Salem Area AA

Alcoholics Anonymous is

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Copyright The AA Grapevine, Inc. Reprinted with permission.
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Every Month District 4 sponsors a workshop to facilitate service work. Each workshop features a different aspect of service work. The last one was on September 7th. The next one will be October 5th, and the topic will be "Group Autonomy".
The final car wash benefiting Sober Fest is set for this Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 am. to 1:00 pm. at the SOS Club, 1797 Center St. NE in Salem. Please come get your car washed, make a donation, and help spread the word about this important fund-raiser!

Halloween Dance fund raiser: The Halloween Dinner & Dance is set for Saturday, October 24 from 5:30 pm. to 11:00 pm. at the Scottish Rite on Commercial St. The event is a fund raiser for Sober Fest and will feature a Chili Contest, potluck, costume contest, and more. Flyer attached.

Also included is a Profit & Loss Previous Year Comparison for 2014 and 2015, submitted by Laura F., office manager of Intergroup Central Office.

We are in need of service- minded members to carry the message to the county jail.
Men and women who cannot get to an outside meeting. Next orientation is May 13
so please contact Jane A for more info at 503-580-2996 or

OLD MEETING HAS BECOME NEW --Living Sober For Beginners; Friday 7:30 pm St. Paul's Episcopal Church - (Downstairs) 1444 Liberty St SE; Open Meeting (O,NS); All are welcome; Reading and discussion from the book Sober Living.

H & I (Hospitals and Institutions Committee): Click here to download the Flyer with info on how you can help


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.

Intergroup Meeting Location And New IGR Orientation Meeting

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.

Opportunities To Be Of Service:

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 positions:
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 ( 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.


For Al-Anon schedules and info click here:

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--Solving Our Common Problem

"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


Click here to view a Flyer on how to obtain these new additions to your Alcoholics Anonymous library from AAWS


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 be honest....."
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.


Click here to view the questions regarding growing up with the effects of alcoholism

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.

A. A. Cooperates With Professionals

If you are a Professional Working With Alcoholics, perhaps you would like more information. If so, please contact the Central Office during normal business hours. Contact info is in the right-hand column.

Public Information about Alcoholics Anonymous

If you want more information about Alcoholics Anonymous, or wish to establish a contact in Marion/Polk Counties, please contact the Central Office during normal business hours. Contact info is in the right-hand column.