5th Annual Women’s Retreat

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Red Bluff Women in AA invite you to attend
Friday, Sept. 11 to
 Sunday 13th

Where: Camp Tehama – a group camping area set among the pines on Mill Creek at the base of Mt Lassen, with a multi-purpose building, kitchen, showers, flush toilets, & bunkhouse type cabins that can sleep multiple people.

Cost: $45 per person (only accepting 50 attendees).
Includes food & lodging for the whole weekend, AA Meetings, Spiritual Campfires, Prayer & Meditation, Hiking, Fun, Food & Fellowship!

Great Raffle: the proceeds provide seed money for next years retreat and help with scholarships.

What to Bring: Big Book; warm sleeping bag & pillow (or bedding), personal toiletries (ie: soaps & towels, etc), lawn chairs, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, flashlight, warm camping attire . *** Days are normally warm, but nights are chilly. ***

Dont bring: gas lights, stoves or grills; dogs (except service dogs); candles or resentments.

SMOKING: Only in Designated areas, never in the buildings, and dispose in butt cans.

Directions: Located half-way between Red Bluff & Susanville on Hwy 36. From Red Bluff – take Hwy 36 East about 40 miles to Mineral, continue on Hwy 36 about 8 mi. turn right onto Hwy 172 – Camp Tehama is less than a mile on your right.

Guests NOT allowed to arrive before 4pm on Friday per Forest Camp Rules. Sorry!

Contact People: Stacey: 530-526-2415 or Fran: 530-526-2454

PLEASE REGISTER By Sept. 5th

T-shirts are available on the Flyer.

For downloadable flyer, click here. Or visit Flyers Page.

Bill W. and His Critics…

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“Concerning those cracks about me—you shouldn’t be too much bothered… You see, people have been trying to save A. A. from me for years.”

—Bill W.

In the above excerpt, from a 1961 letter written to a couple of A.A. friends, Bill W. used self-deprecating wit to address the criticism that had been coming his way almost from the moment he and Dr. Bob cofounded the A.A. program in 1935.
(Bob, less of a controversial character, managed to avoid the worst of it.) Even if Bill became somewhat inured to it over the years, such criticism rankled, and he could and did defend himself and Alcoholics Anonymous vigorously. But at the same time, he used it as occasion for self-inventory: “Were it not for my severe critics,” he wrote, “I might have got off track lots of times.”

 

These quotes and more can be read in the Fall-2015 issue of Markings – Your (AA) Archives Newsletter.

A Call for Stories

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A Call for Stories

In response to 2015 General Service Conference Advisory Actions the trustees’ Literature committee is requesting stories for revision of the following pamphlets:

  • A.A. for the Woman — revision to include current sharing from women in AA, including “stories from women in the military, single mothers, and women of diverse backgrounds.”
  • AA and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic — seeking stories from AA members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or gender nonconforming, especially regarding being a newcomer and sponsorship.

Another Advisory Action requests that the trustees’ Literature Committee develop literature for “alcoholics with mental health issues.” For this project the committee is requesting a wide range of AA recovery experience from members with mental health issues, and from those who sponsor such members.

In all three undertakings, the trustees are giving special consideration to sharing from disabled veterans and from nonbelievers.

For all sending stories regarding the above three topics, manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double spaced. Please include your complete name, address and email/phone information. The anonymity of all authors will be observed, whether or not their story is selected for publication. Please email your sharing to:

Literature@aa.org and put the name of the pamphlet or topic you are addressing in the subject line of the message.
Or, you may mail it to:

Literature Coordinator
General Service Office
Box 459
Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2015.

From Fall issue of BOX 459, the quarterly news bulletin from the U.S./Canada General Service Office. This newsletter includes information about A.A. service, literature, events, sharing from groups, service committees and individual U.S./Canada A.A. members.