Meeting Minutes October 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Website: www.vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday October 14th, 2020

Open: Via Zoom 

Reading of the Steps 

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  | chairperson@vwhi.org 

Katy welcomes everyone, starts with prayer. 

Colby read step 10

Explained the agenda for the night.  Coordinator elections will be avaiable in Decemeber 2020.

Go to VWHI for coorinators positions that will be available 

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby |  | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

No announcements

SECRETARY: Christin |  | secretary@vwhi.org

Meeting Minutes were lost. Just email the reports.

TREASURER: Eric | | treasurer@vwhi.org

David makes a motion to accept the treasure report and Harold 2nd it. Motion passes.

Balance Forward

($12 less than August Balance due to Aug 31 bank fee)

Income

Group Contributions

Individual Contributions

Monthly Supporters

Business Meeting Collections

Jamboree Fundraising

(July, Aug & Sept)

Interest

Income Total

$8,546.41

$3,100.73

$20.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.06

$3,120.73

Balance After Income

$11,667.14

Expenses

Literature

Meeting Lists

Uhaul Storage Unit

Meeting Room Rent

Zoom

Printing

Supplies

Jamboree

C-Card Processing

Check Return/Bank Fee

Total Expenses $2,696.80

$0.00

$185.17

$0.00

$14.99

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$50.45

$0.00

$2,947.41

Balance After Expenses Paid $8,719.73

Prudent Reserve $2,000.00

Above/Below Prudent Reserve $6,719.73

Intergroup Contribution

$0.00

LITERATURE: Tom | | literature@vwhi.org

166 big books 

155 12X12s 

1 Spanish 12X12

10 big books Spanish 

19 Living Sober Spanish 

Cut off for orders, 6 pm 25th each month, given by tom 

AWARENESS DAY: Jose G  Awareness_day@vwhi.org

Oct 10th 2020 12pm-4pm turn out was good.

WEB SERVANT: Adam | | webservant@vwhi.org  

Visits to the site 1641 in the last 30 days 

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe |  | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

Got meetings out to Axium.  If anyone is wanting to be of service let me know.

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie |  | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

No Report.

SERVICE LIAISON: Open |  | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

MCSO: Dennis |  | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

No report. If you need a sponsorship letter let Dennis know

OLD BUSINESS: 

Tabled Motion to eliminate the service liason Position.  

Harold makes a motion to untable the motion to eliminate the service liason position. 2nd by David. 

1 opposed vote everyone else voted to untable the motion.  Motion passes.

There is a discussion on the posiion.

Votes 0 for yes and Majority is the motion does not carry.  

Tom makes a motion to accept Harold by aclimantion, David 2nd the motion.       

The body had a discussion for the position. Its a general service liason.  This position is responsible for raising awareness of Valleywide H&I with homegroups and AA members throughout the Valley. This position would visit ‘dark meetings’ that do not currently contribute to H&I through the pink can or do not send a homegroup rep to the business meeting. As a member of the Steering Committee, this position may form a committee, having a representative for the North, South, East, and West parts of the Valley, as well as a coordinator for Native American reservations.

Harold makes a motion to table the motion that Tom made to accept Harold by aclimation Ryan 2nd.  Motion passes.   You can take this back to your homegroups to fill the service liason position.

NEW BUSINESS:

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill |  | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 

Not Present. No Report 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony |  | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org 

If you are new please reach out to Anthony.

SPANISH: Franky |  | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Not present. No report

AREA 03-  Jason S  treatment@area03.org 

area03.org for any questions and concerns.

Have a Virtual convention coming up check the website area03.org

NOTE: 

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – 

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold |  | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

If anyone wants to start meetings in East contact Harold

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael |  | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

Has plenty of books and is going good.  

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy |  | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

Salvation Army is needing a meeting Tuesday and Friday. Central and Pima 

Need a list for women to sponsor please email treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd 

Not Present. No Report

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

Not Present. No Report

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David  towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact:  Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistance

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009   

MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Jessica L. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Starr juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Bruce| lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John |  | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

All state  prison complexes and jails are closed indefinitely to visitors and volunteers.

Governor Ducey has ordered closing of the Florence prison complex.  North unit is nearly empty.  East and Central units (with the exception of Central unit Kasson and the execution chamber) are to close by year’s end.  Death row inmates are being transferred to Lewis Morey unit and those dying of cancer are being transferred to Tucson.  The closing process is slowed by COVID-19 testing prior to inmate transfer.  South unit, an SO yard, is home to Arizona Corrections Industries (ACI) and will remain open.  West unit, which houses DUI and RTC felons, is run as a private prison by GEO Group, Inc, and will remain open.  

Due to COVID-19, the administration offers little help in soliciting inmate AA literature needs and thusly there has been a hiatus in bringing the message of AA into the prison. Hopefully the inmates are holding peer-led AA meetings themselves.  We have been unable to ascertain such.

Our recovery TV channel #39, until now broadcast to all cells, is a victim of the virus and the Governor’s edict. While we once had two fulltime inmates to run the recovery channel, we now have none.  Broadcasts have been temporarily suspended.

Good news!  We hold a Zoom meeting, designated “Beyond the Razor Wire”, of released inmates every Saturday evening at 6:00 o’clock.  If you’d like to join us, please contact me for the Zoom ID.

We have asked the Florence Warden for guidance in retrieving AA books, pamphlets, equipment and artifacts from closing units, fearful they may otherwise be discarded.

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany  afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Report from the AFI Business Meeting of on TUES, 10/06/2020:

1. I made an announcement to AFI regarding the VWHI Virtual Awareness Day, as well as provided

the Zoom Link and password for October 10 th from 12pm – 4pm. I also made reference to the

H&I Website www.vwHI.org, for more information.

2. AFI Business Office Hours: Open M – F (9am -5pm), Saturday (9am -1pm)

a. 24 hour hotline 

b. Website Link www.aawetphoenix.org

3. AFI Business Office – all are required to wear a mask in office

4. OPEN Positions – Please check website for description of Open Positions

a. Unity Chair

b. Steering Committee Positions

5. To make a monetary contribution, or to make your Home Group donation, you can now pay

online by visiting the AFI website

6. Office Volunteers are always needed

7. There were 165 office visits in September, 141 calls about meetings, 80 calls for information and

11 Twelve Step Calls.

8. The AFI Intergroup is discussing new ways to have and host Special Events

9. All Committee Meetings are currently in Zoom

10. AFI 37 th Anniversary “COURAGE TO CHANGE” will be held in Zoom on October 24 th , 6:30pm

Zoom Room Opens, 7:00pm Celebration begins. Go to AFI Website and Register. There will be

an AFI History, Speakers, a PI/CPC Presentation and Closing Ceremony. (flyer included in report)

11. The Voice of Attraction 24 hour hotline is always in need of volunteers, please contact AFI

OFFICE TO VOLUNTEER,, or email afiinfo@aawestphoenix.org

a. The Fria Flyer is posted on the AFI Website with Articles, Events, Announcements,

Birthday’s etc., If you have a Poem, News, or Article you would like to send, please do so

at www.aawetphoenix.org

12. The AFI is discussing an Ad Hoc Committee “Advancement of New Technology Committee”

created for navigating thru new technology via Zoom, etc. (Tabled until next Meeting)

13. Church where AFI Meetings are held, are OPEN, however, AFI in discussion on practicing proper

safety guidelines and possibility of simultaneous hybrid meeting for those not ready to meet

live. (Tabled until next Meeting)

EAST VALLEY: OPEN| | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

SALT RIVER: Kimberly || sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

2nd Tuesday of the month via Zoom for the biz meeting 

Opened on 9-6pm

Elections are coming up.  AAPhoenix,org

2020 Alcathon will be Virtually 

10/24 Meeting to get elected 

Office has a position available from 11pm-6am for after hours.

Some meetings are strting to open social distancing is basically saying go to meetings at your own risk.

Anthony makes a motion to close David 2nd to close motion passes at 835 pm.

CLOSE:  

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration 

Meeting Minutes August 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Website: www.vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday August 12th, 2020

Open: Via Zoom 

Serenity Prayer opened meeting at 702 pm

Reading of the Steps 

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  | chairperson@vwhi.org 

Katy welcomes everyone, starts with prayer. 

Colby read step 8

Katy: no announcements, in contact with church, could get a hold for a few weeks, will report when she hears back

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby |  | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Virtual Awareness October 10th 12pm-4pm

SECRETARY: Christin |  | secretary@vwhi.org

No updates 

Anthony motions to accept, Harold second to accept minutes

All accepted, motion carriers 

TREASURER: Eric | | treasurer@vwhi.org

Balance Forward $4,347.75

Income

Group Contributions

Individual Contributions

Monthly Supporters

Business Meeting Collections

Jamboree Fundraising

Income Total $6,417.90

$345.00

$64.25

$0.00

$0.00

$6,827.15

Balance After Income

$11,174.90

Expenses

Literature

Meeting Lists

Uhaul Storage Unit

Meeting Room Rent

Printing

Supplies

Jamboree

C-Card Processing

Check Return/Bank Fee

Zoom ($14.99 monthly less $50 refund)

Total Expenses $2,309.91

$0.00

$185.17

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$20.02

$12.00

-$35.01

$2,492.09

Balance After Expenses Paid $8,682.81

Prudent Reserve $2,000.00

Above/Below Prudent Reserve $6,682.81

Michael makes motion to approve treasure report, Harold seconded, approved. Motion Carries.

LITERATURE: Tom | | literature@vwhi.org

Book Order complete  – 200 BB’s for 1492.00 100 12×12 for $726, 30 Large Print $267.90 Total $2485.90 +10% Discount with a  total $2309.91

Tom suggests 900 am Saturday (07/11/2020), at the H and I church , reiterates the email goes through the literature email address (literature@vwhi.org)

Cut off for orders, 6 pm 25th each month, given by tom 

AWARENESS DAY: Jose G  Awareness_day@vwhi.org

Oct 10th 2020 12pm-4pm

WEB SERVANT: Adam | | webservant@vwhi.org  

Asks group for feedback about what info should be on the website, reports 1800 unique visits 

Zoom meeting will be on website.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe |  | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

Katy has been running at meeting Canyon Vista on Friday Nights.

If anyone is interested in having a Zoom meeting get in contact with Joe 928-848-9904 treatment_chair@vwhi.org

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie |  | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

No Report.  Willing to help 

SERVICE LIAISON: Open |  | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

No report

MCSO: Dennis |  | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

No report Not Present.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Open Positions 

Awareness day chair- Jose was voted in.

Christin made a motion, Harold 2nd the motion, Motion passes. 

 Service liaison (steering)- Tom nominates Becky, Becky Declined.

NEW BUSINESS:

No New Business from the floor

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill |  | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 

Bill report-  not present

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony |  | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org 

Email Anthony if you are a new rep.

SPANISH: Franky |  | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Franky not here no Report

NOTE: 

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – 

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold |  | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

Harold Present No Report

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael |  | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

No Report.  Will reach out to his facilities to see about Zoom Meetings.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy |  | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

Sent over to Joe a list of meetings that Crossroads for Women that are available.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd community_bridges_west@vwhi.org 

Not Present No Report

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David  towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact:  Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistance

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009   

MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Jessica L. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred 623 523 1112 | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Starr 480-669-9688 juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Bruce 480-650-9316| lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John |  | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany  afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Diana is the new chair and Diana is the co chair

EAST VALLEY: OPEN| | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

Open position, no coordinator 

SALT RIVER: Kimberly || sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

Kimberly- business 2nd Tuesday of the month via Zoom

Office opened 9-6pm  phone is open

Elections are coming up  

Area 3 – Adrian 

State Convention Sept 4-6 

AREA 03-  Jason S  treatment@area03.org

Zoom Round Table Meeting @810pm

District 08-  No Report 

Kim motion to close, Eric seconds, all agree, motion passes 900pm

CLOSE:  

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration 

Meeting Minutes July 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Website: www.vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday July 8th, 2020

Open: Via Zoom 

Serenity Prayer opened meeting 

Reading of the Steps 

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  | chairperson@vwhi.org 

Katy welcomes everyone, starts with prayer. 

Colby read step 7

Katy: no announcements, in contact with church, could get a hold for a few weeks, will report when she hears back

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby |  | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

No updates .

SECRETARY: Christin |  | secretary@vwhi.org

No updates from Joe standing in for Christin

Harold motions to accept, Jason second to accept minutes

All accepted, motion carriers

TREASURER: Eric | | treasurer@vwhi.org

Jun-Report   June2020

Balance Forward$9,800.42

IncomeGroup Contributions$2,183.02

Individual Contributions$40.00

Business Meeting Collections$0.00

Jamboree Fundraising$240.00

Interest$0.02Income Total$2,463.02

Balance After Income$12,263.44

ExpensesLiterature$7,692.40

Meeting Lists$0.00

Uhaul Storage Unit$185.17

Meeting Room Rent$0.00

Printing$0.00Supplies$0.00

Jamboree$0.00

C-Card Processing$38.12

Check Return/Bank Fee$0.00

Zoom(have requested $50 refund)$64.99

Total Expenses$7,915.69

Balance After Expenses Paid$4,347.75

Prudent Reserve$2,000.00

Above/Below Prudent Reserve$2,347.75

Intergroup Contribution$0.00

Reports the report is missing mail in contributions, Eric says he will go to the post office tomorrow to get mail in contributions

Group contribution, are way down (10 percent)

Reports U-Haul amount will be cut in half due to new storage unit

Refund requested on zoom, 50 bucks, of 64.99 paid, refund request in process 

Automated monthly contribution, Eric got set up, but has to change membership language on plugin, is working go to vwhi page and click on donate, has option for monthly donation(new), has pricing for various books, tested and it works, Eric asks to check it out, and to provide feedback

Tony- asks if it is a monthly or one time, eric confirms both

Theresa – asks where to give cash, in person or go to web and mail, and can do it online with credit or bank card, or send a check 

Tom makes motion to approve treasure report, seconded, approved 

LITERATURE: Tom |  | literature@vwhi.org

Book Order complete  – 1080 books ordered, total $7,692.40

New literature chair Tom- 

Has books! Has 24 cases BB, 15 cases of 12×12, ten are spoke for for BB, asks to set up meet for Saturday early in the day, asks people to email him for day and time preference

Tom suggests 900 am Saturday (07/11/2020), at the H and I church , reiterates the email goes through the literature email address (literature@vwhi.org)

Cut off for orders, 6 pm 25th each month, given by tom 

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

No report

WEB SERVANT: Adam | | webservant@vwhi.org  

Adam report- 

Asks group for feedback about what info should be on the website, reports 1700 unique visits 

Answered if the pw to zoom will be the same, yes, if it is changed it will be on the website form the announcement tab. 

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe |  | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

Joe and Katy are working to set up zoom H and I Meetings. 

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie |  | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

Out of country. Not present to give report.

SERVICE LIAISON: Open |  | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

No report

MCSO: Dennis |  | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

Teresa is okay with taking applications for Badging

Dennis says to reach out to him at his email for badging info

OLD BUSINESS: 

Item 1- testing of monthly donations- this is up and working, eric confirms 

Item 2- H and I zoom speaker Series- 

H&I has zoom account, get in touch with treatment facilities, coordinator broadcast meeting, focus on message for confined acholic, potentially on Fridays

Comments from body :

Katherine- has google sheet, speaker requirements? Would that be helpful, 

Joe this will be worked out

Item 3- open positions 

Awareness day chair – Harold, nominates Colby, Colby declines nomination

Service liaison (steering)- no stands 

 Two corrections positions

Juvenile coordinator – Star stands, no one else stands, Katherine motions to accept through acclimation, seconded by Theresa, motion passes 

Lewis prison coordinator – Bruce stands, qualifies, Eric  makes motion to accept through acclimation , Catherine second, motions carries, Bruce is new Lewis prison coordinator 

NEW BUSINESS:

Eric- had first refund, a check was sent from business account, advised we were self-support, declining outside contributions, taking donations from individuals, left off of report

Michael- asks for transparency, unidentified person on the zoom VWHI business meeting (whats my name?)

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill |  | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 

Bill report-  not present

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony |  | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org 

Anthony not here 

SPANISH: Franky |  | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Franky not here 

NOTE: 

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – 

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold |  | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael |  | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy |  | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd community_bridges_west@vwhi.org 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David  towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

David- nothing to report 

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

Brian- David (covering) says nothing to report, Bryan out

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact:  Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistance

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009   

MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Jessica L. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

Jessica, no one coming in, but a lot of drunks there 

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. federal_corrections@vwhi.org

Nicholas, not there 

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

Fred- none 

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Starr juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

Star us new 

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Bruce| lewis_prison@vwhi.org

Bruce is new 

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John |  | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

John S- Florence, globe, eloy closed, bringing lit in though, peer led meetings are occuring, he is updating recovery tv channel everyday with new content, including great content from Zoom content, free recordings from websites of recovery speakers 

Emails from Cynthia, asking for documents in anticipation of prisons reopening for training- John states to ask John about that

At Florence, Globe and Eloy, all chaplains are home quarantined. 

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Nora- Katy spoke with her. Kimberly is the alternate, Katy will speak with her about checking in in her absence. No report for this meeting. 

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany  afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Tiffany- Stated she will have more formal report for next month. At this time intergoup is still open during its standard standard operating hours. 

EAST VALLEY: OPEN| | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

Open position, no coordinator 

SALT RIVER: Kimberly || sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

Kimberly- meeting next week for SRI, office closed, phone is open, no formal report 

Kim motion to close, Eric seconds, all agree, motion passes

CLOSE:  

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration 

Meeting Minutes June 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Virtual meeting on Zoom| Wednesday June 10th, 2020

vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060

Open: ~7pm

Serenity Prayer

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  chairperson@vwhi.org 

Church is still continuing to stay closed and may possibly open in August

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Read Step 6 – Virtual Awareness Day June 13th, 2020 

SECRETARY: Christin |  secretary@vwhi.org

Table the motion to accept the minutes from last month

TREASURER: Eric | treasurer@vwhi.org  

Michael made a motion to approve Treasure report Bruce 2nd motion and Motion passes.

May 2020

Balance Forward $8,949.81

Income 

Group Contributions $1,011.43

Individual Contributions $34.40

Business Meeting Collections  $0.00

Jamboree Fundraising $0.00

Income Total $1,045.83

Balance After Income  $9,995.64

Expenses $0.00

Literature $0.00

Meeting Lists $0.00

Uhaul Storage Unit $185.17

Meeting Room Rent $0.00

Printing $0.00

Supplies $0.00

Jamboree $0.00

C-Card Processing $10.05

Check Return/Bank Fee $0.00

Web Meetings (Zoom) $64.99

Web Hosting (HawkHost) $53.82

Total Expenses  $195.22

Balance After Expenses Paid  $9,800.42

Prudent Reserve $2,000.00

Above/Below Prudent Reserve 7,800.42

Intergroup Contribution $0.00

LITERATURE: Tom | literature@vwhi.org

Book order is due by June 25th @ 6pm 

Billy is stepping down on June 30th

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Adam | webservant@vwhi.org  

Website is not up and working right now.  We will email when back up.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

No report –  If you have any contacts please 

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

Bootsie was not here to report

SERVICE LIAISON: Tom | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

No report

MCSO: Dennis | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

Durango Jail is closing and the new facility Saguaro Jail will be opening. Badges are still avaiable to apply.  

Corrections:

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David |  | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Cindy juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Treatment Centers & Hospitals:

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

Not present no Report

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

No Report 

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

Open position for a women to take H&I no info given 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org 

Not present No report 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

Not present No report 

Bridging the Gap: Bill not present to report 

Intergroups & Spanish: Anthony has no report

Frankie- not present to report

Jeremy District – Not present 

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany afi_liaison@vwhi.org

No Report 

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

No Report 

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | | sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

The State Convention will be held this year. The information from their meeting will be on AREA03.org soon. If you want to help, contact Adrian at or barraza1515@yahoo.com. SRI needs donations from clubs and individuals. Summer Round Up was canceled but our lawyer was able to bet our deposit back from the hotel. SRI is asking if people can make a $30 donation to them, which would have been the registration fee for the Round Up. This will help SRI. There will be a Golf Tournament on August 9th for SRI. More info to follow. The meeting documents are on the website: https://aaphx.org/groups/

Old Business:

1) Eric F. and Adam will test a monthly donation feature on the website to try and increase donations. Monthly donation levels will be offered in “big books” – no ‘nays’ from the body.

New Business:

Postions Opened 

Lewis PrisonHighway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

Sobriety Requirement 2years 

Working knowledge of Steps and traditions 

Must be Badged 

Must have served on VWHI 1-2 years 

Phoenix West-Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

Sobriety Requirement 2years 

Working knowledge of Steps and traditions 

Must be Badged 

Must have served on VWHI 1-2 years 

Awareness Day Steering Commitee Postion

Literature Steering Commitee Postion- Tom is stepping in for literature 

Bruce made a motion to accept Tom by acclimation Katherine 2nd the motion 

Table til the next meeting for service Liason.

John shannon made a motion: 

“I move that meeting minutes be published asdraft minutes no later than one week before the subsequent meeting.Thedraft designation is to be removed after approval (as originally drafted or as revised minutes) at subsequent meeting”.

Vote was 26-0

Motion passes.  

Billy Q  celebrated 32 years 6/3/2020.

Responsibility declaration

Close:~830pm

Meeting Minutes May 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Virtual meeting on Jitsi | Wednesday May 13, 2020

vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060

Open: ~7pm

Serenity Prayer

A few housekeeping items before we get started:

Jitsi is a new platform for many of us. Adam, our Technology Chair, will mute everyone right now just to avoid unnecessary audio. If you’d like to jump in, there is a raise hand feature you can use. If you’re on desktop it’s in the lower left corner. If you’re on the phone, you can tap the three dots in the lower part of your screen, and click the hand icon. Adam will be doing his best to watch the raised hands and to manage the chat. 

Reading of the Step – Colby Step 5

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  chairperson@vwhi.org 

Tonight is not going to be a normal business meeting. We will loosely follow the agenda we usually do but we are trying to focus on COVID-19 updates, how we plan to carry the message to the confined alcoholic, and immediate service opportunities. Loose agenda for tonight: 1) steering updates 2) updates from corrections coordinators 3) updates from treatment coordinators 4) Bridging the Gap 5) Intergroups & Spanish 6) new business 7) close

– thank you all for attending, this is a difficult time for everyone so thank you for making time for H&I

– Church we normally meet at is closed, we are still paying rent

– Awareness Day has been moved to Saturday June 13th. More information will be coming, it will be posted on the VWHI website.

– Due to the way the dates of April and May fell, we are at a little bit of a disadvantage of a steering committee tonight. Our last steering committee meeting was 3 weeks ago, and a lot has changed in the last weeks. The stay at home was extended and we have since learned that social distancing will likely be a part of our new normal for the foreseeable future.

– We are still ordering literature and we are still in need of donations – Billy and Eric will talk more about that.

– We are using Jitsi tonight, however at the last steering committee meeting we talked about purchasing an H&I Zoom account to broadcast speaker meetings to treatment centers and corrections facility. I’ll let Bootsie and Joe talk more about that since it was Joe ideas. 

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

No report – more on virtual Awareness Day coming soon

SECRETARY: Christin |  secretary@vwhi.org

Did not attend the meeting

TREASURER: Eric | treasurer@vwhi.org

Shared screen to show March report. No “nays” so March report was approved. Shared screen to show April report. No “nays” so April report was approved.

John S. asked if reports could be published early so individuals have more time to review report. Eric said he would be ok with that. Katy said that there was previously a motion that was made to do so (~October 2019) – the motion did not carry. 

LITERATURE: Billy | literature@vwhi.org

Spent $8,529.30 on 1,270 books. Please do not order books from a treatment center business email. We do not order books for facilities. We order books for volunteers who are taking meetings into facilities. There were several volunteers who did not pick-up their books last weekend – if you haven’t picked up your books yet, please reach out to me so you can get your books. 

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Adam | webservant@vwhi.org  

Gave update on website and trying to keep people updated with what is going on with meetings and other H&I business. Only H&I business and other H&I relevant info will be on website.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

Facilities are still closed; limited access for H&I. We can still deliver books. At the last steering committee meeting, we discussed using Zoom to broadcast a speaker series. Overall support from the body on this idea. 

In contact with a new facility that is opening soon, will share more info when available.

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie | | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

Bad internet connection – facilities are still shutdown.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tom | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

Present but no report

MCSO: Dennis | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

Did not attend the meeting 

Corrections:

David L. – towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org —  No report for Durango, Towers Estrella, facilities shutdown

Jessica – phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org — No report for Phoenix West

John S. – florence_prisons@vwhi.org — update on Florence 

1-  Florence Complexes have the highest COVID-19 infection rate of all other Arizona prison complexes combined.  Currently 60 inmates have tested positive and three have died from the disease.  Data are available for only half of the units that comprise the Florence Complexes and therefore these results are conservative.

2- There is no projected re-opening date for the State’s prison complexes.

3- There is ongoing dialogue with the newly installed volunteer coordinator,  Cynthia Taibbi, with the goal of streamlining the volunteer application and training process.  Changes have been made, but streamlining has been elusive.  In fact, much more work, complexity and responsibility has been laid upon us coordinators.

4-  Recovery material continues to be installed on our recovery educational TV channel #39 server for feed to all prison cells.  This is especially valuable during this pandemic “lockdown”.

5-  All volunteer activity, including the processing of new badges, is on hold, except badge renewals.

6- Florence North Unit “alumni” hold a virtual meeting (labeled “Beyond the Razor Wire”) every Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.  This is such strong evidence of the Program (and God) at work!!!

Treatment Centers & Hospitals:

Harold texted, did not attend meeting – no update for Hospitals east

Treatment Centers – Amy —  treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org – coordinating a meeting for Salvation Army – meeting is co-ed on Tuesday. Anthony (volunteer coordinator) expressed interest and will get in touch with Amy. Contact Amy for more info. 

Bridging the Gap:

Bill bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

Bill did not attend meeting; emailed his report after:

I called up Calvary Recovery on Wednesday May 13th at 9:36 a.m. and talked to Taylor.  They are still on shut down and they will call me and let me know when they open back up to let NA and AA and BTG back in to do their meetings.  

I started going back in to James Walton House two weeks ago to do my meetings there on Monday nights from 6-7.  They are running pretty good.  I wear a mask while I am there. 

The calendar is still showing BTG meetings on the last Thursday of the month at Hobb Knobs.  We set up our meeting and restaurant each time we meet for the next month.  It is no longer the last Thursday of the month.  All have been discontinued for now.  

Looking forward to when H&I starts back up again. 

Intergroups & Spanish:

Tiffany – Agua Fria afi_liaison@vwhi.org – please see aawestphoenix.org for the latest on Zoom meetings and for a guide to all recent AFI info. The office is open and proper PPE is being utilized. We do not have integroup meetings at this time. 

Kimberly – Salt River sri_liaison@vwhi.org – No summer round-up; SRI office is open; PPP loan was returned.

New business:

1) Overall, positive feedback on getting an H&I Zoom account to broadcast H&I speaker series. Interest from several members about getting involved and supporting the idea.

2) Shawna shared that 5 H&I volunteers would have been recognized at the MCSO banquet in March 2020. Banquet was canceled due to COVID19. Shawna said she would like to have those 5 volunteers recognized and allowed the opportunity to speak at virtual Awareness Day. Mixed feedback from the body – one comment that this would be in conflict with AA traditions; two comments that this would not be in conflict with AA traditions. No formal motion on the table so the steering committee will discuss this at the next meeting on May 27th.

3) Eric F. received a letter from Lewis Prison asking for AA, need to get a reliable coordinators

4) Eric F. and Adam will test a monthly donation feature on the website to try and increase donations. Monthly donation levels will be offered in “big books” – no ‘nays’ from the body.

No milestones to celebrate – keep coming back!

Responsibility declaration

Close: ~8pm

Meeting Minutes March 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Agenda

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Website: vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday March 11th, 2020

Open: 

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Traditions

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

Home group reps:  Welcome!  Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service.  Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info.  Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on https://vwhi.org.  

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  | chairperson@vwhi.org 

Open meeting at 703pm

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby | | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Read step 3 

SECRETARY: Christin |  | secretary@vwhi.org

April made a motion to accept 

2nd Tom 

TREASURER: Eric |  | treasurer@vwhi.org

Balance Forward $9,518.30 See report attached.

LITERATURE: Billy |  | literature@vwhi.org

$7025.59 

New system of record keeping

Send Book orders to email with complete commitment.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

Event planning is going well. Jamboree will be at Kiwanas Park on May 9th @10-5pm

WEB SERVANT: Adam |  | webservant@vwhi.org  

290 visits ti the site

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe | | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

Unhooked has open meetings Thurs/Fri/Sat male and female volunteers

Avenir in Surprise opening soon 2-5pm and 6-8pm 

1 yr sobriety 

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie | | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

DOC new volunteer coordinator 3/20-3/21 Corrections Conference

SERVICE LIAISON: Tom |  | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

No report

MCSO: Dennis | | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

Late 

Need new volunteers

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:

Any new Business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony | | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org 

SPANISH: Franky | | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

DISTRICT 08:

NOTE:  In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – NOT REPORTING THIS MONTH

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org 

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

MCSO will be having an open house of the new jail on March 14 from 1000-1500.

Due the new jail opening In June. All volunteers need to call security control prior to going to their program.  The numbers are in your Volunteer handbook.

Towers:

All volunteers need to print their name on the rooster.

Durango:

No report

Estrella:

Like to give special thanks to Shawda for reaching out to Theresa to get clarity on Estrella Gatepass policy  Women who have gatepass can go to any AA program.   Thanks again for service

BTW – Always looking for woman volunteers

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave.  & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S.  4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

We have experienced some issues with volunteers getting their Sponsor letters processed, but this has been worked through and to my knowledge nobody’s badge was expired nor meetings missed due to it.

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact:  Debra L. Miller, Special Projects Manager    

Debra_miller@mcso.maricopa.gov

The previously delivered box of Big Books has been delivered to the Volunteer’s office on Mezzanine 2.  The issue was that Tracy McDermott was transferred to Estrella Jail.  Debra Miller has taken over for her but cautions that she not been trained for this job.  However, my interactions with Debra have been very positive and she s very responsive to my e-mails.  She assumed that the box of Big Books was for filling tank orders.  I explained that they are for volunteers to take into the pods to conduct meetings.  I eventually received a request from the MCSO librarian requesting boxes of Big Books to fill tank orders, which was forwarded to the Literature chair.

We’ve experience issues with Harold’s roster being missing from the roster.  Debra has been made aware and indicated to me that when she checked on the two occasions that it was reported missed that it was in there.  She stated that she has been counting and recounting her rosters to make sure she has them all and will continue to be vigilant and work for a better outcome.  She had added about (7) names to it bringing the number of inmates for this meeting to 10.

The following is the schedule for 4th Avenue Jail meetings.  If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the 4th Avenue Jail please see me after the meeting.

Sunday 11:00 am – noon Pod 2D2 Craig A / Darryl F

Sunday   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pod 3A1 Dean S  / Kevin

Sunday   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3E1 Tim G

Monday   4:45 pm –  5:45 pm 3B1 Paul

Tuesday   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  3C2 Ryan T / Victor V

Tuesday   5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3F1 Harold T

Tuesday   5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3E1 Darryl F

Tuesday   4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3A2 Ryan T / Victor V

Wednesday   4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 3C1 Bruce B

Wednesday   6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 3D2 Guadalupe

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009   

MCSO Contact: Lynette “Emma” Anderson     emma_anderson@mcso.maricopa.gov

A request was to add meeting to the LBJ schedule but due to the pending opening of the new Saguaro Jail there is a hold on any changes being made to the schedule but Emma indicates that she will be open to reviewing further in a few weeks as more information becomes known.

The following is the schedule for Lower Buckeye Jail meetings.  If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the Lower Buckeye Jail please see me after the meeting.

Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Joseph N

Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am Bob P

Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bob P 

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bill C

Fridays   9:00 am – 10:00 am Bill W

Sobriety requirements:

  1. Two years of sobriety for a volunteer ID Badge (full access & may chair solo) 
    1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
    2. Attend a 3-hour training class
    3. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter (which is the “Sponsoring Agency”) from the MCSO Liaison
    4. Has fingerprints taken at the Sheriff’s office for a full background / criminal records clearance check
    5. Once approved by MCSO, volunteer is issued a photo ID
  2. One year of sobriety for a volunteer “Gate Pass” – volunteers may only enter with a “Badged” volunteer 
    1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
    2. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter from the VWHI MCSO Liaison, NOT your AA sponsor (VWHI is the “Sponsoring Agency”)
    3. Once approved by MCSO, the volunteer receives a temporary 90-day “Gate Pass” which is renewable up to one year & is accepted at all MCSO jails

ALL Applicants Must Be “Off-Paper”:

  • At least 1 year since serving a term of probation or parole; or since incarcerated on any charge – even if the charge is dismissed.
  • Documentation of the end date of probation or parole is required.
  • At least 1-year after incarceration resulting from a misdemeanor conviction.
  • At least 3 years after incarceration resulting from a felony conviction.

Thank for the opportunity to be of service,

Brian Meyer, Coordinator

PHOENIX WEST |Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Jessica 

phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Cindy | | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Michelle | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

Florence consists of fourteen prison complexes –

  • Pinal County Jail (i.e., Adult Detention Center) with1,500 beds expandable to 3000 beds;
  • Three State Prison Complexes:  Florence with 4,000+ general population inmates and Arizona’s death row and execution chamber; Eyman with 5,000+ sex offenders; and Globe with 500+ DUI inmates;
  • Two Federal Facilities:  Behavioral Systems Southwest (BSS) with 92 re-entry inmates (46 male, 46 female) operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facility operated by the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Two private prisons operated by Corecivic:  Florence Correctional Center (FCC) with 2,000+ Federal Marshall, ICE, California and Vermont inmates; and Central Arizona Detention Center (CADC) with 3,000+ U.S. Marshall and ICE inmates;
  • Two private prisons operated by GEO Group, Inc.:  Florence West with 2,000+ DUI and RTC inmates; and, Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) with 1,000+ sex offenders.  
  • Four private prisons in Eloy, AZ: three operated by Corecivic (Eloy Detention Center, La Palma and Saguaro) and one operated by Geo, Inc. (Red Rock).   All house approximately 2,000 inmates each.  La Palma and Eloy are under contract with ICE, Saguaro with the State of Hawaii and Red Rock with the State of Arizona.  We currently take meetings into Red Rock using our DOCRR badge.

Twenty-four badges have been in process since December.  Two applicants have lost interest and dropped out.  One was a medical intern who moved on without being badged. Three applicants chose to serve at Perryville. One applicant is now badged for Behavioral Systems Southwest.  Eight candidates are now DOCRR badged.  Nine applicants are still in process.  Volunteers continue to come forward, some from the Florence area.

We currently have 50+ DOCRR badged volunteers.  Several are also badged for Corecivic, GEO and PCSO facilities. 

A minimum of thirty-eight meetings are held weekly with outside AA volunteers as facilitators.  Twenty or so additional peer-to-peer meetings are held by the inmates themselves.  Meetings are held in nearly every unit at Florence, Globe and Eloy.

All groups are registered with GSO with outside AAs as GSRs and inmates as Alternate GSRs.  Each group is structured with an elected Alternate GSR, Chairman, Secretary, Librarian, Greeter and Grapevine manager.  The last meeting of each month is designated the birthday meeting at which sobriety medallions are awarded followed by an inmate speaker.

Recovery material is broadcast through ETV Channel 39 to every cell in the Florence Complex every morning from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and every evening from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  It is our goal to eventually broadcast to every cell in the state.

Meetings have resumed at the Florence/East Unit.   A Back to Basics 12-Step Workshop based on the Big Book, followed by a “Position of Neutrality” 8-week lecture series to explore deeper meaning of the Big Book text, are planned to run concurrently with regular A meetings.  John M. will conduct the Back to Basics Workshop and Joe M. will conduct the “Position of Neutrality” series (which is presently included in our Channel 39 Recovery programming).

A meeting was held for group leaders on 1/29/20 in the Prison Director’s offices, hosted by the newly installed statewide Volunteer Coordinator, Cynthia Taibbi, to discuss the DOCRR badging and training processes.  It was revealed that Governor Ducey in his State of the State Address renamed the Department as “Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Recovery (DOCRR)”.  It’s a great name, implying new direction consistent with our H&I mission; i.e., rehabilitation and recovery.  The meeting was mostly informational.  Subsequent to the meeting, I have written to Ms. Taibbiti, giving my thoughts on volunteer screening and orientation.  My letter is appended to this report.

It is worth noting that the DOCRR has 1100 volunteers statewide, 75% of which are religious, 15% educational, and only 10% substance abuse!  Clearly more substance abuse volunteers will be need to meet the Department’s stated goal of 25% reduction in recidivism in 10 years.

We have instituted 11th step sessions on meditation which meet weekly in two Florence Units.

Group conscience meetings for all volunteers, once held the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the Road to Recovery meeting room, have been temporarily suspended. 

In grateful service, 

John L. Shannon, Jr.

Florence Complexes Coordinator

February/March, 2020 Literature Order (English):

2 Cs B-12 – Daily Reflections

1 Cs B-16 – Large Print Big Book, With Stories

2 Cs B-18 – As Bill Sees It

5 Cs B-30 – Big Book

3 Cs B-15 – Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions

35 Each P-41 -A Member’s-Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous

ATTACHMENT 1

LETTER TO STATEWIDE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Good morning, Cynthia.

Here are some observations and recommendations that come to mind regarding DOCRR volunteer screening and orientation.  More thoughts will doubtless come to mind in the course of our ongoing dialogue.  My remarks apply only to the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) volunteer program.  I have no knowledge regarding the other volunteer programs.

Vetting Telephone InterviewThe first stumbling block in the badging process is the telephone vetting interview by Central Office (earlier done by Mar’ Kuhlman, Quality Assurance  Coordinator/Counseling and Treatment Services, and more recently by Jan Wethers, Reentry Coordinator/Inmate Programs and Reentry).  The process is increasingly slow and mysterious (i.e., never any progress feedback).  I am caused to make repeated calls to the candidates themselves in order to determine whether or not an interview has taken place; and if not, then to give Jan a gentle reminder.  I can’t fault Jan because the responsibility of vetting candidate volunteers was added to her fulltime duties.

I, or any other AA coordinator of my acquaintance, would never intentionally submit a volunteer candidate for badging that didn’t have solid sobriety and high personal standards.  If I’m not acquainted with the candidate himself/herself, then I insist that the referring AA member be of the same caliber as the candidate himself/herself.  I myself perform a vetting interview of each candidate volunteer before submitting him/her to the DOCRR for badging.  To guide my vetting, I use the accompanying self-designed guide (ATTACHMENT 2).  It is more thorough than the Department’s guide.  My suggestion is to dispense with DOCRR vetting telephone interviews and, instead, rely on the vetting interviews conducted by us coordinators.  The interview guide sheet can be filled in and forwarded to your office for your approval (providing it doesn’t suffer the same delay as the DOCRR telephone interviews it’s meant to replace) prior to sending application documents to the candidate.

Volunteer versus Employee:  Current application documents and online training are “one size fits all” and therefore, in many regards, inappropriate.  Application documents ask for information seemingly irrelevant considering that volunteers are onsite 2.5 hours at a time (at most) and are under surveillance all the while.  Employees are onsite for entire workdays, often presumably not under constant surveillance.

Online training addresses the candidate sometimes as an employee applicant and other times as a volunteer applicant, which is often confusing.  Protocols of conduct and interactions with inmates are different for employees and volunteers owed to differing roles and related involvements.

Proceedings and interactions with inmates at our prison AA meetings are intended to mirror as closely as possible those at AA meetings on the outside.  We alcoholics achieve and maintain sobriety collectively (not individually) by sharing our experience (and strength and hope).  The AA meeting is a safe environment where honesty and openness prevail.  Such intimacy is manifest in the level of disclosure (of darkest secrets) and physical interaction (handshaking and impulsive hugging).

Both application documents and online training would benefit enormously from specificity; i.e., by addressing AA (or SUD) volunteers exclusively.  Such is my suggestion.

Application Documents:  I wonder how useful and/or applicable is the plethora of requested background information which seems styled for the job applicant, not the volunteer applicant.  

The question “Are you acquainted with or related to current or former inmate, parolee, or probationer in the Department of Corrections or any other prison or incarcerated system”? is a tough one for AA volunteers.  AA meeting rooms are brimming with ex-offenders.   Answering this question with all honesty and thoroughness is almost impossible and has the potential for discouraging potential volunteers.       

I can see that references (though only favorable ones would be listed), employment history, question regarding theft from an employer, and level of education all may be important for job applicants, but are they considered relevant to AA volunteers?    

My suggestion is to draft application documents that are specific to AA volunteers, not job seekers.

Part I – Volunteering:  DCVOL 101 Online TrainingSometimes volunteers are the focus in the video clips, and other times employees, contractors, vendors and general public are the focus.  It would be less confusing if the training addressed volunteers solely.

Some specific statements are cited (as quotations) below with comment….

“Volunteers can be on the visitation list of incarcerated immediate family members”.  Comment:  Does this apply to all complexes and units or just the complex and/or unit where volunteering?

“Contact program manager/supervisor if contacted by ex-offender, former inmate”.    Comment:  This is contrary to our process.  We unavoidably mix with former inmates at AA meetings on the outside and we help them with housing, employment and networking.

“Maintain courteous, professional demeaner”.  Comment:  If this implies detachment, then this too runs counter to our process.  Our relationship is necessarily intimate.  We share secrets.  We identify.  While we must be courteous and proper, we cannot be detached.

“Never make contact with anyone on behalf of inmate”.  Comment:  We have a sanctioned Bridging the Gap program which puts inmates in contact with temporary sponsors as early as six months prior to release, or through a hotline telephone number on release.  On his/her release, we sponsor the inmate and help him/her with employment quest and sober housing.  While housing and employment help are not our charter, we find ourselves involved out of a desire to be helpful to another alcoholic.


“No smiles or winks”.  Comment:  While we are not inclined to wink, how can we not smile?  We are not a glum lot.  In sobriety we are happy, joyous and free!

“Don’t use first names.”  Comment:  In compliance with the AA tradition of anonymity, we don’t use last names, only first names.

In Working with Inmates it’s said that inmates are, in most ways, people like anyone you know in the outside world.   Comment:  True.  We carry this attitude into the prison to guide our conduct.  We bond to a degree that the staff is unable and prudently can’t.  

Future:  Our volunteers to the private Corecivic prison (FCC, CADC) have all resigned, for two reason:  (1) cumbersome badging process involving lengthy, inconveniently scheduled in-person training and (2) seeming disinterest in inmate rehabilitation on the part of the prison.  The possibility (or, more likely, probability) that some Florence inmates may be transferred to Corecivic facilities is concerning.  Negotiations with Corecivic to ease  the badging process would be desirable.  Likewise, in my view, mimicking the Corecivic in-person training activity for AZ State volunteers is a step backward.  Such badging encumbrance adversely affects our volunteer candidate pool and runs counter to the present trend in academia for online course offering.

One badge for all state prisons, private prisons and country jails would be a great step forward.

AA literature for inmates is funded through the voluntary contributions of AA members.  Roughly $80,000 is spent annually on literature for rehabs and prisons throughout the Valley, approximately $10,000.00 of which is spent annually for the Florence, Globe and Eloy complexes.  If DOCRR could offer some help with this expense (not for AA, but for the inmates), we would be very grateful.    

Cynthia, this is all I can bring to mind at the moment.  Call me if you’d like to chat.

I hope you have a great week!

John

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany | | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

31st Annual Family Camp Out and Fishing Derby 4/17-4/19 at Bartlett Lake 

AFI Needs Volunteers Needed 

  • Answer Phones 
  • Give Meetin info to callers
  • Handle 12 step calls 
  • Sell Literature
  • Various other office task
  • 4 hr shift 

VOLUNTEER TIMES NEED TO BE FILLED TO HELP CARRY THE MESSAGE 

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

NO REPORT

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | | sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

 Need people to sign up for 12 step work

Saturday Volunteers 9am-1pm

PI/CPC need rep 4th Tuesday of month

Gift Baskets needed for the anniversary

SRI Anniversay  @ Phoenix College on April 18th 

SRI Summer Round Up @  Doubletree Resort PV on Aug 7-9

2020 Summer Round Up will have 240 scholarships w/ 4 hr service commitment 

CLOSE:  

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes February 2020

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Website: www.vwhi.org | PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday February 12th, 2020

Open: 

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Traditions

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.  

Announcement from the Chair: Katy |  | chairperson@vwhi.org 

-Introduction of new steering committee.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: Colby |  | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Read step 2

.

SECRETARY: Christin |  | secretary@vwhi.org

Motion to accept last months meeting minutes.

Billy made a motion to accept the minutes. Tom 2nd the motion. Motion accepted.

No report 

TREASURER: Eric | | treasurer@vwhi.org

$9999.33 brought in 

$6001.76

$29063.79

Prudent reserve $1500.00

LITERATURE: Billy |  | literature@vwhi.org

Book orders in by February 26th.  

Send all literture orders to the literature email.

If wanting to order books for a treatment center go through Joe the treatment chair to get boxes of books.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

Jamboree event will at Kiwanas park on May 9th 10-5 every Sunday we meet at Dozer Ink 38 S. Macdonald  at 630 pm.

WEB SERVANT: Adam | | webservant@vwhi.org  

1473 visits to the website and just today 84 visits to the 

TREATMENT CHAIR: Joe |  | treatment_chair@vwhi.org  

4 basic meeting formats  avaiable. We may need a 2nd treatment chair for hospitals.  If wanting to start a meeting in hosptial or treatment center go to the website.  

Jails and Corrections the meetings are posted online but treatment centers are not online.

Spreadsheets are avaiable for H&I meeting avaiable.

CORRECTIONS CHAIR: Bootsie |  | corrections_chair@vwhi.org  

No report. Wasnt present.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tom |  | service_liaison@vwhi.org  

No report.

MCSO: Dennis |  | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org 

Was not present.

There are volunteer trainings this week if need assists with appication or sponsor letters let him know 

OLD BUSINESS: 

NEW BUSINESS:

Jason from Way out- motion tabled regarding using electronic presence for any candiate for a position if they want to continue to use Skype in their elections.  

Billy made a motion to table the motion to next month.  Tom 2nd the motion.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill |  | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony |  | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org 

Has templates for reporting back to your groups 

SPANISH: Franky |  | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

NOTE: 

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – 

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold |  | hospitals_east@vwhi.org 

stay after the meeting to let him know 

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael |  | hospitals_west@vwhi.org 

havent been real sucessful with meetings 

Quail run has been reaching out to get a meeting there.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy |  | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org 

Crossroads 360 is looking for a meeting to be taken over on Friday 6pm

Salvation Army is a womans meeting at 6pm-7pm at Central and Pima 

Buena Vista is looking for meeting for a co-ed facility.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd |  | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org 

No report. Not here.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky |  | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org  

Making sure we have big books for the big books study.

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David |  | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | 4 | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact:  Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistance

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009   

MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Jessica L. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. |  | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | 623 523 1112 | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Cindy 602-672-5748 juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Michelle | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John |  | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany  afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Report from the Business Meeting of Agua Fria Intergroup, on Tues, Feb 4th, 2020

Hello, this is Tiffany W., your newly appointed Agua Fria Intergroup Liaison, to the Valley Wide H & I. 

am honored to be of service. Here is a report for your records, and to place in your agenda for your

upcoming VW H & I Meeting, if applicable:

1. The Agua Fria Intergroup has turned in $15.15 of funds that have been collecting in the Pink Can,

displayed at the AFI office. (They are turned in for this Wednesday, Feb 12 th to H&I)

2. The AFI will include the H&I Website Link next to the AFI Liaisons’ Name and number in each

Agenda going forward, as means of greater awareness and access to H&I Events and

opportunities to be of maximum Service

3. AFI Wild West Day in the Park, Saturday, March 7 th (Flyers present). Tickets can only be

purchased Online, or in the AFI Office. No tickets are to be sold at the Park on the day of the

Event.

4. Family Camping and Fishing Derby: April 17 th – 19th, South Cove 2- Bartlett Lake (more info on

website)

Thank you for allowing me to be of service.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | | evi_liaison@vwhi.org  

Not here to report.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly || sri_liaison@vwhi.org  

Business Meeting is 2nd Tuesday of the month 3201 E. Thunderbird 

March 4th SRI 77th anniversary Committee meeting 

Lake Pleasant roundup March 20-22 

GSR Orientation Feb 18 530pm  

Wild West Day in the park March 7th 930am 

Sunlight of the Spirit Feb 21-23 

7th Traditions Breakfast March 14th 9am

Summer Roundup Aug 7th-9th 

CLOSE:  827pm Made a motion to close 

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes January 2020

Valley-Wide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Agenda
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website:
www.vwhi.org| PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday January 8, 2020

Open:

Serenity Prayer
Reading of the Traditions
Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps
Home group reps​: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair:​ Katy | chairperson@vwhi.org -Introduction of new steering committee.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON:​ Colby | co_chairperson@vwhi.org Read step 1
Introduced self to the meeting.

SECRETARY:​ Christin | secretary@vwhi.org
Motion to accept last months meeting minutes.
Mike made a motion to accept the minutes. Billy 2n​ d​ the motion. Motion accepted. No report

TREASURER:​ Eric | treasurer@vwhi.org
Dennis would;be been here to give the last report but he was sick. The break down for collection was
$92,399.59 and you will see that literature was $83,158.44. Other expenses are $5466.22. Will be eventually talking about doing online ongoing contributions in the next couple months.

LITERATURE:​ Billy | literature@vwhi.org
Let’s get the bad news out of the way. The books will be late. Our bank card card kept getting rejected at AAWS. I tried again this morning,(1-2-2020), and all went smoothly. We spent $6,001.76 on 906 AA approved books and 25 pamplets. I’ll keep you posted on a book delivery location and date. Please have your book order in by COB, January 30th. Thank you.

Send all literature orders to the literature email.
If wanting to order books for a treatment center go through Joe the treatment chair to get boxes of books.

AWARENESS DAY:​ ​OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org 1

Jamboree event will present spreadsheet by next meeting.
Money was collected and turned into the Treasurer. By the next meeting we will have a date for the next Jamboree event.

WEB SERVANT:​ Adam | webservant@vwhi.org
Adam is still working on the minutes for the month of December. In the last 30 days we have had 1093 visits to the website. If any feedback please let Adam know.

TREATMENT CHAIR:​ Joe | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
We may need a 2n​ d​ treatment chair for hospitals. If wanting to start a meeting in hospital or treatment center go to the website.
Jails and Corrections the meetings are posted online but treatment centers are not online.

CORRECTIONS CHAIR:​ Bootsie | corrections_chair@vwhi.org
Made changes to the email and to the agenda that its corrections chair not corrections coordinator.
Bootsie made a report that the 3 positions are available.

SERVICE LIAISON:​ Tom | service_liaison@vwhi.org Tom is sick.
Not here.

MCSO:​ Dennis | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org Dennis is sick and not here.
Copy Bootsie on emails.

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open Coordinator positions:
Lewis Coordinator
​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020;

2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Juvenile Corrections Coordinator​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until

December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred; must be able to obtain fingerprint card) Cindy 602-672-5748
Harold Made a motion to vote in Cindy for Coordinator. Billy 2n​ d​ the motion. Motion to accept Cindy in position by acclimation.

Phoenix West Coordinator​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

NEW BUSINESS:

No new business.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP:​ Bill | 602 367 4773 | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org 2

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Bills report:
We attended the New Vision AA Meeting. We obtained seven new volunteers. After the meeting we went to Dragon Palace to eat and have our meeting. The food was excellent. Shane had the phones in November and had 6-7 calls. There were a few calls for “taxi service.” Please spread the word that BTG is not a taxi service. We are trying to connect them to AA. Shane was told by one of the residents that it was posted on the bulletin board “for a ride call” and gave the BTG phone number. I have the phones for December.
Our next AA Meeting is at Mid-City at 6619 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix on Tuesday 12/17/19 @ 5:30 pm. Going to eat after at Stacy’s Off Da Hook BBQ on Glendale Avenue just east of 19th Avenue (1804 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021).

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:​ Anthony | ​newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org will email report

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or Hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org Not here. No report

DISTRICT 08: ​Tracey M. (temporary rep) | service_liaison@vwhi.org No report. Not here.

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented. In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS – NOT REPORTING THIS MONTH HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave:​ Harold | ​hospitals_east@vwhi.org HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave:​ Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org TREATMENT CENTERS:​ Amy | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale:​ Lloyd | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa:​ Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org

CORRECTIONS
DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35
thAve & Buckeye, South Phoenix: ​David |

towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org
Towers:
All volunteers need to print their name on the rooster.
Everyone was texted regarding resuming their regular schedule meeting(s)
Tower 5 has been shut down. Not sure how long. The inmates from Towers 6 were moved to Durango Jail and the inmates from Towers 5 were moved to Tower 6
Durango:

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Everyone was texted regarding resuming their regular schedule meeting(s)
Estrella:
Special thank to (Chris and Julian) for resuming the Monday morning meeting
Also special thanks to the ladies who took meeting in over the holiday. You ladies rock Like to thank all the new women / men volunteers

BTW – Always looking for woman volunteers

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4thAve. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix:​ Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org
4thAvenue Jail – ​201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
MCSO Contact: Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistant

There has been a keypad lock added to the 4t​ h​ Avenue Jail Programs office. The code for it has been communicated to all of the volunteers.
A box of Big Books was taken to the 4t​ h​ Avenue Jail but it was not in conjunction with a meeting and so the volunteer was unable to take them to the volunteer office. The box of books was taken to Tracey McDermott’s office and an e-mail was sent to her to advise her of the books. To date there has not been any response to confirm that they have been delivered to the volunteer office.

The following is the schedule for 4t​ h​ Avenue Jail meetings. ​I​f anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the 4t​ h​ Avenue Jail please see me after the meeting.

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Monday

Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday

Wednesday Wednesday

11:00 am – noon Pod 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pod 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm3E1

2D2 3A1

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm3B1 Paul

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm3A2

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm3D2

3C2 3F1 3E1

Craig A / Darryl F Dean S / Kevin Tim G

Ryan T / Victor V Harold T
Darryl F

Ryan T / Victor V

3C1 Bruce B Guadalupe

Lower Buckeye Jail​ – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009 MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

The following is the schedule for Lower Buckeye Jail meetings. ​I​f anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the Lower Buckeye Jail please see me after the meeting.

Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 9:00 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am – 11:00 am 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Joseph N Bob P

Bob P Bill C

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Fridays

1.

2.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Bill W
Sobriety requirements​:

Two years of sobriety for a volunteer ID Badge (full access & may chair solo)

  1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
  2. Attend a 3-hour training class
  3. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter (which is the “Sponsoring Agency”) from the MCSO Liaison
  4. Has fingerprints taken at the Sheriff’s office for a full background / criminal records clearance check
  5. Once approved by MCSO, volunteer is issued a photo ID

One year of sobriety for a volunteer “Gate Pass” – volunteers may only enter with a “Badged” volunteer

  1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
  2. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter from the VWHI MCSO Liaison, ​NOT​ your AA sponsor (VWHI ​is​ the “Sponsoring Agency”)
  3. Once approved by MCSO, the volunteer receives a temporary 90-day “Gate Pass” which is renewable up to one year & is accepted at ​all MCSO jails
    ALL Applicants Must Be “Off-Paper”​:

At least 1 year since serving a term of ​probation or parole​; or since incarcerated on any charge – ​even if the charge is dismissed​.
Documentation of the end date of probation or parole ​is required​.
At least 1-year after incarceration resulting from a ​misdemeanor​ conviction.

At least 3 years after incarceration resulting from a ​felony​ conviction.
PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35thAve, Phoenix:​ OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

No report.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix:​ Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24thSt:​ Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org No report. Not here.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS:​ Cindy | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org No report

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye:​ OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org No Report

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence:​ John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org 5

Florence consists of fourteen prison complexes –

Pinal County Jail (i.e., Adult Detention Center) with1,500 beds expansible to 3000 beds;

Three State Prison Complexes: ​Florence​ with 4,000+ general population inmates and Arizona’s death row and execution chamber; ​Eyman​ with 5,000+ sex offenders; and ​Globe​ with 500+ DUI inmates;

Two Federal Facilities: ​Behavioral Systems Southwest​ (BSS) with 92 re-entry inmates (46 male, 46 female) operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facility ​operated by the Department of Homeland Security;

Two private prisons operated by Corecivic: ​Florence Correctional Center​ (FCC) with 2,000+ Federal Marshall, ICE, California and Vermont inmates; and ​Central Arizona Detention Center​ (CADC) with 3,000+ U.S. Marshall and ICE inmates;

Two private prisons operated by GEO Group, Inc.: ​Florence West​ with 2,000+ DUI and RTC inmates; and, ​Central Arizona Correctional Facility​ (CACF) with 1,000+ sex offenders.

We have added four private prisons operated by Corecivic in Eloy, AZ: ​Eloy Detention Cente​r, ​La Pal​ma, ​Saguaro​, and ​Red Rock​ Correctional Complexes. All house approximately 2,000 inmates each. La Palma and Eloy are under contract with ICE, Saguaro with the State of Hawaii and Red Rock with the State of Arizona. We currently take meetings into Red Rock using our DOC badge (because it is under contract with AZDOC).

Twenty-one DOC badges have been in process since last reporting two months ago. Four applications have been completed and five have been canceled. Twelve are still in process. Volunteers continue to come forward, many from the Florence area.

The badging process is increasingly cumbersome and administrative delays are common. There is a meeting scheduled (in which I will participate) for 1/29/20 in the Prison Director’s offices to discuss streamlining the DOC badging process.

We currently have more than 50 DOC badged volunteers. Several are also badged for Corecivic, GEO and PCSO service.

A minimum of thirty-eight meetings are held weekly with outside AA volunteers as facilitators. Twenty or so additional peer-to-peer meetings are held by the inmates themselves. Meetings are held in nearly every unit at Florence, Globe and Eloy.

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All groups are registered with GSO with outside AAs as GSRs and inmates as Alternate GSRs. Each group is structured with an elected Alternate GSR, Chairman, Secretary, Librarian, Greeter and Grapevine manager. The last meeting of each month is designated the birthday meeting at which sobriety medallions are awarded followed by an inmate speaker.

Recovery material is broadcast through ETV Channel 39 to every cell in the Florence Complex and is planned to eventually extend to every cell in the state.

A meeting is scheduled with ADW Patrick O’Brien of the Florence/East Unit to begin preparations for the resumption of meetings in that Unit. Concurrent with regular meetings, a Back to Basics 12-Step Workshop based on the Big Book will be conducted, followed by a “Position of Neutrality” 8-week lecture series to explore deeper meaning of the Big Book text. John M. will conduct the Back to Basics Workshop and Joe M. will conduct the “Position of Neutrality” series (which is already included in our Channel 39 Recovery programming).

A Recovery-themed Holiday event was held at Florence/North Unit on December 12t​ h​. Joey L. was the main speaker. Gifts were exchanged along with a guitar music performance. Inmate attendance exceeded 100.

Group conscience meetings for all volunteers, once held the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon at the Road to Recovery meeting room, have been temporarily suspended.

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: ​Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org Not here

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Tiffany | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
Hello, this is Tiffany W., your newly appointed Agua Fria Intergroup Liaison, to the Valley Wide H & I. I am honored to be of service. Here is a report for your records, and to place in your agenda for your
upcoming VW H & I Meeting, if applicable:
1. The Agua Fria Intergroup has turned in $15.15 of funds that have been collecting in the Pink Can,
displayed at the AFI office.
2. Christmas Alcathon was a success, 260 people were registered and a prospective profit of $417.00 for the overall event.
3. NYE – was a success, great speaker, food and fellowship. NYE chair, out sick, was not present to
give financial report.
4. AFI Wild West Day in the Park, Saturday, March 7 th (Flyers present)
5. Family Cam

EAST VALLEY: ​Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org 7

Not here to report.

SALT RIVER: ​Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org Not here to report

CLOSE:​ 803pm
Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

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Meeting Minutes December 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website:
www.vwhi.org| PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday December 11, 2019

Open:

Serenity Prayer
Reading of the Concept
Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps
Home group reps​: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair:​ Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting lasts one hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you stay until the end to show respect to the Intergroups who give their reports at the end of this meeting.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON:​ JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org Awareness Day went well. $$ report will be given at the next meeting.

SECRETARY:​ Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Sorry I can’t be there! Congrats to JJ, Kolby and Awareness Day committee for a great event! Wishing you all a very happy holiday 🙂 Katy participated via phone from out of town.

TREASURER:​ Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
Brought two reports: from last month and this month. Created a budget for $85,000; we are at $87,000 with a month to go. We spent $76,000 on literature up to November, which was probably another $12-15,000.

LITERATURE:​ Keith | literature@vwhi.org
Sent his report to JJ. $6996.60 on 1,030 BB and 12×12 in November. Collected $72,500 in first three quarters of the year.

Thanks everyone for his service.

AWARENESS DAY:​ ​OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT:​ Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Thanked everyone for 2 years of service. Steering Committee approved November minutes; they are on the Web site. 479 unique visitors to the Web site.

TREATMENT CHAIR:​ Open | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

CORRECTIONS CHAIR:​ Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org Found a Perryville coordinator.

SERVICE LIAISON:​ Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org Thanked everyone for the last 8 years. She is rotating out.

MCSO:​ Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
Ruth L.: Alternate Delegate for Area 87 (Canada). Came in Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Shawna and Fred took her to Estrella. Wonderful visit; she spoke many places. Bridget Mack from MCSO: MOSAIC program to stay as-is. Meeting Monday 11:30 at Estrella was dark for months, now have two males going in and three people awaiting their badges will be able to rotate.

Shawna thanked everyone for her years of service.

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open Coordinator positions:
Lewis Coordinator
​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020;

2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Juvenile Corrections Coordinator​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until

December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred; must be able to obtain fingerprint card)

Phoenix West Coordinator​ (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

2) Steering Committee Elections:

Chair

  • JJ
  • Katy: elected
  • Dennis nominated by Tracey Co-Chair
  • Kolby: elected
  • Dennis nominated by Tracey; he declined the nomination
  • Fred nominated by Shawna; he declined the nomination

Secretary

  • Samantha: not here
  • Harold: declined nomination
  • Kristen: nominated by JJ; elected by acclimation Treasurer
  • Eric F.: elected by acclimation
  • Joe: declined nomination Literature Chair

◦ Billy Q: elected by acclimation
Awareness Day Chair
◦ Kolby elected as co-chair; no longer available to stand ◦ OPEN
Website Servant/Technology Chair
◦ Adam: elected by acclimation
Treatment Chair
◦ Joe: elected by acclimation
Corrections Chair

  • Dennis withdrew
  • Bootsie nominated by Tracey; elected by acclimation Service Liaison

◦ Tom stood for this position; elected by acclimation MCSO Liaison

  • Mike: not present; was actually listed in error – was never nominated for this position
  • Dennis nominated by Tracey; elected by acclimation ***REMINDER: Next steering committee meeting will be held next week on 12/18 at IHOP at 44t​ h​ st. and Thomas. 6:30pm for food and fellowship, meeting starts at 7pm. This meeting will be the transition from old to new steering committee. NEW BUSINESS: No new business from the floor COMMITTEE REPORTS: BRIDGING THE GAP:​ Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
    BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours. JJ read the report. Next meeting Dec. 17 @ 5:30pm at Mid-City. VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:​ Anthony | ​newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
    SPANISH:​ Gabino | ​spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org​ or ​hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Gabino is rotating out. Frankie is the new person taking over next month.

DISTRICT 08: ​Tracey M. (temporary rep) | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Elections in November for District Committee Member Chair: Larry S. or District 8 and Alt Chair: Cheryl L.
Third Tuesday in February, meeting at Gloria Dei

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented. In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave:​ Harold | ​hospitals_east@vwhi.org

No report

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave:​ Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org Literature distribution: BB: 3 boxes; 12×12: 2 boxes; meeting lists: 20

TREATMENT CENTERS:​ Amy | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org
E-mailed report: position still open for taking meetings into the Salvation Army on the men’s side.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale:​ Lloyd​ | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
No report

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa:​ Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org

No report

CORRECTIONS
[NOT REPORTING THIS MONTH]

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35thAve & Buckeye, South Phoenix: ​David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org
LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4thAve. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix:​ Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35thAve, Phoenix:​ OPEN | ​phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix:​ Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24thSt:​ Fred | ​alhambra_prison@vwhi.org
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS:​ ​OPEN​ | ​juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org
LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye:​ OPEN | ​lewis_prison@vwhi.org FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence:​ John | ​florence_prisons@vwhi.org PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: ​Nora | ​perryville_prison@vwhi.org

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: ​Tiffany |​ ​afi_liaison@vwhi.org Chrismas Alcothon

EAST VALLEY: ​Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org No report

SALT RIVER: ​Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Second Tuesday of every month at Central Office. Everyone invited to attend. SRI office has openings for telephone answering Tues 9-12, Thurs 12-3: one year of sobriety and have worked the steps. SRI Alcothon Dec. 24-25; other fliers.

CLOSE:

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes November 2019

Valley-wide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday November 13, 2019

Open: 7:02pm

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting lasts one hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you stay until the end to show respect to the Intergroups who give their reports at the end of this meeting.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Juvenile Coordinator stepping down.

Awareness Day: met with EVI Chair, EVI will be represented at event. Fliers are in the back. The event is Nov 30th at Kiwanis Park at Ruben Romero North – 10am to 5pm. Looking forward to great speakers. AA Jeopardy will be happening! $5 donation or gently used Big Book or 12×12. Note from the body: Ruth from Canada is speaking as well as Dee and Angela Payton.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

*sign in sheet

*reviewed agenda and minutes –

*reminder to coordinators to see Eric if they do not get emails from vwhi email

Newcomer Liaison – passing around the sheet with name sign in. Has info for newcomers.

Tracy motions to accept last month’s meeting minutes. None opposed. Motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Didn’t look at print order when I picked it up today – they printed out the old style so I’ll ask Eric to post the updated version. Budgeted $85k for the year – at the end of Oct we were at $77k. Question from the body about Road to Recovery donations, Dennis resolved. Dennis is completing a certification of disclosure and yearly report. David makes motion to approve treasurer’s report. None opposed – motion carries.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

No books! AAWS had their inventory at the beginning of the month, then Veteran’s day. So Keith will be giving out books later this month. 11/24 at Bill Wilson Hall from 11am to noon.

1. We spent $5,997.24 on 928 books and 95 pamphlets.
2. We also purchased 150 SRI meeting lists @ $1.00 each.
3. AAWS did their annual inventory Nov. 1st thru Nov. 8th. No book orders were shipped out during the inventory. Our book shipment should arrive next week.
4. I plan on distributing books on 11/24, 11AM until noon or later. Location will be at Bill Wilson Hall, 2770 E. Van Buren, the east side of building. Text or call me if you are running late.
5. Please have your book order in by COB, Nov 27th.
6. Happy Thanksgiving to you and family.

AWARENESS DAY:OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Gave updated website statics. Waiting to get confirmation that all steering committee have approved steering committee meeting minutes from last month.

The website has info about Awareness Day, you can make donations on the website!

Could use help on English to Spanish translation on website if anyone is good at that!

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Absent.

From the body – tried reaching out to treatment coordinator but has not gotten a response.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Juvenile Coordinator has stepped down – please let Bootsie know if you’re interested. Sobriety requirement is two years.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

The steering committee is doing the group inventory this Sunday. The meeting minutes from the group inventory will not be published on the website.

From the body – question about the purpose of group inventory. JJ – purpose remains the same. Richard from the body wants to know why we are not publishing minutes. Eric – homegroups don’t take their inventories to the district, it’s an inventory to help the steering committee work better together. Linda – it’s in the bylaws. Shawna – will help next steering committee and give them direction.

MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office): Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

Working to get volunteers (with Spanish too) to get more collaborative. New cohort of women going through Back to Basics next month. Corrections Conference was fantastic! AZ didn’t get the 2021 bid but it was fun trying! New Orleans will host in 2021. 2020 will be in Chicago area.

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Lewis Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Phoenix West Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

NEW BUSINESS:

1) Nominations for elections. Elections will be held at the next business meeting on Wed Dec 11th.

Chair

JJ – nominated by Colby

Katy – nominated by Tracey

Co-Chair

Colby – nominated by Stephanie

Secretary

Samantha – nominated by Colby

Harold – stands

Treasurer

Eric – stands

Joe – nominated by Harold

Literature Chair

Billy Q – nominated by Colby

Awareness Day Chair

Colby – nominated by Eric

Technology Chair

Adam – nominated by Eric

Treatment Chairperson

Two nominations but they declined to stand.

Joe – stands

Corrections Chairperson

Dennis – nominated by Tracy

MCSO Liaison

Couple of nomination but all declined

Service Liaison

Mike – stands

2) Juvenile Corrections Coordinator

Elections will held on Dec 11th.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Dark zone meeting: Freedom Hall but no longer in existence. Meeting on North Tatum in North Phoenix. 9 calls in October.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Anthony | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Gave report during Secretary update.

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

HOY A 1 DE NOV DEL 2019 DEL SABADO 19 DE OCTUBRE AL VIERNES 1 NOVIEMBRE ACTA #21

REPORTE DE LOS REPRESENTANTES DE INSTITUCIONES

EL LUNES 21 DE OCTUBRE SE ATENDIO EL ANEXO KARYNA,GABINO Y 1 COMPAÑERO DEL GPO FUENTE DE VIDA

EL MARTES 22 EL COMITE SE REUNIO EN LA OIH.

EL MIERCOLES 9 ATENDI EL H&I

EL JUEVES 24 CICLO DE UNIDAD AL GRUPO MI ULTIMO REFUGIO, MACARIO, MOISES, VICTOR Y GABINO

EL DOMINGO 27 EVENTO DE INSTITUCIONES

EL LUNES 28 SE ATENDIO EL ANEXO SOLO GABINO Y TAMBIEN SE APOYO CON VICITA A TERROS

EL MIERCOLES 30 VICITAMOS LA CASA REFUGIO GABINO Y FRANKY

EL VIERNES 1 DE NOVIEMBRE ATENDI LA JUNTA DE LOS ROIS

UN AGRADECIMIENTO A TODOS LOS QUE NOS ACOMPAÑARON AL EVENTO DE INSTITUCIONES TAMBIEN AL GRUPO 12 Y 12 POR PRESTARNOS LA TRIBUNA Y FACILITARNOS LAS LLAVES DE LOS BAÑOS

REPORTE DE LOS VOLUNTARIOS A LAS CARCELES

SABADO 19 DE OCTUBRE LBJ FRANKY ENTRO A LA M1 Y SALIERON 2, ALFREDO ENTRO M2 Y SALIERON 8

DOMINGO 20 TOWERS EDY, OSCAR, DAYBETH Y GABINO SALIERON 4 (1 NUEVO)

MIERCOLES 23 ESTRELLA CARLOS Y FRANKY (PIDIO DISCULPAS YA QUE OLVIDO SU BADGE)

VIERNES 25 DURANGO JOSE LUIS Y DAYBETH SALIERON 16 (1 NUEVO)

SABADO 26 LBJ EDY ENTRO A LA M2 SALIERON 9 Y TMB A LA M4 SALIERON 5

DOMINGO 27 TOWERS, DAYBETH Y FRANKY NO TRAJERON A LOS INTERNOS

MIERCOLES 30 LA ESTRELLA FRANKY, DAYBETH Y GABINO SALIERON 4 INTERNAS

VIERNES 1 NOVIEMBRE DURANGO DAYBETH SALIERON 9 (1 NUEVO)

DISTRICT 08: Tracey M. (temporary rep) | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Next Tuesday the 19th Gloria Dei is the election for the district committee member chair and alt chair. In February, they’ll have elections for all the rest of the positions. Please come to the meeting next week if you are interested in this position (District 08 rep).

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

Towers:

All volunteers need to print their name on the rooster.

All 11/08 Friday meeting was canceled due to Officer Lee timely on the job dead

Apology for not reaching out to all volunteers regarding jail closure on 10/8 -10/10

There will be no meetings on the following days: Nov. 28 – 29, 2019. December 14, 2019 – January 06, 2020

Durango:

There will be no meetings on the following days: Nov. 28 – 29, 2019. December 14, 2019 – January 06, 2020

Estrella:

Have a male volunteer to do the Monday 11:30am meeting but the roadblock he needs another person. Male or Female. Let me know if you are interested. (Might have a volunteer)

There will be no meetings on the following days: Nov. 28 – 29, 2019. December 14, 2019 – January 06, 2020

Like to thank all the new women / men volunteers

BTW – Always looking for woman volunteers

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

It was recently discovered that volunteers are confused over the MCSO guidelines on handing out books to the inmates. This was discovered after a 4th Avenue Jail volunteer asked me for Big Books since there were none left in the Volunteer office. The process was explained for obtaining books from VWH&I: order from Literature chair at the monthly meeting and pick them up the next month. The volunteer inquired about obtaining books sooner so I reached out to Tracy McDermott about what supply there may be in her office. She inquired as to why books were needed and reminded me that they were not to be handed out. I’ve been advised by another volunteer that previously we were indeed permitted to hand out books, however it is currently the rule that inmates are only permitted to receive books though internal tank orders and all volunteers have been advised. New books have since been secured and both jails are presumably amply supplied.

Spanish meetings have been scheduled at 4th Avenue Jail finally. Gabino will report details under the Spanish Meetings portion of the meeting tonight.

Another volunteer had complained about a theft of his Big Books during the week or two when none were in the office. This was elevated to Tracy McDermott who advised me of the situation. The issue has been resolved: the books were replaced and all volunteers were asked to not remove others’ property from the volunteer office and to, again, not hand out books to the inmates.

During recent jail closings it was discovered that I did not have everyone’s cell phone numbers saved or some were not receiving texts. I reminded all volunteers to be sure to call the jail ahead of time to make sure there is no shutdown or closure but that I will endeavor to do better in communicating to avoid wasted time traveling to jails that are closed.

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact: Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistant

There has been a keypad lock added to the 4th Avenue Jail Programs office. The code for it has been communicated to all of the volunteers.

The following is the schedule for 4th Avenue Jail meetings. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the 4th Avenue Jail please see me after the meeting.

Sunday 11:00 am – noon Pod 2D2 Craig A / Darryl F

Sunday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pod 3A1 Dean S / Kevin

Sunday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3E1 Tim G

Monday 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm 3B1 Paul

Tuesday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3C2 Ryan T / Victor V

Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3F1 Harold T

Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3E1 Darryl F

Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3A2 Ryan T / Victor V

Wednesday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 3C1 Bruce B

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 3D2 Guadalupe

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009

MCSO Contact: Lynette Anderson

The following is the schedule for Lower Buckeye Jail meetings. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the Lower Buckeye Jail please see me after the meeting.

Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Joseph N

Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am Bob P

Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bob P

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bill C

Fridays 9:00 am – 10:00 am Bill W

Sobriety requirements:

  1. Two years of sobriety for a volunteer ID Badge (full access & may chair solo)
    1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
    2. Attend a 3-hour training class
    3. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter (which is the “Sponsoring Agency”) from the MCSO Liaison
    4. Has fingerprints taken at the Sheriff’s office for a full background / criminal records clearance check
    5. Once approved by MCSO, volunteer is issued a photo ID
  2. One year of sobriety for a volunteer “Gate Pass” – volunteers may only enter with a “Badged” volunteer
    1. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork
    2. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter from the VWHI MCSO Liaison, NOT your AA sponsor (VWHI is the “Sponsoring Agency”)
    3. Once approved by MCSO, the volunteer receives a temporary 90-day “Gate Pass” which is renewable up to one year & is accepted at all MCSO jails

ALL Applicants Must Be “Off-Paper”:

  • At least 1 year since serving a term of probation or parole; or since incarcerated on any charge – even if the charge is dismissed.
  • Documentation of the end date of probation or parole is required.
  • At least 1-year after incarceration resulting from a misdemeanor conviction.
  • At least 3 years after incarceration resulting from a felony conviction.

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

4 trainings a year, should havd the dates within the next month or two. 5 years sobriety and dresscodes. Has list of names of people interested, please contact me if you have interest.

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

All meetings are going well and meetings are being covered. We do need more volunteers to cover these meetings when current volunteers have a conflict with their schedules. We have 5 meetings going on now. Aspen Unit, Alhambra F Unit, Flamingo John Unit, Flamingo King Unit, and Alhambra Echo Unit. Emailed time ticket for the month of October to Chaplain Henderson.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: OPEN | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

Florence consists of fourteen prison complexes –

  • Pinal County Jail (i.e., Adult Detention Center) with 1,500 beds expansible to 3000 beds;
  • Three State Prison Complexes: Florence with 4,000+ general population inmates and Arizona’s death row and execution chamber; Eyman with 5,000+ sex offenders; and Globe with 500+ DUI inmates;
  • Two Federal Facilities: Behavioral Systems Southwest (BSS) with 92 re-entry inmates (46 male, 46 female) operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facility operated by the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Two private prisons operated by Corecivic: Florence Correctional Center (FCC) with 2,000+ Federal Marshall, ICE, California and Vermont inmates; and Central Arizona Detention Center (CADC) with 3,000+ U.S. Marshall and ICE inmates;
  • Two private prisons operated by GEO Group, Inc.: Florence West with 2,000+ DUI and RTC inmates; and, Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) with 1,000+ sex offenders.
  • We have added four private prisons operated by Corecivic in Eloy, AZ: Eloy Detention Center, La Palma, Saguaro, and Red Rock Correctional Complexes. All house approximately 2,000 inmates each. La Palma and Eloy are under contract with ICE, Saguaro with the State of Hawaii and Red Rock with the State of Arizona. We currently take meetings into Red Rock using our DOC badge (because it is under contract with AZDOC).

We currently have about 50 badged volunteers and about 15 badges in process. One badge has been issued since our last H&I meeting. The others are being held up by delay in background checks. This delay is currently typical.

We hold a minimum of thirty-eight meetings per week with outside AA volunteers as facilitators, and about fifteen more peer-to-peer meetings run by the inmates themselves. We hold meetings in nearly every unit at Florence, Globe and Red Rock. We broadcast Recovery material through ETV Channel 39 to every cell in the Florence Complex and plan to eventually extend our broadcast to every cell in the state.

Inmates occasionally stage “AA Traditions” plays with scripts obtained online. Occasionally also inmates stage a “Christmas Play” at this time of year.

We provide, on a rolling basis, Back to Basics 12-Steps Workshops based on the Big Book and are gearing up for a rolling series of “position of neutrality”, 8-weeks or so each, lecture series’ to explore the deeper meaning of the Big Book text. John M. conducts the Back to Basics Workshops and Joe M. will conduct the “position of neutrality” series which is already included in our Channel 39 Recovery program.

The Pinal County Sherriff’s Office (PCSO) volunteers were feted at an appreciation dinner held September 6th by PCSO at Central Arizona College (CAC) in San Tan. Dinner was prepared by the CAC culinary school and each AA volunteer was presented with a personal appreciation letter from Sheriff Mark Lamb and a beautiful coin resembling PCSO officer’s badge.

DOC volunteers were feted at an appreciation dinner held by the Department on October 12th at a Mormon Church community room in Queen Creek.

Florence Complex Warden Kevin Curran has recently been replaced by Warden Jeff Van Winkle. Van Winkle’s first administrative order is to require all volunteers to produce a medical letter explaining why the volunteer can’t clear the entrance magnetometer because of embedded metal prostheses.

Eyman Complex Warden Gerald Thompson has been recently replaced by Warden Stephen Morris.

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Not here.

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: OPEN | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Tiffany – $20 tickets for the New Years Eve event at Apollo High School

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

No report 🙂

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

SRI biz meeting is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm at the SRI Office.

SRI Election results: Chair – Robbin B., Vice Chair – Adrian B., Sec – Terry L, Advisor – Holly W., Advisor – Greg E.

SRI still has open committee positions. Next meeting is Wednesday Nov 20th at 6:30pm at the SRI Office.

SRI Alcothon: Dec 24th – 25th noon to noon. 3Pm – old timers meeting; 8pm – speaker meeting; 10am speaker meeting

2019 Alcothon Committee Meeting Dates: Every Wednesday starting November 20th at the SRI Office at 3215 E Thunderbird Rd, Suite B, in Phoenix.

CLOSE: 8:46pm

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes October 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website: www.vwhi.org | Wednesday October 9, 2019

Open: 7:01pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the Concept
Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps
Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your home group to find people who might be interested in being of service. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in AA. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour but this business meetings typically lasts one hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you stay until the end to show respect to the Intergroups who give their reports at the end of this meeting.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
Not much to report for co-chair. Fellow chairperson for Awareness Day – Colby. November 30th is Awareness Day. Call Colby for info on committee meetings – tons of volunteer opps! 480 849 1192
Two other committee members sitting with Colby, you can ask them questions too.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Tracy motions to accept last month’s meeting months. None opposed.

John S. – if they were posted on the website prior to the meeting, we could review them more thoroughly. Also, it would help give reps the chance to do a better job of reporting what happened at H&I meetings.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
Discussed treasurer’s report. Also discussed the financial statement. Last month we got everything set up for the Corrections Conference – plane ticket, hotel, etc. Right now we’re at $72k for the year! Reminder – elections are coming up, this position will be open! Question from the body about the budget – Dennis: budget can be found online. Motion to accept treasurer’s report by Harold, seconded. None opposed, motion carries.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
This month we spent $6,152.00 on 860 AAWS approved books. We also spent $200.00 on 200 SRI Meeting Lists. Don’t forget the 3rd Annual Corrections Conference, Nov. 1-3, in Houston, Texas.
Elections are coming up. Anyone interested in the literature coordinator position, please see me.
Please have your book order in by Oct. 30th, the last Wednesday of the month.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Last 30 days, 503 unique visitors. Gave total visits. Still people trying to hack us but it’s all good. If you’ve been to the site in the last two weeks or so there have been some aesthetic changes. Will make some updates tonight. Now that Awareness Day has been confirmed, I’ll add it to the site. You will be able to buy tickets on the site.
Question from the body about August steering committee meeting minutes; steering committee meeting minutes must be approved
Question from the body about the Group Inventory, if it happened: Tracy – hasn’t happened yet, will be on Nov 17th. We haven’t discussed the agenda yet so unsure

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
Not here.
Questions from the body about Pam’s absence lately.
Becky – Crossroads 360 is very grateful for meetings and lit brought in by H&I

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
Running late – texted.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
No report.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
Volunteer database is growing with more names added. MOSIAC has a new volunteer slot for the women filled but not until the final cohort beginning in December. More volunteers meeting the criteria are needed.
Bruce – MCSO has been shut down since Friday, went down there but no one there.
David (Tower coordinator) – got an email about the shutdown but date changed from Tues to Thurs of this week. Forgot to text.
Bryan – 4th Ave Coordinator – forwarded email to his meeting people but sounds like some people didn’t get it.

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment – until December 2019; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Lewis Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

NEW BUSINESS:
1) Volunteer Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Anthony – wants to stand – qualified. Tracy makes motion to accept by acclimation. Harold seconds.

2) John thinks it would be useful to have the meeting minutes posted prior to next meeting. Discussion around pros and cons.
I move that the draft form of the meeting minutes be posted on the vwhi.org website two weeks after the meeting and that version we replaced with the approved minutes subsequent to the next meeting.
Seconded by Bruce. Aaron calls for vote. Motions fails. We can table for further discussion at steering committee.
Question from the body about reason for motion.

Dennis – discussion – correction and treatment centers are reported every other month.

*any new business from the floor? None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
See flyer in back with info on next BTG meeting. Freedom House Oct 24th at 6pm is next meeting.
Trained someone on phones. Still going into Calvary. Pat needs some help – see him in the back.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: OPEN | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
REPORTE DE LOS REPRESENTANTES DE INSTITUCIONES
EL LUNES 23 DE SEPTIEMBRE NADIE ATENDIO EL ANEXO
EL MARTES 24 EL COMITE SE REUNIO EN LA OIH.
EL JUEVES 26 VICITAMOS AL GRUPO TRANSMITELO FANIO, VICTOR Y GABINO
EL LUNES 30 FUIMOS AL CICLO DE UNIDAD DEL GRUPO LA PAZ Y OSCAR ATENDIO EL ANEXO
EL MARTES 1 DE OCTUBRE ATENDIMOS CROSSROAD ARCADIA MACARIO Y GABINO
EL JUEVES 3 VICITAMOS AL GRUPO OASIS, GABINO, MOISES,
EL VIERNES 4, MOISES ATENDIO LA JUNTA DE LOS ROIS
REPORTE DE LOS VOLUNTARIOS A LAS CARCELES
SABADO 21 DE SEPTIEMBRE SE CUBRIO LA LBJ. EDY, CARLOS, OSCAR, GABINO Y DAYBETH. ESTABAN LAQUEADOS
DOMINGO 22 SE CUBRIO TOWERS, EDY, DAYBETH Y GABINO SALIERON 6 INTERNOS
MIERCOLES 25 NADIE CUBRIO LA ESTRELLA
VIERNES 27 LLAMARON DE LA DURANGO PARA INFORMAR QUE NO HABRIA REUNION ESE DIA
SABADO 28 SE CUBRIO LA LBJ. CARLOS Y JOSE LUIS ENTRARON A LA M2 Y SALIERON 15, A LA M4 Y SALIERON 9. ROBERTO, OSCAR Y EDY, ENTRARON A LA M1 Y SALIERON 4 Y EN LA M3 SALIERON 3
DOMINGO 29 SE CUBRIO TOWERS, ROBERTO, GABINO Y FRANKY, SALIERON 3 INTERNOS
MIERCOLES 2 DE OCTUBRE NADIE CUBRIO LA ESTRELLA
VIERNES 4 SE ATENDIO LA DURANGO ALONSO PERO NO AVIZARON QUE NO HABRIA REUNION

Oct 27th is the Spanish Jamboree – Institutions Event – collecting $5 or book (Spanish preferred) or other literature. 3001 W. Indian School. 11am-4pm.

DISTRICT 08: Tracey M. (temporary rep) | service_liaison@vwhi.org
Next Tuesday at 5:30pm at Gloria Dei, 36th st and stanford, next Maricopa County meeting. If you are interested in being in the District 08 rep for H&I please attend this meeting. Meeting starts at 7pm.

NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS
HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org
If you want to bring a meeting into a Hospital, please contact me!
John – do we have a list of hospitals that we take meetings into?
Aaron – no list but books going to Banners, Valley Hospitals, Unhooked, Desert Vista, Aurora, etc.

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org
Having the same problem as Harold. Looking for a list. Don’t know who to contact. Waiting for people to contact us. Have been delivering books. Contact Michael if you want to be of service.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_centers@vwhi.org
Oops!!! Email has been wrong!! treatment_coordinator@vwhi.org
Salvation army – saturday evening at 7pm – looking for saturday evening. Looking for male speaker on sunday evening at 8pm. Would like speakers to have at least 18 months.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
Not here.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org
Not here.

CORRECTIONS
DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org (not reporting)
LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org(not reporting)
PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Sarah S. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org(not reporting) – stepped down
FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)
ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org(not reporting)
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org(not reporting)
LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org(not reporting)
FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org(not reporting)
PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org(not reporting)

INTERGROUPS
AGUA FRIA: Sarah S | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
Sarah stepped down, position is now open.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Day of service Oct 26th – 2pm to 6:15pm. Free dinner. Raffle.
International Convention: meeting guide 3.0 approved
Sat Nov 9th AA secular conference. 9:30am – 5:30pm, 24th street conference center.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Alcothon meeting – Oct 23rd, Nov 6th, 20th, every Wed in Dec.
Nominations were made last month, elections will be next month.
Filing cabinet – newsletter about concepts and traditions and includes office report and minutes.
Mid City Is Moving!!!! Ask Kimberly for more info.
PICPC – talked about work of committee – has flyer about this group. Next meeting at PVCC – will have table set up to talk about what AA is and what AA isn’t.
Zonypa is now part of SRI reports – no report.

CLOSE: 8:18pm
Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes September 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Open: 7:02pm

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees and we typically meet until the business is done. This meeting typically lasts one hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you stay until the end to show respect to the Intergroups who give their reports at the end of this meeting. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

Guest speaker: Theresa McKenzie | Volunteer Coordinator | Maricopa County Sheriff’s OfficeTheresaMcKenzie@MCSO.Maricopa.gov Thank you to the H&I body. Spoke about volunteer opportunities at the county jails, please contact her with any questions at all.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Met with Awareness Day planning committee. Meets Sunday nights at6:30pm at 38 S. McDonald in Mesa at Dozer Ink. 3 open positions on Awareness Day committee. Still trying to get a date for the event. Switching from Indian School Steele Park to Kiwanis Park. Late October, early November.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

Motion carries to accept last month’s meeting minutes.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Treasurer report is in the back. Reminder this position is open in December. Budgeted $85k for the year, we’re already at $65k. Expenses coming up: Corrections Conference in Houston

Uhaul monthly should be negative (-$185). Ahwatukee Men’s Group has 3 checks that were mailed but are unaccounted for. JJ still needs to confirm that checks were sent. Prudent reserve is $2k. Motion to accept the treasurer’s report, none opposed.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

This month we spent $5,931.20 on 900 books and 30 pamphlets. I have a confirmation number

for this order. The bad news is There is no tracking number for the order and I have no info on the status or location on the books.

Here is the email from AA.org.

Dear AA Friends:

Thank you for your important message. We look forward to talking to you.

As we are immersed in the process of implementing new internal systems throughout the office, we are deluged with requests for assistance and have added folks to support our customer service team. We will be in touch as soon as possible. 9/5/19

September 27th is the deadline for book orders this month.

AWARENESS DAY:OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Gave web stats. Tweaks on the website – still working on the site. New corrections page is up. Treatment Centers & Detox is next. Spanish coordinators are helping to write up a couple of Spanish pages too.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

No report.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

If you are going into a corrections facility and need to get a TB test, there is a shortage of TB tests in the nation right now. Florence will accept a blood test.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

Current BADGED Volunteers are needed for the MOSAIC AA meetings; especially in Estrella to chair a 2nd weekly meeting for the women in the program.

MOSAIC is a 7-week program where the inmates (cohorts) selected for the program are in classes every day & provided they meet the CHS criteria, they graduate & released from jail. They are eager for meetings & work hard to ensure they graduate MOSAIC & go home or to a transitional facility. Volunteers & families are permitted to attend the graduation ceremony & it’s pretty awesome!

This is a very flexible program – you can pick the day of the week you would like to chair; the meetings can be at 6pm or 6:30pm. In exchange for this flexibility, the ‘catch’ is you must have been badged at least one year AND have gone in consistently. The remaining cohort schedule for 2019:

COHORT START DATE END DATE GRADUATION FEMALES (Tuesday) GRADUATION MALES (Thursday)
COHORT 17 Monday, August 19, 2019 Friday, October 4, 2019 10/01/19 10/03/19
Break week – no AA meetings Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11
COHORT 18 Monday, October 14, 2019 Friday, November 29, 2019 11/26/19 11/28/19
Break week – no AA meetings Monday, December 2 – Friday, December 6
COHORT 19 Monday, December 9, 2019 Friday, January 24, 2020 01/21/20 01/23/20

Also, before the end of year, I will be reaching out to volunteers individually to continue building the Volunteer Database. Here are the numbers:

  • Over 60 badged volunteers & more on Gate Pass approval
  • Current database of volunteers has approximately 20 names
    • 3 of which are Brian & David – our 2 coordinators, & myself!
  • 26 AA meetings TOTAL for all 5 MCSO Jails
    • Only 1 meeting is ‘vacant’ & needs a chair person

The purpose is for the badged & Gate Pass volunteers to connect & collaborate among themselves. Weekly chair persons need back-up & support – especially if they solo. Being added to the list, simply means you’re willing to have another volunteer call you & potentially able to help. It does NOT mean you’re obligated to be of service if/when someone calls.

  • Go in as guest speaker
  • Fill-in chairperson
  • Would like to try another jail
  • Exchange of ideas to keep meetings ‘fresh’

Newly badged volunteers & those on a Gate Pass especially need ‘training’ & an opportunity to be of service. I suggest new volunteers go in with as many different chairs at any jail as possible with respect to their personal schedule.

Please tell your home groups – we can ALWAYS use more volunteers!

Detailed info regarding sobriety requirements, Updates, current meetings at each jail, & qualifications are all located on website: vwhi.org

Want to get badged? Follow the Four Step process and send your application to Theresa McKenzie. She will give you the training date.

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment – until December 2019; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Lewis Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

2) New bylaws to be discussed

Body agrees they’ve had a chance to review and take bylaws back to their homegroup.

Dennis made motion to accept updated bylaws; none opposed. Motion carries.

NEW BUSINESS:

1) Richard: Questions from body from last month about certain groups not receiving books because they don’t house confined alcoholics. Concern around for-profit facilities receiving free books.

Dennis read a definition of a confined alcoholic from a facility outside of Arizona. No motion made.

2) Bob: Draft flyer for a proposal to host the 2021 National Corrections Conference in Phoenix. See flyer for more info. Bob is organizing a group to present to Corrections Conference Committee.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Attended Sagebrush Big Book Study meeting in north Phx and got 3 new volunteers. Attended PICPC meeting. Received 9 phone calls in August.

Next meeting: 5:30pm Happy Hour Saguaro @ 9835 N. 7th St. 85020 followed by committee meeting and dinner at the Habit at 7pm at 745 E Glendale Ave 85020

Pat explains that BTG group does not offer rides to those getting out of a facility, but individual people do. Pat is looking for help; has a handout for those looking to be of service.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

To the amazing body of H & I.

I do apologize for the short notice as well as not been present the last two months.

I just want to say that I am extremely grateful that the body allowed me the opportunity to be the newcomer liaison for the new H & I reps.

Unfortunately at this time I think it is in the best interest of H & I , that I step down from said position.

I am currently going through some private/personal issues and I just cannot keep my commitment. I do feel it is unfair that I keep this position when somebody else could be of service, and enjoy the experience. I am still the H&I rep for my home group and look forward to seeing you all soon

Thank you from the bottom of my heat for letting me be of service.

Laura N.

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org or hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Bad news – Lupe is leaving town so we need a new coordinator from district. She was covering Estrella – Estrella is now 2 weeks without meetings. Wednesdays at 10:30am is the current meeting in Estrella needing filled. Will talk to David.

Good news – Towers now has a meeting on Sundays. A lot of response so it’s looking good.

Institution Event – see flyer – like a mini Jamboree. To connect with Spanish speakers looking to be of service. Books or donations for entry fee. October 27th at 3001 W Indian School Rd. from 11am to 4pm.

DISTRICT 08: Tracey M. (temporary rep) | service_liaison@vwhi.org

– no rep has been present for any business meeting in 2019

Not here.

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTRELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

Towers: New Spanish speaking meeting started Sunday 9/1. Volunteers need to place the rosters back into the folder.

Durango: Nothing to report

Estrella: Officer Ramos was reassigned. The program Coordinate is Officer Carlos Rumbo

BTW – Always looking for woman volunteers

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

My apologies for not having the July report completed. There has not been any significant changes or updates to the meeting schedule since the May report. All scheduled meetings have been facilitated with an occasional back up being filled when requested. The best way to arrange for attending a meeting or to request someone to back up a volunteer is to text me on my cell number shown below and on the agenda.

4th Avenue Jail – 201 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

MCSO Contact: Officer Tracy McDermott, Programs Assistant

There has been a keypad lock added to the 4th Avenue Jail Programs office. The code for it has been communicated to all of the volunteers.

The following is the schedule for 4th Avenue Jail meetings. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the 4th Avenue Jail please see me after the meeting.

Sunday 11:00 am – noon Pod 2D2 Craig A / Darryl F

Sunday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pod 3A1 Dean S / Kevin

Sunday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3E1 Tim G

Monday 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm 3B1 Paul

Tuesday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3C2 Ryan T / Victor V

Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3F1 Harold T

Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 3E1 Darryl F

Tuesday 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 3A2 Ryan T / Victor V

Wednesday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm 3C1 Bruce B

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 3D2 Guadalupe

Lower Buckeye Jail – 3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road, PHX 85009

MCSO Contact: Tracy McDermott

The following is the schedule for Lower Buckeye Jail meetings. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the Lower Buckeye Jail please see me after the meeting.

Tuesday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Joseph N

Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am Bob P

Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bob P

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bill C

Fridays 9:00 am – 10:00 am Bill W

Sobriety requirements:

1. Two years of sobriety for a volunteer ID Badge (full access & may chair solo)

a. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork

b. Attend a 3-hour training class

c. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter (which is the “Sponsoring Agency”) from the MCSO Liaison

d. Has fingerprints taken at the Sheriff’s office for a full background / criminal records clearance check

e. Once approved by MCSO, volunteer is issued a photo ID

2. One year of sobriety for a volunteer “Gate Pass” – volunteers may only enter with a “Badged” volunteer

a. Submit MCSO application & required paperwork

b. Obtain a Valley Wide H&I Sponsorship Letter from the VWHI MCSO Liaison, NOT your AA sponsor (VWHI is the “Sponsoring Agency”)

c. Once approved by MCSO, the volunteer receives a temporary 90-day “Gate Pass” which is renewable up to one year & is accepted at all MCSO jails

ALL Applicants Must Be “Off-Paper”:

• At least 1 year since serving a term of probation or parole; or since incarcerated on any charge – even if the charge is dismissed.

• Documentation of the end date of probation or parole is required.

• At least 1-year after incarceration resulting from a misdemeanor conviction.

• At least 3 years after incarceration resulting from a felony conviction.

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Sarah S. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

Not here.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

Looking for new volunteers; volunteers are running low! There are 4 trainings a year; will let body know. Would really like to make a push for more volunteers at the federal facilities. Men and womens facilities. Facility will always provide a person to accompany the volunteer so you will never be alone. If you want an application please email me.

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

All 5 meetings are going well but we need more volunteers. Sometimes the 5 volunteers need back up. Ted will be rotating into the GSR position for the Aspen group; Ted’s commitment is up Jan 1 so we will be looking for someone to fill in – this person will have to go through the badging process.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

Not here.

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

Florence consists of fourteen prison complexes –

• Pinal County Jail (i.e., Adult Detention Center) with 1,500 beds expansible to 3000 beds;

• Three State Prison Complexes: Florence with 4,000+ general population inmates and Arizona’s death row and execution chamber; Eyman with 5,000+ sex offenders; and Globe with 500+ DUI inmates;

• Two Federal Facilities: Behavioral Systems Southwest (BSS) with 92 re-entry inmates (46 male, 46 female) operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facility operated by the Department of Homeland Security;

• Two private prisons operated by Corecivic: Florence Correctional Center (FCC) with 2,000+ Federal Marshall, ICE, California and Vermont inmates; and Central Arizona Detention Center (CADC) with 3,000+ U.S. Marshall and ICE inmates;

• Two private prisons operated by GEO Group, Inc.: Florence West with 2,000+ DUI and RTC inmates; and, Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) with 1,000+ sex offenders.

• We have added four private prisons operated by Corecivic in Eloy, AZ: Eloy Detention Center, La Palma, Saguaro, and Red Rock Correctional Complexes. All house approximately 2,000 inmates each. La Palma and Eloy are under contract with ICE, Saguaro with the State of Hawaii and Red Rock with the State of Arizona. We currently take meetings into Red Rock using our DOC badge (because it is under contract with AZDOC).

We currently have about 50 badged volunteers and about 15 badges in process.

We hold a minimum of thirty-eight meetings per week with outside AA volunteers as facilitators, and about fifteen more peer-to-peer meetings run by the inmates themselves. We hold meetings in nearly every unit at Florence, Globe and Red Rock. We broadcast Recovery material through ETV Channel 39 to every cell in the Florence Complex and plan to eventually extend our broadcast to every cell in the state.

Inmates occasionally stage “AA Traditions” plays with scripts obtained online.

We provide, on a rolling basis, Back to Basics 12-Steps Workshops based on the Big Book and are gearing up for a rolling series of “position of neutrality”, 8-weeks or so each, lecture series’ to explore the deeper meaning of the Big Book text. Joe M. will conduct the “position of neutrality” series which is already included in our Channel 39 Recovery program.

Last Friday, our Pinal County Sherriff’s Office (PCSO) volunteers were feted at an appreciation dinner held by PCSO at Central Arizona College (CAC) in San Tan. Dinner was prepared by the CAC culinary school and each AA volunteer was presented with a personal appreciation letter from Sherriff Mark Lamb and a beautiful coin resembling PCSO officer’s badge.

Our DOC volunteers will be feted at an appreciation dinner on October 12th.

Florence Complex Warden Kevin Curran has recently been replaced by Warden Jeff Van Winkle. Van Winkle’s first administrative order is to require all volunteers to produce a medical letter explaining why the volunteer can’t clear the entrance magnetometer because of imbedded metal prostheses.

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September Literature Order (English):

(2) B-12 Daily Reflections

(1) B-16 Large Font Big Book

(2) B-18 As Bill Sees It

(2) B-30 Big Book

(1) B-35 Pocket Big Book

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Kimberly filling in – no report.

INTERGROUPS

AGUA FRIA: Sarah S | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

No report.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

We meet the second Tuesday of the month at the SRI Office at 7pm.

Open phone positions: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, plus after hours of Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ask Kimberly for more info.

Reminder to please buy books and chips from your local intergroup.

Election coming up;

PICPC workshop Sat Sept 28 9:30a fly – 11:30; how to present at aa and non aa events and other public information

Zonypa flyer

Grapevine and office manager semi

Save the date: Winter alcothon planning; 630pm at central office – get date from Kimberly

CLOSE: 8:40pm

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes August 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday August 14, 2019

Open: 7:02pm

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

*Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Reports & Docs tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees and we typically meet until the business is done. This meeting typically lasts one hour and 15 minutes. We ask that you stay until the end to show respect to the Intergroups who give their reports at the end of this meeting. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

Nothing to report.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

We had a split committee last month regarding a 7th tradition violation – we talked about it after the meeting and were split. I went to the delegate after and asked him to help. He will be doing a group inventory on September 29th with Dee Payton.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

Motion to accept last month’s meeting minutes, none opposed. Motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Please take a look at the treasurer’s report in the back – if you see any discrepancies please let me know, I’m human.

JJ – my homegroup wants to know why it shows $0 for the group.

I worked on the spreadsheet a little bit more – there is now total for what has been spent: literature, printing, rent.

Q – I see numerous groups that are at 0, where does this list come from?

A – the names are from the last 4 years, the list of groups gets updated every year few years.

REMINDER – this position will be open in December

BYLAWS – please get a copy of the updated bylaws in the back. The bylaws are updated every two years. When the bylaws are originally created, there was a line that asked for the bylaws to be reviewed every two years. Please take back to your homegroups and bring feedback next month.

Q: Are there changes in these bylaws vs the old bylaws?

A: You can review the old bylaws online

Amanda – I make a motion to have the red line copy of the bylaws on the internet.

Aaron – clarified we still want to vote on this next vote

None opposed, motion carries.

Shawna – is the body ok with continuing to vote in September?

Aaron – that’s what I asked so if we could still vote next month

From the body – clarifying that there will be discussion next month before the vote

Dennis – there was a glitch with a key when we had two accounts opens. People who were making donations through stripe were going to our old account – but we got that taken care of. Didn’t split it out by group??

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

1.This month we spent $6,983.00 on 1,070 books and 30 pamphlets
2. We have a new form to help coordinators with book distribution.
3. Please have your book order in by August 29th.

AAWS implemented an upgraded or new computer system in N.Y. Our book order was in cyber space and did not leave the Kansas City warehouse until yesterday, 8/13/19. I’ll keep you posted for pick-up and delivery. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

AWARENESS DAY:OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

Been working on this for several month:

Total in 120 people attended awareness day

$846, seed money was $1000

When the event was over, a generator that was borrowed from a member of AA was stolen so it was replaced for $362.

We lost about $600 on Awareness Day in spring 2019.

Q: Are the numbers on a piece of paper anywhere?

A: JJ – No, but I can email the numbers to you if needed.

Q: What can the AA community do to help Awareness Day more successful?

A: JJ – spreading the word and getting the word out.

Looking to do the fall Awareness Day at Indian School Park.

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Contributions were set up to go to the old account, when we set up our new accounts – when we started using new keys we had to update the website and work with stripe to get it all figured out.

Still working on new site – I keep finding awesome new things to add!

523 unique visitors came to the website this past month

People are still trying to hack us!

Q: Why are people from Mesa calling me to set up meetings?

A: Because you are the Hospitals East coordinator.

Q: Why aren’t the meeting minutes from last month online?

A: They are – but I have to wait until we vote and they are approved by the body. The treasurers report takes a little bit longer.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Valley Wide Hospitals and Institutions (VWHI) is an entity composed of men and women in the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship who choose to be active in service work by helping to carry the message to confined alcoholic. Our primary function is to unify and coordinate these efforts. Our activities will always be directed by the GSO Guidelines and conform to the AA Traditions.

DEFINITION OF CONFINED ALCOHOLIC : This means that the alcoholic is unable to leave the facility in which they are housed to attend ANY OUTSIDE MEETINGS. It has come to the attention of this Steering Committee that some of the Book Orders being placed over an extended period of time have been for facilities that are for profit or places that Alcoholics have been able to attend some meeting outside of the facility. This does not meet the criteria for Hospitals and Institutions Committee to sponsor these meetings or provide FREE Literature.

LITERATURE ORDERING:

If you are someone who is ordering literature and through H & I have been sponsoring meetings, from this day forward, to ensure that free literature of an H & I meeting, that meets the above definition of bringing this meeting to CONFINED Alcoholics, we will need the following from you: A completed form with the following information to be submitted to our Literature Chairperson Keith.

  1. Your Name, Home Group and your contact number
  2. The Name of the Facility you are bringing a meeting and literature into? Location, Date and Time of Meeting or Meetings?

Without this information no literature will be provided. To be clear, if you are a member of AA or your Home Group wants to sponsor a meeting somewhere, that is but it does not meet H & I criteria, we, H & I will no longer be providing literature to that meeting. The Facility or your group will need to provide the literature.

A new position was suggested by the H & I Steering Committee, as we need an Alternate Literature person who can assist Keith by taking the Paperwork and distributing books before the meeting each month.

SPIRIT OF ROTATION:

Among other things, anonymity in the fellowship means that we forgo personal prestige for any A.A. work we do to help alcoholics. And, in the spirit of Tradition Twelve, it ever reminds us “to place principles before personalities. ”Jan 27, 2019

Concept XII is the one that guides me from trying to take over the world. If I take on a service responsibility, I need to do the service to the best of my ability and finally when I think I have it down, I need to hand it over to someone else.

THE PRINCIPLE OF ROTATION Traditionally, rotation ensures that service positions, like nearly everything else in A.A., are passed around for all to share. Many positions have alternates who can step into the service positions if needed. To step out of an A.A. office we love can be hard. If we have been doing a good job, if we honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if our friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth — a step into the humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of anonymity. Among other things, anonymity in the Fellowship means that we forgo personal prestige for any A.A. work we do to help alcoholics. And, in the spirit of Tradition Twelve, it ever reminds us “to place principles before personalities.”

If the older, more experienced member can be an “Elder Statesman” and pass on the knowledge when asked and not become life, will continue to flourish and draw others into service to experience what I have and still do.

One of the most valuable resources of any organization is the experience of those who have gone before. The sharing of what they’ve done right, and the sharing of the mistakes they’ve made, become a solid foundation for continued healthy growth. Because of the wise and spiritual principle of rotation, we in Alcoholics Anonymous are blessed with a constantly vital and always growing pool of people whose primary aim is to serve the AA Fellowship.

AA Declaration of Unity This we owe to A.A.’s future; to place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives, and the lives of those to come.

In Conclusion, we need to clean up our act I am afraid and I have felt badly that so many of you have asked to be of service at Treatment Facilities and Hospitals and I have not been able to provide this to you as I believe we as a Steering Committee have been remiss in not being more diligent in making sure that we all been practicing the Spirit of Rotation and In not doing so thave not been practicing the AA Principles in all of our Affairs.

Therefore, I have proposed that the Steering Committee Conduct a Group Inventory to be completed before the December Elections and we voted to do so.

I invite the Body and all of the H & I Representatives and the Coordinators to bring forward your commitment to stay onboard and work with us to make our H & I a tradition following, transparent and effective body to move forward and carry the message of hope to the confined alcoholic. We are Responsible.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Not here.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Nothing to report.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

Teresa is coming next month to share! She is the MCSO officer.

Training dates will be announced and trainees will be notified by their contact info.

Q: is the first step to taking meetings into jails filling out that paperwork?

A: yes, you can go online and download paperwork there! I am here to help!

John S; I move that we publish the steering committee meeting minutes on the website.

Harold – agrees and seconds

Body: thinks it would be good for transparency and

Weston – so because the group inventory isnt until sept 27th

Katy: respectfully ask to table to motion and have discussion about ; shawna tables

dennis – isn’t there a conflict of interest if dee is sponsoring someone?

shawna – minority opinion: the body has been invited to every steering committee meeting. Its always been clear whether info has been updated or not. Any alcoholic can attend that meeting. That is essentially our group conscious online.

In our current bylaws it says that we are trusted servants and we answer to you as best we can. We give our opinions and do what we can. we’ve always been transparent and we do get together to discuss what to propose and how to make this most effective. The books – the reason that this is in question is because some of the homegroups that wont tell us where the books are going because they have been doing the meetings for so long. You have asked us Every month for the last year and a half to be more and more transparent. How can we be more transparent when homegroups wont even tell us where the lit is going. If there is a treatment center out there that is semi confined – and your homegroup wants volunteers please ask here! Peole question me about private pay facilities and the answer is yes, if they are confined. When we carry the message, we give freely what was given to us. The book is vital and necessary but if we don’t have them available then we still go and carry the message.

22-16, motion carries to aaron calls for a vote

eric – motion: would like to delay the posting of the steering committees until after the group inventory

talk from the body about we just voted and not understanding why we are still talking about

Eric – so we are supposed to come up with things that might happen in the future?

Eric and Aaron have some heated discussion

motion carries to post last month’s steering committee meetings

Shawna – gave color around her reason for minority report

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment – until December 2019; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Lewis Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

2) New bylaws were presented last month when corrections reported. New bylaws will be presented again this month (August) to ensure treatment center volunteers get time to review. Open discussion for new bylaws. Voting on new bylaws will happen next month (Sept).

NEW BUSINESS:

Theresa McKenzie (MCSO volunteer coordinator) to speak next month (Sept) at VWHI Business Meeting

*any new business from the floor?

Rich – investigate the literature and find someone who can be the alt lit? Would like us to sit on it and think about it.

From the body – wouldnt it be on the person picking up the books?

JJ – are you asking about the investigate of literature?

Keith – books marked for crossroads and others that signed up last month

Eric – specific facilities are mentioned, does that need to be redacted?

Q: does unhooked women facility count as confined?

Keith: corrections facilities are good – two lock downs at the VA – its really just a few places

Weston – would it be construction for this body to write a statement to the group – put a statement out to the group

Rich – no booze news and the newsletter rather than going to each group. Some of these places have insurance and the insurance can pay for the books.

Bob- institutions are for profit, in listening to the discussion, if we are giving books to an organization that is for profit.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Wasnt here last month because I was in the ER! There is a flyer in the back that explains more about BTG. Away out on Tatum, 4545 E Mayo – Barrio Queen for dinner after. We bring our volunteer list up to date every time. I did the phones in July – I got 4 phone calls. 3 were asking about meetings. One person called for BTG and we got them connected. I’ve been going into Calvary too and thats been going good. We’re looking for more committee members so please join us!

Alex: Phoenix West – chairing English meetings – I have old bookmarks, is the phone number correct? People who want to get connected with BTG should call within 24-48 hours of their release.

Pat: Co-chair is looking good tonight! MRC and Eagle point – AA nor BTG offers rides to alcoholics. We have a situation that came up earlier this year: guys have a release date and they have no one to pick them up. Pick them up, buy them breakfast, go to DES, go to a meeting, and get to parole. Twice I haven’t been able to fulfill – one is this Monday: Lewis prison, main gate – 8am. Eric jumped in! Yay! We always need back-ups. If you just talk with them in the car about your experience, it will last a lifetime, and make a huge impact. Also looking for coffee and creamer donations.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here – Lloyd filling in.

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org

Alex – been chairing meetings at Phoenix West on Monday evenings, in need of volunteers and literature. Its a little intimidating to be with all those guys!! The fingerprint process takes 3-6 months, then shots, then urine testing, etc. Sarah isn’t here – I sent her all the info but I haven’t heard back from her. She still has to go through the same process. The chair people can have coffee at phoenix west!

John S. – Geo runs Phoenix West so they should honor your DOC badge

Gabino – asked if there is a list of

Lloyd – i know badged members of other fellows, could they take in meetings and carry the message of aa?

DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂

– no rep has been present for any business meeting in 2019

Tracey – attended the MCSO meeting last month – I told them I am willing to be the liaison at the moment

Fri – Sun – assembly in Flagstaff this weekend

Aug assembly is about area business. If anyone is interested in taking on this position, please let me know.

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org

Already left

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org

Gave out 4 cases of big books, 3 cases of meeting pamphlets, and

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_centers@vwhi.org

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: Lloyd | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org

Jus tpicked up this commitment, dont’ know the details yet. If anyone knows whose taking meetings into CBO, please let me know. Or a contact at the facility, that would be appreciated.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org

Not here

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org (not reporting)

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org (not reporting)

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Sarah S. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting)

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

INTERGROUPS

SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

AGUA FRIA: Sarah S. | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Tracey filling in – Saturday Sept 28 – intergroup anniversary – 5-9pm at peoria community center, 12x12x12, we have two past delegates from the area speaking, tickets are $20, food will be italian, we’ll be playing jeopardy

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Outline passed out for the election process and requirement, the chair requested info about how the intergroup members would like to handle complaints

Round up was a great success!

Save the dates: winter alcothon committee meeting planning on sept 18th at 6:30pm at central office

young peoples event – zonypaa – zonypaa@gmail.com for info

ICOAA – sept 26-29 – central offices get together in us and canada – arizona hosting this year – people looking to serve on the hospitality committee. Learning seminar, not a round up. 100-125 attendees. kenc195@gmail.com for info.

CLOSE:

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes July 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday July 10, 2019

Open: 7:01pm

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

*Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Resources tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

JJ filling in.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

No report this month – will have the Awareness Day financial report next month.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

No updates. Motion to accept last month’s meeting minutes, none opposed.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

All of our monthly reports are now online! If you look at our monthly expenditures – for June, we kicked butt. $14k for lit – this is two months combined. $505 printing bill tonight, but only paid $85. Uhaul monthly charge, some supplies. Corrections conference is in November so we paid the $70 registration fee. Awareness Day expense – replaced a generator that was stolen at Awareness Day. We just picked up area meeting lists too. There were a couple of spots that I missed, so when I add up the year so far we are over $50k which is amazing. Motion made to accept treasurer’s report, none opposed.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

We spent $6,927 on 1,036 books and 300 pamphlets. Please have your order in by Thursday July 25th. Has the flier for the annual corrections conference in Houston, please come take a pic of it.

AWARENESS DAY:OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

480 unique visitors for the month. Turkey is in the lead for trying to hack us. Still working on new set of web pages – really hoping to have that ready for next month. Setting up a map for corrections, but not treatment centers because most of those are not ‘open’ meetings. You can always see updates at testing.vwhi.org

If you go to the Reports & Docs page – you can find the draft of the update Bylaws here.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Sorry I missed last month’s meeting, I’m back! Integra Healthcare 1501 E Orangewood in Phoenix, good job at filling most of their meeting requests. Two 7pm meetings on Friday night still needed, one is men’s stag and one is co-ed. Please reach out to Pam via email if you are interested in being of service. A couple of Banner Behaviorals opening soon, please reach out to Pam if you are interested, so she can share the details when they become available.

Does anyone here take a meeting into Integra on Tuesday nights? No.

Working to get a list of places that we are taking meetings into – some people are protective but we just want to have a list so in case anything happens.

Unhooked Mesa on Saturdays at 4pm – needs men’s to speak.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Not here.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

No report.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

Reiterate last month’s report – will not be publicizing Training Dates because people were just showing up (per MCSO). There is a four step application process is posted on the Volunteers tab on vwhi.org, please refer to this process as the process for training.

PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO LEAVE ANYTHING OFF YOUR BADGING APPLICATION. If you do not include everything, there is a good chance you will be denied – even if it’s unintentional.

Met with her counterpart, she has great ideas so we’ll see where those take us! Shawna has invited her to come and speak to the body in September, and invited her to Awareness Day in the fall.

Questions from the body:

What third party do they use for background checks? A: I don’t think they use one.

Do people need to list things that have been expunged? A: Yes.

Is there a limit for how far back we need to go? A: No, you have to include everything.

Do you have to have a fingerprint card? A: No.

How long is your badge good for? A: Badges should list expiration date on the badge.

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment – until December 2019; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Community Bridges West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Lloyd is standing for the position. Tracey makes a motion to accept by acclimation. Casey seconds motion.

Question: When is the next Awareness Day? A: Sometime in October.

Someone from the body requested to help with Awareness Day, will talk to JJ after.

Lewis Coordinator (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

No one standing.

2) Rep from Ahwatukee morning men’s group: Calling it to our attention that our bylaws state – In the event that a position is eligible for succession, and if its not filled, that position shall remain active and it shall remain on the monthly agenda under old business until a qualified individual is elected.

Aaron D. [Chairperson] – we are aware of this section in our by laws, and we have elected all officials as such. Thank you.

NEW BUSINESS:

  1. New bylaws to be presented by Ad Hoc Bylaws committee

Dennis: made 75 copies of the updated bylaws. The oil that keeps the machine running. It’s suggested that the bylaws are reviewed once every two years. Treasurer will be open 😉

We can open up for discussion now but our intent is for you to take this back to your homegroup and discuss, look over. There’s a lot that was added because we became a 501C3, please review. We’d like to get these approved before Sept/Oct. We’ll print off more for next month. Because we alternate corrections and treatment, we’re going to give the body ample time.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Not here.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Lloyd is standing in for Laura, passing around sign in sheet and

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org

Alex – runs the meetings in Phoenix West.

Alex: we recently started doing the meetings at Phoenix West. There’s a lot of people here that want English speaking meeting. Never chaired English meetings but giving it a whirl! Spoke with Sarah (new Phoenix West coordinator) about getting more volunteers. If you have recent criminal history, chaplain will send applications to Alex and explaining the situation. It’s a privately owned prison so they do things their way. Now that we are doing meetings, it should be run faster. Only 3 who are covering Phoenix West! The meetings are 1.5 hours.

Also trying to work with Florence too.

Gabino: Last time we mentioned working with Perryville, we only have a few guys so we are focused on Florence.

Alex: Working on phone interviews with Perryville so that process is working faster too.

480 529 0780 (Alex)

Saturdays – the Chaplain is there so Alex can hand deliver.

Geo is under state contract – so at Florence, they accept DOC badges.

DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂

– no rep has been present for any business meeting in 2019

Tracey: The person who was elected had to step down. One of the things on the agenda is this position. If you are interested, please attend next Tues at Gloria Day in PV.

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: OPEN | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

Towers: they need big books so they were delivered.

Durango: usually ask for an order of books, but the coordinator said they can just hand out big books.

Estrella: Officer Rice is no longer jail coordiantor, has been replaced by Carlos Rambo. Ramos: there will be no volunteers to Dorm I, has been switched Dorm J.

Gate passes (ladies) you are not eligible to go into dorms but you can go into classroom.

Got an email from Officer Ramos: they had an override, never happened since David has been doing this. (override = lockdown) Supposed to call in prior to meeting to be sure it’s not locked down.

Always looking for female volunteers.

SEE EMAIL

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

Was going to email report to David?

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Sarah S. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

See Spanish report.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

Has training coming up in mid-August, refresher is 2 hours, new volunteers is 4 hours.

There are two other facilities in the state if you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Nicholas.

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

All meetings are going well except a change – All female inmates have been moved to Perryville. Working with Perryville coordinator on that. We have 5 meetings going on now. Aspen, Alhambra F, Flamingo John, Flamingo King, and Alhambra Echo.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

Not here.

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: OPEN | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

Gratitute for the fellowship.

Two new meditation meetings. New material is continually being added to TV channels. Attendance is up at all meetings. Once a year an appreciation dinner is put on for all volunteers – it’s happening in October. Money left over is given to charity.

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Kimberly standing in: will connect with Fred. Has two meetings happening at the same time so needs volunteers. Sounds like there will be an increase in women from Alhambra.

INTERGROUPS

SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

See Spanish coordinator report.

AGUA FRIA: Sarah S | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Position for archivist is still open, so we decided to build a committee since the position has been open for awhile. 5 year commitment. Intergroup needs help over the summer with phones, please contact Kay – info is on back table. 36th anniversary – save the date is on the back table – Sept 28th. Fifth tradition events: NYE event – needs a chair, Christmas event – needs volunteers, Thanksgiving – needs volunteers and committee members. 7/20 at noon – first meeting for Thanksgiving alcothon. Destiny Sober Living at Carver Ranch – they need a meeting any day 7p-8pm. In Lavine.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

Special events: Bowl o thon Aug 3rd – Mesa Lanes. $20.

Phones: still need volunteers.

Found a new location for EVI meeting, Church of the Epiphany – 2222 S. price Rd. – speaker meeting the first friday of the month.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Flyer in the back for SRI alcothon. Biz meetings are second Tues of the month at the SRI office.

SRI Round Up – lots of positions availabl.e, see Kimberly

Wednesday 9am – 12pm, in August, will need phone coverage.

“Challenge” area challenge to help support AA – next month is $8.06.

Promises in the Pines 26-28 at a campground

Coming up this week: July 12-14 AA Women’s Conference in Tubac

Payson Round Up 26-28 August

Aug 22-25, Native American conference (Wee-Ko-Pa)

Prescott Aug 30-31 Shoestring Round up

CLOSE:

Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes June 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday June 12, 2019

Open:

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

*Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Resources tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Spoke about the bylaws – will be discussed in the future. Still working on the Awareness Day financial report. Shout out to Tom from EVI who attended the Awareness Day and repped East Valley. Also special thanks to the committee who helped out. More numbers next month.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

No meetings minutes from last month because they weren’t saved.

The agenda for this meeting can be found in the back, it has the name, phone number and email address for each person giving their report tonight.

Made some additions to the agenda – added the locations of some of the facilities.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Treasurer report is in the back. Unable to access info from website for our bank – we recently switched accounts at the bank and realized he didn’t have the access he needed so working on that. We are at $44k already this year – budget was $85k for the year. We always drop off in donations during the summer but that’s ok. If you want a copy of the bank statements, check the website or come to the steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Motion to accept the treasurers report, none opposed. Motion carries.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

This month we spent $7,495.00 on a $7,500.00 budget. The order consists of 1,080 books and 100 pamphlets. As always, all literature is Conference approved. Please have your book order in by Thursday, June 27th. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July. Nov 1-3 National Corrections Conference in Houston – has a flyer.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Having trouble getting into the website – can tell you that the traffic will likely be the same as last month! Aesthetic layout of new layout for website is done. If you want to take a look at the test site (gave test site – redacting for minutes). For design purposes only. Introduced Adam as Alt-Tech Chair. Adam stood and qualified.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Pam | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Not here.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Nothing to report.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Nothing to report. If you need help or have any questions, let me know. Has been in the hospital so will be getting back to emails and phone calls soon.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

MCSO has requested that we no longer publicize upcoming training dates. The email sent went to ALL Programs & Religious volunteer coordinators, not just VWHI. This request is to prevent potential volunteers from frustration & ensure MCSO is fully prepared for the trainings (with materials, space allotted, etc.). At a recent training class where only 16 volunteers RSVP’d with MCSO (which has always been MCSO policy), 24 individuals arrived & 3 had not submitted their applications. The MCSO Programs Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa McKenzie, is very accommodating & sincerely wishes to make the badging process as simple as possible. They value your service & time commitment. Unfortunately, this has happened in the past, with all Programs & Religious volunteers, & this recent training was a confusing scramble for all!

Per Theresa’s email, the order of operations is as follows:

  • Application is submitted to me via email, fax, or mail.

  • Once I receive the application, I contact the volunteer with the dates and times for the upcoming trainings and any additional paperwork that is needed.

  • Potential volunteer registers for an upcoming training. (This ensures we have the space and materials for all attendees.)

  • Once they have registered, I then begin the paperwork process. Some of this must be done before training, so that is why it is very important I have the application ahead of training.

  • Potential volunteer attends training and is given back part of their application to take to fingerprinting.

There is a “Four Step Application Process” handout in the back which explains this in more detail, please take back to your home groups!

When applying for a Gate Pass or badge, please ensure your ENTIRE BACKGROUND is given. If you’re unsure of past charges or records, please contact me or MCSO on how to obtain your full history. Very few records or charges are automatically denied, but omissions on applications – even unintentional – will result in your application being denied & you are required to wait six months before reapplying. You are not being judged on who you used to be, but you will need to disclose everything for corrections service work to carry the message to the incarcerated alcoholic. We are all trying to leave our past where it belongs, but that doesn’t mean it never happened. Part of your application is based on your character now, so please be honest about your past!

Good news – there will be THREE New Volunteer Training classes offered on Saturdays from now to end of year!

Volunteers applying for a temporary Gate Pass are not required to take the New Volunteer training. Sobriety requirement is one year & “off paper” 1 year for misdemeanors & 3 years for felony convictions.

  • The temporary “Gate Pass” can be completed electronically & issued by the MCSO Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa McKenzie. Effective for 90 days & may renewed upon request. Volunteers approved for a Gate Pass are eligible in all Maricopa County Jails, but may only go in with a badged volunteer
  • Scan & email the application, Handbook & PREA Acknowledgements along with a copy (front & back) of your driver’s license. The VWHI Liaison will submit the Sponsorship Letter for a Gate Pass.

The benefits of the Gate Pass if you have 2 or more years of sobriety:

  1. Faster turnaround time – electronically submitted & processed within a month

  2. You may co-chair with a “badged” volunteer while waiting for your own badge; until fingerprinting & training classes are scheduled / completed

  3. You are cleared to go in as a guest speaker

  4. If you have a fluctuating work schedule, you can see if this service work is a good ‘fit’ for you, without committing to a specific day or jail

Please tell your home groups – we can ALWAYS use more volunteers!

If you are a current, badged volunteer, please contact me if you would like to be listed as an ‘on-call’ speaker, fill-in chairperson, would like to try another jail, or if you are in need of speakers & co-chairs. We will add you to the Volunteer Database to connect you with other volunteers who are willing to do the same that are chairing at other jails.

*Shawna also handed out a sheet with the four step application process

*question about how to get badged – Shawna said to text her and she would share a zip file with all info

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment – until December 2019; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

JJ: I have been filling in but during the last Awareness Day, introduced to someone interested in that. JJ will be working with her on the Awareness Day this fall together with JJ then she will stand for the position during elections in November/December.

Community Bridges West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment – until December 2020; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Some changes at the facility, not sure what will be happening with this position.

Technology Alt-Chair (alternate for current Technology Chair; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Harold makes a motion to accept Adam by acclimation. David seconds. None opposed. Motion carries.

NEW BUSINESS:

1) Robert is stepping down as Lewis prison coordinator – please take back to your homegroups

*any new business from the floor?

Aaron – Ahwatukee morning men’s group: Calling it to our attention – In the event that a position is eligible for succssion, and if its not filled, that position shall remain active and it shall remain on the monthly agenda under old business until a qualified individual is elected.

Aaron D. – Chairperson – we are aware of this section in our by laws, and we have elected all officials as such.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

2 phone calls this month. Still going into James Walton house, assisting veterans seeking recovery. Pat continues to assist inmates. Reminder to anyone discussng BTG with a newcomer to always give us 24-48 hours prior to discharge so we can secure a volunteer. Annual PICPC workshop will be on June 22nd. Next meeting is 12pm 6/15 – Casual Nooners @ Lamba Phoenix then lunch at Barrio Cafe off 16th street and thomas.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Sign in sheet being passed around. Any new

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org

Lupe is the coordinator district – she is doing federal – ie Phoenix West. Now we are looking to get Perryville some Spanish meetings, working with Nora. Also talking to Florence about Spanish meeting. Continuing to have meeting at the usual facilities. Still waiting on 4th ave – hard to talk to Officer Chavez. He said “there’s only 4 or so guys” and Gabino said that’s fine! We can still have a meeting. More on Perryville next month.

DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂

no rep has been present for any business meeting in 2019

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS & TREATMENT CENTERS

HOSPITALS EAST | East of Central Ave: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org

If you are affiliated with a hospital or a treatment center east of central, contact me.

HOSPITALS WEST | West of Central Ave: Michael | hospitals_west@vwhi.org

Has been giving out books. Working on being responsive on email. Will work with Pam & Tracey.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Amy | treatment_centers@vwhi.org

If you need books or lit, talk to me. Or she help coordinating meetings in facilities. JJ needs help with a men’s meeting on Sundays at Unhooked at 4pm in Mesa.

Salvation Army – Women’s – Friday nights at 7pm

Ebby’s House – Wants to bring a meeting in, talk to Amy

Tom: will forward the request to Amy

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST | 99th Ave & I-10, Avondale: OPEN | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST | Broadway & Mesa Dr., Mesa: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org

Not able to make it – nothing to update.

CORRECTIONS

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA | 35th Ave & Buckeye, South Phoenix: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE | 4th Ave. & Jefferson, Downtown Phoenix: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

PHOENIX WEST | Buckeye & 35th Ave, Phoenix: Sarah S. | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS | I-17 & Anthem Way, Phoenix: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24th St: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

PERRYVILLE | I-10 & Loop 303: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

INTERGROUPS

SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

n/a

AGUA FRIA: Sarah S | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

Dennis: Sarah is very sick; working with Alejandra on a meeting.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

Doing well on group contributions. Chair went to the Awareness Day, said it was fun. Discussing a new office location – Stapley and Broadway is getting too small. A new GSO book – our great responsibility. The biz meeting is at Antioch which is moving by Aug 1. Two motions: 1) Steering Committee to limit overage and transfer to prudent reserve. 2) 3% raise for office manager

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Every 2nd Tues of the month at central office. 9am 6pm MF. 9am-1pm on Saturdays. November elections: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and two advisers.

July 20th – Unity Sponsorship and Service

June 15th – Studio 164 Service Workshop

Alcothon registration

Prescott area summer picnic – June 28th

SRI golf tourney – Indian Bend Rd. Saturday Aug 10th

Aug 16-18 August Assembly

Save the Date: Sept 15th for AZ State Conference

Aaron: someone texted me last week saying that he just got out of Eagle Point and needed help. We should consider answering calls from phone numbers we don’t know.

CLOSE: Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes March 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes

Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room

1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Open: 7:01pm

Serenity Prayer

Reading of the Concept

Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps

*Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Resources tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

*Next ad hoc bylaws committee meeting: Thursday March 21st at 7pm at Jerry’s Restaurant in Phoenix.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

Met with chairperson at EVI to get involved in their events and vice versa.

Awareness Day is at Kiwanis Park Park on May 11 at Ruben Romero picnic area. $5 or Big Book donations. Food, workshops, etc. We need help: planning committee still has 16 positions open! The planning committee meets every Sunday night at Denny’s at Rural and the 60 at 7:30pm. Sponsors – bring your sponsees!

Body asked about sobriety requirements: most are 2 years but treasurer is 5 years required.

Body asked about what to donate: baked goods, money, jewelry.

Harold – yes there are positions that have sobriety requirements but there is a lot of other help that is needed.

Body asked: someone has a gift basket to donate, JJ asked him to reach out to him directly.

Flyers are not done yet but JJ is working on them.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

Reminder to coordinators to please submit digital reports by email prior to meeting if possible.

Motion to accept, none opposed. Motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Treasurer reports are in the back. We had a great month this past month. Presented 2019 budget.

Body asked: they would like more info the 501c3 – Dennis said please contact me directly. Budget is two sheets. Until a few years ago, we were buying literature every other month when corrections and treatment both reported at the meeting. Dennis explained budget and gave some details about what happened and cost that have been incurred in the past.

Body: I don’t see the prudent reserve? Was it calculated each month? Steering committee: the prudent reserve is carried each month.

Contribute a box as opposed to a dollar amount – someone from EVI. Chair will coordinate with the individual willing to donate.

Body asked about a literature question – maybe how many big books we ordered last month.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

I apologize for not being present tonight. I have a temporary position- the hours were 7:30-
3 PM which was changed to 8-6. The position terminates this week. I will contact coordinators
for book distribution. This month we spent $8,091.16 on 1,134 books and AAWS approved literature and material. Please have your book order in by COB March 28th.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

See co-chair’s report.

JJ – mentioned the pre-sale tickets. Some of the tickets that went out last month had the wrong date printed on the tickets. Please see JJ after the meeting if you had any of tickets. We are pre-selling tickets so please see JJ after the meeting to get some tickets to sell to your homegroups.

Body asked: assuming that if homegroups buy up tickets then the tickets can be donated to people who can’t afford.

Are the Awareness Day tickets available online for purchase? Waiting on a the tax ID number to be inputted before that can happen.

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Stats: 600 unique visitors to the website, 1500-2000 actual visits. Eastern Europe is still trying to hack us. Working on website changes that align with some of the new government laws. Hoping to protect everyone’s anonymity by improving tech on the website, infrastructure and emails. Working on new website – menu for treatment, Maricopa county, corrections, etc. Planning to make a presentation regarding the website and 11th tradition at next month’s meeting. Will make the website easier to use, especially for coordinators, AA people outside of VWHI, and members of the public. Really working to make the site more mobile friendly.

Body asked: when will tech presentation be? Next month.

Robert: mentioned in January that would be what Eric is looking for

TREATMENT CHAIR: OPEN | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Robert: JJ is busy with Awareness; picking up some slack. Destiny’s Spring is open and needs volunteers, 7 days a week from 7pm to 8pm. 17300 N Dysart Rd. Kelly.

Robert plans to filling in for now.

Alison – has people who are taking an H&I meeting into a facility but they are new and want some training.

JJ: East Mesa – Unhooked the Heights – Sunday morning at 10am

Pam: interested in taking a meeting into Crossroads in Mesa

Maryanne – 6:30pm Friday night into Unhooked; will take additional meeting back to homegroup

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Not here – no report.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Friday 29th at Gloria Dei – Corrections Conference 4-7pm reg, 7-8pm is registration; 8-5pm on Saturday – agenda is on back table. $17 for a ticket. Area03.org for registration.

Body asked: what is the corrections conference? Tracy: Correctional public (judges, lawyers, etc) to come together and see what VWHI is all about.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

Current badged volunteers – if you missed the Annual Renewal Training on February 6th.. Please attend one (1) of the scheduled make up sessions by April 1st in order to avoid suspension of your badge. Please RSVP with Valerie Henderson to schedule – 602.876.7206.

Makeup sessions available:

1. Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

LOWER BUCKEYE JAIL

3250 West Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix.

2. Thursday, March 28th, 2019 – 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

LOWER BUCKEYE JAIL

3250 West Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix.

3. Saturday, March 30th 2019- 8:00 am to 9:30 am

SHERIFF’S TRAINING CENTER, AUDITORIUM

2627 South 35th Ave., Phoenix

(East side of 35th Ave., just south of Durango Street)

Upcoming New Volunteer Training date:

  • Wednesday, March 20th 3:30pm – 6:30pm at Lower Buckeye Jail. Please RSVP with Valerie Henderson to schedule – 602.876.7206. (Flyers & map in the back.)

Detailed info regarding sobriety requirements, Updates, current mtgs at each jail, & qualifications for mosaic mtgs are all located on website: vwhi.org/volunteers

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment (until December 2019); 1 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Treatment Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment (until December 2019); 5 year sobriety requirement; 2 years served as meeting facilitator or treatment coordinator preferred).

Pam standing. Bruce makes motion to accept acclimation, someone from body seconds. Motion carries, none opposed.

Hospitals West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Michael standing for Hospitals West. Robert makes motion to accept Michael by acclimation. Tracy seconds. Motion carries.

Phoenix West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)

Technology Alt-Chair

2) Prudent reserve increase from $1500 to $2000 to cover any additional fees associated with filing for 501(c)(3) status and taxes

NEW BUSINESS:

No new business.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

Meeting minutes from last BTG meeting included phone schedule, calling James Walton House – assisting veterans in recovery. Committee attended meeting in Mesa and got 5 new members. PatG gives 24-28 hour notice prior to newcomer being discharged. PICPC meeting not attended in Feb. Continuing to attend dark meetings to collect new members in dark zip codes.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here.

SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org

Still attending to our Spanish meeting in Estrella, Durango and Lower Buckeye jails. Estrella meetings are between 10:30am to 11:30am. Officer Chazez at 4th ave jail is open to AA Spanish meetings but there’s not enough people asking for AA meetings. Officer is looking for more people. On Friday 22nd we will be having a meeting in Rimrock AZ because there are some people from Prescott, Sedona, and Cottonwood. Interested in attending the Verde Valley Detention Facility. Well Frisbie is the coordinator for men and will help us with the application process.

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

HOSPITALS WEST: OPEN | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Alison | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: David | towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

Met with Officer Denny. Friday meeting at 5pm was moved to 7pm. Only issue was that on the roster was that sent out, someone is writing people that’s not on the list. Officer does a background on everyone so not good that someone is writing in names. If they miss one or two meetings, they can’t keep going. Durango: met with the officers – talked for a few hours; officers said David was the first person who has ever come in from H&I. Estrella – we need women! Lots of women! Wednesday at 5:30pm, Friday at 6:30pm. Ordered big books for facilities as well. Meeting with officers from Estrella this weekend. Always looking for volunteers at those jails.

Email address on agenda is incorrect – please email: towers_estrella_durango@vwhi.org

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org

Temporary backup for a Monday meeting at 4th Avenue Jail was arranged while Paul B recovers from back surgery. We wish Paul a speedy recovery. A text group list is being used to communicate to the 4th Avenue Jail volunteers when someone is unable to make their meeting and needs a substitute.

A meeting was added to 4th Avenue Jail and a volunteer has been identified for it.

The following is the schedule for 4th Avenue Jail meetings. If anyone has an interested to attend a meeting as a guest speaker or to learn the process for entering the 4th Avenue Jail please see me after the meeting.

PHOENIX WEST: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

Looking for English speaking meetings – this is a DUI prison. Badging requirements

Contact Bootise who is the Corrections Coordinator if you are interested.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nicholas S. | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

First month! Got lots of info to get started. Mel Frisbie, the Phoenix corrections system coordinator.
Staff Training (below)
March 21 is for badged members
May 16 will be for new volunteers
Still seeking contact for Safford & Tucson

ALHAMBRA: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

All meetings are going well except we have a vacancy in the Women's Unit at Alhambra -
George Unit. However, we have Shirley being processed and should be cleared soon. We
have 5meetings going on now. Aspen Unit, Alhambra F Unit, Flamingo King Unit, and 
Alhambra Echo Unit.
We for the month of February to Chaplin Henderson.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

Still working on getting connected with the right people. More to come!

LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

All is good – always looking for more volunteers.

FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

Florence corrections complexes include 1 county, 3 state, 2 federal and 4 private prisons, plus 4 private prisons in Eloy, AZ. All told, Florence inmate population exceeds 28,000.

A minimum of forty-two meetings are facilitated by AA volunteers each week, at least one volunteer facilitated meeting in every Unit. An additional thirty (informal) meetings are held weekly by the inmates themselves.

All groups are registered with GSO, inmates as GSRs and outside AAs as alternates. All groups are structured with an elected GSR, Chairman, Secretary, Librarian, Greeter and Grapevine manager. The last meeting of each month is designated the birthday meeting at which sobriety medallions are awarded followed by an inmate speaker.

We presently have forty-seven badged volunteers with sixty-five more in process. Several of our volunteers are also badged for Corecivic, GEO and PCSO service.

A fresh Back to Basics workshop was started Tuesday, March 5th, at the Eyman/Meadows Unit with one hundred thirty-three inmates participating.

Meetings have once again been suspended at the Florence/East Unit due to the AA volunteer failing to honor his commitment.

Meeting schedules for the Pinal County Adult Detention Center (Jail) have been revised and newly staffed with AA volunteers.

Closed-circuit recovery material (mostly AA talks and videos) is broadcast daily to all cells from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the morning and 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at night. Inmates have been submitting letters of support and gratitude to the administration in an effort to secure funds for the purchase of more bandwidth, thus enabling broadcast throughout the AZ prison system.

A Recovery Day event was held in the Florence/North Unit on Friday, February 22nd, with information booths and a program of volunteer speakers representing all twelve-step programs on the Unit. Attendance is estimated at 200 inmates.

A 2-hour, 12-Step roundup style event with outside AA speakers and Q&A sessions was held at Eloy Red Rock on Saturday, February 16TH.

Group conscience meetings, once held the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Road to Recovery meeting room, have been temporarily suspended.

PERRYVILLE: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Kimberly filling in – need volunteers.

DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂

no rep was present for business meeting in Jan or Feb 2019

INTERGROUPS

SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

Not here.

AGUA FRIA: afi_liaison@vwhi.org | New rep, welcome! Please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂 – no rep was present for business meeting in Jan or Feb 2019

Not here.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

Not here.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Attend the intergroup meeting on the second Tues of every month at 7pm.

PICPC will be at PVCC at a booth. PICPC helps with public awareness of what AA is and isn’t.

Always looking for phone help – especially afters: 6am to 9am on Sunday, 11pm – 6am on Thursday nights/Friday morning. 1 year sobriety requirement. Gave phone and website statistics. Saturday 9am to 1pm is open to volunteers – help with admin tasks. Summer Round up: second week in Aug (9,10,11); March 27th is first committee meeting.

CLOSE:

Birthdays

Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes February 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Wednesday February 13, 2019
Open: 7:03pm

Serenity Prayer
Reading of the Concept
Introduction of the new VWHI Home Group Reps
Anna – primary purpose; Leah – sisters in sobriety; Kenny – 11th step meditation; Javier = Primary Purpose; April – Tempe sunset group; Wesley – how it works big book step study; Issac – 5am how bad do you want it; jay – new beginnings
*Home group reps: Welcome! Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the VWHI bylaws – find them at the Resources tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.
*Next ad hoc bylaws committee meeting: Tuesday Feb 26th at 7pm at Jerry’s Restaurant in Phoenix.
Introduced steering committee members for new home group reps.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
Reached out to EVI chairperson, Tom N, to coordinate more communication between H&I and EVI, especially around Awareness Day.

Awareness Day: we’ve been busy, please announce the awareness day planning committee meets every Sunday at 4415 S rural rd, Denny’s at corner of 60 and rural. 7:30pm in conference room out back. Awareness Day will be May 11th at Kiwanis Park, Ruben Romero Ramada. Tacos, Cinco de Mayo theme. We need volunteers! 16 positions available on the committee – we have 12 filled. Still need people to volunteer at the event and donate their time. Asking home groups to donate items for raffle. Please ask your home groups if they are willing to donate.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Please be sure to sign in on the sheet that Laura is passing around. Really working to keeping the communication lines between the steering committee, facility coordinators and the home group reps. Laura motions to accept; none opposed.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
Working on re-doing a few things on the report but please make sure you all have one of the reports in the back. Collected $9200 last month. In 4 years he thinks that’s the highest we’ve collected. Ahwatukee Men’s group has a question about that home group. Laura asked about literature breakdown and how much is spent on what. Anthony – would like help on how to go about collecting money for H&I from his home group. Dennis suggested passing around pink can or approaching home group about setting aside a portion of the seventh tradition for H&I. Daniel makes motion; none opposed.
By laws committee: if anyone is interested in learning more about the by laws and being a part of the committee please join us – it’s open to everyone. Every rotation is supposed to review and update the by laws.
Asks home groups to consider raising the prudent reserve from $1500 to $2000 because now VWHI is a registered 501c3. Alison – should we take this back to our home group? Dennis: yes.
John S.: Do we pay taxes on literature? If so, 501c3 status may save us money.
What’s the annual budget? Dennis is working on putting this together.
We have to file taxes – whatwe’re voting on is if we can increase our prudent reserve to offset any costs that may come up with our 501c3 filing, insurance renewal, and corrections conference.
Dennis: we were operating under a different conception.
What’s the current prudent reserve? $1500.
Prudent reserve should cover our operating expenses for at least one month. We don’t take into account our costs for literature. We’ve had a few months in the past where we’ve had to dip into the prudent reserve to cover the costs of literature.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
This month we spent $7,498.00 on 1,180 books and other AAWS approved items. Our next meeting is March 13th. Please have your book orders ready by close of biz on Feb 27th.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Everything is going well – stats: this past month 570 unique visitors, thousands of bots; India and Pakistan especially. People tend to visit 3 times each month, the biggest spike is always right before this meeting 🙂
Reminder: coordinators and members – please let Eric know ASAP if your vwhi email is not working. It’s an important tool for continuity so we have all past communications from that coordinator.

TREATMENT CHAIR: OPEN | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
— Coordinator positions still need to be filled, esp. FCI Phoenix. At the last meeting, someone had indicated she might be willing to take on the position; maybe she will want to do that tonight.
–Still seeking input on a corrections coordinator workshop: date and time, topic, etc. Before or after the corrections conference in March?
–The agenda for the corrections conference is set. Still seeking someone to discuss special needs/accessibility issues for inmates/people under community supervision. Still seeking a Native American volunteer who can discuss carrying the message into correctional facilities.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
Just got a new phone, just got email set up tonight. Will respond to emails within the next 24 hours. Also the chair for the 2019 corrections conference; March 29-30 at Gloria Dei, register at area03.org. It’s $17 to attend. Friday evening activities, Saturday morning from 8am to 5:30pm – breakfast included, lunch served. If you’ve never been to a corrections conference then she encourages you to come.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
• Current badged volunteers – if you missed the Annual Renewal Training on February 6th, Valerie Henderson will schedule 2 or 3 dates for & you will need to take a make-up training class, or your badge will be suspended.
• New Volunteer Training dates for March have not been announced
• Volunteer database update: The list is short, but volunteers can now reach out for help – email went out earlier today!
And so it begins…!

The ‘volunteer database’ was not just wishful thinking – as we’ve learned in AA, time takes time; below is a small list, but it’s a great start!

MCSO has approximately 90 badged AA volunteers to carry the message to the confined alcoholic into the county jails. The contacts listed are badged volunteers who are willing to speak (or cover if they’re able) at other AA jail meetings. This is a way for VWHI volunteers to collaborate, work together, experience a different jail, & for current chairs to keep the meetings fresh. If you need a speaker or would like to be a speaker, please contact them to schedule. If your name is not listed, but you’d like to be – please let me know – the jail coordinators & myself would be happy to assist!

Under “Jail(s) experience”, the volunteers listed the jail(s) where they have chaired or co-chair meetings – they have some level of experience there. For the last column, “Willing to go into ANY jail?” is simply asking if you are a female volunteer, would you be willing go into a men’s jail & vice versa.

Thank you all for your service!

Detailed info regarding sobriety requirements, Updates, current mtgs at each jail, & qualifications for mosaic mtgs are all located on website: https://vwhi.org/volunteers

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment (until December 2019); 1 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Treatment Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment (until December 2019); 5 year sobriety requirement; 2 years served as meeting facilitator or treatment coordinator preferred). Responsibilities: Act as liaison between treatment coordinators and personnel at facilities. Establish and maintain relationships with intergroups, district 08 and area 03. Attend monthly VWHI business meetings and monthly Steering Committee meetings.
• Cody stood in January 2019 meeting
Hospitals West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Phoenix West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Federal Corrections (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
• Andrew expressed interest after the last business meeting
• Nicholas is standing for the position. Qualified. Tracey makes motion to accept Nicholas by acclimation. None opposed.

Becky S asked about Awareness Day description; Shawna gave brief answer.

NEW BUSINESS:
1) Dennis asks home groups to consider: prudent reserve increase from $1500 to $2000 to cover any additional fees associated with filing for 501(c)(3) status and taxes
2) Eric F – has had 4 different people express interest in being technology co-chair. Will talk about this next month (March 2019).
3) JJ introduces Roxanne, Awareness Day secretary. We now have cards that are pre-sale tickets for the Awareness Day. $5 donation or Big Book or 12×12 donated. Home group reps who would like to sell tickets, we will sign 4 tickets out per rep at the end of the meeting.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
Pat is assisting 23 individuals leaving the prison systems in March. January: 5 phone calls. 2 so far this month. One was a lady wanting a meeting to brought in so it was passed on to VWHI. One facility let Bill talk for 45 minutes about BTG and VWHI. Committee meetings have gone from workshops to dark zone meetings where we go to meetings where there are no BTG volunteers listed in that zip code. Last month we got 11 new volunteers. New Bridget’s Church in Mesa – 2213 N Lindsay Rd, contact Bill for details.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
Please sign in on home group list. Please put a check mark next to your name, correct any info that is wrong, please add your name to the list.

NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.


HOSPITALS EAST: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org
Aaron D filling in – all is good.

HOSPITALS WEST: OPEN | hospitals_west@vwhi.org

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org
Not here.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Alison | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
Found out today where CBW is! It’s on 99th ave! Aaron D – also the one on Van Buren 🙂 Hooray! Will talk to Aaron D. After the meeting.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org
The current meetings being held at Community Bridges East Detox that I have been able to identify are: (TABLE IN PDF OF MINUTES)

If you know of a regular meeting being brought to CBI East and it is not listed here, please let me know and I will add to the schedule.
There is certainly room for more meetings. Our on-site contact is Kolby. She can also let us if another 12 Step group may be holding a meeting. The space is tight in the small break room where meetings are held.
If you or your fellows would like to bring a meeting into this facility (thank you!), just let me know what date/time you’d like and I can check in with Kolby so we avoid overlaps with other meetings.
I have requested two cases of Big Books for CBI East which, generally, Kolby keeps on hand at her station. I shall deliver said books to her when I receive.
(I have also requested a case of books for the Crossroads 360 Women’s facility on Extension in Mesa. They are generally full with 50 patients and welcome as many books as we can provide, perhaps regularly every 3 months. I participate in taking a meeting there on Mondays which was why I was asked to help out with the book order.)
Thank you. Again, please advise if you see where I need to make corrections.
Anthony – best way to contact you? Via text.
John S – clarifies that the call for volunteers should be at Community Bridges West on Belvue
Becky – this is a serious detox facility with people who are in incredibly difficult circumstances but there is a lot of support from the staff to bring in meetings to the facility.

SPANISH: Gabino || spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
Estrella, Durango and Lower Buckeye. Officer Chavez to open another facility for meetings. 20-21 inamtes per visit in Durango. 5 more volunteers this month. Working hard to bring the message of recovery to the inmates.
LBJ – from 1pm to 2pm
John S – federal does not allow only spanish speakers. Gabino & Aaron D – Maricopa will badge someone who only speaks Spanish.

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: David | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_tents_estrella@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Brian lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
PHOENIX WEST: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: OPEN | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
ALHAMBRA: Fred alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
PERRYVILLE: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting this month)
DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂
– no rep was present for business meeting in Jan 2019 –

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
See coordinator update.

AGUA FRIA: afi_liaison@vwhi.org – New rep, welcome! Please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂 – no rep was present for business meeting in Jan 2019 –
Tracey – George has stepped down. If you are interested in the position please come to the next meeting on the second Tuesday at 7pm where the Intergroup meets.

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Quick biz meeting last time – doing pretty well financially. Since last year, we lowered the prudent reserve $1000. Office is staying busy – 560 requests for info and assistance. 130 office visits. Some twelve step calls. If you’re interested in volunteering you can contact EVI office. Always looking for phone volunteers. 40th annivesray on march 9th St Catherine’s Orodox church. $20. has tickets for sale.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Invited to attend meeting second Tuesday at 7pm at central office 3215 thunderbird. 9a-6p m-f; closed on presidents day. Saturday 9am – 1p.
Restructure of existing steering committee members. Please see Kimberly for the long version 🙂
Valentine’s day celebration on 2/16 at 7pm
Maricopa county
SRI Anniversary committee -chair position available for souvenirs.
29th west valley round up at lake pleasant 3/15 – 17.
Area 03 Corrections Conference
SRI office has need for Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday – ask Kim about times
Laura – comment: souvenir position is 5 year sobriety requirement.

CLOSE: 8:13pm
Birthdays
Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes January 2019

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website: www.vwhi.org
Wednesday January 9, 2019

Open: 7:02pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the 12th Concept
Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps
*Home group reps: Welcome!
Dave – Bloopers Tempe; Nora – Last House; Anthony – Chandler Noon group; Daniel – 4848; Kenny – Breakfast Club; Bob – Upon Awaking in Gilbert; Nicholas – Ahwatukee; Gabino – AA Spanish; Ryan – East Valley Men’s Stag in Gilbert; James – Bill’s Soldier; warn e- west valley recovery; Dan – Dog Tired, (did not get name) – Sober Girls and Maryvale; Cody – Happy Valley Group; Paul – Breakfast Club Mesa, Chris – Slippery Slopes, Andrew – Common Thread; Diana – Stepping Stones; Matt and Kelly from Destiny Springs in Surprise.
Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service. Be sure to sign-in on the sheet that’s being passed around so we have your name, home group and contact info. Please familiarize yourself with the H&I bylaws – find them at the Resources tab on vwhi.org.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.
*Next ad hoc bylaws committee meeting: Thursday Jan 17th at 7pm at Jerry’s Restaurant in Phoenix.
Robert is filling in.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
Next Awareness Day planning meeting is this Sunday at 7:30pm. Will be every Sunday at 7:30pm at Dr. Bob’s Coffee. They need LOTS of people to volunteer!

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
December meeting minutes say agenda, not minutes. Oops, sorry! Tracey motion to accept minutes, second. None opposed.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
We had a pretty good year! Total was about ~$83k. Any feedback or complaints, just let Dennis know! Any veterans available for a Sunday meeting?

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
Tracey filling. This month we spent $6,505.67 on 900 AA books, 100 pamphlets and Navajo Big Books and CDs. The AWS website will be shut down from Jan 20th to Feb 4th. Book order will be placed on Feb 5th. That is only an eight day window for the book order and delivery. Books may be late. Please place your book order by Feb 1st.
Ashley – former BTG – if anyone wants bookmarks for Bridging the Gap, please raise your hand.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org
No update.

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
120 unique visitors in the past 24 hours; 400 visitors over the month. Someone from Slovenia is trying to hack us but it’s all good. Shawna has sent over some web pages to be updated, Eric is working on that. Working on providing members a link if they want to speak at a specific facility; they can subscribe and unsubscribe to the list. If you were elected as a coordinator at the last meeting, please see Eric after the meeting to get set up with your email address. Shared thoughts and love for Aaron B.
Would be good to start nurturing some minds for the next person taking over. C panel and WordPress would be good to know if you are interested in the web servant position.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Tom G. | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
Not here – stepped down.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
Good news – we have a finalized date, time and place for corrections – Friday March 29th and all day on March 30th and Gloria Dei church. Program is coming along, encourages everyone to attend.
Challenge is that Federal Corrections has difficulty sticking – coordinator who was elected last month is not able to take on the commitment. This will be added to new business. Federal Corrections coordinator will handle men and woman.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
Welcome to new coordinators, thanks to outgoing coordinators. Sent an email through website to previous coordinators to contact new coordinators. Echos what Bootsie said about the Corrections Conference. Next meeting is this Saturday starting at 4pm for fellowship, 4:30pm – 6pm at Denny’s at Rural and the 60. The area vice chair, Mel F., will be speaking at 8:30pm at Bloopers.

MCSO: Shawna mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
• Next NEW Volunteer Training Date: Wednesday, January 23rd – 3:30 – 6:30pm at Lower Buckeye Jail, 3250 West Lower Buckeye Road (handout at the back)
◦ Gate Pass only applicants do not need to take the New Volunteer training class
• Current badged volunteers – Annual Renewal Training date is set for Wednesday, February 6th – five 90-minute classes will be offered throughout the day. Check your mailbox for the renewal paperwork.
◦ Newly badged volunteers: If you attended the New Volunteer training after September 1st to end of 2018, you are not required to attend Renewal Training until 2020
• Progress on database / spreadsheet of badged volunteers, volunteers on a Gate Pass, & current chairs for all MCSO jails to ‘cross-train’ at other jails; either as a speaker or to cover when needed. Please see the handout at the back table!
Passing out clipboards – please sign if you’re a current badged or Gate Pass volunteer!
Alison asked about February training dates – probably no February training dates.

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Elections – this agenda reflects the new contact info for the coordinators
2) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee; 2 year commitment; 1 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Hospitals West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
Phoenix West (coordinator position; 2 year commitment; 2 year sobriety requirement; 1 year H&I experience preferred)
No one standing.

NEW BUSINESS:
Two newly available positions:
Treatment Chair is open (member of steering committee; 1 year commitment (normally 2 but has been filled for last year; FILL IN)
Cody – for Treatment Chair
Federal Corrections coordinator (2 year commitment; FILL IN)

*any new business from the floor?
Kelly – Destiny’s Spring Healthcare, new facility in Surprise, has brochures. 5 units, 1 unit has 10 private beds/rooms . 20 adolescent beds, 40 adults beds, and 20 geriatric beds. Looking for 6 meetings a week, M- Sat at 7pm – this is for adult facility. Hopefully opening in 1-2 months. Bell and Dysart. Adolescent hall will have fingerprint requirements. New hospital, taking a holistic approach to mental health. Will have inpatient and outpatient.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BRIDGING THE GAP: Bill | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
Monthly meeting at Hob Nobs, last Thursday of the month at 5:30pm.
Dark zones 1/31 at 5:30pm – going to get a group together. Lucky Buddha in Goodyear. Meet there at 5pm and go to meeting at 7pm – . James Walton house – just recently picked up a meeting at the sober house for veterans. This is in leiu of committee meeting. Committee meeting will now be rolling and will be at a different location each month.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
Home group reps – please fill out the clipboard with your information.

Bob – report from National Corrections in Portland ME. Every November in first full weekend, 317 registers, 6 scholarships. Banquet 156 attendees. People from all over the US. 56% were outside the state of main. 4 volunteers from AZ. Finances, $16, 519. ~17k in expenses. Glitch with hotel and some people weren’t able to register. The short fall caused deficit of $1100. Conference is self supportive. Given $4k in seed money to get it started. [see email]
This year will be in Houston. You can register online www.nationalcorrectionsconference.org
Next year it will be in Chicago.
Has contacted a hotel in the Valley, has formed an exploratory committee to try and get the Corrections Conference to come to phoenix. Will go to Houston to present a bid. If successful, would like to get this body involved and would like to work with the area corrections coordinator and body as well. That would 2021.

NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Harold | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)
HOSPITALS WEST: OPEN | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)
TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting)
COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Alison | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)
COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)
SPANISH: Gabino | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: David L. | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_tents_estrella@vwhi.org
Woman interested in volunteering at Estrella Women’s Jail, there are only 3 meetings per week: M @ 11:30am / W @ 5:30pm / F @ 6:30pm. The women chairing always welcome new co-chairs & speakers!
The Wednesday 5:30pm meeting chairs need support – 1 week of each month is available for someone to chair permanently, ASAP. It’s currently chaired by a volunteer who needs to step down for work & school; she will cover as long as she can.
Meeting request for the G Dorm – houses women in work furlough program. Volunteers are needed. Opportunities for one of the following days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays @ 9:30am or 10am

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Brian | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org
LBJ (Lower Buckeye Jail)
I reached out to the Programs Asst. Lynette Anderson and introduced myself. She is working to compile the meetings and identify any needs for volunteers. The timeframe for me to follow up with her is in 4 weeks. Current LBJ Volunteers have been identified from Aaron’s records and I will confirm these and who’s handling which meetings. The current AA meetings as posted on www.vwhi.org are follows:
Sunday @ 4pm
Tuesdays @ 9am in (2) different units
Tuesday @ 6pm
Wednesday @ 10am
Wednesdays have two separate meetings @ 5pm in different units
Sunday @ 4pm
Volunteers are needed for two meetings as requested:
1. Sundays between 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Mondays between 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays between Noon – 7:00pm
2. One of the following days / times:
Sundays – between 10:00am – 6:00pm
Thursdays – between 2:00pm –7:000pm
Saturdays – between 8:000am – 7:00pm
4th Avenue Jail – I reached out to Programs Asst. Officer Chavez to introduce myself and to determine any needs for meetings or volunteers. I have received from Shawna D. the most recent list of meetings and volunteers. The currents meetings are:
Sundays have four separate meetings: 11:00am / 2:00pm / 3:00pm / 5:00pm
Mondays have two separate meetings: 11:30am & 3:45pm
Thursdays have two separate meetings at 5:00pm in different units

PHOENIX WEST: OPEN | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org
No report

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: OPEN | federal_corrections@vwhi.org
Tracey – reporting for Aaron; Federal womens camp is doing well, Mondays at 5pm. 15-20 mwomen are meeting. Amy little is chairing. If you are interested in attending or getting involed. 623 326 9413. aimtree@aol.com.

ALHAMBRA: Fred | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org
All meetings are going well. 5 meetings currently. 1 meeting for the women. Other meetings are for men. Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm, Saturday at 1pm for both men and women; 6pm on Sunday for men. Shirley took a phone interview from someone at Alhambra and still waiting for follow up. Emailed time ticket for the month of Dec to Chaplain Henderson.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Heather | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org
No report yet – will see steering committee after meeting.

LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org
No word from Lewis yet, a couple of people going into higher security unit – they took the holidays off. Previously inmates had been taking some liberties.

FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org
Florence corrections complexes include 1 county, 3 state, 2 federal and 4 private prisons. We also provide volunteer service at the four private prisons in Eloy, AZ, These complexes, in total, house more than 28,000 inmates. A minimum of forty-two meetings are held by AA volunteers each week; at least one outside AA-facilitated meeting in every Unit every week. An additional twenty-four (informal) meetings are held weekly by the inmates themselves. All groups are registered at GSO with inmates as GSRs and outside AAs as alternates. All groups are structured with an elected GSR, Chairman, Secretary, Librarian and Greeter. The last meeting of each month is designated the birthday meeting, at which sobriety medallions are awarded followed by an inmate speaker.
We presently have forty-seven badged volunteers with thirty-seven more in process. Several of our volunteers are also Corecivic, GEO and PCSO badged.
A Back to Basics workshop is scheduled to begin in February at the Eyman/Meadows Unit.
Meetings have resumed in the Florence/East Unit following a two-year hiatus,
Meeting schedules for the Pinal County Adult Detention Center (Jail) have been revised and newly staffed with AA volunteers.
Closed-circuit recovery material (mostly AA talks and videos) is broadcast daily to all cells from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the morning and 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at night. Inmates have been submitting letters of support and gratitude to the administration in an effort to secure funds for the purchase of more bandwidth, thus enabling broadcast throughout the AZ prison system.
A new Spanish group, Nueva Resolución, has been registered as group # 725409 with GSO and meets weekly in the Florence/Central Unit.
Weekly meetings have also begun at the Red Rock and Eloy Detention Centers in Eloy, AZ.
Inmates at Florence/North Unit hold quarterly nacho parties in conjunction with our AA meeting.
The nachos are prepared in improved double boilers. Attendance is up.
Inmates at Florence/West Unit recently staged a Traditions play, designed as a clever way to
acquaint the inmates with the substance and importance of the AA Traditions. Huge success!
Group conscience meetings, once held the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Road to Recovery meeting room, have been temporarily suspended.

PERRYVILLE: Nora perryville_prison@vwhi.org
4 volunteers at Perryville, Seal has stepped down. Snowbird volunteers have let their badges lapse after about 10 years. Whoever is bringing in meetings now is doing ‘watered down AA.’ Books weren’t being distributed, etc. Nora is working to bring in traditional AA. One volunteer is bringing in unapproved literature – Nora will be bringing a meeting in with her next time. All new volunteers have 10+years of sobriety. Chaplain Holder is requesting that each meeting is being given one hour. Could definitely use more help!

DISTRICT 08: New rep – please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂
– no rep present –

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Gabino | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
Gabino – Phoenix West – 3 volunteers
Estrella – 3 people
Fridays to duragno
Saturdays to lower buckeye

AGUA FRIA: afi_liaison@vwhi.org – New rep, welcome! Please see Katy after the meeting so she can get your contact info 🙂 – No rep present —

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Invited to attend: second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at center office on Thunderbird Road
9am to 6pm Mon-Fri, Sat 9am – 1pm
New meeting called the doctor’s prescription – has flyer – four Wednesdays teaching traditions and concept. Fellowship hall at 7:15pm
veterans in recovery – new meeting on Tuesday jan 22nd 7-8:30pm, 804 Jones Ave in recreation room.
Round up committee starting to meet 27th of feb at 6:30pm at the SRI office – has fliers
phones – jan 21 office will be closed. For phones opportunities: weekly commitment, sobriety requirement of 1 year. Come to office Wed 3p-6p, Thurs 9am to 12pm. Friday 12-6.
864 calls last month // ~12k website visits // there’s an app that can help you find meetings near you.
Summer round up at DoubleTree Hilton in Scottsdale. 76th anniversary of AA in the Valley – save the date – phoenix college – April 13th, Saturday. Please contact Laura, Volunteer Coordinator.
CLOSE: 8:21pm
Birthdays
Responsibility Declaration

Meeting Minutes December 2018

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community Chapel
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Wednesday December 12, 2018

Open: 7:03pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the 12th Tradition
Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps – Heather – Thurs Women’s Grateful Dames; Kristi – Gilbert Girls on Monday night; Marissa – Gilbert Girls alt; Robert – Male Chauvinist group; Leah – Thompson Peak gang; Randy – (did not get home group); Greg – Glendale Men’s Group; Zach – 4848 Wednesday Men’s stag; Steve – The Way Out; Michael – Saturday Morning Men’s stag in El Mirage at New Hope; Patty D – Cactus Capers
Ryan – Scottsdale Men’s Meeting; Lonny – (did not home group)
*Home group reps: Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.
*moment of silence for Aaron B.
*Next ad hoc bylaws committee meeting: Thursday Dec 20th at 7pm at Jerry’s Restaurant in Phoenix.
*Steering committee will meet for a few minutes after the business meeting to talk about next steering committee meeting and Awareness Day financial report.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON
: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
November was a month to remember in the life and times of our V.W.H.I. family/body.
First of all I am asking the entire body of V.W.H.I. to keep the family of Aaron Blaha in they’re prayers. There are no words to express my feelings of loss for the recovery community, with the loss of our Brother Aaron Blaha.
I am sure he is already Chairing that Great Big meeting in the sky, or greeting at the door, or being of service, somehow. All my Love goes out to Debbie, who is doing the best that she can to carry on that torch, that flame he carried for SERVICE!
I attended the 2019 Az Corrections Conference Committee meeting on last Saturday, December 8th, 2018, and volunteered to Co-Chair the Committee.
I’m really hoping that we can find at least 3 people to step up and cover the coordinator positions that have now been vacated with the loss of our Brother Aaron Blaha.
Last, but not least. I want to announce that the first meeting of the VWHI ADPC will be on Sunday, January 13th, at Dr. Bob’s Coffee, 4415 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, at 7:30pm. We will be meeting every week to begin with, and are in need of Committee members, Volunteers to help facilitate the Awareness Day event. The date Is still TBD.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE!!
And Thank You for allowing me to be of service as your Co-Chairperson. Happy Holidays

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
No update. Tracy motions, Tierza seconds. None opposed. Motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
We suffered a big loss but hope this is an opportunity for others to step up. We had an amazing month last month – $9566 was collected last month. Robert motions to accept treasurer’s report, Tracy seconds. None opposed, motion carries.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
Tracy filling in – $7,483.76 on 1,087 pieces of AA lit and 500 Spanish meetings lists. Please have book orders in by Dec 26th.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Not here, Aaron D filling in. All is well – working on mailing lists, 464 unique visitors. Just under 5k unique visitors for the year.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Tom G. | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
Not here. Texted Katy – no update.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
2019 Area 3 corrections conference – tentative date on March 29th and 30th. Tentative location of FCI Phoenix. Program is coming together. DUI court judge, probation officer, a native person who works with native people getting sober, AA rep who heard the message in a corrections facility. Start Friday afternoon/evening with ice cream social and speaker meeting; other speakers and panels to follow on Saturday.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
SRI has requested that H&I be present at their Christmas Alcothon at American Royal Palace banquet hall. Starting at noon on 12/24 to noon 12/25 – passing a sheet around to get volunteers. Corrections conference meeting was last Saturday; still looking for volunteers.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
If the email about Aaron’s passing seemed blunt, she apologizes. There were a lot of emails from badged volunteers and was just trying to get out the info as quickly as possible.
• New Volunteer Training Dates: Wednesday, January 9th or Wednesday, January 23rd – 3:30 – 6:30pm at Lower Buckeye Jail, 3250 West Lower Buckeye Road (handout at the back)
• Current badged volunteers – Annual Renewal Training date is set for Wednesday, February 6th – five 90-minute classes will be offered throughout the day. Check your mailbox for the renewal paperwork.
• Still working on a ‘database’ of badged volunteers & current chairs for all MCSO jails to ‘cross-train’ at other jails; either as a speaker or to cover when needed. Please see the handout at the back table!
• Please reach out to me or the jail administrators for questions on canceled meetings over the holidays. I’ve requested all the jails for info & will update when available.

Detailed info regarding sobriety requirements, Updates, current mtgs at each jail, & qualifications for mosaic mtgs are all located on website: vwhi.org/volunteers

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee) still open

NEW BUSINESS:
1) Coordinator elections
• *Hospitals East – Tracy makes motion to accept Harold by acclimation; Kimberly seconds. None opposed.
Hospital West – Mike H. nominated – will think about it – STILL OPEN
• Treatment Centers Coordinator – Tracy makes motion to accept Daniel by acclimation. None opposed.
• Community Bridges West – Alison stands; Tracy motions by acclimation, none opposed.
• Community Bridges East – Katy motions to accept Becky by acclimation; none opposed; motions carries.
• Spanish Coordinator – Gabino A. – will here next month
• Durango & Towers; Estrella – Brian M. and David standing. David is elected.
• Lower Buckeye/4th Ave – Tracy makes a motion to accept Brian M. by acclimation; none opposed.
Phoenix West – OPEN
• Federal Corrections – Giff stands; JJ makes motion to accept by acclimation; none opposed; motion carries.
• Alhambra – Fred S. nominated by Tony. Tracy makes motion to accept by acclimation.
• Juvenile Corrections – Heather nominated by JJ; JJ makes motion to accept by acclimation; none opposed; motion carries.
• Lewis – Robert just took over a few months ago, would like to keep position. Tracy motions to nominate by acclimation; none opposed. Motion carries.
• Florence – John S. nominated by Tracy. Body votes to keep John S. in position. None opposed; motion carries.
• Perryville – Allison nominates Nora (new to position and wants to stay) – Tracy makes a motion to accept Nora by acclimation. None opposed; motion carries.
Volunteer Coordinator – Tracey nominates Laura; JJ makes motion to accept by acclimation; none opposed; motion carries.
• BTG – Bill nominated by Ashley; Tracy makes motion by acclimation. None opposed.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.


HOSPITALS EAST: Aaron D. | hospitals_east@vwhi.org
Everything is good.

HOSPITALS WEST: Morgan | hospitals_west@vwhi.org
Everything is good.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org
Putting together list of treatment centers in the Valley, then will put a list together of volunteers. The volunteers who have signed up aren’t really interested in the opportunities that have come up. Please include parameters/requirements of volunteers! Grateful to be here. Goal – by February, plans to have his stuff together and report with the lists.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Matt | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
Not here.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org
Need to get connected with Eric F. To get access to email.

SPANISH: Salvadore A. | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
Tuesday Nov 27th, last meeting. +$1527 in overage. Committee divided funds up, presented H&I with $500 because of that overage. They voted the next coordinator (Gabino A.).

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTRELLA: Shawna | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_tents_estrella@vwhi.org (not reporting)

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: (RIP Aaron B.)

PHOENIX WEST: August | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nancy | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)

ALHAMBRA: Tony | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Bre | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)

LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting)

PERRYVILLE: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
No update.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Ashley | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
2 calls in Dec that were newly released with temporary sponsors. 8 new volunteers signed up.
**would like to move BTG earlier in the meeting line up

AREA 08: (RIP Aaron B.)

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Guadalupe | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
See Spanish coordinator update.

AGUA FRIA: George | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
JJ filling in.
THE AFI CHRISTMAS ALCATHON WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 24TH AND 25TH AT THE COMFORT INN AND SUITES, 9824 W. CAMELBACK RD. GLENDALE 85305. (BY THE 101 & CAMELBACK) 24 HR MARATHON MEETINGS. AL-ANON SPEAKERS, OLD TIMERS PANEL, YOUNG PEOPLES MEETINGS AND SPEAKER MEETING. BOTH GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. CONTACT CAROLINA AT 602-402-4248 OR THE AFI OFFICE AT 623-937-7836.
THE NEW YEARS EVE EVENT IS IN FULL SWING AND THIS YEAR IT WILL BE A MASQUERADE BALL. THE THEME IS “ANONYMITY IS THE SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION OF ALL OUR TRADITIONS”. IT WILL BE AT ALL SAINTS OF THE DESERT CHURCH, 9502 W HUTTON DR, SUN CITY, AZ 85351. THE DOORS OPEN AT 5PM AND THE DANCE STARTS AT 10PM. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR $30 EACH AND IF YOU JUST WANT TO ATTEND THE DANCE IT’S $10. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT 623-937-7836.
THE AFI FINANCIALLY IS IN THE BLACK. DONATIONS TO THE INTERGROUP HAVE BEEN STEADY AND WE ARE IN GOOD STANDING CONDITION. I MADE IT A POINT TO ANNOUNCE AT THE MEETING THAT ALTHOUGH H&I WAS DOING OK, THEY CERTAINLY COULD USE MORE FINANCIAL DONATIONS. I SUGGESTED MORE ONLINE DONATIONS AND TO PUSH THAT PINK CAN AROUND MORE OFTEN.
THE AGUA FRIA INTERGROUP HAS A NEWSLETTER. IT’S CALLED “THE FRIA FLYER” AND IT’S PUBLISHED MONTHLY. YOU CAN GET IT SEVERAL WAYS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE IT FREE VIA ONLINE JUST GO TO www.WESTPHOENIX.org AND GET ON THE LIST. YOU WILL GET IT EMAIL TO YOU EVERY MONTH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET A SUBSCRIPTION FOR YOUR GROUP CALL THE OFFICE AT 623-937-7836. IT’S $20 PER YEAR FOR 10 COPIES A MONTH.
THE ANNUAL AFI DAY IN THE PARK EVENT WILL BE COMING UP THIS SPRING. STILL NOT SURE ON THE DATE BUT WE SHOULD KNOW BY THE NEXT MEETING. THEY ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS. THE COMMITTEE MEETS THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT THE AFI OFFICE IN PEORIA AT 6:30 PM. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT KELLY B 623-256-5647.
THE AFI FAMILY CAMPOUT AND FISHING DERBY IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12TH, 2019 AT BARTLETT LAKE. I’M NOT QUITE SURE YET BUT IT SHOULD BE LOCATED IN THAT SAME COVE AREA. FOR MOR INFO PLEASE CONTACT GEORGE B familycampoutchair@aawestphoenix.org

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Total income was ~$11,310; phones – if you’re interested in being of service, there is a training group the third Fri at 6:30pm; if your home group is interested, they will bring the training to your home group. There were elections at the last meeting. Budget passed.

SALT RIVER: Kimberly | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Everyone is invited to attend Intergroup meetings – second Tues of every month. SRI office is open 9a-6p every weekday. Will be open Dec 24th – 9a-12p; closed on Dec 25th and Jan 1.
SRI alcothon – Dec 24th at noon to Dec 25th at noon at American Royal Palace at 19th ave and Thunderbird. Selling raffle tickets for big screen TV. Needs: security, set up, clean up donations and soda. 2019 anniversary committee – celebration will be on April 13th; 76th anniversary celebration will include dessert and refreshments tentatively at Phoenix College.
Second weekend in august – Doubletree Hilton in Scottsdale – $119 plus tax – SRI round up
Committee will start at the end of February
Phone needs: Wednesdays 3p-6p; Thursday through Saturday after hours
There’s a new app called “meeting guide” – check it out
Fellowship of the Spirit AZ retreat – Sedona – Jan 25-27
into action group – NYE 430 – 830

CLOSE: ~8:30pm
BIRTHDAYS
RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

Meeting Minutes November 2018

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Agenda
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Open: 7:05pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the 12th Tradition

Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps: Gwen – Sober; Roxanne – some are sicker than others (krista – alt) mike – fountain hills living sober; emily – courage to change; steven – vicious cycle; jay – monday night step study in PV; patina – hogans heros; kimberly – SRI. Peter – goes to Florence with John; Mike – saturday mens stag, will be taking over in Jan.

*Homegroup reps: Listen for service opportunities that are relevant to your home group and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org

This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

*Next ad hoc bylaws committee meeting: Tuesday Nov 20th at 7pm at Jerry’s Restaurant in Phoenix.

*Next month we’ll be meeting in the Chapel.

Splash: Accessibility Coordinator for District 08; Reorganized in July – first ASL interpreter at Crossroads East last Monday; met with two blind men in Mesa and was able to provide them with speaker tapes; residential nursing homes – actively trying to bring meetings there; PV community college – working with mental health department; our belief is that everyone regardless of any barrier who wants to be participating in AA should be able to do so. Our goal is to get as many people who feel that they can’t participate to get into the rooms any way we can.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org

October was a busy month reaching out to EVI, SRI, District 8. As ADPC, we reached out to Area, Bridging the Gap, Grapevine.

125 people attended Awareness Day

Total expenses – $1,902.58; we brought in about $400 and spent $1000 of seed money.

Doctor Bob’s Coffee Shop – January 6th every Sunday night at 7:30pm – April 13th is next Awareness Day

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org

No updates. Harold, motion second. No one opposed. Motions carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org

Treasurer’s report in the back – please make sure all of your group’s contributions are included. Harold motions to accept treasurer’s report, none opposed.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org

Tracey filling in – spent $5,854.68 on 820 AA approved books. Please have orders in by COB Nov 28th. We now have H&I pink cans for you. Jamboree was fun!

AWARENESS DAY:OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org

Basic stats: 495 visitors, 1,191 pageviews. Ongoing issue with processing payments but working with treasurer on getting these figured out. New coordinators – please see Eric after the meeting.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Tom G. | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

Tim B. from Desert Mountain Health – Tim B; Scottsdale – looking for meetings Sun, Mon, Tus and Sat at 6:30pm; 6613 N Scottsdale rd, suite 101, 85260. Fri 6:30pm and Sunday 6:30pm available for meetings; Saturday and Sunday days available for meetings as well.

Email: Jay wants to bring meetings to treatment facilities.

JJ: Monday nights at 6:30pm in East Mesa, always looking for men to speak on panel.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org

Not here.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org

Working with Tom G. on service need in Scottsdale. Relatively quiet other than that.

Corrections committee – we had our first meeting last month. We did a tour of the facility that we are considering for a venue, came to realize that venue was outside. Looking for new facility – 150-200 people; Friday night and Saturday all day. Conference dates are TBD. Next meeting this Saturday Nov 17th at 4:30pm at Denny’s at Rural and the 60; 4pm for food.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org

[copy from email]

*need database of badged volunteers so we can have a central point of contact for info and cross training

OLD BUSINESS:

1) Open positions:

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Awareness Day Chair is an events coordinator who is responsible for two events per year: Awareness Day in the fall and Awareness Day in the spring. This position will create a committee to help with Awareness Day (with support of the steering committee of course!) and holds an additional monthly meeting for the H&I Awareness Day committee. There are lots of resources for this position.

[JJ continuing to fill Awareness Day position]

2) MSCO Liaison was added to Steering Committee.

3) Becky was elected Community Bridges East Coordinator.

4) Body decided to keep H&I online calendar (at vwhi.org) told H&I events only.

NEW BUSINESS:

1) Coordinator nominations for elections next month

Hospitals east – Harold is standing

Perryville – Allison nominates Nora – Nora just took over position a few months ago and would like to stay as coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator – Tracy nominates Laura to keep position

2) Tim: bylaws review – Bridging the Gap as part of the charter

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.

In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Aaron D. | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

HOSPITALS WEST: Morgan | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Matt | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Becky | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)

SPANISH: Salvadore A. | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org

[Salvadore & Lupe] We continue to cover 3 county jails: Estrella from 10:30 – 11:30am every Wednesday having about 20-25 inmates a month. Durango is being covered every Friday from 9-10am with approx 40 inmates per month. Lower Buckeye from 12:30pm to 3pm or 4pm with around 120 inmates in total from 4 different houses.

The following members are helping cover these jails: Margarita, Alonso, Carlos, Alexandra, Gilberto, Alfredo, Rufino, Arturo, Gabino and myself. Five members who have active badges and haven’t been using it: Javier, Sabino, Guillermo, Manuel, Macario and Maria. These members were asked to do their renewals but haven’t and will turn in their badges to Valerie, our new MCSO coordinator. On October 23rd there was an orientation in which two people attended (Salvador and Jose Luis) attended; they did their fingerprints and are waiting on their badges.

On October 28th we had an event to give info to our AA community about the service as an institution volunteer – there were 3 members who filled out applications. One was for a gate pass and two were for regular badges.

There were 2 members with 20 years of sobriety who have permission to work in the US, they have a driver license and social security number. Question: if these candidates apply for a badge having only the permission to work, do they qualify? They have filled out an application.

Shawna will get in contact with Lupe.

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: Shawna | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_tents_estrella@vwhi.org

Email from Valerie Henderson on received on November 5th:

Because we have 2 major projects now in occurrence here at LBJ (Lower Buckeye Jail), November Volunteer Trainings are canceled at this time. If things go as planned, we should be able to have one(1) training in December. I will send another email within the next few weeks. As long as things go as planned, we will proceed, if not, I will see you all for the Annual Training in early February, letter will be out for those in early 2019. So sorry for the inconvenience.

I emailed Valerie last week to ask if it would be possible to temporarily authorize or process any New Badge applicants (with cleared paperwork) as Gate Pass Volunteers until the next training date is scheduled, either in December or 2019. Once she has had an opportunity to respond, I will update & info will be posted.
Currently working on a ‘database of badged volunteers & current chairs for all MCSO jails to ‘cross-train’ at other jails; either as a speaker or to cover when needed. Please see the handout at the back table!

Towers, Estrella, Durango:

– New Programs Jail Assistant for Towers: Officer Dembeic @ 602.876.5478
– Woman interested in volunteering at Estrella Women’s Jail, please contact me or check vwhi.org for the current mtg days / times. Three mtgs per week: M @ 11:30am / W @ 5:30pm / F @ 6pm
Women volunteers are needed at Estrella for the G Dorm – houses women in work furlough program. Opportunities for one of the following days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays @ 9:30am or 10am.

Detailed info regarding sobriety requirements, Updates, current mtgs at each jail, & qualifications for mosaic mtgs are all located on website: vwhi.org/volunteers.

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Aaron B. | aaronblaha@yahoo.com

We still have a need for AA meetings to go into jails – pick your day, pick your time, lets go! Badge requirements are on the website. There are no current training dates but contact Aaron to get them hot off the press! Sending sign up around. GSO told Area Corrections Chair that there are 0 Spanish speaking women cooresponding with inmates. Worked with Lupe to get 9 inmates to correspond with volunteers.

PHOENIX WEST: August | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org

Spent most of this year trying to communicate with chaplain, finally about a month ago she reached him. Picked up an order tonight to get books to facility. One volunteer thought he had completed all paperwork but hasn’t so there is a need. Please contact August – this facility needs meeting!

Lupe: tried to open Phoenix West, been waiting for 4 months. Called her yesterday, please still wait. There is a need. But having the same problems as August.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nancy | federal_corrections@vwhi.org

Not here.

ALHAMBRA: Tony | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org

Shawna – filling in – meetings going well, sobriety requirements online.
Alhambra is located at 24th street and van buren. Women can help if accompanied by a man.

The George Unit houses female inmates and recently started having meetings on Saturdays at 1pm. There is only one female in the badging process and they need more female volunteers to go in. Please announce at your homegroup meetings.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Bre | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org

Not here.

LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org

Not here.

FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org

August filling. Following a nearly two year pause, meetings have resumed at Florence/East Unit and Eyman/Meadows Units. Tues 6:00-7:30pm. January 2019 back to basics workshop at both Florence/East Unit Eyman/Meadows Unit. New class of DOC badges called the Incidental Volunteer badge is now available throughout the department for those volunteers that serve six or less hours per month. The special feature of this badge is the elimination of finger prints and random urine tests from the applicaton process.

PERRYVILLE: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org

Met with Seal, there’s been a lot of confusion, started off with two individuals not associated wtih H&I calling themselves volunteers. Two year minimum sobriety and badging. Phone interview required. If you aren’t honest in interview, they will not send you paperwork. Non approved AA literature was being brought in – warden approved AA literature only. Schedule is running; talking with Jan from DOC – you don’t get in if you don’t talk to Jan. 5 meetings a week. A couple of winter visitors that cover off days, so that’s 7 days a week. We haven’t had this much coverage in a long time. Only 7 volunteers currently. Kimberly (co-chair) helping out, working on paperwork now. No felonies. One problem: lumley (max) – haven’t found someone who can take in a meeting there, male or female. Its a rough unit so please have someone contact Nora. Needs 2.5 years sobriety.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org

Nothing to report.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Ashley | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org

BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.

7 hot line calls in Oct, 2 in Nov. All seeking meetings. Quarterly service gathering, this past month we went to dinner then went to AA meeting in dark zip code to get a volunteer – 85395, signed up 9 volunteers on the spot! Dec 1 – area service workshop, will be presenting about BTG. There is a flyer in the back 12-4pm at Studio 164.

This position is electable this round.

Thursday nov 29th at hob nobs right down the street, 149 W McDowell road, 6pm for fellowship, 7pm for meeting.

Pat: MRC – About a year and a half ago, in DOC there were some changes in how they were handling how the men who were being released who were alcoholics – MRC: guys that served their time, get out, on parole, tested dirty then shipped back. That changed. Could recommend department of corrections recovery program. We started taking aa meetings to MRC – north end of adobe facility – taking 6 meetings a week (CMA once a week). We need speakers. No badges, no background check for speakers (only for chairs/consistently being at meetings). They recognize that addiction is a disease and that these guys commit criminal acts when drunk and loaded. Sending around sign up sheet for MRC – Pat will call you!!

Increasing meetings at Eaglepiont – background clearance required – so far, haven’t rejected anybody. One guy was accepted with 1 year of sobriety.

Any men willing to be of service to these guys and taking them to meetings – your service is needed!

AREA 08: Aaron B. | aaronblaha@yahoo.com

Attended Awareness Day and answered questions at the Corrections Table. I attended Maricopa County Service Meeting and was of service at Area Assembly in multiple ways. There are many service opportunities at Area Corrections Conference – if you’re sober and want to be of service, lets make it happen! I will be one of the presenters at the Service Workshop that Sub-district 814/815 is hosting at Studio 164 on Saturday Dec 1 from noon to 4pm. The purpose of the event is for people to walk away having specific opportunities to be of service to AA without joining a committee and having to attend regular meetings.

INTERGROUPS

SPANISH: Guadalupe | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

See Spanish coordinator report.

AGUA FRIA: George | afi_liaison@vwhi.org

EAST VALLEY: Mike G. | evi_liaison@vwhi.org

Having nominations for EVI – couple of steering committee positions open – chair, treasurer and two advisers. Proposed budget for 2019, will be voted on later this month. Thanksgiving Alcothon Wednesday at noon to Friday at noon. Meetings on the odd hours. Antioch Church in Chandler.

SALT RIVER: Sandra | sri_liaison@vwhi.org

Kimberly is taking over. Has a couple of fliers. Actions and activities: everyone is invited to attend business meetings – every second Tuesday of the month 7pm at central office. Open from 8a-6pm Monday through Friday. Closed on holidays. Saturday: 9am to 1pm.

New intergroup venue prospected – church across the parking lot.

Elected positions: starting January 2019. Chair is Aaron.

Accessibility gave report

PICPC – Terry – event at PV community college.

Grapevine report given by Doug – offering code for holidays.

Central office will be closed Nov 22nd and Dec 24th (9am to 12pm) closed on 12/25. reopen 9am on 12/26

opp to volunteer: phones: thurs 3-6pm, fri 12-3 and 3-6.

spots available for after hours 11p-6am thurs; sat 11pm to 6am

Remember to buy chips and lit from your local intergroups

events: service workshop at studio 164 on dec 1

cactus capers – mission bell church new freedom – dec 2 rooms 2 and 3, Glendale, 5;30p dinner at 6 meeting at 7pm

SRI alcohton dec 24 doors at 12pm, American royal palace

please be of service! Aaphoenix.org

SRI has proposed budget – don’t need yay or nay from H&I.

**JJ: motion to change seed fund from $1,000 to $1,500 because of inflation. On-site expenses . Harold seconds. Dennis: let’s talk about this at steering committee first JJ: tables motion.

CLOSE: 8:38pm

BIRTHDAYS

RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

Meeting Minutes October 2018

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Agenda
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website: www.vwhi.org
Wednesday October 10, 2018

Open: 7:04pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the 12th Tradition
Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps
*Homegroup reps: Listen for service opportunities that are relevent to your homegroup and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service.
Zachary – the society in east valley, kailin – the real thing + sammy co chair, katie – GIT(alt), shirley – west side rush hour, mike – ahwatukee mens group – EVI liaison, andrew – AMG, chris – 7850 knucklehead, daryl – happy hour, justin – (did not get homegorup), joey – vicious cycle

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.
VWHI is going to be putting on the corrections conference next year – Saturday Oct 27th 3-4:30pm. At AZ dept of corrections – maricopa 24601 N 29th ave (I-17 and Happy Valley). Contact Tracey (Service Liaison)
The venue is the Maricopa County Re-Entry Center. March 15th and 16th.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
*Awareness Day will by Sunday October 28th at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.
I’m back!
Awareness day: planning committee – every Sunday at 7pm. Looking for donations from homegroups. Flyers for the event in the back. Also flyers about donations are back there too. We need: gift baskets, gift cards, baked goods. $5 donation or a big book or a 12×12. Please ask your homegroups to help – we need volunteers and donors.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Wrong date on the agenda – it’s not Sept 12 – sorry! Motion – Tracey motion, Harold second. Motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
Reports are in the back. Stripe is having a little bit of an issue – Stripe is what handles our online donation.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
$7,451.40 on 1000 books and 500 pamplets. Financially we fell short about $1,000. We also purchased 200 SRI meeting lists. Oct 30th is last day to order books.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
In the past 3 hours – reports are now in PDF and webpage. Changed background image.
Calendar – list events – should we post AA related events? We’ll talk about that in new business. 535 uniques, just under 2000 page views. Lots of attempted hacks. Tickets for H&I Awareness Day and flyer will be up shortly.

TREATMENT CHAIR: Tom G. | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
Integro Care would like a meeting Monday-Friday 5:15pm (16th street and Orangewood) 85020. Would like man and woman. 1501 E. Orangewood.
Thomas Ducey – Arora Tempe Sunday at 6pm (adults) – needs someone to take over this mtg.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
Not here.

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
Now has access to email. Will answer everything that has come in in the last 30 days.

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Newly elected positions:
• Nora is Perryville Coordinator
2) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Awareness Day Chair is an events coordinator who is responsible for two events per year: Awareness Day in the fall and Awareness Day in the spring. This position will create a committee to help with Awareness Day (with support of the steering committee of course!) and holds an additional monthly meeting for the H&I Awareness Day committee. There are lots of resources for this position. (JJ serving right now)

*any old business from floor?

NEW BUSINESS:
1) Up for vote: adding MCSO position to steering committee. Shawna explains what MCSO does and why the position should be added to the steering committee. Marcie makes a motion that MCSO position, Tierza seconds motion. Aaron calls for vote. None opposed – motion carries.

2) Ad hoc bi-laws committee: first meeting is October 18th at 7pm Jerry’s restaurant. 24th street and Thomas.

3) Community Bridges East coordinator – currently vacant. Becky is standing – GSR and alterantive GSR, DCM, has taken meetings to treatment centers. Tracey motions to vote Becky by acclimation – did not get the person who second – Aaron calls for vote, no one opposed.

4) Calendar on website – Daniel asks if we could have two calendar. Wants to make sure that if people send us stuff thinking we will share, and we don’t – we just want to let them know. Committee decided to keep the calendar just H&I. There are links to intergroups on our site so people can get access to their calendars.

5) Splash – Suszanne C. – Accessibility Committee – rejuvenating this committee. Goal tonight is to raise awareness about this committee. In April, she noticed two blind men at the Mesa Roundup who had no food and no one to talk to. She went to the Tuesday noon at Road to Recovery and met these men – realizing how important it is to have accessible meetings. Please share the information on your chair about the Accessibility Committee. Contact: district08ACS@area03.org
Meets the second Friday of every month at 12:30pm – Schmooze Cafe 4222 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale.
Any flyers that we send out for H&I – Suzanne would like us to mention Accessiblity Committee.

6) Aaron B. – make a motion, Bruce second. Makes a motion not to waive the sobriety requirements for an H&I position unless person standing is a month or two away from requirements. 23-15 motion carries.
Allison would like us to consider having people stepping out before we have discussion.
Becky – the bylaws may be the perfect place and time to review this.
Tierza – it was really uncomfortable and no one knew what was going on.
Richard – position hasn’t been filled – felt that there was a need to fill positions. But others felt that we should stay with abide by bi-laws.

*any new business from the floor?

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NOTE:

In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Aaron D. | hospitals_east@vwhi.org
No updates.

HOSPITALS WEST: Morgan | hospitals_west@vwhi.org
Not here.

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org
If you have treatment centers that would like meetings brought to them, please contact Daniel as he has a list of volunteers ready to go. Thanks everybody who has helped him. If you know of treatment centers who need meetings or people to chair meetings, please let him know.
Unhooked in Mesa – need women to come in and join the new womens meetings there. Power & Main. 215 S. Power Rd. In Mesa. Monday nights at 6:30pm, specifically. Contact JJ (co-chair) for more info.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Matt | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
Not here.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Georgia | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org
Now Becky.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
Next training dates for NEW volunteers – Tuesday October 16th or Tuesday October 23rd, 3:30pm – 6:30pm, Lower Buckeye Jail – flyers at the back.
◦ If you’re applying for a temporary, 90-day Gate Pass only; you do not need to attend the 3-hour training class
◦ If you plan to obtain a Badge when sobriety requirement of 2 yrs is met, take the training when your schedule allows; they only hold 2 per month (on Tuesdays at 3:30pm)
◦ RSVP with Valerie Henderson – 602.876.7207
• Valerie is still the interim coordinator; she is unable to schedule two months training dates at a time until the role is official; at that time, she will also consider Saturday training options.
Woman interested in volunteering at Estrella Women’s Jail, please contact me or check vwhi.org for the current mtg days / times. Three mtgs per week: M @ 11:30am / W @ 5:30pm / F @ 6pm
◦ Women volunteers are needed at Estrella for the G Dorm – houses women in work furlough program. Opportunities for one of the following days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays @ 9:30am or 10am


• AA Mtgs for the MOSAIC program at the Estrella Support Bldg
◦ Chairs must have a current badge for at least 1 year & experienced (on a consistent basis) chairing mtgs at the Maricopa County jails
◦ All volunteers are required to be register with the MCSO Liaison prior to chairing or going into these mtgs per MCSO
Next cohort / class start date is the week of October 22nd

SPANISH: Salvadore A. | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
On Oct 3, Estrella Jail – 5 people attaneded, Oct 2 was orientation. Saturday 29th of Sept – 2 people went to Lower Buckeye. Friday 28th of Sept – 2 people went to Durango, 4 people attended this meeting. Sat 29th of Sept – 2 meetings and 19 people attended Lower Buckeye meeting. Received $1,565 as a group. There’s an event coming up Sunday 3530 N 32nd street in phoenix. 2pm to 3:30pm. AA for prisons – 3rd annual event – 10/28.

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTRELLA: Shawna | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_estrella@vwhi.org (not reporting)
LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Aaron B. | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org (not reporting)
PHOENIX WEST: August | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nancy | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)
ALHAMBRA: Tony | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Bre | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)
LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting)
PERRYVILLE: Nora | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Ashley | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
Anyone who brings a meeting into a locked facility will get a bookmark.
3 audiences: trying to reach people in locked facilities – that’s what bookmarks are for. Donations from pink can go to printing those. 2) reach employees in locked facilities and raise their awareness 3) people in AA and AA volunteers.
Had our first workshop last month and it was a success!
Sept: 7 calls – 5 calls were looking for AA folks to get connected with.
Pat L – now bringing in meetings into Eaglepoint at Lewis. Speaker meeting. Male speakers.
BTG committee is small but mighty! Please join! Last thursday of the month Oct 25th – Hob Nobs at 3rd ave and McDowell. 6pm for dinner and fellowship, and 7pm for meeting.

DISTRICT 08: Aaron B. | district08_liaison@vwhi.org
Correction Correspondence requirements are on the back. Corrections Conference is being hosted by H&I next year. See Aaron D’s (chair) update. If you want to be of service carrying the message. The new website address is on the flyer: phxaa.org. The idea is to bring more unity to AA in the valley. Sign in sheet going around.

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Guadalupe | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org

AGUA FRIA: George | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
To Daniel – I wish all the coordinators would give their reports on paper like you!
Oct 2nd – well attended business meeting
Nov 22nd – Crossroads West – Thanksgiving event. Dinner will be at 1:15p – 3:30p followed by meetings and event.s Register food donations at aawestphoenix.org or contact AFI office 623 937 7836. If you want to volunteer, pelase contact thanksgivingchair@aawestphoenix.org
Christmas Alcathon – 24th and 25th aat Comfrt inn and suites 9824 w camelabck – 101 and camelback. 24 hour amarathon meetings, old timers panel, young peoples meetings and speaker meetings. Groups and individuals need.
NYE committee: AFI office to volunteer. They meet every third saturday at the month at 2pm at the afi office in peoria.
AFI financially in the black and donations have been strong th elast few months.
AFI would like to pursue the valleywide intergroup meetings. Awhile back they had meetings with spanish, EVI, and SRI – meeting rotated around, can be attended by anyone.
JJ: would support having H&I involved with the intergroup meetings – requested AFI come to H&I Awareness Day. Will make tons of copies of Accessibility Committee.

EAST VALLEY: evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Thanksgiving Alcothon: noon Wednesday 11/21 to noon Friday 11/23. Meetings on the odd hours. At Antioch Church, 1125 N Dobson Rd, Chandler, 85224

SALT RIVER: Sandra | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here.

CLOSE: 8:54pm
BIRTHDAYS
RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION

Meeting Minutes September 2018

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website: www.vwhi.org
Wednesday September 12, 2018
Open: 7:05pm
Serenity Prayer
Reading of the 12th Tradition
Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps: Kimberly – Roots; Jay – Standford Group; Leslie – SRI office; Matt – East Valley Mens Stag; Justin – ?; Glennis – Merryville Group, Giff – Fellowship Hall; joel – alternative for cross roads; michelle – last house cross roads wet, harold – sunday morning crossroads east. Paul – 4th ave jail; Laura; Maureen – possibly Perryville.
*Homegroup reps: Listen for service opportunities that are relevent to your homegroup and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.

STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
Awareness Day Jamboree Commitee meetings are going to be every Sunday at 7:30pm at Dr. Bob’s Coffee Shop. We still have open positions available on the committee. Please ask all home group reps to announce this at their meetings. Everyone who wants to can be of service whether it’s flipping burgers or setting up chairs for the event on Oct 28th at Kiwanis Park. This committee will meet every Sunday between now and the event, and we’ll need a lot of help!
I am going to be reaching out to the other outside entities this month (EVI, SRI, AFI) to get their involvment in the Awareness Day event such as setting up tents and having workshops or giving them an opportunity to speak.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Harold motions to approve July & August minutes, Tracey seconds – none opposed, motion carries.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
We had an issue with a counterfeit bill! Doing what we can to prevent it. Tracey makes motion to approve treasurer report, body seconds. Motion carries.

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
Tracey filling in – $6,957.20 on 940 AA approved books. Please have orders in by COB on September 26th. We now have H&I labels for contribution cans for you.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org
See Co-Chair’s update. More info on the website.

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Making tweaks and updates on site. Hope to have new Minutes/Reports section (with readable pages along with PDF downloads, by next meeting. We had 492 visitors (as of 7:38 am) with 1,763 page hits this last month. We also blocked 49 complex, and 447 brute force, attacks on the site, mostly from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Asia (as is predictable).

TREATMENT CHAIR: Tom G. | treatment_chair@vwhi.org
Not here.

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
Still need Perryville Coordinator – there is one present who has interest in the position.
At Awareness Day – there will be a corrections workshop. Anyone who has any interest should come!

SERVICE LIAISON: Tracey M. | service_liaison@vwhi.org
Thanks the body for electing her. Trying to determine which meetings the books are going to so we can be a bit better organized. Still trying to get in contact with Eric to get email set up. Text is best for now.

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Newly elected positions:
• Tom is Treatment Center Chair
• Tracey is Service Liaison
2) Open positions:
Awareness Day Chair: (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Awareness Day Chair is an events coordinator who is responsible for two events per year: Awareness Day in the fall and Awareness Day in the spring. This position will create a committee to help with Awareness Day (with support of the steering committee of course!) and holds an additional monthly meeting for the H&I Awareness Day committee. There are lots of resources for this position.

Perryville: Maureen – called to serve in the prisons. August 5th, , 2018 is new sobriety date but had 9 years of sobriety prior to that. Laura made a motion to set aside the two year sobriety suggestion, Tracey seconds motion. 45-7 motion carries. Nora stands. Kimberly stands. Maureen removed herself from the vote.
Nora – 8 years of sobriety. June 18th, 2010.
Kimberly – 9/2/09. Volunteer for a treatment center.
Nora is elected to Perryville Coordinator position by the body.

NEW BUSINESS:
Daniel – trying to get a list of meetings that are taking meetings to treatment centers. Please go back to your homegroups and tell Daniel next week what meetings your meetings are bringing to treatment centers.
*any new business from the floor?

Robert – referring to Perryville election: tradition 1 was called into question, and tradition 12 puts principles before personalities, please be conscious of your words especially when a newcomer is involved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Aaron D. | hospitals_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)
HOSPITALS WEST: Morgan | hospitals_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)
TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org (not reporting)
COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Matt | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org (not reporting)
COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Georgia | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org (not reporting)
MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
• Next training date for NEW volunteers – next Tuesday, September 18, 3:30PM-6:30PM, Lower Buckeye Jail / Flyers at the back
◦ If you’re applying for a temporary, 90-day Gate Pass only; you do not need to attend the 3-hour training class
◦ If you plan to obtain a Badge when sobriety requirement of 2 yrs is met, take the training when your schedule allows; they only hold 2 per month (on Tuesdays at 3:30pm)

• Bridget Mack is now the Commander of Custody Support Division & the New Volunteer Coordinator (Interim): Valerie Henderson – 602.876.7207 or email V_Henderson@MCSO.maricopa.gov
• Possible Saturday training classes for volunteers in the future (I suggested 1 per quarter)
◦ Due to transition of MCSO Coordinator will not likely be available until later in the year

• AA Mtgs for the MOSAIC program at the Estrella Support Bldg
◦ Fantastic & flexible opportunity – but not everyone w/a badge can go in:
◦ Chairs must have a current badge for at least 1 year & experienced (on a consistent basis) chairing mtgs at the Maricopa County jails
◦ All volunteers are required to be scheduled via the MCSO Liaison prior to chairing or going into these mtgs per MCSO
◦ The additional criteria have been set by MCSO, given VWHI & ‘special considerations or exceptions’ for volunteers outside these parameters will be denied
◦ Select population w/the opportunity to be released after the 7-week program – VWHI needs to send only our best, most experienced volunteers!
• Volunteers are always needed – badged or on a Gate Pass – for all other AA mtgs scheduled within each jail!

SPANISH: Salvadore A. | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
Estrella every Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am with 5 volunteers supporting; Durango finally got covered every Friday from 9am to 10am; Saturdays at Lower Buckeye from 1pm to 4pm doing 2 meetings in 4 different houses. At Lower Buckeye there are about 80 inmates; Estrella about 28; Durango about 40.

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: Shawna | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_estrella@vwhi.org
• New Programs Jail Assistant for Towers: Officer Denney @ 602.876.4136 (same as Officer Kaiser’s)
◦ Woman interested in volunteering at Estrella Women’s Jail, please contact me or check vwhi.org for the current mtg days / times. Three mtgs per week: M @ 11:30am / W @ 5:30pm / F @ 6pm
• Mtg request for the G Dorm – houses women in work furlough program. Volunteers are needed. Opportunities for one of the following days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays @ 9:30am or 10am

LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Aaron B. | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org
You can pick whatever day and whatever time you would like to take a meeting into this jail. Requirements are: 2 years of sobriety, 21 years old, 1 year off parole or probation, 36 months need to have elapsed since your last period of incarceration that was a result of a misdemeanor, fill out a 3 part questionnaire, attend a training session, and obtain a letter from your sponsoring agency.
Some people think that if they’ve never gone to jail or prison, they won’t be able to relate. They really want to hear about staying sober!
Just about anyone can take a meeting into a hospital or treatment center. This is where the juice is at!

PHOENIX WEST: August | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org
Saturday is visitation and is th eonly day available for meetings so isn’t going quite as well as we had hoped. Chaplain Knox has not been responsive. Doug has been taking in meetings for about 15 years, August was talking to Doug and unfortunately he is no longer taking meetings in. August is working on it.

FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nancy | federal_corrections@vwhi.org
Not here

ALHAMBRA: Tony | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org
Made significant progress with new meetings: 1) Sunday night meeting for transitioning inmates. The first meeting was Aug 5 in Echo Unit and was attended by 18-20 inmates. Showed the video A New Freedom. 2) Saturday morning, started on Aug 8th at George unit – female inmates. 4 inmates in attendance. Our Friday night meeting and Saturday afternoon meeting are male inmate meetings. Our volunteer pool is doing a great job covering these meetings. Please announce at your homegroup meetings that we need a female AA volunteer.

JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Bre | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org
Not here.

LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org
Chaplain retired, Chaptain Thomas replaced him – 10 times more peer led meeting than aa meetings being brought in. Only 8 badged volunteers. Used to be 12-15 volunteers. Any that would be interested in taking meetings out to Lewis prison, please reach out to Robert. Two females can bring in a meeting.

FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org
Includes 1 county, 3 state, 2 federal and 4 private prisons. We have also begun volunteer service at the four private prisons in Eloy. Totals more than 28,000 inmates. Minimum of 42 AA meetings held. At least one outside AA facilitated meeting in every unit. Additional 20 informal meetings held weekly by inmates. All groups are registered at GSO with inmates as GSRs and outside Aas at alternatives. All groups are structured with trusted servants. Last meeting is birthday night where medallions are awarded. Presently 47 badged volunteers with 36 in process.
Back to basics workshops at Eyman Rynning, East and West were held from 18 June to 27 August. Graduation is scheduled for 23 Sept. Coffee, pastries served, and photographs taken. Next workshops are scheduled for Eyman Meadows and Floerence East in mid-Nov.
Meeting schedules at Pinal County Adult Detention Center have been revised.
Closed Circuit recovery material is broadcast daily to all cells from 8am to 10am and 8pm to 1am
A new Spanish group, Nueva Resolucion, has been registered as group #725409 with GSO and meets weekly in Florence/Central unit.
Weekly meetings have also begun at the Red Rock and Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, AZ.
Volunteer appreciation dinner is scheduled for Oct 23rd.
Group conscience meetings, once held the first Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Road to Recovery meeting room have been suspended for the time meeting.
Lit order: 2 Cs B-12; 4 Cs B-15; 2Cs B-17; 3Cs SB-17; 5Cs B-30; 2Cs B-35; 3Cs SB-35; 4 Ea NAV M-81; 75 SRI Meeting Schedules; 20 Area 03 Meeting Schedules

PERRYVILLE: OPEN | perryville_prison@vwhi.org
Nora elected tonight.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
No update.

BRIDGING THE GAP: Ashley | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
10 hotline calls in August! 5 wanted to be connected with volunteers and they were. Volunteer Workshop on Sept 30 from 1-3pm at Bloopers. First hour is food and fellowship, second hour is training on how to be BTG volunteer. We need help so come and learn!
Next BTG committee meeting is on Sept 27th at 7pm at Hob Nobs on 3rd Ave & McDowell

DISTRICT 08: Aaron B. | district08_liaison@vwhi.org
GSO has an urgent need for AA men to write inmates in English or in Spanish through the Corrections Correspondence Service. GSO has a waiting list of male AA members in prison who are waiting for an outside AA member to write to them. Female AA members in prison can get linked right away, thanks to all the female volunteers who have signed up.
CCS is not a traditional pen pal service that may involve financial support or letters of reference. Tihs service offers the opportunity for AA members on the inside and the outside to share experience, strength, and hope with each other via postal correspondence. GSO only makes th einitial connection, which is a random match between inmates with a drinking problem and outside AA members of the same gender who live in another region or privnce away from that correctional facility.
Some of you may be thinking “I dont write real well..” Well, lets think about this – changes are that there are not a lot of Pulitzer Prize winners in prison!All I need is willingness. “Who has an hour available out of the month to help another alcoholic?”

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Guadalupe | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
We have 20 volunteers with active badges, I’m trying to encourage all those volunteers to make use of their badges. The meetings we are bringing is: Estrella every Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am with 5 volunteers supporting; Durango finally got covered every Friday from 9am to 10am; Saturdays at Lower Buckeye from 1pm to 4pm doing 2 meetings in 4 different houses. At Lower Buckeye there are about 80 inmates; Estrella about 28; Durango about 40.

AGUA FRIA: George | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here.

EAST VALLEY: Amy | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here.

SALT RIVER: Sandra | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here.

CLOSE: 8:38pm
BIRTHDAYS
RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION East

Meeting Minutes August 2018

Valleywide Hospitals and Institutions Meeting Minutes
Central Church, A United Methodist Community East Dining Room
1875 North Central Avenue Phoenix Arizona 85004
Website: www.vwhi.org
Wednesday August 8, 2018

Open:
Serenity Prayer @ 7:04 PM
Reading of the 8thTradition
Introduction of the new H&I Home Group Reps WELCOME ALL
*Homegroup reps: Listen for service opportunities that are relevent to your homegroup and bring the opportunities back to your meeting to find people who might be interested in being of service.

Announcement from the Chair: Aaron D. | chairperson@vwhi.org
This Valleywide H&I Monthly Business Meeting is different than meetings that we find in the AA Meetings Lists and Directories. Typical AA meetings are scheduled to last one hour. Business meetings are conducted by committees adn we typically meet until the business is done. Please realize that the purpose of our Steering Committee is to focus on what ways we might conduct pertinent business in an effecient manner.
Katy chairing for Aaron.
Will be presenting Bid for 2019 Corrections Conference
STEERING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CO CHAIRPERSON: JJ | co_chairperson@vwhi.org
Katy read JJ report. SRI round up this weekend: Friday Saturday and Sunday. Please announce at your homegroups – H&I is looking for people want to be of service! Area 3 service assembly is Aug 17, 18 and 19 at Arizona Golf Resort at Power and Broadway in Mesa. District 8 is sponsoring 40 members of AA who are interested in finding out what general service is about to attend the assembly that weekend. Lunch is included.

SECRETARY: Katy | secretary@vwhi.org
Skip Minutes till next month.

TREASURER: Dennis | treasurer@vwhi.org
Katy accidentally skipped Dennis!

LITERATURE: Keith | literature@vwhi.org
We have been getting real low on funds. Lots of Big Books and SRI Directions
$2880.40 on Big Books. Order date is August 29th.

AWARENESS DAY: OPEN | awareness_day@vwhi.org

WEB SERVANT: Eric F. | webservant@vwhi.org
Stats 623 visited website with last couple of days. Coordinators – let Eric know if you are not getting emails.

TREATMENT COORDINATOR: Tom | treatment_chair@vwhi.org

CORRECTIONS COORDINATOR: Bootsie | corrections_coordinator@vwhi.org
Not here

SERVICE LIAISON: OPEN | service_liaison@vwhi.org

OLD BUSINESS:
1) Newly elected positions:
• Robert is Lewis Coordinator
• Daniel is Treatment Center Coordinator
• Towers, Durango and Estrella are now one position – Shawna is the coordinator
2) Open positions:
Treatment Center Chair (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Treatment Center Chair communicates with the 6 treatment center coordinators (hospitals east, hospitals west, treatment centers, community bridges west, community bridges east, and spanish) to ensure all meetings are chaired, speakers are provided, meetings have literature and helps ensure the message of AA is carried to the confined alcoholic in treatment centers. This position coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator to help homegroup reps fill service opportunities in treatment centers.

Tom Sobriety Date 2/14/2002
Ivy 6/27/18
Tracey 3/13/18
*Katy called for a vote – Tom is elected.

Awareness Day Chair (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The Awareness Day Chair is an events coordinator who is responsible for two events per year: Awareness Day in the fall and Awareness Day in the spring. This position will create a committee to help with Awareness Day (with support of the steering committee of course!) and holds an additional monthly meeting for the H&I Awareness Day committee. There are lots of resources for this position.

Patricia stood for position however body did not make motion to overlook sobriety requirements.

Service Liaison (member of steering committee): this position attends the H&I business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month and the H&I steering committee meeting on the fourth Wednesday of every month. This position directs requests from the public to the appropriate H&I chairperson or coordinator. This person mostly deals with emails and phone calls, directing questions and requests to the right person.
Tracey stood. Motion made to elect Tracey by acclimation. Motion carries.
*any old business from the floor?

NEW BUSINESS:
No new business.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NOTE:
In even months reports from Hospitals and Treatment will be presented.
In odd Months Corrections and Prisons will present their reports.

HOSPITALS EAST: Aaron D. | hospitals_east@vwhi.org
Not present no report

HOSPITALS WEST: Morgan | hospitals_west@vwhi.org
Nothing new but could be in future

TREATMENT CENTERS: Daniel | treatment_centers@vwhi.org
Trying to get a list if you have a Meeting to a Treatment Centers.

COMMUNITY BRIDGES WEST: Matt | community_bridges_west@vwhi.org
Not here

COMMUNITY BRIDGES EAST: Georgia | community_bridges_east@vwhi.org
Marianne from Road to Recovry has been taking Meetings and coordinating literature; has not been able to get a hold of Georgia. Katy spoke to Marianne after meeting, will bring up at Steering Committee.

MCSO: Shawna | mcso_liaison@vwhi.org
Training Dates Tues 21 from 3:30-6:30 PM Lower Buckeye

SPANISH: Salvadore A. | spanish_coordinator@vwhi.org
Visited Bridget Mack put new application for 3 people in which 2 are renewals. Waiting for opening Phoenix West. Waiting on Authorization

DURANGO & TOWERS – ESTELLA: Shawna | durango_jail@vwhi.org or towers_tents_estrella@vwhi.org (not reporting)
LOWER BUCKEYE – 4TH AVENUE: Aaron B. | lower_buckeye_fourth_ave_jails@vwhi.org (not reporting)
PHOENIX WEST: August | phoenix_west_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
FEDERAL CORRECTIONS: Nancy | federal_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)
ALHAMBRA: Tony | alhambra_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS: Bre | juvenile_corrections@vwhi.org (not reporting)
LEWIS: Robert | lewis_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
FLORENCE: John | florence_prisons@vwhi.org (not reporting)
PERRYVILLE: (open) | perryville_prison@vwhi.org (not reporting)
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Laura | newcomer_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here

BRIDGE THE GAP: Ashley | bridging_the_gap@vwhi.org
BTG connects people just leaving institutions with active members of AA who can take them to meetings within the first 48 hours.
6 calls in July 4 Pre release everything was filled
Head of Tucson Bridge the Gap at last meeting
Workshop from 1-3 on Sun Sep 30 FREE FOOD!!!!
AREA 08: Aaron B. | district08_liaison@vwhi.org
Debbie did report

INTERGROUPS
SPANISH: Guadalupe | hispanic_intergroup@vwhi.org
Robert for Guadalupe H&I Intergroup $1866.17

AGUA FRIA: George | afi_liaison@vwhi.org
35 Anniversary held Sep 22 in Peoria Tickets are available either on line or thru AFI Members
GRAND PRIZE Quilt and Barbecue
Thanksgiving 1:15-3:30 need food donations to support call office or go to aawestphoenix.org
AFI Webstite upgraded
Kay took call from Lauri at Tbird

EAST VALLEY: Amy | evi_liaison@vwhi.org
Payson Round Up
Mesa Round Up
Prescott Round Up Aug 31
Sep 1 at EVI Sponsorship Workshop

SALT RIVER: Sandra | sri_liaison@vwhi.org
Not here

CLOSE:
BIRTHDAYS 8:13 PM Close
RESPONSIBILITY DECLARATION East

Valleywide Bridging the Gap Report for September 2014

Click here to download this report in PDF format.

Valley Wide Bridging the Gap

September 2014 Monthly Report

 

Treatment Patients requests for contact:

January/August September Total YTD
Maricopa County 283 33 316
Outside Maricopa County 35 4 39
Outside Arizona 9 2 11
—– —– —–
327 39 376

 

Corrections Request for Contact: 

Maricopa County 18 2 20

 

All requests were forwarded to BTG Volunteers for action and followed up to insure that contact was attempted and at least a Volunteer’s phone number has been left for the patient or prisoner where permitted. 

Committee Report: 

BTG Committee Meeting was held on Thursday September 28th. 

1. $691.28 is currently in the bank. Please refer to checking account detail. At this time we have sufficient capital to bankroll our next workshop.  

2. Starting tonight right about this time, Nora R. will be doing a weekly Wednesday BTG presentation at Banner Thunderbird. We now have BTG presentations at Banner Thunderbird on Sundays and Wednesdays which works much better in being able to c0ntact the 3 day spin dry’s.  

3. Our 3rd Workshop is scheduled for Saturday January 24th at: 

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
3539 E. Stanford Dr.
Paradise Valley AZ. 85253
10 am to 1pm 

Our next BTG Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 30th  at Dennys on 35th Ave. and Bethany Home at 6pm.

Please come early if you plan on eating. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm.

Welcome from your chair person!

Hello!
Nicole here.  I thought I would take just a minute to introduce myself here; just in case someone wandered to our web page and found themselves reading this post.I am Nicole Z., and I was elected chair person in December of 2013.  I served as secretary for the two years prior to that.  I love working with H&I.If there is ever anything I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I am available by phone, (calls or texts,) or email, for questions about H&I, 12th step work, the monthly meetings, etc. You may also come approach me before or after our monthly business meeting held the second Wednesday of each month.My email is nicolez@45.79.74.187 and my phone number is 480-444-9383.Cheers!

Nicole Z.

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