A Woman’s 24 Year Journey to Find Sobriety

Blog, D51 Personal Stories, Women of AA
I am 25 years old and I come to you today having gotten sober about a month and a half after my 24th birthday. I grew up with a happy childhood with parents who supported me endlessly, believed in me, and did everything they could to soothe my worried mind. As I got older, I blanketed that worry by doing whatever I could to stay out of trouble, doing well in school and over just being a reserved little person and teenager outside of the house. I would see others being more confident and outgoing and I wanted that too. Soon, the blanket became alcohol. It was a thinner blanket and I needed more and more to keep me warm. I was funnier and cleverer. People wanted to be around…
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SWSYPAA Wins 2022 Bid to Host ISCYPAA

SWSYPAA Wins the 2022 Bid to Host ISCYPAA!!! Congratulations to the bid members of 2020 & 2021 for outstanding commitment to carrying the message of AA in the Will, Grundy, and Cook Counties. We look forward to helping you carry the message and prepare for an outstanding conference in 2022. Here are the the members of the 2021 SWSYPAA Bid that helped bring the conference to District 51 Chair - TaraCo-Chair & Outreach - JohnSecretary - HeatherTreasurer - JasonRegistration- AlexMerchandise - AlexFlyers - ColinTrusted Servant - Cory
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7th Tradition for Zoom Meetings?

Why collect 7th Tradition for an online meeting? Our regular meeting locations still have operating expenses. Our meetings facilities may rely on our regular rent to help pay their rent, utilities, and employees.Meeting supplies will still be needed when our meetings reopen. Coffee, paper products, literature, refreshments, and after an extended closure, we may experience a large influx of people who are motivated to re-join the fellowship in person. PLEASE PASS THIS ON AND DISCUSS 7TH TRADITION WITH YOUR GROUPS. WE CANNOT LET AA FAIL DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS! What is the value of your sobriety? Gratitude, expressed through contributions, reaches the still suffering alcoholic! -All the facilities that have allowed AA meetings to function in the past, still have operating expenses and we should endeavor to keep good relationships with ALL of them.…
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Alano Club of Joliet Update

Members & Friends, There has been a few inquiries about the re-opening of the Alano Club of Joliet, and with the Governor’s new “Restore Illinois” 5-Phase Plan, this is a note to keep you updated.For clarification, we are still closed until our Region / sub-region [Northeast / 7] is moved into ‘Phase 3’ by State directive, and even then it will be a ‘limited’ re-opening.[according to current Phase 3 guidelines, and/or unless the State ‘upgrades’ the Phases, giving us wider latitude].It is still early in the month, with much uncertainty & many mixed messages - and as the official document states, "This is an initial framework that will likely be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for treatments or vaccines is realized."So it will probably be…
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What is Al-Anon and Al-Ateen?

Al-Anon, Resources
Al-Anon is a unique fellowship that unites members of different backgrounds, races, and walks of life in an inspiring endeavor: helping themselves and others to lead purposeful, useful lives by overcoming the frustration and helplessness caused by close association with an alcoholic. Alateen (Al-Anon for younger members) is a vital part of Al-Anon Family Groups. Young people seeking help with problems that arise when alcoholism afflicts a parent, another close relative, or a friend meet to exchange experiences and to gain an understanding of themselves and the alcoholic. The best place to learn how Al-Anon/Alateen works is at a meeting. You want more resources you say?
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Service Conference Workshop POSTPONED

Event Change
Our Delegate recently received news that the General Service Conference itself is being postponed until late spring/early summer. Consequently, it has been decided to postpone our April 4th Pre-General Service Conference Virtual Workshop until further notice.  There will be no event on April 4th.  Please spread the news far and wide.  Why rush a good thing?  This delay allows groups, districts, and area chairs an opportunity for more time to meet, discuss and consider the input they’ll bring to the workshop.  We encourage you to make the most of this time to prepare. Area standing committee chairs will have access to Zoom accounts until April 23rd to allow district officers, committee chairs, GSRs and members to come together to discuss, as needed. We will publish a new date and agenda within this week. Thank you…
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Grapevine & La Viña (en Español)  are Here to Help

Grapevine & La Viña (en Español) are Here to Help

Grapevine, Resources
Due to the current changing health situation, many AA meetings across the U.S. and Canada are finding it safer to close. To help members during this time, we are giving everyone free access to all of our 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues. (The audio to Grapevine’s stories will be available as well, so people can listen to the stories if they like.) Please share with your fellows. We have also included a link to our Youtube channel with some original audio stories as well as other important information. To enter, visit: There are English and Spanish translations available
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