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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 March 2023

Expanded Online Version.

New Announcements:

  • The District invited an out of town, long-time Al-Anon member to talk about offering the District a workshop on the Knowledge Based Decision Making (KBDM) principles. The District is considering a workshop on these principles for District meeting participants. Groups, as always, remain autonomous in their decision making & group conscience process.
  • The District has two new people in service positions: Marie is the District's new Beginner's Meeting Coordinator and Jeanne is the District's new Literature Coordinator.
  • What would the group like the District to focus on this year?

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 technical or web site development experience is necessary. Please contact Fred at if you are interested in serving in this estimated 3 month process.

AMIAS Certification - Larry is the District 8 Alateen Liaison. Every Alateen group meeting requires two (2) adults that are AMIAS certified. If you are interested, call or text Larry at 805-705-8787 or email: Also see information provided under New Announcements.

Open District Service Positions:

We are in need of:

Alternate District Representative - This service position represents the District in the following: leads a District meeting when the DR cannot; completes the term when/if the DR resigns; attends Al-Anon Information Service meetings; may attend all service meetings that DR attends; assists in visiting District groups. 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 to keep the District's records current. Please contact Alejandra if you are interested.

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

Al -Anon Events

  • 46th Annual Southern California Al-Anon Family Groups Convention "Participation is the Key to Harmony" Ontario, CA, Friday, March 24th - Sunday, 26th

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.