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Join us for your 6-Minute Graduation in Fitchburg

Attention, Dreamers and Schemers,

The 6-Minute Graduation * will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Fitchburg Serenity Club Ballroom,located at 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719.

Have you ever wanted to do something over, or to be recognized for all the hard, but rewarding recovery work that you have done?

Here is your opportunity to create new, positive memories with your ACA Fellow Travelers.

Join us for an afternoon of sharing, feelings, and food as we have fun and celebrate our growth.

People who choose to participate will be given time to share. Others may choose to simply be present in the audience.

For more information or to sign up to share, please contact Jan R. at 608-219-1057.

Potluck: Please bring a dish to pass. Music and dancing. 

All are welcome.

*We time our shares at Fitchburg. Typically, 6 minutes is the maximum amount of time a person gets to share. Actual time will depend on the number of people participating.

Ready, Set, GO!! Telephone Meetings – 3rd Quarter 2018

Ready Set GO!!

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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
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

For a flyer to share with your group, click below:

 

NEW Fall Bi-Annual ACA Retreat

Benet Lake Retreat Center welcomes ACA members

THE STEPS WE TAKE TOWARD A BETTER LIFE

“LIFE’S RELATIONSHIPS”

A weekend of reflection, renewal and fellowship

Aug 31, Sept 1 & 2, 2018

Join us for a time of retreat to a place of recovery and explore ACA in the spirit of the traditions. We will focus on how to achieve emotional sobriety in all of Life’s Relationships. Learn how to identify and let go of what’s not working, creating space for healthy, fulfilling relationships with your spouse, partner, family, friends, co-workers, etc.

Welcome to the 4th Northern IL ACA Retreat. The format includes 5 meetings: 1 Friday evening, 3 Saturday, 1 Sunday with a focus on tools and positive takeaways. All meeting topics will be taken from the Big Red Book, presented in the form of a lead given by a preselected attendee, followed by breakout groups for discussion.

There will be time available for optional walk & talks, fellowship at the fire pit in the evening, journaling in the quiet of the gazebo overlooking the lake, or reading in your own private room.

Please join us for this special weekend at Benet Lake to grow in your personal recovery journey.

– Bob S., Retreat Facilitator

A heartfelt Thank You to Brother Pat at the Villa Desiderata for making it possible for me to
facilitate recovery retreats for the past 25 years. I am looking forward to continue working closely with Benet Lake Retreat House to facilitate the best possible programs.


“LIFE’S RELATIONSHIPS”

Benet Lake Retreat Center

Aug 31, Sept 1 & 2, 2018

  • The weekend fee of $185.00 includes a private room, meals & program for 3 days and 2 nights.
  • Includes Friday night dinner at 6:00 pm; three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
  • Bring your Big Red Book, journal & writing materials, meditation books that you use to support your recovery.
  • Feel free to contribute snacks, fruit, pop or bottled water for our Hospitality Table.
  • Check in at Registration with Laura F. between 4pm – 6pm on Friday. Laura will see that you are settled in comfortably to ensure the best possible retreat experience.
  • Please arrive in time for the Welcome Dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm.
  • 50/50 Raffle at the retreat – tickets will be sold Fri & Sat; drawing on Sunday morning. Winner receives 50% of proceeds, other 50% goes to assist with retreat expenses.
  • The event concludes at 12:00 pm on Sunday. We are self-cleaning, your participation is important.
  • Please help spread the word by circulating this flyer at meetings and inviting your fellow ACA travelers!

This is a safe & sober event! – Thank you, Bob


Detach & Mail check & form below to:
Bob S, 103 S Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
Cell/Text: 847-800-3137

Text or Call Bob for Last Name prior to mailing – for envelope.
Do not mail to Retreat Center!

For a flyer to share with your group please click below.

Long Grove Walk and Talk – Sunday, July 29, 9:00 am

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir


Walk and Talk – Long Grove

Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 9:00am

Reed Turner Woodland Nature Center,
3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL

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 water.

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this  4th Walk and Talk of 2018

Lunch:
Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at Smokin’ T’s Bar B Que,
22 & Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove, IL. 847-726-0726

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

We will provide cold water!

Please click below for a flyer to share with your group:

ACA Walk and Talk, Barrington, IL – June 24

Walk and Talk, Barrington – Sunday, June 24, 9:00am
Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve, 24205 West Cuba Road, Barrington, IL
(Cuba Road & NW Highway)

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 water.

Lunch:
Frantonio’s Italian Deli and Café, 421 N. Northwest Highway Barrington, IL
(Located on Rt. 14 between Lake Cook Rd. and Barrington Library.)

Click the image below for a flyer to share with your group

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

Deerfield ACA 30th Anniversary Celebration

Deerfield Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families

30-Year Anniversary

We invite you to celebrate with us on

Saturday, September 8, 2018

8:30 AM–1:30 PM

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Deerfield Rd. at Wilmot Ave.

Deerfield, IL 60015

Open Meeting followed by Fellowship and Food

Al E. will give a lead

“Forty Years in Recovery: What’s It Like?”

Click Here for a Flyer to share with your group

ACA Walk and Talk – Wheaton, IL – May 27

Join us for the second Walk and Talk of 2018
Danada Forest Preserve
Wheaton, IL

Sunday, May 27, 2018
9:00 AM

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 water. All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 2nd Walk and Talk of 2018

Danada Forest Preserve
3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL.
(West side of Naperville Road, south of Butterfield Road (56))

After our walk we will join together for Lunch at the Verdict Restaurant in Wheaton.

Please share this flyer with your ACA Group.

For a complete least of Walk and Talk events for 2018 click here.

Ready, Set, Go – One Day – Green Bay – June 2nd

The Green Bay ACA groups are presenting a wonderful opportunity to work the “ACA 12 steps” and “Loving Parent / Inner Child Non Dominant Hand Writing” workshop on June 2nd starting at 9:00. (See Attached flyer for details)

Where: Crossroads Community Church, 520 S. Oakland St, Green Bay WI 54303
When: Saturday, June 2nd from 9am to 4:30pm
RSVP by May 21 to: readysetgogb@gmail.com

Ready, Set, GO!! program is an orientation/introduction for those who wish to take the ACA Twelve Steps and learn about becoming your own Loving Parent. The material that forms the script is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step workbook.

This program is useful for:

  • Newcomers
  • Old Timers needing a refresher course with the ACA 12 steps & “Loving Parent”
  • Those interested in getting an idea of the ACA 12 Steps before doing the workbook.
  • Opportunity for “Fellow Travelers” to go though the steps with others in atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Celebrate the growing ACA community across Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Midwest Region and beyond….

Come celebrate “ACA Unity and Fellowship” with us in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Program scripts available for $10 or you can download and print your copy here.
This literature is not ACA WSO conference-approved literature. It is solely the product of the ACA group that created it. The ACA WSO is not responsible for and has no opinion about the content of this document

Download a flyer here.

First Walk and Talk for 2018 – Lake Zurich – April 29th

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. – Wallace Stephens

WALK AND TALK – Lake Zurich, April 29th, SATURDAY 9:00AM

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 1st Walk and Talk of 2018

This is an open event

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 1.5 mile, and we’ll supply water.

Heron Creek Forest Preserve
22890 N. Old McHenry Rd. Lake Zurich, IL.
(South on Route 22, enter off of Old McHenry Road)

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 1st Walk and Talk of 2018.

Let’s get together to share our hearts and soles (get it?)

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at the Egg Shell Restaurant, 596 W. IL Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL. 847-719-EGGS

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

For additional information please download the flyer below

For a complete list of 2018 Walk and Talk Events click here.

2018 ACA Walk & Talks (and Lunch)

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup has announced the dates for the 2018 Walk and Talk events. Each Month from April to October on the last Sunday of the month Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to gather with us for a walk, to talk with one another in the great outdoors and then if you would like to join for lunch.

These, as well are Open events for those who might be curious, searching or new.

Bring your walking shoes. We provide the water. We gather at 9:00 and normally start walking by about 9:15 am.

Let’s get together to share our hearts and soles (get it?)

The events for 2018 are as follows

Please download the flyer below for additional information.