From the Club President

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January 2020

Message From the Board

Message From the Board…1/2020

Well, last year whipped by! As we get ready to start a new year, we look back at 2019 and are thankful for another successful year at the Camel 24 Fellowship. The club again hosted the Christmas Alcathon, sponsored by District 31 and facilitated by Wanda C. Thank you Wanda for another successful Alcathon. On New Year’s Eve, we rang in the new year together in fellowship as we watched the ball drop in Times Square for the start of a new decade! Good time had by all.

While 2019 flew by it was an eventful and productive year. The Membership Drives held each month have helped to increase our rolls with well over a hundred members. If you’d like to be a member of the Camel 24 Fellowship, membership brochures are located in the pamphlet display by the chair platform. For $15.00 a month (about 50 cents a day) you’ll be helping to support the club to keep the coffee hot and the lights on!!!!!!!

The updated website at www.camelclubraleigh.org continues to provide information on recovery, listing events at the club as well as links to other recovery websites. Keep up to date on what’s new to the recovery community.

We’ve added several new meetings to our weekly schedule. On Tuesday’s at 5:30 pm, a beginners meeting, A Bridge to Life, is serving those with less than a year of sobriety. The format is different from regular open meetings allowing the newcomer to share or ask questions in an informal setting. On Sunday at 2:00 pm the New Age Recovery Group has launched, a literature study each week, with a pot luck lunch and speaker on the fourth Sunday. The meeting has gotten off to a great start. Hope you’ll come check it out. Also, we have two new Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Wednesday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 8:00 pm. Both are literature studies with the Saturday meeting focusing on the Gray Book.

Keep in mind that election of the Board of Directors will be held early in 2020. Consider running for a position on the board. Lots of new plans are in the works for the coming year. In January, 2020, each member of the Fellowship will receive a packet of materials with information regarding the Annual Meeting, the Member Appreciation Dinner, and the Annual Election of the Board of Directors, which are all held at the end of February. If you would like to serve on the board or know someone who would like to serve on the board please contact one of the present board members. Nominations are being considered at the next Board of Directors meeting on January 19th.

The Camel 24 Fellowship continues 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. The Board will be meeting at 3:15 pm every third Sunday of the month. The next scheduled meeting is at 3:15 pm on Sunday, January19, 2020 . Hope you’ll join us and see what the board is planning and how you can become involved.

Kit Gross

Did you know…

The Prefaces of the Big Book and a Little History
On a borrowed $4,000 the book Alcoholics Anonymous was produced, by Works Publishing in 1939. This little company, formed by Bill and Dr. Bob and their non-alcoholic friends along with other founding members was taken over by the Alcoholic Foundation in 1940 when the shareholders and Charles B. Towns were paid off in full by the Foundation for their ‘investments’ in the project. Thus, our basic text has been held in trust by first, the Foundation, and now A. A.. World Services, Inc., for the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous for all time.

First Edition Forward

In the Foreword to the First Edition. we find the premise, the simple statement of purpose which remains the hub of unity for the Fellowship, “We of Alcoholics Anonymous are more than 100 men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book. ” (Page iii, Foreword to the First Edition of Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous).

In a speech that Bill gave in Fort Worth about the writing of the book, he says, “I suppose the book yarn really started in the living room of Doc and Annie Smith. As you know, I landed there in the summer of ’35, a little group caught hold. I helped Smithy briefly with it and he went on to found the first A. A.. group in the world. And, as with all new groups, it was nearly all failure, but now and then, somebody saw the light and there was progress. Pampered, I got back to New York a little more experienced; a group started there, and by the time we got around to 1937, this thinking had leaped a little over into Cleveland, and began to move south into New York. But, it was still, we thought in those years, flying blind, a flickering candle indeed, that might at any moment be snuffed out. So, on this late fall afternoon in 1937, Smithy and I were talking together in his living room, Anne sitting there, when we began to count noses. How many people had stayed dry; in Akron, in New York, maybe a few in Cleveland? How many had stayed dry and for how long? And when we added up the total, it sure was a handful of, I don’t know, 35, 40 maybe. But enough time had elapsed on enough really fatal cases of alcoholism, so that we grasped the importance of these small statistics. Bob and I saw for the first time that this thing was going to succeed. That God in his providence and mercy had thrown a new light into the dark coves where we and our kind had been and were still by the millions dwelling. I never can forget the elation and ecstasy that seized us both. And then we sat happily talking and reflecting. We reflected that well, a couple of score of drunks were sober but this had taken three long years. There had been an immense amount of failure and a long time had been taken just to sober up the handful. How could we transmit our message to them, and by what means … how could this light be a reflection and transmitted without being distorted and garbled?

And we touched on the book. The group conscience consisted of 18 men good and true … and the good and true men, you could see right away, were damned skeptical about it all. Almost with one voice, they chorused, ‘let’s keep it simple – This is going to bring money into this thing, this is going to create a professional class. We’ll all be ruined.’ Well, I countered, “That’s a very good argument. Lots to what you say… but even within gunshot of this very house, alcoholics are dying like flies. And if this thing doesn’t move any faster than it has in the last 3 years, it may be another 10 before it gets to the outskirts of Akron. How in God’s name are we going to carry this message to others? We’ve got to take some kind of chance. We can’t keep it so simple that it becomes anarchy and gets complicated. We can’t keep it so simple that it won’t propagate itself. And we’ve got to have a lot of money to do these things.”

The history of the book project is well-documented in Bill’s writings. It is a wonderful story which bears repeating again and again because of its significance to the fellowship.
The principles which were employed by the early-timers and their friends will keep us in good stead as we travel the road to the Fourth Edition of the Big Book.

PREFACE (Fourth Edition)

“THIS IS the fourth edition of the book “Alcoholics Anonymous.” The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than 300,000 copies went into circulation. The second edition, published in 1955, reached a total of more than 1,150,500 copies. The third edition, which came off press in 1976, achieved a circulation of approximately 19,550,000 in all formats.

Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong ­sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left largely untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions. The section called “The Doctor’s Opinion” has been kept intact, just as it was originally written in 1939 by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, our Society’s great medical benefactor.

The second edition added the appendices, the Twelve Traditions, and the directions for getting in “touch with A.A. But the chief change was in the section of personal stories, which was expanded to reflect the Fellowship’s growth. “Bill’s Story,” “Doctor Bob’s Nightmare,” and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.

In the third edition, Part I (“Pioneers of A.A.”) was left unchanged. Nine of the stories in Part II (“They Stopped in Time”) were carried over from the second edition; eight new stories were added. In Part III (“They Lost Nearly All”), eight stories were retained; five new ones were added.

This fourth edition includes the Twelve Concepts for World Service and revises the three sections of personal stories as follows. One new story has been added to Part I, and two that originally appeared in Part III have been repositioned there; six stories have been deleted. Six of the stories in Part II have been carried over, eleven new ones have been added, and eleven taken out[…]”

Excerpt From
Alcoholics Anonymous
AA World Services, Inc.

October 2019

Message From the Board

Message from the Board 10/2019

The year has flown by and we can look back on events and club improvements with a great deal of satisfaction. So as we approach year’s end, the Board of Directors is hard at work planning for the last quarter of 2019. A Halloween Dance with a costume contest is in the works for Saturday, October 26th at 8 o’clock and we have already begun planning for our annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 28th. Once again the club will host a Christmas Alcathon this year. Hope you’ll join us.

In January, 2020, each members the Fellowship will receive a packet of materials with information regarding the Annual Meeting, the Member Appreciation Dinner, and the Annual Election of the Board of Directors, which are all held at the end of February each year. If you would like to serve on the board or know someone who would like to serve on the board please contact one of the present board members.

Once again, the club will be hosting a “feast” on Thanksgiving day…Turkey with all the trimmings. We need volunteers to roast the birds and bring them back cooked to serve. We also we would love for you to share your favorite side dish or dessert for the dinner. There is a sign up sheet on the office door to list the dish or dessert you’ll bring, as well as signing up if you can roast a turkey.

The new AA meeting, Wellness Recovery Group, held on Thursday each week at 8:15 pm is off to a good start, but is looking for new members who are interested in studying the Big Book and the 12and 12. They also have a speaker the last Thursday of each month…this month’s speaker is Kit G. who will be telling her story on October 31st!! Hope you’ll come check it out!

The club has another new meeting that started in September, meeting every Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the Library. The Bridge to Life meeting is for beginners and has a different format designed for the newcomer. Old timers are encouraged to come to share their experience, strength and hope.

Don’t know where this year has gone, but the club will continue to move forward with new ideas, meetings and events as it upholds and provides a safe welcoming atmosphere for recovery.

Kit Gross, Vice-President

Did you know…

Meeting Etiquette

Meeting etiquette consists of customs, manners, and propriety; it is the way to conduct oneself while in a recovery meeting. Meeting etiquette has traditionally been a concept passed down from one recovering person to another, e.g., from sponsor to sponsee or a more experienced member to the newer member. There is no standard or accepted model beyond what is written in the Twelve Traditions; however, it is common for each member to take personal responsibility for his or her own fellowship and to make certain that there is an atmosphere of recovery found in the meetings. Most “violations” of meeting etiquette are usually addressed by more long-standing members of a group, usually in a kind and tolerant way.

For the Newcomer
If you’re a newcomer to the AA program you may feel like you are in outer space. You’re probably scared, maybe nervous and don’t know what to expect. Like any social situation, there are rules and traditions which people practice to keep things running smoothly.

These AA meeting customs have developed during the 80-plus years that the AA program has been in existence. Like most social etiquette traditions, they help the meetings to run smoothly and stay focused on the goal of the meeting. The primary purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is for AA members to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety.

First and foremost it is a sign of humility for the newcomer to prioritize listening over sharing. New members generally know very little about living a healthy, sober life and the only way to learn from the experience of others is to listen to them. A common faux pas committed by newcomers is to share whatever is going on in their lives instead of speaking on topic. Also, the experience of newcomers generally consists of drug use or alcohol use and not with sobriety. As a result, their shares are often “war stories,” or nostalgic recollections of past use. No matter what your addiction is, it is considered a sign of respect to introduce yourself as an alcoholic in an AA meeting and an addict in a NA or CA meeting. For example, even if your drug of choice is heroin, you should introduce yourself as an alcoholic at an AA meeting.

Cross-Talk
Cross-talk is when someone shares directly to someone else. This might sound harmless, but in a room full of alcoholics and their egos? Well, then cross-talk is serious business. Never interrupt somebody who is speaking. We should respect each other and our unique struggles! We can’t control what others say and do, but we don’t have to be a jackass to them. Disrespecting people should be avoided at all costs, especially in meetings, especially the newcomer. If someone says something that isn’t right, mistakenly or not, the proper reaction is to ignore them. Move on, with open ears, to what others have to say. Also, it is bad form to talk about sensitive topics such as religion or politics. Remember, acceptance is the answer to ALL our problems.

Anonymity
This one might be kind of obvious, but twelve-step meetings are anonymous! They’re for alcoholics and addicts to come together and share honestly. We need to be comfortable enough to talk about what happened, what life was like, and what life’s like now. That feeling of comfort doesn’t happen if people talk about what’s said outside of the room.
Again, don’t be that girl or guy! Don’t talk outside the rooms about people you’ve seen or things you’ve heard. Everyone should be respected and left anonymous.

Respectful 12—Step Meeting Behavior
Cell phones should be silenced or turned off at the beginning of the meeting. If you receive an important phone call you should take it outside, but this should be avoided if possible.

It is also considered rude to get up once the meeting begins. Talking to neighbors during the meeting is disrespectful to whoever is sharing. Public speaking can provoke a lot of anxiety in some people. Not only are side conversations distracting, but they convey the message that attendees are not listening to what the speaker has to say.

If you have to leave the meeting early or get up for some other reason, wait until the speaker finishes to do so.

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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