You are probably wondering who I am and why I would be interested in this village.
My name is David Mason and I live in Helmsdale, Sutherland.
The American Cancer Society is testing a modified version of the Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) and is inviting you to try it.I had many sponsee’s calling me, wanting my attention and I called them all and said I was done sponsoring anyone from now on. And I just took the position of GSR (General Service Rep) for my Home Group. Her sponsor said to her, “what’s your part in it” ? I began attending the mixed meetings I no longer attended. She was 5 years old when he, an AA member, who was dating her mom, took her innocence from her in the most horrific way. Holy cow…how they responded was like they were trying to cover up something and they wouldn’t give us the time of day.I gave my time, my home, my experience, my soul and friendship and I just wanted to move on. But when I attended the meetings with her at The Marina Center in Culver City, California and The VRC Friday night Meeting at 414 Lincoln, in Venice, CA., I was horrified what I saw. It appeared that there were men there that were not even alcoholics, trying to get sober hanging out. I called an old friend Tom, who was a board member in NA for many years and he told me stories about Bill W taking LSD, how Tom Powers called him a sex addict back then and this sent me searching on the web to then find read Orange Papers and attended more horrible meetings that I did not know existed in Los Angeles, CA. We fought for it and the more we did the more they iced us out.He brought me to Hawaii in 1975 when my parents divorced and I loved it there. I flew there to see my Dad and although I had cried buckets of tears for him being lost after many good years with him, it was hard to see him such a mess. He hated that I went to it and was caught up in it so radically. He shared his 7 page letter he wrote to the AA NYGS Board and it just ripped me apart to read about rape and child molesting stories. My group and I had tens of meetings discussing this and we wrote literature called “The Make AA Safer Pamphlet”.After 8 months I eventually brought him to me in Los Angeles and within 5 days he died. With his death came a realization that what I had, he never wanted. In fact, it failed a few other members of my family. So my DAD died, and one of my kids was not doing great… a young woman named Kali came to my home group meeting. That means she was preyed on by an older guy with much more “time” and he knows exactly what he was doing! Even though I knew a women personally whom her mothers boyfriend had molested her 35 years ago. I created a workshop with a concerned group of members and the workshops exposed rapes and bad 13 stepping and alot of upset oldtimers confused about how to handle the predators that were taking over their meetings. It was all good until we went to our West side district.