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 District 5 Al-Anon/Alateen


APRIL 2014 District Announcements: click here.


District 5 Bulletin Board: SLOGANS

APRIL 2014 ~ THINK   Click here

Al-Anon Announcements     


If your group has information you would like to announce on this web site or pass along through the District 5 Newsletter - please call or e-mail us.

Contact: Mary Lou L.  Phone: 734-645-3012.



In keeping with our 5th, 6th and 10th Traditions – we can post only Al-Anon-related announcements.

(When we delete outdated items from this page, we will post a record on the News/Event Archives page.)



Business Meetings

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State service Opportunities

District 5 News

Michigan Area News

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District 5 Business Meetings:

The next District 5 business meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 23, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The meeting will be at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard Road, Ann Arbor.  ALL Al-Anon members are welcome to attend!  Have you been to a District meeting before? Please consider checking this one out – new faces and new ideas are needed and will be welcomed!


District 5 Monthly Announcements:

The monthly announcements that are e-mailed to District 5 group representatives are posted each month in a print-friendly PDF file, here.  Group Representatives and meeting members are encouraged to print this announcement list to bring to their meeting and inform their members of Al-Anon news and events.   


Al-Anon Service Opportunities:

Our Seventh Tradition states that Al-Anon is a self-supporting program. We are supported not only by member contributions, but also by member service!  And, member service helps the individual who serves as well as the Al-Anon members and program. There are service opportunities at all levels of Al-Anon/Alateen. Here are a few!

The Seventh Tradition Suggests (S-21) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA


District Level (District 5) Service Opportunities:


ELECTION TIME: Current terms of service end in December, 2014.  Rotation of these service positions are voted for prior to year-end. More info to follow. To learn the specifics of various roles, beyond the Group Level, click here to familiarize yourself with the Structure of the Al-Anon/Alateen Fellowship. The page this link directs you to contains a wealth of information. Service work opens the door to personal growth!


ALATEEN SPONSORS AND ALATEEN SERVICE SUPPORT NEEDED: Our area Alateen program needs adult Al-Anon member(s) to sponsor Alateen groups and support Alateen activities. Alateen sponsorship is extremely rewarding for the Alateen sponsor and extremely helpful for the Alateen members. Have YOU ever thought of becoming involved with Alateen service? The Al-Anon publication, “Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You? (S-27) provides an overview of the requirements to be an Alateen sponsor. For information on how you can sponsor an Alateen group or help support Alateen activities, please click here!

Alateen Sponsorship--Is It For You?” (S-27) is reprinted with permission of ©Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.



Web site service opportunities! District 5 web site people are asking for help:

w  From ALL members to add short messages or writings for our District 5 Bulletin Board/Member Sharing page.

w  From any/all members to write YOUR story (anonymously) to be shared on the District 5 Stories page.

If you would like to contribute - please contact District 5! 



Does YOUR District 5 Al-Anon Meeting Have A Group Representative?  If not, your meeting members are missing out on the opportunity to learn about district news, participate in district functions, and vote on district issues.  At your next meeting, why not find out if someone is representing your group? You can find out more about becoming a Group Representative by contacting Mary Lou at



District-level Business:  Would you like to become involved at the district level? Would you like to help out at the district level in some way – e.g. helping with planning, organizing, or outreach? You can find out more by contacting Mary Lou at



These District 5 Al-Anon Meetings Need YOUR support: Our Al-Anon Declaration states in part, “When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, let the hand of Al-Anon and Alateen always be there ...” You can help support the only Al-Anon meeting in Belleville by committing to attend one or more times.  If you’d like more information or have other ideas on how to support this meeting, please contact


   Twelve Step Al-Anon Meeting on Monday night 7:30pm Washtenaw Alano Club (Room 2), 995 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI.  Support is needed.


Thursday 8:00 pm “Serenity Through Recovery” Al-Anon meeting held at the First United Methodist Church in Belleville continues to need support to build up a regular membership base. This meeting is held concurrently with a large AA meeting that has been active for a long time.


8:30 pm “Friday Nighters” meeting at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor requests support! This Al-Anon meeting has been running for over 20 years, and moved to King of Kings from the Washtenaw Alano Club.  Please consider attending this meeting; it is a great way to start the weekend with serenity! 


                       These groups need member support to thrive!  Please consider lending your support to help keep Al-Anon available in these communities!



Meeting News, including new meetings and meeting changes in the District 5 area:


Chelsea Community Hospital at Friday 12:30 Meeting Used to meet in White Oak Inn on hospital campus. Beginning August 2 meetings will take place in the Chelsea Community Hospital Private Dining Room A …..but on the3rd Friday of each month in 2013 it will meet in the Board Room. Both locations are off the main dining room in the Woodlands Section of the hospital.


Saline Serenity AFG on Thursday 7:30 pm at the St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital has changed meeting rooms. Use Emergency door and proceed to Community Room #2007.


Canceled - Al-Anon Meeting on Thursday, 2:00pm Room #708 at the VA Hospital 2215 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI.  Lack of interest.


Twelve Step Al-Anon Meeting on Monday night 7:30pm Washtenaw Alano Club (Room 2), 995 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI Support is needed.


Alateen Meeting: Thursday at 4:30pm. Please call the Al-Anon Answering service at 734-995-4949 or E-Mail: for further information about this meeting.


Second Chance AFG Saturday 10:15 am at the Washtenaw Alano Club in Ann Argor has changed meeting rooms. They are now in Room 2.



District 5 Al-Anon News:


            Please see the District 5 meeting minutes and/or our Monthly Announcements file for details about district news and activities.


Michigan Area Al-Anon News


IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL GROUPS: Michigan Al-Anon Family Groups Incorporated (MI AFG) is in the process of reconstructing and clarifying all of the state group records.  In order to accomplish this, the Michigan Group Records Coordinator needs to acquire an “Al-Anon Registration/Group Records Change Form” for every group in the state.  MI AFG has adapted the World Service Office (WSO) registration/change form in order to implement standardization and consistency.  The form has been adapted into an Excel Template so the MI AFG Group Records coordinator can receive it electronically and avoid having to re-key data – thus keeping errors to a minimum.




w  For groups in District 5 - each Group Rep or CMA should e-mail (District 5 Group Records Coordinator) at or call Mary Lou L. (734-645-3012) with any group changes.  District 5 has been re-registered with the State. It is now very important to let us know of any changes made in the groups.

w  For groups outside of District 5 – please e-mail to request an E-File Registration Form Template from the Group Records Coordinator. If your Group Rep or another group member is not able or does not wish to complete the form in the above manner, please e-mail for help, or contact your local district Group Records person or District Representative.  They (or another volunteer) will assist you.


The new Michigan-area Group Records coordinator has been working VERY HARD on this important information-gathering. Thank you, Renee, for your service!


Besides book marking this page, another way to keep up with Al-Anon activities in Michigan is through the Serenity Sentinel, a quarterly newsletter for Michigan Al-Anon Family Group members.  The Serenity Sentinel has articles from Michigan’s Delegate, Chairperson and Treasurer; information about upcoming Al-Anon events; and fliers and registration forms for the events.  A one-year subscription is $4.00.  Each registered Al-Anon group that maintains a current mailing address with the Area Office will receive a free Serenity Sentinel. Please click here to print a subscription form.


               Al-Anon World Services Office (WSO) News:


PARENTS OF ALCOHOLICS” The cost $1.00.  Call Georgia D., our Literature Chairperson, at 734-668-7168.


CONFLICT RESOLUTION” These wallet cards cost $1.00. Call Georgia D., our Literature Chairperson, at 734-668-7168.




“Reaching for Personal Freedom” A spiral workbook in hopes of providing new opportunities to apply the wisdom with Al-Anon’s three Legacies to the challenges of daily living. When we open ourselves to the spiritual principles in these Legacies, we can find abundant possibilities for growth and fulfillment. Please give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this spiral workbook for yourself or your group. The cost is $15.00.  (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

How Al-Anon Works for Families & Friends of Alcoholics This edition of Al-Anon’s basic book is now in paperback and the cost is $6.00.  It is recommeded that each group purchase several books to be used in their meetings and/or given to “Newcomers”. Please give Georgia D. a call at 734-668-7168, if you would like to order these books or E-Mail (

“Many Voices, One Journey” Al-Anon Family Group’s is the story of growth and recovery of the fellowship and its members over the past 60 years.  The book is divided into short segments that can be read aloud at a meeting. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this new book for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

“Blueprint for Progress” Al-Anon’s Fourth Step Inventory.  This workbook will help you with working on your inventory and help you look for positive growth. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this booklet for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

“Living with Sobriety” In this booklet, Al-Anon members share how they met the new challenges that sobriety presented to family members and friends, as well as the alchoholic. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this booklet for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

“The Dilemma of the Alcoholic MarriageAl-Anon members share openly and honestly about how Al-Anon has helped them face various problems in their marriages. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this book for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

“The Al-Anon Family Groups-Classic Edition” Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Al-Anon’s first book includes the original text written by our pioneer members, as well as an introduction, footnotes, and appendix that put it in historical perspective.  While the world has changed in the last 55 years, the hope our program offers has not. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this book for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (

As we Understood is celebrating a 25th Anniversary which was written in 1982. This Al-Anon and Alateen book made its debut at the First Al-Anon International Convention in Montreal, Quebec.  This was the first Conference approved book to include spiritual sharings from members. Give Georgia D. a call if you would like to order this book for yourself or your group (734-668-7168) or E-Mail (



Will the Forum grow - or fade away? Readers are needed and Sharings are wanted.  The Forum has an important role to play in Al-Anon.  It is called “A Meeting in My Pocket.” The Forum is affordable at $11 per year.  Each registered Al-Anon group is now receiving a free copy of The Forum. It has been suggested that if each group bought one or two copies of the magazine it would once again become a focal point for Al-Anon unity and a bridge to the future.  The Forum will fade away unless we, as a fellowship, decide that it is worth our support.  Please click here to print a subscription form.

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