2020 ABC/AWC News

Annual Business Conference – April 23 & 24, 2020
ACA World Convention – April 24 (evening), 25 & 26, 2020

The 2020 ABC/AWC will be held at the Renaissance Marriott in Boca Raton, Florida.  The hotel is absolutely beautiful, built around a tropical resort style pool and just 3 miles from the beat.  There is a free shuttle service to and from the beach. 

You can register for the convention, book a room and purchase meals from the  Convention Website.  The prices for meals and registration will increase as we get closer to the convention.  Registering early will not only save you money, but will also help WSO and the Local Host Committee out tremendously with the planning process.  We can’t wait to see you in Boca Raton!

2020 AWC Workshops – Deadline Extended to December 3rd
Are you interested in leading a workshop at the 2020 AWC?  More information, as well as the application can be found on the ACA World Convention Website.

WSO News

2019 Membership Survey Ends December 31st
Your voice matters!  Please help spread the word with meetings and fellow travelers.  Members, throughout the ACA Fellowship are asked to participate in the 2019 Membership Survey.  The goal of the survey is to gather data about the fellowship at large and use that information to inform WSO service committees about the needs of the fellowship.  The survey can also be reached from the adultchildren.org website.

Intergroups Needs Assessment Survey Released
The Member Services Intergroups Subcommittee developed this survey to help them better support ACA Intergroups.  Responses will give the IGSC valuable data about what is important to Intergroups, how best to meet the needs of Intergroups in order to help them Carry the Message.  Please take the time to review the questions with your Intergroup members.  We would like to receive all replies by January 15, 2020.  More details can be found on the Intergroups Subcommittee page on the Service Website.

WSO Information Technology (formally known as the Website/Database Committee)
We are beginning an initiative, including a series Traveler articles, to inform the Fellowship of updates to our websites. We will need your help. In order to better serve the Fellowship, we’re asking meetings and Intergroups to update or verify their information in our database. Details on how to update/verify group information can be found at the following links; Update a Meeting or Update an Intergroup. If further help is needed, please send an email to [email protected].

Literature Committee
Volunteer Request:  Team to Review Spirituality in Literature

If you would like to help shape how ACA discusses spirituality, please join us. The purpose of the group is to review existing ACA literature and consider alternative ways to discuss ACA’s spiritual dimension that are inclusive of all religious traditions, including those who are agnostic or atheists. Based on the group’s study, recommendations will be made to the Literature Committee for possible changes to ACA literature.  For information, please send an email to [email protected], or contact the meeting facilitator, Lou B., via Slack. 

Call for Shares:  Loving Parent Guidebook
This book, with explanation and exercises, will help readers better understand and experience the process of reparenting—giving love, nurturing and healthy guidance to our inner children.  Your voices will help reflect the rich range of reparenting styles and experiences and make the guidebook more personal and accessible.  For more information, please see the Loving Parent Guidebook page on the service website; please aim to submit your share by January 15, 2020.  

ComLine – Submit your share by December 20th
We are currently reviewing submissions for the January issue. Shares for this quarter typically cover Steps 1, 2, 3 and Promises 1, 2, 3.  However, all recovery-related shares are welcome.  We would especially like to see non-dominant handwriting illustrations.  Please email your submission, along with a signed ComLine Copyright Release Form to [email protected].

Resource Spotlight

International demand for literature is growing.  Several groups are translating core literature into the languages of their childhood.  New core literature that is offered for free download is uploaded when it becomes available.   With guidance from Majbrit M., translation volunteers are collaborating to develop best practices for translating WSO literature.  Visit the Literature Translations Committee page for more information.

Free trifolds and other literature, in English and other languages, can be downloaded from our site.  Free downloadable literature can be copied for ACA meetings or personal use.  Any ACA member or group downloading free literature is asked to kindly make a one-time voluntary 7th Tradition contribution of 10.00USD or more as a token of appreciation for the downloadable trifold service.  If you choose to make a one-time voluntary contribution, please include a note letting us know that the contribution is made by a grateful member for this download trifold service. In either event, we graciously thank you for your support and help in carrying the ACA message.  

Featured Meetings and Events

ACA Harvard Square Anniversary 
Thursday, December 5th — 6:30pm til 9:00pm — Cambridge, MA
Event Flyer

Ready-Set-Go – 1-Day Workshop – Midwest Regional Committee
Saturday, December 7th — 9am to  4:30pm — Milwaukee, WI
Event Flyer

Ready, Set, Go! One Day Workshop – Long Island Intergroup
December 10th — 10am to 6pm — Northport, NY
Event Flyer

Telephone Meeting Holiday Marathon
December 24, 25th and 31st. 
See Flyer for Marathon Details

Ready, Set, Go!! – 6 Weeks – Telephone Meetings
Beginning Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 2pm Eastern Time
Event Flyer

2020 Annual Business Conference (ABC) & ACA World Convention (AWC)
April 23 – 26, 2020 — Boca Raton, FL
Event Website

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Meetings – ACA WSO maintains a World Meeting List of registered ACA meetings that take place in person, over the phone or online, which is updated monthly. Visit the Find a Meeting page on adultchildren.org to search for a meeting, or for more detail on specific meeting types, visit the MeetingPhone, Skype and Internet meeting information pages.

WSO Board of Trustees Teleconference
The ACA WSO Board holds its monthly teleconference meeting on the second Saturday, of each month, using Zoom, at 2pm Eastern Time. For more information, including agendas, previous minutes, the Zoom meeting ID, and telephone access numbers, please visit the ACAWSO.ORG website.

Twelve Concepts of Service – Concept #12

“In all its proceedings, Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization shall observe the spirit of the ACA Twelve Traditions … and that, like the fellowship of Adult Children of Alcoholics which it serves, the WSO itself will always remain democratic in thought and action.”  You can find the 12 Concepts of Service here.

7th Tradition

ACA WSO is grateful for your contributions that help us do that vital work. Check out our flyer titled “Where the Money Goes” to see how we utilize your contributions to carry the ACA message around the world. Please consider making a monetary contribution to help the next ACA receive the gift of recovery.  Contributions can be made online, by calling at 562-595-7831, or by mail payable to ACA WSO, 1458 E 33rd Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755.

Traveler Submissions

The Traveler Newsletter is an email publication, scheduled to be released at the beginning of each month, which highlights ACA service news and events.  If your service committee, intergroup, region, or group would like to submit news to The Traveler, please visit The Traveler page for more details.


Adult Children Sharing Experience, Strength, and Hope

The ComLINE is a quarterly publication from ACA WSO where members from throughout the fellowship share their experience, strength, and hope on the 12 Steps, Traditions and Promises.  View current and back issues here.

Daily Meditation Emails

ACA WSO also publishes a daily email with the Meditation of the Day from the book “Strengthening My Recovery”.  You can sign up to receive the meditation email here.  You will need to sign up for this separately from The Traveler Newsletter email.

About Adult Children of Alcoholics

ACA is a worldwide 12 Step / 12 Tradition program of recovery dedicated to people who were raised in dysfunctional families. ACA does not seek to assign blame to parents or caretakers, but we seek to understand the reality of how family dysfunctions affected us as children and still affects our adult behavior today.

Family dysfunction can include alcoholism, abandonment, neglect, or any type of addiction or abuse. ACA is synonymous with ACoA  & Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families.

For more information visit: www.adultchildren.org