August Newsletter

Greetings from the Get In The Car Group of A.A.
http://getinthecar.org

News From Our Group and Around A.A.

(In alphabetical order)

CENTRAL OFFICE REP

The Central Office Representative attends all COR meetings monthly to represent GITC. She will be responsible for keeping Central Office informed of any address change, contact information changes, or meeting format or schedule changes.  Additionally, she will provide and maintain Central Office with list of GITC volunteers willing to speak, take after hour phone calls, and make twelve step calls, stay abreast of Central Office newsletter (The Coffee Break), and relate back to the group any information they feel is important to the members.  She will notify Central Office of special meetings, i.e. workshops, anniversaries, etc., purchase all, and only, conference literature approved by the group and coordinate with monthly meeting chair person to ensure needed chips are purchased and available for birthday night.
Contact: Central Office Rep, Shannan C., ‭(817) 946-1931‬, schaler12@att.net
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CPC/PI

In A.A.land, the acronym “CPC” stands for “Cooperation with the Professional Community” and “PI” stand for “Public Information.”  Likely, if you’ve been to one of our meetings, you’ve heard our CPC Chair, Jennifer J., mention that she is looking for committee members to help her share information about A.A. with local professionals in our community.  Helping judges, lawyers, doctors, school counselors, etc. better understand the disease of alcoholism and better understand what A.A. is and what it isn’t, is truly an important job.  If you are interested in getting in the car and taking our message out into the community, please reach out directly to our CPC/PI Chair.
Contact: CPC/PI Chair, Jennifer J., 817-229-5162, Jhowittpitt@hotmail.com
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CORRECTIONS

Many A.A. members are unaware of the important work being carried out by corrections committees. To those involved, however, corrections work is an opportunity to carry the A.A. message to the confined alcoholic who wants to live sober, one day at a time. Through a corrections committee working with corrections personnel, alcoholics are reached who might never otherwise find the A.A. program.

GITC’s corrections committee is a vital link to prisons and jails, providing professionals and other workers in correctional facilities with information about A.A., literature, and guidelines for setting up A.A. groups on the inside. If you are interested in getting involved in Corrections work in taking meetings into correctional facilities, reach out to our Corrections Chair and she will get you plugged in.

Contact: Corrections Chair, Daniele D., 817-658-6214, dd61206@gmail.com

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GSR
The General Service Representative (GSR) is our group’s link to A.A. as a whole.  They are the link in the chain of communication for our group with the General Service Conference and the world of AA.  As trusted servants, their job is to bring information to our group in order that we may reach an informed group conscience about business matter for A.A. as a whole.  In passing along this group conscience, we are helping to maintain the unity and strength so vital to our fellowship.  There are many opportunities to do service outside of our group in the general service structure.  If you are interested in learning more, contact our G.S.R. and he will be happy to help you.
Contact: G.S.R., Terry C., 817-371-1231, tchaler@att.net
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HOSPITALITY
The hospitality committee is an important part of our group.  They ensure that the meetings are setup, the coffee is flowing, and the cookies are ready.  If you are looking for a place to get plugged in and to do service, this is a great place to start.  For more information, reach out to our Hospitality Chair and we will get you hooked up.
Contact: Hospitality Chair, Brian M., 214-356-9827, brian.manion@gmail.com
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TREATMENT
GITC believes that, “When We Got Busy – We Got Better,” and we are committed to all three legacies of A.A.  We are blessed that not only do we have an amazing Treatment Chair, Erik S., at our group; we have two (2) coed treatment center commitments:  The Right Step (Euless), every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm (co-ed) and the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 7:30 – 8:30pm (separate men’s and women’s meetings).  If you would like to learn more about our commitments or sign up for one of the evenings, please reach out to our chair.
Contact: Treatment Chair, Erik S., 817-404-2374, we1939ers@yahoo.com

GITC MONTHLY ONLINE TRADITIONS STUDY

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 7:00pm CST
ZOOM Meeting ID: 946 361 8622
Password: 751764

OPEN TO ANY MEMBER OF A.A.

 

 

Sponsorship

At Get In the Car, we believe in sponsorship.  We strongly recommend every member get a sponsor to walk them through the 12 Steps (our program of action) of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Because our group is built on serving all three of our legacies, we also encourage our members to secure a Service Sponsor to help walk them through the 12 Traditions and the 12 Concepts of World Service.  A service sponsor is someone who has given back to the Fellowship of A.A. through their service in areas such a sponsoring people, group service commitments, and service below the group level at the District & Area level.

How Do I Get A Sponsor?

There are several ways to get a sponsor:

1. One, listen in meetings to those sharing, and when you hear someone share, and what they say resonates with you, or you say to yourself, “I want what THEY have” – ask them after the meeting if they are taking on new sponsees.

2. Visit with the meeting chair after one of our meetings and let them know you need to find a sponsor, and they will be happy to help you find one (even if it’s only temporary to get you started).

To learn more about both step and service sponsorship (information on what a service sponsor is can be found on page 25 of the pamphlet), view/download A.A.’s pamphlet:

Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”

Literature Rack

A.A. Pamphlets

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pamphlet_ANewcomerAsks
pamphlet_FAQAboutAA
pamphlet_AAataGlance
pamphlet_ThinkYoureDifferent
pamphlet_YPandAA
pamphlet_ManyPathtoSpirituality
pamphlet_ABriefGuidetoAA
pamphlet_theAAGroup
pamphlet_QA_sponsorship
pamphlet_GayandLesbian
pamphlet_FortheWoman

Big Books

If you need to purchase a Big Book, our group will be selling them at each meeting.  (Hard Cover – $10.00)

If you would like to purchase other A.A. literature, visit the A.A. Online Store.

Flyers

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Service Committments

This page will keep members up to date on group service and member outgoing speaking commitments.

Our Members Commitment to Service

All new members will be asked to serve on a group service committee; or they may make themselves available to stand for an elected position (if one is open and they meet the requirements of the position) upon joining the group.  We have vast amounts of experience to prove that “When We Got Busy – We Got Better!”

OUTGOING COMMITMENTS:
(Members participate as often as they are available in these group commitments)

Treatment:

Corrections:

Central Office Rep:

CPC/PI:  View Calendar (Members Only)  Sign Up for CPC/PI commitments – Click here

Member Speaking Commitments:  View Calendar (Members Only)

Group Trusted Servants

  FILLED     Group Chair
  FILLED    Secretary
  FILLED     Treasurer
  FILLED     GSR
  FILLED     AGSR
  FILLED     Central Office Rep
  FILLED     Treatment Chair (+Committee    OPEN    )
FILLED  Corrections Chair (+Committee    OPEN    )
  FILLED     CPC/PI Chair (+Committee    OPEN    )
  FILLED     Dictionary Steward
  FILLED     Hospitality Chair (+Committee    OPEN    )

All group service commitments are 2 year positions to run parallel to the panel rotations of Area 65.  Election Schedule: December group conscience meeting in the second year of the panel rotation, 

View Job Descriptions


Committees

The positions above that note “+Committee” are those positions that have a committee to help them do their work.  The Chairs of those committees will be leading the charge for that service commitment and need strong teams to assist them!

Election Schedule:
Elections for all group trusted servant positions will be held at the October business meeting annually (except GSR and Alt. GSR, which will be held on the EVEN numbered years to match the NETA65 panel rotation schedule).

History of Our Group

So, let me ask you a question….  as you’ve been making your way along your journey, have you ever thought or said to yourself, “I’m at that point in my recovery where I want more… I wanna go deeper”…  have you ever said that?

That’s exactly how the Get In The Car Group of A.A. in Grapevine, TX was born.

One of our founders, Rick W., was on a business trip in Oklahoma City and met a friend of his at his friend’s home group one evening.  That group was a Men’s Big Book study called the “Altered Boys” Group which meets at Chapel Hill UMC, 2717 W. Hefner Rd.

From the moment Rick entered that church, he had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude  for the greetings he received by the vast majority of the 75 men in attendance.  Each of those men had a big book in their hand (mostly falling apart),  smiles on their faces and a joyous heart that was palpable. The unique style and format of this meeting was unlike anything Rick had ever experienced to that point in his over 30 years of recovery.

The study was filled with shares by men who clearly knew our book, but more than that, had put into practical application the spiritual principles found in our program of action.  The love, generosity and humility in that meeting gave Rick a whole new understanding of “attraction rather than promotion.”

While there were many cool things that happened during that meeting, the most profound thing he experienced was at the end of the meeting.  As soon as the Lord’s Prayer was finished, every single one of those 75 men came to the center of the room, took a knee, put their hands on each others shoulders and put a member of their group who was taking his Third Step that night in the center of the room – and said his Third Step Prayer with him.  It was the most powerful thing  Rick had ever experienced IN an A.A. meeting.

He came back home and that experience stayed with him.  He started sharing it in his network (specifically with the two other founding members, Terry C. and Aaron P.).  Finally he was told, “Remember what our literature tells us, “WE CREATE THE FELLOWSHIP WE CRAVE.”  It was in that moment that the fire was ignited and other interested A.A. members started coming together to discuss the possibility with him. Lot’s of prayer, lots of conversations with respective sponsors happened, and on June 18, 2018; 13 members of A.A. (from various groups around the area) came together to begin the conversation.

God doing for the group what it couldn’t do for itself – everything started to unfold and on January 4, 2019 – the Get in the Car Group of A.A. held it’s first meeting at Center of Unity, 1650 Hughes Road Grapevine, TX 76051 (map).  We are grateful beyond measure to bring this deep and rich experience of the 12 Steps (Recovery), the 12 Traditions (Unity), and the 12 Concepts of World Service (Service) to Grapevine, TX.

May God continue to bless our journey as we share our program of action with the still suffering alcoholic.

About Our Group

About Our Name

Our name came from the early days of A.A. where sponsors often said to sponsees, “Get in the Car”– which meant, we’re going to help another alcoholic. THAT – is our 12th Step of recovery.  Our group members are “ALL IN” and committed to helping the still suffering alcoholic* in any way our program of action allows.

* Our group supports A.A.’s “Singleness of Purpose” in that our meetings will only focus on our problems as they relate to alcohol.

The Spirit of Our Group

The guiding philosophy of our A.A. group is to create a family of alcoholics who come together solely focused on the teaching, learning, growing, and practical application of the 36 spiritual principles found in our Steps, Traditions and Concepts of World Service. It is our prayer that we remain diligent in embodying this spirit of all three of our legacies with everything we do, so that we create a space for those who crave that very same fellowship. We believe that our actions speak louder than our words, and members of our group will seek to uphold these spiritual principles and support this family in all they do.

A very wise member of A.A. once said to a group of drunks: “If Jack Alexander* were to come to OUR group, close his eyes, and use what he heard to write a NEW article about A.A…, what would he write?”  It is our hope that every person who is a member of our group keeps this in mind when suiting up and showing up!

(* Jack Alexander wrote the infamous March 1941 Saturday Evening Post article about A.A.)

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Our Commitment to Service

Our group fully participates within the A.A. General Service structure and the Northeast Texas Area 65 of Alcoholics Anonymous by having a General Service Representative (GSR) and Alternate General Service Representative (AGSR) that have been elected to be our group’s voice when business decisions are being made for A.A. in the U.S. and Canada.