January 2015 Sober Daze

SOBER DAZE
January—March 2015
A 12TH District Publication
We Are the Lucky Ones – Grateful Alcoholic
Inside
We are the Lucky I recently saw an article online about an actress, who died October
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14, at 55. I remember her in several memorable roles, most notaPage 1
bly in Lone Star. Of course when someone dies fairly young, you
My Moving Story
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Calendar of
Events
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AA Humor and
Quotes
Pages 4 and 5
12th District Central Office
113 Camilla Ave- Martinez
Augusta, GA 30907-3406
Birthdays
Pages 6, 7, and 8
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Choices
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Let Gratitude be
your Attitude
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Faithful Fivers
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just assume they died of some illness such as cancer. At first the
reports said that the cause was “unknown”. However, the next
day, the cause of her death was revealed—cirrhosis of the liver,
cardiopulmonary arrest, cardiogenic shock, and acute gastrointestinal bleeding. Apparently many people were shocked and surprised by this revelation because she kept this a secret—but I’m
sure nobody who knew her well and loved her was surprised. Dying of alcoholism is a preventable death, yet in a report released
last year, the CDC says that among adults between ages 20 and 64,
the most common cause of death is due to excessive alcohol consumption. Many of us were masters at disguising our excessive
drinking, considering ourselves “functional”, while we slowly destroyed our liver. Although I was saddened to see yet another person die of this disease (and YES, it is a deadly disease), I couldn’t
help but feel how lucky I am. It used to annoy me when someone in
the rooms identified themselves as “a grateful alcoholic.” But I totally understand what they mean now. I am also a “grateful alcoholic” because I was blessed to find a solution and have been
spared an alcoholic death, as long as I continue on this path. Yet,
there are so many suffering alcoholics who never get this simple
program—simple if you commit to work it. So, those of us who
have found the rooms are the lucky ones.
Marilyn B. – Evans Group (Sober Daze Editor)
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Faithful Fivers
My Moving Story. . .
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a discussion meeting beside Marilyn, our new Sober Daze editor. The
topic was moving, suggested by a fairly new member who was planning to move to another state, and was
worried about it. When called upon to speak, I shared my experience, strength and hope about moving, and
afterwards Marilyn asked me to share it again for Sober Daze. So here is my story about moving that I
shared that day:
A number of years ago, I was a new member of AA living in another state. One day my husband, who
was not in AA, told me that he had found himself a new job in Augusta, GA. I was very unhappy to
hear that news! I had an AA clubhouse, called "The Yellow House," within easy walking distance of my
home. Thanks to that lucky coincidence, I was able to easily get to a meeting at any time of the day on
any day of the week. Also I had found a wonderful home group and a wonderful sponsor, and was just
starting to feel comfortable with my new sober life in AA. The members of my home group were
happy for me when they heard my news—they thought Augusta sounded like a great place to live
(especially the golf fans), and several had actually lived in the CSRA, or at least had visited the area.
But I had no interest in golf and absolutely no interest in moving.
I did do what I had been taught. I shared my fears about moving with my sponsor and also in meetings. At one of those meetings, when I was in tears over it all, a new woman was sitting next to me,
and she spoke up and said that she had just moved to town, and that AA meetings were everywhere,
and that I would be just fine as long as I stuck close to AA. By the end of the meeting, I was still tearyeyed, and still dreading this move. The new woman turned to me and asked, kindly, "Where is it you
are moving to?" The way I was acting, she probably thought I would say, "Siberia!" When instead I
said, "Augusta," she laughed and said, "I used to live there! You won't have any problem. There are
lots of great meetings there, and I will make sure that my sister and my sponsor and my friends there
know you are coming. "
She kept her word to me. The next day, she showed up at the meeting with an address book filled
with names and phone numbers of Augusta AA contacts for me. And soon after that my home phone
rang. It was her sister, calling to let me know that she would take me to a meeting whenever I arrived.
I am often moved to tears when I share that story, especially the ending. The losses that I so feared in
leaving were real, but the move also turned out to be the beginning of a great new chapter in my life. I
loved that other city and the Yellow House and the AA meetings and the people there who helped me
get sober, and I will be forever grateful for them all. But I have also come to love Augusta and the AA
meetings and all the people that I've found here who've helped me stay sober. And through it all, I've
found faith in a Higher Power who is with me in the midst of any move, one day at a time.
Ruth M.—Midday Group
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Charles A
Rosanne G
Lisa S
Jim & Billie B
David J
Linda S
Tony B
Pat J
Gene & Judy T
Cathy C
Traylor J
Neal T
Bruce & Kathy
D
Rosemary M
Frank W
Carson E
Jimmy H &
Tammra N
Kathryn Z
Edith E
Moselle P
Ted & Michael E
Ronnie P
Ed R
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Let Gratitude be Your Attitude
2015 Events to Look Forward To:
Every day of your life is a gift from God. Don’t squander it. Don’t waste it by being
angry with anyone. Don’t let it slip away by feeling sorry for yourself. Be grateful
for this precious gift of life and spend it by being as happy and as thankful as you
possibly can. Let your mind dwell on the good things that have happened to you.
Let gratitude be your attitude. Think of your assets and don’t let anyone spoil your
day for you. Enjoy every day of your life to the fullest. Realize that you can add to
the joy of each day by making someone else happy. The kind of prayer that helps
you get into a peaceful attitude of gratitude may go something like this: Heavenly
Father, help me to be grateful for being alive right now. Help me to realize that no
matter what my problems may be, where there is life, there is hope. Help me to
think positively and realize that thousands of miracles are happening every day.
Help me to pray and help me to remember the times when prayer brought me
peace. Let me be a better listener and not be self-centered. Help me to realize that
if I keep my mind occupied, by helping and cheering people up, I will be healthier
than if I were always checking my own pulse. Help me look for the good in everyone I meet. Help me realize that I cannot change anybody’s way of thinking. Only
by doing the best I can and setting a good example may I influence someone to
change their behavior. Help me to understand that other people have as much
right to their opinions as I do mine. Let me love myself as I am. Help me realize
that when I am not proud of myself, I am letting you, my creator, down. I must be
proud of the body that you have given me, and realize that there is a purpose for
every person being different. Let me realize that you, my Father, are always with
me, to guide and comfort me. Let me open my heart and my pores and let Your
love flow in. Let me accept the peace that you can bring and help me to understand that You have a plan and purpose for everything that happens.
Every year they come—your area and state (or out-of-state) AA events that really get you fired up
for sobriety - making you fall in love with the program all over again. Submit your favorite upcoming events to Sober Daze
Service work available for all events listed below!!!
G.A.L.S.
Grateful Alcoholics Living Sober
3rd Annual Weekend Convention
2015 Hilton Head Mid-Winter Conference
AA and Al-Anon Fellowship
January 30 – February 1, 2015
March 13th, 14th, &15th 2015
Camp Mitchell Conference Center
237 Camp Mikell Court
The Westin Hilton Head Resort
2 Grass Lawn Avenue
Hilton Head, SC 29928
(888) 627-8551/(843) 681-4000
Limited to 900 Registrations, Pre-Registration $30.00
Tickets are $35.00 at the door.
Winter Workshop
February 21, 2015 9 am—1 pm
Registration 8 am
Evans Baptist Chruch
515 N. Belair Road
Evans, GA
Area 16, Georgia, and our International Convention
Host Committee look forward to welcoming AA members from around the world to Atlanta, Georgia, July
2-5, 2015.
Our volunteer Kick-off Meeting will be held on
January 10, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and volunteer training will occur on May 17, 2015, 2:00pm at
the World Congress Center in Atlanta.
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Choices
We can be happy or we can be sad. We can be gloomy or we can be glad. We can be
good or we can be bad. We can walk towards our goals, or go around and around.
God gives us choices—what path will we take? Will we take the right path or just
procrastinate? The choices we make will certainly tell where we spend eternity, in
heaven or hell. A merry-go-round or procrastination—neither of which has a true
destination. To be successful in life, we must use life’s best tools, The Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule. When friends say, “It’s OK—it’s cool” if we listen
to our heart, we will never be fooled. God made us all, and he wants us to be a lighthouse for him…..for others to see. We can never look forward to a better past, or fix
our mistakes, like an old broken glass. A gift from our father, from Kings and to
peasants, this gift is today and it is called our Present. Each day God gives us is a gift
indeed and it gives us a chance to be the best we can be. If we knew that tomorrow
was our very last day, would we do the same things that we did today? All our lives
we have been told, everything that glitters is not always gold. So be true to yourself
and you will be that very special person that you were born to be when facing life’s
struggles, problems and grief. If we will look inside our heart, we will always see
the truth is the only thing that can set our soul free. When we find ourselves lonely,
afraid, and confused, and we can’t understand why we feel so abused, we can sit
and cry with our face in our hands, or we can ask God to show us his plan. God does
have a plan for each one of us, we just have to ask then have faith and trust. We can
chance our lives, and all it takes is to ask God what He wants, then we can make our
choices.
Submitted by James W. (Jim)
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Too SLEEPY to DRINK
First Name
Sobriety Date
James G
1/1/2008
Jamie B
1/9/2008
Debbie T
2/1/2008
WASHINGTON
First Name
AA Quotes
“We have good news and bad news here. The good news is you never have to
drink again even if you want to. The bad news is that we're your new
friends."
Sobriety Date
Charlie B
1/1/1995
Byron C
1/3/2011
Brent B
1/4/2011
Freddie G.
1/5/1999
David R.
1/25/1986
Jerry W
2/22/2009
"I don't thank God for opening the gates of Heaven and letting me in, I thank
God for opening the gates of Hell and letting me out"
"I am the black sheep of the family. I came to Alcoholics Anonymous and
found the rest of the herd."
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. "
"Remember, don't run so fast that your guardian angel can't keep up"
"The longer I'm sober, the drunker I was."
"We can no longer be content with just getting by."
"I spent a lifetime in hell and it only took me twelve steps to get to heaven."
"Would you like to be right or happy?"
"When I came to recovery I realized that being a child for 28 years nearly
killed me"
"We came to these rooms not because we drank a lot, but because we drank
too much."
"Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it."
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
BAKER AVE
Name
Joe F
Patricia R
Clint P
FOREST HILLS
Sobriety Date
Sobriety Date First Name
1/2/1988
1/5/2004 Martha R
1/19/2011 Angie T
1/23/2011 Brandon P
Larisa W
1/24/2012 Matt S
Michael D
1/31/2012 Richard F
2/8/1991 Joan V
Mike L
Will K
Dave B
2/5/2008 Josh W
2/14/1983 Tom M
Barry A
2/13/2012
Michael R
3/2/1983
Tina M
3/7/2012
Mary D
Jack M
Mike Y
3/14/2009
3/15/1986
3/20/2012
Steve S
3/20/2012
Orice T
3/22/2011
Tommy S
3/29/2012
1/2/2010
1/4/2013
1/4/2013
Rob E
Michael E
Charlene G
Ginnie
Larry G
Gerry M
David G
Daren F
Jessica
Pat F
Ronald G
Gary R
Heather E
Sobriety Date
3/16/2012
3/17/2010
HILL
First Name
Harison T
3/20/2014
George W
Maggie C
Kerry G
3/20/2011
3/27/2013
Edith E
Joe T
Regan R
Richard P
Stephen G
Tyler L
Amanda C
Jordan L
1/3/2003 Chris H
1/23/1980
Angie H
1/26/2012
Brad C
1/28/2009
Jerry H
1/28/2002
Hunter R
2/3/1986
Karen H
2/10/2014
Tommy C
3/17/2013
Michael A
3/21/2013
Jennifer E
3/21/1993
Christina G
3/17/2000
Brian L
3/21/2014
Jean H
3/30/2014
Doug C
3/29/2009
3/4/2014
3/26/2008
3/18/2012
3/4/2012
2/17/1971
Drew H
2/14/2001
1/21/2011
Ken A
2/23/1973
2/13/2012 Ginnie F
2/14/2014 Vernon H
1/22/2009
Bubba L
2/25/2011
Louis B
David C
Susan S
Britt W
Cam R
2/10/2011
Cory J
3/13/2000
Ward B
3/22/2014
2/18/2011 Sam S
2/19/2010 Susan S
2/15/2006
Jack McN
3/15/1986
3/17/1989
3/25/2011
2/15/2010
Piney H
Les B
3/00/80
Chris O
3/24/2010
3/6/2003
Keith V
3/30/1991
3/6/2011
IN STEP
First Name
3/2/2012 HAPPY HOUR
3/6/2000 First Name
3/6/2012
Judy W
3/6/2012
Justyn K
3/7/2010
Bill G
3/7/2012
Shelton S
3/8/2008
Mark H
3/10/2010
Jeff S
3/11/2008
Ashley R
3/12/2005
Tina R
3/13/2014
Rob B
3/15/2007
Keith McN
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2/23/2011
2/22/2006
2/23/2009
2/29/2008
3/26/2006
Dorothy T
3/2/2003 Rob A
Chris B
Ron H
Al B
Mark H
Tim W
Marc B
1/30/2008
2/1/1993
2/27/1995 Chuck M
3/1/2014 Dave
John D
2/14/1999
2/9/2009
Jeff S
Clarence D
2/23/2006 Michael
2/25/2005 Donna T
Jay S
1/8/1980
Muriel D
Sara R
1/21/1999
2/20/2012 Mac
2/21/2012 Debbie K
Brice C
1/14/1999
2/20/2014
Jim H
2/11/2012 Manis D
2/12/2013 Charlene
Carla N
1/1/1973
Sharon G
1/20/1985
2/1/2013 GRATITUDE
2/7/2012 First Name
2/11/1977 Linda S
Jimmy Y
3/29/2006
3/29/2010
Jim B
Sobriety Date
Joe W
1/21/2010
Susanna H
EVANS
First Name
Adam C
Kirk T
Sobriety Date
1/9/2002
1/20/2004
3/9/1980
3/17/1990
3/17/2008
3/31/2008
Sobriety Date
1/2/1998
1/6/2010
1/9/2010
1/25/2005
1/25/2011
1/27/2009
2/14/2009
3/16/2009
3/17/2008
3/27/2006
David B
MARTINEZ
First Name
Sobriety Date
2/3/1994
Sobriety Date
NATIONAL HILLS
First Name
Sobriety Date
NEW BEGINNING
Name
Sobriety Date
Frank W
1/9/2005
Thom B
1/13/2003
Elizabeth H
Ben D
3/1/2000
3/28/2008
NEW PERCEPTIONS
First Name
Sobriety Date
Mary K
1/5/2013
Jeff M
1/7/2013
Linda S
Johan J
1/9/2002
1/13/2012
Rob M
1/13/2000
Mark S
Jan G
1/15/2013
1/17/1982
Sharon W
Jack B
Ben D
2/12/1985
3/1/1991
3/28/2008
Adam B
1/19/2012
Hayden W
Drew H
Hoke B
Amanda W
1/20/2011
2/4/2013
2/17/2009
2/17/2013
NO NIPPING NOONERS
Kym M
1/10/2009
Terri B
2/19/1996
Rachel M
1/18/2008
Name
Sobriety Date
Chris M
1/9/2008
Curtis K
1/10/2005
Jamie M
2/24/2007
Scott B
1/19/2009
Chuck L
2/21/1993
Caleb S
2/25/2009
Matt H
1/20/2008
3/1/1995
Amanda C
1/21/1996
2/1/2008
3/2/1987
Don B
3/3/1986
Alan F
Anita S
3/15/2007
Ron P
3/3/1999
Debby T
Chuck M
3/17/1990
Max S
3/4/2011
Brendan A
Lynn K
3/5/2010
THOMSON
Robert K
3/5/2010
First Name
Lauren W
3/5/2008
Jason H
David B
3/12/2013
Chuck B
Zach G
3/16/2011
Joey A
Chris R
3/30/2010
MID DAY
First Name
Paul G
Jack J
Sobriety Date
1/18/2013
1/20/2014
Anne B
1/27/2012
Terrence
1/25/1991
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Sobriety Date
2/15/2014
3/2/2009
3/25/2007