Listening to Reports

For most business meetings I’ve been to the reading of reports is usually akin to pulling teeth, please make it stop! Instead this is more of drinking from a fire hose. When I sit around the table for my meeting I mostly have no idea of the system that surrounds me and supports my recovery. Plans, goals, responsiveness to member needs and a wealth of opportunities for service. I encourage you to go to the ACA WSO website and get a copy of the delegate binder. Jump to the committee reports and just skim through what has been done and what is being done. I am humbled and thankful for all the work that is being done to support me and us.

The 2020 ACA ABC has started

There are 160 registered delegates this year. This is the largest ABC ever. In case you didn’t know, because of COVID-19 the ACA and AWC is being conducted virtually this year. Apparently reducing the cost of attending (and since everyone is home!) has enabled more participation than usual.

My recollection of previous reports from the ABC usually includes a lovely picture of the location of the meeting. Not to be undone I submit a picture of the location of my attendance!

Delegate Orientation

Wow! I’ve been drinking from a firehose. The Delegate binder was released this week. My original plan was to print out a copy and put it in a binder that I could refer to and make notes on during the ABC. I may be a technology guy but there are still some things that I’m more comfortable doing in analogue.


I downloaded the Binder and it is 243 pages long so I am not going to use that much paper so I’ll be using a computer to view the binder. I also spend about an hour and a half today on a Delegate training Zoom meeting. We are all figuring out for ourselves and helping those hosting the meeting to understand how to use the technology to make the meeting run seamlessly. It is fun to watch us all learn and teach each other.

(IL223) Palatine, IL – Thursdays- 10:00 AM is now online to support social distancing

For those who would like to attend the 10 AM Palatine meeting it is now available using Zoom. To attend use this link on your computer or smart phone (which includes the password)

If you are going to zoom directly the meeting ID is 646 735 0926 with a password of peepshow21

(IL203) – Wed, 7:00 pm, Chicago, IL Meeting has moved online

Please see below for the invitation for those who would like to attend the Wednesday 7:00 PM ACA Meeting virtually in Chicago, IL You can attend through your computer, smart phone or plain old telephone.

Topic: (IL203) – Wed, 7:00 pm, Chicago, IL – 5555 N. Lincoln Ave., 60625
Time: Mar 25, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Wed, 20 occurrence(s)

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting now requires a password to enter. Please email the meeting contact at for a new link and password.

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Ready, Set, GO!! Face to face sessions have all been converted to Telephone/virtual sessions

In response to COVID-19 precautions April and June RSG Sessions have been moved to telephone and online meetings. Please refer to the flyer below for more information.


Fitchburg Serenity Club Meetings have moved online

At this time the rooms that we use for ACA meetings at the Fitchburg Serenity Club are still available, with the restriction that no meetings of 10 or more are permitted, however a number of meetings have moved online. If you come to a meeting at Fitchburg and there is no leader, the leader is probably leading online. Most of the regular attendees at Fitchburg have been emailed information with Zoom meeting numbers for the meetings that have moved. If you would like a list of zoom meeting numbers please send an email to your meeting contact person or to and we’ll send a list of meetings back to you. The meetings for which we have already created online spaces are as follows:

  • Sunday: 12:30
  • Monday: Noon
  • Tuesday: Noon
  • Tuesday: 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: Noon
  • Wednesday: 7:00 M
  • Thursday: 7:00 PM
  • Friday: Noon