Speakers

ILLINOIS AL-ANON STATE CONFERENCE

October 2022

SPEAKER STATEMENTS

FRIDAY NIGHT SPEAKER

Rick K. from Pewaukee, WI 

Home group:   Pewaukee Serenity AFG – Sunday Evenings

Hello fellow Al-Anon Members,

My son’s alcoholism and addiction are the reasons I originally came to Al-Anon in 2008. I heard that if one family member came to Al-Anon my son’s chance of recovery increases 3- fold! Prior to coming to Al-Anon I had my own slogans; two that come to mind are “if it is going to be it is up to me” and “God helps those who help themselves”. All of you taught me a better way. 

Our group hosts a new-comers meeting each week. This is what brought me to this group originally. 

I have an awesome sponsor and I sponsor other Al-Anon men. Both my sponsor and sponsees are special gifts in my life. It is great to share these relationships with other men.  

Service has always been an important part of my life and I strive to provide service at Al-Anon. I ask and expect that my sponsees will always have a service position. I especially enjoy serving via sponsorship and by taking a turn to lead our newcomer’s meetings. Newcomers are a special gift to our groups. 

I have spoken at several meetings / conferences and find it to be eye-opening and beneficial to my recovery program. Every open meeting and conference has been a learning opportunity!  There is always a reason not to attend so I encourage both those who are new to the program and veteran members to take advantage of these opportunities.

SATURDAY NIGHT SPEAKER

Joe C – Jefferson, Wi

Home group:   Pewaukee Serenity AFG – Sunday Evenings

I have been in Al-Anon for over 14 years and continue to work the program for a better life.   After over a decade, I work the program by attending meetings, conferences, having a sponsor and sponsoring other men.  Participation in the program and Service brings me closer to serenity in my own life.

I enjoy attending meetings while traveling – it is eye-opening to see how far AFG reaches, and the warm welcome and love received at every location.  I have attended and spoken at Al-Anon fundraisers, conferences, and meetings over the years.  I have also had the privilege of being of service and speaking at an AA and NA conference.  

I believe the greatest tragedy in life is not the sins we commit, but the life we fail to live.  Being of service and participating in Al-Anon has brought me closer to my Higher Power and to the life I want to live.  Participating and being of service at conferences such as this is vital to a strong individual program.

I hope to see you at the conference.

SUNDAY MORNING SPEAKER

Angie R-M from Brookfield, WI    

Home Group:  Monday Night Comfort

So glad to be able to attend a conference in person again! Looking forward to feeling the energy of the weekend – being surrounded by and immersed in recovery for a weekend is such a gift. I hope you will join us!!