OPEN AS USUAL

The Dallas Central office will be open Monday, January 20, for our regular hours 10am to 5pm.  We hope this gives those of you with a day off an opportunity to come to the office.

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Welcome to 2014!

We would like to thank everyone for their support of the Central Office/Dallas Intergroup in 2013.  Without group, conference and individual support the office would not exist.  A reminder that the office does supply speakers for group needs as well as panels for workshops.

We will be hosting new workshops specifically concerned with the Central Office and the work we do for the community.  Coming first will be a workshop about phone answering in the office and for Nightwatch.  If you would like to volunteer, but feel uncertain about how to handle emergencies, or 12th Step calls, we will help you by sharing the experience of our staff and volunteers.  We  do have calls that might involve a 911 situation, but we will train you to the best of our ability on how to handle these vital calls.  Look for the first workshop in mid-February.  In the meantime, we are here to help, so please call and tell us what we can do for you or your group.

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75th Anniversary Edition of the Big Book

We have made our last order for April arrival.  Thanks to everyone for paying in advance.  It helps a lot.  The two orders should arrive mid-April.  The first order is sold out and most of the second.  We have a few on hold for members who haven’t been able to come in yet.  Hopefully we will have some left. Since we paid for all of these in advance we will have to recoup before making more orders. The deadline for April pre-ordering has passed.  There will be plenty of the 75th Anniversary facsimiles available for later ordering.  As soon as I have the details for the different April “festivities” celebrating the release of the book, I will post them.

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, AAWS is printing a reproduction of the 1st Edition, complete with circus cover (red and yellow) and thicker paper-thus creating a larger book.  The reproduction is coming out in April of 2014, the same month the first edition was published in 1939.  We will be ordering the book in November so that we can get them here in April.  This is not a limited edition.  The reproduction will be published through the 2015 A.A. International Convention in Atlanta and then sold until they run out.  The cost will be $12 unless pricing changes between now and the ordering/printing.  We will be asking our Intergroup Reps to get a rough count of how many people in their group are interested in this book, so we will have an idea of how many to order.

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Directory Update

We have noticed a lot of groups do not have Street, Avenue, Blvd., etc. in their address leading many members to the wrong location if they use a navigation system.  We are finished with the schedule update, but if groups could please check this one last thing, it would help everyone find your meeting.  This is the final opportunity to make changes to your schedule.  No changes after 22nd.  It is up to the groups to make sure we have the correct information.  Groups that do not keep their schedules up to date can be delisted.  Please let us know if your group is closing!!  Thanks.

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EVENTS CALENDAR UPDATE

We now have a new plugin for the events calendar.  It will of course look a bit different.  You can view by event or month.  The flyer if one has been sent, will be found in the body of the description.  I am currently uploading the October events.  I don’t think I will be entering all of the past months due to the amount of time it would take.  For now I will concentrate on October and November or any future date.

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