As Bill Sees It
Our Problem Centers in the Mind
We know that as long as the alcoholic keeps away from drink, he usually reacts much like other men. We are equally positive that once he takes any alcohol whatever into his system, something happens, in both the bodily and the mental sense, which makes it virtually impossible for him to stop. The experience of any alcoholic will abundantly confirm this.

These observations would be academic and pointless if our friend never took the first drink, thereby setting the terrible cycle in motion. Therefore, the main problem of the alcoholic centers in his mind, rather than in his body.
Article from page 130
September 4-6, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend
Grapevine Daily Quote

"Unity seldom means that we all agree on everything. Nor is unity served by setting aside our concerns and conforming to the majority opinion (or the vocal minority)... Unity is best achieved by a full hearing of all points of view... time for all of those involved to step back from emotional responses... as well as careful consideration and prayer for that which will best serve the group or AA as a whole."

January 13 1998 quote
Springville, Utah
Thinking about Step Seven
 "Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings."

Step 7: The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility.
The chief activator of defects has been self-centered fear-primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded, "says the Twelve and Twelve."
No peace was to be had to happen with Step Seven. We begin to move out from ourselves, toward others and toward God, and we begin to have moments of real peace of mind.
This step is not about being perfect or God-like, but about being more human. It is simply about trying to throw out the garbage of hostility and resentments that has rotted our insides, and all the guilt that has weighed us down all these years, and the fear that has paralyzed our personality into rigid habit-patterns.

The whole emphasis of Step Seven is on humility. We ought to be willing to try humility in seeking the removal of our shortcomings just as we did when we admitted we were powerless over alcohol.
Article from Real AAs, Real Recovery "Step By Step"

Alcoholics Anonymous, Covid-19
Missing the Hugs

Along with the rest of the world we continue to experience an unprecedented situation. AA has kept many of us sober with the help of a sponsor to guide us through the steps and going to meetings.

AA folks stepped up to the plate to save us with video conferencing.
With video meetings there was no reason to miss a meeting. There are virtual meetings now in any state and country.

Missing human touch and the fellowship, coffee, cookies and birthday and anniversary cakes has forced me to use the phone more even as a person with some time. I feel for the newcomer today the most. Some meetings have returned but masks and social distancing are now in practice. There is still no human touch. However, I need my face to face meetings and grateful for the online meetings.

Please keep in mind online meetings have NO self-support which means:
  1. Many home groups are still paying rent for a room and meetings are online and some platforms still have costs.
  2. Intergroups/Central Offices are still stocking literature and fielding Twelve Step calls, redirecting AA members and those looking for recovery to online meetings.
  3. Area-level committees are working to keep channels open between the Fellowships, the delegates and board members that make up our General Service Conference, as well as distribute public information, corrections and other services.
  4. GSO in New York is continuing to support all levels of service. Literature still needs to be published and distributed, calls need to be answered, online platforms still need to be updated and support operation sustained.

Here are list of Groups with 7th Traditions year to date: 
  • Sun Group $1100
  • Candy Meeting Group $105
  • Top of The Hill Group $150 plus Faithful Fiver $120
  • Meadview Group $18.68
  • Four Horsemen $183
  • Bullhead Women's Group $115
  • Friday Nite Live $127.20
  • Golden Slippers $142
  • Laughlin Group $30
  • Good AS IT GETS $175
  • Drunken Donuts $100
  • Friends of Bill W $150
  • Emotional Sobriety $132
  • Back to Basics Group $22.75
  • Marina Group $600
  • Share Group $200
  • Up the River without a Paddle $40
AA in the Digital Age
AA in the digital age has certainly taken on a new meaning in these challenging times. Most recently, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected many AA groups that normally would meet in-person.

Some AA members have shared that meeting online has been an adjustment and has at times had its challenges. Adhering to state and federal guidelines, many AA members have switched from “in-person” meetings to digital meetings, on platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Conference Calls, GoToMeeting and What's App, allowing the group to continue to focus on AA’s primary purpose: to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers.

In a sense, however, this current experience is not necessarily new for AA. From its earliest beginnings, the AA founders recognized the need to reach beyond the face-to-face transmission of the AA message, giving rise to the development of AA’s basic text, the book "Alcoholics Anonymous". This book and other AA materials which are widely available on multiple platforms – digital, audio and video – has literally circled the globe and opened the door to recovery for thousands of alcoholics looking for help. Even prior to this pandemic many AA members around the world – whether homebound, living in remote areas, or service members stationed in far-flung places – have counted on participating in AA remotely through  AA literature , phone calls with other members, correspondence by letter or email and meetings online.

While many AA members are for the first time reporting the shift from in-person meetings to digital platforms, for many alcoholics around the world, remote connections and digital platforms are how they initially encountered and maintain their recovery in AA even prior to the pandemic.

Just last month the 2020 International Convention had to go Virtual. OUR lives have changed overnight and we, in AA, will need to see how each of us will need to adapt.

It is not about going to meetings, it is about being there for the Newcomer.
Article from May 11, 2020,
Service Opportunity
Become of Service to Central Office! Elections coming up at Central Office for "The Intergroup Committee Officers" they are voted into position. Positions needing the spirit of rotation are as follows:

  1. The Chairman
  2. Vice Chairman
  3. Secretary
  4. IGL(like a GSR)

If you are interested please contact: Liz H. at Central Office (928)-763-4499
Current hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

New hours:
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm starting July
  • Wednesday 10am to 7pm (starts in September 2020)

We're looking for more volunteers to help keep the office running.
Central Office Activity
Re-cap of March: No Meeting in June
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
  • Month of July Roundup Meeting will be July 19, 2020
ALANON Online Meetings

AA Meetings in the area

AA Grapevine - Our Meeting in Print

Lake Havasu Area


Area 3 - Arizona Area Committee of AA