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NEIG Workshops 2017

 

 

Workshops

The New England Intergroup presents

Calendar of Workshops

  • PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT – August 12, 2017
  • THE POWER OF POSITIVE INTENTIONS – September 9, 2017
  • IT’S ALL IN THE NUMBERS – October 14, 2017
  • PROSPEROUS HOLIDAY SHOPPING – November 11, 2017
  • WORKING THE DA TOOLS TO MANAGE FEAR – December 9, 2017

Time: All workshops are held from 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location:
Brookline Police Station
350 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445

Suggested Donation: $5.00

Click HERE to go to the website.

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DA Workshop: Record Keeping

DA Workshop Series

RECORD KEEPING

The Record Keeping pamphlet explains how this foundational tool of DA – keeping track of our income, expenses and debt repayment – leads us from vagueness to clarity. Discusses what types of records to keep, what categories to use, and how we can benefit from this powerful tool. In this workshop, we will read the pamphlet and then discuss our issues and ideas on Record Keeping.

Date and Time:
Sunday, June 11, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location:
Crossroads Wellness Center
Crossroads Plaza
West Hartford, CT 06117

All workshops take place at Kate A’s office at the Crossroads Wellness Center. It’s located on the second floor directly above the Post Office.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Immediately following the workshop on Record Keeping on Sunday, June 11 we will have a meeting on Public Information from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. We will discuss ways to bring the message of DA to people in Connecticut. Anyone is welcome to attend.

New England Intergroup Workshops

Boston Animated

The New England Intergroup presents

Calendar of Workshops 2017

  • SPIRITUALITY AND DA – March 11, 2017
  • VISIONING – April 8, 2017
  • TIME IS ON MY SIDE, YES IT IS! – May 13, 2017
  • MEDITATION, MOVEMENT, AND RECOVERY – June 10, 2017

Time: All workshops are held from 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Location:
Brookline Police Station
350 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445

Donation: $5.00

Click HERE to view the flyer.

DA Vision Fair in Westport

The Westport DA Groups Presents

DA VISION FAIR

Saturday, March 4, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Westport, CT

The annual DA Vision Fair will have speakers, guided meditation, vision board creation, and fellowship. Coffee and light snacks will be provided but it is recommended that participants bring their own lunch.

Date and Time:
Saturday, March 4, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:
Branson Hall
Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
75 Church Lane
Westport, CT 06880

Donation: TBD

Meet the DA General Service Board

MEET THE DA GSB!

The DA General Service Board is coming to the Boston area for one of their three face-to-face meetings this year. The GSB will be available and has set aside some time for DA members to visit, ask questions, and to hear what their purpose is. They usually have a few items to discuss such as the budget, so that DA members are more familiar with what their purpose is and also what they hope to accomplish while on the board. This is open to all DA members.

Date and Time:
February 18, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location:
Crowne Plaza Boston Newton Hotel
320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458

In the University AB Room

Parking will be free: please bring ticket into Hotel for validation @ front desk.

Share Your Recovery Story!

The DA General Service Board is looking for submissions from readers on any aspect of DA recovery or service for Ways & Means, their electronic quarterly newsletter. It is a forum for sharing the experience, strength, and hope of DA members, groups, and other service bodies. Articles are not intended to be statements of DA policy, nor does publication constitute or imply endorsement by DA as a whole, the DA General Service Board, or Ways & Means.

Submissions from readers on any aspect of DA recovery or service are welcome. If chosen, submissions will become the property of the Debtors Anonymous General Service Board, and will not be returned. As with all DA publications, everyone submitting writing, artwork, or other creative work will be required to sign a standard publishing release form granting rights to the work to DA and releasing DA from legal liability. Those submitting work to Ways & Means automatically acknowledge that they will not receive compensation for their work, and that the work may be viewed by an unknown number of readers in unknown locations.

Possible Topics:

  • Your DA recovery story
  • It’s not about the money
  • The international growth of DA

Please submit your stories by email to Ways & Means Editor

or in hard copy form by mail to:

Ways & Means
DA General Service Office
PO Box 920888
Needham, MA 02492

Include your full name and mailing address, phone number, and email address. (This information will be kept confidential). Story ideas and questions should be sent to the same addresses.

Editing and layout for Ways & Means are done by the Communications Committee of the DA General Service Board.

A Season of Giving, Not Spending!

The winter holidays are upon us again which means a more stressful time for compulsive spenders, debtors, and underearners like us! Holiday spending is when we’re more likely to use credit to pay for purchases and deal with the consequences later. But this is the time when we really need to be careful and not give in to all the holiday sales gimmicks and pressures of buying gifts for everyone especially if we can’t afford it. Here are some ways that you can still get into the spirit of the holidays without having to spend a lot of money or use credit:

  • Figure out how much money you can set aside for gifts and don’t forget to include any expenses such as entertaining, decorations, and travel costs. If it helps set up a separate spending plan for the holidays. Resist the urge to use your credit cards especially if you’re already in debt.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t afford much on gifts for your family and friends. Set a limit of what you can spend on each person and stick to your spending plan. What matters most is that any gift no matter how small will be appreciated.
  • Don’t redirect money from paying bills and necessities to use for holiday spending. This will just mess up your monthly spending plan and you will regret it later. Instead, find ways to cut back on monthly discretionary spending.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to buy gifts! This will just add to the stress! By planning ahead you will be able to comparison shop to save money, pay less for shipping if you’re buying online, and you can get your shopping done earlier.
  • Don’t fall for all the holiday marketing schemes and limited time offers. Retailers will try to entice you with their holiday sales especially on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even after the holidays. You might get a few good deals but you really need to focus and just stick to your holiday spending plan. If it’s not something that you can afford or that you truly need then don’t buy it!
  • Think of creative ways besides buying gifts to appreciate your loved ones. Take some time to spend with loved ones, offer to babysit, or help out with something that needs to be done around the house. After all, the real meaning of the holidays is making special memories with your loved ones. If you want to give something tangible, make your own holiday cards, bake an assortment of holiday cookies or candy, give to a charity in the name of someone, or if you want to get fancy, buy materials to make hand made gifts like soaps, candles, or ornaments. With a bit of creativity and a little research online, you can make some beautiful gifts without spending a lot of money!
  • Make time to go to a DA meeting either in person or on the phone especially during the holiday season. By attending a DA meeting you can get the support from other DA members and it will really help you stay focused on your program and not get swayed by all the hype.
  • The most important thing to remember is that this season is a time of love, friendship, and peace. Spread joy through random acts of kindness. Practice tolerance and patience with those around you. Forgive and forget. The holidays can be a time where you can free yourself from the burden of resentments and grudges.

I hope these ideas and thoughts are helpful to you and you’re able to have a less stressful time dealing with your holiday spending. If for any reason you need to reach out please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@ctabundance.org.

Workshops in NYC

The Greater New York GSRs Presents

STEP FOUR: A WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 19, 2016
New York, NY
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This will be a Three-Speaker Meeting followed by a writing session on Step Four.

Location:

Saint Mary The Virgin Church
145 West 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
(Between 6th and 7th)

Click HERE to view and download the flyer.


E.A.R.N. The Wit Workshop presents

A STEP ONE, STEP TWO, STEP THREE WORKSHOP

Sunday, November 20, 2016
New York, NY
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:

The LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th St.
New York, NY 10036

Click HERE to view and download the flyer.

Recap of World Service Conference

“Ask the General Service Board” Phone Forum I
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Topic: Recap of the 2016 World Service Conference

Ask the General Service Board is a series of four phone forums during the 2016-2017 Conference Year to provide an opportunity to learn about, and ask questions about, DA world service.

The First Phone Forum:
Sunday, October 30, 2016
5:00-6:00 pm ET

Topic:
Recap of the 2016 World Service Conference (WSC)

Dial-in Number:
1-712-432-0400

Access Code:
363385#

The 2016 Conference was held in Dallas, Texas (U.S.) in early August. The Conference is the annual business meeting of DA, where delegates from groups, Intergroups, and the General Service Board (GSB), meet to discuss the state of the Fellowship and vote on issues of importance to Debtors Anonymous as a whole.

On the call, trustees from the GSB, as well as General Service Representatives who attended the Conference, will share about their experiences, the activities at, and the accomplishments of the 2016 Conference. The call is open to all DA members. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments.

Upcoming “Ask the General Service Board” Phone Forums

January 22, 2017:
Seventh Tradition: It’s not just about the money.

April 2, 2017:
DA Literature, Copyrights, World Service Website

June 11, 2017:
The DA Traditions and Concepts

Gratitude in Groton!

The New England Intergroup is sponsoring

Gratitude in Groton

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Groton, MA

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This Share-A-Day will have a keynote speaker as well as various DA sessions focusing on Newcomers, DA Stories, and Literature.

Location:

First Parish Church of Groton
1 Powder House Rd
Groton, MA 01450

NOTE: Google Maps does not know the correct location of Powder House Road in Groton. Google believes the church address is “1 High Street.” Other online mapping services, including GPS, may or may not be similarly confused. If your GPS lets you specify an intersection, Rts 40 & 119 will work.

Suggested Donation $10– no one will be turned away.

Click HERE to see more info and the complete schedule!