A phone call is often the first time someone reaches out to AA.
Both the Central Office and the Hotline Coordinators have an on-going need for volunteers to answer phones. Contact Central Office at 503-399-0599 (between 10 and 2 weekday, or Ben at 503-375-0382 after these hours if you would like to give back for what you have been given.
Willamette Valley Intergroup holds it's monthly meeting on the 3rd Monday of every month. The location is: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St. S.E. in Salem. Everyone is welcome to attend this very important service meeting.
The Marion County Sheriff has eliminated all evening meetings at
the jail. All the groups including our women and men AA meeting has
had to scramble to try and locate people who can continue taking
meetings in during the day time. To complicate things, only certain
times of the day are possible due to the Sheriff's staffing.
The time available currently is Monday at 8:00am. This allows several of AA's dedicated servants to carry the message of hope to the residents. We need more help... especially with the men's meeting. Only two of the original 8 men are able to continue. These are dedicated men but they do need help. Women, don't be intimidated by the "jail" setting, you are carrying the message of hope, that a person can have a different life. We do recover!
Won't you please take a few brave moments when they ask "Does anyone have announcements?" to speak up and make a request that members participate in their own recovery by carrying it into the county jail? Your recovery WILL be impacted positively, I Promise! Contact me Jane A at (503) 580-1906 or Central Office for more information.
Central Office is looking for volunteers to answer phones after hours. Contact Ben at 503-375-0382 if you are interested.
Central Office is looking for volunteers to work in the office. 1-year sobriety requirement.
Central Office is looking for volunteers to take 12 Step Calls. Laura at Central Office is always interested in talking to anyone interested in volunteering at Central Office.
For more information about these or any other service
Call Central Office at (503) 399-0599.
The Hospitals and Institutions (H & I) Committee For information about this committee contact Leslee L. at 503-580-4017 (firstname.lastname@example.org). This committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
Contact Oregon Area 58 Mid-Valley Region Corrections Coordinator Larry S. 541-223-8253 for information about Oregon state prison meetings and other state corrections activities.
Contact Jane A., 503-580-1906 for information about Marion County Jail Meetings.
Information about Al-Anon is presented here as a service to
members of the Fellowship and/or their families. Neither the
Willamette Valley Intergroup, nor the Central Office in Salem are
affiliated with Al-Anon.
[From the Al-Anon Service Manual (pg 113)".....Although a separate entity, Al-Anon should always cooperate with Alcoholics Anonymous.
In relating to local A.A. Intergroups or central offices, Al-Anon may offer: ? to name one or two members to act as liaison and to provide current lists of group contacts for Twelfth Step referrals ? to submit Al-Anon/Alateen meeting information for inclusion in A.A.?s local meeting list if asked to do so ? to reimburse A.A. for any expenses incurred on Al-Anon?s behalf, such as telephone calls, cost of printing meeting lists on which Al-Anon meetings are also listed, copying costs.......Al-Anon performs its own Twelfth Step work in alcohol treatment centers, hospitals, and other facilities, and with professionals that work with families and friends of alcoholics. Experience has shown that cooperation with A.A. can be mutually beneficial......." Therefore, the following questions are provided here with the hope that they will be mutually beneficial in recovery.
"SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE" IS ESSENTIAL TO THE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OF ALCOHOLISM. The reason for such exaggerated focus is to overcome denial. The denial associated with alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful and affects the patient, helper, and the community. Unless alcoholism is KEPT RELENTLESSLY IN THE FOREGROUND, other issues will usurp everybody's attention.
From Box 459, published bimonthly the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, February/March 2003 by George E. Valiant, M. D. Class A (nonalcoholic) trustee A.A. General Service Board
From Chapter 5 of the Big Book of Alchoholics Anonymous, Ch. 5 --
.....There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental
disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to
An A.A. member wrote: "I spent years in therapy "suffering from grave emotional and mental disorders" as stated in Chapter 5 of the "big book", Alcoholics Anonymous, page 58, without addressing my fundamental issues. At no time, neither the problem of personal alcoholism, nor the concern of being affected by growing up in an alcoholic environment was discussed.
It wasn't until I came to A.A. that I began to recover from alcoholism. It wasn't until a member of the Fellowship confronted me with the suggestion, after a vicious bout of Road Rage, that I contact someone familiar with Adult Children of Alcoholics that I began to learn about growing up with the "effects of alchoholism". I am what is called a Dual Member. I belong in the rooms of both Alcoholics Anonymous and the World Wide Fellowship of Al-Anon.
To help you decide whether this may be an issue for you, we are providing a list of questions published by Al-Anon WSO, in Pamphlet S-25, that may give you some insight into your own recovery process. The answers are yours to do with as you will.
And if you can answer yes to any one of these questions, maybe it is time you took a serious look at another aspect of recovery.