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1 07, 2022

The Buzz | July 1, 2022

 
 

Western Roundup Living Sober Conference

The 47th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference is July 1-3 in San Francisco. The longest-running U.S. conference for LGBTQ+ A.A. members is happening in-person and features engaging workshops, inspiring speakers and fun fellowship. Register here
 

 

Central Office Holiday Closure

Central Office will be closed on July 2 in observance of Independence Day. It will resume regular hours of operation next week, which are Tuesday to Friday 10-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.

 

July 4 Meetings and Barbecues

Looking for meetings and fellowship on July 4? You have options in Marin! At noon, head to a speaker meeting at the Marin Alano Club (1360 Lincoln Ave. San Rafael).
 


 

For additional meetings, head to All Saints Church (2 San Marin Drive, Novato) where you’ll find consecutive meetings starting @ 1pm. The last meeting is @ 7pm and will include chips to celebrate sobriety milestones. Bring a side dish or dessert to share! 
 

 

July Edition of The Point

The latest edition of The Point, featuring works by local A.A. members, is out now! Read it here
 

 

Join the Tech Committee

Collaborate with others to improve A.A. in SF and Marin! The Tech Committee identifies, recommends and implements ways to use technology in A.A. locally. You don’t need to be an engineer or know how to code to join. If you are familiar with Airtable or WordPress, the Tech Committee would especially like to see you at its next online business meeting on July 4 @ 6pm
 

 

Reminder: Unity & Service Conference

Recharge your A.A. batteries! Join the 7th Annual Unity & Service Conference July 8-10 to learn more about A.A.’s 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts. Hear about their practical application in and out of the rooms of A.A. The goal of the conference is to inspire attending members to volunteer for General Service and discover more ways to live the principles of A.A. every day.
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • Marin County Young People in A.A. (MCYPAA) (in person) is July 3 @ 2pm.

  • San Francisco Bridging the Gap (online) is July 5

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:00pm

  • Intergroup (online) is July 6.

 

That Feeling of Uselessness Will Disappear

For the love of taking it easy, 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

24 06, 2022

The Buzz | June 24, 2022

 
 

Fourth of July Alcathon

Come for some barbecue and stay for a meeting at All Saints Church (2 San Marin Drive, Novato) on July 4! Barbecue starts @ 11:30am and meetings start @ 1pm. The last meeting is @ 7pm and will include chips to celebrate sobriety milestones. Bring a side dish or dessert to share!
 

 

AAGrapevine and Your Group

Is your meeting part of the AAGrapevine community? Whether you are a newcomer to A.A. or a long-time AAGrapevine subscriber, learn more about how you can participate here.
 

 

Sunday Streets SF

San Francisco Public Relations Committee is looking for volunteers to help with Sunday Streets SF. Sunday Streets is a six-series event happening throughout San Francisco this summer. The next Sunday Streets is July 10 @ 11am-4 pm on Valencia Street. Volunteers are needed at the A.A. information table! Help carry the message to the still-suffering alcoholic who may not know about A.A. For more information, email sfpr@aasfmarin.org.
 

 

Save the Date: National A.A. Technology Workshop 2022

The National A.A. Technology Workshop (NAATW) is hosting an immersive event about the theme “Moving Forward Together”. Those interested in using technology in service to A.A. are encouraged to attend in order to share their experience, gather ideas and bring learnings back to their groups. This is a hybrid event, so you can consider attending in-person in Seattle or participating virtually.
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • California Northern Coastal Area (CNCA) (online) is June 25 @ 11am .

  • Marin Teleservice is June 28.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:30pm

 

Love and Tolerance is Our Code

For the love of togetherness, 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

17 06, 2022

The Buzz | June 17, 2022

 
 

Coming Up: Unity & Service

Get ready to recharge your A.A. batteries! Join the 7th Annual Unity & Service Conference July 8-10 to learn more about A.A.’s 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts. Hear about their practical application in and out of the rooms of A.A. The goal of the conference is to inspire attending members to volunteer for General Service and discover more ways to live the principles of A.A. every day.
 

 

Step 6 Workshop Saturday

The Step by Step Workshop series continues with “Were entirely ready…”. Join speaker Natalie G. on June 18 @ 4pm (note new time) at Hillside Church of Marin in San Rafael. You can also participate virtually!
 

 

Special Forum: A.A. in Remote Communities

Registration is open for the North/South Connections Virtual Special Forum on July 16. Members from the service structures of Argentina, Canada, Chile and the United States will share their experience, strength and hope in extending the hand of A.A. to remote communities. This event is open to all members.
 

 

Central Office Holiday Closure

Central Office will be closed on Saturday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth. 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 …

 

We Absolutely Insist on Enjoying Life

For the love of summer 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.  🐝  
 

Your San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

10 06, 2022

The Buzz | June 10, 2022

 
 

It’s Founders’ Day! Join the fun in S.F. and Marin

On June 11, Central Office welcomes the Marin and San Francisco Fellowship with a celebratory open house in honor of Founders’ Day and the 75th Anniversary of San Francisco & Marin Intergroup. See flyer for details. Stop by between 1-4pm, 1821 Sacramento St., San Francisco.
 


 

On June 12, the celebration continues in Marin @ 1-4pm, 1360 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. See flyer for details.
 

 

Reminder: MCYPAA Bonfire

Join in fellowship on June 11 @ 6pm at Muir Beach for a speaker meeting and bonfire. The meeting will be followed by s’mores and fun! Friends, family and dogs welcome.

 

Reminder: Working Group on Digital Access

East Bay Intergroup is leading a national working group to serve our primary purpose in the digital age. The group has created tutorials for webmasters and held classes for groups to become more accessible on the Internet. Anyone with an interest can join—you don’t have to be a tech expert! June 11 @ 9am
 

 

Share Your Experience, Strength and Hope

Get in touch with your creative side and send your A.A.-related stories, poetry or audio files to The Point! The deadline for submissions to be included in the July issue is 6/22. In case you missed it, check out the June issue here, where you’ll find a special feature on the history of Central Office in honor of Founders’ Day. And while you’re at it, why not stop by the next committee meeting on June 18 @12:30!
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • Golden Gate Young People in A.A. (GGYPAA) (online) is June 12 @ 6pm.
     

  • SF Public Relations (online) is June 13.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7pm
       

  • Marin H&I (in person) is June 14.

  • San Francisco General Service (online) is June 14.

    • New GSR Orientation and Concept Study @ 6:45pm

    • District Meeting and Delegate’s report @ 7:30pm

 

We Aren’t a Glum Lot

For the love of celebrations, 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

9 06, 2022

Intergroup News | June 2022

Intergroup Meeting Proposed Minutes
Wednesday, June 1, 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
  2. Call to order. Statement of Purpose
  3. Alison – Orientation Committee Announcement
  1. New IGR orientation meetings monthly at 6PM before IGR meeting 
  1. Review the minutes and agenda
  2. Roll Call
    1. 35 groups represented: 21 from San Francisco, 14 from Marin

       

  1. New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
    1. New Committee Chair: Cathy, Chair Teleservice San Francisco
    2. Visitors:  Paula, Unity & Service Conference, Jackie B, Chair SF General Service, Gloria, Marin Fellowship
    3. Jennifer K. unknown,  Rae – 17 years, Jillian, 19 years, Jerry G, 15 years Elaine, 29 years  
  2. Approval of agenda (housekeeping item)
  1. No Objections
  2. Motion to Approve; Brain C, Chad, Second 

Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes (housekeeping item)

  1. Motion to approve; Brian C, Marty, Second

 

7:10   Officer Reports

  1. Board Chair 
    1. New Recording Secretary, Jessie
    2. Outgoing board members – Alan, Drew, and Luke – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

2. Executive Director

      1. Founders Day – 75th anniversary of Intergroup on 6/11
        1. Volunteer sign up in the chat and flyers available to bring to meetings
      2. Central Office Updates 
        1. Updated hours Saturday – 12PM-4PM Tuesday-Friday 10-6
        2. Internet – Upgrading to fiber did not happen as expected 
        3. Bringing Volunteers back into Central Office starting July 5 
          1. answer phone lines 
          2. assist with literature orders and their tasks. 
          3. two hour shifts
          4. Those interested in volunteering can contact aa@aasfmarin.org
      3. Marin Pop Up Bookstore
        1. Working on the idea for a pop up bookstore at Marin General Service in an effort to be inclusive and provide literature that is more accessible to people in Marin 
      4. Follow Up announcement – 
        1. Fancy tri-plated medallions are now for sale at Central Office.

3. Treasurer 

    1. Total revenues beat budget estimate 
    2. Bookstore sales doubled from previous year
    3. Shift from individual giving back to group contributions
    4. Expenses up from prior year to lesser extent 
    5. Income is greater than our expenses and we have in excess of two months of expenses in liquid cash
    6. Faithful Fiver goal: we need 56 additional members to reach goal of 350
    7. Income Statement, balance sheet and narrative sheet shared in packet 
    8. Questions: n/a 

7:25 Elections 

  1. Board Elections
    1. Voting instructions
      1. pick three candidates. 
      2. Top three elected to board
    2. Board of Director qualifications
      1. Sober member of AA actively engaged in AA recovery program 
      2. Minimum of 2 years of continuous sobriety
    3. Questions: (n/a)
    4. Candidate Introductions (1 minute each):
  1. Alex S:
    1. Sobriety Date 9/6/2016  
      1. IGR for 2 years. 
      2. Former Buzz Editor. 
      3. Former Secretary for Intergroup and did the minutes. 
    2. Communications committee 
  2. Andrew S: 
    1. Sobriety Date 11/27/2015  
      1. Active member of Marin and San Francisco fellowship. 
      2. Lawyer
      3. Assisted SF Public Relations in trying to raise awareness of AA at the schools
      4. Currently Archives Chair in Marin. 
      5. Sponsor, 
      6. Attends meetings.
  3. Gloria E: 
    1. Sobriety Date 2/3/2007  
      1. Works with sponsor/sponsees, 
      2. Works the steps goes to three to four meetings a week. 
      3. Served two terms as an IGR.
      4. Public admin and non profit background 
  4. Jaime G: Not Present 
  5. Judy W:
    1. Sobriety Date 3/20/1994 (28 years) 
      1. Attends at least three meetings a week, 
      2. commitments at every level in meetings. 
      3. Board of director of three non profit organizations and formerly on the board of the National Council of Alcoholism-Bay Area. 
      4. Marketing and communications director for 24 years 
  6. Phil S:
    1.  Sobriety Date 2/5/1993.
      1.  Service at committee level Bridging the Gap. 
      2. 12 step service committee. 
  1. Ranked Choice Results for Newly Selected Board Members (not in any particular order): 

Gloria E. (Marin), Judy W. (Marin), Andrew S. (Marin)

  1. Outgoing board members messages from Alan G. and Andrew H. (Luke H. not present)

7:46  Intergroup Committee Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. The Point – Kristee
    1. June Issue focus: Celebration of Central Office history
    2. Calls for submissions 
    3. Looking for volunteers
    4. Moved committee meeting to June 18th at 12:30 to not conflict w/ Founders’ Day
  2. Technology – Brian C. stepping in for Fiona
    1. On the website, raised the minimum contributions level from from $1 to $2 due to fraudulent activity
      1. Added bot verification to prevent fake donations
      2. Increased donation to $2 to deter fake donations
  1. Archives – Mike O.
    1. Preparing archive display at Founder’s Day on June 11
      1. Will be having a giveaway at Founder’s Day
  2. Fellowship – Elena R
    1. Founder’s Day
      1. June 11th Open House at Central Office 1-4pm
  1. Scavenger Hunt
  2. Raffle 
  3. Fellowship 
  4. Food 
  5. Literature discounts for individual use
  1. Sunshine Club – Kate K. 
    1. Yet to bring AA meetings to homes 
      1. COVID setback our ability to bring the service to those in need
      2. Looking for new volunteers
        1. Orientations to be scheduled in next two weeks
          1. Information on the Buzz
          2. Correction to email shared sunshine
    2. Asking IGRs to announce to group
      1. sunshine@aasfmarin.org
  2. Public Relations – Peter M 
    1. Calling card produced and distributed at in person events
    2. Presented to Washington HS students and UCSF
    3. Sunday Street Volunteer needed
    4. Working on pamphlet intended for those with housing challenges 
    5. Next Meeting held on June 13, orientation held same evening
      1. Please direct questions to Peter at:  sfpr@aasfmarin.org

8:05   Service Committee Liaison Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. SF General Service – Alison T
    1. Delegates report from 71 conference available and to be presented at the district meeting this month
    2. Call for stories
      1. 5th Edition Big Book
        1. Deadline Oct 31
  1. Bridging the Gap – Phil S
    1. Same updates from last month
    2. Web page in progress
    3. Strategizing over how to build more relationships with institutions to help the struggling alcoholics
    4. Questions or volunteer opportunities: sfbridgethegap@gmail.com
  2. Marin Teleservice – Jillian
    1. Next volunteer orientation June 28
    2. Central Office taking over some of the days to answer phones as Central Office opens
      1. Looking for all night shifts 
    3. Marinteleservice.net
  3. Marin General Service – Molly 
  1. Calls for stories
    1. 5th Edition Big Book
      1. Deadline Oct 31
      2. Looking for submissions of those from underrepresented groups
      3. aa.org/submit-bigbook-english-5th
  1. SF Teleservice – Cathy
  2. Four hour commitments needed to answer the phone lines
  3. Daily Coordinators – one coordinator filled, and one still needed

8:14   Old Business

  1. Intergroup Inventory – Next Steps (Chip)
    1. Will review what was learned from inventory in July Intergroup meeting
    2. First question: “What is the primary purpose of Intergroup”?
      1. Proposing breakout rooms with 10 people in room
        1. Looking for volunteers to facilitate breakout rooms
    3. Not a continuation of inventory; IGRs will discuss whether the inventory requires further action based on that question and the results from the Inventory

8:15   New Business

n/a

8:16   What’s On Your Mind

  1.  Paula: 7th annual Unity and Service Conference
    1. July 8th-10th 
    2. Hybrid – Concord Hilton and Virtual w/ASL and Spanish translations
    3. Flyer 
  2. Isae: Communications Survey Analysis
    1.  Feedback on website, The Buzz, The Point, format of meeting and our name
    2. Working on how to share feedback in next meeting 
  3. Ayn:
    1. Thank you to outgoing board members. 
    2. Happy about breakout rooms for inventory. 
      1. Opportunity to get to know each other better. 

8:20   Targeting Message  

  1. Founders’ Day Open House and 75th Anniversary of Intergroup is Saturday, June 11 from 1 to 4 pm @ 1821 Sacramento Street, in San Francisco. 
    1. Sign up to volunteer here. And attached is the
    2. Flier – so please keep promoting it! And masks are encouraged, to help stop the spread of COVID. 
  2. New Central Office hours on Saturday 12-4. 
    1. Our Tuesday to Friday hours remain the same: 10-6. 
      1. Stop by and check out our new specialty medallions for sale.
  3. Be of service by joining an Intergroup service committee 
    1. service opportunities posted on our Events page 
    2. aa@aasfmarin.org for more information.
    3. Central Office is welcoming back volunteers. 
      1. Email aa@aasfmarin.org to learn more or to sign up for a 2-hour weekly shift.

Next Intergroup Meeting: July 6th on Zoom

Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

June 2022 Intergroup Meeting Treasurer’s Narrative
Year to Date Ended
April 30, 2022

COMMENTARY
Revenues are still up, but so are costs – so our bottom line eroded slightly in April.
We’ve seen less of a switch from individual to group contributions, and just more group
contributions. The next two months are expected to be much the same, with a large
influx of revenues in July improving the slight downturn. Intergroup events are starting to
resume with Covid restrictions loosening, and some much-needed technical
improvements are being seen to fruition. This was factored into the 2022 operating
budget so the financial health of the intergroup remains excellent.

CONTRIBUTION REVENUES:
Overall contributions were as expected, exceeding budget by just 1% Bookstore sales
increased over last year by a whopping 92% (though largely pass through). Group
contributions were up 6% over last year but that doesn’t represent a shift from individual
to group as individual contributions are still holding at a 1% increase over prior. Of that,
faithful fivers were essentially flat losing one member in April down $9.

EXPENSES:
While Revenues increased by 12%, so did expenses though to a lesser extent up 9%
over last year. Primary factors include national inflation at 8.3% and the intergroup was
largely locked down last year so an increase in 2022 was to be expected. We are still
7% under our failsafe budget leaving a budget hedge of $7,588.

NET REVENUE: AKA “THE BOTTOM LINE”
Year to date, expenses exceeded revenues leaving us with a net loss of $1,037.59 (also
well within our failsafe budget). As compared to last year, performance is slightly worse
with a slight gain in 2021 flipping to a modest loss in 2022. While we will likely suffer
losses for the next two months, group contributions will likely flood in during July
improving our financial position substantially.

LIQUIDITY RESERVE
This net loss through April ate away at our robust liquidity reserve slightly leaving us
with 2.5 months of operating expenses in the bank, down from 2.7 months over March.
This is still an excellent rating with $65K in the bank to cover costs in excess of our
Prudent Reserve.

3 06, 2022

The Buzz | June 3, 2022

 
 

Delegate’s Final Report

Come hear all about the 72nd General Service Conference! Jennifer B., Area Delegate, will share what she saw, heard and felt at the conference in New York. Q&A to follow. This is a great way to learn about actions that will soon be taken in A.A. Details in the flyer.

 

 

Join One of These Collaboration Efforts

In California Northern Coastal Area (CNCA), several service committees are meeting to learn from each other about how to better serve our primary purpose in A.A. These service committees include: Public Information and Cooperation With the Professional Community (PI/CPC), Hospitals and Institutions (H&I), Bridging the Gap and Accessibilities. You do not have to be a committee member to participate. June 9 @ 7pm
 

In a similar effort around sharing ideas, East Bay Intergroup is leading a national working group to serve our primary purpose in the digital age. The group comprises current and past members of PI/CPC, Technology, and Treatment and Corrections committees. They’ve created tutorials for webmasters and held classes for groups to help them become more accessible online. Anyone interested can join—you don’t have to be a tech expert to help! June 11 @ 9am
 

 

Central Office Hours

Starting June 1, Central Office has changed its regular hours of operation. It is now open Tuesday to Friday 10-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm. Visit us at 1821 Sacramento St. (cross street Van Ness) to pick up A.A. literature and sobriety medallions. 
 

 

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup News

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup held its monthly meeting on June 1. There’s lots of news to share! Here’s the latest to bring back to your groups. 

1. Intergroup held elections for three new Board positions. These candidates, all from Marin, were elected to serve: Andrew S., Gloria E. and Judy W.  Many thanks to outgoing Board members Alan G., Drew H. and Luke H. for their service.

2. Founders’ Day Open House and 75th Anniversary of Intergroup is June 11 @ 1-4pm at Central Office, 1821 Sacramento St., San Francisco. Sign up to volunteer here. Masks are encouraged to help stop the spread of COVID.

3. Central Office is welcoming back volunteers! To learn more or to sign up for a weekly two-hour shift, email aa@aasfmarin.org.

4. Be of service by joining an Intergroup service committee. Take a look at the service opportunities listed below or reach out to aa@aasfmarin.org for more information.

 

June Edition of The Point

The latest edition of The Point features a look back at the history of San Francisco and Marin Intergroup, in honor of the upcoming Founders’ Day Open House on June 11. Other features include poetry, artwork and a personal reflection on the meaning of sharing experience, strength and hope. Find the latest issue here

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • Marin County Young People in A.A. (MCYPAA) (in person) on June 5 @ 2pm.

  • Technology Committee (online) on June 6 @ 6pm.

  • San Francisco Bridging the Gap (online) on June 7.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7pm

  • Marin 12 Concepts Study (online) on June 7 @ 7pm.

  • Marin Bridging the Gap (online) on June 8.

    • Orientation @ 6pm

    • Business Meeting @ 6:15pm

 

We Have Discovered a Common Solution

For the love of rainbows, 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

27 05, 2022

The Buzz | May 27, 2022

 
 

Memorial Day Speaker Meeting and Barbeque 

Join the Fellowship at the Marin Alano Club on Memorial Day for a speaker meeting, barbeque and live music. Speakers Ami H. and Nick H. @ 12pm. Live music starts after the meeting with barbeque @ 1:15pm. 1360 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael.
 

 

Founders’ Day: A Full Weekend of Activities

On Saturday June 11, Central Office is welcoming the Marin and San Francisco Fellowship with a celebratory open house in honor of Founders’ Day and the 75th anniversary of Central Office. Activities include a scavenger hunt, raffle and food. Literature will be discounted. Stop by for a visit and join in the fun @ 1-4pm, 1821 Sacramento St., San Francisco.
 


 

On Sunday June 12, the celebration continues in Marin with speaker meeting, live music and barbeque @ 1-4pm, 1360 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael.
 

 

Central Office Hours

Central Office will be closed this Saturday in honor of Memorial Day. And then starting in June, Central Office is changing its regular hours of operation. It will be open Tuesday to Friday 10-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm. Visit us at 1821 Sacramento St. (cross street Van Ness) to pick up A.A. literature and sobriety medallions. 
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

You Will Surely Meet Some of Us

For the love of trudging, 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 San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

21 05, 2022

The Buzz | May 20, 2022

 
 
 

Take the Challenge! Donate $6.06 on 6/06

If every A.A. member sent in $6.06 on June 6 (6/06), we’d help the General Service Office be self-supporting for the coming year! Here’s how each Area can meet the challenge—please alert your group about this opportunity to give back.

  • Groups collect $6.06 for each member on or before June 6

  • Groups donate to the General Service Board on June 6

  • Contributions can be made online at aa.org. Be sure to mention the “6.06 Challenge” with your donation and include your group number.
     

 

Kick Off Summer with a MCYPAA Bonfire

Young in age or young at heart—all are welcome at the Marin County Young People of Alcoholics Anonymous speaker meeting and bonfire on the beach. Join in fellowship on June 11 @ 6pm at Muir Beach. Speaker is soon to be announced. The meeting will be followed by s’mores and fun. Friends, family and dogs welcome. 
 

 

Save the Date: Unity & Service

Get ready to recharge your A.A. batteries! Save the date July 8-10 for the 7th Annual Unity & Service Conference to learn more about A.A.’s 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts. Hear about their practical application in and out of the rooms of A.A. The goal of the conference is to inspire attending members to volunteer for General Service and discover more ways to live the principles of A.A. every day.
 

 

Help Newcomers Make the Transition to A.A.

San Francisco Bridging the Gap (BTG) supports newcomers from a hospital, treatment center or correctional facility to connect with Alcoholics Anonymous. By providing a temporary contact, BTG helps new members make the transition to a new way of life. San Francisco BTG meets monthly online on the first Tuesday of the month. If you want to attend the meeting to learn more or be trained as a volunteer, please email San Francisco BTG at sfbridgethegap@gmail.com to get a link to join the next meeting.
 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

  • SF H&I (online) on May 21

    • Orientation @ 10am

    • Business Meeting @ 12pm

  • Marin Teleservice (online) on May 24

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7:30pm

  • Marin PI/CPC (online) on May 26 

    • Orientation @ 7pm

    • Business meeting @ 7:30pm

 

Thus We Grow

For the love of pocket change, 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

13 05, 2022

The Buzz | May 13, 2022

 
 
 

Living Sober Presents: Kickball in the Park

Join Western Roundup Living Sober for some fun in the sun (or fog) at Christopher Park in San Francisco tomorrow @ 11am! You bring lawn chairs and sunscreen, we’ll bring lunch. $20 suggested donation but no one will be turned away. Register here
 

 

This Saturday – Step 5 Workshop

Don’t forget to check out the Step 5 Workshop tomorrow, May 14 @ 12pm. Join virtually or in person at the Hillside Church of Marin in San Rafael! 
 

 

Post-Conference Assembly Tomorrow

In preparation for the General Service Conference in June, California Northern Coastal Area 06 is hosting the Post-Conference Assembly this weekend. “A.A. Comes of Age 2.0: Unified in Love and Service” is happening tomorrow in Newark, California. Please visit the CNCA 06 website for details.

 

Share Your Experience, Strength, and Hope

Get in touch with your creative side and send your A.A.-related stories, poetry, artwork, or audio files to The Point! The deadline for submissions to be included in the June issue is 5/22. In case you missed it, check out the May issue here. And while you’re at it, why not stop by the next committee meeting tomorrow @ 12:30pm!

 

Join SF PR for Sunday Streets SF

San Francisco Public Relations Committee is looking for volunteers to help with Sunday Streets SF, a six-series event happening throughout San Francisco this summer. The next Sunday Streets will take place in Bayview, on May 22 from 11am-4pm. We need volunteers at the A.A. informational table. Help carry the message to the suffering alcoholic who may not yet know about A.A. For more information, email sfpr@aasfmarin.org or call the Central Office phone line @ 415-674-1820.

 

Memorial Day Speaker Meeting and Barbecue

 

Intergroup Summary and Approval of Bylaws

Intergroup held its monthly meeting on May 4. Check out the meeting summary, which includes the approved revisions to Intergroup’s bylaws.

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

Shoulder to Shoulder

For the love of fellowship, 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

12 05, 2022

Intergroup News | May 2022

Proposed Intergroup Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, May 4, 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
  2. Call to order. Statement of Purpose
  3. Review the minutes and agenda
  4. Roll Call
    1. 39 groups represented: 25 from San Francisco, 14 from Marin

  1. New IGRs, Visitors, AA Anniversaries
    1. Mike, new IGR, High Noon Zoom; Josh B, new IGR Last Stop Men’s Step Study; 
    2. Jackie B, Visitor, Gloria, visitor; Andrew, Visitor
    3. Charlie, 4 years
  2. Approval of agenda (housekeeping item)
    1. No Objections
    2. Motion to Approve; John B, Ken R second
  3. Approval of last month’s Intergroup Meeting minutes (housekeeping item)
    1. Motion to approve; James H, Kathleen C second

7:15   Officer Reports

  1. Board Chair
    1. Bylaws
      1. No Questions or Comments
    2. Board of Directors Seats coming due in June
      1. Filling 3 vacancies on Board; 7 Statements of Interest
        1. All the info for candidates will go out before next month’s meeting
        2. Any questions, comments email Board@aasfmarin.org
  2. Treasurer
    1. YTD- revenues are beating budget and prior year
    2. Bookstore revenue doubled from prior year
      1. Not at pre-Covid levels but improving
    3. Seeing shift in contributions back to more group rather than individuals
    4. Expenses below prior year; Under our failsafe budget
    5. 2.7 month’s of unrestricted cash for operating expenses
    6. Faithful Fiver’s is holding steady; spread the word and get those numbers up
      1. Goal of 350 faithful fivers by end of year
    7. Prudent Reserve
      1. Adjusted by -1.25%
    8. Question: Jaime: Why change from a money market account?
      1. New ED required a new signatory and couldn’t be grandfathered into
      2. Can we get the slides?
        1. They are sent out with the minutes
  3. Executive Director 
    1. As of yesterday (May 3) slowly taking back the phone services with help from SF and Marin Teleservice
    2. Getting Fiber Optic internet, saving $300/year
      1. Once we get that online we can take back all the phones
    3. Hours changing starting on June 4 – Saturdays 12pm-4pm; Tue-Fri remains 10am-6pm
    4. Looking to purchase a small quantity of tri-plated medallions to try out, test the demand
      1. Looking to increase foot traffic and online sales at the bookstore
      2. Competition from Amazon and AAWS has cut into our sales
    5. Founder’s Day on June 11th at Central Office
      1. Need a Fellowship Committee Chair
        1. Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
        2. Nominated Jaime
          1. He is unavailable

7:40   Intergroup Committee Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. The Point – John B
    1. New edition up
    2. New Committee Chair – Bernadette
      1. THANK YOU JOHN! For all your years of service
    3. New Editor – Kristee O
    4. Looking for local stories
    5. Looking for volunteers
  2. Technology – Fiona
    1. Looking for volunteers
    2. Next meeting June 6, 6pm
  3. Archives – Mike O
    1. Not able to meet last month
      1. Not this Sunday but the next at Central Office at noon
    2. Looking for stuff to showcase at Founder’s Day
      1. Will be having a giveaway at Founder’s Day
    3. How do we get more archival material from today
      1. Document the current changes
  4. Fellowship – Elena R
    1. Founder’s Day
      1. June 11th Open House at Central Office
        1. Get together for food, fellowship and a Meet and Greet our new ED
        2. Need Volunteers to help
          1. Reach out to fellowship@aasfmarin.org
    2. Looking for a new Committee Chair and volunteers 
  5. The Buzz – Christina G
    1. Weekly listings of events and volunteer opportunities
    2. What’s happening at the bookstore
    3. Go to the website and subscribe!
      1. Under Members and Groups and click on The Buzz
  6. Sunshine Club – Clayton B
    1. Lost volunteer database, trying to repopulate the list
      1. Setback our ability to bring the service to those in need
      2. Looking for new volunteers
        1. Orientations at the end of this month
    2. Want to volunteer? Need the service?
      1. sunshine@aasfmarin.org
  7. Public Relations – Peter M via Christina G
    1. Have a presentation with Washington High School tomorrow
    2. Next meeting is May 9
      1. Please direct questions to sfpr@aasfmarin.org

7:55   Service Committee Liaison Reports (up to 2 minutes/report)

  1. SF General Service – Alison T
    1. Post-Conference Assembly May 14, in Newark, CA
    2. MCYPAA bonfire at Muir Beach
    3. Call for stories
      1. Black and African American Alcoholic pamphlet update
      2. 5th Edition Big Book
        1. Deadline Oct 31
      3. NAATW (National Alcoholics Anonymous Technology Workshop) coming up
  2. Bridging the Gap – Phil S
    1. Developing the web page, almost there!
    2. sfbridgethegap@gmail.com
    3. Strategizing over how to build more relationships with institutions to help the struggling alcoholics
  3. Marin Teleservice – Marie R
    1. Volunteer orientation May 24
    2. Central Office taking over some of the days to answer phones
      1. Tue. and Thur.; Fri is getting forwarded to SF Teleservice
    3. Marinteleservice.net
  4. Marin General Service – Molly via Christina G
    1. Check the slide in slide deck

8:05   Old Business

  1. Bylaws (Discussion Item / Possible Voting Item)
    1. Distributed amended bylaws with FAQ
      1. Asked for questions, comments, concerns by email for the past month, did not receive any
    2. Main reason for update was to bring our bylaws into CA compliance
    3. Board recommends approval of amended bylaws
      1. Chip G moves to approve, seconded Alison T
    4. Question: # of Board members maximum 15
      1. If IG decides to increase Board members, if we get more group representation or need more to handle an increased workload it will be available
    5. Roll Call vote (⅔ majority for approval)
      1. Per current bylaws, who can vote to amend bylaws?
        1. IGRs, Committee Chairs, and Board Members
      2. Yay 40
      3. Nay
      4. Abstain 2
        1. Motion passed; bylaws approved

8:20   New Business

  1. n/a

8:25   What’s On Your Mind

  1. Kaitlin D: question, adding something to agenda, add a MCYPAA liaison
    1. Contact the board@aasfmarin.org
    2. Your committee can decide to send a liaison and get added to the agenda
  2. Clayton: Tech Committee, when will the Central Office functionality be restored so Sunshine Club can communicate with its volunteers?
    1. We are working with airtable managers to give committees the ability to send out mass emails to their volunteers
      1. making it a priority
  3. Jackie B: Gratitude Center, 12 step clubhouse, holds many meetings online as well as in person. The President of the non-profit board is retiring, in need of a treasurer and meeting coordinator
    1. Spread the word: sfgratitude.org

8:30   Targeted Message

  1. Save the Date: Founders Day Open House and 75th Anniversary of Central Office is June 11 from 1 to 4 pm
    1. Return to in-person events
    2. Giveaways!
    3. Show up and say hello
  2. Help us better communicate with SF/Marin Fellowship – fill out our survey on aasfmarin.org
    1. Our different forms of communication could use feedback on how best to serve the fellowship
    2. Only takes a couple minutes to fill out
  3. Be of service – join an Intergroup Service Committee
    1. New Point Chair, New Point Editor, New Buzz Chair
    2. Looking for Fellowship committee chair
    3. Looking for a Recording Secretary

Next IG Meeting June 1 on Zoom

Adjourn with the Responsibility Statement

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

COMMENTARY
When comparing February to January last month, a steep reduction in group contributions was noted. A closer look revealed the drop was due to abnormally high contributions in January rather than an abnormally low February (likely from groups turning over treasurer commitments). In March, the trend continued. Worse yet, individual contributions also declined the Intergroup suffered a bottom line net loss of $11K in the month of March. But due to the cyclical nature of contribution revenues noted above, a better indicator of financial performance would be a comparison to prior year to date. Such analysis revealed financial performance exceeded both prior year and budget and the financial health of the intergroup is excellent.

CONTRIBUTION REVENUES:
Overall contributions were $9.6K or 12% higher than last year and 4% over budget, with Group Contributions leading the charge up $4.2K. Individual contributions were slightly down <$1K> from last year likely due to a shift to in person meetings. Of that, faithful fivers were essentially flat.

EXPENSES:
Expenses declined by 5% over last year and were 7% below our failsafe budget.
NET REVENUE: AKA “THE BOTTOM LINE”
With contributions higher, and expenses lower, the intergroup has maintained a profit level of $3.3K consistent with this time last year. Also, we’re exceeding our failsafe budget by $11.5K leaving us in a favorable position one quarter into the year. I would expect group contributions to continue decline or level off, and at our current level of fixed expenses, we will likely experience a deficit until the next treasurer turnover in March.

LIQUIDITY RESERVE
The excess funds added to an already robust reserve (or unrestricted cash balance) of $70K, or 2.7 months of operating expenses. This is in addition to our 6-month Prudent Reserve giving us a liquidity rating of Excellent. Prudent reserve was calculated and adjusted in accordance with the approved budget and will be presented as appropriate in the next IFAA meeting.

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