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Save our History!

We can better shape our future if we know our past. You can be a part of preserving A.A.'s local history.    The Archives Committee collects oral histories of A.A. members with over 30 years sobriety, as well as written histories of A.A. Groups in the Gainesville area. You can read the Group histories here.
   Want to get your group included? You can help with this project, either by starting the research or adding to what's already been documented. GSO's guide to researching a group history is available.


12th Step Work: Carry the Message Outside the Rooms

   Opportunities abound to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic!
   Treatment: Are you looking for a new service committment? More volunteers are always needed to support meetings in treatment facilities. There is a new private Facebook group to coordinate the 56 meetings held each month in Gainesville treatment centers. Consult with your sponsor and consider whether a weekly service committment is right for you. Out of courtesy, please sign up on Facebook or get in touch with the Treatment Committee co-chairs before showing up at a treatment facility meeting. And, as always, you can find out more by attending the next Treatment Committee meeting.
   Accessibilities: Learn more about Accessibilities (Special Needs)--and their new initiative to establish an A.A. meeting for members with hidden disabilities--by attending their monthly committee meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at The Triangle Club.
   The Living Sober meetings at Grace Marketplace carry the message to a place convenient for the city's homeless population twice every week, and it is in need of core support. Meetings are held at 2845 NE 39th Avenue (just past Waldo Road) at
   * 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and
   * 7:00 p.m. on Mondays.
   Corrections: Volunteers are always needed to help carry the message of recovery to inmates at local correctional facilitites, and the Gainesville area is in particular need of volunteers at the local jails and prisons. Here are a few oppotuntunities for service in local correctional facilities:
   * Alachua County Men's Jail, Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
   * Alachua County Women's Jail, Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
   * Lake Butler facility, Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
NEW! There has been a General Service Office request for penpals for inmates.
For more information on these service opportunties with corrections, visit the next Corrections Committee meeting!
   CPC/PI: The Cooperation with the Professional Community/Public Information committee has secured areas for literature racks in approximately half of Alachua County libraries, including the main library in downtown Gainesville. Two more goals include
   * carrying the A.A. message into local schools, and
   * securing an ad on Gainesville RTS buses.
If you are interested in joining these efforts, or to learn more about the committee's intiatives, attend the CPC/PI committee meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Triangle Club.


The A. A. Grapevine is A.A. in real-time!

   The Grapevine magazine is not only a "meeting in the palm of your hand"; it represents the A.A. fellowship today! To get involved and learn more about the Grapevine committee, visit the monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Trinity United Methodist Church.
   To add a daily Grapevine Quote to your recovery toolkit, simply click here and follow the link to "Email sign-up."
   Got a stash of old Grapevine magazines? Once you've enhanced your own recovery with them, you can let them do extra duty: add them to other alcoholics' toolkits. The Grapevine Committee collects previously-loved copies of the Grapevine and shares them with the Corrections and Treatment Committees, making them available to those who otherwise might not get to see them.
   And did you know that many of the Grapevine-published books are now available as eBooks? See the list here.


Online P.O.S.T.

   Does your group run out of printed copies of the P.O.S.T. before you can pick one up? Would you simply prefer to read the Intergroup's newsletter online rather than on paper?
   That's now an option! After taking the question back to individual Groups, the Intergroup committee voted to publish the P.O.S.T. newsletter on the Intergroup website. This is in addition to continuing to print the paper version. The on-line edition will be modified to replace all instances of first-name-last-initial with just two initials, to better preserve anonymity. Issues dating back to January 2014 are available (as PDF documents) here.

District Business Meetings

   The General Service Representatives (GSRs), their Alternates, District officers, and Service Committee Chairs and members meet once a month to share reports on their projects and progress in the many ways District 14 carries the message of sobriety and recovery.
   All members of A.A. are welcome to attend and participate in discussions, although only GSRs or their Alternates actually vote on matters to be decided.

Second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1521 NW 34th Street, Gainesville
** Next meeting: 12 October 2016. **

The District in General



Got Changes?

To report Group Changes such as a new GSR or Alternate GSR, a group's mailing address, etc., use this form, which can be submitted on-line.
   [Note that this link will take you off the District 14 website and redirect you to the North Florida Area Committee (Area 14) website.]

To report Meeting Changes such as new locations, days, or times, use one of these forms and mail or deliver the completed form to the Intergroup office.
   [Note that this link will take you off the District 14 website and redirect you to the North Central Florida Intergroup (NCFI) website.]


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 A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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.



Responsibility

Whenever anyone, anywhere reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there,
and for that, I am responsible.