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ACA Walk and Talk – Arlington Heights, IL – October 28

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are
welcome to join us for this 7th and final Walk and Talk of 2018

ACA Walk and Talk – Arlington Heights, IL – October 28, 9am

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you
arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 11/2 mile, and we’ll supply water.

Lake Arlington Pond
2201 N. Windsor Drive, Arlington Heights IL.

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at Artistic Cuisine Restaurant,
16 South Bothwell St. Palatine, IL. 847-934-0400
(one short block west of Plum Grove Road, off Palatine Road in strip mall)

Please RSVP to Kathleen A. at 847-946-0170 Thanks!

Click below for a flyer to share with your group

You aren’t broken, only lied to: How the laundry List points you to healing

John D, who will be speaking at the Annual Conference on Saturday, Oct, 20th, will be speaking at the Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI from 6-9 PM on Friday, Oct 19th.

What’s Happening:

  • John D. – North Carolina – 2017 & 2018 AWC Speaker
    • You aren’t broken, only lied to.  How the laundry list points you to healing

When:  Friday, October 19th – (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

Where:  Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Rd, Fitchburg, WI 53719

Who’s invited:  World Wide Fellowship, Family, Significant Others, Friends, Co-Workers, Other 12 Step group members are welcome.

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7th West Great Lakes Intergroup Annual Conference

What


West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup is reaching out to all Adult Children to attend this very special occasion. Consider attending the Midwest’s biggest event in of the year. Our 7th Annual Conference!

When

Saturday, October 20th – (8:15am to 3:30pm) – (Presentation starts @ 9:00) “Meet & Greet, Doughnuts & Coffee” @ 8:15…..

Where

Trinity International University, 2065 Half Day Road, Village of Bannockburn, Deerfield, IL 60015

RODINE BUILDING – Hinkson Hall
Conference is 20 minutes north of O’Hare International Airport – (See Map for location & parking)

What’s Happening:

  • John D. – North Carolina – 2017 & 2018 AWC Speaker
    • You aren’t broken, only lied to. How the laundry list points you to healing (9:15 -11:00)
  • Karen R. – Tennessee – (Special Surprise Speaker)
    • The “I AM(s)” to progress through the Promises (12:25 – 1:35)
  • Jim Y. – California – 2017 AWC Speaker
    • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Recovery (1:45 – 3:05)
  • Other Highlights:
    • 50/50 Raffle
    • (2) – Two $50 Visa Card Door Prizes
    • University Cafeteria Lunch Provided (Vegetarian & Gluten Free options available)
    • Brief Election of Officers & Trustees
    • ACA Fellowship outside of our member group settings
    • Literature for Sale (Bring Cash or Check)
    • Most of all Fun, Fun, Fun!

Who’s invited

World Wide Fellowship, Family, Significant Others, Friends, Co-Workers, Other 12 Step group members are welcome.

Suggested contribution is $20 at the door. Exact change would be appreciated.

IMPORTANT – RSVP!

We need know how many people will be attending our 7th Annual ACA Event. It affects the seating and ordering of the food and beverages for the day. Your RSVP is needed by October 13th. RSVP directly to Matt K, Manager of the Annual Event by phone or email: 608-217-4700 or secretary@westgreatlakesaca.org.


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HOTELS:

La Quinta, (847-317-7300) 2000 Lakeside Dr., Bannockburn, IL 60015
Bannockburn/Deerfield / East/South side of Tollway + Hwy 22 interchange / just across the street from the Westerly edge of Trinity Univ. / just a 3-4 block walk to Rodine Bldg. / call for Trinity rate / less expensive than Homewood / fewer amenities.

Homewood Suites, (847-945-9300) 10 Westminster Way, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Lincolnshire/ West/South Side of Tollway + Hwy 22 interchange / you get everything BUT an oven in your room / call for Trinity rate> compare with internet rate.

Come Join in the fun and be witness to the “WOW Factor” that is ACA unleashed!


John D. – You aren’t broken, only lied to. How the laundry list points you to healing

John is from North Carolina, a 2017 & 2018 AWC Speaker. John has witnessed profound breakthroughs with inmates, opiate addicts in treatment, the homeless, and many more. John developed methods to help break down barriers to freedom, to find peace in both stillness and chaos. John has worked with clients and organizations from the East to the West Coast and at world conferences. He has shared his wealth of experience in speeches, teaching, and facilitating groups. John has 30 years of recovery and spent most of that time in rooms with his fellow travelers of ACA.

Karen R. – The “I AM(s)” to progress through the Promises

Karen, from Hendersonville, Tennessee, has been a 12-Step person since March, 1986. In 2008 she discovered ACA and through the program, found courage to travel solo all the way across the country to attend her first ABC in 2012 in Long Beach, CA. She says that is where she accidentally became a member of the WSO Board, and later served as Secretary for the WSO, completing her term in 2015. Karen was a practical nurse and later became a licensed massage therapist, worked for twenty years and retired in 2017. She says massage therapy is the perfect occupation for an ACA, as when anyone finds out what you do for a living, they immediately turn their backs to you–makes one feel right at home.

Jim Y. – Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Recovery

Jim is from California, a 2017 AWC Speaker. Hope for a new day and life began when Jim joined ACA in ACA not only saved his life but also gave him a brand-new life filled with gratitude, abundance and joy. He shares his experience, strength and hope by carrying the message through service participation with sponsorship, workshops, seminars, trainings, personal mapping assistance, listening and advocates for ACA’s Rights. He believes that everyone can benefit by lending a helping hand in today’s rapidly changing world – especially to those who suffer and are lost.


Links to John D’s & Jim Y’s WSO Annual World Convention (AWC) Recordings:

Hug Etiquette

Our own Doug P. has submitted an article to the WSO as part of a series or articles Addressing Predatory Behavior. In the interest of making sure our gatherings are safe places for all the Adult Children in the room Doug has some suggestions about addressing the customary way many of us hug one another at the end of our meetings and sensitivity to participants’ need for safety.

You can read Doug’s article “Hug Etiquette” here.

Ready, Set, Go Telephone Meetings – Sept, Oct 2018

Ready Set GO!!

version 2

ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meetings
With Screen Sharing

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Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IG# 70

Four consecutive meetings on Mondays for each session
7:00pm-8:30pm Central Time

8:30pm-9:00pm, Sharing Partner Signup,
Extended Sharing Time, Email/Phone Exchange, Q & A

Session 1: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 – Completed
Session 2: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 2018
Session 3: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018

Dial-in number (US): (712) 451-0695
Access code: 177289#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/acatoni5617
Online meeting ID: acatoni5617
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/acatoni5617
For 24/7 Customer Care, call (844) 844-1322

Ready Set GO!! Meetings are closed ACA meetings for introducing the ACA 12 Steps and the ACA program over a four week period. Ready Set GO!! is for newer ACA members to become acquainted with the ACA Twelve Steps. RSG is good preparation to do the ACA 12 Step Workbook when a member feels ready. The experienced member may like to refresh their recovery.

The material is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step Workbook. It requires those in attendance to listen to the material with an open mind and an open heart and in good faith with a desire to learn about ACA recovery. Ready Set GO!! can be taken over and over again to get more out of it.
Requests will be made to volunteer to be a Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks.

Go to westgreatlakesaca.org to get the material for the meetings. Click on RSG materials.
If you choose to join the online meeting you will not need to print out any material. RSG will be displayed on screen sharing. If you choose to printout only print pages 25 through 107 for the RSG meetings. If you have no computer and cannot view the material you will be OK just listening. When the material is no longer available on the West Great Lakes ACA IG website just email Toni at acatoni5617@comcast.net and you will receive the link with all the material. Browse through the other parts of RSG. Feel free to send
comments to litstaff@adultchildren.org

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ACA Walk and Talk – Willowbrook/Darien, IL – September 30

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this

6th Walk and Talk of 2018

ACA  Walk and Talk – Willowbrook / Darien, IL – Sunday, September 30, 9:00am

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you
arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 1-1/2 mile, and we’ll supply cold water.
Please RSVP to Kathleen A. at 847-946-0170
Enjoy being around people that will respect and treat you well.

Water Fall Glen Forest Preserve – Intersection of Cass & Northgate Roads, Darien, IL.

Lunch:
Portillo’s – 7195 Kingery Hwy (Route 83), Willowbrook, IL
630-789-0909

Click here for a Flyer to share with your Group:
ACA Walk and Talk – Willowbrook/Darien, IL

Click here for a complete list of 2018 Walk and Talks:
http://westgreatlakesaca.org/2018-aca-walk-talks-and-lunch/

Chicago Walk & Talk – August 26, 2018

“The longest journey begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu

Chicago

Walk and Talk – August 2018

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th @ 9:00am

WHERE: Montrose Harbor, Cricket Hill Area, 660 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago, IL.


PICNIC LUNCH AFTER: We’ll have a picnic luncheon near Lake Michigan. Pack a lunch or buy one there.

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 1-1/2 mile, and we’ll supply cold water.

Please RSVP to Kathleen A. at 847-946-0170

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 5th Walk and Talk of 2018

Please forward this event information to other Adult Children. Please Click below for a flyer to share with your group.

A One Day Intro – July 21, Fitchburg

A One Day Introduction to the language, concepts and actions of taking the 12 steps

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families

A 12 step program with a central focus of developing emotional sobriety

ACA

Saturday, July 21st 9AM sharp! (until about 4PM)

Upstairs Ball Room at the Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Madison, WI 53725,

Please click the picture below for a flyer to share with your group or hang on your wall!

For more information please email: webmaster@westgreatlakesaca.org.

 

Announcing Our 3rd Annual ACA Retreat

As of June 19 the retreat center has made more rooms available. Get yours now!

HEAR YE             HEAR YE
 
ANNOUNCING OUR 3RD ANNUAL ACA RETREAT
 
JUNE 22 – 24   2018
 
– The Steps We Take – 
-THE SOLUTION –
facilitated by Bob S.!!
 
New location! Private rooms! Air Conditioning! Quiet retreat seeing on Benet Lake!
 
JOIN US!
 
The 12 Steps are the core of our recovery, along with the 12 Traditions. 
 
Come and learn, grow, laugh and enjoy the company of fellow travelers.