From the Club President

The Camel Club President and Board is here to serve! If you have any questions or concerns, contact the board online or attend the Camel Club Board Meetings held the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM at the Club.

July 2019

Message From the Board

Message from the Board

As we approach the halfway mark for 2019-2020, the Board of Directors continues to move forward providing a safe environment for our members to come and participate in 12-Step meetings, enjoy planned events and just stop by for a cup of coffee and some fellowship.
One of our planned events will be celebrating the Fourth of July starting with our regular noon AA meeting, followed by a cookout at 1 o’clock. Ray B. will once again show us his culinary skills with his famous barbecue and all the fixings. After the meeting and the eating… Wallace B. will be speaking. With 55 years of sobriety, Wallace has a lot of experience, strength and hope to share. Hope you will join us for some fun, food and fellowship.

We have recently changed and updated our website. If you haven’t checked it out go to www.camelclubraleigh.org Whether you’re looking for links to other recovery sites, want to pay your dues, sign up to volunteer or find out about upcoming events we’ve got you covered. A HUGE thank you to Bryan R. and The Di Braco Agency for the much needed improvements.

In the coming months we are planning a Family Day on September 28th, as well as, organizing the Camel 24 Annual Golf Tournament being held on October 4th at the Hedingham Golf Club. Our annual tournament is our largest fundraiser, helping us continue to finance the club operation as well as the special events. If you’d like to volunteer visit the website to sign up.

A new AA meeting has been added to the meeting schedule. On Thursdays from 8:15 to 9:15 the Wellness Recovery Group, that formerly met in Knightdale, is now meeting at the club. The group’s format includes a Big Book Study, a Step Study and a speaker meeting. Come check out the new group, you may want to make it your home group.

Lots of happenings at the club as you can see with more to come. Hope I see you there.

Kit Gross, Vice President

Did You Know…

The Difference Between Meetings and Groups…

The A.A. General Service Conference says the difference between a meeting and a group is that some A.A. members hold A.A. meetings that differ from the common understanding of a group. These members simply gather at a set time and place for a meeting, perhaps for convenience or other special situations.

The main difference between meetings and groups is that A.A. groups generally continue to exist outside the prescribed meeting hours, ready to provide Twelfth Step help when needed.

In addition, a meeting doesn’t have the non-meeting activities that a group often does outside the meeting time. A meeting exists pretty much for the one hour or one-and-1/2 hour time slot where attendees meet together, and it usually doesn’t organize activities for the group outside the meeting time. For example, some groups take their meeting to treatment centers, detoxes, hospitals, prisons or jails or some groups organize for members of the group to answer phones at the local intergroup, outside of the group’s regular meeting time.

A.A. “groups” are encouraged to register with G.S.O., as well as with their local offices: area, district, intergroup or central office.
And, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous can become a part of a group by declaring the group as their “home group.”

A.A. “meetings” can be listed in local meeting lists, but do not register with G.S.O. Meetings are not “home groups.”

March 2019

Message From the Board

On February 17, 2019, the members of the Camel 24 Fellowship, Incorporated, elected by ballot, officers for 2019.  The newly elected slate of officers were installed and took their seats to serve the fellowship:

President: Ray Byrd
Vice-President: Kit Gross
Secretary: Clay Cutbush
Treasurer: Rick Rowland
Member Representative: Dale Scales
Member Representative: Jimmy Myrick
Advisory Board, Chairperson: Beth Soule

The new board held their initial meeting to begin discussing plans for the upcoming year.  Ray Byrd conveyed some plans and objectives for the year some of which include an early start on planning and implementing ideas for our biggest fund raiser, the annual golf tournament, which this year will be held in October. Ray also wants to continue holding Membership Drive cookouts periodically to be sure we keep our dues paying members’ numbers over the 100 mark, which we have sustained for the past two years.

The board voted in December 2018 to review and update the Fellowship’s By-Laws, which were drawn up when the club was first organized, to reflect the changes that have naturally transpired over the years. A committee, including board members and dues paying members-at-large, has been formed to propose revisions and/or modifications to the By-Laws and present them to the Board for approval.  Once approved, we will be reaching out to our dues paying members to ratify the recommended changes.

My hope as Vice-President is to serve the Fellowship, and encourage more members to participate in the vision for the Camel 24 Fellowship as we move forward  and help to continue to provide and preserve a safe environment to advance the Spiritual, Mental and Physical welfare of the recovering community. All members are welcome to attend board meetings, held every third Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm in the meeting room at the club.  The next scheduled meeting is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2019 . Hope you’ll join us and see what the board is planning and how you can become involved.

If you haven’t visited our new website, I encourage you to check it out at:

www.camelclubraleigh.org

The “Message from the Board’ is a new addition to our web site.  This year I’ll be sending messages to better communicate with the membership from time to time as well as, report on the board’s activity.  Come “join us on the Broad Highway” and help to “carry the message!”

Kit Gross, Vice-President

April 2017

From The President:

The Board of Directors for the club met last Sunday, April 23rd.  The board meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm in the meeting room and all members of the club are welcome to join us and participate.  Presently we are working on a Mission Statement for this year, and I hope to share that with you next month.
The fundraiser, sponsored by AutoBell Carwash, is currently underway. The gift cards,  provided by AutoBell, for any service offered at their various locations, are $20.00 a piece, of which the club keeps $10.00. If you are interested in purchasing a gift card please see one of the board members. They’d  be a great gift for Mom for Mother’s Day.
The Advisory Board is hard at work making and implementing plans for the coming year. Barbara Craig, chairman; is working with the Events Committee, headed by Mike Huff and Jimmy Myrick; the Building and Grounds Committee, headed by Tom Stephenson; and the Technology Committee, headed by Pat Tiffin.  

  • The Events Committee is planning a presentation by Don Kosak on the History of AA in early June.
  • The Building and Grounds Committee is working on a new platform for the front of the meeting room as well as some kitchen renovations.
  • The Technology Committee has some wonderful and innovative ideas to bring us old timers into the new world of high tech!!

If you’d like to get in on the action and have a hand in spreading the message, join a committee by contacting Mike, Jimmy, Tom or Pat.
We have started to gear up for the Annual Camel 24 Golf Tournament to be held in September at Hedingham Golf Course located off New Hope Church Road. Committees are being formed and volunteers are needed to make this year’s tournament even more successful than last year.  If you’re interested in helping, please contact Cheryl Risely who is spearheading the effort this year. Lots to do and September will be here before we know it.
If you haven’t been to our new web site, designed by Pat Tiffin, please go check it out. Lots of information on the club and AA, as well as links to other AA sites such as Intergroup, Barefoot’s World; and links to NA and CA. There is a list of meetings; an events calendar; a list of phone numbers and local institutions if you need help.
Check out the “Sobriety Blog” where the fellowship shares their experience, strength and hope. Find out how you can contribute “what happened, what it was like and what it is like now!” You can even sign up and become a member of the Camel 24 Club!  Check us out at www.camelclubraleigh.org !!
Feel free to contact me at 919-609-6778 or send an email if you’d like to be of service and join one of the committees.  We welcome everyone who has a desire to help us continue to provide a safe environment to advance a positive atmosphere for our recovery community. I’ll pass your name and information along to the appropriate person.
Again I invite you to “join us on the Broad Highway” as we “trudge the Road of Happy Destiny” to “carry the message.”
Thanks for all you do!

Kit Gross

February 2017

From The President:

On February 19, 2017, the members of the Camel 24 Fellowship, Incorporated, elected by ballot, officers for 2017. The newly elected slate of officers were installed and took their seats to serve the fellowship:

President       Kit Gross
Vice-President  Beth Soule
Secretary   Stanley Cooke
Treasurer       John Peeler
Member Representative          Jim Brett
Member Representative          Rich Flanagan
Advisory Board, Chairperson  Barbara Craig

The new board held their initial meeting to begin discussing plans for the upcoming year.  Lots of ideas were tossed around so board members could consider their vision for the club and begin to develop strategies to implement that vision at the next board meeting in March.

Opportunities for Service

The Advisory Board Chairman, Barbara Craig, will be looking for candidates who would like to participate as members of the Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board is comprised of at least five (5) people representing the recovery community. The purpose of the board is to provide advice concerning management, organization, and operation of the Fellowship. It acts as a liaison between the Fellowship, its members, and the community.  Also, it’s members attract new members to the Fellowship in conjunction with the elected Member Representatives.

My hope is that we find more than the minimum five people to serve on the Advisory Board. We are looking to develop and implement ideas on technology, facilities, events, membership and other areas in which we would like to see the club grow to better serve the community.

I know we have some talented folks out there, with innovative ideas, come join us and share your vision.  If you would like to participate and be a part of the Advisory Board, please let me know in person, give me a call at 919-609-6778 or email me at camelclub24@gmail.com and I will pass your name along to Barbara.
In the near future we will be giving our kitchen a needed face lift!! First, I need some volunteers to help me do a deep cleaning and reorganization of the kitchen. If you would like to help contact me through any of the above listed methods.
My hope as President is to serve the Fellowship, include more members to participate in the vision for the Fellowship, and help to continue provide and preserve a safe environment to advance the Spiritual, Mental and Physical welfare of the recovering community. All members are welcome to attend board meetings, held every third Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm in the meeting room at the club.  The next scheduled meeting is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Hope you’ll join us.
The “Message from the President” is a new addition to our web site.  I’ll be sending messages to better communicate with the membership from time to time as well as, report on the board’s activity after each monthly board meeting. Come “join us on the Broad Highway” and help to “carry the message!”

Kit Gross
Camel Club President

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