AAGrapevine is looking for stories of experience by special needs AA members or people involved in special needs-accessibilities service. They are looking for stories by members who are wheel-chair bound, blind, deaf, ill or with any kind of special need. Share stories about your own personal journey or your group’s.
Stories due by December 1. Visit Grapevine’s website at www.aagrapevine.org/contribute to send in your story, or you can email it to gveditorial[at]aagrapevine[dot]org
If anyone has additional question do not hesitate to ask. Your question could help more people than you could ever guess.
Dave C., Panel 63 Delegate (2013-14)
Area 53 Central & SE Ohio
p: 614-882-0036 c: 614-282-3755
To: GSRs and Group Contacts
From: General Service Office
Date: August 6, 2013
Re: Grapevine and La Viña News Via Email
Warmest greetings from the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous!
You are receiving this email because you are listed as the GSR or primary contact person for your group.
We are writing to let you know that you will be receiving an email from AA Grapevine, Inc. providing the opportunity to receive future quarterly updates about Grapevine and La Viña magazines and other items via email. The initial email notice will offer you the option to receive further information via email from AA Grapevine, Inc. If you opt to receive future mailings from AA Grapevine, Inc., all future emails will also provide the option to unsubscribe.
If there is no response to the initial request, a second opt-in notice will be sent. If there is no response to the second notice, AA Grapevine, Inc. will understand that you do not wish to receive Grapevine and La Viña information for your group via email, and will not contact you further.
Thank you for your service to your group and to A.A.
2013 10th Annual Corrections Workshop
Maple Grove United Methodist Church
April 20, 2013, 9am – 3pm
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Description: This workshop will focus on all questions concerning carrying the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers, especially those confined in or recently released from jails, prisons, and other correctional facilities. Lunch will be provided. Please bring a side item or desert to share.
GIRs, Outside Sponsors and Corrections Committee members are encouraged to attend. All interested AA’s are welcome.
Contact: Chris J., CFC Liaison at 614-588-2037 or email area53cfc[at]gmail[dot]com.
2013 10th Annual CFC Workshop Flyer
The GSR Preamble
We are the General Service Representatives. We are the link in the chain of communication for our groups with the General Service Conference and the world of A.A.
We realize the ultimate authority is a loving God as he may express Himself in our
Group Conscience. As trusted servants, our job is to bring information to our groups in
order that they can reach an informed group conscience. In passing along this group
conscience, we are helping to maintain the unity and strength so vital to our fellowship.
Let us, therefore, have the patience and tolerance to listen while others share, the courage to speak up when we have something to share, and the wisdom to do what is right for our group and A.A. as a whole.
The GSR Preamble as stated above, got its start here in Southern California and Area 9 in particular. During the time that Genevieve L. was the Panel 24 (1974-75) Delegate of California Mid-Southern Area 9, someone came up with a Preamble to read at Area meetings which was quite a strong directive to GSRs making them the ultimate authority over Alcoholics Anonymous. Gene asked Goldene L., who was the Area Treasurer at the time, to come up with something to soften this Preamble. She did and she came up with the one they are still using today. Goldene L. would later go on and serve as Area 9 Panel 28 (1978-79) Delegate.
The Central Intergroup Office of the Desert, Palm Springs, California printed the G.S.R. Preamble in its May 1988 issue of their newsletter. The GSO staff picks up on it and ran short article and reprinted the preamble in the August/September 1989 issue of Box 459. This preamble is being used in many of the Areas throughout the United States and Canada today.
(source: Goldene L. interview, March 2, 2004 & Box 459 )
The Area 53 Special Needs Committee will meet at 10:00am, Saturday November 24, at Central Office, 100 W. 3rd Ave, Columbus. The agenda for the meeting includes:
- Nomination and election of officers: chair and secretary (treasurer has one more year) to take office in January 2013
- Progress report on project to identify meetings on COTA bus routes
- Request from AA volunteers to establish a Deaf Access Subcommittee based on similar AA outreach efforts in Texas and Oregon
- Discussion of 2013 budget request
- Discussion and vote on projected 2013 quarterly committee meeting schedule, time, location
All interested AA’s are welcome.
The Area 53 Mini-Conference planning committee has change its meeting time from the third Thursday to the first Monday of the month for November through March. Committee meetings start at 6:30pm and are held at the Oakland Park United Methodist Church, 994 Oakland Park, Columbus OH. The upcoming meeting dates are: Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, and Mar 4.
The 2013 Area 53 Mini-Conference will be March 8-10 at Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center (Mt. Sterling OH).
Visit the committee page to find out how to get involved and to register and pay online.
Title: District 7 GSR School
Location: Putnam Presbyterian Church ,467 Woodlawn Ave, Zanesville OH 43701
Date / Time: Oct 14, 2012 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Description: Mark the date – more details to follow soon.
The Grapevine committee is scheduled to meet July 6th at St. Stephen’s Community Center on 17th Avenue in Columbus at 6pm. We will be discussing what we want to do in the absence of a committee chair. We will also discuss an budget request for next year. All interested members are invited.
The Area 53 CPC/PI committee meeting has been changed to the first Sunday of the month starting at 2:00 pm. The meeting location is still the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 E. Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus OH 43214.
The Area 53 Mini-Conference Planning Committee will meet Thursday April 12 at 6:30pm at 994 Oakland Park Avenue. Treasurer’s report and 2012 conference evaluation results are among the agenda items for the meeting at Oakland Park United Methodist Church.
If you were with us for the mini-conference weekend, we’d love to welcome you to the planning committee which charts the path toward Area 53′s 2013 Mini-Conference. If you weren’t with us in 2012, then April 12 is a great time to be part of a special kind of service that links your Group to decisions made for AA as a whole.
If you have heard interesting stories about it and want to know more – this is your chance to join us. If you have an interesting story about your experience at the 2012 Area 53 Mini-Conference the committee would like to hear about it. Your story might appear in upcoming articles for this website.
All trusted servants and interested AAs from any corner of Area 53 are welcome to attend the April 12 meeting. Call Dave C. 614-282-3755, if you have any questions about serving.