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2nd Annual SLAA Share-A-Day

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The “Restored To Dignity” group is pleased to announce its second annual SLAA Share-A-Day

Saturday, April 24, 2010
1-5 pm
Refreshments served
Donation $5

1-1:45pm – Defining sobriety & Setting bottom lines
2-2:45pm – How to manage triggers
3-3:45pm – Acceptance & Surrender
4-4:45pm – Healthy relationships

At Christ the King Episcopal Church
3007 Route 213 East, High Falls, NY

Directions: NYS Thruway 87 to exit 19 (Kingston) Traffic circle to 209 South, go 10 miles, turn Left on Route 213 East, go 2 blocks, church on right side.

April 2010 Flyer

New England SLAA Intergroup Retreat Weekends for 2010

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

S.L.A.A. 12 Step Weekend Retreats – 2010

In Chester, Vermont (3 hours from Albany)

Retreat Center
2010 Dates: March 26-28, July 23-25, October 1-3, December 17-19

Step study is a key tool to recovery in the S.L.A.A. program.

At the retreat weekends we do an intensive study of the 12 Steps — together.

If you have worked on the Steps in this type of format before, you already know its value. If you have not done any study of the Steps, intensive or otherwise, this is a great way to do it, especially the first time. Regardless of where we are in the Step study process, we are able to learn from sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other.

The retreat house is located in Chester, Vermont, approximately 3 hours from Boston. Retreats are hosted by a local family in recovery.

$175.00     YOUR COST
$155.00     Discount total

Includes: 2 nights lodging (see below for sleeping arrangements) and 2 breakfasts (all you can eat). There is a potluck dinner Saturday night (all you can eat)-weekend participants contribute.

(Additional nights lodging available $50.00 per person per night–meals not included.)
For Reservations:

To reserve a space at one of our retreats, select the registration form link at the bottom of this page, print and fill out the form, and mail it to NEI at the above address. A check for $155.00 MUST BE received NO LATER THAN 4 WEEKS BEFORE the weekend you wish to attend!! LATER REGISTRATIONS CHECKS ARE $175.00.
2010 Retreat Dates:

Discount Registration Deadline:
March 26-28     February 26
July 23-25     June 25
October 1-3     September 3
December 17-19     November 19

To register and/or get more info go to and click the link in upper right that reads “Vt. 12 Step Retreats”.

How to check messages on the hotline

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here are some instructions on how to check the messages on the hotline.

  1. Call the hotline phone number: 292-0123
  2. Press * when you begin to hear the outgoing message
  3. Enter the 4 digit passcode
  4. If there are any messages, press 1 to listen to message
  5. To delete a message press 3 (only do this if you’ve written down info to call person back and you will be calling)
  6. To save a message press 5 (if you need to have another person listen to a message)

If you have any questions please contact the phone coordinator for the hotline.

Update for Women’s Meeting on 12-30-09

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Be aware that the Women’s Meeting on 12-30-09 will be meeting in a different room.  You will need to enter the front of the church, facing Route 9.  Also please note that for this meeting only NO BATHROOM FACILITIES will be available.

Tuesday Men’s meeting vote on 3/3 whether to move

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

UPDATE: On Tue 3/3 the meeting will stay at its’ temporary location of 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville, 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.

If you have an opinion one way or the other please show up to the business meeting to vote!!

As you recall the impetus to change were very cold conditions at the 1 Exchange St location.

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

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.

2009 15th Annual SLAA-athon

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

The 2009 15th Annual SLAA-athon is being hosted by Home Stretch Group.

THEME:  The 5 Major Resources as found in the SLAA Preamble: 1) Sobriety; 2) Sponsorship/Meetings; 3) Steps; 4) Service; 5) Spirituality.
DATE:  Sunday, February 15, 2009
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Opening co-ed meeting
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Separate meetings for men and women
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Closing co-ed meeting
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pot Luck Dinner. Please bring a dish.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Normal Home Stretch Group SLAA meeting
Unitarian Univeralist Church
624 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs

The church is at the corner of Rock St & N Broadway in Saratoga.

The flyer can be found by clicking this: SLAA-athon Flyer