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23 11, 2022

The Buzz | November 23, 2022

 

The Buzz: Special Edition

Greetings! The Buzz is sending a special, early edition for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow is a holiday, when visitors, newcomers and local A.A. members may be in search of meetings and fellowship. We’re sharing info about “alcathons” happening in San Francisco and Marin tomorrow. And remember to check our regular meeting schedule for other meetings happening in S.F. and Marin. 

This special edition of The Buzz takes the place of our regular Friday edition. Look for the next issue to arrive in your inbox next Friday, December 2.

 

Thanksgiving Meetings and Fellowship

Looking for meetings to anchor your recovery over the holiday tomorrow? You have options in San Francisco and Marin. 

Marin: Novato Alcathon

Come to Good Shepherd Church tomorrow (1180 Lynnwood Drive, Novato) for meetings every hour on the hour from 10am-10pm, with the exception of 3-4pm, when dinner will be served. 
 

San Francisco: Gratitude Center Alcathon

Come to the Gratitude Center tomorrow (1320 7th Ave., S.F.) or join online for meetings every hour on the hour from 6am-10pm. The 3pm meeting includes a potluck. All meetings are hybrid. 
 

San Francisco: Traditions Workshop
 

 

Central Office Closure: November 24 and 25

Central Office will be closed tomorrow and Friday. On November 26, it will resume regular hours of operation, which are Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

Holiday Meeting Changes? Let Central Office Know!

Central Office needs your help keeping the meeting schedule current. If your group is not meeting on a regularly scheduled date, please email [email protected] so that info can be reflected in the online schedule. Newcomers, visitors and members are looking for meetings on holidays, and having accurate information on our meeting schedule is important. 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

A Sense of Belonging

For the love of cranberries in all forms, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

 
15 11, 2022

Intergroup News | November 2022

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup Meeting – Proposed Minutes
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7-8:30 PM

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

  1. Open with the Serenity Prayer
    1. Claire, IGR for Wake Up On 3rd Street filled in to take minutes.  
  2. Call to order. Statement of Purpose
  3. Review the minutes and agenda
  4. Roll Call
    1. 43 groups represented: 31 from San Francisco, 12 from Marin

    1. New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
      1. New IGRs: Anke S., from Sober Sisters, Keara R., 10:30 from Awareness Acceptance,  and Mary W., 2nd business meeting mtg – A Way Out (virtual) 
      2. Visitors Jackie B. & Kim S. from SF Archives 
      3. AA Anniversaries: Jennifer K. (25 years, Intimate Feelings) & Amanda B. (4 years, from There is a Solution)
    2. Approval of agenda (housekeeping item): 
      1. Approved
    3. Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes (housekeeping item): 
      1. Approved 

    7:15   Officer Reports

    1. Board Chair – Nikki, in Charlie’s absence
      1. Thank you for attendees and organizers of SF and Marin Unity Days 
    2. Treasurer – Jim:  Better than last year, but still striving for budget.   
      1. Revenue:
        1. Total revenue was $263,000, 8% under budget but 13% ahead of last year
        2. Increases in both individual and group contributions: $6,500 over August
        3. September numbers are up over August (individual contributions up). 
      2. Expenses:
        1. Total expenses $288,000, 6% under budget and 23% ahead of prior year
        2. Expenses exceeded revenue, but that was expected (inflation and other speculative factors). 
      3. Deficit and Rating:
        1. Budgeted deficit of $25,000, however actual deficit is currently at $26,000
        2. Losses are taking their toll on liquidity but the decline in cash is slowing as revenues improve with good expense management. 
        3. Central Office has had excellent cash management.  
        4. We are financing our loss against our unrestricted cash (the money above our prudent reserve).
        5. Rating = Fair
      4. Faithful Fivers:
        1. 303 Faithful Fivers – donated $4,134 (which is up $90)
        2. The average Faithful Fiver contribution is $13.64
        3. Our 2022 goal of 350 Faithful Fivers by year end can happen if we get the word out. Go to aasfmarin.org and click on “contribute” [Group, Individual, Gratitude Month, and Faithful Fiver]. The website is an excellent source for all the methods available to contribute.
      5. Take-home message: Continue to get the message out about individual, group contributions, Faithful Fivers, and Gratitude Month. 
    3. Executive Director – Christina
      1. Intergroup has drafted a statement that can be shared with your group’s regarding our deficit.  A little blurb/elevator pitch is included. 
      2. Open service positions: 
        1. Co-Webmaster (requires previous web admin experience)
        2. Central Office volunteers (1x yr sobriety requirement) 
        3. Tech Committee volunteers (people are stepping up – trying to improve IT at CO). 

    7:23    Intergroup Committee Reports  – (Note – Intergroup Committee Reports accidentally began after the Officer Reports) 

    • SF Public Relations:  Peter M – Discussing future of committee; working out issues with websites; need support; performed last Sunday Streets; participated in Unity Day
    • SF Archives:  Kim – Participated in Unity Day; only 2-3 members; NEEDS to rotate – do not need to be an IGR to participate
    • Sunshine Club – held orientation with 1 participant in attendance; Holding another; Kate K stepped down as Marin Co-Chair; Looking for new Co-Chair, preferably from Marin
      • Held Quarterly Business meeting – main topic was how to replace Kate.  

    7:30   Old Business

    • Motion to create an Ad-Hoc Outreach Committee with representation from both San Francisco and Marin. (voting)
      • Discussion:
        • Alison T. described the need for clarity around what Intergroup is and what we do. This Ad-Hoc Outreach Committee would help with that, and also hopefully encourage more members to get involved with service.
        • Question regarding how outreach will happen. Response: the committee will decide ideas first before we begin the outreach. Anyone is encouraged to join this Ad-Hoc Committee. Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested.
        • Suggest we consider a change in the Intergroup meeting format for better IGR participation 
        • Reminder that the purpose of the committee is to develop and discuss ways to create a program to facilitate the outreach efforts. 
        • An IGR created a 2- pager document for his homegroup that might be relevant to share.  
    • Motion Approved
    • Motion to refer to “Intercounty Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous” going forward as “San Francisco and Marin Intergroup.” (voting)
      • Discussion:
        • Judy W. described all the different ways people refer to Intergroup. This will help us become more consistent.
        • Suggestion to call ourselves Intergroup because we are all Intergroup Reps!
        • Sensible to use the name of the city, and to be consistent.  The communication survey indicated that one name might really help our members know and understand who we serve. Suggestion that the Intergroup Board create a 5-year plan.
        • Question re: the colloquialism, and what we call it for short
          • In writing likely “San Francisco and Marin Intergroup” at first, and then “Intergroup” after.
    • Motion Approved.

      

    7:50 pm   New Business

    • 2023 Budget Presentation (Discussion) – Jim
      • In preparing the 2023 budget we analyzed 2018-2022 actuals, forecast, budget, and trends by line
      • The 2023 draft budget includes aggressive revenue numbers however we are budgeting for a $16.6K deficit. In this budget, liquidity is  preserved without eliminating services.
        • The revenues need to return to pre-pandemic in order to maintain our prudent reserve.
      • Budgeted revenues for 2023, require that group contributions and bookstore sales are near pre-pandemic levels. It also assumes that fellowship contributions continue and there is a slight uptick in individual contributions from 2022. It is an aggressive budget overall with contributions.
      • The budgeted 2023 expenses are correlated with revenues to a lesser extent and we were not as aggressive with expense estimates as we were in 2022.
      • In 2022 we projected a deficit of $32,800 which is sustainable for this year, however improvements are necessary to sustain Intergroup’s services.
      • The 2023 draft budget projects that our prudent reserve will be maintained.
      • Discussion:
        • Contributions need to go up 
        • Marty – Consider being aggressive in getting word out  that contributions are down and people should consider donating $2 in the basket. Also that it is Gratitude Month
        • Question if there are gaps in contributions – from in-person to online meetings?
        • Important to recognize the services that Intergroup provides and the letter is not a cash call;  When talking about the need, really lead with the services IG provides (that’s the real need) – very crucial; 
        • Suggestion to increase the suggested 7th Tradition contribution percentages on IG’s website. 
        • Reminder that the majority should be going to Central Office; Reminder about the 7th Tradition workshop that Area is hosting on Saturday, November 12 from 10am to 12 pm online.
        • Question if the cost of hiring an accountant was included in the 2023 budget? Response: no, the Board determined we are not able to hire someone at this point
    • Tech Presentation – Andrew
      • Presentation tabled until next month

    8:23 pm   Liaison Committee Reports 

    • MCYPAA – Kaitlin
      • Holding a MCYPAA logo contest and will be voting on it this Sunday at the business meeting. 
    • SF General Service – Alison
      • Elections are happening at the district level and the Fall election assembly in Vacaville
    • SF H&I – Chad
      • Next business meeting is November 19 at 10 am – their meetings are bi-monthly
      • Orientation is also on 11/19 at 11 am
      • They need volunteers!
    • Marin General Service – Andrew (filling in for Molly) 
      • Elections are November 21. Panel 71 is rolling out and Panel 73 is rolling in. Also, GSO will be selling a jacketless Big Book – which will help with the literature delays and supply chain issues

    What’s On Your Mind

    Did not get to tonight.

    8:30   Targeted Message

    • Intergroup is currently experiencing a budget deficit. Please read and share this letter at A.A. meetings you attend – as we depend on you to ensure we are here tomorrow for the alcoholic who still suffers. 
    • Get involved with service by joining an Intergroup service committee. Check out our calendar at aasfmarin.org to see when the committees meet and anyone can participate.
    • Remember Gratitude Month is in November and it’s a time to express your gratitude for your sobriety. These additional contributions support A.A. service entities so talk to your groups now to get ready for Gratitude Month!

    Next Intergroup Meeting: December 7 online

    Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

    Meeting was adjourned at 8:30pm.

 

Treasurer’s Narrative

September 2022 Intergroup Meeting Treasurer’s Narrative
Year to Date Ended
September 31, 2022

REVENUES:

Though total revenues are still $21K under budget year to date, group contributions
increased by $8K in the month of September and individual contributions by another
thousand. This was somewhat as expected as a modest surge is seen in contributions
as we approach the end of the year, and the lag in group contributions from treasure
commitment turnovers finally manifested. Bookstore sales were right on budget.

EXPENSES:

Expenses year to date are also under budget in line with decreased revenues. A rent
increase in November will push expenses higher along with a mandate to load test our
wheelchair ramp in the central office but not enough to counter the surge in revenues.
We will likely end the year within budgeted expenses overall but they will likely still
exceed revenues.

NET DEFICIT:

IFAA is currently experiencing a year to date loss of $26K a slight improvement over
last month. This was largely due to the surge in revenues noted above and a tight
control over expenses. Gratitude month, and end of year contributions will improve our
outlook but to what extent is still uncertain. It is likely we will end the year with a loss
close to budget.

LIQUIDITY RESERVE:

Unrestricted cash in addition to our 6-month prudent reserve slipped in September due
to our continuing operating loss. Liquid reserves ended the period at 1.1 months or
“Fair” down from 1.4 months. We are still in a solvent cash position, and will likely still
be at year end but if the trend continues, our liquidity will be depleted necessitating
access to our prudent reserve in 2023.

BUDGET:

The forecasted 2022 loss cannot be sustained in 2023 without accessing funds from our
prudent reserve. Therefore the 2023 budget was drafted with a tight grip on expenses
and revenues aggressive enough to sustain them.

11 11, 2022

The Buzz | November 11, 2022

 
 

Step by Step Workshop: Step 11

Join Faye W. and your fellows on November 12 @ 2pm at Hillside Church of Marin in San Rafael for the next workshop in the Step by Step series, “The Consciousness of Your Belief is Sure to Come”. Topics include how to practice inventory, prayer and meditation in daily life, along with other 11th Step practices.
 

 

Thanksgiving Meeting: All About the Book

On November 13 from 12-3pm, come to an A.A. speaker meeting, where Larry T. will share experience, strength and hope. After the meeting, stick around for a potluck and fellowship. This event takes place at St. Vincent’s School (1 St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael). Food is needed for the potluck. If you’d like to be of service at this event, please text Sue B. at (415) 517-8028 for a list of needed items. 
 

 

HelpChat Orientation

Have you wondered who is on the other side of the blue “Need Help?” chat bubble on our website? It’s A.A. volunteers! And, you can be one of them. HelpChat is a great way to practice the 12th Step and be there for the newcomer who reaches out for help. Volunteers answer chats from their smartphones or laptops and on their own schedules. Come to an orientation on November 15 @ 6pm
 

 

Gratitude Month

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, and per our 12 Traditions, A.A. is self-supporting. This is true in any month, but in November members are encouraged to consider expressing gratitude for the gift of sobriety with additional contributions to support A.A. service entities and essential 12th Step services that San Francisco and Marin Intergroup provides. Please read and share this letter with your groups for information about why Gratitude Month is especially important this year. Contribute through your group’s treasurer or online at aasfmarin.org/contributions.

 

Central Office is Closed November 11

Central Office is closed today in observance of Veteran’s Day. On November 12, it will resume regular hours of operation, which are Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

We Relax and Take It Easy

For the love of shorter days, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

5 11, 2022

The Buzz | November 4, 2022

 
 

November Edition of The Point

The latest edition of The Point, featuring works by local A.A. members, explores making amends to people who have passed away and how a swim from Alcatraz led to a spiritual awakening. Find the most recent issue here.
 

 

Intergroup News

On November 2, Intergroup voted to change its name to San Francisco and Marin Intergroup. In addition, Intergroup voted in favor of establishing an Ad-Hoc Outreach Committee. These changes are designed to have a positive impact on the 12th Step services that Intergroup provides.
 

Proposed 2023 Budget

Also during the meeting, Intergroup’s Treasurer presented the 2023 draft budget and talked about Intergroup’s financial situation. The draft budget should be shared during your group’s next business meeting, to prepare for a vote at the December 7 Intergroup meeting.
 

Important Letter for A.A. Meetings

Everyone is being asked to read this letter from San Francisco and Marin Intergroup at A.A. meetings you attend. It can be read during the time set aside for “announcements”. Intergroup is relying on the Fellowship to share this important message about its financial situation and the importance of practicing the 7th Tradition.

Service Opportunities

Announce these service opportunities at your meetings. Anyone can join the service committees. You do not need to be an Intergroup Rep to participate!
 

  • Central Office volunteers are needed to take a weekly 2-hour shift. Volunteers help answer the phone lines, greet customers and assist with special projects. One year of sobriety is required. To sign up, click here.

  • Intergroup needs a new Co-Webmaster to help maintain the aasfmarin.org website. Previous WordPress experience is required and experience as a Webmaster is a plus. For details, email [email protected].

  • Archives Committee is looking for volunteers to help preserve local A.A. history. Its next meeting is November 20 @ 12pm (at Central Office and online).

  • Sunshine Club brings meetings to A.A. members in Marin and San Francisco who are unable to attend regularly scheduled meetings due to illness, accident or a disabling medical condition. The Sunshine Club is looking for a new co-chair, preferably from Marin. The next volunteer orientation is November 30 @ 7:30pm online. Email [email protected] for details.

  • San Francisco Public Relations meets on November 14 @ 7pm online. In the spirit of rotation, it is looking for volunteers to take commitments, including a new committee chair. For details email [email protected].

 

Gratitude Month is Here!

November is traditionally the month to express gratitude for the gift of sobriety with additional contributions to support A.A. service entities and essential 12th Step services that San Francisco and Marin Intergroup provides. Gratitude Month will be especially important this year as Intergroup is experiencing a deficit due to a decline in individual and group contributions. As noted in Intergroup News above, read and share this letter  with your groups. You can also contribute online at aasfmarin.org/contributions.
 

 

Thanksgiving Meeting: All About the Book

On November 13 from 12-3pm, come to an A.A. speaker meeting and potluck at St. Vincent’s School (1 St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael). Food is needed for the potluck. If you’d like to be of service at this event, please text Sue B. at (415) 517-8028 for a list of needed items. 
 

 

Central Office Closure

Central Office will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day. On November 12, it will resume regular hours of operation, which are Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

On Awakening

For the love of falling back, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

28 10, 2022

The Buzz | October 28, 2022

 
 

What Makes a Financially Healthy Group?

November is just around the corner, which means it’s about to be Gratitude Month. Consider participating in this virtual workshop on November 12, which provides an in-depth look at the 7th Tradition. Learn how to talk to A.A. groups about money and explain why Gratitude Month will be especially important this year: Intergroup is experiencing a deficit due to a decline in individual and group contributions. Spanish/English interpretation provided.

 

Volunteer at Central Office

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup has welcomed volunteers back to Central Office. There are lots of shifts available! Central Office volunteers are essential to the work of Intergroup and help us reach our primary purpose of serving the alcoholic. Volunteers help answer teleservice phone lines, assist customers who visit the Central Office bookstore and help with special projects. If you have one year or more of continuous sobriety, consider committing to a weekly 2-hour shift. Central Office is located at 1821 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. Sign up to volunteer here. Please reach out to [email protected] with questions. 

 

Halloween Weekend Meetings and Fellowship

Fall Follies “Spooktacular”

Western Roundup Living Sober is hosting an A.A meeting with Al-Anon participation tomorrow @ 6pm, followed by a variety show. Join your fellows at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy for a night of wicked talent with a splash of drag, hosted by Minnie Happy Returns and Vanessa Avenue. There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Get tickets and more info here
 


 

Halloween Meeting and Dance

San Francisco Mission Fellowship at 2900 24th Street is also hosting a Halloween-themed event tomorrow and invites you to enjoy fellowship and dancing. Festivities begin immediately following the regular 7pm A.A. meeting, “Chip on the Shoulder”. Ray L. will deejay until 10pm.
 

 

 

Reminder: Spanish Language Forum

 

Join the Step by Step Workshop on Step 11

The Step by Step Workshop series continues with “The Consciousness of Your Belief is Sure to Come”. Join Faye W. and your fellows on November 12 @ 4pm at Hillside Church of Marin in San Rafael to explore weaving inventory, prayer and meditation into daily life and other topics related to 11th Step practices. 
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • San Francisco Bridging the Gap (online) is November 1.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7pm
       

  • Marin 12 Concepts Study (online) is November 1 @ 7pm.
     

  • San Francisco and Marin Intergroup (online) is November 2.

 

The Problem Has Been Removed

For the love of tricks and treats, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

21 10, 2022

The Buzz | October 21, 2022

 
 

Fall Follies “Spooktacular”

Western Roundup Living Sober is hosting an A.A meeting with Al-Anon participation on October 29 @ 6pm, followed by a variety show. Join your fellows at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy for a night of wicked talent with a splash of drag, hosted by Minnie Happy Returns and Vanessa Avenue. There will also be a costume contest with prizes. Get tickets and more info here
 

 

Halloween Meeting and Dance

Looking for more sober events over Halloween weekend? San Francisco Mission Fellowship at 2900 24th Street invites you to enjoy fellowship and dancing on October 29, immediately following the regular 7pm A.A. meeting, “Chip on the Shoulder”. Ray L. will deejay until 10pm.
 

 

Last Call for Story Submissions

Big Book 5th Edition

The A.A. trustees’ Literature Committee is working on the fifth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first 164 pages, which explain alcoholism and our Program of recovery, will remain the same. But a new edition means it’s time to include some new stories in the back of the book. The committee is searching for recovery stories from a broad cross-section of our local communities. Your story could be one of them. As Bill W. wrote on page 29: “Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will be persuaded to say, ‘Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.’” Consider sharing your experience, strength and hope. For info about how to submit your story, click here. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2022. 
 

 

 

The Black A.A. Experience

Speaking of new editions, the pamphlet previously published as “A.A. for the Black and African-American Alcoholic” is also getting an update. A working group is revitalizing the pamphlet with fresh stories and a new title that is inclusive and reflects the perspective of Black A.A. members sharing their experience, strength and hope. If you identify as a Black alcoholic, consider sharing your story as part of this effort. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2022. 
 

 

Thanksgiving Meeting: All About the Book

On November 13, come enjoy an A.A. speaker meeting and fellowship @ 12-3pm at St. Vincent’s (1 St. Vincent Drive, San Rafael). 
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

  • Marin Teleservice (online) is October 25.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:30pm

 

 

  • Marin PI/CPC (in person) is October 27.

    • Orientation @ 7pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:30pm

 

Sanity Will Have Returned

For the love of the Great Pumpkin, please share this information with your social media communities (keepingt in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

 
15 10, 2022

The Buzz | October 14, 2022

 
 

What Makes a Financially Healthy Group?

With Gratitude Month coming up in November, this virtual workshop on November 12 provides an in-depth look at the 7th Tradition. Learn how to talk to A.A. groups about money and explain why Gratitude Month will be especially important this year: Intergroup is experiencing a deficit because individual and group contributions have declined since the pandemic. Spanish/English interpretation provided.
 

 

Marin Pop-Up Bookstore

It’s almost time for the monthly pop-up bookstore in Marin. Need a new book to read with a sponsee or pamphlets to offer at your meeting? Pre-purchase your A.A. literature and chips by Saturday, October 15 @ 2pm via the online bookstore for pick-up on Monday, October 17 at the Marin General Service meeting in the Jackson Cafe at Vivalon (930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael). Select A.A. literature will also be available for purchase 6:45-7:30pm and 9-9:30pm. For additional instructions, click here

 

Marin Unity Day

Marin Unity Day is tomorrow, October 15. This annual service fair offers the chance to meet representatives from Intergroup and service entities and hear representatives discuss the value of our service organizations. 
 

 

Marin Service Manual Study

Interested in learning about the A.A. Service Manual? Join an informal study group that meets in a casual environment where all learn together. This study takes place monthly and is held online. 

 

Spanish Language Forum
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

 

  • SF Teleservice (online) is October 17.

 

  • Marin General Service (hybrid) is October 17.

    • Orientation @ 7pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:30pm

 

 

We Have Ceased Fighting

For the love of sweater weather, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

19 11, 2022

The Buzz | November 18, 2022

 
 

Thanksgiving Meetings and Fellowship

Looking for meetings to anchor your recovery in the coming week? You have options in San Francisco and Marin. Donations are suggested to cover the cost of food at these events, but no one will be turned away.
 

MCYPAA Friendsgiving

Tomorrow, come to the Marin Alano Club (1360 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael) for a speaker meeting @ 6pm, followed by festivities. Bring a dish to share. 
 

Novato Alcathon

On November 24 (Thanksgiving), come to Good Shepherd Church (1180 Lynnwood Drive, Novato) for meetings every hour on the hour from 10am-10pm, with the exception of 3-4pm, when dinner will be served. 
 

 

Marin Pop-Up Bookstore: November 21

 

 

Service Opportunity: Intergroup Needs a Co-Webmaster

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup is looking for a new Co-Webmaster to help maintain the aasfmarin.org website. Previous WordPress experience is required and experience as a Webmaster is a plus. For details, email [email protected].

 

Reminder: November is Gratitude Month

The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, and per our 12 Traditions, A.A. is self-supporting. This is true in any month, but in November members are encouraged to consider expressing gratitude for the gift of sobriety with additional contributions to support A.A. service entities and essential 12th Step services that San Francisco and Marin Intergroup provides. Please read and share this letter with your groups for information about why Gratitude Month is especially important this year. Contribute through your group’s treasurer or online at aasfmarin.org/contributions.

 

Holiday Meeting Changes? Let Central Office Know!

Central Office needs your help keeping the meeting schedule current. If your group is not meeting on a regularly scheduled date, please email [email protected] so that info can be reflected in the online schedule. Newcomers, visitors and members are looking for meetings on holidays, and having accurate information on our meeting schedule is important. 

 

Central Office Closure: November 24 and 25

Central Office will be closed next Thursday and Friday. On November 26, it will resume regular hours of operation, which are Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

As We Understood Him

For the love of tofurkey, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

8 10, 2022

The Buzz | October 7, 2022

 

Young People’s Video Project

General Service is looking for video submissions that carry A.A.’s message to young alcoholics who have yet to come to A.A., especially those in high school or college. If you would like to submit a video, focus on your experience of getting sober young to better reflect the diversity of our Fellowship. Click here for more info about this project. Deadline: November 7, 2022.
 

 

Intergroup News

Intergroup held its monthly meeting on October 5. Here’s the latest news to take back to your groups.

  1. Gratitude Month in November is an important way to express your gratitude for your gift of sobriety. The additional contributions from Gratitude Month support A.A. service entities and the essential services that Central Office provides. Talk to your groups now to get ready for Gratitude Month. Gratitude Month will be especially important this year as Intergroup is experiencing a deficit because individual and group contributions have declined since the pandemic. Contribute online at aasfmarin.org/contributions.

  2. Central Office REALLY needs IT support. Please spread the word that Central Office is looking for assistance to upgrade its internet from DSL to fiber. (Yes, it’s true—we are still on DSL!) Contact [email protected] to share your knowledge and help Central Office upgrade to a standard that allows real-time communications with alcoholics and service entities.

  3. Central Office needs more volunteers! Email [email protected] to sign up for a weekly 2-hour shift. One year of sobriety is required.
     

    Intergroup Service Committees

    Please announce these service opportunities at your meetings. Remember—anyone can join the service committees. You do not need to be an Intergroup Rep to participate!

  • Archives Committee is looking for volunteers to help preserve A.A. history. Its next meeting is October 16 @ 12pm (at Central Office and online).
     
  • Sunshine Club brings meetings to A.A. members in Marin and San Francisco who are unable to attend regularly scheduled meetings due to illness, accident or a disabling medical condition. Its next volunteer orientation is October 26 @ 7:30pm online. Email [email protected] for details. 
     
  • The Point published its special service-focused October edition and will distribute copies of The Point at the upcoming Unity Day events. If you would like to submit a personal story of recovery, visit aasfmarin.org/the-point.
     
  • San Francisco Public Relations meets on October 10 @ 7pm online. In the spirit of rotation, it is looking for volunteers to take commitments, including a new committee chair. Also, get involved with the Sunday Streets SF on October 16.
     
  • HelpChat Committee provides a live chat service (via Slack) for anyone new to A.A. or existing members who reach out from the aasfmarin.org website. It is in need of a new committee chair. Please step up and be of service!
 

Halloween Meeting and Dance

San Francisco Mission Fellowship at 2900 24th Street invites you to enjoy fellowship and dancing on October 29, immediately following the regular 7pm A.A. meeting, “Chip on the Shoulder”. Ray L. will deejay until 10pm.
 

 

Reminder: Unity Days in SF and Marin

San Francisco Unity Day is tomorrow; Marin Unity Day is October 15. These annual service fairs offer the chance to meet representatives from A.A. service entities and Intergroup, participate in orientations and workshops and hear representatives discuss the value of our service organizations. You can also participate online.

 

Register Today! Kindred Spirits

Tomorrow is the 9th Annual Kindred Spirits Conference. This event for women in A.A. is presented in cooperation with our sister program and takes place in person at Redwoods Presbyterian Church (110 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur). 
 

 

Central Office Closed this Saturday

Central Office will be closed on October 8 in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. It will resume regular hours of operation next week, which are Tuesday to Friday 10-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

A Daily Reprieve

For the love of fall foliage, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

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The Buzz | September 30, 2022

 
 

Special Service Edition of The Point is Here!

The latest edition of The Point, featuring works by local A.A. members, is now available here. In honor of Unity Day in San Francisco and Marin (see more below), the October edition is devoted to stories about service and how it’s transformed our lives. It is also being printed and will be available at sober club houses, San Francisco and Marin H&I and the Unity Days. Come to a Unity Day celebration to hear more about the joys of service and get your special printed edition of The Point!
 

 

Tech Committee Meeting Monday

Interested in technology and want to be of service? Join the Technology Committee online on Monday, October 3 @ 6pm to learn about supporting Central Office IT needs and discuss ways Intergroup can assist local A.A. meetings with tech best practices. Anyone interested may join, and the Tech Committee would particularly appreciate participation from people able to assist with upgrading Central Office from DSL to fiber and with Airtable database knowledge/experience.

 

Get Ready for Unity Day in SF and Marin

San Francisco Unity Day is October 8; Marin Unity Day is October 15. These annual service fairs offer the chance to meet representatives from Intergroup and service entities, participate in orientations and workshops and hear representatives discuss the value of our service organizations. You can also participate online.

 

Step 10 Workshop

The Step-by-Step series continues on October 8 with this hands-on session that includes “writing, talking, walking, interacting … to experience Step 10 in new ways”. The workshop is 2-4pm at Hillside Church, 2000 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. Zoom is observation only, due to the interactive nature of the event.
 

 

Save the Date: How to Talk to Groups About Money

The 7th Tradition is where money and spirituality mix—always a timely topic! California Northern Coastal Area (CNCA) is sponsoring this virtual workshop on the 7th Tradition on November 12, which will cover a range of topics: How to improve our 7th Tradition practices, what makes a financially healthy group, and service entities and why we support them. 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

Easy Does It

For the love of pumpkin spice, please share this information with your social media communities (keeping in mind our 11th Tradition of anonymity) 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

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