Next DA Regional Forum planned for Chicago

Next Regional Forum Planned For Chicago

 A Regional Forum for D.A. members throughout the Midwest will be held Saturday, April 21, in suburban Chicago, Illinois.

The Midwest Regional Forum, sponsored jointly by the Debtors Anonymous General Service Board and Great Lakes Area D.A. Intergroup (GLADA), will take place from 9 am to 4 pm at Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster Street, in Park Ridge, Ill. The event is open to all D.A. members free of charge.

Regional Forums have been described as “boot camps for D.A. service” or “D.A.  From A to Z.” They feature a day of intensive presentations on all aspects of service, including D.A.’s history, service structure, finances, literature, communications, long-range planning, recovery resources, the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for D.A. World Service, and the functions of the General Service Office. There will also be ample time for questions and comments from participants.

The goal of the forums is to help D.A. members build strong groups and Intergroups, to feel connected to the larger worldwide fellowship, to meet local and national-level trusted servants, and to have their questions answered and comments heard about all aspects of Debtors Anonymous.

Three current Trustees and one former Trustee will be joined by Chicago-area GSRs and GLADA officers in putting on the forum. The Midwest event is the eighth in a series of Regional Forums held in different parts of the U.S. during the past two and a half years.

Refreshments will be served during the day. Lunch will be available at nearby restaurants. Those wishing to will also be able to join members of the GSB for dinner after the event.

Further details about the forum will be posted on the World Service web site

March 2012 D.A. Focus Available

The 2012 Winter-Spring issue of The DA Focus, the quarterly service newsletter, is now available for viewing and download on the D.A. website:

The new issue opens with an article outlining D.A.’s growing pains as we get clarity on rights issues with regards to our literature– starting with several instances of wording borrowed from A.A. without permission, to our Preamble, where permission  was mistakenly given by A.A. The Literature Publications Committee, Legal Affairs Committee, and the General Service Board as a whole are committed to including proper attribution when permissions are granted or replacing material when it is not.

Two trustee bios are included in the “Meet The Board” section.  There is also a list of open service positions available for those D.A. members who are interested in taking their service to another level.

As is customary, the issue contains reports of actions taken in recent months by committees of the GSB and standing committees of the WSC, and a report from Finance.

Past issues of the Focus are also available on the website. D.A. groups have permission to download as many copies of the publication as they wish for group use.

Ann Arbor BDA Group Announces BDA Step Study

Members of the Ann Arbor BDA meeting (Business Done Abundantly) have determined by group conscience hold to a BDA step study meeting. The group invites everyone who wants to join us.   Please spread the word to other DA/BDA members.

 BDA Step Study meeting information:

1st and 3rd Sunday nights of the month

5:15- 6:15 at Friends Meeting House

Fireplace Room, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor 48104

We are starting on Sunday, April 15.  The study format is set up to be completed in 14 sessions. Friends Meeting House has personal contact information for this meeting.  The weekly rent is $6.50 an hour. A 7th Tradition Contribution envelope will be passed at every meeting.

Please contact Pete Michael at if you have questions and /or if you plan to attend.

DA Fellowship Day in Lansing, MI

Clarity of Perspective: Keeping the Numbers
Click here to download the flier for this event

Click here for a map for this event

Join us for a day focused on the spiritual and practical aspects of keeping the numbers.

There will be a discussion and PRG’s available for those who want to focus on their business numbers.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Clark Conference Center, St. Lawrence Campus, Sparrow Hospital

1210 W. Saginaw Street, Lansing, MI

This event is a fund raiser. The suggested contribution is $20. Scholarships are available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Hosted by DA of West Michigan and

Lansing DA Abstinence and Abundance Groups

Arizona Phone Sponsorship Workshop

Dear Fellow D.A. Members,

Announcing a DA telephone workshop on sponsorship!

When?: Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1 to 3:30 EST.

Where?: Via teleconference. 1-218-936-4141 PIN: 5899819

Who’s it for?: All DA and BDA members who would like experience, strength
and hope (ESH) about being an effective sponsor, being a sponsee and what
to expect from a sponsor-sponsee relationship.

Who’s presenting: 3 long-term DA and BDA members who are both active
sponsors and sponsees.

What?: 3 speakers sharing ESH for 1 hour; 45 minutes of Q&A with the
speaker panel (bring your questions); and up to 45 minutes connecting those who need a sponsor with potential sponsors.

Why?: To further recovery in the DA community

7th Tradition: Your donations will support the Sedona BDA Action Group to
send a representative to the DA World Service Conference this summer.

Suggested donation is $15. No one will be turned away for lack of money.

Please click on the “Donate” button below to donate via PayPal using a debit
card or send checks or money order to:

Sedona BDA Action Group
308 N. 12th St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Any questions may be addressed to:

Please feel free to forward to other DA members as you see fit.

Thank you!  (

Yours in service,
Bob R.
Sedona BDA Action Group

Michigan Intergroup Taking a Group Inventory

Michigan Intergroup, in their November 13, 2011 meeting determined by group conscience to continue the process of taking a Group Inventory.

Two trusted servants have stepped forward offering service in compiling the suggested questions agreed upon during the meeting.

The questions have been distributed by e-mail to local intergroup representatives for discussion with their respective meetings and are available for downloading.

Click to download: 2011 MI Intergroup Group Inventory Format

Responses are due back by Friday, December 2, 2011.

Responses will be compiled anonymously and submitted to MI Intergroup for reading and discussion at the next meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2011.

12 Step Basic DA Recovery Workshops

MI Intergroup recently hosted the Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference.

Work on this project was intense and spiritually rewarding.

MI Intergroup has chosen to cancel all previously scheduled12 Step Basic DA Recovery Workshops.

We ask your forgiveness for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The workshops will begin again, very soon. As a group, we need to determine the best day of the week and the best time for our trusted servants to offer service in hosting the 5-week sessions.

Thank you for your patience.