Share Experience, Strength & Hope
Share your Experience, Strength & Hope
email your article to: firstname.lastname@example.org or hand it to your Group Representative.
- "Keep it simple."
- "Easy does it."
- "First things first."
- "Just for today."
- "Let it begin with me."
- "How important is it?"
- "One day at a time."
- "Keep an open mind."
- "Live and let live."
- "Let go and let God."
- "Keep coming back."
- "It works if you work it, so work it 'cause your worth it!"
- "Take what you like and leave the ;rest."
- "Principles above personalities."
- "Progress not Perfection."
- "Love, learn and grow."
The 12 Steps are the foundation for personal recovery in Al-Anon. Under the Recovery heading you'll find information for your personal recovery interests. Check the Meetings page for general information on our meetings, on the monthly Speaker Meeting, and also for special notices. Day-in-Al-anon is a yearly event -- usually close to Valentine's Day -- full of special workshops, food, donation drawing prizes, special speakers, and lots of fellowship. Highly recommended! Also of general interest is the Literature and Newsletter pages.
The 12 Traditions help Al-Anon groups sustain their unity and fellowship. You will information on this site to support meeting groups. If you are wondering how the groups provide members' pamphlets and books, the Literature page has instructions for groups in the District 14 area. If you are interested in helping members of your group contribute to our newsletter, you'll find information on this Newsletter page.
The 12 Concepts of Service provide guidance for service in the Al-Anon fellowship. Here you will find information supporting the activities of the District as it act in service toward our primary goal to carry the message to others who still suffer. From time to time we will post important information from district officials, such as the District Representative, for support of all the groups and service positions within the District. The Day-in-Al-anon page has special information for organizing and providing service to our yearly event. The Newsletter page has details and suggestions for contributing to our newsletter.
October 20: Men's Day in Al-Anon, Hillcrest Congregational Church, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill. Registration 8:30am, program begins 9:00am. Suggested donation $25 includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. See the flyer. Pre-register by email to email@example.com .October 27: Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of District 14's Open Speaker Meeting! Workshop at 11am on Transforming our Losses at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill, lunch with guest speaker Sarah R., and evening Open Speaker Meeting 6:30 – 9:00pm Kaiser Walnut Creek, 1515 Newell, 3rd Floor, Oak Room 1.
Have an announcement you would like to see posted here? Email us!
Monday night St. Bonaventure meeting 7:30 pm, in Concord/Clayton, has changed locations within the church complex. It is now in the last room of the first building on the right.Holiday changes
December 24: Monday noon Martinez meeting cancelled.
December 31: Monday noon Martinez meeting will be held.
Group representatives: Please contact us with any meeting changes to announce.
District 14 Newsletters
Service the Write Way!
The District 14 Newsletter needs your contributions.
Your reflections on turning "hurting into hope" can help others.
Are you looking for an opportunity to share your experience, strength, and hope with the wider District 14 community of recovery? Then contributing to the District 14 Newsletter is right up your alley!
We're looking for any recovery-related content that you would like to submit. Please send your writings on any Al-Anon related topic.
- Some suggestions:
- Your work on a Step, Tradition, or Concept
- A theme of recovery (surrender, humility, faith, hope, etc.)
- How Al-Anon has affected your life with your family/work/community
- You experiences with a sponsor or being in a service position
- Slogans that have helped you (One Day at a Time, Easy Does It, Let Go and Let God, etc.)
- Whatever is on your mind and in your heart related to recovery
Each new edition contains one article on recovery submitted by an Al-Anon member in the “Recovery in Our Own Words” section. Plus there will be a section called “Heard At a Meeting”—ideal for very brief and even humorous submissions, something interesting you actually heard at a meeting (with the speaker’s permission and keeping anonymity in mind!). Thank you for your interest.
How to submit an article Simply email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand it to your Group Representative.
Deadline Because the newsletter is published mid-month each month, all articles for each month's newsletter must be submitted in final form by the 1st Wednesday of each month. New or revised articles arriving after the cutoff date will be included in a future issue. The deadline is especially important if you are submitting an article that is time sensitive. For example, if you want to submit an article about the Sixth Step and would like it to appear in the June issue, we would need the article with final revisions no later than the first Wednesday in June.
Format The District 14 Newsletter is a monthly publication (one printed copy will be given to each group; when printed out it will consist of 3-6 pages) produced online via Constant Contact but entirely created and edited by your District 14 Newsletter Coordinator and Alternate Newsletter Coordinator. There is no limit on the number of articles you may submit, but depending on the available space/number of submissions, the editors may only publish one of your articles or we may be forced to delay publication until a following month.
Length of Articles Submissions should be a maximum of 200-250 words. We will attempt to notify you if fitting a longer article into the newsletter is a concern.
Editing The editors reserve the right to correct grammar and reduce the length of your article, but we will not add to your article nor change the intent or meaning. We will send you the edited copy for your final approval prior to publication.
Credit We will publish your article(s) with a "by-line" consisting of your first name and last initial. If you wish to have your article published as "Anonymous", please let us know at the time of submission.
Permission and Copyright By submitting your article, you are giving Al-Anon District 14 non- exclusive permission to use your submission in any print and/or electronic publications of the District. We will keep your permission "on the books" so if we need to re-run your submission sometime in the future, we'll be able to do so. You maintain copyright of your own works.
To avoid potential copyright issues, please only submit your original writing.
DISTRICT 14 Newsletters
Hello, Higher Power speaking. Here are your stories. Here is our experience, strength and hope. Please be sure that your group has a Newsletter copy available for sharing.
Hello, Higher Power speaking.
DISTRICT 14 Newsletters Here are your stories sharing experience, strength and hope.
The District 14 Al-Anon/Alateen Monthly Newsletter is created and distributed by Al-Anon members. The most recent list of newsletters are below:
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This archive contains our District 14 Al-Anon & Alateen Monthly Newsletters beginning with the April, 2011 edition.
For newsletters from 2007 to 2010, go to our Newsletter Archives page.
NCWSA 12 Stepper
The 12 Stepper is the official newsletter of the Northern California World Service Area of AFG, Inc. (NCWSA), and is distributed three times each year to each Al-Anon and Alateen group. Read the 12 Stepper here....