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Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups in Santa Barbara

District 8 Announcements and News

The twenty-eight (28), or so, Al-Anon and Alateen meetings (in both English and Spanish) in the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley areas make-up District 8. District 8 is part of Southern California World Service (SCWS) also know as Area 4.

Each month, at the District 8 meeting, your Group Representative (GR) is assigned to take back to their meeting specific information to share with the group. Some of these items are linked from the Home Page News. Below are the current "Take Back to Your Meeting" announcements.

News for December 2018

  • Dual Membership
    Continue to have the dual member discussion regarding the policy of not allowing Al-Anon members who are also members of AA to do service beyond the group level. All group conscience results will be brought back to the District in February 2019. There is no urgency. If groups are not ready by February, there can be more discussion. The groups' primary purpose is defined in Tradition Five and the discussion should center on that principle. The District will not do anything that is not requested or supported by the groups. Any and all Al-Anon members are invited to attend the January District Meeting if anyone needs clarification or more details before taking a group conscience.

  • Speaker Meeting
    Pam, Jim, & MaryJean will be co-coordinating the monthly speaker meeting. Please let them know if you can help in any way as it is a big commitment. The next speaker will be December 8th at Unity.
    The dinner before the speaker meeting has been cancelled until someone new wants to coordinate it. If you are interested, please contact Hailey for information. (805) 895-6518.

  • Isla Vista Meeting Needs a Facilitator
    The Thursday night 7:30 PM Isla Vista AFG meeting is not currently meeting as the GR moved away and there is no one to facilitate the meeting. The Counselor & Recovery Specialist/Recovery Program Manager for the UCSB Student Health, Alcohol & Drug Program is requesting our help getting a meeting established in Isla Vista. Please contact Jocelyn if you find someone willing to help with this meeting.

  • Al-Anon Convention Committee Needs You!
    Next year's Chair is Larry and Co-chair is Monica. Please consider joining the 2019 planning committee.

  • New Institutions Coordinator Needs Support
    Thanks to John L. for taking the Institutions Coordinator service commitment. Please support him and help him find members who are willing to lead/attend meetings at Five East (Cottage Hospital Psychiatric Unit). (805) 705-1055

  • Alateen
    The coordinator position is currently open. The coordinator must be an AMIAS (Al-Anon Member in Alateen Service). We need more AMIASs as a new requirement will not allow Alateens to meet without two AMIASs in attendance.

  • Thursday Noon Meeting Location Change
    Reaching for Personal Freedom will now meet at the First Congregational Church/Fireside Room 2101 State Street. It's a Workbook Study meeting. Parking in church lot or street. Enter through sliding glass doors off courtyard. Additionally, the building is wheelchair accessible!