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.

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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