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Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups in Santa Barbara

District 8 Announcements and News

The thirty (30), or so, Al-Anon and Alateen meetings (in both English and Spanish) in the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley areas make-up District 8. District 8 is part of Southern California World Service (SCWS) also know as Area 4.

Please read these notes during your meetings - do not read phone numbers. Please place a printed copy of these announcements where members can get the information after meeting.

News for January 2022


  • Al-Anon World Service Office Website
    The Al-Anon World Service Office Website is a trove of information and inspiration for members including a link for The Loop Newsletter, Guidelines for Electronic Meetings, Guidelines for Service Positions, and an on-line Service Manual. Follow this link: or type Al-Anon WSO in your search engine.

  • Helpful Websites
    The Santa Barbara Al-Anon Website,, contains local AFG meeting and workshop information, meeting asset pages, and a link to Southern California World Services (SCWS), There is also a link to The Loop Newsletter.

  • Join Our Email List!
    Would you like to get emails from us about upcoming events like speaker meetings, upcoming workshops or convention information? Go to our web page, on left side the 2nd rotating picture is our sign-up link or go to the right most menu item, "Contact," and select "Email List Signup" (or just click here). We promise not to send too much.

  • Liability Insurance
    District 8 has reinstated liability insurance for all District 8 meetings, Please contact Linda ( if your group needs to provide a Certificate of Insurance to your meeting's facility; you will need to provide Linda with the legal name and address of the facility.

  • Group Representatives
    Please Note there is a proposed Speaker Meeting Template attached. District 8 Committee would like your feedback. Please send comments to

Open District Service Commitments

  • District Records Coordinator
    We are in need of: District Records Coordinator – this position requires gathering local meeting information, group positions and records, and updating the information for Southern California WSO. Position information and mentor-ship will be provided by SoCal Records volunteers. Call or text Larry at 805-705-8787 or email:

  • Beginners' Meeting Leaders
    Seeking a leader for our Beginners Meetings from 6:00 to 7:00 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Instruction and format will be provided. Please call or text Mala at 858-774-2455.

  • Speaker Meeting Coordinator
    Arrange for speakers and host speaker meeting on second Saturday of every month at 7:00pm. Instruction and format will be provided. Call or text Larry at 805-705-8787 /

  • District Alateen Coordinator
    Organize events and activities related to the Alateen program, including Alateen meetings. Please contact Larry B., District Representative - 805-705-8787 (call or text) / We are also seeking a DAL (District Alateen Liaison).

  • Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS)
    We are down to only one AMIAS in our district. Call or text Larry at 805-705-8787 / to learn more.



Group Changes

  • Please Report Group and Meeting Changes!
    (cancellation, move to in-person, virtual, or otherwise) please fill out on-line form on our website:
    Website updates can take 7 to 14 days to implement, so please provide at least 7 to 14 day lead time on meeting change requests.