Speaker Panel on Sponsorship

The ACA Intergroup will be hosting this year’s first speaker panel on Saturday, April 11 from 3:30-5:30 at the Alano Club in the loft. The topic is Sponsorship in its many forms of traditional sponsorship and fellow traveler co-sponsorship. The event is also a potluck, so feel free to bring a dish to pass with your family of choice.

Interested in sharing or know someone who you’d love to hear share? Send an email to acaoregon@gmail.com, and we’ll get you connected to our Speaker Committee about how to get involved!

Results of the 2015 Annual Business Conference Ballots

There were 128 ballots cast this year.  Out of the 14 unique proposals presented, the following eight (8) received a 2/3 majority vote of Yes and will be placed on the agenda for the ABC in Austin. 

Proposal 2015-3    Submitted by Central Coast Intergroup (IG076); Grover Beach (CA915 and CA1006):  That WSO institute a program of planned, phased-in, on-going Public Service Announcements (TV, internet, radio, periodicals) to let the general public know ACA exists, who we are, that we work on personal recovery from growing up in alcoholic and dysfunctional homes, and give a phone number and web address to find meetings in local areas. No faces are to be on the announcements and no promises of outcomes are to be made.    Motion Carried:   108 Yes, 17 No, 3 No Opinion  (128)

Proposal 2015-4   Submitted by Central Coast Intergroup (IG076)   Move to have WSO upload all trifolds in unalterable PDF forms in all available translations so members worldwide can download them for free.  Motion Carried:   102 Yes, 20 No, 6 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-5   Submitted by San Antonio, TX (TX081)   We propose that copies of any material referenced in a ballot proposal be made available with the ballot or on the WSO website for groups to review before voting.  Motion Carried:   98 Yes, 13 No, 17 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-6   Submitted by the Austin, San Antonio, LaGrange, TX Intergroup (IG600) We propose a requiring future WSO Trustees be qualified by at least one year’s active service to an Intergroup, Region, or other intermediate-level service body. If needed, this requirement may be implemented incrementally, intending to apply to all trustees by the 2025 ABC.  Motion carried:  104 Yes, 11 No, 13 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-8   Submitted by Exton, PA (IG599) We propose that the ACOA website be updated to have better communication with meeting leaders when their meetings are about to be given a “yellow caution warning” signifying outdated information.  Motion carried:  89 Yes, 27 No, 12 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-9   Submitted by Polish Intergroup (IG602)  We propose that ACA WSO will change the rules of printing and publishing of the translations of ACA fellowship text and Yellow Workbook so it will be allowed to print the translated books in the home countries (without limitation to one-time printing) in the case when costs of printing in the foreign country are significantly lower than printing in the US and shipping to the country of translation language. This is the case of Poland, where printing and publishing of the book is much cheaper than in USA. Of course the income from selling the translated books will still go to the purposes of ACA WSO.  Motion carried:  106 Yes, 14 No, 8 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-11   Submitted by Kihei, HI (HI020 and HI023); Haiku, HI (HI204)  ThatACA/WSO provide Hawaii ACA Meeting Groups with the option to use USPS Media Rate Service when literature orders exceed $500.   Motion carried:  86 Yes, 24 No, 18 No Opinion (128)

Proposal 2015-13  Submitted by United Kingdom Intergroup (IG530)  That the 2 Trifolds, ” 25 Questions, am I an Adult Child “, and ” ACA Sponsorship: Fellow Travelers” should be provided free by download from the ACA Website.   Motion Carried:  102 Yes, 20 No, 5 No Opinion (127)


The following are the votes on the proposals that didn’t pass:  Proposal 1 – 64 Yes, 43 No, 21 No Opinion (128); Proposal 2 – 58 Yes, 60 No, 10 No Opinion (128); Proposal 7 – 46 Yes, 59 No, 23 No Opinion (128); Proposal 10 – 60 Yes, 48 No, 20 No Opinion (128); Proposal 12 – 63 Yes, 42 No, 22 No Opinion  (127); Proposal 14 – 31 Yes, 71 No, 25 No Opinion (127)

Hazelden Portland Recovery Speaker Series

Mark your calendars and join us every first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The Portland Recovery Speaker Series is free of charge and open to all who are interested in recovery topics.

Laurelhurst Village
3060 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214

The Recovery Speaker Series is free of charge. Please register online.

Lisa Knudsen

April 7
Lisa Knudsen, MS, CADC II, Spiritual Care Counselor, Hazelden in Springbrook

Resilient Recovery
Lisa Knudsen shares ideas from the psychology of happiness and results of resiliency research to help us understand how to use our innate gifts, resources, and experiences to deepen recovery. Attendees who are willing to take a shortcut to emotional and spiritual wisdom can participate in the experiential exercises.

Jeffery T. Young,

May 5
Jeffery T. Young, Associate Medical Director, Hazelden in Springbrook

Stress and What We Can Do About It
This discussion will be an opportunity to learn how stress, though a normal and common experience, can also become a problem when it is repetitive and causes burnout or health problems. We will review the various causes of stress and the potentially unhealthy changes that may take place in our mind-body as we respond to stress. The good news is that we have an opportunity to work on becoming resilient and there are a variety of scientifically proven strategies that can help. We will practice a mindfulness exercise to give each person a chance to experience some stress relief.

Laura Moss Ferguson

June 2

Laura Moss (Ferguson), MD, Medical Director/Addiction Psychiatrist, Hazelden in Springbrook

Medication Use that Supports Recovery

The Big Book tells us that medical or mental health issues are better discussed with one’s physician. Not all physicians understand the risk that certain medications can pose to people in recovery. How do we talk to our doctors and advocate for ourselves for safer medications in recovery? As a physician, what are things that I can do to support my patients in recovery and decrease the risk of relapse?

Questions? Contact Myron K. (503-307-9772), or Lori A. (503-554-4353).

To register online, click here Hazelden Portland Recovery Speakers

ACA is not affiliated with Hazelden. This is a general recovery speaker series and open to all. It is not ACA specific. 


Step Groups

Hello Adult Children, I am reaching out again to find out about step study groups in our area. If you are a part of a current step study, could you email me with the day, time, and whether or not it is still open for new attendees? Please send your emails to acaoregon@gmail.com. It would be great if you are also willing to be a contact for the meeting of it is still open. A member has reached out about open groups, and I’d like to connect then to you. Much, much gratitude!

ACA Spring Retreat

The Western Washington Spring Retreat is coming up April 16-19. Applications for scholarships are due by March 27. There has consistently been plenty of scholarships – everyone who has applied has been granted one in the past several years. So, strengthen that power of asking for the best and getting it! Deadline for registration is April 6.

There is also a need for volunteers with the Safety Committee, Family Group Leaders (mini ACA meetings held throughout the retreat), and Registration Team. If you’d like to get involved, send an email to westernwashingtonintergroupaca@gmail.com.

ACA WSO Annual Business Conference in Texas

ACA WSO 2015 Annual Business Conference (ABC)
April 24-25, 2015 in Austin, Texas

To be held at:
St. David’s Episcopal Church
301 East 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78201
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for this year’s ABC.  All ACAs are welcome at this business meeting.  Although only one person may be the official voting delegate from a meeting or Intergroup, all attendees will be able to participate in the dialog.  Anyone planning to attend should fill out the Registration Form using the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TT8N76W
The registration deadline is April 15, 2015. 
Dates and Times:
April 24th and 25th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Message from the Lone Star Intergroup – the Host Committee:
Lodging in downtown Austin can be quite expensive, but Capital Metro Transit puts many more moderately priced hotels within easy reach.  http://www.capmetro.org/default.aspx
The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website http://www.austintexas.org/visit/plan-your-trip/transportation/ has links to other ground transportation options.
Most online travel services will be able to locate reasonable hotel rooms.  Being a college town, there are also other types of lodging, from upscale bed & breakfasts to dorm-style student hostels.  We suggest you consider staying north of the river to avoid Austin’s notorious local traffic bottle-necking.  Note: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is south of the river.
Amtrak, Greyhound and MegaBus all have stops/terminals in Austin as well.
The Host Committee has established an email address to handle any logistical questions:  abclonestar@gmail.com  Whenever possible we also hope to help attendees make connections with others who express an interest in sharing a room or a ride.
We are planning fellowship events for both evenings of the ABC, one of which should be a “Weird Austin” experience. 
There is even a Comedy festival, an International Film Festival and a Food & Wine festival all scheduled for Downtown Austin that weekend, so there will be plenty to do if you want to venture out.  So come on down to Austin – come early and stay late!
For questions about the actual Business Conference meeting, please contact the ABC Committee at abc@adultchildren.org
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11th Tradition Amendment Vote Request

Please share the following information with your group:

In response to a Ballot item that was passed at the 2013 ABC that requested more guidance about the use of Social Media, a committee was formed.  

The Social Media Committee recommended (to the WSO Board) the following amendment to Tradition 11 (amendment in bold and italics):

‘Our Public Relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we maintain anonymity at the level of press, radio, tv, films and other public media of communication’. 

Your group is now being asked to consider this amendment.  Your vote will help inform the 2015 ABC delegates when this amendment is presented as a motion for approval.  

Please indicate your group’s vote by clicking on the following link to access the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZLNDVJ8

 The deadline for submitting your group conscience vote is April 4, 2015. 


Yours in Recovery,
The ACA WSO Board of Trustees