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:| PO Box 80126, Phoenix, 85060 | Wednesday January 8, 2020


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

Announcement from the Chair:​ Katy | -Introduction of new steering committee.


CO CHAIRPERSON:​ Colby | Read step 1
Introduced self to the meeting.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 | Tom is sick.
Not here.

MCSO:​ Dennis | Dennis is sick and not here.
Copy Bootsie on emails.


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)


No new business.


BRIDGING THE GAP:​ Bill | 602 367 4773 | 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 | ​ will email report

SPANISH: Gabino | or Not here. No report

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


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


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

thAve & Buckeye, South Phoenix: ​David |
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


Everyone was texted regarding resuming their regular schedule meeting(s)
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 |
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


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





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 |

No report.

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

ALHAMBRA | Van Buren & 24thSt:​ Fred | No report. Not here.


LEWIS | Highway 85 & Patterson, Buckeye:​ OPEN | No Report

FLORENCE | Highway 79 & Butte Ave, Florence:​ John | 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.


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 | Not here


AGUA FRIA: Tiffany |
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. | 7

Not here to report.

SALT RIVER: ​Kimberly | Not here to report

CLOSE:​ 803pm
Birthdays & Responsibility Declaration