The Beacon

Area 1 - District 20 Newsletter


Where have you been Beacon?

District 20’s quarterly newsletter is back! It has been a minute since our last publication, but The Beacon has made a triumphant return to spread the word about announcements and events happening in your District. 


Make sure you know what’s happening in Huntsville Area AA by viewing this newsletter and getting involved. 




When many hundreds of people are able to say that the consciousness of the Presence of God is today the most important fact of their lives, they present a powerful reason why one should have faith.

– Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 51

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Oct 5 - Daily Reflection


For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong.


I have more than enough to handle today, without dragging along yesterday’s baggage too. I must balance today’s books, if I am to have a chance tomorrow. So I ask myself if I have erred and how I can avoid repeating that particular behavior. Did I hurt anyone, did I help anyone, and why? Some of today is bound to spill over into tomorrow, but most of it need not if I make an honest daily inventory.

Meeting Guide App

Brought to you by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., Meeting Guide is a free of charge meeting finder app for iOS and Android that provides meeting information from A.A. service entities in an easy-to-access format.

Meeting Guide syncs with area, district, intergroup/central offices and international General Service Office websites (some of which are listed on A.A. Near You), relaying meeting information from more than 300 A.A. service entities directly to you. Over 100,000 weekly meetings are currently listed, and the information is refreshed twice daily.

This app gives A.A. service entities full control of their local meeting information while collecting it in one place, making it easy for anyone to find a meeting. Local entities provide their meeting information voluntarily. Meeting Guide users can suggest additions or corrections to meeting listings by using links provided within the app to contact the local service entity responsible for the information.

Have changes?

Progress not perfection, right? If you see incorrect meeting information listed in the Meeting Guide or printed version of the Where & When, please notify your group’s GSR and ask them to send correct information to:

HAIA Answering Service

Service opportunities are available to answer the phone lines at Central Office.

Do you remember what it is like to be a newcomer? Did you have any idea of how AA worked or where to attend to your first meeting? Our phone lines are always open to guide potential newcomers into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous where they may find recovery.

The sobriety requirement for service is 90 days or more. If you are interested in fulfilling a service opportunity, please call Brenda C. or leave a message at the Central Office at 256-885-0323

Steve G. Artwork

After breaking out of the bondage of addiction, the freedom of sobriety can still be a precarious place.

Beautiful and yet one step away from returning to imprisonment.

The Beacon Statement

The Beacon is published to foster unity, facilitate communication among AA members and groups within the North Alabama area, and present the experience and opinions of individual members of Alcoholics Anonymous on the disease of Alcoholism and recovery from it. Opinions in The Beacon are not those of Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, nor does publication of any article imply endorsement by Alcoholics Anonymous or the Huntsville Area Intergroup Association. We aim to be an instrument of carrying the A.A. message, and to publish AA related material, including personal stories of experience strength, and hope—as well as what we feel to be important information about what is happening in this area. All material is reviewed by the Beacon editor and the Huntsville Area Intergroup Association.