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Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups in Santa Barbara

District 8 Announcements and News

The twenty-eight (28), 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.

Each month, at the District 8 meeting, your Group Representative (GR) is assigned to take back to their meeting specific information to share with the group. Some of these items are linked from the Home Page News. Below are the current "Take Back to Your Meeting" announcements.

News for July 2018

  • District "Note Taker" is Needed (extremely important! Please consider)
    The district is seeking a member to take notes at the monthly District 8 meeting. The meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM. The Note Taker records the notes (minutes) of the meeting and compiles the "Take Back to Meeting" announcements document to be sent to the District Representative for approval and distribution. If you feel called to this service commitment, please contact the District Representative, Jocelyn at (805) 452-8111 or

  • Hospitals and Institutions Coordinator Needed
    H & I (Hospitals and Institutions) is a District 8 service commitment that is responsible for bringing the lifesaving message of Al Anon to places where people cannot leave to attend regular meetings. The H & I Coordinator oversees 2 different meetings; the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Psychiatric Ward which runs every Monday from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and the Casa Serena Women's Sober Living Home of Santa Barbara which runs on the last Friday of the month.

    The responsibilities of the coordinator are to generate a pool of willing Al Anon members who have been coming to Al Anon long enough to have an understanding of the program and be able to share their Experience, Strength and Hope as well as their on-going recovery from the Family Disease of Alcoholism. The panel coordinator also prepares volunteers by briefing them on some of the general rules of the institution and interactions with the patients or newcomers as these people are usually very new to recovery and or in some cases still detoxing from addictions or suffering depression as is the case at Cottage Hospital. It is standard to accompany a new volunteer to their first 2 or 3 meetings to get them up to speed on the procedure before they attempt to go alone. Once the coordinator has an established list of member volunteers the responsibilities will involve scheduling when and who is going to the various institution supplying them with a meeting format supporting the meeting with New Comer Pamphlets and local meeting schedules obtained from the district. Finally, the Coordinator attends the monthly district meeting to report on the status of the H&I committee.

    If you feel called to this service commitment, please contact the District Representative, Jocelyn at (805) 452-8111 or

  • Al-Anon Convention Committee Needs You!
    The convention committee needs your help! The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the air conditioned Mulligans Café, 3500 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The committee still needs co-chairs for some committees and volunteers for the convention itself. If you are interested, contact Hailey at (805) 895-6518, or simply show up at the next meeting.

  • Annual District 8 Workshop/Potluck
    The annual district 8 workshop, Al-Anon Public Outreach, will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 380 N Fairview Ave, Goleta, CA 93117.

    In addition to the material that will be presented by Billy and Mary from SCWS, Kay D. (former delegate) and Dyanna C. will be guest speakers. Please mark your calendars and support these speakers who are coming from out-of-town to be of service to us.

    More information on the website:

  • Isla Vista Meeting Closed for the Summer
    The Thursday night 7:30 PM Isla Vista AFG meeting will not be meeting in July and August, 2018. The meeting is expected to resume in September 2018. If someone wants to run the meeting and keep it open over the summer months, please contact the District Representative, Jocelyn at (805) 452-8111 or Please check the Al-Anon Santa Barbara website for meeting updates.