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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.

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WFS Policy & COVID Updates

Women for Sobriety

POLICY & COVID UPDATES

 

Dear Competent Women,

I know it’s been a tough week. No matter where you are in the world, I can’t imagine that you haven’t been touched in some way by the current pandemic. As always, WFS and a whole community of 4C women are here to support and encourage you.

Competent Women Getting Stuff Done

Here’s an update on our major service areas and how 4C women have been coming together to keep each other supported during this time:

  • Face-to-Face Meetings – Our Administrative Assistant III, Suz C., has created about 40 free G Suite accounts for our Certified Moderators to use so that their local communities can continue to stay connected during social distancing measures – thanks, Suz! The best thing about the meetings being hosted on Google Hangouts Meet is that women may choose to join by video or by phone, which is a great option for those who may not be comfortable with videoconferencing software. We have confirmation that approximately 40% of our in-person meetings are now meeting virtually. Wow! Thank you to our myriad Certified Moderators who are stepping out of their comfort zones in order to continue supporting their local communities.
  • WFS Online – Our peer-support forum at https://wfsonline.org continues to provide 24/7 support for any woman with an internet connection. The Certified Chat Leaders rallied this week and held the very first WFS Online Video Meeting on Friday – great job, CCLs! In addition to facilitated Video Meetings, the videoconferencing room is available for informal peer-support whenever a facilitated meeting is not being held. I will also be holding a new morning check-in meeting every weekday for a couple of weeks to help explore the new software. The “Great Start Girlfriends” will meet at 9 am Eastern/8 am Central/7 am Mountain/6 am Pacific M-F for half an hour from Monday, March 23rd to Friday, April 3rd. Join us at https://wfsonline.org for a brief pick-me-up to brighten your day!
  • WFS Bookstore – The state of Pennsylvania has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close, but luckily this doesn’t include Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses. This means the WFS online bookstore continues to operate, with shipping frequency slightly reduced to 2x weekly (from normal 3x weekly) due to decreased demand and to reduce travel of valued staff.
  • WFS Office – It is deeply important to me that we continue to empower women and not add to the growing number of laid off workers due to the current health crisis. I am so proud to say that no WFS staff have lost any income due to recent events – in fact, we are busier than ever implementing new solutions to keep women connected and supported during this time of increased need!
  • Annual Weekend Conference – The WFS Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to make some changes to conference plans this year. In the interest of everyone’s health and safety, we are postponing our physical event to 2021. I am currently in contact with Hamline University to negotiate rolling our current reservation over to next June – we appreciate everything the local Twin Cities community has done to prepare for the big event, and we want to honor their work by visiting next year. We will follow up again once the new dates are set. The Board also voted to waive the 10% Cancellation Processing Fee for women who already registered for 2020 and do not wish to roll their registration over to 2021 – please join me in extending my thanks to the board for their care and compassion of women who may be struggling financially in these uncertain times.
  • Virtual Conference 2020 – We know that many women need support, connection, and inspiration like never before, so we are still going to have conference 2020 but in a new way – virtually! We’re busy contacting our presenters, exploring software, and revising plans to bring the conference experience home to you. I’m optimistic that with a lower registration fee and no travel needed, we’ll be able to reach so many more women. The event will still be held the weekend of June 12-14, 2020, so keep it on your calendar! Please keep your eye on your inbox for more announcements as those plans develop.

Triple Your Donation with a Double Match

I was brought to tears yesterday when an angel donor pledged to match this year’s conference season donations 2-to-1 for up to $40,000 in matching funds! You read that right: for every $1 you donate, they will donate $2, effectively tripling your money. Please help us get the full $40,000 by reaching the $20,000 goal by June 14, 2020. As a bonus, receive an entry in our Teddy Bear & Bunny Drawing by making your donation through the Teddy Bear Challenge. This year, drawing winners will have the option of receiving the stuffed animal personally or donating it directly to someone in need who has been affected by the COVID pandemic. It’s a win, win, win!

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Mr. Rogers’ Mom Said to Look for the Helpers

I realized last night that, for me, spotting helpers is not enough. I am comforted so much more when I am actively doing what I can to make things better. I’m challenging you, too, to take it one step further and be a helper. WFS needs you now more than ever!

  • Not struggling with your sobriety during this tough time? Great! Please rejoin your local f2f group (most are meeting online or by phone) or the WFS Online peer-support forum and lend your strength and knowledge to those that need it. You are a competent woman, and you have much to give your Sisters.
  • Comfortable with Zoom and/or virtual conference software? The Conference Management Team could really use your expertise as we work toward implementing our first ever virtual conference. Please email conference@womenforsobriety.org if you are interested.
  • Have at least one year of continuous sobriety? Help us expand our online peer-support services by volunteering to lead one of our new Video Meetings. Fill out the Volunteer Application and select 07. Certified Chat Leader. The software is easy to use and we are trying to pair up facilitators so one can run the meeting and one can run the tech.
  • Passionate about supporting the fiscal health of WFS? Join the ranks of bear & bunny creators or help promote the Teddy Bear Challenge and other conference season fundraising activities by emailing fundraising@womenforsobriety.org. Help us meet our 20k match goal!
  • Know something about digital literature or media publishing? With sales of physical items dropping dramatically, we are feeling a new urgency to support the organization by releasing our literature in downloadable formats. If you have experience with converting literature, workbooks, audio, or video materials for downloadable sales (Kindle, iTunes, e-Pub, etc.), please email admin@womenforsobriety.org.

A MESSAGE FROM BUNNY, PEER LEADER OF THE TBC WORKGROUP
It is not just about the money…
It is not just about the bears and the bunnies…It is a time of great concern over health and well being for all.

As you read this, the volunteers in WFS are responding with support for you. In posts on the WFS Forum, in Chat meetings, in their response to setup Video meetings in areas that have had to cancel face-to-face sessions.

Rest assured that you have an army of sisters you can reach out to… via the WFS Forum messages or phone or email. If you are having anxiety… take the leap and contact one of us or join a meeting! If you see this message, you can find us! We are Chat Leaders, Certified Moderators, WFS Board of Directors, Phone Support Volunteers, and sisters on the WFS Forum!

Take care of yourself and your family. When you have time, consider a donation to The Teddy Bear Challenge. Funding the services and tools that this volunteer army uses to help the WFS community, in part, comes from The Teddy Bear Challenge.

CLICK HERE to donate to the Teddy Bear Challenge

Hugs and Aloha,
BunnyH
bunny@womenforsobriety.org

Have a Listen

Check out the latest episode of the SoberSoul Recovery Podcast where Lynn Matti interviews yours truly (I still haven’t listened to it!) about WFS and the upcoming conference. It may be bittersweet hearing about the upcoming event which has now been postponed, but take comfort in the fact that Lynn has already agreed to join us at our Virtual Conference 2020!

A Friendly Reminder

Here are some resources put together by experts to help with difficult emotions during this time:

I send you all deep appreciation, care, and love as you move through recent challenges and maintain personal, emotional, and spiritual growth. Again, please join us on our online forum 24/7 or call the office at 215-536-8026 during business hours (9 am to 5 pm US Eastern, M-F) if you need support or encouragement, or to support and encourage others.

Bonded in Compassion,
Adrienne Miller
President/CEO
Women for Sobriety, Inc.