps and Traditions group (at Carmen United) next Wednesday (March 23rd) at 8 pm for a (15 – 20 minute) Corrections presentation with a Q & A right after.

Owen will be getting back to me about a time for the Early Bird group.

The Agassiz Lion’s Den has agreed to have such a position.  We just need a willing person to step up to the plate.

CORRECTIONS NEEDS YOUR HELP

To assist in Corrections, you may help in any number of different ways (your choice):

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

Will open tomorrow (Thursday – March 17th) for the first time in over two years.

We only have one volunteer for this site.

Open The Gate To Freedom – Kent Institution

I was able to do a Twelve Step call over the phone this afternoon.  The fellow also asked to participate in our Pen Pal Plus program.

We only have two active volunteers for this site.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings on Monday and Friday.

We have only two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

There is a meeting every Saturday from 10 – 11 am

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and three or four on Webex.

This District is starting this year with three full time dedicated volunteers and one part time volunteer.  As you can see, there is a need for more.

_________________

“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  recovery, unity and service.  To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday April 5th, 6 pm

Zoom ID         285 909 9992              Pass    427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 41 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                     International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PDT all others at 8 am PDT

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun  20 Mar 11 am    Area 79 Corrections Sharing Session

Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass Nanaimo AA

Sun  27 Mar 6 pm      D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Speaker:  Sherri P from Burleson, Texas

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

PASSING IT ON (New)

This is a Report where I explain the purpose and value of an

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

AA Hotline Hospital meetings

Jan/Feb – Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb – No meeting Available
Feb/Mar – Women to WomenFeb/Mar – No meeting Available
Mar/Apr – Sardis 12 x 12Mar/Apr – No meeting Available
Apr/May – Saturday Night LiveApr/May – No meeting Available
May/Jun – She RisesMay/Jun –
Jun/Jul –Jun/Jul –
Jul/Aug –Jul/Aug –
Aug/Sep –Aug/Sep –

Old Business

Update – a new phone has been purchased and the cost of the phone has been added to the monthly contract for $17 per month so there is no up-front cost.

New Business

Second – Ted

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (11 total)

Motion Passed, Welcome Brian to the District 45 AA Committee.

  • Please let Ted S know of any meeting changes before the next district meeting as the updated meeting/phone lists are printed once a month just after the district meeting. 
  • Corrections presentation with a Q & A right after during a meeting, please contact Clifford T.

GSR Reports

Sardis 12×12

Hi everyone, 

My name is Brian, and I am the GSR for Sardis 12 and 12 Study Group. We meet every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. at Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Road. We are a closed meeting that reads a step out of the 12 and 12 each Wednesday except for the first Monday of the month which is reserved for the reading of a tradition.  Our group adheres to all COVID regulations. 

All is well with the group and our numbers are 20-25. Great discussions on the steps and traditions. Please come join us and share your experience, strength and hope.

At our last business meeting we agreed to take the phone on the next opening. 

Yours in service,

Brian G.

Friday Night Grapevine

Hello everyone, my name is Zak the GSR for the Friday Night Grapevine. We are a busy meeting that meets every Friday night at 7:30 at the Alano club. We read from a passage from either the grapevine short quote book or from an article from the grapevine. We share on the readings or whatever is on the speaker’s heart. Things are on the rise for the group with a few solid people putting in some great service for the grapevine. We have a constant big attendance at our meetings but are looking for more group members to join on a service level! We look forward to putting on some events, such as BBQs and such, in the warmer months so member support is welcomed. We continue to support District 45 in any way we can, we are a younger eager group to be of service to any alcoholic who still suffers.

Zak H

Nearly Normal

Hi everyone, I’m Nathan and I’m GSR for this group. We are located at the Chilliwack Alano Club, on Sunday night at 7:03pm. This is a candlelight meeting and we read from the 12 and 12. Talk about what is read or from their heart relating to Alcoholism. We average between 10 to 20 people a night, and everyone is welcome including newcomers. We are still looking for more group members to join.

Nathan

GSR for Nearly Normal

Early Bird

The Early bird group meets at 730 am.

7 days a week 365 days a year at the Alano Club in Chilliwack.  We read from the Daily Reflection and share from the heart.  Come start your day off right with us at the Early bird Group. 

Our group is often the first meeting that newcomers walk through the door into AA. Our group has started fresh creating a new group member list and have service positions available if you want to join a group and get into service. 

Yours with Love & Service

Owen C

Saturday Night Live

I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie…..our group meets every Saturday night at 7:30pm. at the Alano Club….we read from As Bill Sees It along with our regular readings …..we are seeing more newcomers each week and we welcome them to Alcoholics Anonymous….we do give big books to the newcomers along with a list of names and numbers and answer any questions they may have …we are grateful to be of service and encourage them to keep coming back ….our group membership is small and we are always looking for members to join our group ..yours in service Debbie B. ( GSR …SNL)

Our Primary Purpose

Our Primary purpose meets every Monday night at 7 pm at Sardis community Church in Sardis. We also continue meeting on Zoom 531 331 6233,  district45.

We will be celebrating a 37-year cake as Jim F celebrates another year of sobriety on April 04, 2022 at 7pm

We currently have an average of 20 people attend our meeting. Come and join us every Monday night at 7pm

Ted S

March Newsletter

Minutes from the February 16/2022 District 45 AA Meeting

DCM Report: Malcom S

Hello District 45, my name is Malcolm and i am an alcoholic, DCM for district 45. We have approximately twenty meetings a week some on Zoom and some in person. Exciting things coming up this month is a sponsorship workshop at the club starting at 1:30pm March 19, 2022. It would be great to see everyone come out and attend as we are getting back to more normal life. Remember we have a few positions left open to fill at district so if your really into staying sober service work is the key. Come and check us out at the district meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm at 46035 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack B.C.

In Service

Malcolm

Finance

Events

SPONSORSHIP  WORKSHOP

Saturday March 19th, 2022

To be held at the Alano Club

1:30 pm till 3:30 pm

Everything you want to know about Sponsorship

Speaker and a Q & A time

Refreshments will be served

Free to all

Committee Chair Reports:

Communications

Website is now complete. As of this writing we have had 271 visitors with 805 views. Remember that our website is now a .org domain now. Please go to chilliwackaa.org for meeting updates etc. A new feature for our website includes a podcast feature. There are 3 podcasts on the site for the month of February. We have 4 podcasts scheduled for the month of March. A new meeting list will be produced this week so please be sure to send me any updates for the meeting list. The meeting list can be picked up at the Alano Club and look for any updates on our website under the meeting tag.

Yours in service

Ted S

Literature:

 Big books are on back order, but I have just placed a order for $2880 including 4 boxes of big books and 900 other items.  Our balance is now at a $100 but we have plenty of orders to fill when the books come in.
Yours with love & service,
Owen

Bridging the Gap:

Hello fellow travelers. Don’t have a lot to report currently.

We have a new 2022 schedule for Kingheaven it is as follows:

Feb 1st     1030am

Apr 5th     1030am

June 7th     1030am

Aug 2nd   1030 am

Oct 4th     1030 am

Dec 6th    1030 am

Thanks Darcy

Corrections:

Corrections for District 45

I had encouraged each of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting whether having such a position would have any value.

I am glad to announce that there are three groups either interested in having a Corrections Liaison or would like more information.

Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings.  We are still trying to provide one individual with A.A. material in his own language, which is Malayalam. 

We only have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Open The Gate to Freedom – Kent Institution

We only have two active volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and three or four on Webex.

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

We only have two volunteers for this site.

__________________

“CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of  recovery, unity and service.  To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday March 2nd, 6 pm PDT

Zoom ID           285 909 9992              Pass     427248

Our Pen Pal Plus Program has 37 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

What’s Happening in Corrections

Sundays                      International Corrections Meeting every Sunday

First & last Sunday of month at 3 pm PST all others at 8 am PST

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Sun 06 Mar 3 pm        International Corrections Meeting

Class A Trustee Nancy Mc CARTHY will give a Power Point presentation on Corrections and A.A.

Zoom ID 239 990 5603 Pass 765110

Nancy also wrote an article for this month’s Corrections professional magazine called Corrections Today.  It is called: Corrections and Alcoholics Anonymous – A Crucial Connection 

Please consider taking this back to your group for discussion.  I have also included the attachment to go with the Minutes

Tuesdays 3:30 pm      Unfinished Business – Lima, Ohio

                                    Zoom ID 824 0790 2054 Pass 123

                                    Closed meeting – NO CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Made up of those formerly incarcerated and those who carried the message inside, or are interested in doing so

Sun 20 Feb 11 am      Area 79 Corrections Sharing Session

Zoom ID 788 412 9377 Pass Nanaimo AA

Sun 27 Feb 6 pm        D 43 (Langley) CORRECTIONS CORNER – Last Sun, Monthly

Speaker:  Scott P from New York

Zoom ID 240 916 8319 Pass 122820

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.

              AA Hotline                                                                                 Hospital Meeting

Jan/Feb – Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb – No meeting Available
Feb/Mar – Women to WomenFeb/Mar – No meeting Available
Apr/May –Apr/May –
May/Jun –May/Jun –
Jun/Jul –Jun/Jul –
Jul/Aug –Jul/Aug –
Aug/Sep –Aug/Sep –

Old Business

Second – Malcom

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (9 total)

Motion Passed, Welcome Maggie to the District 45 AA Committee.

New Business

Motion (Malcom) – To replace the current broken AA Hot Line phone with a new phone with a cost up to $500.

Second – Brian

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (9 total)

Motion Passed. Mike V and Mike to communicate to look into the purchase.

GSR Reports

Sardis 12×12

Hi everyone, 

My name is Brian, and I am the GSR for Sardis 12 and 12 Study Group. We meet every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. at Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Road. We are a closed meeting that reads a step out of the 12 and 12 each Wednesday with the exception of the first Monday of the month which is reserved for the reading of a tradition.  Our group adheres to all COVID regulations. Please bring a mask and social distance when inside the church.

All is well with the group and our numbers are 10-15. Great discussions on the steps and traditions. Please come join us and share your experience, strength, and hope.

At our last business meeting, some people showed interest in Corrections and would like some more information. 

Yours in service,

Brian G.

Friday Night Grapevine

Hello everyone, my name is Zak the new GSR for the Friday Night Grapevine. We are a busy meeting that meets every Friday night at 7:30 at the Alano club. We read from a passage from either the grapevine short quote book or from an article from the grapevine. We share on the readings or whatever is on the speaker’s heart, we have a solid attendance and great sobriety in our group as well as a fun atmosphere. Our group is currently in a transition as we have a new GSR in myself and a new treasurer as Jesse has stepped up as well as Shelby as our alternate GSR. We are always looking for new people to add to our group. As I get situated in the new role in service, I will be able to add more details to this report but for now I just want to thank everyone for my opportunity to serve!

Thank you,

Zak H

Nearly Normal

I’m Nathan an alcoholic. I’m GSR for Nearly Normal Group for Sunday Night located at the Chilliwack Alano Club. This is an in-person meeting and starts at 7:03pm. This is an open meeting, and all is welcome including newcomers. We read from the 12 and 12 and share from what is read, or what is in your heart relating to alcoholism. We average from 10 to 25 people at our meeting.  No new birthdays currently.

Yours in service,

Nathan B., GSR

Early Bird

 The Early bird group meets at 730 am downtown at the Alano Club of Chilliwack 7 days a week/365 days a year.  We read from the Daily Reflection and share from our hearts.   The Early bird group needs your support, come start your day off right with us at the Early bird.  Unfortunately, we had a member pass away, we ask that you keep Mike M, his family and friends in your hearts and prayers.  
Yours with love & service,
Owen

Saturday Night Live

I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie….our group meets every Saturday night at 7:30pm at The Chilliwack Alano Club…we average 15-25 people…and we are seeing more and more newcomers coming into the rooms…we share on As Bill Sees It and wherever is on your heart …we have Big Books for the newcomer as well as other literature available….we share sobriety chips for those new to sobriety celebrating their first months with Alcoholics Anonymous….it’s truly inspiring seeing so many newcomers getting sober and really loving the program…..thank you for allowing me to be of service …Debbie B.

Our Primary Purpose

My name is Ted and I am a alcoholic. We continue to have a good turnout for our group. Averaging over 20 every week. Remember that masks are mandatory at our meetings.

Our group meets every Monday night at Sardis Community Church at 7pm. Its located at 45625 South Sumas Road in Sardis. We also meet on zoom at the same time. ID 531 331 6233. Password 531 331 6233 

Ted S                                                     

February Newsletter

Minutes from the January 19/2022 District 45 AA Meeting

DCM Report: Malcom S

Hello friends,

My name is Malcolm and I am a Alcoholic, DCM for District 45. We currently have approximately twenty meetings a week in district 45 , some are live and some are on zoom. Please see our District 45 webpage for an updated meeting list. I would like to congratulate our new events committee chair Maggie. Congratulations Maggie and thanks for stepping up!! Sound like she and her committee have some great upcoming events. Our current open service positions are Corrections, PI/CPC, and Remote community’s. It would be nice to fill those positions. Look forward to seeing everyone out and about, but please be safe.

YILAS

Malcolm 


Committee Chair Reports:

Communications

Podcast update and fact sheet

January 19th, 2022

The past month has seen lots of progress in terms on how I am progressing on this new initiative. I have enlisted the help of Don L who I will be meeting in the next few days. I am hoping he will become my co-host for this podcast.

I am in the process on completing a small course on Word Press detailing all aspects of creating a podcast. Some of the subjects I am learning deals with equipment needed, software needed to podcast, format to use, how to do interviews, editing, getting the word out etc.

There is still lots of work to do to ensure this project is successful. I truly believe we will draw a good audience to our podcast in the Fraser Valley and beyond.

I am still in the process on choosing a proper theme for our website for our podcast. I can create a separate site strictly for the podcast, incorporate it on our new websites. I have looked at many themes for both projects and have narrowed it down to about 6 sites.

The podcast will be designed to have different themes for each month or seasons that I like to call. Each season will be approximately one month in length. Hopefully we can produce 4 podcast per month.

Some of the podcast will focus on individuals’ cakes, individual meetings live from the meeting, old timers, District meetings, Steps and traditions. The list goes on.

I have purchased a Yeti caster that has all the requirements needed to record properly. This incorporates a a blue yeti microphone which is considered on of the best microphones for the type of recording we will be doing.

I am still deciding on the various platforms that exist to stream our podcast.

Hopefully this fact sheet will give you a bit more information on the progress of this project. Hopefully by next meeting I may have a podcast completed for streaming. If you have any question, please email me at the communication chairs email

Ted


Events N/a


Literature:

Balance is $3094 after $1484 in book sales over the last two months. That being said, we are pretty much out of books and I will be ordering all books and pamphlets sometime next week. We have donated books to a variety of groups in District 45.

Yours in Love and Service.

Owen


Bridging the Gap:

Hello fellow travellers. Don’t have a lot to report at this time.

We have a new 2022 schedule for Kingheaven it is as follows:

Feb  1st     1030am

Apr  5th     1030am

June 7th     1030am

Aug  2nd   1030 am

Oct  4th     1030 am

Dec  6th    1030 am

Thanks Darcy


Corrections:

Corrections for District 45

I will encourage each and every one of you to ask the question at your next Business meeting whether having such a position would have any value. 

THE A.A. GROUP

…WHERE IT ALL BEGINS (P-16)page 25

Corrections Committee Liaison

Group corrections representatives take part in local intergroup (central office), district or area correc­tions committee meetings. They keep their home groups informed about local Twelfth Step activities in nearby institutions and encourage group mem­bers to participate.

Corrections representatives, known in some areas as hospitals and institutions (H&I) representa­tives, take A.A. meetings into prisons and jails, where allowed by the correctional facility, to help alcoholic inmates recover and prepare for sober, ful­filling lives after release. As part of the temporary contact program known in some areas as Bridging the Gap, they may also serve as correspondents and as A.A. contacts when the inmates are released. The pamphlet “A.A. in Correctional Facilities” and the Corrections Workbook can be of help to A.A.s in corrections service work.

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CARRYING THE MESSAGE INTO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES (F-5)

AM I RESPONSIBLE?

Some alcoholics aren’t lucky

Enough to be able to go to

Meetings when they want to.

They are in prison.

They have limited contact with

The shared experience that our

Fellowship offers through

Its meetings.

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Keep It Straight group – Mountain Institution

They continue to have their own Inside A.A. meetings.  We are trying to provide one individual with A.A. material in his own language, which is Malayalam.  This comes from the South on India.  We only have two A.A. volunteers for this site.

Open The Gate To Freedom – Kent Institution

From the middle of November there were 13 Twelve Step calls out of the Structured Intervention Units (SIU).  We only have two volunteers for this site.

Blueberry Hill group – Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village – WEBEX – HYBRID

We have one consistent A.A. volunteer from the outside and two or three on Webex.

Living Right group – Ford Mountain Correctional Centre (Provincial)

We only have two volunteers for this site.

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CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS”

MISSION STATEMENT

To carry the A.A. message of:  recovery, unity and service.  To inform, teach and unite our Corrections Volunteers and prospective Corrections Volunteers.

NEXT:  CORRECTIONS CONNECTIONS MEETING

Wednesday February 2nd, 6 pm PDT

Zoom ID          285 909 9992              Pass     427248

Our Pen Pal Plus program has 37 fellows and nine women utilizing this important tool of recovery.

If you or your group would like to learn more, I would be only too happy to speak with you or offer a presentation to you and your group.

YILAS, Clifford T.


AA Hot Line Hospital meeting

Jan/Feb – Our Primary PurposeJan/Feb – This meeting is cancelled until further notice
Feb/Mar –Feb/Mar –
Apr/May –Apr/May –
May/Jun –May/Jun –
Jun/Jul –Jun/Jul –
Jul/Aug –Jul/Aug –
Aug/Sep –Aug/Sep –
Sep/Oct –Sep/Oct –
Oct/Nov –Oct/Nov –
Nov/Dec –Nov/Dec –
Dec 19/Jan –Dec 19/Jan –

Old Business

  • Discussed the pod cast idea and some groups would like more information on pod casts and how they are completed. Ted will put together an information sheet regarding the information requested to the next District Meeting and hand it out to GRS’s to bring back to their groups. 

New Business

  • Motion (Jean ) – To interview and elect Maggie for the position of District 45 AA Events  Committee Chair Person.

Second – Malcom

Vote – Unanimous vote yes (9 total)

Motion Passed, Welcome Maggie to the District 45 AA Committee

  • Clifford stated that the corrections vote that occurred in September 2021 regarding the change in language has been accepted to have detailed look at
  •  changing the terms.
  • Process to the next step in making a decision to change the wording or not.
  •  to the next

GSR Reports

Saturday Night Live

I’m an alcoholic and my name is Debbie …and I’m the GSR for SNL….we read each week from As Bill Sees it…and we are seeing many newcomers coming in …we give the newcomer a list of names and share our experiences and our hope with Alcoholics Anonymous and the difference it’s made in our lives thru the 12 steps …we average 15-20 people and always have a case of water handy for everyone …we start our meeting at 7:30pm and welcome everyone …..thank you for allowing me to be of service …In love and service Debbie B.


Sardis 12×12

Hi everyone,

My name is Brian and I am the GSR for Sardis 12 and 12 Study Group. We meet every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. at Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Road, as well as on Zoom at the same time. We are a closed meeting that reads a step out of the 12 and 12 each Wednesday with the exception of the first Monday of the month which is reserved for the reading of a tradition.  Our group adheres to all COVID regulations. Please bring a mask and social distance when inside the church.

All is well with the group and our numbers are 10-15 in house and averaging 8 on Zoom. Great discussions on the steps and traditions. Please come join us and share your experience, strength and hope.

During our last business meeting, we discussed the podcast and all were in favour.

We will be celebrating one  birthday in February, Larry D., with 43 years. Congratulations Larry and wishing you many more years of sobriety.

Yours in service,

Brian G.


Cultus Lake Group

Greetings, everyone; my name is Andrew, and I’m an alcoholic and the GSR for the Cultus Lake Group. We meet every Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the basement at the Cultus Lake Memorial Church, located at 74 Fir St, Cultus Lake, BC.  We are an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, and we read a chapter each week from “As Bill Sees It.” Our group is one of the oldest in District 45. In fact, on December 28, 2021, the Cultus Lake Group will be 39 years old! 

In the pandemic context, we had a group conscience in November and agreed to maintain our meetings via zoom and in-person. We also elected a new GSR Alternate, and her name is Erin. Our rent is up to par, and we pay four times a year.  We are an inclusive group and welcome diversity, and some of our members have long-term sobriety. We value the spirit of fellowship and are always looking for more members to join our group. We do not have any cakes coming up thus far and will in the new year. Currently, our Seven Tradition is strong, and we can contribute to the district 45 treasury.   

The Cultus Lake Group welcomes you to join us on Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:00 pm by Zoom (815 8115 1449) or in person. Many thanks for allowing me to be of service.

In love and service,

Andrew C


Nearly Normal

Hi everyone, I’m Nathan and I’m GSR for this group. We are located at the Chilliwack Alano Club, on Sunday night at 7:03pm. This is a candle light meeting and we read from the 12 and 12, and talk about what is read or what in your heart relating to Alcohol Anonymous. We average between 10 to 20 people, and everyone is welcome including newcomers. We are still looking for more group members to join.

Nathan

GSR for Nearly Normal


Early Bird

Hello everyone and welcome to the Earlybird group. We have daily meetings at 7:30 am at the Alano Club downtown Chilliwack and a daily Zoom meeting at 7 am. The meeting ID is 933 800 7060 and the password is District 45. Come start your day off right with us at the Earlybird where we read from the daily reflections and share from our hearts.

Yours with Love & Service.

Owen


    

Our Primary Purpose

My name is ted and I am a alchoholic. We continue to have a good turnout for our group. Averaging over 20 every week. Remember that masks are mandatory at our meetings.

Our group meets every Monday night at Sardis Community Church at 7pm. Its located at 45625 South Sumas Road in Sardis. We also meet on zoom at the same time. ID 531 331 6233. Password 531 331 6233                                                      

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