ABC 2014

The 2014 Annual Business Conference will be held in April 2014.

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2014 ABC Board Meeting Minutes

                     

Adult Children of Alcoholics-World Service Organization

P.O. Box 3216 Torrance, California 90510

Tel: 310-534-1815

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2014 ABC       Trinity University, Deerfield, IL       April 25-26

A. Called to Order: The 2014 ABC WSO Board meeting of the Trustees was called to order April 26, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. EST by Larry A., Chairman, and opened with The Serenity Prayer.

B. Board Members Present: Larry, Mary Jo, Joan, Karen, MajBrit, Ines, Vonnie, Martin, Allen

C. Quorum established

D. After reading theMinutes of the 2013 ABC WSO Board meeting, a motion was made (Ines) and the minutes were approved.

E. Old Business: none brought forward

F. New Business Items Discussed:

          1. Rotation of Service (terms of service for Trustee and for Executive Board Members as outlined in the OPPM)

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2014 ABC meeting minutes

   2014 ABC

April 25-26, 2014

Meeting Minutes

Trinity University, Deerfield, IL          Hosted by West Great Lakes Intergroup

A. Called to Order: The 2014 Annual Business Conference of the ACA fellowship and WSO was called to order at 10:03 a.m. on Friday, April 25th by reciting the Serenity Prayer, led by Larry A.

            1. Laura read our ACA Traditions

            2. Charlie read our ACA Commitment to Service

            3. Martin read the reading of the day from Strengthening My Recovery

B. Welcome: by Al, Chair of City Hosting Committee and West Great Lakes Intergroup

          1. Gratitude to all service committees and volunteers who helped bring this ABC together

          2. Larry A. was elected as Chairman for the conference.

C. Roll Call of Board Members: Larry A., Chairman; Joan B., Vice Chair, H & I Committee Chair; Mary Jo L., Treasurer; Karen R., Secretary; Vonnie G., Trustee, MPS Committee Chair; Majbrit M., European Committee Chair and Trusted Servant; Ines Z., Trustee, Spanish Liaison Subcommittee Chair and Allen C., Trustee, member of Treasurer Committee

          1. Introduction of ABC Delegates

D. Quorum established   

E. 12 Concepts of Service read by Phyllis

F. Presentations

            1. sharing from Terri (30 yr. ACA member)

            2. Scott and Phyllis (also pioneers of the fellowship)

(break for lunch 11:05 a.m.; reconvened 12:25 p.m.)

G. Presentation ACA WSO Annual Reports

            1. Approval of Minutes: 2013 ABC minutes read and approved

          2. 2013 ABC Report

            3. Treasury, Mary Jo L.

            4. Literature Report, Larry A.

                        a. Translations, Ines Z.

            5. Distribution Office, Larry A.

            6. ACA Members and Public Service (MPS) Committee, Vonnie G.

            7. Hospitals and Institutions Committee, Joan B.

            8. Website/Database, Scott R.

            9. European Committee, Majbrit M.

            10. Executive Committee Report, Joan B

                        a. small video tour of Distribution Center

                        b. "We Are Actors," a letter/call to service from the Chair, read by the fellowship

H. Presentation of Group Conscience Survey Ballots

(day's meeting adjourned 4:30 p.m.)

Day 2

            The 2014 Annual Business Conference of the ACA fellowship and WSO was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26th by reciting the Serenity Prayer, led by Larry A., and the reading of the day from Strengthening My Recovery.

H. (continued) Presentation of Group Conscience Survey Ballots

                       

            1. Proposal 2014-4 Submitted by Telephone Meeting (TEL173), 8:15 a.m. EST Thursday, brought forward to motion by Bob: That the literature available within the ACA fellowship on the Basic 5 Needs and the six essential recovery tasks be made open for discussion within ACA, in order to have it approved and integrated as part of the official fellowship (conference approved) literature.

Motion Carried          (15 yes, 7 no)                                                                                      22

            2. Proposal 2014-11   Submitted by The Bronx, NY (NY084), Fridays 7 p.m., brought forward to motion by Al:     That the WSO develop a piece of literature further elaborating the materials briefly described in the first pages of the first chapter of the Fellowship Text concerning the other Laundry Lists and its implications for Adult Children recovery.
Motion Carried unanimously                                                                                                          
26                                                                               

            3. Proposal 2014-16 Submitted by Madison, WI (WI076), 10:30, brought forward to motion by Marsha:     To include in the 25 QUESTIONS, AM I AN ADULT CHILD trifold, how someone who was raised in a home with mental illness can grow up to have some of the same issues an adult child of an alcoholic has.

Motion Carried          (25 yes, 1 no, 1 abstention)                                                                27

            4. Proposal 2014-19     Submitted by Grover Beach, CA (IG#076), 1st Saturday 3:45 p.m., brought forward to motion by Phyllis:     Move to have Hospitals & Institutions Chair and/or committee develop and publish guidelines as a brochure for Intergroup use when contacting jails, hospitals, community mental health professionals, halfway houses, shelters, and prisons. This includes, but is not limited to, information about ACA, ACA literature, educational presentations, programs, and/or materials, volunteer speakers, and initial meeting leaders to be used to begin meetings where none exists.

Motion Failed                        (9 yes, 13 no, 0 abstention)                                                                22

            5. Proposal 2014-23     Submitted by Grover Beach, CA (IG#076), 1st Saturday 3:45 p.m. brought forward to motion by Vonnie:     Move to institute an annual international day in January to celebrate the ACA Birthday.

Motion Carried          (24 yes, 1 no, 1 abstention)                                                                26

I. Other Items*

            1. presented Mary Jo L, chairperson of the Meditation Book Project (Strengthening MyRecovery) with book #001, signed by all the board members

            2. presented Terri (30 year ACAer) with BRB signed by all current Board members

            3. short preview of ACA's new web design, by Larry

            4. ACA was presented with donation of $1,000 by West Great Lakes Intergroup

            5. A motion made by Martin and 2nd: to bring the issue to the fellowship delegates for vote at the 2015 ABC of adding the words: "...and other public media of communication.," to the 11th Tradition. This motion carried, (23 yes, 2 no, 2 abstain) and the Board will bring the issue to vote at the 2015 ABC.

            5.  Mary Jo L. nominated Martin C to join the Board as a Trustee. Martin, having served on the Treasurer committee for almost 2 years, agreed to the nomination and was unanimously voted to serve and was welcomed by the WSO fellowship as a Board member.

            6. Speakers

                        a. Peter, 6 years recovery, said that 6 years ago, he couldn't put 2 words together, and yet there he was telling his story at the Annual Business Conference of the fellowship.

                        b. Nate, 6 years recovery, compared ACA to an exercise bike: you have to pedal to strengthen the muscles of recovery.

I humbly submit these minutes.   Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Karen R, WSO Board Secretary

*note: For simplicity and continuity, all ballot proposals and results are listed under Section H of these minutes. There were breaks, presentations and a lunch break not quite in timing with the proposed agenda for the day. The 2nd day of the ABC did begin at 9:30 a.m. and we adjourned the ABC at approximately 3:00 p.m. with the Serenity Prayer.

                                                                       



2014 ABC Secretary's Report

     What a wonderful experience it was to attend the 2014 Annual Business Conference of the ACA fellowship and WSO. It was held on the beautiful campus of Trinity University in Deerfield, IL. on April 25th and 26th

We arrived on Friday morning, meeting and greeting old friends and making new ones. It was great to be able to put faces together with the voices of some of those who've begun in service by attending our monthly teleconferences. We were called to order at 10:03 a.m. reciting the Serenity Prayer. Laura read our ACA Traditions; Charlie read our ACA Commitment to Service. The reading for the day from our Meditation book, Strengthening My Recovery, was read by Martin C., from the UK. We then received a warm welcome from Al, of the West Great Lakes Intergroup, who wore 3 hats--literally. One hat--which was no hat, presented Al--a fellow traveler---attending the ABC for the opportunity

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RESULTS for 2014 ABC Proposals

RESULTS FOR 2014 ABC PROPOSALS

Proposal 2014-4                    

Submitted by Telephone Meeting (TEL173), 8:15 a.m. EST Thursday,That the literature available within the ACA fellowship on the Basic 5 Needs and the six essential recovery tasks be made open for discussion within ACA, in order to have it approved and integrated as part of the official fellowship (conference approved) literature.

Motion Carried         15 yes, 7 no            (22)

 Proposal 2014-11  
Submitted by The Bronx, NY (NY084), Fridays 7 p.m., brought forward to motion by Al:     That the WSO develop a piece of literature further elaborating the materials briefly described in the first pages of the first chapter of the Fellowship Text concerning the other Laundry Lists and its implications for Adult Children recovery.
Motion Carried unanimously      (26)                                                                                                

Proposal 2014-16
Submitted by Madison, WI (WI076), 10:30, brought forward to motion by Marsha:
To include in the 25 QUESTIONS, AM I AN ADULT CHILD trifold, how someone who was raised in a home with mental illness can grow up to have some of the same issues an adult child of an alcoholic has.

Motion Carried  (25 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain)    (27)       

Proposal 2014-19
Submitted by Grover Beach, CA (IG#076), 1st Saturday at 3:45 p.m., brought forward to motion by
Phyllis
 
Move to have Hospitals & Institutions Chair and/or committee develop and publish guidelines as a brochure for Intergroup use when contacting jails, hospitals, community mental health professionals, halfway houses, shelters, and prisons. This includes, but is not limited to, information about ACA, ACA literature, educational presentations, programs, and/or materials, volunteer speakers, and initial meeting leaders to be used to begin meetings where none exists.

Motion Failed  (9 yes, 13 no, 0 abstain)  (22)                     


Proposal 2014-23

Submitted by Grover Beach, CA (IG#076), 1st Saturday at 3:45 p.m. brought forward to motion by Vonnie:
Move to institute an annual international day in January to celebrate the ACA Birthday.

Motion Carried     (24 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain)     (26)    

ABC 2014 Information

Agenda, Ride information, Hotels, Meeting Venue information shown below.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
World Service Organization

2014 Annual Business Conference (ABC)

HOTEL INFORMATION BELOW

On Line Forms

ABC Registration Form

Paper Forms to print and mail

ABC Proposals Ballot
for meetings/Intergroups
(paper version coming soon)

ABC Registration Form

2014 ABC Deerfield, IL.

The ABC provides an open forum for communication and service coordination within ACA in order to improve the consistency of service to the Fellowship. It is open to all ACA members, meetings, Intergroups and related service organizations.  Click here to download a copy of the proposals. Ballots are now closed effective APRIL 6, 2014. Five items received a two-thirds majority vote and will thus be included for discussion and voting at the ABC. Ballot items that are approved will then be part of what guides and prioritizes the work of the WSO Board and related committees for the coming year and beyond. See Proposal Details to review the ballot results, including comments related to the proposals.

LOCATION: The 2014 ABC will be held April 25-27, 2014 at Trinity University, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015. This site is just East of Tri-State Tollway 294 at the Half Day Road exit.  Trinity Univ. website map:  http://www.tiu.edu/dotAsset/208ce022-84e4-49e5-8802-6be3340a98de.pdf

Parking for conference: There are 59 regular spaces and 2 handicapped spaces immediately to the EAST of our mtg room [Rodine 124].
Additional parking is available around the circle of "The Mansion" - Development Office. Click here for map to conference area.

HOTELS:
The following are the recommended hotels for the 2014 ABC. For both hotels, please mention that you are with the Annual Business Conference for Adult Children of Alcoholics group in order to receive the reduced rate: 

RIDES:  If you need a ride from the airport to the hotel, please contact the ABC committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with complete arrival and departure information so they can schedule your pickup.  This is a free service.

LaQuinta Inn, 2000 Lakeside Dr., Bannockburn, IL 60015. Just East of Tri-State Tollway 294 at the Half Day Road exit.
Phone: 1-847-317-7300; Fax: 1-847-317-3350.  Although we recommend calling for reservations, the following is their website: http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=7001&WT.mc_id=YEXT7001&cid=YEXT7001. The room charge is $62 plus tax, Friday and Saturday, but it's $78 + tax the other nights. Continental breakfast is included.  Deadline for reserving a room is April 13.

Homewood Suites, 10 Westminster Way, Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Just West of Tri-State Tollway 294 at the Half Day Road exit.
Phone: 1-847-945-9300; Fax: 1-847-945-0013. Although we recommend calling for reservations, the following is their website: http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/homewood-suites-by-hilton-chicago-lincolnshire-CHILSHW/index.html. The room charge is $109 plus tax. Continental breakfast is included.

We encourage every meeting and Intergroup to send at least one person to this year’s ABC. Although only one person may be the official voting delegate, all attendees will participate in the dialog. Anyone planning to attend should submit a Registration Form, and the registration deadline is April 12, 2014. For further questions about the ABC and/or local facilities, please contact the ABC Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

ACA WSO Annual Business Conference Agenda

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