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Committee Chairs Needed
Newsletter Committee Chair
Our newsletter, our website, spreading the word to the members of our district. We are looking to unify the communications we send down, and the input we get up. Are you someone who enjoys reading, writing, has a little digital gas to give? Do you like to take complex language and simplify it so everyone can understand? Are your communication skills something that feels good to exercise. If so, please think about joining us, email email@example.com.
Workshop Committee Chair
Workshops provide us an opportunity to explore in a deeper manner, aspects of our recovery — to do a deep dive. It also provides an opportunity for people from multiple groups to have fellowship. As the workshop coordinator you will help to recruit host groups and make sure they have the resources they need (the district provides many) to pull off a workshop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Service Insight – Archives
Read about Billy D’s inside perspective on service in archives. Get inspired to preserve our local history.
Providing Learning Opportunities
The Workshop Committee assists in the organization and delivery of AA workshops on topics and themes contributed by members of local meetings. Workshops provide a larger window of time (half to full day) where participants can explore a specific topic. Examples of past workshops are Sober During the Age of Covid, Emotional Sobriety, and Resentments.
Putting on a workshop provides an opportunity for a group to learn to work together on another level, learn each other’s hidden talents, and grow together as a group. Attendees benefit from the subject matter and get to engage with people from other groups.
Members of District 4 are encouraged to contribute workshop topics to workshop@aaVadulles.org
Carrying the Message to the Suffering Alcoholic
The Growth Committee works with district groups and provides a structured process for evaluating a groups effectiveness in welcoming and attracting newcomers. How do we conduct ourselves so that newcomers are attracted to the fellowship.
Our goal is to attend each of the 60+ meetings held in Dulles District 4 and coordinate with your GSR or other trusted servant in advance so that we can provide a brief halftime announcement and information packet. We also have people who are experienced and willing to facilitate a Group Inventory for you; your GSR is able to arrange these at the monthly District Meeting.
Contact growth@aaVaDulles.org for more information.
Creating Tomorrow’s AA History
Who We Are, and What We Do
The Dulles District Archives Committee is the local branch of the Virginia Area Archives. We collect, catalog, preserve, and protect items of historical significance specific to our local area; this includes district meeting documents, group histories, recorded oral histories, and personal items, among many other contributions, significant to AA. Through this work, we are building the foundation records for an all-encompassing view of the history, progression, and evolution of Alcoholics Anonymous within our personal corner of the world, as well as contributing to the overarching, worldwide history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
New Virginia AA History book, Sharing Our Commonwealth
The deadline for having your group’s story shared in our new book has been pushed back to September 1, 2019. If you are unsure if your group has submitted a group story or would like further details on how to create one, feel free to contact the Archives committee. This new book will include excerpts of submitted group histories from across Virginia, with a focus on the interwoven stories that tie our groups together. Aiming to be representative of all Virginia AAs, the VAC Archives has requested that as many groups as possible submit a story-form historical write-up to be included. You can submit your group’s history and story by following the link provided on the District 4 website. A printable copy of the form is also available on the district website. Copies of all group histories submitted to the district will be forwarded to both the Virginia Area Archives and the Northern Virginia Intergroup Archives. The VAC Archives Committee is still looking for volunteers to assist in editing and proofreading draft copies of our new book. If you are interested in helping in one of these areas, please contact Mary Ann (VAC Archivist) at Archivist@aavirginia.org for more information.
Our committee is gearing up to begin collecting oral histories from members of our district. Why oral histories? We have reports, budgets, statistics, and meeting records full of raw data on how AA has grown and evolved over the years, but the written word lacks the human element of the story. Just as speaker tapes can evoke emotions and a sense of closeness and relatability to the speaker for our program, oral histories offer those same experiences with our past.
Dulles District Digital Database
Our digital database creates a single, centrally located reference library of everything related to AA in our district. The database contains everything from basic group information such as names, GSO numbers, and meeting locations to event flyers, personally donated items, and the Where & When. To ensure anonymity is protected, the database is not accessible online, nor will it be in the future. Any AA member of our district may request information from our records by contacting the Archives committee. We are also able to supply a detailed Group History Report for all groups in our district.
If you have any questions for or about our archives, would like to request information from our records, or would like to contribute documents/memorabilia significant to recovery in our district, or would like to volunteer with the Archives committee, please contact us at archives@aaVaDulles.org
Contribute to the Grapevine
Share Your Experience, Strength, and Hope
Submit Your Stories, Photos, Art and More!
The Grapevine, “your meeting in print,” is also your meeting on the Web. Why not share? We’re always accepting submissions of art or text, and you need no prior publishing experience.
All it takes is a little willingness and a desire to share. Service Opportunity—become a Grapevine Representative. Grapevine Representatives are the link between AA Grapevine and the groups. It’s a fun way to get involved! All you have to do is announce the latest issue at your meeting, let people know how they can participate by sending in stories, or jokes. It’s easy to get started. Simply let your homegroup know that you are interested. Register with us online and you will receive a complete information kit from the Grapevine. Contact grapevine@aaVaDulles.org