District 22 Lunch & Learn – June 23

District 22 is holding a lunch & learn on AA service. It will include a lunch followed by a video and panel discussion on AA service.

It is Saturday, June 23. Agenda is noon-1pm lunch; 1:00pm-1:30pm service video, 1:30pm-2:30pm panel discussion.

Location is Hilliard United Methodist Church Warehouse, 3691 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026″

EventDistrict 22 Lunch & Learn
LocationHilliard United Methodist Church Warehouse, 3691 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026
Starting12:00 pm
Ending02:30 am
DetailsDistrict 22 Lunch & Learn on AA service with a video showing and a panel discussion. Lunch will be provided starting at noon. Agenda: Noon Lunch 1:00pm AA Service Video 1:30pm Panel discussion

Principle of Rotation – Elections

Pamphlet The AA Group … where it all begins (P-16). Conference Approved Literature. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2005, page 26.

Traditionally, rotation ensures that group tasks, like nearly everything else in AA, are passed around for all to share. Many groups have alternates to each trusted servant who can step into the service positions if needed.

To step out of an AA office you love can be hard. If you have been doing a good job, if you honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if your friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth — a step into humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of rotation.
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District 16 July 4th Picnic

District 16 is holding a July 4th Picnic on Wednesday July 4th. Enjoy fun, food and fellowship beginning at 12:00 followed by a Lead at 2:00

The event will take place in Athens at Dairy Lane Park at the Shelter House on S. Park Drive next to the miniature golf course. Drinks, hot dogs, burgers and vegetarian fare will be provided. Please bring your favorite dish.

Many activities are available including miniature golf, corn hole, hiking and sparklers so bring the family and have fun while celebrating our independence.

EventDistrict 16 July 4th Picnic
LocationDairy Lane Park, Dairy Lane, Athens, OH 45701
Starting12:00 pm (noon)
Ending05:00 pm
DetailsJuly 4th Picnic in beautiful and historic Athens Ohio.

Eat and Learn with the Delegate – Mt. Vernon – June 30

June 30 will be the Saturday to drive to beautiful Knox County to the Parish House, 100 E High Street in Mt Vernon to enjoy lunch at 12:30p the hear our delegate, Frank G., share. Frank will share his service history and what he learned during April at the 68th General Service Conference.

Please come join us… For more info contact Kasie A. at 614.832.2088.

2018 Mini-Conference Final Report Available

Final Report Available Online
The Final Report from the 2018 Area 53 Mini-Conference is available online. Printed copies will be available at the June 3, 2018, assembly in Hilliard Ohio.

About the Report
Area 53 held its annual Mini-Conference at the Salt Fork Conference Center on March 9-11, 2018. The final report (24 pages total) contains three sections: (1) an introductory background material on the conference structure, (2) highlights about the 2018 Mini-Conference, and (3) a summary of the advisory actions taken by the Mini-Conference in March with how agenda items was handled at the General Service Conference in April by the delegates.

2018 Attendance Summary
There were 121 paid participants (including 11 scholarships). A total of 179 meals (including 76 banquets) were served by Salt Fork. In addition, our hospitality room offered full meals for a donation.

2018 Finance Summary
We were over budget this year. Our current cash reserves are lower than expected to start the 2019 planning cycle. Some factors that contributed to he shortfall were PayPal fees of $224, charges for setting up the hospitality room, and audiovisual equipment rental fees. We also invested $240 for registration signs and badge holders, supplies that will be used for future Mini-Conferences.

In service,
Stephen S., 2018 Area 53 Mini-Conference Chair

Getting Involved in AA General Service

Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die. (from A.A.’s Legacy of Service by Bill W.)

For more information, visit AA GENERAL SERVICE RESOURCES at AA.org. These resources contain AA shared experience with our Third Legacy of Service.

Safety and AA: Our Common Welfare

Excerpt from Safety and A.A. (SMF-209)

Safety is an important issue within AA – one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.

AA groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of AA. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending AA meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and maintaining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose – to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.

To find this document and other service material, go to at AA.org and look for Information for AA Members.

Young Peoples Liaison for Area 53

Our next Area 53 Assembly is fast approaching. It will be on June 3, 2018 in Hilliard Ohio starting at 9:30am.

At our June Area Assembly we will discuss adding an “Young Peoples Liaison” position. There was an interest by our young people at the 2018 Mini-Conference and the 2017 Ohio State convention. The goal is to get young people to feel more a “part of” and active in our area service work.

This would continue the theme of the 2017 State Convention of “Supporting Our Future” as our young members are the old-timers” of tomorrow.

Please discuss this need with your groups and fellow members and bring your ideas and input for discussion.

Ed A.
Alternate Chairperson
Area 53, Panel 67

Making Online Contributions to Area 53

Individual AA members and AA groups may make a contribution to benefit Area 53 General Service online or by mail (Area 53 General Service, P. O. Box 2131, Columbus, Ohio 43216). Contribution by individuals are limited to $3,000 per year; there is no limit on contributions from AA groups or AA affiliated organizations. Area 53 does not accept contributions from non-AA groups of any kind or from individuals who are not members of AA.

To make a secure online contribution to Area 53 General Service, click here to visit the Contributions page on the area website. Online contributions can be made with a major credit card or e-check through PayPal secure payment processing. You do not require a PayPal account to make an online contribution. The online contribution page has a quick lookup table to find the Group Service Number for the 709 active groups in Area 53.

If you have questions about contributions, contact the Area 53 Treasurer by email treasurer[at]area53aa[dot]org or at any area assembly.

More Resources at AA.org – click to read or download and print
Self Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix (pamphlet F-3)
AA Group Treasurer: Roles & Responsibilities (pamphlet F-96)

Pleasant Valley Group 72nd Anniversary

The Pleasant Valley Group is celebrating its 72nd Anniversary at Mason County WV Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. The museum is located 4 miles north of Point Pleasant, WV, and 7 miles south of Mason, WV, just off Route 62 on Fairgrounds Rd, across from The Mason County Fairgrounds. The meeting and dining hall is air conditioned and handicap accessible.

The anniversary celebration will be Saturday, August 25th, 2018, with fellowship starting at 11:00am. Food will be served starting at 12:30pm and the speaker, Amy D. from Louisville KY, will be at 2:00pm. Amy has an inspirational message of hope and recovery. Please join us, as she shares her amazing journey through sobriety.

Please bring a covered dish or dessert, and a friend for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship. For more details, contact: Ryan C. (roc49er[at]yahoo[dot]com or 304-593-4261), Allison C. (allirn626[at]yahoo[dot]com or 740-577-4871), or Shirley K. (shirley46wv[at]yahoo[dot]com or 304-593-3581).

EventPleasant Valley Group 72nd Anniversary
LocationMason County WV Farm Museum, 1458 Fairground Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Starting11:00 am
Ending04:00 pm
DetailsVisit the area website.

Did You Know…

The 68th General Service Conference started on April 20, 2018 in NYC. (See the GSC calendar at AA.og.)

Our Area 53, Panel 67, Delegate Frank G. is attending to share our area group conscience and participate in discussing important matters with the other 90 some delegates from U.S. and Canada. If you attended the Area 53 Mini-Conference in March, you know some of the agenda items for the conference. Frank will report on his conference experience at the upcoming area assembly coming up on June 3 at the Holiday Inn in Hilliard Ohio.