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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.

"Take Back to Meeting" for April 2023

Expanded Online Version.

New Announcements:

The District is hosting a workshop on the KBDM principles. Zoom meeting, Saturday, June 24, 2023, 8:30-10:30 am. Workshop will include a presentation and breakout rooms for discussion and scenario practice. Each breakout room will require a facilitator, contact Alejandra if you are interested. All members from District 8 and other Districts will be invited to attend. Suggested registration and zoom information will be posted on the District website soon.

The District needs a substitute Secretary for their June 13, 2023 zoom meeting. Member would be asked to take notes at the District meeting, type them up and email them to Alejandra for distribution. Please contact Alejandra ( or Coleen ( if you are interested.

District Opportunities:

Institutions Service at 5 Bath 30 minute Informational Meeting - Al Anon informational meetings are being held on the first two Mondays (4:30 pm and 8 pm respectively) of the month at 5 Bath. The meetings are approximately 30 minutes and introduce people to Al-Anon and how Al-Anon can be of value in their lives. Contact John at (805) 705-1055 if you are interested in assisting with this service. It requires about 30 minutes of your time.

D8 Website Conversion Thought Force - The District is considering a change to the D8 website operating and management system. Al-Anon members are being sought to participate on a Thought Force that would look at 'off the shelf' alternatives to allow the web site to operate more autonomously (to relieve work required by the current service position of webmaster), provide better mobile device delivery, increase user friendly Spanish language usage and improved website security. The Thought Force would define the 'task/activity', brainstorm ideas, and develop strategies to move forward - defining the potential idea that would then, upon a group conscience of the District, move forward to a Task Force and then Work Force. No website experience is necessary. Please contact Fred at if you are interested in serving in this estimated 3 month process.

AMIAS Certification - Every Alateen group meeting requires two (2) adults that are AMIAS certified. For more information about being of service to Alateen please visit

Open District Service Positions:

We are in need of:

Alateen District Liason - District is looking for a new Alateen Liaison. Larry has stepped down as the District 8 Alateen Liaison. Please contact Alejandra if you are interested or have any questions.

Public Outreach Coordinator - Help to carry the message of hope through local media and to professionals within our community. Please contact Alejandra if you are interested or have any questions.

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 mentorship will be provided by SCWS Records volunteers.

District Treasurer - If anyone is interested in this three year service position, please contact Linda at

Al -Anon Events

  • Saturday, May 20, 9am - 4 pm: Southern California Area Assembly Meeting (Zoom only): Zoom information will be posted prior to meeting.
    Assembly Agenda
    Additional Information
    Your GR's will have a vote!

  • Thursday, June 29 - Sunday, July 2: 2023 Al-Anon International Convention with AA Participation; In-person attendance and Virtual details provided upon registration.

Website Change Requests

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.