GITC Has Made Changes

At our quarterly group conscience meeting yesterday, GITC voted to go back to pre-COVID timing for our Friday night group meetings. Effective this Friday, July 22021, our meeting times will be 7:30pm – 9:00pm CST (with a 15 minute fellowship break in the middle).
Additionally, we voted to make our Friday night meetings permanently hybrid (in-person and virtual) so that anyone who may want to be a member of GITC can regardless of where they live. We are making the most of this “flying blind period” A.A. has been in and want to ensure that anyone who wants to be an active member (suggested regularly attends meetings, takes a service commitment, attends group conscience) can, in-person or virtually. Bill W. said that unity is one of the most cherished qualities our Fellowship has and we hope this change will instill that – regardless of where you may be located.
We look forward to welcoming you at one of our meetings soon!! ???????? ???? ????
SAVE THE DATES:
JULY SPEAKER (07/30/21) – Ruth L., Friday Night Finchley Group, Quebec, Canada.
GITC Annual Traditions Workshop: Saturday, July 17, 2021 12:00pm – 4:00pm CST, Speaker: Lore L. (for more information, visit: https://getinthecar.org/flyers/)
GITC Annual Concepts Workshop: Saturday, August 14, 2021 12:00pm – 4:00pm CST, Speaker: Jim C. (for more information, visit: https://getinthecar.org/flyers/)

August Newsletter

Greetings from the Get In The Car Group of A.A.
https://getinthecar.org

News From Our Group and Around A.A.

(In alphabetical order)

CENTRAL OFFICE REP

The Central Office Representative attends all COR meetings monthly to represent GITC. She will be responsible for keeping Central Office informed of any address change, contact information changes, or meeting format or schedule changes.  Additionally, she will provide and maintain Central Office with list of GITC volunteers willing to speak, take after hour phone calls, and make twelve step calls, stay abreast of Central Office newsletter (The Coffee Break), and relate back to the group any information they feel is important to the members.  She will notify Central Office of special meetings, i.e. workshops, anniversaries, etc., purchase all, and only, conference literature approved by the group and coordinate with monthly meeting chair person to ensure needed chips are purchased and available for birthday night.
Contact: Central Office Rep, Shannan C., ‭(817) 946-1931‬, schaler12@att.net
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CPC/PI

In A.A.land, the acronym “CPC” stands for “Cooperation with the Professional Community” and “PI” stand for “Public Information.”  Likely, if you’ve been to one of our meetings, you’ve heard our CPC Chair, Jennifer J., mention that she is looking for committee members to help her share information about A.A. with local professionals in our community.  Helping judges, lawyers, doctors, school counselors, etc. better understand the disease of alcoholism and better understand what A.A. is and what it isn’t, is truly an important job.  If you are interested in getting in the car and taking our message out into the community, please reach out directly to our CPC/PI Chair.
Contact: CPC/PI Chair, Jennifer J., 817-229-5162, Jhowittpitt@hotmail.com
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CORRECTIONS

Many A.A. members are unaware of the important work being carried out by corrections committees. To those involved, however, corrections work is an opportunity to carry the A.A. message to the confined alcoholic who wants to live sober, one day at a time. Through a corrections committee working with corrections personnel, alcoholics are reached who might never otherwise find the A.A. program.

GITC’s corrections committee is a vital link to prisons and jails, providing professionals and other workers in correctional facilities with information about A.A., literature, and guidelines for setting up A.A. groups on the inside. If you are interested in getting involved in Corrections work in taking meetings into correctional facilities, reach out to our Corrections Chair and she will get you plugged in.

Contact: Corrections Chair, Daniele D., 817-658-6214, dd61206@gmail.com

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GSR
The General Service Representative (GSR) is our group’s link to A.A. as a whole.  They are the link in the chain of communication for our group with the General Service Conference and the world of AA.  As trusted servants, their job is to bring information to our group in order that we may reach an informed group conscience about business matter for A.A. as a whole.  In passing along this group conscience, we are helping to maintain the unity and strength so vital to our fellowship.  There are many opportunities to do service outside of our group in the general service structure.  If you are interested in learning more, contact our G.S.R. and he will be happy to help you.
Contact: G.S.R., Terry C., 817-371-1231, tchaler@att.net
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HOSPITALITY
The hospitality committee is an important part of our group.  They ensure that the meetings are setup, the coffee is flowing, and the cookies are ready.  If you are looking for a place to get plugged in and to do service, this is a great place to start.  For more information, reach out to our Hospitality Chair and we will get you hooked up.
Contact: Hospitality Chair, Brian M., 214-356-9827, brian.manion@gmail.com
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TREATMENT
GITC believes that, “When We Got Busy – We Got Better,” and we are committed to all three legacies of A.A.  We are blessed that not only do we have an amazing Treatment Chair, Erik S., at our group; we have two (2) coed treatment center commitments:  The Right Step (Euless), every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm – 7:30pm (co-ed) and the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 7:30 – 8:30pm (separate men’s and women’s meetings).  If you would like to learn more about our commitments or sign up for one of the evenings, please reach out to our chair.
Contact: Treatment Chair, Erik S., 817-404-2374, we1939ers@yahoo.com

GITC MONTHLY ONLINE TRADITIONS STUDY

Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 7:00pm CST
ZOOM Meeting ID: 946 361 8622
Password: 751764

OPEN TO ANY MEMBER OF A.A.

 

 

Leadership in A.A. – Ever a Vital Need

At our group’s recent workshop on the “12 Concepts of World Service,” our moderator Tom M. talked about an article Bill W. wrote to the Grapevine in April 1959 titled, “Leadership in A.A. – Ever a Vital Need.”  This article is also published in our A.A. Service Manual in Concept 9.

For anyone who does service in A.A., it is a MUST read article.  ENJOY!

READ ARTICLE

GITC Celebrates One Year

On January 4, 2019, an amazing group of people came together for the first time to attend the inaugural meeting of the Get In The Car Group of Alcoholics Anonymous.  It was a beautiful night.

We are excited to celebrate our first anniversary on Friday night, January 31, 2020.  We’ve invited a truly dedicated A.A. servant from the Altered Boys Group in OKC, Alec “Petey” P., to come down and speak at this meeting.  It seemed appropriate to invite him to speak that night because his home group was the foundational inspiration to our group format.

We hope you will plan on joining us for an evening of fun, food and fellowship as we continue to try and carry a “clear and adequate presentation of our program” to all who join us that night.

Our undying gratitude goes out to everyone who has helped make GITC a wonderful experience of our Big Book as we continue to carry its message to the still suffering alcoholic.

In love and service,
Aaron P,  Terry C.  and  Rick W.
GITC Founders

12 Concepts Workshop

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Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Center of Unity, 1650 Hughes Rd., Grapevine, TX 76051
Speaker: Tom M., NETA65 Past Delegate (Panel 65)
Comments: Lunch will be served / 7th Tradition / Bring your Service Manual

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New Speakers Announced for GITC

The Get In The Car Group (#getinthecar) is excited to announce that we have booked Mo N. from the Fenton Big Book Group in St. Louis, MO to come share her experience strength and hope with our group on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Mo is a Past Delegate (Panel 63) to the General Service Conference of A.A. for the Northeast Texas Area 65 and is dedicated to serving the Fellowship in every way she can.  She brings an enormous passion and dedication to carrying our message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic.  With a love for the Fellowship and a wickedly fun sense of humor, we are sure to be blessed by her message.

Please plan on joining us!

GITC Went Live Tonight!!!!

On a beautiful January evening (January 4, 2019) in Grapevine Texas, 45 drunks from all over the D/FW area came to support our little group for its very first meeting.

Upon arriving at the Center of Unity in Grapevine (our new home), folks were greeted at the front door by handshakes, hugs, warm smiles, and warm hearts. There was an energy in the room that was palpable. Alcoholics coming together for one reason and one reason only – to experience a deep and rich personal experience of our basic text.

Terry C., one of our three founders, chaired our first meeting and did a bang up job. Thanks Terry! The hard work we had done to prepare us for this first meeting all came to fruition tonight. But no one could have foreseen what was to unfold when the book study actually started. The original format was to be that we would read the book (just read) from 7:45pm-8:15, take a 15 minute fellowship break, then come back from 8:30pm-9:00pm for sharing on what was just read.

God doing for us… in the moment, the format took a drastic change and open sharing began. Questions were asked… definitions we read from the dictionary, and a discussion that nobody saw coming was born. It was incredibly beautiful to sit back and watch it unfold – just the way God wanted it to be (regardless of what WE had wanted it to be). Terry would call on someone to read, they would share on what they had just read, and then anyone in the room who wanted to provide their experience on that passage, or ask a question about it jumped in and the discussion continued to unfold.

By the time the fellowship break came – the founders all just sort of looked at each other in amazement and realized in that moment that the format was taking on a life of its own. It’s not what we had planned, but it certainly was what was supposed to be. When we came back from break – we continued reading, the discussion continued and you could almost see the amazement in the room at what was taking place.

When the meeting was over, one of the women (not a member of the group) who was there came up to one Rick W. (one of the three founders) and said, “This is THE coolest A.A. meeting I have ever been to.” Stuart R. who was visiting from the Simply AA Group in Irving said after the meeting that he loved what the format morphed into and would definitely be back next week. It was our goal from the very beginning that members and visitors alike who came to tonight’s GITC meeting left with a little bit more information about our book than when they walked in. Time and time again we heard that we accomplished that goal.

Another very special experience for the members in attendance was the presence of the group of guys that “got in the car” and drove all the way from the Altered Boys Group in Oklahoma City for our first meeting. GITC owes a debt of gratitude to that amazing group in OKC because what we experienced tonight was due in large part to the incredible message of recovery and unity that group embodies. We cannot thank them enough for “getting in the car” and driving down to support us tonight. Thank you guys. We love you!

Finally, a massive thanks goes out to each member of GITC who showed up tonight to help setup and tear down. Our Hospitality committee did an amazing job of keeping the coffee flowing and the goodies at the ready. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful miracle people who have taken on trusted servant roles to ensure that GITC continues to stay focused on carrying a clear and adequate presentation of the program of A.A. We could not have done it without you. Thank you!

Now that the first meeting is over, we can begin to settle into a routine, make the minor adjustments we need to make and diligently work at our group’s primary purpose – to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic.

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GITC Announces Book Study Format

In eight (8) days, the Get In The Car Group of Alcoholics Anonymous will have its very first official meeting.  The 14 official members of the group are excited beyond measure to begin this journey together of diving into our basic text and we look forward to sharing that journey with other A.A. members in the DFW area.

Our group conscience is pleased to share with everyone what the format of our book study will be:

– The first 164 pages of the Big Book… then Part l of the Personal Stories, “Pioneers of A.A.”
– Then, the first 164 pages of the Big Book… and Part ll of the Personal Stories, “They Stopped In Time”
– Then, the first 164 pages of the Big Book… and Part lll of the Personal Stories, “They Lost Nearly All”

One of the cool additions to our study that is likely unlike any other book study in the DFW area is that we have added a service commitment to our group called “Dictionary Steward.”  As we are reading the book, if anyone in the room needs a definition to any word in the text (and if you’re anything like some of us – Bill’s choice of words will have you scratching your head too at times), you can raise your hand, ask for a definition, and our Dictionary Steward will look up that word in both the Webster’s and Big Book dictionaries and then go back and read aloud the sentence that contained the word in question WITH the definition in it.  It’s just one of the many ways we hope to take a deeper, richer look at our text.

We will study these sections of the book in this order every Friday night.  On the last Friday of each month, we will host an open speaker meeting where we will be bringing in speakers with personal experience on our basic text to share their journey with our members – and we will be celebrating member’s birthday in that month (if there are any that month)DOWNLOAD our group flyer to see a list of UPCOMING SPEAKERS.

B.Y.O.B.  BRING YOUR OWN BIG BOOK!!!!  We will have them available in case you forget yours, but…. yours is better! 🙂 

Please plan on joining us for a meeting – we look forward to welcoming you to the Get In The Car Group of A.A.