Archive for February, 2009

New meeting in Bennington, VT

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

There is now a meeting in Bennington, VT.  Even though “officially” Bennington is part of the Western NE Intergroup I felt that it was important that we make people aware of a meeting that could be a very short drive for people in the Capital Region.

Meeting information:
Saturday noon
Turning Point Club
465 Main St.
Bennington, VT
Co-ed. Step, Speaker, Topic meeting depending upon week of the month.

Yours in recovery,
Bill R, Intergroup Chair

Why don’t all meetings have their addresses listed?

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

At the January 17th Intergroup meeting we voted on what the Capital Region Intergroup of SLAA’s position on a web presence should be. At that time 4 groups voted to have full disclosure of their meeting information, 3 voted to have only the city and time of the meeting, and 1 voted to keep the status quo of just the hotline phone number listed on the FWS website (

Immediately after that meeting this website was created and the full schedule with street addresses of ALL meetings was posted.  A week or 2 later it was brought to my attention about minority voting opinion and the 4th tradition.  4th Tradition States that all groups should be autonomous except in matters affecting SLAA as a whole.

With those ideas in mind I felt it more prudent to modify the schedule available on the web.  Only those groups who voted to display their street address have theirs displayed.  Displaying street addresses will be an “opt-in” program so that only those groups voting definitively “YES” will have their street address displayed.  This matter will be discussed further at the next Intergroup meeting on March 21st.

Thanks for your understanding and patience in this matter.  Please discuss amongst yourselves.

Yours in recovery,
Bill R., Intergroup Chair

New teleconference meeting

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Every Thursday, 9:30-10:00
A meeting designed for a brief “checking-in” at the end of your day.
Begins Thursday 2/12/09
219-509-8333 (wait for prompt) 2407704#

Pete F., contact: 518-312-0193


  1. Check-in:
    1. Bottom lines
    2. 3 Affirmations
    3. How are you: physically, emotionally, spiritually?
  2. 30-second share, as needed
  3. Serenity Prayer
  4. Goodnight!

*Chairperson may help as needed with check-in format.
A copy of the flyer can be downloaded here: Teleconference Flyer

Tuesday Men’s Meeting trying out a new location

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

NOTICE: For the next 3 weeks, Tue 2/10, Tue 2/17, and Tue 2/24 the Tuesday Night Men’s meeting is going to be moving to a new location for a trial run.  The new location is the OTHER St. Francis de Sales Church at 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville, NY.

UPDATE: On Tue 3/3 the meeting will stay at its’ temporary location of 1 Maria Drive to hold its’ business meeting.  During this business meeting a vote will be taken and a decision made whether or not to move the meeting permanently to 1 Maria Drive.

The impetus for this change was the extremely cold conditions at the 15 Exchange St location.  If you have any questions please come to the Tuesday night meeting to discuss further.