Connecting Women in Recovery for 10 Years
A2WG is 10 years old! Certainly a reason for celebration!
The Ann Arbor Women’s Group was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in February 2007.
Who could have predicted back then the success we would have – monthly events for fun and/or education for women in recovery, free child care at 12 step meetings, an annual 3-day retreat and an overnight retreat, an annual comedy show, an annual family picnic and (most importantly) scholarships for women whose finances are tight so that all women are able to participate.
So I’m going to write this blog from my perspective, a volunteer. I volunteered at Recoveryfest, for A2WG, for almost eight hours so I probably had a different experience than someone who attended this event as a participant. But as with any volunteer work I do, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
First of all what is Recoveryfest? Quite a few people were there but not everyone was there and some folks may not even know what it is. Quite simply, it’s a celebration of recovery. Maple Rock and the LOPWOD committee (Lack Of Power Was Our Dilemma) brought in some AMAZING speakers from out of state. There were open talks, traditions talks, history talks and even a talk about the 12 concepts. This year had, by far, the best speakers at Recoveryfest. We are blessed to have committees like LOPWOD that bring us powerhouse recovery speakers from other states. You should be able to pick up a CD recording at Maple Rock.
Our Annual Gathering
In early August there was a gathering of some 58 women at the Lake Huron Retreat Center on the shore of The Great Lake, Huron, in Burtchville, Michigan.
As the early arrivals came, laughing, assembling, setting up welcome tables, cookies, coffee, road signs to show the way, in cheerful service to the group of gathering retreat participants, they were met by warm hospitality of the center’s staff, and something else… The lake itself had rolled out a glorious welcome. As the participants arrived, the mid-summer sun danced across the azure hues of blues and greens of Lake Huron, like a sparkling turquoise gem. Only a thin line of white waves, ruffled her dancing blue skirts along the smooth, stone strewn shore. The sky was so clear, that if you looked closely you could just barely see the opposite shore.
Newcomer Tip #4: Changing Your Environment
This is a blog series that will be focusing on one tip every few days for newcomers. These tips are not a replacement for going to meetings and working the 12 steps. They are to be used in addition to meetings and steps. The first few months of sobriety are hard. These are some ways to help get you through it.
The last blog was about communication. Today we will discuss our environment.
It’s all About the Positive
- Positive People
- Positive Things
- Positive Experiences