STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Sobriety News is a publication of the Harrisburg Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is written, edited, and read by AA members, and those interested in the AA program of recovery from the disease of alcoholism, linking one alcoholic to another.
June Calendar of Events*
Jun 3 Thursday 6:45PM Harrisburg Area Intergroup Meeting
Jun 4 Friday 8:30PM 19th Street Speaker Dick T from Elizabethtown
Jun 5 Saturday 9-5 Multi District History & Archives Gathering**
Jun 5 Saturday 8:00PM Hershey Speaker Kathleen K from the Hershey Group
Jun 5 Saturday 8:30PM 19th Street Dance with DJ Evolution Entertainment $5 **
Jun 6 Sunday 8:00PM Bridge Street Speaker Jon G from Happy Destiny
Jun 11 Friday 8:30PM 19th Street Speaker Randy M from 19th Street
Jun 11-13 Fri-Sun 69th Annual Founders' Day Celebration in Akron, Ohio
Jun 13 Sunday 8:00PM Bridge Street Speaker Jim S from There's More To Life
Jun 17 Thursday 7:00PM Middletown Survivors Speaker
Jun 18 Friday 8:30PM 19th Street Speaker Terry T from Mount Joy
Jun 20 Sunday 8:00PM Bridge Street Speaker Julius L from West Shore Area
Jun 24 Thursday 7:00PM Middletown Survivors Speaker
Jun 25 Friday 8:30PM 19th Street Anniversary Night
Jun 27 Sunday 8:00PM Bridge Street Speaker LeeAnn C from Out of the Dark
Jul 3 Saturday 8:00PM Hershey Speaker Ed H from Attitude Adjustment
Jul 31 Saturday Noon NoVa Acts of Recovery in Falls Church, Va**
Aug 14 Saturday Noon HAI 19th Annual Picnic at New Cumberland Borough Park
Aug 20-22 Fri-Sun 7th Sunlight of the Spirit Conference**
Aug 27-28 Fri-Sat
The Big Book Study Group hosting a
2005 Thurs-Sun 70th
Canada (you need a passport to travel to Canada)
Jun 30-Jul 3, 2005 Thurs-Sun 70th Year AA International Convention in Toronto, Canada (you need a passport to travel to Canada)
July 2008 International Convention of Al-Anon in Pittsburgh, PA
** See links page for flyer
To links and current events
Your Help for the Calendar of Events
A complete Calendar of Events depends on our active members contributing information about their coming events, participation of Intergroups in surrounding Districts, and our ability to gather information. We feel it is worth trying. Let us know what you think. Often, we miss opportunities within the fellowship because the message didn't get out. We all want to carry the message to other alcoholics. This will be one more way we can accomplish that.
OUR FACE IS CHANGINGSobriety News is updated during the course of the month, so events can be added to the Calendar. You may, therefore, find it helpful or informative to check back to the website periodically to see what has been added.
19th Street Dances in full swing again...
19th Street Dances start with a bang! Quite a few people came for the first regular dance at 19th Street in a long time. The new DJs, from the 521 Club in Lancaster, were great, despite playing the Electric Slide. The dance floor was full of sober people, from Harrisburg, Lancaster, and beyond. Now we don't have to travel to Lancaster to dance at a sober club. The few dollars it cost to get in were well worth the hours of dancing and fellowship. I hope to see you there! If continued interest warrants, the 19th Street Activities Committee plans to continue this dance the first Friday of each month from 8:30 till midnight.
19th Annual HAI Picnic
Mark your calendar for Saturday August 14th so you remember the HAI 19th Annual Picnic at New Cumberland Borough Park. Get your tickets from your Intergroup Rep before August 5 so that a barbeque chicken will be waiting for you. There will be games for the kids, and for the adults. The doings begin at noon and clean up at 6:00PM. Bring dessert or salad if you'd like. Tickets will be available from your Intergroup Rep for $5.00 (Children are free). Barbeque chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers will be proffered. There will be an open discussion meeting at about 4:00PM. Bring a comfortable chair if you don't enjoy picnic benches. This is always a fun affair.
ACTS OF RECOVERY
The Acts of Recovery in the Harrisburg Area was held on May 22, 2004, at the Presbyterian Church of Middletown. As is the custom, there were four great inspirational speakers surrounding a light lunch on a Saturday afternoon.
Jill N, from the Fourth Dimension Group in York, started things off by sharing on her topic of "Clear Cut Directions". Jill reported that yesterday a girl gave her $60 and asked that she pay a bill for her because she would be working late. Jill did that favor, but later thought 'Call the Fire Department cause you just got burnt' was the way it used to be. She realized that today she has a job, and an employer that likes her, trusts her at work by herself, counting their money. She has relationships with people she loves and who love her. What a change; she didn't used to know what a principle was, no less how to practice them. In ten years of rapidly deteriorating quality of life ending in a succession of rehabs and prison stints, she finally got to that jumping off point. She had thought anything worth doing was worth over-doing. She was out of options and became willing to follow a girl she really didn't like, who really didn't want to help her, either, but it was what both had to do to survive and recover. And that is how Jill got to be standing up there telling God's story, and her part in it.
After a short break, Seth D, also from the 4th Dimension, addressed "The Humanly Impossible". He told how after 35 days in a rehab, stark raving sober, with 20 dollars to his name, he was at an AA meeting where he saw these people sitting comfortably in chairs, and realized that's what he wanted. That's what he had always wanted, was to be comfortable in his own skin, and that's what alcohol had done. After the meeting a guy gave him a Big Book and told him that he never had to wake up feeling the way he felt this morning, ever again, if he followed the directions in this book. He asked the fellow to sponsor him and they worked the steps together. He started helping others as he was shown, and they would rob his apartment. One time he took a Big Book to a detox for a guy who'd robbed him two days before, and looking at the guy, he figured that fellow was the one who'd gotten the raw deal. He doesn't believe God turns the lights green for him when he's late, nor gave him his wonderful girlfriend (God's not a pimp), nor does He give him a pay raise. What happens is he shows up and does a little more that what's asked of him, and his employer insists on giving him more money. What God does, is makes it possible for him to show up.
A free light lunch of Bar-B-Que & chips was available from 2:15 till 2:45. Promptly at 2:45, Joanne F from Baltimore shared about some of those principles we talk about, "Love and Tolerance". Joanne had a night waitress job because it was the only job she could get. She would drink all day, sleep real fast and go to work all night. She worked with another waitress who was a drunk (she knows, she used to drink with her). This waitress ended up going to Spring Grove, (in 1972 they didn't take you to a RE-HAB, they took you to a NUT-HOUSE) and when she got out she went to AA. They say you may be the only copy of the Big Book a drunk ever reads; they were right about that, because she read her friend and the change in her real clear. This waitress and her boyfriend took Joanne to AA meetings every night. They said a lot of mean things to her there like: sit down, shut up, listen, if you knew anything you wouldn't be here. They told her things like, 'if you don't take a drink, you can't get drunk, but if you want to get sober you have to work Steps 2 through 12'. She made a committment to herself that she would work the steps and live the AA Program the rest of her life. She left this parting shot - "Winners do what they have to, Losers do what they want to".
"The Road to Happy Destiny" was the subject of Ross McI, from Emmitsburg, MD. who had the audience rolling in laughter with his humorous delivery. Ross said someone gave him bad advice at AA; they said AA is like a smorgasbord, you can take what you like and leave the rest. If that's working for you, congratulations, it didn't work for him. Once he asked a cabby what he knew about the place where the Serenity Prayer card on his dashboard had come from. The cabby ended taking Ross home and sharing with him what it was like, what happened and what it was like now. He asked if he could use the phone to call his wife to tell her he'd be late for dinner. Ross said he'd done enough already, but the cabby said he didn't understand, he wasn't doing it for Ross, he was doing it for himself. Ross made it to an AA meeting that night. In AA he was told God helps those who can't help themselves; that the miracle over alcohol had already happened on June 10, 1935. The first 100 men and women wrote how it happened in a book in 1939. All Ross had to do was make a decision of whether he would take part in the miracle that has already happened.
Hope to see each of you at the June 12 York ACTS or at a future mini-conference of the Acts of Recovery.
P R I D E = Personal Recovery Involves Deflating Ego.
New Meetingsand Changes
WE NEED UR SUPPORT!
It has been noted that the Spirituality Group which used to meet at 18th and State Sts has not been meeting, and has been removed from the schedule.
The change in Fellowship House hours has caused the Late Night Meeting to relocate from Fellowship House to a new meeting place. The meetings will be each evening, Mon - Fri at 11:15; Sat at 12 (midnight); and Sunday at 11:00PM. The new location is the Parkside Cafe 2009 State Street.
19th Street is starting it's monthly dances again. They will be on the first Saturday of the month unless there may be something else going on at the Fellowship House. Adult admissions cost $5.00. It should be a great time for all. Any questions or directions to the Fellowship House at 1251 So. 19th St. Harrisburg, call Bill P. at 215-8377.
Tues 7:30PM – Mid City Group – St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, River & Vine Sts – "CD,NS"
Thurs 7:30PM – Mid City Group – St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, River & Vine Sts – "CD,NS"
Sat 7:30PM – Mid City Group – St. Paul’s United Meth. Church, River & Vine Sts – "OD,NS"
The Millersburg meeting has revived and has been returned to the meeting schedule. The Millersburg Area Group will meet Mondays at 7:30PM, at the New Life Center on Center Street in Millersburg. Welcome back.
AA is like an adjustable wrench
it fits almost any nut.
Pearl of the Month (submitted by Charlotte F., from the Big Book, Into Action page 76)
We have emphasized willingness as being indispensable. Are we now ready to let God remove from us all the things which we have admitted are objectionable? Can He now take them all - every one? If we still cling to something we will not let go, we ask God to help us be willing.
The 19th Street speakers for the month of June: June 4, Dick T from Elizabethtown; June 11, Randy M from 19th Street; June 18, Terry T from Mt. Joy, and June 25 is Anniversary Night. The Hershey Group's Speaker for June 5 will be Kathlene K from the Hershey Group, and July 3 will be Ed H from Attitude Adjustment. The 8:00PM Bridge Street Speakers will be: June 6, Jon G from Happy Destiny; June 13, Jim S from There's More To Life; June 20, Julius L from West Shore Area; and June 27, LeeAnn C from Out of the Dark. The speakers at the Middletown Survivors 7:00PM meeting on Thursday June 17 and 24 will be those celebrating anniversaries.
Some of the members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more comfortable place should be provided as the first refuge of those saved from the sea. So they replaced the emergency cots with beds, and put better furniture in the large building. Now the lifesaving station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely, because they used it as sort of a club. Fewer members were now interested in going to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired lifesaving crews to do this work. The lifesaving motif still prevailed in this club’s decoration, and there was a liturgical lifeboat in the room where the club initiations were held. About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet, and half-drowned people. They were dirty and sick and some of them had different color of skin. The beautiful new club was in chaos. So the property committee immediately had a shower house built outside the club where victims of shipwreck could be cleaned up before coming inside
At the next meeting, there was a split in the club membership. Most of the members wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities as being unpleasant and a hindrance to the normal social life of the club. Some members insisted upon lifesaving as their primary purpose and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station. But they were finally voted down and told that if they wanted to save the lives of all the various kinds of people who were shipwrecked in those waters, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast. They did.
As the years went by, the new station experienced the same changes that had occurred in the old. It evolved into a club, and yet another lifesaving station was founded. History continued to repeat itself, and if you visit that seacoast today, you will find a number of exclusive clubs along that shore. Shipwrecks are frequent in those waters, but most of the people drown.
-by Theodore Wedel-
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Contributions are made to Food For Thought by recovering alcoholics who have this outlet to share feelings and opinions about living in recovery. The material included does not necessarily express the views of Harrisburg Area Intergroup, or Alcoholics Anonymous. It is simply an opportunity for recovering alcoholics to express thoughts they would like to share. Why not share something of yourself with our readers?
The following is the second part of a three part presentation of interest prepared in pamphlet form by Bill C and the HAI Archives Committee.
Despite his failure to follow through after his vital visit with Bill, Ebby still seemed to feel he was not recognized adequately for his contribution to the start of AA.
Bob B has assumed the duties of managing the office and getting our answering service running smoothly. He will certainly appreciate your help in assuring that the hand of AA is there for the struggling alcoholic, or the traveler who needs meeting information. Why not give Bob a call at 838-9117 to offer a helping hand or volunteer to identify changes that could benefit users at both ends of the line? Central Office needs phone volunteers to handle the phone during the day to help reduce the burden on the cell phone volunteer. Please consider also being available to respond to 12 Step calls for rides to meetings. This is half of the nature of our Primary Purpose as laid out in the AA Preamble.
TRADITION SIX: An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
Printed by permission. THE AA GRAPEVINE INC., PO BOX 1980, GRAND CENTRAL STATION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10163-1980
Don't forget the Harrisburg Area Intergroup meeting Thursday June 3rd, at 6:45pm, and the District 36 General Service Rep meeting on Monday June 14th, at 6:30; both meetings need your support. The Intergroup Bookstore is still open for business following the HAI meeting and on Saturday mornings from 10:00 till 11:15 for Groups to restock their literature cabinets with books and pamphlets.
BUT THERE ARE MANY MEN WHO
WANT TO STOP, AND WITH THEM YOU CAN GO FAR. YOUR UNDERSTANDING TREATMENT
OF THEIR CASES WILL PAY DIVIDENDS.
-Alcoholics Anonymous p.141-
May Intergroup Meeting
Albert D opened the meeting with the serenity prayer. Jean B resigned the Co-Chair officer job for personal reasons, and neither the Treasurer nor Secretary were able to be there. An Election of officers was conducted to replace all three and motions were carried to elect Harold R as Co-Chair, Ally W as Secretary, and Keven C as Treasurer. Kathie P accepted the job as Activities Chair.
The State Hospital was covered in May by Middletown, TMTL will visit in June, and The Way Out will be there in July. Cell Phone assignments: May- The Way Out; June - There's More To Life; July - West Shore Area, and August - 19th Street. The Big Book Study Group will host the meeting at Gaudenzia Adolescent Center throughMay, June and July. Attending the February meeting were: _____________. Was your group represented?
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