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WFS May 2021 News & Announcements

 

Two Weeks Until Conference

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June 11-13, 2021

Pre-conference activities begin June 6
Post-conference replay period through June 27

Connect with hundreds of 4C women from around the world at this year’s virtual conference!

  • 3 keynote addresses
  • 18 breakout sessions – attend 4 workshops live, watch recordings of the rest during our popular Replay period
  • 6 pre-conference live icebreakers
  • Video lounges, WFS meetings, fundraising, and more!

$75   ~   $50   ~   $25

Self-select the sliding scale rate that best suits your current economic situation or apply for one of our Work Scholarships

REGISTER NOW


After you’ve registered, use this handy checklist to help you get ready!

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Strategic Plan

Release the past – plan for tomorrow – live for today!

The WFS Board of Directors was happy to release our new Strategic Plan in May 2021, which included our new, modernized Vision, Mission, and Values statements.

In case you missed it, READ THE PLAN HERE.

 


In Memory of a 4 C Sister

On April 20, 2021 after a short illness at age 90, Patricia St. G from RI left this earth for her heavenly home. Pat was a long time member, joining WFS in 1987. After two years of sobriety in 1989 she became a Certified Facilitator.  In 1992 she joined the Board of Directors. In 2011 she resigned from the Board and in 2017 resigned as Certified Facilitator. She served 19 years on the Board and led her group for 28 years. Pat attended many conferences, was an active contributor to Sobering Thoughts and organized many fundraisers for WFS. She dedicated over 30 years to the WFS organization helping women in recovery. We lost a beautiful 4C woman.
Read memories of Pat shared by several 4C women


New! WFS Videos

WFS Online now has a new journal category for WFS Videos!

If you aren’t a member of our WFS Facebook group New Life Program Connections, you can catch up on Adrienne’s Tuesday Talks series, which is currently being rolled out. Recordings of previous conference workshops are also being released periodically, and when we have the proper releases on file, they will also be publicly accessible on Vimeo.

 


Conference Season Giving

 

Only a few days left to donate to the Teddy Bear Challenge!

Bid on a one-week stay in this beautiful beachfront condo and more at the WFS Annual Auction – online!

Or attend our Celebrate the Possibilities event on Saturday night at the conference, and give during our fun virtual “paddle raise” fundraiser!


Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

(WE)covery: Exploring Equity

 

WFS has learned a lot through this weekly hybrid group since it started last August. Read Adrienne’s recent blog post to learn more. Come join us at our new day and time through WFS Online

Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm US/Eastern

 

Healing Recovery Spaces – An Anti-Racism Training

This new training has been implemented for our Certified Facilitators (CFs) and is being offered throughout the year. A special open workshop is also available as part of the conference for anyone who wishes to attend. Watch this video of WFS President/CEO Adrienne Miller interviewing training consultant Shari Hampton about this new offering:


From the Web

The 17 Best Online Sobriety Support Spaces for 2021Soberish.com

WFS is ranked as one of the best women-centered sobriety support resources! Read the full article

Treatment Interventions For Women with Alcohol Use DisorderAlcohol Research Current Reviews

Women with alcohol use disorder (AUD) experience more barriers to AUD treatment and are less likely to access treatment than men with AUD… Research has suggested that outcomes for women are best when treatment is provided in women-only programs that include female-specific content. To date, research on treatments tailored to the individual needs of women is limited, but research on mechanisms of change has suggested the importance of targeting anxiety and depression, affiliative statements in treatment, abstinence self-efficacy, coping skills, autonomy, and social support for abstinence.  Read the full article

 

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WFS Strategic Planning

What’s Your Vision for the Future
of Women for Sobriety?

WFS requests your participation in our Envision the Future Strategic Planning Survey.  Rooted in WFS’s mission, strategic planning helps us set priorities, focus resources, and strengthen operations.  The survey asks for your input on several topics:

  • The WFS overall mission, vision and values
  • WFS programs
  • Materials and literature
  • WFS services

What else should WFS work on?

Take the Survey Now


Design a New Logo for WFS!

Get your creative juices flowing! A brand new mission statement and strategic plan needs a great new logo. Finalist concepts will be voted on in a poll in the near future. (There will also be an option to vote on keeping the old logo, for those traditionalists out there!)

We are looking for design ideas – don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, as we will be working with a graphic designer on polishing up submissions.

WFS can’t wait to see what you come up with! Like recovery, the sky is the limit here. Use whatever you have at your disposal and let your imagination soar. Submissions must be made in png, jpeg, or pdf format to suz@womenforsobriety.org.

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New WFS Meeting – Lewiston, ME (Thursday)

WFS is proud to announce the start of a new in-person* meeting!

Lewiston, ME

Thursdays at 12:00 PM

starting 11/5/2020

Please email 1126@womenforsobriety.org with questions and to obtain details for the meeting.

Please join us in extending our gratitude to the volunteer Certified Facilitator who has made the commitment to bring the New Life Program to her local community!

If you are feeling inspired to bring WFS to your local community, please review the requirements for becoming a Certified Facilitator and contact facilitator@womenforsobriety.org for assistance.

*due to the COVID pandemic many meetings are currently meeting online

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Announcing New Regional Meetings

WFS continues to adapt to support women in recovery in this time of public health concerns related to the pandemic!  We applaud these ground-breaking WFS volunteers who are now facilitating Regional Video meetings.  Please use the email for a specific meeting below to get more details.

1116 – St. Louis, MO Saturday, 8:30 AM.  For details contact 1116@womenforsobriety.org
1036 – Asheville, NC Thursday, 06:30 PM. For details contact 1036@womenforsobriety.org
1017 – San Diego, CA Saturday, 10:15 AM. For details contact 1017@womenforsobriety.org
1025 – Champaign, IL Monday, 07:00 PM. For details contact 1025@womenforsobriety.org
1047 – Cincinnati, OH Wednesday, 07:00 PM. For details contact 1047@womenforsobriety.org
1100 – Central Valley California Tuesday, 8:30 AM. For details contact 1100@womenforsobriety.org
1090 – Seacoast NH Wednesday, 7:00 PM. For details contact 1090@womenforsobriety.org
1035 – Twin Cities MN West Suburbs Sunday, 10:00 AM. For details contact 1035@womenforsobriety.org

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WFS Summer 2020 Newsletter

Women for Sobriety

Summer Update

September, 2020


WFS Organizational Update

Retirement of WFS Chair Karen H and VP Susie M



WFS Board of Directors Changes – from President Karen Hamm
“Each one of us has adapted and changed as we relate to the global pandemic.  Our daily routines are altered and we live with healthy new practices and guidelines.  Life is different, yet we can still appreciate the many moments that make life great.” read more

Please join us in welcoming our new Board Chair Jean H and Vice President Veena I!


What’s New with WFS Meetings & Facilitators

WFS Meeting Reorganization
We continue to adapt to meet the needs of 4C women and our volunteer-led groups in the pandemic. We have extended our meeting offerings to include Regional and WFS Online Video meetings. Another change has been to bring all of our volunteers who lead meetings under a single umbrella as Certified Facilitators. We prepared this brief video for our volunteer facilitators to help explain the changes and the reasons for the changes, and we thought you might be interested in watching it, too.

We celebrate these trailblazing groups for being the first four meetings to convert to the new Regional Video Meeting designation!


WFS Strategic Plannning

WFS invites you to participate in our Envision the Future survey.  Your input is important as WFS develops its strategies, goals, and plans for the future.

The survey asks for your input on several topics:

  • The WFS overall mission, vision and values
  • WFS programs
  • Materials and literature
  • WFS services
  • What else should WFS work on?

Take the Survey Now!


A New WFS Logo?

Calling all 4C Women, it is time to get your creative juices flowing! What would go better with a new mission statement and strategic plan than a fresh new logo?

We are looking for design ideas – don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, as we will be working with a graphic designer on polishing things up submissions. Finalist concepts will be voted on in a poll in the near future. (There will also be an option to vote on keeping the old logo, for those traditionalists out there!)

We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Like recovery, the sky is the limit here. Use whatever you have at your disposal and let your imagination soar. Submissions must be made in png, jpeg, or pdf format to suz@womenforsobriety.org.


Let’s Talk About It


(WE)covery is a group of 4C women who have been inspired to examine and challenge our personal biases. In the process, we are also hopeful that our newfound knowledge can help the WFS organization reach, welcome, and celebrate even more women to our New Life Program.

All are welcome at this drop-in Video Meeting!
1st & 3rd Sundays at 12:00 pm US/Eastern
2nd & 4th Thursdays at 3:00 pm US/Eastern

(No meeting Thursday, Sept. 24th)

Learn More in the (WE)covery Forum on WFS Online


Thanks for Making Our 2020 Virtual Conference a Success!

About the 2020 Virtual Conference held on June 12-14:

  • 424 registered attendees
  • 28 sessions, including 7 WFS meetings, 4 Plenary (large group) sessions, a live fundraising event and 16 breakout workshops
  • Dozens of volunteers worked before, during and after the event to support presenters and attendees
  • 85% of those responding to the Event Satisfaction Survey were very satisfied with the event

Conference season donations totaled over $90,000!

 

How do conference donations support WFS programs and strategies?

  • Like many nonprofit organizations relying on individual donations, WFS has been challenged this year! Your support via conference donations and the annual Teddy Bear Challenge helps ensure that WFS can continue to support women in recovery.
  • A key initiative for WFS is converting our literature for digital download. This will reduce printing and shipping costs, free up WFS volunteers and staff resources for other program work, and help get life-saving materials into women’s hands even faster!
  • WFS is making an investment to improve the WFS Online experience.  WFS Online is an important resource for hundreds of women in recovery, offering forums, video and chat meetings, and more.
  • WFS is investigating new service delivery options – keep your eye out for great things!

WFS Watch Parties

Did you miss conference due to time conflicts or uncertainty over the online format? Or maybe you attended and wish the Replay Week had been extended even further? Have no fear, WFS Watch Parties are here!

Thanks to the generosity of many of our presenters, we are able to share many of the recorded sessions on WFS Online! The videos will be rolled out through a series of Watch Parties – opportunities to gather via Zoom and watch the recording, followed by an informal group discussion.

The first Watch Party in the series was Lynn Matti’s Keynote Address entitled Self-Compassion, Self Esteem, and Recovery in Times of Great Uncertainty, which is now available for viewing in the 2020 Virtual Conference forum. Look for more Watch Party announcements on WFS Online.


Conference 2021 Is Going Virtual

After careful consideration, the WFS Board of Directors has made the decision to again convert the 2021 Annual Weekend Conference to a virtual event. Many factors were taken into account in coming to this conclusion, including uncertainty about the course of the pandemic, possible challenges to women’s abilities and/or desires to travel in June of 2021, and the public health considerations of having a large group from diverse locations lodging and dining together over the course of multiple days.

Out of respect for our volunteer planning team, we felt it prudent to let them focus on making one great plan for a virtual event, rather than asking them to plan an uncertain physical event and possibly have to pivot at the last minute as they had to do in 2020.

Just think! If we could pull off such a successful event in 2020 with only 10 weeks notice, what can be possible with months of preparation!?!

Keep an eye out for more details as they develop!

WFS needs your help in making 2021 another year to remember!  Email volunteer@womenforsobriety.org to get involved!


Get Social!

Join the Women for Sobriety Connection – New Life Program Facebook group where you can:

  • Celebrate your use of the WFS New Life Program of recovery
  • Share support and encouragement with 4C women
  • Get live access to our Facebook Live Tuesday Talks

New In-Person Meetings

Houston, TX Sunday 3:00 PM
Los Alamitos, CA Wednesday 6:30 pm

Most new in-person meetings are starting up using video format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.

 

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New WFS Meeting – Houston, TX (Sunday)

WFS is proud to announce the start of a new face-to-face meeting!

Houston, TX

Sundays at 3:00 PM

starting 8/16/2020

Please email 1122@womenforsobriety.org with questions and to obtain the exact location of the meeting.

Please join us in extending our gratitude to the volunteer Certified Facilitator who has made the commitment to bring the New Life Program to her local community!

If you are feeling inspired to bring WFS to your local community, please review the requirements for becoming a Certified Facilitator and contact the Face-to-Face Management Team for assistance.

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New WFS Meeting – Los Alamitos, CA (Wednesday)

WFS is proud to announce the start of a new face-to-face meeting!

Los Alamitos, CA

Wednesdays at 6:30 PM

Please email 1124@womenforsobriety.org with questions and to obtain the exact location of the meeting.

Please join us in extending our gratitude to the volunteer Certified Moderator who has made the commitment to bring the New Life Program to her local community!

If you are feeling inspired to bring WFS to your local community, please review the requirements for becoming a Certified Moderator and contact the Face-to-Face Management Team for assistance.

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New WFS Meeting – Sharon Hill, PA (Sunday)

WFS is proud to announce the start of a new face-to-face meeting!

Sharon Hill, PA

Sundays at 7:00 PM

Please email 1121@womenforsobriety.org with questions and to obtain the exact location of the meeting.

Please join us in extending our gratitude to the volunteer Certified Moderator who has made the commitment to bring the New Life Program to her local community!

If you are feeling inspired to bring WFS to your local community, please review the requirements for becoming a Certified Moderator and contact the Face-to-Face Management Team for assistance.

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Virtual Conference April Update

WFS Virtual Weekend Conference

June 12 – 14

Hello 4C warrior women,

We hope this notice finds you healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.  As you may have heard, our in-person annual conference had to be postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.  However, we are very proud to announce that this year we will be offering our first totally virtual conference June 12th-14th with the growth inspiring theme of ENVISION IT!

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ENVISION IT!

This exciting conference will feature the following:

  • Live Keynote addresses by important thought leaders in the addiction field
  • 13 inspiring workshops focusing on New Life topics and self- growth
  • Live opening and closing ceremonies
  • Live WFS meetings
  • A fun New Life Celebration event complete with entertainment and fundraising.
  • The opportunity to watch any portions of the live conference you may have missed by accessing recorded sessions that will be available only to registrants for the entire week following conference.
That is an unbelievable value, especially when you consider that virtual conferences prices are significantly lower than in-person prices. This year conferences tickets can be purchased at one of three levels shown below.  This is a sliding scale and there is no difference in what activities are included in your Conference registration based on price.

 

  • $25 – Compassion Rate – Anticipated to be 50% of WFS’s actual costs for technology and other fees for the event.
  • $50 – Sustaining Rate – Anticipated to be 100% of WFS’s actual costs for technology and other fees for the event.
  • $75 – Benefactress Rate – Anticipated to be 150% of WFS’s actual costs for technology and other fees for the event. Women selecting this rate will receive a tax receipt for $25 of the fee.*

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New!
Virtual Conference 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I need to be able to attend the conference?
A: You can use just about any device – laptop, desktop computer, notebook, tablet, cell phone, or even a touchtone landline – to access the workshops and presentations. Live workshops will use Zoom.. There will also be a conference website with information and connection opportunities, so an internet connection and browser is highly recommended. To get the best interactive experience during sessions, you will want to have a camera, microphone, and speakers.

Q: Do I have to purchase a Zoom account to participate?
A: No. On most devices, you can attend as a guest, without any Zoom account at all, although you may wish to create a free Zoom account to enable a more streamlined sign-on experience.

Q: When I watch the live programs, will my face show up on the screen?
A: If you choose to enable your video, your face may be visible to others. To prevent this, do not activate your camera.

Q: I understand all sessions will be recorded to watch for up to one week after the conference weekend at my leisure. How do I access the content? Can I download the videos to watch later?
A: We will have a special conference website with embedded movie files. There will be a discussion section for each workshop, so you can continue to engage with other participants for an additional week. To respect the privacy of our presenters, downloading will not be possible, and you will be asked to agree to not attempt to record or download sessions as part of your registration.

Q: Can I still interact during the sessions even if I don’t want to appear on any recordings?
A: Yes! Some presenters may elect to pause recording during discussion periods, small group work using the “breakout” function of Zoom will never be recorded, and any typed chat will also be omitted from the recordings.

Q: What if I have technical problems during the conference?
A: We are training a Geek Gal Support Squad to support attendees. There will be practice Open House drop-in Zoom gatherings during the pre-conference week, and Geek Gals will be available by phone at the WFS office number (215-536-8026) throughout the event.

Check out the full FAQ here.

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Conference Agenda

We are so excited to share our fantastic schedule and line-up of amazing growth inspiring workshops led by both our generous professional and peer facilitators.

Pre-conference activities begin Sunday, June 7th.

Friday, June 12th, 2020

  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm          Opening Ceremony – Visualizing Growth
  • 9:00 pm                     WFS Meeting

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

  • 8:30 am                    WFS Meeting
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am     Workshops/Breakout Sessions
          • Riding the Waves of Grief in a time of Uncertainty
          • EnVision Boards
          • Yoga and the 13 statements
          • Love Can Change the Course of My World.  Caring is all Important
  • 12:00 – 12:45 pm    Keynote – Recovery as a Practice with Dawn Nickels, PhD
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm       Workshops/Breakout Sessions
          • Five Money Questions for Women
          • Relapse:  Common but not Necessary
          • Practicing Peace: The Path to Joy and Prosperity
          • The Sober Mindset: Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life
          • An Organization of Women, For Women
  • 3:30 – 4:30 pm        WFS Meeting
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm        WFS Meeting
  • 6:00 – 7:30 pm        New Life Celebration-Fun, Fundraising & Entertainment
  • 10:00 pm                 Pajama Party WFS Meeting

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

  • 8:30 am                  WFS Meeting
  • 10:00- 11:30 am      Workshops/Breakout Sessions        
          • Taking Back Control: Telling the Right Story
          • Exploring Different Types of Meditation to Enhance Sobriety
          • 4C Facilitation:  Bringing WFS to Your Community
          • All Love Given Returns.  I Am Learning to Know That I Am Loved.
  • 12:00 – 12:45 pm    Keynote – Self-Compassion, Self Esteem and Recovery in Times of Great Uncertainty with Lynn Matti, MA
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm       Workshops/Breakout Sessions
          • Intuitive Eating in Recovery
          • Gratitude is MORE Than an Attitude
          • Healing Power of the 13 Statement Bracelet Making
          • Expressive Writing: A Guide to Wonder and Wellbeing
  • 4:00 pm                   Closing Ceremony – Manifesting a New You
  • 5:30 pm                    WFS Meeting

Monday, June 15th, 2020 through Sunday, June 21st, 202

  • Recorded sessions available via online streaming and discussion

ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN U.S. EASTERN TIME – Click here to convert to your time zone!

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Stay up to date as conference plans develop by visiting the
WFS Annual Weekend Conference 2020 web page.


We hope you will join us for this exciting event.
Enthusiastically Yours!
Adrienne Miller
President/CEO
Women for Sobriety, Inc.