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The Common Bond
The Newsletter of the Cumberland and Robeson Central Office
Feb. 2-March 1
Area 51 (North Carolina) Winter Committee
meeting at Hilton North
Raleigh. Committee members only.
March 15
District 51 Committee
meeting. 3 p.m. Site to be
March 18
Cumberland and Robeson Central Office Council
meeting , 6:30 p.m., 310
Green St., Fayetteville.
March 13-15
Area 51 (North Carolina) Corrections Conference at Hampton Inn &
Suites, 200 Columbus Dr.,
Aberdeen (Just off U.S. 15501). Open to all AA
members. Reservations”
910-693-4330 or
March 28
District 51 will host the
Central Preconference
from 1-5 p.m. at Hope
Mills United Methodist
Church, 4955 Legion Road,
Hope Mills (home to Keep
It Simple group). It will go
over the General Conference agenda. There will be
food, breakout sessions
and a reporting and wrap
up session.
February 2015
Reel sobriety Part II
Middle Earth, Hobbits and
slaying your dragons
Last year, I shared
some thoughts on how
movies, which are not
about alcoholism, can
teach us a lot about sobriety and the AA way of
life. Of course, most
were old movies and
many are now classics. I
made a promise to myself to find some similar
examples in more recent
While it may be
stretching a point,
I still see AA lessons
in films such as the recent “Hobbit” movies
(Don’t worry about a
spoiler alert, I haven’t
seen the final installment of the trilogy: “The
Battle of the Five Armies”).
Throughout “An Unexpected Journey” and
“The Desolation of
Smaug” resentments
seem to play a critical
role in the dwarves mission to reclaim their
homeland and in the
actions of most of the
other main characters.
Thorin Oakenshield,
whose grandfather was
“the king under the
mountain,” is seeking to
reclaim his homeland its
great wealth. We witness a number of resentments he holds. He resents the elves, a former
ally who he says turned
their backs on the dwarves when the dragon
drove them from the
mountain. He thinks if
they had helped, they
would have been able to
slay the dragon.
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Central Office
Rocky O.
Vice chairman
Jim B.
Kate S.
At-Large members
Audrey C.
Thomas E.
Office manager/secretary
Linda C.
Central Group
Dorothy C.
Wayne C.
Back to Basics
Dan. A
Bare Bones
Cathy M.
Fort Bragg
Freedom in Growth
Amanda K.
Keep It Simple
Liz M.
Principles Group:
Charles K.
Little Group
Cass C.
Pine Run
Seekers of Sobriety
Darlene D.
Spring Into Action
Anne S.
Turning Point
Walking the Same Path
Alexis L.
District 51committee
Bridging the Gap work begins,
Preconference set for Hope Mills
Your GSRs and District officers had their
first meeting of the
New Year Jan. 18. We
are excited about
things that are happening and developing
in our District.
First of all, Central
Group's 69th anniversary was Jan. 25. Our
Area 51 delegate will
be sharing her experience strength and
There is also a new
open Big Book study
at the Salvation Army, 245 Alexander St.
The group's name is
“The Firing Line,”
from The Doctor's
Opinion. Look it up.
or rehab in meeting
an AA member at a
meeting or even having an AA member
carry them to a meeting at the member's
If you're interested
in participating, call
Kate @ 910-273-4269.
Talk to your sponsor,
there is no minimum
length of sobriety to
that she will vote on
at the General Service
Conference in April in
New York.
GSO will send out
the agenda in midFebruary. We have a
menu and some volunteers but if you
want to get involved
and get a feeling for
what General Service
is, then ask your GSR
for more information
or email me,
[email protected]
Our District is host- com I've sent flyers for
ing the Central Area these events to as
Preconference March many GSRs as I have
28 at 1 p.m. at the
correct addresses for,
Keep it Simple meet- if you need one, email
ing place.
me! I'm also willing to
All members are
pass along any flyers
welcome at this; folks from your group anTreatment help
from the 11 districts
nouncing celebrations,
We are also getting in the central part of events and such.
involved with Bridgour Area/State will be
I've found that being the Gap, a prohere to inform our Ar- ing involved in sobriegram to assist alcohol- ea Delegate how we
ty has improved my
ics leaving treatment feel about the issues
Dorothy C.
Jim H.
Common Bond editor
Dave C.
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Reel sobriety Continued from Page 1
He also resents his bitter enemies the Orcs (also referred to as
goblins in the original novel).
While Thorin has defeated the
Orcs, who tried to take advantage
of the displaced dwarves, there is
no peace between them and both
harbor resentments over the old
The lead Orc, the defiler, resents Thorin, who cuts off his arm
in battle and almost killed him.
He wants revenge for the loss and
mercilessly hunts the small band
of dwarves.
Thorin also seems to resent
having to rely on Bilbo Baggins,
the Hobbit, in their quest. He
doesn’t think Bilbo is up to the
task and is willing to share his
unfavorable views.
Bilbo, for his part, seems at
times to resent a lot of people. He
resents the wizard Gandalf for
upsetting his peaceful home and
dragging him into this business.
He resents the intrusion of the
dwarves and he resents the early
hardships. However, Bilbo doesn’t
dwell on these. Instead he puts
them aside and continues on the
Then there is Gollum, the creature in the caves who loses his
ring and power of invisibility to
Bilbo. For the loss of his
“precious,” Gollum vows to hate
Bilbo forever.
I have saved the dragon,
Smaug, for last. Despite seeming
to have won, the dragon still
holds resentments. He resents
that the dwarves have been planning for many years to take back
all that Smaug now has. He resents Bilbo for coming into his
lair, immediately labeling him a
Smaug’s greed leaves him sitting on a mountain of gold that is
In the movie, we have a
bunch of otherwise dysfunctional people – criminals at heart – that come
together to be better as a
whole than individuals.
They help each other,
they 12th step Drax
whose resentment for the
villain, Ronan, almost
gets everyone killed. He
realizes his fault and
promises to put the resentment behind him and
concentrate on what’s
important. They hold
each other accountable.
And they do a lot of talkof no use to him, and defends it
ing among themselves.
Each member of the group at
Smaug is also resentful of the one point is willing to sacrifice
humans at Laketown. He sushimself for others. This is also
illustrated in the climax where
pects them of plotting against
him, and when the dwarves elude Peter Quill grabs the infinity
him, he seeks his revenge against stone to prevent it from hitting
the ground and annihilating the
the town.
Instead of seeing this as an ad- planet. The power of the stone
venture, we could look at the trou- should kill him, but he doesn’t
immediately die, so all the membles and battles as self-will run
riot in all the characters. By hold- bers all join hands – bonding together, working as one – they
ing onto their resentments, the
characters are led into new trou- overcome the stone’s power, saving a planet and perhaps the enbles and new battles.
tire galaxy.
Bilbo and Gandalf seem to let
The big battle at the end, and
theirs go. Unlike the other characters, they are not angry all the the climax illustrate, at least to
me, a group’s involvement with
service work.
If we let our resentments go,
As a group, they take on evil.
using the 12 steps, aren’t we hapThey become guardians by propier people? Doesn’t life seem to
tecting a planet and the galaxy
go a lot smoother? Look to those
who enjoy their sobriety the most, that sees them only as troublemakers. They work together to
I’m sure they can teach you leshelp themselves and to help othsons on leaving behind bruised
egos and broken relationships.
All movies tell a story, and ilThe other movie that got me
lustrate both good and evil. We
thinking about AA, is “Guardian
always cheer for good to win. In
of the Galaxies,” which is a real
these cases, I hope we can see
stretch. That movie made me
some sobriety at their core.
think about the AA group.
Feb. 1
Kyna O. – 13
Feb. 2
Stacy W. – 13
Feb. 6
Johnny H. – 9
Feb. 7
Robyn W. – 31
Feb. 9
Jay A. – 9
Feb. 11
Rocky O. – 41
Robert C. – 3
Feb. 14
Bennie R. – 16
Billy W. – 14
Dirk V. – 10
Jim O. – 5
Feb. 15
Jim M. – 6
Matt D. – 32
Tomie Ann – 9
Feb. 18
John D. – 5
Feb. 21
Teresa E. – 3
Feb. 25
Lupe G. – 14
Feb. 28
Bill C. – 28
March 1
Patricia H. – 17
Elsie S. – 6
March 3
Linda C. – 4
Abby P. – 3
March 5
Dale N. – 14
March 8
Joseph B. – 3
March 10
Sharman W. – 4
March 11
Joe G. – 11
March 13
Jim B. – 26
March 17
Gary F. – 13
March 19
Gene W. – 30
March 21
Lisa F. – 5
Michael C. – 3
March 26
Russell J. – 20
March 27
Bobbie E. – 23
March 28
Doug C. – 20
Want to add to our birthday celebration list?
Send your sobriety dates to us at
[email protected]
Include name, date and year of
sobriety. (We’ll do the math on which
birthday it is).
Council report
Planning begins for
Founders Day event
The Central Office Council took over planning
for Founders Day, forming a committee to oversee the celebration from its members. Amanda,
the Principals Group representative will chair
that effort.
The committee will be in charge of all organization and arrangements. Alternatives to holding the event at Paradise Acres were discussed.
The committee will look into available dates at
Paradise Acres and alternative sites. The committee is also looking using a donation system
similar to the Wilmington Intergroup. Anyone
attending is asked to make a donation of a certain amount for admission. As a nonprofit group,
it cannot sell tickets, only take donations.
The committee is expected to report back at
March’s meetings on the plans.
Rocky O., the new chairman, reported that
Bladen County has asked that it be reinstated as
a member of the Central Office. Bladen AA
groups found out about the action after reading
it in the Common Bond online. Action on the reinstatement is in progress.
Rocky O. takes over as chairman from Ray V.
Also at the meeting was the new treasurer, Kate
S. The new vice chairman, Jim B. Dorothy C. of
the Central Group is new in charge of the hotline.
(Helpful quotes for the AA
way of life)
All truths are easy to
understand once they
are discovered; the
point is to discover
– Gailileo Galilei
It is easier to resist
at the beginning
than at the end.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
Surrender goes on. It
is not simply an initial
act. It is a process carried deeper every day.
We find more of ourselves to give to God.
– ‘When Man Listens,’
Cecil Rose
Financial Report for December 2014
Beginning Balance
Date Contrib Sales
12/11 84.96 498.58
12/23 150.00 489.84
28.16 602.70
Expenses: Checks Paid
12/17 N.C. Sec. of State
12/03 Payroll
12/09 Recovery Accents
12/15 Wilmington Intergroup
12/16 Recovery Accents
12/19 Wilmington Intergroup
12/22 Payroll
12/30 Hazelden
12/31 Wilmington Intergroup
12/31 Wilmington Intergroup
Expenses: Debits
12/04 Staples
12/04 StraightTalk (Hotline)
12/05 CCF (Rent)
12/15 Grapevine
12/15 AAWS
12 /15 Transfer prudent reserve
12 /15 Transfer prudent reserve
12/16 CenturyLink (Office)
78.84 Prudent Reserves/Saving
12.77 Founder’s Day account
51.11 Checking Acct
Ending Balance
Sept. Oct. Year
Bare Bones Group
Campground Grp
0 60.00
Central Group
107.38 79.96 1,138.07
Freedom In Growth
0 410.50
Fort Bragg
0 355.00
Kiss Grp
0 213.50
Little Grp
Turning Point
0 105.15
Principles Grp
0 119.44
Spring Into Action
0 750.00
20 335.74
Sandalwood Grp
0 475.00
1,003.63 ODAT
793.76 0 2,353.10
2,140.53 Walking Same Path