How to Join
How to Participate
An email Al-Anon meeting
Part Of Al-Anon
Relationship To Al-Anon Family Groups
"Awakenings is registered at WSO as an online meeting with an ID # of 061428. We also are part of the OnLine Al-Anon Information Service. Members of Awakenings have representation in the service structure of Al-Anon as a whole through their face to face Al-Anon Farmily Group Representative."
The biggest way you can help Awakenings is to post shares. You can also help by carrying the message and letting others know about Awakenings and by welcoming and sending hugs to new members. When you are ready we hope you will volunteer to be a Trusted Servant.
A Word About Group Conscience/Group Inventory
Awakenings has a group inventory scheduled annually. The Member Contact posts a call for agenda items. Members are invited to send any comments to the Trusted Servants.
Comments and concerns are discussed by the members of the BUS, an email group where Awakening's BUSiness takes place. All Awakenings members are invited to join the BUS. After the BUS members discuss the group inventory comments, the Member Contact summarizes the discussion results for the entire membership. When needed, options for solution are presented to the entire membership for affirmation [or not]. In that case, summaries of discussion points are distributed so all may be informed and participate. [amended by group conscience poll, June 2014.]
A Word About Sponsorship
One Al-Anon sharing with another through the journey of recovery in the relationship of sponsor/sponsee has helped many of us. If you are nudged by your HP to ask one of us to be your on-line sponsor, feel free to ask. Sometimes a person may have to say "no" to a request. This is okay - it is not about you. It is about where they are in their lives. Face to face sponsorship, where you attend meetings, is also important. Each relationship is unique and different. Honesty, Open mindedness and Willingness is the key. It is always a choice left up to the individual(s), with, of course, the guidance of the HP.
The fourth Guideline for Awakenings is "We will work hard at reminding ourselves to place principles above personalities and remembering anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, as well as our lives." In Al-Anon, what we do for a living, where we work, the name of our spouse, our children, our parents is unimportant, as is our name. In Al-Anon we are all equals with the single purpose of recovery from the effects of living with an alcoholic whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Please be aware of this principle and keep what you read here confidential. This is especially important if you are using a company or school computer. If you are nudged by your HP to copy a share, please be sure you first check with the author and remove all identification. "Only in this way can we feel free to say what is in our minds and hearts, for this is how we help one another in Al-Anon." (Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual pg 53: c. AFGH, Inc. 1995)
Quoting Conference Approved Literature
While Al-Anon as a whole is studying how online Al-Anon is part of the fellowship, the Board of Trustees, the guardians of our Traditions, has granted a limited license to Awakenings to use copyrighted CAL in our email meeting. In July 1998, by Group Conscience vote, we adopted Guideline 11 to be in harmony with this license. You may see the agreement on the OLA-IS site WSO Request Form For copy of the complete licensing letter please contact us.
Awakenings is registered at World Service Office (WSO) as an online meeting with an ID # of 061428. Voluntary contributions may be made directly to our World Service Office, 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454-5617. Please indicate Awakenings' ID #061428 on your contribution.
Face To Face Meetings
Awakenings is a special on-line focus group. We urge you to attend face to face Al-Anon meetings. If you need help in finding one you may call Al-Anon's World Service Office at 1-888-425-2666; in Canada, call 1-800-443-4525. Or check the WSO web page at: http://www.al-anon-alateen.org/meetings/meeting.html
Conference Approved Literature
If you need Al-Anon literature not available in your Al-Anon local meeting you may call WSO at 757-563-1600, write AFG Headquarters,Inc. 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5617; Fax: 757-563-1655 or visit the WSO webpage where you may order CAL with a credit card.
Al-Anon also publishes a monthly magazine:The Forum, (also known as a meeting in my pocket). Each issue is full of shares and information about what is going on in this world-wide fellowship called Al-Anon. Subscriptions currently are $11 a year in the U.S., Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and $23 in Canada and other countries. Call or write WSO at the above and request ordering information for The Forum or visit the WSO FORUM page where you may read current articles and/or place an order.