July 2017

CMA you are receiving this newsletter to distribute to your group in the manner determined per your group conscience so that all have an opportunity to see this information. 
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News from the
2017 World Service Conference!

Al‑Anon’s largest representative group conscience, the World Service Conference, met in Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 24-28. The Conference theme was “Our Members: Our Hope for the Future.” For an overview of all the highlights of this year’s Conference, click here.

You can also find this information by taking the following steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Members’ Site” on the right side of the screen.
  • From the menu, select “News from the 2017 World Service Conference.”
  • Enter your group name, followed by AFG as your password. (Example: Easy Does It AFG or mondayafg).

Sunburst 2We Welcome and Give Comfort—Even in the Summertime!

During the summer months, Al-Anon members love to visit groups outside of their local area, especially when on vacation! It can be the thrill of a member’s vacation to visit an Al-Anon group in a faraway place! It could also be a necessity. So, always welcome visitors (and everyone) with the warmth and comfort we so freely offer. 

Here are a few suggestions to carry out the spirit of Tradition Five: 

  • Always make sure that your meeting information is current.
  • Place directional signs around the facility that lead to your meeting room.
  • Inform visitors about your meeting format—is it a Step study group, literature study, topic/discussion, etc. and tell them how the group shares—around the table, raise hands, etc.

WSO Is Now on Twitter in Spanish and French!

The WSO has expanded its Spanish and French Social Media Outreach to include Twitter! Please join WSO in carrying Al-Anon’s message of hope to many people around the world affected by someone’s drinking on Twitter. Members are invited to follow these new Twitter accounts, and like and retweet the tweets. Check out these new Twitter pages at @AlAnon_BSM (French) or @AlAnon_OSM (Spanish) or by following the links on the WSO Public Outreach website, al‑ or

Please remember to protect your anonymity on social media by not making comments or using screen names that would reveal your Al-Anon membership.

“Name Our New Newsletter” Contest—We Have Winners!

The World Service Office (WSO) is pleased to announce that three new names for the newsletter – one each for the English, French and Spanish issues – have been selected.

The winning entries were ones that received the most votes, and the winners have been notified via email. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! 

Be on the lookout for the redesigned newsletter in September!

Newcomer Packet (K-10) Now Assembled in a Booklet Format


  • Same great content
  • Same great price
  • New great format!


You can order it through your local Literature Distribution Center (LDC) / Al-Anon Information Service (AIS) or at
For French, download order form.
For Spanish, download order form.


All pieces are also available individually.


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