Our lady of Grace Catholic Church in Maricopa AZ
September 21, 2012
Friday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Arriving at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Al-Anon meeting, I was lead to a conference room setup with tables and chairs in a circle. The chairman, secretary, and sponsors were going over what information needed to be discuss at the meeting. After a few minutes they ask people if this was their first meeting. The secretary provided the new people with a welcome newcomer packet. The group waited a few minutes for later comer. The meeting began at approximate 7:05pm and the chairman opens the meeting with stating her name and this is Al-Anon for the community of Maricopa. The chairman states that this was the only Al-Anon in the city of Maricopa but people could go on the websites for Al-Anon and type east valley location to attend any meeting they like. The chairman process and read the serenity prayer. The person to the right of the chairman began reading the Twelve Steps of tradition and passed it around for everyone to read a couple of steps. At this time, the chairman asks is this any one for the first, second, three, fourth, are fifth time being at the meeting. If there new people, one of the sponsors reads understanding ourselves. The chairman recommends that a person attends Al-Anon six times before they decide it’s not for them. She encourages them to attending other self-help groups. The chairman welcomes the new people. The members of the group are reminded that Al-Anon is a self-support group from its own contribution and doesn’t accept or ask for contribution from outside source. A collection basket is passed around. Once the collection baskets are collected, the chairman asks the secretary is there any information that needs to be share with the group. The secretary shares information if any with the group. The chair states that anyone who’s going to share their experience, after the passages is read. Let’s keep it to a minimum of...