Covid-19 Coronavirus News

Area 61 Meetings / Events Affected Listed Below

Southeast Wisconsin Meetings / Events Affected

The World Service Office (WSO) has received many queries from members regarding how groups, Districts, and Areas should function considering the novel coronavirus COVID-19. As a clearinghouse of information for the Al-Anon Family Groups, the WSO has no informed guidance to offer on health matters. As in every challenging situation though, our experience, strength, and hope encourage us to rely on the principles found in the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Service to guide us. In this situation particularly, we recognize the wisdom expressed in Tradition Two which urges the WSO, Areas, Districts, and groups to rely upon “one authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.” To ensure our group conscience decisions regarding Staff safety and wellbeing at the WSO are informed and thoughtful, we monitor reliable local, national, and global health authority advisories daily to understand the ever-evolving situation. Based on current information from the Governor of Virginia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), the WSO is continuing business operations in the office as usual, while encouraging Staff who are ill, or are in direct contact with others who are ill, to stay at home until fully recovered. We have also implemented the proactive measures recommended to minimize the spread of the flu and COVID19. As of today, we are continuing with plans to hold our annual World Service Conference in Virginia Beach in April. If conditions change, the Board of Trustees will reevaluate and take an informed group conscience decision at that time, communicating the results to all who might be impacted. Similarly, in making informed decisions, we suggest groups, Districts, and Areas access national and local health authorities to gain the knowledge necessary to talk to each other and reason things out. In accordance with Tradition Four, we encourage groups to be flexible in considering alternatives that limit personal contact—anything from linking arms at the closing to temporarily holding the meeting electronically. Groups that choose this latter alternative need not register with the WSO as an Electronic Meeting unless the electronic platform becomes the group’s permanent format. Of utmost importance is providing an environment which allows Al-Anon newcomers and members the opportunity to feel safe and maintains the unity of the group. If your group is impacted and members are not able to meet in the scheduled location, please notify your local service arms. As a suggestion, group members may want to consider attending one of the many registered Electronic Meetings found on the Meetings tab at al-anon.org. Thank you for allowing us to continue to be of service to our Al-Anon Family Groups.

Area 61 AFG Suggestions

COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) Update The Al-Anon Service Center will not cancel any meetings due to COVID-19. As stated in Tradition 4, each individual group decides autonomously if their meeting would be temporarily canceled due to the virus. Another possibility is that your building/facility would close the use of their building due to the virus. Your building contact person would receive this information and forward the information to the group (using the phone list) and the Service Center. If your group decides to shut down a meeting temporarily, please contact the Service Center (414)257-2415 or email alanon@alanonwi.org. We can post it in the Secretary’s Corner and let our volunteers know, who answer the phone, so they can pass the information along. There is also a link on the AFG of SE Wisconsin website Home page to Electronic and Phone Meetings https://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronicmeetings/ You Tube and other platforms also have audio of various AA and Al-Anon speakers. This is a challenging time for everyone and we may need to find new ways to connect and hear the message of AlAnon when we need it most

Meeting Name / EventLocationAdditional Information
Pewaukee SerenityGalilee Lutheran ChurchFacility Closed until at least April 1st
Lakeview AFGChrist Presbyterian Church, Madison.Facility Closed until further notice
Spaghetti Dinner for District 8St. Francis Xavier Church
2947 Thinnes Street
Cross Plains, WI
Canceled
Originally scheduled for 3/28/2020
Monday Night How Al-Anon WorksMuskegoWaukesha State Bank has closed it’s community rooms
Twelve & TwelveWaukeshaSt. Matthias Church asked for a suspension of meetings
How it Works HartlandChurch of the Resurrection has closed the building
Tuesday Night Hales Corners AFGHales CornersFacilities Closed until at least March 27th
Let Go and Let God AFGDelafieldChrist the King Lutheran Church closed meeting area
District 15 Annual Cabin Fever WorkshopCalvary Lutheran Church, MinocquaOriginally scheduled for March 28,2020.
Rescheduled to: TBD
New Beginnings, Wednesday 7PMMarshfieldMarshfield Medical Center
Area 61 AMIAS TrainingBaraga, MI Orginally Scheduled for April 4, 2020
District 8 Workshop
Demystifying Sponsorship
East Side Alano Club
Madison, WI
Postponed.
Rescheduled to: TBD
Tuesday Night Medford AFGUnited Church of Christ
Medford Wi
Phone Meeting
(978) 990-5000 then use the access code: 846594#
Sunday Living in the Solution
Sunday March 29, 2020. 5:30 PM
ZOOM Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/389530288?pwd=dHgyVDNYUDl WL3gxejRrZ0Z0NDVjdz09
Open Meeting