Organization
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Statement of Purpose

We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die. Bill W. 1951 AA Legacy of Service

SCV H & I – Statement of Purpose (Abridged)

The sole purpose of Santa Clarita Valley H & I is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to those confined in institutions (both public & private) that are engaged in the treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholics. Panel meetings are held at the invitation of respective institutional administrations, ever mindful of the Concept of Cooperation, not affiliation.

The committee consists of sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous and is created under the ninth tradition of A.A. 100% of monies collected and donated to H& I at regular meetings of A.A. go toward the purchase and free distribution of A.A. literature.

Operational expenses are derived solely from money collected at H & I meetings. (And fundraisers)

SCV H&I committee meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church

24901 Orchard Village Rd, Valencia, CA

Orientation for New members of H&I @ 6:30 pm.

The committee meets at 7:00 pm

The meeting usually lasts 40 minutes to an hour. 

We currently take panels into 11 Facilities:

  • Action Rehab
  • Eternal Purpose Recovery
  • Golden Road Recovery
  • Healthy Living
  • Henry Mayo Behavioral Health Unit
  • Olive View Recuperative Care Center
  • Lake Hughes Recovery Center
  • Restore Health & Wellness
  • Reward Path Recovery
  • Tarzana Treatment – Lancaster

We also take panels into Institutions where Clearance is Required:

  • Peter Pitchess Detention Center Men’s Facility

Sober? Come “pass it on” by helping us bring meetings to those who can’t get out to a meeting.

Board and Non-Board Members

January 2024 – December 2024

SCV H&I Board of Directors

PositionNameEmail
DirectorDano R.DanoRuffner@yahoo.com
Co-DirectorDoug W.dougie@folkus.cc
TreasurerTiffany E.embree.tiffany@gmail.com
SecretaryKasey B.kasey@sunwestfab.com
LiteratureBill S.
Policy ChairMelanie H.ms.m.haase@gmail.com
Special EventsMelanie H. & Tiffany E.ms.m.haase@gmail.com & embree.tiffany@gmail.com
RegistrarCindy Z.cathyzim71@gmail.com

SCV H&I Non-Board

PositionNameEmail
AA IntergroupJoseph R.
GSRGreg A.gaeci2011@gmail.com
CorrectionsMark S.msoucie@socal.rr.com
Convention LiaisonKasey B.kasey@sunwestfab.com
Web ServantDoug W.dougie@folkus.cc
Policies and Procedures

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Literature

Literature Provided Free to Those in Treatment or Confined

A.A. Fact: A.A. World Services started printing soft-cover Big Books (BB) because hardcovers were prohibited in prisons.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – (soft-cover)
  • Alcohòlicos Anònimos en rùstica – (BB soft-cover )
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – (soft-cover)
  • Doce Pasos y Doce Tradiciones – (12 & 12 soft-cover)
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – (pocket-size)
  • A.A. in Correction Facilities
H&I History

H&I History

In 1942, Warden Duffy at the San Quentin prison noticed that 80% of the prisoners released ended up back in prison and that alcohol was usually a contributing factor.

He was aware of a group called Alcoholics Anonymous who claimed recovery from this terrible disease, and invited them into San Quentin to hold meetings with the inmates.

After Warden Duffy invited the first AA members into San Quentin in 1942 it was very successful and a few years later an inmate was transferred to Folsom Prison to start AA meetings there.

We started to organize because of a problem that occurred with meetings we were taking out to San Quentin. The story is that two groups showed up take a meeting into the prison but the guard informed them they only had one meeting scheduled. The groups went out into the parking lot and had a fist fight!! They were informed by the guard that their behavior was not acceptable and if it ever happened again they would not be allowed to bring meetings into San Quentin. THIS IS WHY WE FORMED A COMMITTEE to schedule our meetings to be sure we didn’t duplicate meetings, or miss meetings.

Thus H&I was born and San Quentin Group #1 became the first group in the Hospital and Institution Committee.

We still go into that prison today, and they created this poster for us to show that even in prison, H&I and the message of Alcoholics Anonymous still works!

San Quentin Poster

San Quentin Poster