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The Buzz | July 23, 2021

In-Person Sunshine Club Orientation in Marin Tomorrow!

The Sunshine Club is hosting a new volunteer orientation at the Marin Alano Club, tomorrow, Sat 7/24 @ 1:15pm PDT. Spread the word! Flyer below or online. Email sunshine@aasfmarin.org for details.

Hybrid (In-Person and Online) 3rd Step Workshop Tomorrow!

Ready to turn your will over? Well this 3rd Step Workshop, taking place tomorrow, Sat 7/24 @ 3pm PDT is here to help you do that! The workshop will be held in person at the Vivalon Healthy Aging Center in San Rafael, as well as online via Zoom. Check out the flyer below or online for more details!

The Week in Service…

  • CNCA Committee Meeting is on Saturday 7/24.

  • Sunshine Club Orientation is on Saturday 7/24.

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting (in-person) is on Tuesday 7/27.
    • Orientation @ 6:45pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

Save the Date: 46th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference!

Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 3rd – 5th, 2021 to make sure you attend the oldest and longest-running LGBTQ A.A./Al-Anon conference in the country! This year’s conference will be held online. Register at livingsober.org!

Trudging the Road to Happy Destiny 

For the love of service, 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 | July 16, 2021

July Intergroup Summary

IFAA Intergroup had its most recent meeting on Wednesday, July 7th. For the proposed meeting minutes and financial info, please see here.

Reminder: New Hours for Central Office + Volunteers Needed!

As of Tuesday, July 6th, Central Office began opening from 10am to 6pm, and shifted its days of operation to Tuesday – Saturday.

There are still open volunteer shifts at Central Office! Each shift is 2 hours long, and we need your help filling them. There is a one-year sobriety requirement and responsibilities include welcoming visitors and callers, answering questions about bookstore items, assisting with website navigation, offering details about meetings, service committees, staying current with The Buzz and more. Training and coffee provided. 🙂

If you would like to take a commitment, please contact us for information on orientation.

Speaking of Volunteers… HelpChat Needs You!

For those who haven’t heard, HelpChat is a chat service through the aasfmarin.org website where many people have their first interaction with a sober member of A.A. There’s lots of room in the schedule for new volunteers! Interested members with at least one year of continuous sobriety can volunteer to answer chats.

HelpChat’s monthly orientations are held every 3rd Tuesday from 5-6pm. The next orientation and business meeting will be on July 20th, this coming Tuesday. Email helpchat@aasfmarin.org for meeting ID and info.

The Plug for Service Continues…with Teleservice!

SF Teleservice still needs volunteers to help keep the phone lines answered 24/7. What greater way is there to feel more a part of than getting a commitment on the front lines of A.A.? One-year of continuous sobriety required. Orientations are always held on the 3rd Monday of every month @ 6pm. The next orientation is this coming Monday, July 19th, in-person at Central Office. Please email sfteleservice@aasfmarin.org for more information.

Marin Teleservice holds their new volunteer orientations every 4th Tuesday of the month @ 6:30pm. The next orientation is on Tuesday, July 27th, in-person at the Marin Alano Club! Check out the website at marinteleservice.net.

Sunshine Club is Bringing Back In-Person Meetings!

Exciting news! The Sunshine Club is starting to bring in-person meetings back into members’ homes, assisted-living, and is in the process of gaining access to visit members of A.A. who are hospitalized. There were 3 in-person requests in the past week!

Prospective volunteers please note, due to the nature of this service, restrictions and vaccination requirements may apply. 

Call to Action! To reach other members who are isolated and in need of this service, please announce in your groups that Sunshine Club is available to do in-person meetings.

The next Sunshine Club Business Meeting is on July 31st. See here for info. Please email sunshine@aasfmarin.org with any requests or questions.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • SF H&I Committee Business Meeting is on Saturday 7/17.

  • Archives Committee meets on Sunday 7/18.

  • SF Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting (in-person) is on Monday 7/19.

  • Marin General Service Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday 7/19.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • HelpChat Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 7/20.
    • Orientation @ 5pm PDT
    • Business @ 6pm PDT

  • Marin PI/CPC Committee (hybrid) meets on Thursday 7/22.

Trusted Servants Turnover and Reminder to Treasurers 

Calling all Newly Elected Trusted Servants! We encourage you to register with Central Office. Having current meeting contacts is vital to staying connected. To register (Secretary, Treasurer, Intergroup Representative), click into your meeting on aasfmarin.org, hit the “Update Meeting Info” button, and fill out the form. We will confirm your submission with a welcome email full of resources to assist you in your new position!

And a reminder to Treasurers – don’t forget to send in your contributions! Thank you for your service.

Service Keeps Us Sober 

For the love of service, 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 | July 2021

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

The following are Proposed Minutes (i.e. not yet approved) from the Intergroup Meeting held on Wednesday, July 7, 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 and Statement of Purpose
  • Review the minutes and agenda
  • Roll Call:  57 groups represented: 32 from San Francisco, 25 from Marin

  1. New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
    1. New IGRs: Charles – Castro Monday Big Book Study, Kimberly – Gratitude Center 6am, Sam – Visitor from Grat Center, Kim is taking over previous IGR commitment
    2. Visitors: Jackie B (Chair of SFGS, filling in for Allison T liaison), Simi (IGR in southern CA)
    3. Birthdays: Caitlin – 3 yrs, Drew – 20 yrs, Jackie B – 15 yrs, Marty – 29 yrs, James H – 2 yrs, Chuck B – 4 yrs, Gabrielle – 13 yrs, Marie – 8 yrs
  2. Approval of agenda
    1. Motion to approve: Peggy H
    2. Seconded: Brian C with hand raised
  3. Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes
    1. Motion to approve: Caitlin
    2. Seconded: Brian C
  4. Objections and Comments
    1. Kathleen C: I know we don’t necessarily adhere to Robert’s Rules of Order but generally when there’s a motion, it follows that there should be a second, then discussion, then a vote; we’ve done for the last few meetings, maybe is something we usually do but wanted to point it out
    2. Maureen: Are we doing the same thing as in the concepts where you take the minority opinion as well?
    3. Nikki: I’m not sure, it seems we are being asked to do a formal vote which we can move forward with. We do have a motion and a second for the agenda, if all voting members could please indicate with their reaction button Yes or No. I’m seeing 84 people in attendance but only about 30 people have voted.
    4. Maury: Not everyone here is a voting member, so we should review. You are eligible to vote if you are an IGR who has completed orientation and been to at least one prior meeting or if you are an elected alternate and voting in place of the meetings IGR. Intergroup Committee Chairs may also vote.
    5. Nikki: I’m not seeing any No reactions, wondering if that means there is no minority opinion and so we can move forward.
    6. Alan G: I want to note that this is not how IG has done this process; if there was an objection then we might discuss it and then go to a vote but for many years we have not gone to a formal vote with the approval of the meeting agenda and previous meeting’s minutes. We could discuss changing this procedure in a subsequent meeting.
    7. Jaime G: I object to the minutes. Chad and another person made a motion last month and those two people were shot down in the process because they hadn’t submitted the motion within 2 weeks. I find it difficult to make note of that when the June minutes were given to us 24 hours ago, therefore preventing individuals from being able to review and potentially bring up a motion that needs to be re-reviewed. We cannot review in this amount of time.
    8. Maury P: The proposed June minutes were actually sent out the week following the June meeting via email as they usually are, to all registered IGRs, Alternates and Committee Chairs to review. The slide deck was also attached, which is standard practice. They were sent out a second time just last night (usually happens a day or so prior) because of the holiday, board changeover and people also traveling. I would appreciate our new officers being given some slack in this transition and encourage IGRs to check for this email monthly.
    9. Nikki: To keep us moving forward, there were no objections to the agenda, the agenda was voted on and approved, so it seems we should do the same with the minutes. I’ve noted an objection to the minutes and would like to move forward with a vote since we did vote on the agenda. 
    10. Maury: I want to also mention that on page 2 of the agenda is how to get a motion on the agenda. This is an Intergroup-approved policy, not a board decision or an executive director decision. I believe we have been taken to task about this exact procedure previously so I encourage everyone to read through this part of the agenda.
    11. Chad: My proposal for a motion was well within the 2 weeks limit; I was not informed it would not be on the agenda until 5 hours before the meeting with no information and no reason given. Let’s be up front with what is happening here with proposed motions – it was on time, the board just did not see fit to put it on.
    12. Nikki: Continuing to move us forward here. Jaime G’s objection to the minutes has been noted. Can we take a vote? Yes or No reactions please. Correction: 2 objections. Ok moving forward with the minutes approved.

7:15   Officer Reports

  1. Board Chair: Charlie B
    1. New Board Chair, welcoming new board members and thanking outgoing members Andy, Patrick, and Renee for your service
    2. Website update: we are getting closer on the website refresh, it is looking really good and it’s about to go into quality assurance nitpicking and hopefully will be doing some testing in August
    3. Central Office Lease Negotiations: finalizing with landlord another 5 years at current location as soon as this is ratified we will bring it to Intergroup
  2. Treasurer: Jim M 
    1. New IFAA Treasurer
    2. Group Contributions (all specific financial information is included with this meeting’s agenda packet): $14,441 for May which is $2531 over budget which is good > YTD we are $5114 under budget which is not so good
    3. Individual Contributions: $17,134 for May which is $6866 over budget > YTD we are $9289 over budget which is very good
    4. Operating Expenses: $24,600 is $3048 under budget for May; $2000 was spent on technology (see packet for details) for website development but was actually work that happened in 2020 and YTD we are $16,889 under budget [Correction: The $2K that was paid in Jan 2021 was for work completed in 2020 on the database migration; $2,118 in May 2021 for website development.]
    5. Unrestricted Cash: end of May we were at $67,793 which is 2.5x monthly operating expenses (target is to have greater than 2 months operating expenses)
    6. Rating for May is Excellent
  3. Executive Director: Maury P
    1. Central Office reopened yesterday and shifted days of operation, now Tuesday through Saturday from 10a-6p. Volunteers will be welcomed back next week and we have 20 volunteer shifts to fill, 1 year sobriety requirement, orientation and need to be vaccinated against COVID to volunteer
    2. Printed in-person meeting schedule is ready to go but we are holding off on distribution due to so many rapid changes to meetings happening (30 changes happened just yesterday); don’t want to print when it will be outdated so quickly
    3. Each meeting listed on the online schedule has an Update Meeting Info button – if you know you will need to edit or register as secretary or treasurer this is how you can do that. We would appreciate if you share this with your fellows
    4. As a reminder, meetings can now be sorted by type (zoom, hybrid, in person)

7:34   Intergroup Committee Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. Archives: Mike
    1. Archives is meeting again in person at Central Office on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12pm, will also be on Zoom (hybrid meeting)
  2. The Point: John B
    1. The Point is our hyper local grapevine type of publication, sharing experience, strength and hope. Audio is also available! 
    2. Always looking for new content – can be written or spoken. For August, since it’s the 8th month, some ideas are to focus on the 8th step, 8th tradition or whatever you want to share
    3. The Point Committee meets every 2nd saturday of each month at 12pm (via Zoom)
  3. Sunshine Club: Kate 
    1. Our mission is to bring AA meetings to people who can’t get to them otherwise
    2. Offering in person meetings following suggested CDC guidelines (or whatever facility is requiring)
    3. Still offering phone calls to those can’t go online
    4. Bringing meetings to people’s homes and are in the process of doing the same for Marin General Hospital, bedside meetings (please note vaccination or other requirements will apply for hospital visits)
    5. Encouraging IGRs to please announce at your meetings!
    6. We gained over 20 new volunteers in Marin!
    7. Will be holding an orientation in Marin, and our quarterly business meeting is on July 31st
  4.  Tech Committee: Alex B
    1. Please update meetings on aasfmarin.org to reflect in person / hybrid / zoom meetings
    2. IFAA web team is working to process an ad-hoc, downloadable printable schedule
    3. All are welcome to bring issues / requests for their meetings or groups to our regular monthly meeting – next mtg Monday Aug 2nd at 6pm tech@aasfmarin.org
  5. Public Relations Committee: Peter M
    1. 11 SF radio stations were offered PSAs
    2. Planning on helping with Diversity/Inclusion Town Hall later this year
    3. Sunday Streets to start happening again at some point
    4. Calling Card is nearly ready for production and distribution
    5. Next virtual meeting Mon July 12 email sfpr@aasfmarin.org for info and mtg pw
  6. HelpChat Committee: Caitlin P
    1. Lots of opportunities for service. We have room for more volunteers!
    2. Many requests for newcomers asking about in person meetings so that Update Meeting button has been super helpful
    3. Monthly orientations are held on the 3rd Tuesday @ 5pm followed by monthly Business Meeting
  7. Fellowship Committee: Elena R
    1. Founders Day – thank you to all who participated!
    2. Interested in being a committee member? Please email fellowship@aasfmarin.org 

7:47   Service Committee Liaison Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. Marin Teleservice: Katharine C.
    1. Filling in for Gillian
    2. Next volunteer orientation is on July 27 at 6:45pm and business at 7:30 and it is in person at the Marin Alano Club (this is not a hybrid mtg)
    3. Thank you to all volunteers and coordinators who have been answering so many calls over the last year!
  2. SF General Service Chair: Jackie B
    1. Filling in for Allison
    2. AA preamble has been revised and is printed in AA Grapevine and La Viña
    3. Grassroots self-support campaign to help GSO be more self supporting, it’s called $7.34 on 7/31. $7.34 is the cost of services to each member in 2020. If you want to contribute to GSO > www.contribution.aa.org
    4. Elections for co-chair for SF Bridging the Gap will be held at the next district meeting on 7/13 at 7:30pm
    5. Next area assembly is on Aug 7- open to all AA members, new non alcoholic trustees
    6. AA Grapevine / La Viña Instagram is live!
  3. DCMC Marin District 10: Molly M
    1. SF and Marin are in the same GS Area (we have a lot of the same things going on)
    2. If you want a flyer for the CNCA summer assembly on August 7th, please email mollympanel71@gmail.com for a copy
    3. There is going to be a motion at the business meeting that the Trustees Literature Committee develop a graphic novel or series of graphics that depict the first 164 pages of the Big Book. Email Molly if you want to see the powerpoint which explains the details

7:54   Old Business

  1. Group Inventory Ad-Hoc Committee (Discussion) 
    1. Alan G: IFAA Board member; the ad hoc working group meets tonight directly following this meeting in a breakout room
    2. We need your support, take the time to add your voice to the process
    3. We will discuss the when, where, what and how of the inventory
    4. Will need to eventually have an additional meeting for this inventory as it can’t happen during this meeting since there’s a lot to discuss
    5. Examples of questions from previous IG Inventories:
      1. What is my part?
      2. Do we understand authority and responsibility as they relate to group conscience decisions by the IFAA Board?
      3. Does my group always consider the welfare of the rest of AA?
      4. How can Intergroup strengthen the hand of AA?
      5. Do we encourage the minority opinion to be heard at our meetings?
      6. Does our group understand the importance of all points of view being heard before a vote is taken?
    6. Nikki T: CNCA is also doing an inventory and the questions they are asking will be in the slides for this meeting
  2. Discussion
    1. Alex B: I strongly support the idea of a group inventory I think it’s a great idea, clear the air, get everyone familiar with procedures, we have a lot of new IGRs and we want to maintain that interest; do a reset and be able to move forward

8:02   New Business

  1. Resuming In-Person Intergroup Meetings (Discussion)
    1. Maury P: We haven’t spoken to St. Andrew’s in Marin where we host once every quarter but they are hosting regular in person AA meetings so it is likely we would also be able to meet in person there. The following are protocols and procedures for meeting in person at First Unitarian Church in SF:
      1. First Unitarian Church has internet we can use if we choose to hold a hybrid meeting
      2. The church is mandating that we sign in every person who comes to the meeting, attest you are symptom-free upon entry, wear masks 100 percent of time unless all of us can provide proof that 100 percent of participants are vaccinated (which seems like it would be hard to do or problematic)
      3. Best practices: social distance if you’re not sure of someone else’s vax status and accommodate if people want additional distance or other protective requests
      4. If and when do we want to resume? 
      5. Probably no meals would be had initially, but do we want to do a hybrid meeting? Want to make sure we provide access to people who wouldn’t be able to come in person
  2. Jaime G: I make a motion that we have our August meeting in person
  3. Nikki T: Thank you. At this time, this is a new business item, so it would be carried over to be put to vote next month. Tonight is the discussion phase.
  4. Jim B: If our meetings will be hybrid, why can’t we say if you’re vaccinated you can come if not you can’t.
    1. Response from Nikki: I think the facility is requesting the proof of 100 percent vaccination which may pose a challenge for us.
  5. Chad: I’m wondering if this is a request from the church or is it an overreach of the right-to-decision of our trusted servants. Medical information including vaccination is protected information under HIPAA so to request people give you protected medical information is probably unlawful so we have to consider that as well.
  6. Chip G: I second Jaime G’s motion.
  7. Rachel G: I’d like to put in a plug for having a hybrid meeting that will allow more people to have the ability to attend. I’m also worried about people lying about vaccination status like how would you really know?
  8. Jerry: I’d like to echo Rachel regarding a hybrid meeting – this transition is going to be a process and it’s going to be quite a pivot to go right back to in person it might be difficult to manage; moving forward too quickly seems irresponsible, seems like a good idea to move forward more slowly to hybrid and then to in person
  9. Amanda: A hybrid meeting seems like a great option as it will help more people stay involved – asking people to show vax cards seems to go against our traditions.
  10. Sarah D: I’d push for a hybrid meeting for sure.
  11. Charles M: I’ve been participating in political demonstrations, everybody had masks on and it’s going well; the idea that we can’t mix safely seems to be bending the pole toward fear
  12. John R: I attend a meeting that just went through process of moving to hybrid from zoom – August may be premature but definitely September it’s going to take us that long to get us set up – the logistics involved with setting up A/V is going to be a lot of work so we should start now – we had 3 meetings and all 3 times had issues to sort out.
  13. Gabrielle J: Regarding proof of vaccination and privacy, there is a ca.gov website you can go to to register and then you’re able to easily show a QR code from your phone without showing any personal information; in thinking about tradition 1 and preserving the group as a whole, as we move forward, in thinking about group unity, sometimes we have to put the discomfort of one aside for the benefit of the whole.
  14. Darryl: Excellent points from Rachel – I don’t see zoom meetings going away I think they serve a significant number of members and some prefer it we should recognize we’re in a new world too, it’s not about fear but about new technology which allows us to expand our reach
  15. Ayn: Talking about the group staying together, I live far away from SF and I wouldn’t be able to come to this meeting without zoom; also want to note we should respect and accept where everyone is at if they want to wear a mask or if they don’t feel comfortable without one we meet them where they are at
  16. Lisa B: It does seem premature to start for August. Also regarding the guidelines, it is the facility’s choice and those are the guidelines we have to follow we are supposed to follow the most strict guidelines if they supercede the the state guidelines; if church says we have to be vaxxed or else we wear masks then that’s what we have to do
  17. Rob: I’d like to echo what Lisa said; often we talk about our rights and not our responsibilities, to the church we are their guests and we follow their rules; in terms of HIPAA, I work in a healthcare field and want to note it is actually allowable for organizations to ask for proof of vaccination upon entry it is not a violation. It seems the easiest solution would just be to have everyone wear masks because the idea of trying to police people at the door is probably going to cause problems.

8:25   What’s On Your Mind

  1. Jaime G: There’s a rumor that Leanne is not going to be able to be a board member anymore. What are you going to do about the vacancy and how come it has not been mentioned at this meeting?
  2. Alex: I would particularly like to thank our new treasurer Jim for being so informative and explicit about the budget and those who are concerned about it I really think should take a look at that; thanks to all

8:28   Targeted Message

  1. Please submit in person meeting listings
  2. Service opportunity at Central Office – 20 volunteers needed
  3. Printed meeting schedules coming soon
  4. Subscribe to The Buzz!

Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

Breakout rooms (optional) open until 9:00 PM

Next Intergroup Meeting is Wednesday, August 4, 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 May 2021

For May 2021, Gross Profit (revenue minus COGS) was $32,144 this was over budget by $9,254 due to higher than expected Contributions. Gross Profit is $2,499 over budget year to date.

Total Operating Expense for May was $24,600, under budget by $3,048. Total Expenditures are $16,889 under budget year to date. This is primarily due to budget being allocated for technology work that has not yet been spent and less than expected committee expenses.

The result is a Net Operating Surplus of $7,775 for the month, this is $12,354 over budget. This leaves the fellowship with a $8,426 surplus year to date ($19,267 over budget).

Group Contributions for May were $14,441, over budget by $2,531. Group contributions are $5,114 under budget year to date. Individual Contributions for May were $17,134, over budget by $6,866. Individual contributions are $9,289 over budget year to date.

Total Unrestricted Cash for May 2021 (adjusted for payables) was $67,793. Unrestricted Cash is about 2.5x monthly operating expenses.

The rating for May 2021 is “Excellent”.

OVERALL RATING: EXCELLENT

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 projected at roughly $27K/month, so we’d have over $54K in unrestricted cash balances for the month. Intergroup has been “excellent” since March 2021.

GOOD: We are meeting our budget.  Our 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 February 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 | July 9, 2021

Unity & Service Conference is Happening Now!

The 2021 Unity and Service Conference is happening right now! This Traditions and Concepts focused, Live Zoom event is this weekend, July 9th -11th, 2021. See the flyer below for a more detailed look at the schedule, or go to the Unity and Service website.

A.A. Pride History Presentation Tomorrow: Barry Leach and Marty Mann!

That’s right, folks. This A.A. Pride event, put on by the 4W A.A. Group, includes TWO history talks and is happening tomorrow, 7/10 at 10am PDT! See below for the flyer or go to the event posting online for details! 

The Point: July Issue and Call for Articles!

The July Issue of The Point is here! Check it out online and see teasers below!

Never Turn Anyone Away: Glenn D’s StoryBree L
“Periodically, he’d return to court, but treatment would be denied because he’d had too many dirties when they tested him. The last time, he was sent to Redwood Center inpatient program.”


Unity and ServiceIsrael B
“Because of the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dedication of A.A. members, we saw members adapt to the situation, finding new ways to interact.”


Grace, ContinuedKathleen C
“’Don’t make mommy mad. Whatever you do don’t make mommy mad. If she’s not brushing your hair the way you like it, don’t make her mad, just do it yourself.’ My daughters say they don’t remember these things. I remember. I will always remember.”


Read | Listen @ aasfmarin.org/the-point

Like what you see? Wishing you could be a part of this sharing of experience, strength and hope?! Well you’re in luck, because The Point needs your submissions! Written or spoken, submit your stories to thepoint@aasfmarin.org by July 22nd for consideration in the August 1st Issue.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

  • The Point Committee meets on Saturday 7/10.

  • GGYPAA meets on Sunday 7/11.

  • SF Public Relations Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday 7/12.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 7pm PDT

  • Marin H&I Orientation and Business Meeting (in person, see location in links below) is on Tuesday 7/13.

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday 7/13.

  • SF General Service Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 7/13.

  • Bridging the Gap Marin Orientation and Business Meeting is on Wednesday 7/14.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 6:30pm PDT

Change is the Only Constant 

For the love of movement, 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 | July 2, 2021

Central Office Extended Hours Start July 6th!

As of Tuesday, July 6th, Central Office will begin opening from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday. The following week, on Tuesday, July 13th, we will welcome volunteers back to the office. 

Here’s where you come in! There will be 20 weekly office volunteer shifts, each 2 hours long, and we need your help filling them. There is a one-year sobriety requirement and responsibilities include welcoming visitors and callers, answering questions about bookstore items, assisting with website navigation, offering details about meetings, service committees, staying current with The Buzz and more. Training and coffee provided. 🙂

If you would like to take a commitment, please contact us for information on orientation.

And once again, please join us in thanking both SF and Marin Teleservice Committees for providing 24/7 phone coverage during the shelter-in-place. The service these volunteers and committee members provided was invaluable!

4th of July Alcathon This Sunday!

The Novato Alcathon Committee’s 4th of July BBQ at Druids Hall is here! Details can be found here or on the flyer below. BBQ starts @ 11:30 AM and celebration of milestones at the 6 PM meeting with chips!

Printed Meeting Schedules Coming Soon

There are now well over 200 in-person meetings in SF and Marin and we’ve been hard at work on a printed meeting schedule. While aasfmarin.org always has the most up-to-date meeting information, we will have printed meeting schedules available sometime next week. We will keep stock low as we anticipate that number to grow significantly in the coming weeks. If your meeting is in the process of transitioning from online to a beloved church basement, let us know!

Each meeting in the schedule has an Update Meeting info button for your convenience! Secretaries and Treasurers can use that same button to register.

And finally, you can list a New Meeting here.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

A.A. Grapevine and La Viña Instagram Goes Live July 7th!

Can’t believe your eyes? Well, believe it. The Grapevine and La Viña Instagram pages will be going live July 7th, 2021. What a time to be alive! See the flyer below for details.

Sunshine Come In 

For the love of 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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The Buzz | June 25, 2021

In Case You Missed It…New Search Options on Our Meeting Finder

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we think this is important enough to give top billing again! As most of you may know, many groups are beginning to transition back to in-person meetings. You can now search the meeting finder on aasfmarin.org by In-person or Online meetings!

In the Meeting Finder view, click on “Any Type” and choose the one you want:

If a physical address is listed, the meeting is in person. If Zoom info is listed, the meeting is Online. If both are listed, it is either a Hybrid meeting or concurrent, but separate, meetings (one in-person and one online). 

We understand that some facilities are not reopening rooms to outside groups, so it may be a little slow going. We also understand that not all meetings are re-listing in the schedule. When ready, please follow the directions here to update or list a new meeting. Changes are generally made within 24 (business) hours.

Service Committee Meetings for the Week…

4th of July Alcathon Next Week!

Don’t forget that the Novato Alcathon Committee is hosting a 4th of July event at Druids Hall in Novato! Details can be found here or on the flyer below. BBQ starts @ 11:30 AM and celebration of milestones at the 6 PM meeting with chips!

Fly Away Home 

For the love of birds, 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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The Buzz | June 18, 2021

New Search Options on our Meeting Finder

Many groups are beginning to transition back to in-person meetings. You can now search the meeting finder on aasfmarin.org by In-person or Online meetings!

In the Meeting Finder view, click on “Any Type” and choose the one you want:

If a physical address is listed, the meeting is in person. If Zoom info is listed, the meeting is Online. If both are listed, it is either a Hybrid meeting or concurrent, but separate meetings – one in-person and one online. 

We understand that some facilities are not reopening rooms to outside groups, so it may be a little slow going. We also understand that not all meetings are re-listing in the schedule. When ready, please follow the directions here to update or list a new meeting. Changes are generally made within 24 (business) hours.

Upcoming Service Opportunities…

  • Archives Committee meets on Sunday 6/20.

  • SF Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday 6/21.

  • Marin General Service Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday 6/21.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 6/22.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • Marin PI/CPC meets on Thursday 6/24.

The Novato Alcathon Committee is pleased to announce they will be hosting a 4th of July event at Druids Hall in Novato! Details can be found on aasfmarin.org/events (or download the flyer here). They’ll kick off with a BBQ at 11:30 AM and will be celebrating milestones at the 6 PM meeting with chips!

What’s more? Time to mark the dates for the 2021 Unity and Service Conference! This Traditions and Concepts focused, Live Zoom event will be held July 9th -11th, 2021. Please go to the Unity & Service Conference website to register. Check out the flyer below for a more detailed look at the schedule.

GSO’s Box 4-5-9 Spring Issue 2021

Be sure to check out General Service Office’s most recent issue of the Box 4-5-9 Newsletter for Spring 2021. Titled, “The Virtual 26th World Service Meeting: Separated Physically, Connecting Spiritually,” immerse yourself in excerpts from around the world as delegates share their experience strength and hope from Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, among others! We truly are united in service in A.A. See below for a teaser:

“Appropriately, the theme of the meeting was ‘The Purpose of Our Service: Sobriety Within Everyone’s Reach.’ Delegates addressed issues facing A.A.’s worldwide Fellowship; shared with each other in workshops, presentations and informal general sharing sessions; connected via online chats and text groups; and listened (and danced) to a WSM playlist put together by the excellent tech team providing support throughout the meeting.”

Summertime is Sweet 

For the love of seasonal fruit, 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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The Buzz | June 11, 2021

Revised A.A. Preamble Coming Soon!

Did you hear? An advisory action of the 71st General Service Conference, and accepted by the General Service Board, resulted in the action of replacing the words “men and women” with “people” in the A.A. Preamble. This change, actively discussed in groups across the United States and Canada for two years, will make its debut in the July issue of Grapevine, and its translation will be in the July/August issue of La Viña. At our San Francisco Founders Day event this Saturday, this change and several other updates to conference approved literature will be discussed. Event details below!

Founders’ Day Events This Weekend!

Do not miss these awesome events, folks! TWO Founders’ Day Events are happening! Intergroup will be hosting a virtual event on Saturday, June 12th from 12-2pm PDT. Flyer below or online.

Attend a Founders Day event hosted in Marin on Sunday, June 13th, either online or in-person! Our own IFAA Board Chair, Alan G. is speaking on Our Great Responsibility! See details on the flyer below or check it out on our events page

Intergroup Summary for June

Your IFAA Intergroup met for June’s Business Meeting last Wednesday, 6/3. You can review the proposed meeting minutes, including financialshere.

Service Opportunities for the Coming Week…

  • The Point Committee meeting is cancelled this month due to our Founders Day event.

  • GGYPAA meets on Sunday 6/13.

  • SF Public Relations Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday 6/13.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PDT
    • Business @ 7pm PDT

  • HelpChat Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 6/15.
    • Orientation @ 5pm PDT
    • Business @ 6pm PDT

Women’s Brunch this Sunday 6/13! 

Hey ladies! The 18th Annual Language of the Heart Women’s (Virtual) Brunch will be held on Sunday, June 13th @ 11:30am PDT! Space is limited; for those who were not able to RSVP by June 5th, please reach out to lothwb@gmail.com to register. See the beautiful flyer below or online.

The Point Wants Your Submissions!

Help keep the spirit of A.A. alive by writing for The Point! The deadline to submit articles for the July Issue is June 22nd, 2021. And if you haven’t already, check out the current issue for June right here!

Read | Listen @ aasfmarin.org/the-point

Let in the Light!

For the love of 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 | June 2021

Intergroup Meeting Proposed Minutes
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, 7-8:30 PM

The following are Proposed Minutes (i.e. not yet approved) from the Intergroup Meeting held on Wednesday, June 2, 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 and Statement of Purpose
  • Review the minutes and agenda
  • Roll Call: Chat “Attendance” with your name, position and group
    • 69 groups represented: 44 from San Francisco, 25 from Marin



  • New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
    • Welcome to New IGRs: Neil N, Jim L, Courtney S, Zack A, Jim M (incoming treasurer), Yeol!
    • AA Anniversaries: Peggy – 33 years, Sarah – 2 years, Renee – 5 years, Rae – 16 years, Jerry – 14 years, Thatcher – 8 years, Yeol – 1 year, Elaine – 27 years!
  • Approval of agenda
    • Motion to approve: Jim B; Second: mistakenly took Chad’s raised hand as second
  • Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes
    • Motion to approve: Tom; Second: Jerry G

7:10   Officer Reports

  1. Board Chair, Alan G:
    • Open position: Intergroup Recording Secretary
    • New Treasurer: Welcome Jim M. Thanks so much Renee for your service!
    • Town Hall: Ready to Return – 250 people showed up! See aasfmarin.org/resuming for details and summary
    • Ongoing lease negotiations: nothing new to report other than it is still in progress; if anything new or big comes up, will let IG know
    • Join an Intergroup Committee!
  2. Patrick clarifies he mistakenly took Chad’s raised hand as a second to the Agenda, but it was an objection.
  3. Chad: I submitted a motion to be included in tonight’s New Business on May 16 regarding tech spending and approval from the groups for continued tech spending; did not receive a reply until today; IFAA Tech Committee response was that it’s not on the agenda and that’s not how expenses are handled; I think it is important and merits a discussion considering the 2021 Budget approval for 36k
    • Response/Clarification: Alex B – A clarification that I am on the Tech committee and not on the board, the motion is not related to IFAA Tech Committee and is a Board decision; also I second the motion to approve the Agenda for tonight
    • Melissa F: I submitted a motion to have an IGR-based committee to work on group conscience, I hope it is on the agenda, if not it is ok to go on next month’s
      • Response: Alan – that is on the agenda tonight
    • Thatcher: Please consider the budget motion, it is a fair request, if not this month, then next month
  4. Treasurer, Renee T: 
    • Group Contributions: $13,384 > $2522 under budget (April) and $7644 under budget (YTD)
    • Individual Contributions: $6799 > $381 under budget (April) and $2432 over budget (YTD)
    • Operating Expenses: $23,357 > $4291 under budget for (April) and $13,842 under budget (YTD)
    • Unrestricted Cash: $55,477 > equal to approx. 2 months operating expenses
    • Rating for April 2021 is “Excellent”
    • Faithful Fivers: 8 additional members in April – we’re at 279 members currently; $ contributed is $3,895 and Average $ per member is $13.96 per month
      • Can we get to 350 by the end of the year!? Small contributions matter! We appreciate all of you.
  5. Executive Director, Maury P:
    • Thanks so much Renee for your service and support!
    • Central Office Soft Reopening: welcomed 30 walk-ins last month, COVID protocols in place. Phone and online orders for shipping or curbside pickup are still encouraged and appreciated. Details at aasfmarin.org/order-aa-literature
    • Working on printed meeting schedule for in person meetings (currently have 155 in-person and 600 online meetings listed), both types are now searchable on aasfmarin.org
    • Town Hall Takeaways: check out the doc on aasfmarin.org!
    • Vacancies for non-trustee directors on AAWS and AAGV: trying to get a wide pool of applicants 
    • Opening for Class A Trustee for General Service Board: non-alcoholic member (14 AAs and 7 non-AAs make up the board)

7:30    Elections for IFAA Board

  1. Election Process: bylaws were sent out along with simplification of voting procedures; received statements of interest from 6 candidates, we have put forward all 6 to be voted on; we have 4 positions being filled, 3 full terms (3 years) and 1 remainder of a term (2 years and 1 month); all voting members tonight will vote for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices; 
  2. Candidates: governance held interviews with each candidate and based on these interviews, along with their submitted statements, we used best judgment (on bylaws and by you) to decide who to put forward; all candidates are sober, involved in IG, at least 2 years sobriety
  3. Eligible Voters: elected IGRs or Alternates can vote, committee chairs can also vote; elected IG may vote after having attended the IG orientation and having attended a previous meeting as an elected rep; an elected Alternate can vote at the first meeting attended
  4. Lara on the Election Process: 
    • When filling board seats, we try to look and fill in the gaps in representation; this might mean diversity of skillset, diversity of perspective, thoughts, cultural diversity so that we can continue meeting demands of a growing fellowship in SF and Marin, would like to proactively mention that we lack Marin representation but try to be thoughtful of this in the process year over year by reaching out to both counties; we would still like more Marin representation
    • We attempt to ensure equity in the process and in how each candidate is able to showcase their skillsets and experiences by asking each candidate the same questions, and giving each candidate 2 min to talk to Intergroup body about why they are interested and what they will bring to the board
    • Online Ballot System: people who are not eligible to vote please use your raise hand feature or reactions button to be identified and moved temporarily into the waiting room during the election; eligible voters will then be sent a link to an online ballot; this ballot will ask voters to choose their top 3 choices of candidate and bylaws dictate that the 4th highest voted candidate will take the 4th opening on the boar; after ballot closes, non voters will be entered back into meeting and the elected members will be announced
  5. Luke with Candidate Overviews: 
    • Leanne W: involved in Teleservice Committee
    • Elena R: served in GS for many years, deep background higher level service
    • Chip G: very involved and has made himself available to groups, long term sobriety
    • Jaime G: long term sobriety and deep group involvement
    • Nikki T: finishing a partial term on the board coming to close, experience on board
    • Paul A: long term sobriety, involved in non profit entities
  6. Chip G: IGR for Serenity Seekers in SF; I want to express gratitude to current and retiring members of the board, you are the people who have stepped up and we appreciate you; the bequest showed that a substantial majority of membership felt very different than the board, so it is important to have more diverse viewpoints on the board; talk is cheap, if i’m going to criticize then I should step up and get involved
  7. Elena R: Chair of Fellowship Committee; echoing the thank you to the board; I’ve been involved with IG for about 5 years as an IGR and Chair of Fellowship, IG is really important to members in SF and Marin and I want to help expand involvement to more groups and have more representation in IG as a whole; I have past experience with volunteering on many levels which will be a useful skill to bring, I worked for an insurance brokerage, and am familiar with insurance, contracts, working collaboratively and problem solving
  8. Jaime G: IGR for Sesame Step; grateful to the board for waking me up and getting me involved in IG; I always thought things worked behind the scenes but there are people involved behind the scenes doing the work; I try to live by the steps and live by the traditions; I would like to be the voice of integrity, to have the hard conversations, to help get information out to groups in a more efficient way, not as a slight but that many people were misinformed in the events that occurred last year and we can improve
  9. Leanna W: GGYPAA; unique opportunity to support central office and AA as a whole; there’s a lot of behind the scenes service that occurs and want to be a part of that; I’ve had many service roles thus far, committees, as a liaison; outside aa extensive background in academics, research and volunteer work; most importantly I think we should have women and young people in leadership roles to reflect our community at large
  10. Nikki T: IFAA board member; I’ve held several service positions in AA; I would love the opportunity to continue the work I’ve begun here with passion; the pandemic has shown that we are in an interesting point in time in our fellowship; I believe that reaching out the hand of AA to the alcoholic who still suffers needs to be not only reaching out in the basements but it will take something different in this climate, we have a unique opportunity to reach out the hand of AA; 
  11. Paul A: IGR in West Portal Group; I’m an alcoholic grateful for my sobriety, want to do service at a different level; I have experience as a lawyer, sat on a number of non-profit boards, experience with governance and bylaws; really important to clarify roles and how people serve their fellowship
  12. Non-eligible voters and those who wished to abstain were moved to the waiting room at 7:55pm. 70 eligible voters were sent ballots at 8:04pm. Voting concluded at 8:07pm. Non-eligible voters were let into the meeting again at 8:08pm.
  13. The 4 elected board members are Nikki T, Paul A, Leanna W, Chip G! Welcome to the IFAA Board!
  14. Kathleen: Please give a breakdown of the number of votes for each person
  15. Lara provided the breakdown but it has been not been recorded here based on potentially causing harm to the candidates or other members
  16. Allison: I thought that asking for the breakdown of the numbers was inappropriate

8:05   Intergroup Committee Reports

  1. Archives, Mike:
    • We are looking for volunteers, we meet 3rd Sunday of every month
  2. SF PR (PI/CPC), Peter: 
    • 11 SF radio stations offered PSAs; working with Fellowship Committee on Founders Day; planning inclusion Town Hall for July or August; calling card is ready but we need a larger font; completed presentation for CPMC social workers; next meeting June 7th at 7pm come to orientation at 6pm email sfpr@aasfmarin.org for ID and password
  3. Tech, Alex B: 
    • Interest in IFAA and other Fellowships in printing new schedules for in person meetings; discussion of ongoing website maintenance and re-design; seeking feedback from people regarding transitions to hybrid meetings; June 7th at 6pm email tech@aasfmarin.org
  4. The Point, Michael: 
  5. Fellowship, Elena: 
    • Founders Day is Sat June 12th 12-2pm; separate diversity inclusion workshop will be in July or August; presentation by Jackie B on Pioneers of AA, two speakers, door prizes, pandemic recovery practices, and the future of the fellowship
    • Anyone interested in joining Fellowship please email fellowship@aasfmarin.org as Elena will be rotating out as Chair
  6. Teleservice, Luke: 
    • In dire need of help – 10+ open shifts orientations continue to be held on the 3rd Monday of every month at 6pm via Zoom meeting link online; please share this info with your group and ask around for volunteers!

8:22   Report from 71st General Service Conference

  1. Jackie B:
    • Chair of SF GS District 06
    • Difference b/w IG and GS – intergroup is local and GS is national and international (US/Canada and Global); IG meets 1x month to advise IFAA Board of Directors and GS meets 1x per year to advise General Service Board
    • Report from 71st General Service Conference: 5th edition of AA is in development – first 164 pages will not be touched; there will be new forward and a special preface to explain use of gendered language and updates to appendices; accessible translation was also approved to make it easier (currently big book is at college level, average american has 7th grade literacy level, translation will be at 5th grade level)
      • Pamphlets for Black/African American AA and Native North American AA will be updated with new stories and new titles
      • Pamphlet for mental health professionals will be developed
      • The U.S./Canada General Service Structure will recognize online groups and encourage their participation, listing those groups who ask to be listed within the group’s preferred district and area.
      • 2 Public Service Announcements (PSA)  with full face actors portraying AA members were approved
      • A podcast will be produced and distributed by G.S.O. in cooperation with the Grapevine Office.
      • The Grapevine will develop a plan for an Instagram account
      • The A.A. Preamble will be revised with the following gender neutral language: “Alcoholics Anonymous is a Fellowship of people …” and will appear for the first time in the July 2021 Grapevine. 
      • “Opposite Sex” & “Lustful enough to rape” will be removed from the Twelve and Twelve (and footnotes added to explain the change.)
      • 12 and 12 – gender neutral language; replacing lustful paragraph; there will be footnotes that will explain what the original was and why it was changed
      • GSO Financial Highlights 2020
      • Delegate’s Report Tuesday June 8th at 7:30pm and you’re all invited
  2. Since the meeting went over time, Patrick asked all liaisons to provide written reports which will be included with the Intergroup slide deck when that is circulated

8:33    Old Business

  1. Alan G:
    • Intergroup Group Inventory Planning/Discussion there will be an ad hoc working group; will need to discuss format/structure; questions to review; we’re over time so come to break out rooms to discuss
    • Thanks to all who have put themselves forward on the Board; thank you outgoing members, welcome to the incoming ones!
  2. Molly M: Since the Liaisons had no time to report, I want to point out most of them were Marin based and we are trying to have more inclusion from Marin and so this feels frustrating
  3. Lara: I wanted to apologize to anyone who was offended by the candidate numbers being shared and I recognize how that may have been harmful. If there is anything I can do to rectify this with anyone who is upset, please let me know, you can contact me directly

8:38   Targeted Message

  1. IFAA Founders Day 2021: Saturday, June 12, 12:00 – 2:00 PM and Marin on Sunday June 13th
  2. Please submit in person meeting listings
  3. May 20 Town Hall information posted on aasfmarin.org/resuming
  4. Subscribe to The Buzz!

8:38   Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

Next Intergroup Meeting is Wednesday, July 7, 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 April 2021

For April 2021, Gross Profit (revenue minus COGS) was $20,623 this was under budget by $3,089 due to lower than expected Group Contributions. Gross Profit is $6,756 under budget year to date. 

Total Operating Expense for April was $23,357, under budget by $4,291. Total Expenditures are $13,842 under budget year to date. This is primarily due to budget being allocated for technology work that has not yet been spent.

The result is a Net Operating Deficit of $2,657 for the month, this is $1,099 over budget. This leaves the fellowship with a $652 surplus year to date ($6,913 over budget).

Group Contributions for April $13,384, under budget by $2,522. Group contributions are $7,644 under budget year to date. Individual Contributions for April were $6,799, under budget by $381. Individual contributions are $2,423 over budget year to date. 

Total Unrestricted Cash for April 2021 (adjusted for payables) was $55,477. Unrestricted Cash is about 2.0x monthly operating expenses. 

The rating for April 2021 is “Excellent”.

OVERALL RATING: EXCELLENT

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 projected at roughly $27K/month, so we’d have over $54K in unrestricted cash balances for the month. Intergroup has been “excellent” since March 2021.

GOOD: We are meeting our budget.  Our 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 February 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 | June 4, 2021

Founders’ Day Is Next Weekend!

That’s right, everyone! Next weekend we’ve got not one but TWO Founders’ Day Events happening! Intergroup will be hosting a virtual event on Saturday, June 12th from 12-2pm PDT. Flyer below or online.

And you can double dip! Attend a Founders Day event hosted in Marin on Sunday, June 13th, either online or in-person! Our own IFAA Board Chair, Alan G. is speaking on Our Great Responsibility! See details on the flyer below or check it out on our events page

Upcoming Service Opportunities…

  • Technology Committee meets on Monday 6/7.

  • Marin H&I Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 6/8.

  • SF General Service Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 6/8.

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday 6/8.

Speaking of Service, Teleservice Needs Volunteers!

SF Teleservice is in dire need of your help with 10+ open shifts! This is an about face from the flood of new volunteers we had at the beginning of the shut down. Please do your part to keep the phone lines answered 24/7. Announcing at meetings is great, but personally taking a shift is even better! What greater way is there to feel more a part of than getting a commitment on the front lines of A.A.? One-year of continuous sobriety required. 

Orientations continue to be held on the third Monday of every month @ 6pm  PDT via Zoom and the meeting info can be found here.

Please email sfteleservice@aasfmarin.org for more information.

The Point: June Issue is Posted!

It’s time to mine the gold nuggets of the June Issue of The Point; you won’t want to miss these stories!

Reminder: Delegate’s Report is on Tuesday 6/8!

Don’t forget that you’re invited to the next General Service District Meeting on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:30pm PDT! The Area Delegate, Jennifer B., will be sharing an abridged version of her report on the 71st General Service Conference, followed by a Q&A session. All A.A. members are welcome!

See the flyer below or online for details; a direct link to the Zoom meeting is right here.

Intergroup Fast Fact!

In the past year, IFAA, our Intergroup, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of digital contributions made. In 2020, Intergroup processed 3,665 contributions, a 35% increase in contribution transactions YoY. At the same time, we have seen a decrease in literature sales from 2,159 transactions in 2019 to 1,039 in 2020.

Love and Tolerance is Our Code

For the love of golden hour, 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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