El Farolito




El Farolito May 2021 v1 to web


Chair –  Debra K.


Hello Everyone! As your incoming El Farolito Editor, I would like to introduce myself to you. I’m Debra K., alcoholic. My sobriety date is September 1, 2001, and my home group is the Rio Rancho 12×12 on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Service work has been the backbone of my sobriety, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Area 46.


For contributions or to contact El Farolito by mail:

El Farolito
P.O. Box 72508
Albuquerque, NM 87195-2508


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To submit an article or an item for publication in El Farolito, the deadline for each month’s issue is on the 15th of the month preceding the issue at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time 🙂


Each month — if the pandemic allows and groups are meeting in person — we are holding mailing parties to tape, label and stamp the El Farolito issue to prepare it for business mailing. These gatherings are FUN and any group in New Mexico can provide this service opportunity for Area 46. If your group or district can be a little flexible on scheduling, we usually can too! Typically, we prep the issue on about the 23rd to 25th of the previous month. With about 10 people it will take a little over an hour, and it can be right before or after a meeting to encourage involvement. Please have your district or group step up and contact us at elfarolito@nm-aa.org.

District Reports

Typically reports are submitted by email; some ELF reps type them into the email or attach as a document. Please do not send a PDF file. Many ELF reps report on what is going on in their district and what they are doing to carry the message. Many include events, birthday celebrations, elections, business meetings, etc.  Some are short, some longer and anywhere in between. A suggested maximum length is 300 words but this is flexible.

AA Birthdays/Anniversaries/Other AA Events

Please submit by email. For each set of birthdays, please provide the name of the group, city and the month celebrated.
For each birthday, give the person’s name and length of sobriety. El Farolito prefers to print birthdays after they have happened.

Please submit information about all other New Mexico AA events. Any event that will have a meeting, speaker or workshop and are sponsored by an AA meeting, group, District or Area can be mentioned in El Farolito. An event held at a club is appropriate for publication in El Farolito as long as it is hosted/sponsored by a group or groups, and is not an actual club event.

Event fliers are welcome and will be printed when possible, or El Farolito will list the event under “Upcoming Events” with the necessary details.

Send information well in advance — the deadline for submission is the 15th of the month preceding publication. For example: if your event is scheduled for June 20, you should send the information to ELF no later than May 15 to be published in the June issue.

If you send in a map, the less detailed the better and no-color is best. Sometimes they just do not print very clearly and can soak up a lot of color if not black and white or grayscale.