PICPC Opportunity

Dear GSRs,
We have received a call from a skilled nursing center in South Austin for a monthly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. This is a unique community so the meeting but one where the clients requested AA. It will be an Open meeting and I have literature there. We really have a great opportunity to reach out and touch the hearts of individuals who are often forgotten. (See pamphlet on Special Needs) .

The meeting will be a once a month at 3:30 (when clients can come). I know this may knock some out of the possibility but I hope we can find individuals able. We will begin February (the third Monday of the month) . If that doesn’t work or if you have a strong desire to participate but the time is impossible, please let me know. We may have a little wiggle room….may.

If you are interested or if your group wants to be responsible for a 3 month commitment (or more) please call me. I will fill you in on what is needed, the address, etc. Because it is a skilled nursing center we really want to hold ourselves to a high standard regarding filling these spots. The facility is about 4-5 (at most?) blocks from Western Trails and easy to get to for us.

Please consider this opportunity. It was an old timer who developed Alzheimer’s and the commitment to his care that broke down my fears and avoidance to those individuals who look and sound ‘perfect.’ No it was not easy at first, I was scared and I did have to do some step work The last time I had been in a nursing home was when I was 12 and it was a small town nursing home where pain medication was not what it is today. It left me with heartbreaking emotional scars. But caring for Woody was the gift that opened so many doors to a world I did not even know was possible. And yet it became not only a great gift, but it became one of those life changing events – the one you speak about from the podium. (My Sponsee’s, at the time, also joined me in that journey; thank you Rosi.)

Again, it is an once a month meeting in South Austin at a skilled nursing center (individuals are able to get to meeting and communicate. Open AA meeting committed opportunity (A one-three month commitment at first with possibility of more)). Specific information when you call.

I hope you are up for a life changing and possibly kindest examples of love for our fellow man.

Your Trusted Servant,
Belinda B
PICPC Chair

For more information, please contact Belinda at Belinda’s e-mail.

Preparation for Voting Stage of Redistricting Proposal

In preparation of the balloting and voting stage of the Redistricting Proposal … the committee has prepared this information that will be helpful to the groups.

Ballots will be mailed tomorrow, Friday, December 23. Group GSRs should receive them by Monday the 26th.

Download document on the Proposed Austin Districts and Proposed Group Listing by District [PDF]…

Download document on the Redistricting Sharing Sessions Comments [PDF]…

Concerns about 3B-3C Redistricting Proposal

Serving the groups while maintaining Unity

Why present a con?

“The term ‘informed group conscience’ implies that pertinent information has been studied and all views have been heard before the group votes.” The A.A. Group Pamphlet, P-16, pg 29

Concerns with the proposed solution

The Redistricting Committee was charged with researching redistricting solutions. Past inventories suggested the groups needed to be better served, that there were “too many groups for the DCMs to visit” so we need to redistrict.

However, redistricting is just one solution to the problem. Instead of creating a committee to research various solutions to the problem, the committee was charged with finding only redistricting solutions. According to the current proposal, splitting districts without anything to bind them does not create unity…

Continue reading 3B-3C Redistricting Con Document [PDF]…

Early Women in AA History

There were several women, some alcoholic, some non-alcoholic who each played important roles in the early days of AA’s beginnings. Below are a few we remember with gratitude for their love and service to our fellowship!

  1. Lois Wilson, Bill W.’a wife and founder of Alanon. She sacrificed much, personally and otherwise, to help Bill W. and his new fledging venture in helping others like him. She was with Bill and AA from beginning to end. AA,perhaps, may have been less successful and strong without her loyalty and love.
  2. Sister Ignatia was the nun who admitted the first alcoholic patient to the ward at St. Thomas hospital and worked with Dr. Bob, saving countless lives over the next many years. A great friend of AA!
  3. Ruth Hock was Bill’s secretary and typed the Big Book, as well as gave needed input to it’s editing, along with a number of other professional friends who helped make the Big Book what it is today.She was awarded the five millionth copy of the Big Book in gratitude for her service to AA.
  4. Sylvia K., who wrote the story “Keys of the Kingdom,” was one of the first women in AA to achieve long term sobriety in AA, leading the way for women to sponsor women!!
  5. Henrietta Sieberling was the Oxford Group member who became the go- between connection of the historic meeting of Bill W. and Dr. Bob. She also helped Bill out with his financial difficulties around that time.She was the one who helped Anne Smith and Lois Wilson meet as well.
  6. Marty M. joined AA when there were only two meetings in all of the US and Canada, and wrote the story,”Women Suffer Too.” She later became active on the National Council on Alcoholism and was very influential in changing the public’s perception of alcoholics from that of a moral issue to that alcoholism as a disease.
  7. Anne Smith, Dr. Bob’s wife, was often called “The Mother of AA,” because she always welcomed new people and helped the new wives to love and accept their husbands as men with sick with an illness and to be patient and compassionate. She contributed much to the spiritual influence of AA, and was often quoted a saying,”Faith without works is dead ” which Bill referred to in his story in the Big Book. … In our early days, women coming into recovery faced challenges, due to the fact that AA was predominantly men,some with condescending attitudes toward them, and when women took their seat in the chair, the wives of these alcoholic men were quite jealous as well. When Alanon women started meeting together in, the men begin to wonder what they were saying about them, and some even spied on them!! But due to our spiritual principles and our traditions, women did find and maintain sobriety and continue to carry the message to others who suffer, too!!

Norma A., District 3b/3C Archives

3B-3C Redistricting Proposal

Districts 3B and 3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee hosting Sharing Sessions to discuss proposal to redistrict 3B/3C.

What is a Sharing Session?
“The purpose of a Sharing Session is to fill a need for improved communication among Area committee, Districts, and Groups, thereby strengthening services in A.A. through cooperation …”

Sharing Sessions completed.

Please see the group sharing resource links at the bottom of the page.


3B/3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee Objective

Our task is to determine how to redistrict groups in Austin geographically containing the right number of groups— right in terms of the committee member’s ability to keep in frequent touch with them, to learn their problems, and to find ways to contribute to their growth and well-being.

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Map of Districts 3B and 3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee Proposal

How we got here

Our districts 3b & 3c mission statement posted on our website— “To carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. We do this by fostering the Austin area AA Groups by providing and informing the AA Community of service opportunities. We are the essential link between the group GSR and the area delegate to the GSC.”

We have 84+ groups registered in 3b and 3c. Currently we have an average of 25 GSR’s representing their groups at district meetings. The issues/problems:

  • Limited Service Committee work occurs at the district level due to the overwhelming task of communicating with the 84+ groups.
  • Tried to be two districts functioning as one and it no longer works for the size that we are.
  • Running out of time at district meetings for GSR’s to give reports and to collaborate on problems & solutions. Concerns regarding the number of groups and how difficult it is for DCM’s to visit often enough to involve in district activities.
  • Lack of communication and participation due to growth in the Austin Fellowship.

Proposed timeline

  • November, 2013—District Inventory revealed appearance of arising problems
  • September 2015—Sharing Session; shared experience & ideas to consider the possible need to redistrict
  • November 2015—District Inventory with overwhelming response for a needed change
  • January 2016—District appoints ADHOC committee to provide a proposal for redistricting
  • September 2016—Committee presents proposal for GSR’s to take to groups
  • October – November, 2016—Sharing sessions to be held at 5 group locations around Austin
  • December 2016—Ballots mailed to GSR’s or primary contact from all registered groups in 3B & 3C
  • February 2017— District meeting, count ballots for approval on proposed new districts

Resources material to share with group

Revised flyer for the Districts 3B and 3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee Proposal … Redistricting flyer [PDF]

Presentation from the Districts 3B and 3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee … Redistricting presentation [PDF]

General Service Office Service Material guidelines … How to Conduct a Sharing Session [PDF]


Concerns with the proposed solution (continue reading) …

“The term ‘informed group conscience’ implies that pertinent information has been studied and all views have been heard before the group votes.” The A.A. Group Pamphlet, P-16, pg 29

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