As Bill Sees It

A spot-check inventory taken in the midst of disturbance can be of very great help in quieting stormy emotions. Today's spot check finds its chief application to situations which arise in each day's march. The consideration of long-standing difficulties had better be postponed, when possible, to times deliberately set aside for that purpose. The quick inventory is aimed at our daily ups and down, especially those where people or new events throw us off balance and tempt us to make mistakes.
Excerpt from 12 Steps, Step Ten
September 4-6, 2020 - Labor Day Weekend
Grapevine Daily Quote

"Sometimes I forget to feel gratitude for my sobriety... This is why I must continue to work with others, got to meetings, to be of some service to the world around me. Not because these are "Good things" but rather so I can once again simulated into feelings of gratitude for this life I have found."

July 12 quote

Thinking about Step Eight
"Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."

Step 8: Defective relations with others have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes. Taking a look backward and try to discover where we have been at fault; next we make a vigorous attempt to repair the damage we have done.

"The first part of the Eighth Step is neither difficult to understand nor hard to go through with. As a matter of fact, if we have written out our Fourth Step inventory, we may already have the list of persons we have harmed." Grapevine in 1967. "Some of the most common amends are with people we owe money: wives, parents, children, relatives, and friends we has mistreated, employers, employees and business associates we have harmed."

When making an amends we do not need to crawl or go on about how sorry we are, just simply need to acknowledge that we are at fault and humbly ask them to pardon, and walk away without false pride. They, too, may have been at fault, but we are not their God nor their conscience. This step does not need to be tedious nor a burdensome undertaking.

Webster's New International Dictionary defines the word amend:
"To make better, especially in character: to repair, to restore; to free from faults, put right, correct.
Article from Real AAs, Real Recovery "Step By Step"

Letting Go of Old Ideas

The ideas that got so deeply embedded in our lives during drinking do not disappear quickly, as if by magic, the moment we start keeping the plug in the jug. Our days of drinking may be gone, but the malady lingers on.

What we try to achieve is a feeling of being relaxed and freed from the bonds of our old thinking. Many of our former habits of thought, and the ideas they produced, limit our freedom. They just weigh us down and are no use. We do not have to hang on to them any longer unless, upon examination, they prove valid and still truly fruitful.
We can now measure the present-day usefulness and truthfulness of a thought against a highly specific standard. We can say to ourselves, "Now, that is exactly what I used to think, in the drinking days. Does that kind of thinking help me stay sober? Is it good enough for me today?
Article from Living Sober
AA in the Digital Age

AA spoke about virtual meetings in a press released from the General Service Office titled Physically Distanced but Digitally Connected. "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.

Our co-founder Bill W. even made a wise observation as far back as November 1960 regarding technology changing the way we communicate in the Grapevine essay Freedom Under God: The Choice is Ours.

"Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communications." Bill W. 1960 If this type of communication is used unselfishly and well, the results can surpass our present imagination.

These virtual meetings are a blessings to the Fellowship during unprecedented time. Lets use them wisely. It is not about going to meetings, it is about being there for the Newcomer.
Article from September, 2020, Grapevine Welcome to 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

Here is a list of Groups with 7th Traditions Year to date:

  • Sun Group $1550
  • Candy Meeting Group $105
  • Top of The Hill Group $150 plus Faithful Fiver $145
  • 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
  • Up the River without a Paddle $40
  • Patio Group $32
New hours:
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 3pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 7pm

We're looking for more volunteers to help keep the office running.
Central Office Activity
Re-cap of October: No Meeting in the past 5 months
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