District News

There are some meeting changes to be aware of starting in October:

a new meeting has started in Naples at St. Peter’s Ministry (5025 Rattlesnake-Hammock Rd., Naples):

Steps To Recovery on Mondays at 1:30pm

And

Thursday Noon on Marco Island is now Hybrid and meeting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1101 N Collier Blvd., Marco Island

Please support the groups!

The World Service Office (WSO) is pleased to announce the release and the YouTube Premiere of the 2021–2022 Al-Anon Public Service Announcements (PSAs). New this year is the Benefits of Al-Anon Recovery PSA.

The YouTube Premiere took place on August 28, 2021 but you can still check out the PSA's.

  • Go to YouTube, either log in to your account or create one
  • Subscribe to the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. channel, and

Hugs in Service

Diane Binder

Florida South, Area 10

239-849-1182

Registration for Fall Assembly                                     October 8-10, 2021

Dear AFG Florida South Area 10 Members,

You are invited to the Fall 2021 Virtual Assembly.

When: October 8-10, 2021

Friday – Assembly starts at 7 pm; Zoom room opens at 6 pm.

Saturday – Assembly starts at 9 am; Zoom room opens at 8 am.

Sunday – Assembly starts at 9 am; Zoom room opens at 8:30 am.

Below is the information for REGISTRATION for AFG Florida South (Area 10) Fall Election Assembly

Registration is required for ALL MEMBERS (Voting & Non-Voting).  Registration cut-off deadline for ALL members will be on Saturday, 10/9/2021, at 9:30 AM.  All members attending the Assembly must REGISTER by clicking the LINK in the Zoom Invite. Once registered, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL and this email will have the LINK TO JOIN THE ASSEMBLY MEETING.  

 a)      You will need to provide your First Name.

b)      In the Last Name Field please provide only the first initial of your last name.

c)      Please provide your Email Address. 

d)      You will need to respond to four (4) more fields:

1)      Please provide your District #.  If you are not sure what District you are in, please click on the following link:  http://www.southfloridaal-anon.org/meetings/

2)       Please type in the name of your Home Group.  If you are not sure of the official name of your group, please click on the following link, go to the meeting list for your district and look at the day, time and place where you attend:  http://www.southfloridaal-anon.org/meetings/  

3)      Please type your Phone #.

4)     Please indicate your VOTING status. 

·        Voting Panel 61 GR or representing Group

·        Non-Voting Member

Please remember ONLY one (1) voting member per group.

IMPORTANT:    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UPGRADE TO THE LATEST VERSION OF ZOOM BEFORE YOU JOIN THE VIRTUAL FALL ELECTION ASSEMBLY.  I have attached a .PDF with the information on how to update Zoom

Please click the link below to register in advance for this Assembly meeting: 

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcOCspzwqH9ylXhDlytli4FlbWdgs6kkI 

IMPORTANT:  After registering, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL containing information about joining the meeting.  Each person will receive a unique email link.  If you cannot locate your confirmation email, please do NOT register again, ask someone else for their confirmation email or share your email with someone else.  Send an email to Rochelle B. at chair@afgfls.com and I will resend your confirmation email.  

With gratitude in service,

Rochelle B., Chair

AFG Florida South Area 10 – Panel 61

Public Outreach Display

A local recovery event was held this weekend and District 159 displayed Conference Approved Literature (CAL) and local meeting list for the attendees. 

Article Published in the Naples News:

 April 17, 2019

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. The Al-Anon Family Groups are a family resource for people who are troubled by someone else's drinking.

We were co-founded in 1951 by Lois W., the wife of Bill W., the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. We have over 25 active meetings in Collier County.

One of our members shared what our program has done for her:

“The normal in my life has changed dramatically since I had the courage to walk into the rooms of Al-Anon," said Julie B. (Al-Anon has a tradition of anonymity).

“There was a time I wondered if the knife-in-my-back feeling would ever go away. Would the time come that I was not walking on eggshells for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing? 

“I wasn't comfortable enough with myself to ask for help. I thought I had to take care of my family on my own and by myself. There seemed to be no other way, so I continued to do the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

“Today I live a life free, free of chaos, free of judgement and free to be me. Al-Anon's Twelve Step Recovery has given me a life I never dreamed was possible. I live one day at a time, finding hope and happiness in every minute of my day." 

To find out whether Al-Anon could help you, call 239-263-5907 or see www.naplesal-anon.org for a meeting schedule and location.

Carole, outreach chair for public information and media, Collier County Al-Anon (Carole's full name withheld in keeping with Al-Anon's respect for anonymity)

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AFG Florida South Area 10 Sunshiner

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NEW Conference Approved Literature (CAL):

Just for Tonight Bookmark (M-81)

Companion piece to Just for Today Bookmark offers thoughtful reflections on Al-Anon principles to help prepare for a peaceful, restful night. 

Order copies today:  https://naplesal-anon.org/order-literature

District 159 chaired the FL South Area 10 “Under the Sea"
Convention Boutique August 3rd-5th 2018.
Thank you to our chairperson and alternate chairperson for their service!
Thank you to all members (from all Districts) that contributed their time
and talents in stocking the boutique with creative Al-Anon related items!

(Click on image to see larger photo)

District 159 was asked to display Al-Anon information and literature
at a local conference for AA & Al-Anon women.
The event was held at the Hilton Naples on June 15-17, 2018.
Thank you to our Literature chairperson for volunteering and spreading
the word of Al-Anon here in District 159!

Letter to the Editor–Naples Daily News

Naples Daily News Dear Abby Article

District 159 Members:  A Dear Abby article appeared in the Naples Daily Newspaper on April 12th, 2018.  Because the column referred the writer to Alateen, WSO has recommended that we send thank you letters to the editor. This will encourage the editor to print more letters that reference Al-Anon, as it is at the discretion of the editor what gets printed. This is a HUGE opportunity for our district to get the word out about our wonderful program!

If you can also mention our local website “NaplesAl-Anon.org" this will spread the word and allow locals to visit our site for meeting locations.

Letters to the editor can be emailed to: letters@naplesnews.com
All letters must include your name, city of residence and contact phone number.
You can request anonymity due to the nature of our program.

Letter to the Editor–Naples Daily News

AFG Florida South Area 10 Sunshiner

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Naples Daily News — Letter to the Editor Article

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AFG Florida South Area 10 Sunshiner

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Naples Daily News — Letter to the Editor Article

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District Meeting Information

If you will be attending the monthly District 159 Meeting and would like to view/download the reports that will be presented, please visit the “Members" section (www.NaplesAl-Anon.org/members).  If you don't have the password and you are the Group Representative, please email Webmaster@NaplesAl-Anon.org.