As Bill Sees It
Between the Extremes
"The real question is whether we can learn anything from our experiences upon which we may grow and help others to grow in likeness and image of God.

Apparently, the course of relative humility and progress will have to lie somewhere between these extremes. In our slow progress away from rebellion, true perfection it doubtless several millennia away."
Excerpt from Bill Sees It pg 159
31st Annual River Roundup
January 7-10, 2021
Due to Covid-19, River Roundup will have extremely strict guidelines in 2021. River Roundup will have to follow the state of Nevada's requirement's for health and safety standards. The committee is working hard to deliver a safe and healthy event. More information will be sent out soon.

Registration will be ONLINE ONLY!

Online registration will begin in October and end 12/31/2020. There will be no sales at the door this year. It will be first come, first serve.
Grapevine Daily Quote

"We have to grow or else deteriorate. For us, the 'status quo' can only be for today, never for tomorrow. Change we must; we cannot stand still."

August 31, 2020
Thinking about Step Nine
"Made direct amends to such people whenever possible,
except when to do so would injure them or others."

Step 9: Making amends is not easy. None of these amends came simply, but with consultation with a sponsor and other AAs, prayers, and guidance from a Higher Power. This process is scary, but vital in our recovery from alcoholism.

A member who had embezzled a large amount of money from an employer writes in a 2006 Grapevine story that his sponsor advised him to turn himself in and make amends, he initially says no.

"I knew that I really had no choice. I wanted the Promises that are promised to each of us. I needed this lifted from my shoulders, or I would drink again." Because of this amends he spends 18 months in jail, but realizes, "when I am released, I will be 6 years sober, a free man with no baggage or secrets."

Scary as this process is, it is vital in our recovery from alcoholism. "We are willing, we have to be," the Big Book says. "We must not shrink at anything."
Article from Real AAs, Real Recovery "Step By Step"

Stuck in a Funk
Are you slacking in meetings? Are you calling your Sponsor? Is there any service work being done? Is God or your Higher Power being used?

After years of sobriety, I started slacking going to AA meetings. Meetings went from 3 a week to maybe one in my home group. Calls to friends and my sponsor became less frequent. The feeling of disconnected from Alcoholics Anonymous and all the gifts given to me - God, fellowship, steps and sponsor - all of which equals sobriety to me. Service work was nil to none. Stopped hanging out before the meetings and after the meetings. This all resulted in a negative space.

This totally negative space I was in occurred to changes in my life while living "life on life's terms" instead of seeking God's directions.

I had learned through Alcoholics Anonymous to accept many of life's changes as positive turns in my recovery, and to grow through them rather than look at the negatives.
Article from Emotional Sobriety II
What Are You Willing To Do
It occurred to me that I had been willing to go to extreme measures to stay in my disease and continue to drink; lying to my family about where I was and what was doing... scheduling my life and obligations around opportunities to get drunk... pretending that I got paged into work, so I could get out of the house and go drink.

Willingness to me means taking action, being present, being available, calling, praying, reading, and being of service. Thinking about the things I was willing to do to stay drunk and replacing those with the positive behaviors that maintain my sobriety keeps me on the beam.
Article from September, 2020, Grapevine Gone Fishing
List of Groups and 7th Traditions Year to date:

  • Sun Group $2400
  • Candy Meeting Group $105
  • Couples in Sobriety Group $150
  • Top of The Hill Group $205 plus Faithful Fiver $140
  • Meadview Group $18.68
  • Four Horsemen $212
  • Bullhead Women's Group $115
  • Friday Nite Live $127.20
  • Golden Slippers $142
  • Laughlin Group $130
  • Good AS IT GETS $175
  • Drunken Donuts $140
  • Friends of Bill W $382
  • Emotional Sobriety $132
  • Back to Basics Group $22.75
  • Marina Group $600
  • Share Group $200
  • Sober on the Mount Group $100
  • Up the River without a Paddle $40
  • Patio Group $32
  • Topock Group $330.40
New hours:
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 6:30pm

We're looking for more volunteers to help keep the office running.
Central Office Activity
Recap of August:
  • Phones: 49 in office call, 2 Twelve step calls, 17 call for information, 10 other, 10 voicemail calls
  • Virtual Phone system calls: 11 Twelve step calls, 225 total calls
  • In Office Visitors: 11 information, 3 Twelve steps, 5 meeting list, 2 purchases, 6 other, 27 total visitors
Meetings at Central Office:
  • Intergroup Meeting Second Monday @ 6:30 PM
  • Dist. 09-903 Business Meeting 3rd Monday @ 6:00 PM
  • River Cities Roundup 3rd Sunday @ 2:30 PM Moved to Alano Club