Saturday February 16th 8am – 10am
At the Alano Club of Portland, 909 NW 24th Ave. Portland 97210
Bring a newcomer to a Saturday Dawn Patrol meeting and have some breakfast downstairs afterwards and show your support, encouragement, and friendship.
Electric Griddles are needed also, so bring that too if you got it.
On August 12, 2018, our district hosted a panel discussion on issues of inclusivity in AA. (More on that below.) To make the discussion accessible to non-hearing members of our AA community, we asked Christina Jacobson, who interpreted for the Deaf AA member in that panel discussion, to provide this ASL version:
Christina is a non-alcoholic professional ASL interpreter who specializes in helping Deaf AA members attend hearing meetings. We thank the Portland Deaf Access Committee for its help in arranging her participation.
Vera our Oregon Area 58 Delegate will be giving her post conference Report At the Portland Alano Club Sunday August 19th from 1:30 to 4:30 in the Alano Club Basement.
Come and join us for a great presentation.
What is “inclusivity” in an AA context? Why is it so important to us? What are the practices that really make us feel welcome and included in AA?
This panel discussion was moderated by Judith G. and hosted by the GSRs of Oregon Area 58, District 9, on August 12, 2018, in the Southeast Room of Portland’s NW Alano Club. Panelists included a member of Portland’s Deaf Access Committee, a deaf AA member (accompanied by a skilled interpreter), and several representatives of groups that are highly regarded in the Portland area for grappling successfully with inclusivity challenges. Listen to their experience, strength, and hope in carrying the AA message and in extending a broader, warmer welcome to alcoholics who sometimes feel that we do not have a place for them.
Four times a year, representatives (called GSRs) from AA groups all over the state meet to share, discuss, and decide matters that are important to AA generally. These “area assemblies” are often held in parts of the state that are more than an easy drive for those of us in Portland, but this weekend there is an area assembly in Clackamas. You don’t have to be a GSR to attend. If you’re curious about how AA operates outside your homegroup, you’re welcome to come and observe.
This is a recording of our January 28th panel discussion on homegroup business meetings: