Category Archives: The Buzz

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

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.   🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

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.   🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

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.   🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

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.    🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

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.   🐝
 

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | May 28, 2021

Town Hall Minutes Posted!

Hey y’all, please go to aasfmarin.org/resuming for a summary of the information, minutes and slides from last week’s Town Hall regarding the return to in-person meetings. While you’re there, be sure to look at the key takeaways (from our very own A.A. fellows who attended!) regarding public health considerations, facility recommendations, and experiences from members in meeting spaces who are already hosting in-person meetings.

As a reminder, we highly encourage you to discuss the return to in-person meetings with your groups! And in case you missed it, check out the results to our “return to in-person meetings” survey here.

Upcoming Service Opportunities…

  • SF Bridging the Gap Committee Meeting is on Tuesday 6/1.

  • Marin Twelve Concepts Study is on Tuesday 6/1.

  • Intergroup Orientation and Business Meeting is on Wednesday 6/2.

Central Office Closed on Monday, May 31

Central Office and the Bookstore will be closed on Monday, May 31st, in recognition of Memorial Day. As a reminder, literature and chips are still available for purchase online.

Delegate’s Report to SF General Service

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 at the beginning of the meeting. She will also be answering your questions on the historic decisions made by this year’s Conference during a Q&A session. All A.A. members are welcome!

As an added treat that evening, Jennifer will be attending the 6:45pm Service Manual Study just in time for Chapter 6 “The Delegate”! If you’ve never attended the Service Manual Study before, this is a perfect time to check it out. See the flyer below for details; a direct link to the Zoom meeting is right here.

Save the Date for this Women’s Event, 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, so please RSVP by June 5th via email to lothwb@gmail.com. See the beautiful flyer below or online.

Ready for Anything

For the love of being in the moment, 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 | May 21, 2021

Returning to In-Person Meetings: Town Hall Debrief

A HUGE thank you to everyone who attended and participated in last night’s Town Hall regarding the return to in-person meetings. There were close to 250 members in attendance! Much pertinent information was shared regarding public health considerations, facility recommendations, and experiences from members in meeting spaces who are already hosting in-person meetings. Information and slides will be posted online at aasfmarin.org/resuming. Look for some of the key takeaways in next week’s edition of the Buzz.

We highly encourage you to discuss the return to in-person meetings with your groups! And check out the results to our “return to in-person meetings” survey here.

Founders’ Day Events Are Coming Up Soon!

Mark your calendars for not one but TWO Founders’ Day Events happening in June! Intergroup will be hosting a virtual event on Saturday, June 12th. More details (and a nice flyer!) are coming soon. 

You are also invited to attend a hybrid event – either online or in-person in Marin – on Sunday, June 13th! See the nifty flyer below or check it out on the events page

Grapevine and La Viña Celebrate Founders’ Day with 2 Weeks Free Access!

That’s right, y’all. From May 26th through June 10th, The Grapevine/La Viña will provide free access to their publications to celebrate A.A.’s inception. Hear it in their own words below:

“On June 10, 1935, Dr. Bob had his last drink and that day marks the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since so many meetings are still closed, and groups have limited ability to celebrate our founding, Grapevine and La Viña will help mark this important date by giving everyone free access to our websites for two weeks. You will be able to read and listen to stories from current and past issues, access our sobriety calculator, read the daily quote, learn how you can contribute your story, and find ways to serve others using Grapevine and La Viña magazines.”

Woohoo! Happy Reading! 

Tomorrow, Step One Speaker Event!

A reminder that this quadruple-speaker event is happening tomorrow, Saturday, May 22nd @ 4pm PDT! The focus will be on Step One and will have Al-Anon participation. Flyer below!

Upcoming Service Opportunities…

  • CNCA Committee Meeting is on Saturday 5/22.

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 5/25.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PDT
    • Business @ 7:30pm PDT

  • Marin PI/CPC Committee meets on Thursday 5/27.

Here Comes the Sun!

For the love of cautious optimism, 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