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November is Gratitude Month

Gratitude is an Action.

Our groups, our areas, and A.A. as a whole will not function unless our services are sufficient and our bills are paid.
~ Bill W.   1957

Gratitude Month: How will your group celebrate this November?

Gratitude Month is a time set aside for us to express thanks to the fellowship. In the Bay Area, Gratitude Month is traditionally practiced by
passing the 7th Tradition basket a second time, with the entirety of the collection from the second basket being contributed to Central
Office. However, groups around the country and around the world each have their own customs for celebrating Gratitude Month, including
holding Tradition discussion meetings in place of the regular format, or by making “gratitude” the discussion topic during the month.

The History of Gratitude month dates back to the 1940s when the General Service Board hosted small “Gratitude Dinners.” By the 1960s they had become larger, more elaborate “Gratitude Luncheons.” The motivation behind these gatherings was to express personal gratitude for sobriety and appreciation to our professional friends for their articles, books, radio and T.V. interviews relating to A.A. over the past year.

There is no proscribed manner for celebrating Gratitude Month. Groups are encouraged to come up with their own imaginative ways to foster an attitude of gratitude among the fellowship. Box 459, the GSO’s newsletter, put it so well: “How about trying something new, something your group has never done before, which will make the members’ gratitude more tangible and real?” Here in the Bay Area we’ve always been good about finding new and inventive ways to do things, so let’s be creative!

 

The Buzz | October 15, 2021

Marin Unity Day is Tomorrow, Sat 10/16!

Here’s your final reminder to join Marin Unity Day (Hybrid) on Saturday, October 16th @ 12pm PDT! Come share in service with us! This meeting will be virtual and in-person (with a potluck!)

Intergroup Summary for October

Intergroup held this month’s business meeting on Wednesday, October 7th, 2021. The proposed meeting minutes along with IFAA financial information is posted here.

Gratitude Month is Almost Here!

What’s Gratitude Month, you ask? In November, we set aside time to express thanks to the Fellowship. Gratitude Month began in the 1940s, when the General Service Board hosted gatherings to express personal gratitude for sobriety and appreciation to our professional friends for their articles, books, radio and T.V. interviews relating to A.A. over the past year.
 

Please discuss with your groups and take a group conscience on whether to “pass” your physical / virtual 7th Tradition baskets a second time to help support Central Office during the month of November.

The Point Wants Your Experience, Strength and Hope!

Share your creative side with The Point. The deadline to submit articles for the November Issue is October 22nd, 2021. And if you haven’t already, check out the current issue for October right here!

If you’re looking to get involved with The Point Committee or just check it out, come to the next monthly business meeting on Sat 11/13 @ 12:30pm PDT. Zoom info is right here.

Read | Listen @ aasfmarin.org/the-point

Service Opportunities for the Week…

  • Archives Committee Meeting (Online) is on Sunday 10/17.

  • SF Teleservice Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 10/18.

  • Marin General Service Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 10/18.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • HelpChat Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 10/19.
    • Orientation @ 5pm PDT
    • Business @ 6pm PDT

Don’t Forget to Sign Maury’s Virtual Card! ❤️

We are forever grateful for Maury’s exceptional work and service to the San Francisco and Marin fellowship. Please join us in sharing our gratitude and celebrating Maury’s many accomplishments using this virtual card

New A.A. Grapevine Podcast!

This week marked the beginning of the A.A. Grapevine’s new weekly podcast! For those who are unfamiliar, a podcast is an episodic series of spoken-word digital audio files that a user can download to a personal device for easy listening. Hosted by A.A. members Don and Sam, the podcast will be airing a new episode each Monday. Each week Don and Sam will interview a different member about their experience, strength and hope, in a casual “meeting after the meeting” manner. Special features will enhance each episode.

Check out the first airing over at aagrapevine.org/podcast!

Moving Forward

For the love of trudging the road of happy destiny, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.    🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

Intergroup News | October 2021

Intergroup Meeting Proposed Minutes
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, 7-8:30 PM

The following are Proposed Minutes (i.e. not yet approved) from the Intergroup Meeting held on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Intergroup coordinates services which individual groups in San Francisco and Marin cannot provide. We bring these services, as well as service opportunities, to our Member Groups. Our Intergroup observes the intent and spirit of A.A.’s Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for World Service, as well as A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service.

7:00   Getting Started
  • Open with the Serenity Prayer
  • Call to order. Statement of Purpose
  • Review the minutes and agenda
  • Roll Call
    • 61 groups represented: 41 from San Francisco, 20 from Marin

  • New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
    • New IGRs: Claudia M
    • Visitors: Jackie B (Chair of SFGS), Lisa B
    • Anniversaries: Kathleen C – 35 years, Amy R – 6 years, Charles M – 7 years, Ayn P – 43 years
  • Approval of agenda (housekeeping item)
    • Second: Caitlin
  • Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes (housekeeping item)
    • Gabrielle: I just wanted to make a correction to a meeting name in the roll call from last month’s minutes. The correct group name is “People of Color and Allies”
    • Second: John
7:15   Officer Reports
  1. Board Chair – Charlie
    1. Charlie acknowledged the misinformation around Executive Director Maury P’s departure due to how we announced it in the Buzz, we apologize; Maury is still working in the position of Executive Director as we work to find a replacement – has given much notice and is leaving on excellent terms with the board
    2. Executive Director Hiring Process – we are still taking resumes; there have been a few sent in and are about to do phone screens for those; after phones screens will come 1st round interviews with the executive committee – ideally this will happen next week; 2nd round of interviews will then take place and will consist of an IGR sitting in, a member of the executive committee and a special worker from central office; there is a standardized rubric we will be using to keep track of each candidate the same way; after a candidate is chosen, there will be a final interview with the full board of directors
    3. Board seat opening – Lara has resigned from the Governance Committee, Luke H to describe process of filling that seat
    4. Luke H: I spoke extensively to Lara before resignation to get a sense of what they thought might be the best for the board moving forward. It was discussed that the committee is looking to fill this role with an open call for any interested IGR to step forward and submit interest (email governance@aasfmarin.org); Governance will respond to interested IGRs with statements of interest to be filled out and returned, and then interviews will be scheduled
      1. The committee discussed at length several ideals that would be excellent to have in a potential candidate – these are not prerequisites, nor will they preclude those who don’t have them, but are just ideas to help make the committee more inclusive, diverse, and representative of the larger fellowship; to include a wider range of opinions and experiences would be beneficial to everyone
        1. Representation from Marin
        2. People of color
        3. Women, especially women of color
      2. Charlie: we would love someone with experience in finance or accounting as well, if possible
  2. Treasurer – Jim B
    1. Group Contributions: $15,709 > $355 worse than expected for Aug; $126,097 > $14,132 below expected YTD
    2. Individual Contributions: $5025 > $8011 worse than expected for Aug; $64,606 > $5766 better than expected YTD
    3. Overall surplus / deficit: $2276 deficit > $4608 worse than expected for Aug; $5088 deficit > $10,303 better than expected YTD
    4. Unrestricted Cash: $35,498 equal to approx 1.33x monthly operating expenses
    5. Financial rating for Aug is “Fair”
    6. Become a Faithful Fiver! 4 members down in Aug, go to aasfmarin.org contribution page and sign up
    7. Gratitude Month is in November and is when we typically make up for the deficit seen at this time of year; tell your groups if you can make a contribution above and beyond prudent reserve to please do so
    8. Darryl: What is our prudent reserve
    9. Jim: Operating Expenses which are $159,931 
    10. Darryl: Not including restricted cash?
    11. Jim: Correct
    12. Isae: “worse than / better than expected” is this based on year over year numbers or a projected budget?
    13. Jim: we do a budget based on YoY, hard to tell right now because the last year was highly unusual and so the year over year is affected by that
7:30   Intergroup Committee Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)
  1. The Point – John B.
    1. Hyper local version of the grapevine
    2. Submissions can be audio or word doc
    3. Oct issue is up on the website!
    4. Looking for new content always – for November, some ideas – it’s the 11th month so consider 11th step/tradition/concept, “i am powerless but not helpless”
  2. The Buzz – Alex S.
    1. Service Committees – please send the Buzz your content! We’re starting a “service committee spotlight” series to help liven the interested in service
  3. Archives – Mike
    1. Come join! We have a box full of stuff that was given to Archives but is not anything the Archives can really use – if you’re interested in looking through it (books, cds, cassettes, random stuff), come check it out before it gets donated
  4. Tech Committee – Alex B
    1. Be sure to keep updating your meetings on the website’s meeting finder
    2. Printed schedules – we want a nice formal printed one of course, but there are so many changes happening to meetings so quickly, we are trying to figure out a way to do a quick custom print that is cost effective
  5. Public Relations – Peter
    1. Meet on second monday of month on zoom we have a new speaker workshop at 630 and committee mtg right after
    2. In person event on sept 17th thru catholic church it was a re entry event for those who were incarcerated, lots of contacts made there for potential presentations
    3. Sunday Streets on Oct 17th 
    4. Diversity and Inclusion town hall coming up
    5. Calling card is ready!
    6. Committee needs support with outreach to local media outlets
  6. SF Teleservice – Luke H.
    1. 3rd monday orientations every month on zoom
    2. Continued need for volunteers! There are currently 40 shifts a month we need help with
    3. Still revamping service manual to update
    4. There is a Daily Coordinator position open for Sundays – if you’ve done Teleservice or know someone who has, great way to be of service!
  7. Ad-Hoc Inventory Committee – Chip G.
    1. Next committee meeting is Wed 10/13 at 7pm on zoom
    2. Facilitator secured and all IGRs invited to participate
    3. At this meeting we will talk about time and place for the inventory along with a discussion of topics
  8. Accessibility Committee – Nancy P.
    1. First kickoff meeting was last week, will continue to meet once a month
    2. If you know an alcoholic who has ever felt like they weren’t safe, or didn’t belong, or couldn’t get into a meeting, please come to our Oct 20th mtg 
    3. access@aasfmarin.org email address
7:40   Service Committee Liaison Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)
  1. Marin Teleservice – Jillian E.
    1. Meeting 4th tuesday of the month at marin alano club – will go back to zoom only soon
    2. There is a Wednesday Coordinator position open
    3. Get your sponsees, friends, fellows to fill in for teleservice shifts!
  2. SF General Service – Alison T. 
    1. 10/9 Unity Day! 3 legacies panel, workshops and orientations by IG committees, Safety in AA workshop
    2. English-Spanish interpretation will be provided throughout
    3. New Service Flyer on Safety and AA is now available for groups that want to use it!
    4. District inventory on 11/9 any AA in SF is welcome to join and participate
  3. Marin General Service – Molly M
    1. Marin Unity Day on 10/16 in person at noon – there will be a potluck with food and music and will also be on zoom
    2. PRAASA 2024 Logo Challenge submit your logo by Dec 31 Praasa2024ao@gmail.com
    3. 12 concepts on the 1st tuesday of the month
    4. 9th step workshop this saturday hybrid meeting
8:05   Old Business
  1. None
7:52   New Business
  1. Adding an Intergroup Representative to the Executive Director Search Committee
    1. Criteria for consideration: experience in HR, recruiting, interviewing, hiring; must be current IGR; available to join interviews in the evening M-F
    2. Due date to submit an application is 10/22
    3. Will be brought to vote at the 11/3 IG meeting
    4. Kathleen: Thank you Charlie and the board for accepting the pitch for an IGR to be on committee!
7:55   What’s On Your Mind
  1. Scott B: question for General Service (Jackie B provided email in chat to Scott – they connected to get question answered)
  2. John R: In my home group, we’ve gone hybrid – I have noticed a dramatic drop in in-person attendance for our meeting; is this happening to all of you guys too or just our meeting?
  3. Kaitlin D: I think for the website we should have a page that lists commitments and sobriety requirements for both meetings and committees so people can go to one place to find these things listed
  4. Charles M: back to in-person at war memorial building on Sunday @ 12pm- great meeting there’s a big screen and excellent to interact with zoom fellows as well come join us!
  5. Lisa B: Sad Maury is leaving. I want to thank everyone for their service. Addressing drop in attendance, for us it was that people were getting lax on wearing masks and it freaked some other people out maybe that could be a reason
  6. Carol W: I’ve also been considering no longer attending a meeting that went back in person also because of the masks issue
  7. Jackie B: SF Unity Day! And Marin Unity Day! Plug for everyone to attend
  8. Alison T: I’ve experienced the thing about low attendance; does feel weird even the attendance on Zoom is dropping; feels scary
  9. Nancy P: meeting attendance is something i’ve also been concerned about – hybrid meetings i’m going to the attendance has been much better
  10. Molly M: Thank you for including Marin with your announcements!
  11. Alex B: would be great to combine Marin and SF events
  12. Charlie B: wanted to follow up regarding the website; my homegroup tested it and it went really well!
8:10   Targeted Message
  1. Support Intergroup by Gearing up for Gratitude Month & Becoming a Faithful Fiver
  2. Discuss the IG Inventory with your Group
  3. Unity Day is coming in SF & Marin:  10/9 SF Unity Day and 10/16 Marin Unity Day
  4. Subscribe to the Buzz!
  5. Group conscience to end the meeting early: resounding YES from the crowd
8:11   Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

Next Intergroup Meeting is Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Our monthly meeting will continue to be held online per local guidelines from the health department until further notice. Please email development@aasfmarin.org with any questions.

October 2021 Intergroup Meeting Treasurer’s Narrative 

Figures for Month Ending August 31, 2021

CONTRIBUTIONS:

Group Contributions for the month were $15,709 which was under budget (or “worse than expected”) by $355. 

Group Contributions year to date were $126,097 which was $14,132 under budget (“worse than expected”)

Individual Contributions for the month were $5,025 which was under budget (or “worse than expected”) by $8,011. 

Individual Contributions year to date were $64,606 which was $5,766 under budget (or worse than expected)

Individual contributions are no longer making up for the unexpected reduction in group contributions 

 

SURPLUS or DEFICIT:

IFAA experienced a deficit (or loss) of <$2,276> for the month. We budgeted (or anticipated) a surplus of $2,333 so overall loss was <$4,608> worse than expected. 

 Year to date our deficit (total revenue minus total expenses) was <$5,088>. While this may seem poor, we were expecting and had budgeted a total loss by this time of year of <$15,411> so our year to date August deficit was $10,323 better than expected.

Technical expenses are still under budget by $10,759 year to date, which was the primary reason our operating loss wasn’t as bad as expected .

TREASURY MATTERS:

Unrestricted Cash (in addition to 6 Mo. Prudent Reserve) was $35,498 or 1.33 months of total expenditures.  

Unrestricted Cash essentially funds our operating loss, so this is expected. In addition, a non-profit which continually “profits into cash” ultimately loses non-profit status. 

OVERALL RATING: FAIR

FINANCIAL RATING SYSTEM 

EXCELLENT:  We exceeded our budget.  Our income was greater than our expenses for the month and we have more than two months’ worth of operating expenses in unrestricted cash balances.  

GOOD: We are meeting our budget.  Our net income for the month, or for the YTD, was slightly greater than our expenses and we’d have approximately 1.5 – 2 months of operating expenses in unrestricted cash balances.

FAIR: We are not meeting our budget.  Our expenses were greater than our income for the month and year to date, so our unrestricted cash balance would be somewhere between 1 and 1.5x our operating expenses. 

POOR: We are not meeting our budget and our unrestricted cash balances fell below one month of operating expenses. 

The Buzz | October 8, 2021

SF Unity Day is Tomorrow, Sat 10/9!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, here’s a final reminder to join San Francisco Unity Day (Online), tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th @ 10am PDT!

And don’t forget next week is Marin Unity Day (Hybrid) on Saturday, October 16th @ 12pm PDT! Come share in service with us!

IFAA Executive Director Position

As many of you know, after 20 years of dedicated service, Maury P. has resigned from her position as the Executive Director of the Intercounty Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. We acknowledge that our original announcement in the August 6th issue of The Buzz may have created confusion as to the circumstances surrounding Maury’s transition. We would like to make it clear that Maury was generous in giving notice to the Board and is still in the position of Executive Director as we work to find her replacement. She has graciously agreed to support the Board in the process to find a new Executive Director as we know these are big shoes to fill. 

Over the past 20 years, Maury has been an exceptional leader and has not only impacted A.A. in San Francisco and Marin, but Intergroups throughout the U.S. Over the past year and a half, she fearlessly led us through the pandemic, pivoting all of our services online, making San Francisco and Marin A.A. a resource for alcoholics the world over. We are forever grateful for her exceptional work and service to the San Francisco and Marin fellowship. Please join us in sharing our gratitude and celebrating Maury’s many accomplishments using this virtual card.  

While we are sad to see Maury transition to the next chapter of her journey, we are looking for the next Executive Director of the IFAA. If you feel you’re a fit for this position or know someone who might be interested, please check out the job description on aasfmarin.org. Please spread the word to your groups and fellows!

Central Office Closed Sat 10/9

Central Office and the Bookstore will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 10/9 in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The Point’s October Issue is Posted!

It’s time to gobble up the latest issue of The Point! Don’t miss the October Issue, now posted here. Happy Reading!

A Whole Bunch of Service Opportunities for the Week…

 

  • The Point Committee Meeting (Online) is on Saturday 10/9.

  • GGYPAA Meeting (Online) is on Sunday 10/10.

  • SF Public Relations Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 10/11.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PDT
    • Business @ 7pm PDT

  • Marin H&I Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 10/12.

  • SF General Service Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 10/12.

  • SF Service Manual & Concepts Study (Online) is on Tuesday 10/12.

  • Bridging the Gap Marin Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Wednesday 10/13.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 6:30pm PDT

Autumnal Relaxation

For the love of all things cozy, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.    🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | October 1, 2021

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • Technology Committee Meeting (Online) is on Monday 10/4.

  • SF Bridging the Gap Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 10/5.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 6:30pm PDT

  • Marin Twelve Concepts Study (Online) is on Tuesday 10/5.

  • Intergroup Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Wednesday 10/6.

Unity Day Events for SF (10/9) and Marin (10/16) Kick Off Next Week!

The time has come! San Francisco Unity Day (Online) is on Saturday, October 9th @ 10am PDT, with panels, orientations, and workshops galore. Marin Unity Day (Hybrid) is the following weekend on Saturday, October 16th @ 12pm PDT with presentations, sobriety countdowns, and even a potluck! Don’t miss these opportunities to learn how to get involved with service outside the group level. See below for a snapshot of both flyers or see the respective pages for the 10/9 and 10/16 events.

Intergroup and Other Service Entities

Intergroup provides services to local groups and members that are beyond the scope of individual meetings, such as Central Office and the aasfmarin.org website. Intergroup works in cooperation with other service entities, such as: General Service, which is our link to A.A. as a whole; H & I, whose purpose is to carry the message of A.A. to the alcoholic who is confined; and Marin Teleservice, which provides phone coverage when Central Office is closed and ensures 12th step workers are available to alcoholics in need. Each of these service entities co-exist in mutual cooperation and harmony.

GSO’s Box 4-5-9 Fall Issue 2021

Be sure to check out General Service Office’s most recent issue of the Box 4-5-9 Newsletter for Fall 2021: “Supporting the Fellowship: G.S.O.’s New Member and Customer Service Department.” Be sure to take a look and see how G.S.O. streamlined their customer service process into a “one stop shop,” to better meet the needs of the fellowship. See below for a teaser:

“If you called the General Service Office before June of this year and had more than one task to accomplish – say you wanted to order literature as well as update records for your group – you would have been routed to two different associates in two different departments…The end result [of some rigorous employee cross-training for the new team] is that members and customers can now call or email, and one person can help them with any and all business requests they may have.”

Smell the Seasons Change

For the love of crisp autumn air, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.     🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | September 24, 2021

Save the Date for Marin Unity Day (Hybrid)!

Mark your calendars for Marin Unity Day 2021! This year it will be held as a hybrid event (online and in-person) on Saturday, October 16th @ 12pm PDT. There will be presentations, sobriety countdowns, and even a potluck! You won’t want to miss it. See below or online for a look at the flyer and schedule.

Diversity and Inclusion Added to AAWS Safety Material!

A.A. World Services expanded the service piece, “Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare” to include diversity and inclusion! There’s also a “Safety and A.A.” Flyer available to download! See below for an excerpt of the revised safety document:

“Membership does not include having to tolerate racism in A.A. or removing this life experience from one’s story. Many groups have found that providing a safe space to share this experience to be no more in contradiction of Tradition Ten (an “outside issue”) than the topic of safety and A.A. itself. Racism in A.A. is a safety issue.”

“A.A. membership is open to all genders and backgrounds. No matter one’s gender identity, some members have shared that they find it helpful to have a safe space to voluntarily share their pronouns with other members of the group, in order to help the group get to know them better. Some members have shared that they voluntarily share their pronouns at in-person or online meetings so that others may feel more comfortable, if they care to do so.”

“We in A.A. believe alcoholism is a disease that is no respecter of age, varying abilities, gender, creed, race, wealth, occupation or education. Our experience seems to show that anyone can be an alcoholic. And, beyond question, anyone who wants to stop drinking is welcome in A.A.”  
(p.5 & p.6)

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • CNCA 06 Committee Meeting (Online) is on Saturday 9/25.

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 9/28.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

Last Chance for Sober Voices Traditions Workshop (Telephone)!

This Sunday, September 26th @ 10am PDT is the last September installment of the Sober Voices Telephone Group of A.A.’s 6-hour workshop (2 hours per tradition) on the traditions! Check out the flyer below or online.

Fall is Here!

For the love of fall decor, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.    🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | September 17, 2021

Intergroup Inventory

Your Intercounty Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous (also known as “Intergroup”) coordinates services that individual groups in San Francisco and Marin cannot provide, such as the aasfmarin.org website, Central Office / Bookstore, and Teleservice, to name a few. 

Intergroup will soon be conducting an inventory. Just like a typical A.A. group inventory, Intergroup will be exploring whether it is doing all it can to help further A.A.’s primary purpose, which is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. 

If you have any thoughts about how Intergroup is doing, or what Intergroup should be doing, please talk to your meetings’ Intergroup Representatives (IGRs) and let them know what issues Intergroup should be exploring in its upcoming inventory. Remember, Intergroup works for you! Thank you!

Today 9/17 – Sun 9/19: National A.A. Tech Workshop (Online)!

The 7th Annual National A.A. Technology Workshop started today, Friday 9/17 @ 5pm and goes through Sunday 9/19! This year’s theme is A.A. and Technology in a Time of Change. It’s not too late to register here (There is a $5 fee). Check out the flyer below or online.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • SF H&I Committee Meeting (Online) is on Saturday 9/18.

  • Archives Committee Meeting (Online) is on Sunday 9/19.

  • SF Teleservice Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 9/20.

  • Marin General Service Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 9/20.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PDT (mtg opens @ 6:45)
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • HelpChat Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 9/21.
    • Orientation @ 5pm PDT
    • Business @ 6pm PDT

  • Marin PI/CPC Orientation & Business Meeting (Hybrid) is on Thursday 9/23.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

SF Unity Day is Coming Up Soon!

We’re only a few weeks away from SF Unity Day 2021! This year it will be held online on Saturday, October 9th @ 10am PDT. There will be panels, orientations, and workshops galore. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to get involved with service outside the group level! See below or online for a look at the flyer and schedule.

Service Committee Spotlight: Archives!

Undated photo of 693 Sutter St./Taylor St.  – this building housed the first Central Office starting in January 1947.
 
The Archives Committee preserves the legacy of A.A. through the collection and preservation of archival material, like objects, recordings, photographs, prints, documents, interviews, etc. The goal is to collect and preserve local A.A. history for future generations.

As a way of generating participation and enthusiasm for A.A. history, the committee hosts a series of history meetings on various topics of local interest. If you (or your group) has a topic, please send it to archives@aasfmarin.org.

Archives is looking for volunteers to help collect group histories, member stories, catalog, organize, create and recreate visual displays, scan, file and lots more. Meetings are held in person at Central Office on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 12-2pm PDT.

Wait, Where Did the Year Go?

For the love of time, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.    🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | September 10, 2021

Central Office Closed Tomorrow, Sat 9/11

Central Office and the Bookstore will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 9/11. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday 9/13. As always, you can order literature and chips online for shipping or pickup during normal business hours (10a – 6p Tues – Sat).

September Intergroup Meeting Summary

Intergroup held its most recent meeting on Wednesday, September 1. The proposed meeting minutes and financial information can be found online.

The Point Needs Your Submissions!

Share your experience, strength and hope by writing for The Point! The deadline to submit articles for the October Issue is September 22nd, 2021. And if you haven’t already, check out the current issue for September right here!

If you’re looking to get involved with The Point Committee or just check it out, come to the monthly business meeting tomorrow, Sat 9/11 @ 12:30pm PDT. Zoom info is right here.

Read | Listen @ aasfmarin.org/the-point

Accessibility Committee Meeting on Wed 9/15 (Online)!

The Accessibility Committee is beginning to meet again and is inviting all interested A.A.s to attend the next committee meeting on Wednesday 9/15 @ 6pm PDT. Come be a part of helping make A.A. meetings accessible for all to attend! Zoom info is here

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • The Point Committee Meeting (Online) is on Saturday 9/11.

  • GGYPAA Meeting (Online) is on Sunday 9/12.

  • SF Public Relations Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Monday 9/13.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PDT
    • Business @ 7pm PDT

  • Marin H&I Orientation & Business Meeting (In-Person) is on Tuesday 9/14.

  • SF General Service Orientation & Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 9/14.

  • SF Service Manual & Concepts Study (Online) is on Tuesday 9/14.

  • Accessibility Committee Meeting (Online) is on Wednesday 9/15.

Reminder: A.A. Twelve Traditions Workshop Every Sunday in September (Telephone)!

In case you missed it, the Sober Voices Telephone Group of A.A. will be hosting this 6-hour workshop (2 hours per tradition) on the traditions every Sunday in September! The second installment will be held this Sunday 9/12 @ 10am PDT. Check out the flyer online.

New Book Alert: Prayer & Meditation is Here!

The A.A. Grapevine’s new book, “Prayer & Meditation,” is now available online (please note: this book is not currently in stock at IFAA Central Office Bookstore but can be purchased directly from the A.A. Grapevine website at aagrapevine.org)! Featuring powerful stories by members of A.A. about the many ways they pray and meditate in their daily lives, the stories in this book show how members begin to pray and meditate and then branch out to develop very personal, and often creative, ways to practice.

Summer in the Bay Area

For the love of late summer, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.     🐝
 

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Intergroup News | September 2021

Intergroup Meeting Proposed Minutes
Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, 7-8:30 PM

The following are Proposed Minutes (i.e. not yet approved) from the Intergroup Meeting held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Intergroup coordinates services which individual groups in San Francisco and Marin cannot provide. We bring these services, as well as service opportunities, to our Member Groups. Our Intergroup observes the intent and spirit of A.A.’s Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for World Service, as well as A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service.

7:00   Getting Started

  • Open with the Serenity Prayer
  • Call to order. Statement of Purpose
  • Review the minutes and agenda
  • Roll Call
    • 62 groups represented: 38 from San Francisco, 24 from Marin

  • New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
  • New IGRs: None
  • Visitors: Jackie B, visiting from SF General Service
  • Anniversaries: Brian C – 21 years, John R – 26 years, Karen G – 39 years! Happy Birthday!
  • Approval of agenda (housekeeping item)
    • Motion to Approve: Charles M
    • Second: Jerry G
  • Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes (housekeeping item)
    • Motion to Approve: Brian C
    • Second: John R

7:15   Officer Reports

  1. Board Chair – Charlie B 
    1. Website Refresh presentation by Drew H
    2. Drew presented background on how the website refresh came to be and navigated through the site to show IGs what each page looks like
    3. Background: COVID really shifted things for the website in terms of the needs of the fellowship and also technology needs in order to really expedite many changes that needed to be done in terms of getting information to the fellowship, coordinating meeting changes, dealing with Zoom bombers and tech set up, sharing health orders and things that needed to be shared with great urgency
    4. Maury met with lots of IGs from around the country, what came of that essentially was the idea that we could have a suite of plugins to help and share with other Intergroups and fellowships so that they could implement some of the rapid changes we did during the pandemic
    5. Gathering of content for the website was coordinated with SFGS to make sure everything was reflected in accordance with our traditions and cooperating with other service entities
    6. Best practices for website: how do we engage our various users on the site? User profiles fall into buckets – newcomers, people looking for meeting info, members looking to be of service, and the professional community
    7. Largest icon on the homepage is “Find A Meeting” with the personas all underneath, some copy about who those personas are, more site map links at the bottom
    8. Literature links are connected directly to GSO to keep updated
    9. Currently working on service committee pages / sections to help tailor content and increase engagement with the various committees
    10. Call to action: IGRs please go to the site (was provided via chat during the meeting but is not included here since it is not yet live) please test it and click through things, we want your feedback, tell us if you find any bugs (send those to operations@aasfmarin.org please)! 
      1. Tell us what you like what you don’t like so we can continue to improve and change this website for the needs of our fellowship
    11. Many people expressed gratitude and excitement for this new website and kudos to Drew and his team for the job well done!
    12. Lisa B: What is in the Spanish version?
      1. Drew – thank you yes there is an “En Espanol” page specific to Spanish speaking AAs in SF/Marin
    13. Also the site works on mobile
    14. Ed: Is there a projection for the rollout?
      1. Drew – good question. Target was founders day and we are past that, but we want feedback from IGRs before officially rolling it out 
    15. Peggy: text is very small, is this due to the presentation or will it be this small on the browser?
      1. Drew – thank you, that is an excellent point. This is something we will be discussing with accessibility and how to best go about it – also it depends on the browser
    16. John R: is the design frozen or will it be continuing to change?
      1. Drew – It is not frozen – we will be continuing to update and improve this based on the needs expressed by everyone and as time goes on, we just wanted to get most of the static info out 
    17. Michele G: members and groups is where the buzz and point are but doesn’t say anything about literature, just linking to different areas
      1. Drew – thank you – That is feedback we got from committee chairs and definitely we are working on how to fix that
    18. Phil S: I want to request Bridging the Gap as a committee on there but I will send an email to operations to ask this
    19. Drew reminded everyone that this website won’t be static this will be a moving target as the needs of the committees and fellowship change we will continue to make changes
  2. Treasurer – Jim M.
    1. Group Contributions: 15,344 > 7,701 under budget for July and 13,777 under budget YTD
    2. Individual Contributions: 10,657 > 6,273 over budget for July and 13,777 over budget YTD (not a typo, just inexplicably close to the group contributions)
    3. Operating Expenses: 32,385 > 4,737 over budget for July and 16,389 under budget YTD
    4. Unrestricted Cash: 46,915 > equal to approximately 1.75x monthly operating expenses
    5. Rating for July 2021 is “Good”
    6. Operating at a bit of a loss (5k) but this is not super worrying YTD it’s actually at 2,800 and we were expecting to be at 17k based on history which we generally make up in Nov with gratitude month
    7. Faithful Fivers – July 2021 we’re at 280 can we get to 350 by the end of the year?! 
    8. Please look at the packet for detailed narrative, balance sheet and other financial info

7:30  Intergroup Committee Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. Tech Committee – Alex B. 
    1. Please continue to update your meetings on the website, thanks!
    2. Printed schedules – ad hoc generating PDF meeting list – food for thought: QR code on business cards? This would save money and it would be continually updated rather than having to re create a PDF and format it frequently
  2. The Point – John B.
    1. The September issue just dropped! 
    2. Always looking for new content – submit word or audio to point@aasfmarin.org
    3. October topic ideas: “turn the mess into a message” – “the steps are in order for a reason” – step 10 – tradition 10
    4. The Point meets on the 2nd sat of every month at 12p on zoom
  3. Archives – Mike
    1. Meeting in Central office on 3rd Sunday at 12 also zoom 
    2. Excited about the website refresh! There’s an opportunity here too for members of the fellowship to upload things of archival significance to the archives page
    3. Organizing everything: want to help us decide what to keep in the archives? Come join us!
  4. Public Relations – Rudy
    1. With changes to schools back in person this may bring opportunities to go back to do presentations in school at some point
    2. Info card / business card with contact info nearly ready for production and distribution
    3. Biggest need is more committee members!
    4. Monthly meeting on 2nd Monday at 7pm
  5. SF Teleservice – Luke H.
    1. Need volunteers!
    2. 3rd Monday at 6pm on zoom 
    3. Last month there was a significant revamp on the teleservice manual (welcome to join our business meeting just email sfteleservice@aasfmarin.org) to rewrite it
  6. Sunshine Club – Clayton B
    1. Due to COVID, unlikely to bring in person meetings to homebound members at this time – not totally saying no to those requests but they will be reviewed very seriously for best practices and to keep everyone safe
    2. Phone calls are still happening 
  7. Ad-Hoc Inventory Committee – Chip G.
    1. Selected a facilitator!
    2. Next meeting is 9/8 at 7pm! All IGRs are invited to participate
    3. Please email one question / topic to Chip G

7:45   Service Committee Liaison Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. SF General Service – Alison T. 
    1. Final Conference report from 71st Annual Conference is available to those interested (can provide recommendations for how to read this doc as well)
    2. Sat 10/9 is Unity Day! New volunteer orientations for IG committees from 11am-1pm. Safety workshop from 2pm-3:30pm
    3. CNCA will take inventory on Nov 6 at the Fall Assembly (occurs every 2 years) – asking for help to collect inventory questions from districts groups and members
  2. Marin Teleservice – Jillian E.
    1. Decided at last meeting Tues night that we’re going back to Zoom – still 4th Tues at 645 for orientation and business at 730 but no longer in person
    2. There’s an opening for a Wednesday coordinator until end of January, spread the word
  3. SF Bridging the Gap – Phil S.
    1. New SF specific pamphlets have been printed and are in Central Office 
    2. Work with Public Information at Recovery Day
    3. Cooperating with PI at upcoming 9/17 recovery fair archdiocese at St. Mary’s 
    4. We meet the 1st Tuesday of every month

7:55   Old Business

  1. No official old business to really discuss, we have Nancy from Accessibilities who can present (this was New Business last month)
  2. Nancy from Accessibilities
    1. SF/Marin Accessibility Committee kickoff meeting on Wed 9/15 at pm please join if you have opinions or suggestions! We want to hear from you!
    2. access@aasfmarin.org email is now working

8:04   New Business

  1. None

8:05   What’s On Your Mind

  1. A number of people noted that they are sad to see Maury leaving and also expressed gratitude for her service all these years.
  2. Charles M: WRLS is this weekend! Starts Friday at Noon – talking about accessibility, there will be ASL interpreters and have also secured access to workshops for deaf and deaf-blind members which is awesome!
  3. Jackie B: Flyer for SF unity day please share with your fellows!
    1. Side note: about the QR codes – I love tech but i’m not sure it will be able to reach everyone
  4. Jim B: Been through some stuff over the years and I’ve dealt with IG issues and there’s so much negativity happening behind the scenes right now – I am calling on people to email the board and ask Maury to rescind her resignation!
  5. Joel M: with the QR code, when would it be available? How to access?
    1. Alex B: the QR code idea is not in practice just as an idea for how to deal with the fact that meetings are changing so rapidly from week to week
  6. Group Conscience to end the meeting early? (Lots of yes signs from the crowd) Consensus to end the meeting early at 8:19pm

8:19   Targeted Message

  1. Please submit in person meeting listings
  2. Join a committee 
  3. Subscribe to the Buzz!

Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

Next Intergroup Meeting is Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Our monthly meeting will continue to be held online per local guidelines from the health department until further notice. Please email development@aasfmarin.org with any questions.

Treasurer’s Report
Month Ended July 2021

For July 2021, Gross Profit (Income minus COGS) was $26,691 which was under budget by $3,253 due to lower than expected Contributions. Gross Profit was $1,432 under budget year to date. 

Total Expenses for July were $32,385, over budget by $4,737. Total Expenditures are $16,389 under budget year to date. This was primarily due to lower technology expenditures awaiting budget approval; but expenses were under budget in every category. 

The result was still a net loss of $5,414 for the month, $7,900 worse than expected (under budget). This leaves the fellowship with a $2,813 net loss year to date ($14,931 over budget).

Group Contributions for July were $15,344, under budget by $7,701. Group contributions are $13,777 under budget year to date. Individual Contributions for July were $10,657, over budget by $4,384. Individual contributions are $13,777 over budget year to date. 

Total Unrestricted Cash on the Balance Sheet as of July 2021 is $46,915 which is 1.75x of monthly operating expenses. 

Financial rating for July 2021 is “Good”.

OVERALL RATING: GOOD

INTERGROUP FINANCE RATING SYSTEM 

Every month we rate our monthly finances as “Excellent”, “Good”, “Fair” or “Poor”.  Generally speaking, here are the definitions of those terms:

EXCELLENT:  We exceeded our budget.  Our income was greater than our expenses for the month and we have more than two months’ worth of operating expenses in unrestricted cash balances.  Operating expenses are running at roughly $26K/month, so an unrestricted cash balance above $52K ranks excellent. The last “excellent” rating was May of 2021.

GOOD: We are meeting our budget.  Our net income for the month, or for the YTD, was slightly greater than our expenses and we’d have approximately 1.5 – 2 months of operating expenses in unrestricted cash balances. Intergroup was last rated “good” in June 2021.

FAIR: We are not meeting our budget.  Our expenses were greater than our income for the month and for the YTD – and our unrestricted cash balance would be somewhere between 1 and 1.5x our operating expenses. 

POOR: We are not meeting our budget and our unrestricted cash balances fell below one month of operating expenses. The last time we were “poor” was in December 2016.

The Buzz | September 3, 2021

Today 9/3 through Sunday 9/5: 46th Annual WRLS Conference (Online)!

This year’s installment of the oldest and longest-running LGBTQ A.A./Al-Anon conference in the country has begun today! Don’t miss out on Western Roundup Living Sober Conference, happening now (Friday 9/3) through Sunday 9/5. It’s not too late to register at livingsober.org!

The Point: September Issue Posted!

Yes indeed, hot-off-the-press is The Point‘s September Issue! You don’t want to miss out on some of these gems! Teasers below. Be sure to head to aasfmarin.org/point to soak it all in!

Monday 9/6: Marin Alano Club Labor Day Meeting & BBQ (In-Person)!

Don’t forget that on Monday, September 6th @ 12pm PDT the Marin Alano Club is hosting an in-person Labor Day Meeting & BBQ!  The meeting starts at 12pm with lunch to follow. There will be live music! Flyer below and online.

Coming Up on 9/17: 7th Annual National A.A. Tech Workshop (Online)!

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th @ 5pm PDT to mark the beginning of this year’s 3-day National A.A. Technology Workshop! This year’s theme is A.A. and Technology in a Time of Change. From the NAATW website: As we emerge from the pandemic: technology lessons learned, what worked, what didn’t and where we go from here.” Um, relatable, much?! Grab your thinking caps and make sure to register here (There is a small $5 fee). Check out the flyer below or online.

Sunday 9/5: A.A. Twelve Traditions Workshop (Telephone)!

Every Sunday in September, the Sober Voices Telephone Group of A.A. will be hosting this 6-hour workshop (2 hours per tradition) on the traditions! It starts at 10am PDT and goes until 4pm PDT. We’ve all been to Zoom meetings by now, but how many have been to a telephone workshop?! This will be sure to have your ears singing with joy! Check out the flyer below or online.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • Technology Committee Meeting (Online) is on Monday 9/6.

  • SF Bridging the Gap Orientation and Business Meeting (Online) is on Tuesday 9/7.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 6:30pm PDT

  • Marin Twelve Concepts Study (Online) is on Tuesday 9/7.

  • Marin Bridging the Gap Orientation and Business Meeting (Online) is on Wednesday 9/8.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 6:30pm PDT

Rest and Relaxation

For the love of 3-day weekends, please share this information with your social media communities and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The Buzz. All of our prior updates can be found here. Drop our subscription link in the chat at your meetings and tell your members to subscribe to stay in-the-know on what’s happening with SF/Marin A.A.     🐝
 

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