Category Archives: ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics

Sponsorship Workshop – Sept 19

What does sponsorship in ACA look like? Are you looking for a sponsor? Have you been asked to be a sponsor? Should you be? The San Francisco Bay Area Intergroup is presenting a Sponsorship Workshop on September 19th from 7-8 PM Eastern Time (6-7 Central). Through the “miracle” of Zoom we now have the ability to take in learning opportunities from around the world. For further information please go to the ACA WSO website at https://acawso.org/calendar/sponsorship-workshop/ for further information and connection instructions. 

The Traveler for September 2020 is now available

Please click here for a link to the current “The Traveler” Newsletter in PDF form or click the image below. 

Remember you cal always have this monthly newsletter delivered directly to your email address by updating your preferences on the ACA WSO website at this address: https://adultchildren.org/newsletter/

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A New Ready, Set, GO!! Session set to begin September 10

A new Ready, Set, GO!! session is set to begin on September 10, 2020. This will be particularly exciting since the materials that we’ll be using are nearly ready for publication. Once again this will be a virtual 6 week session, this time on Thursday mornings starting at 9:00 am Central Time. See below to download the introductory flyer and send an email to acatoni5617@comcast.net for RSG updated material.


Opportunities for Service during the West Great Lakes ACA Annual Conference

Oh My! We have quite the plans for our Annual Conference this year. Our Annual Conference and Business Meeting will be virtual, using Zoom, which gives us the opportunity to NOT be limited by geography or room size! The conference will be held on October 17th & 18th. We are planning to hear from speakers from around the world, across the nation and down the block and making it as interactive as possible.

We want to spread the work around on that day. We have opportunities for people to host and co-host the zoom meetings, monitor breakout groups, monitor the chat room for questions to feed to the speaker as well as some tasks we haven’t imagined yet. If you have a familiarity with Zoom and messaging please let me know. Right now we envision asking people to serve for about an hour each so everyone gets a change to be in service as well as ample opportunity to participate in the program.

The estimate on the back of my napkin means we can use from 30-50 volunteers so don’t be bashful. Please send your first name and last initial, your email address and phone number in an email to secretary@westgreatlakesaca.org and let us know that you might be interested. We’re still working on the tasks and the timing so we’ll know more soon but the more people who let us know they have interest the easier it will be to plan.

Proposals for the 2021 ACA Annual Business Conference Due by October 31st

Seems like we just finished the virtual 2020 ABC/AWC and it is time to start preparing for 2021 and this starts with all our participation. With that in mind we received the following invitation from the WSO.


Dear Fellow ACAs,

Each year the ACA WSO holds our Annual Business Conference (ABC) and ACA World Convention (AWC) in April. This coming year they will be held April 22-25, 2021 both virtually and in-person in Boca Raton, Florida.

If your group has an idea that may benefit ACA Worldwide, you can submit it as a Proposal for potential inclusion on the agenda at the ABC. All Proposals will become part of a Ballot published in January.

The specific process and timing are as follows:
If your group feels it may have a Proposal to submit, your first step is to go to the Ballot Prep Committee (BPC) website page https://acawso.org/category/ballot-prep/ to find the following information:

  1. Proposal Guidelines (including whether it should go to a Committee or be a Proposal)
  2. A schedule for “Crafting a Proposal” Workshops

When you’re ready to submit your group’s Proposal to be considered for the ABC agenda, do the following:

After you have completed these tasks, the following happens:

  • Your Proposal is reviewed by the appropriate committee(s) and trusted servants and, if needed, the intent clarified with your group.
  • After a WSO analysis has been added, your Proposal is sent to volunteers for translation.
  • Your Proposal is added to the Ballot and sent to all registered groups by January 8, 2021.
  • Town Hall meetings will be held in January and February. Your group will be given the opportunity to present your Proposal.
  • Ballot voting will be from February 15 through March 31, 2021.
  • If your Proposal receives at least a 60% affirmative vote, it will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the 2021 ABC.

If you have any questions about this Proposal process, please send an email to bpc@adultchildren.org.

Yours in Service,

The Ballot Preparation Committee

The Traveler for August 2020 has been published

Please click here for a link to the current “The Traveler” Newsletter in PDF form or click the image below. 

Remember you cal always have this monthly newsletter delivered directly to your email address by updating your preferences on the ACA WSO website at this address: https://adultchildren.org/newsletter/

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Updating and Viewing Your Meeting information

The Adult Children website maintains an extensive list of meetings all over the world with times and locations and contact persons. To find your meeting or one where you are traveling you can go to https://adultchildren.org/meeting-search/ and enter your search criteria and your meeting and all those that match what you’ve entered will be listed. If you are the Contact Person for that meeting you have the ability to update that information yourself and keep your meeting information fresh and available.

For years the West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup website has also provided meeting information for all the meetings in our area. This has has taken an inordinate amount of time to keep up to date and accurate. We have recently realized that we are duplicating the work that is already being done at adultchildren.org. This reduces the amount of time we have to communicate with people and groups in our area about Recovery opportunities and events.

Over the next few weeks you should start to see some changes at https://westgreatlakesaca.org. We will begin eliminating the extensive meeting information on our website and promoting the information that is on WSO site. We will still have updates when there are meeting changes that everyone should know and inform visitors of any events in our area and beyond, but for regular meeting information we will start to point visitors to https://adultchildren.org/meeting-search/.

Because of this change we are asking every meeting in our area to go to the Adult Children meeting search page and check your information. Make sure your day, time, place and content are correct. If anything needs to be changed please use the link at the top of the page for the “self-service update feature.” If it has been a while since you’ve made any changes you might need to update the identity and email address of your contact person.

Thanks so much for your help. Whenever there is a change to your meeting information please think first of adultchildren.org first and then of West Great Lakes. Having the Adult Children site up to date will centralize where our fellow travelers need to go to find a meeting. Please also let secretary@westgreatlakesaca.org know about any changes as well. While we will no longer be updating maps and brochures we will have a running list of changes to help keep our folk informed.

An Open Letter To The West Great Lakes Fellowship concerning ACA meetings on Facebook

The InterGroup has received a complaint about an ACA Facebook interaction. Specifically, an ACAer elected to share something personal on the ACA Facebook site. The result was bullying by several people also on this Facebook site. The ACAer felt humiliated, manipulated, and did not receive the support they were looking for.

While the InterGroup [IG] does not sanction, approve, or condone this type of bullying behavior, the IG feels that it is also important to point out the following to the Fellowship:

  • There are NO Facebook groups or sites that are affiliated with the West Great Lakes InterGroup.
  • Likewise, there are no other social media sites of any type that are affiliated with the West Great Lakes InterGroup.
  • Anonymity at the level of the press, radio, television, film, and social media [Tradition 11] is strongly suggested and recommended, IF an ACAer elects to enter Facebook or any other social media site.
  • Personal information or ‘shares’ are likely best limited to a communication with a Sponsor or Fellow Traveler or someone who knows and actively works the 12 Steps and that is trustworthy.

The IG wants to be sensitive to the needs of the Fellowship, and hence, is taking this step to inform the Fellowship of this complaint.  It is the IG’s hope that good will come from this bad situation.

Please click below for a PDF of this letter to share with your group.

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John D, Virtual Presentation on June 27th @ 10:00am CST

Midwest Regional Committee is spreading the word that IN Recovery Intergroup, serving Central Indiana and Fort Wayne, is presenting a live speaker event via Zoom, featuring John D.
Those of you who attended the 2019 West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup Annual Conference in October will remember that John D was our morning speaker.
John is an ACA Speaker with international experience.  He’s presented at the ACA World Conferences in San Diego, Toronto, and Malmo, Sweden.  It will be an amazing event, and there will be moderated interaction between attendees and John.
Important note:  Presentation starts at 10:00 Central Time – (Flyer is Eastern time zone)
Please share the flyer below with your ACA Fellow Travelers, and I hope to see you there as well!

Thank you,
Dave M.   (IN Recovery Intergroup)
inrecoveryintergroup@gmail.com


Detailed Meeting Information:
Date:  Saturday, June 27th
Time:  10:00am to 2:00pm Central time
Zoom Phone Number:  312-626-6799
Zoom ID: 81782689970
Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81782689970


Please Remember the times on the Flyer are Eastern Time!

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The Traveler for June 2020 has been published

Please click below for this month’s “The Traveler” newsletter from the ACA World Service Organization. As always you can receive your own copy “hot off the press” directly from the WSO by subscribing at: https://adultchildren.org/newsletter/

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