Category Archives: The Buzz

The Buzz | January 22, 2021

Stay Tuned! Central Office Survey Coming Soon!

The Central Office lease expires in October 2021 so we will be surveying the fellowship to gather general information about how our fellowship has used A.A. Central Office services in the past and what you may want or need from Central Office in the future. So keep your peepers peeled! 👀Among other things, our Central Office currently offers a bookstore with 10-minute parking for literature pickup, a reception area for incoming calls and greeting visitors, a conference area for committee meetings, staff offices and copy area, storage for event materials and archives, and an ADA compliant wheelchair lift.

 

Marin Teleservice Commitments Turnover

Still looking for a great way to be of service to the still suffering alcoholic? Marin Teleservice features opportunities requiring minimum time commitment with maximum service impact! Come join us at our January 26th, 2021 Business Meeting where we will turn over commitments. Direct meeting link here and posted on aasfmarin.org.



Reminder: A Feminine Victory is Tomorrow!

Don’t forget about this sober women’s event happening tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 @ 10am PST, kicking off with an exciting presentation followed by an afternoon of fabulous speakers. Come check it out! See flyer below and here for details.

Parents in Recovery: Reading & Discussion Continues

All are invited to share their experience, strength and hope at the Zoom reading and discussion of “The Family Afterward,” from 6:30-7:30pm PST for the next two consecutive Tuesdays (January 26th & February 2nd).

Zoom Meeting ID: 844 0631 2649

Please email 12.stepevents@gmail.com for the meeting password and for any questions. This information is also available here on the Events Page of aasfmarin.org.

The Week in Service…

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

 

Shasta Winterfest Next Week

This year’s Shasta Winterfest event is going virtual! See the flyer below for details or visit the website listed on the flyer.

 

On the Up and Up

For the love of climbing vines, 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.

Keep your group in the loop! 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 | January 15, 2021

January Intergroup Summary

Intergroup held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 6th. Please see this link for the minutes summary from that meeting, along with IFAA’s financial report.

Calling All Writers: The Point wants to hear your story!

Time to get creative, y’all. As usual, the deadline to submit articles for The Point’s February issue is January 22nd, 2021

Don’t forget to check out The Point‘s current issue here, along with The Point’s very own podcast, right here!

Tuesday Chip Meeting: January Lineup

Check out the awesome flyer below to see who’s on deck for this month’s Tuesday Chip Meeting (Marin). You won’t want to miss these heavy hitters! Please note the first date has passed, so the next Tuesday Chip will be on 1/19 @ 8:15pm PST, meeting info below.

A Feminine Victory, Sober Women’s Event

Hey Ladies! Next Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 @ 10am PST, this event will kick off with a presentation scintillatingly titled, “Angels, Saints & Sinners: Pioneering Women in the Early Days of A.A.” I mean, who doesn’t want to hear that?! Followed by an afternoon of fabulous speakers, this day couldn’t be more perfect. See flyer below and aasfmarin.org for details.

The Week in Service…

  • SF H&I Business Meeting is on Saturday.
  • Archives Committee meets on Sunday.

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

  • SF Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday.

  • HelpChat Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday.
    • Orientation @ 5pm PST
    • Business @ 6pm PST

  • Parents in Recovery: Reading & Discussion continues Tuesday.

Holiday Closure

Central Office / The Bookstore will be closed Monday, January 18th, 2021, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Books and chips are still available for purchase online.

It’s Still Nesting Season, Right?

For the love of baby 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.

Keep your group in the loop! 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 | January 8, 2021

The January Issue of The Point is Posted!

That’s right, y’all. You know where the teasers are (they’re below the short stack). Check out the full issue here, along with The Point’s very own podcast, right here!

Teleservice and Banana Pancakes by Luke H.
“More often than not I don’t know a thing about what I’m doing when I first try something, and what I do know is usually wrong. Such has been my experience with Teleservice in San Francisco.”

Another Perspective on Service by John W.
“As a grateful heir to the legacy of those who walked the walk before me, I found the limitless lode would only pay dividends if mined for the rest of my life with the proceeds given away entirely.”

And don’t miss out on these gems: Letters to the Editor, Little Sister, Follow the Golden Rule, and much, much more!

SF General Service DCM Workshop

Outgoing and former General Service Reps, are you interested in continuing your General Service participation? Interested in becoming a District Committee Member, but not sure how? Join General Service before their next business meeting, this Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 @ 6:45pm PST for a New DCM Workshop! Meeting info below and at this link.


Parents in Recovery: Reading & Discussion

A doctor said to us, “Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill.” (Pg. 122, Big Book).

All are invited to share their experience, strength and hope at a Zoom reading and discussion of “The Family Afterward,” starting next week, from 6:30-7:30pm PST over four consecutive Tuesdays (January 12th, 19th, 26th & February 2nd).

Zoom Meeting ID: 844 0631 2649

Please email 12.stepevents@gmail.com for the meeting password and for any questions. This information is also available here on the Events Page of aasfmarin.org.

The Big Book further advises families to realize that, “all will not be fair weather,” as the alcoholic starts their recovery. Early recovery is a major test for families, often continuing for many years. But there is no going back if we want healing for ourselves and our loved ones. Family challenges faced by recovering alcoholics are not unique to each, whether they have “time,” are in early recovery, or are new to A.A. We are not alone.

The Week in Service…

  • The Point Committee meeting is on Saturday.
  • GGYPAA meets on Sunday.

  • SF Public Relations Orientation and Business meeting is on Monday.
    • Orientation @ 6pm PST
    • Business @ 7pm PST

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

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday.

  • Marin H&I Business Meeting is on Tuesday.

To Seed, or not to Seed

For the love of new growth, 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.

Keep your group in the loop! 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 | January 1, 2021

Celebrate your new commitment! 

If you are a newly elected trusted servant, you are encouraged 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!

Coming Soon! 

Keep your eyes open for the Central Office survey we will circulate to better understand our fellowship’s needs for Central Office space as our current lease will expire in October 2021.

Upswing in Court-Ordered Newcomers

Our front line volunteers, as well as trusted servants for some groups, say that there appear to be more and more folks being ordered by the court system (judges, probation officers, lawyers, etc.) to attend A.A. meetings. We can speculate that the pandemic and holiday drunkenness may be leading to more DUIs and other consequential encounters with the legal system. How can we help the suffering alcoholic in this scenario? Read all about it!

Heads up for meetings using NYIG Zoom Accounts

Any group using a NY Intergroup hosted Zoom account will need to transition to another, non-NYIG account by the end of February 2021. Check out this NY Intergroup FAQ for more info on what your meeting needs to do.

What’s happening in local A.A. 🐝

Keep your San Francisco and Marin fellows in the loop with the Buzz! Drop the link to subscribe in the chat at your meetings and encourage all members to subscribe so we can build an engaged, informed, and educated community.

Service Committee Meetings This Coming Week 

New Beginnings

For the love of fresh starts, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | December 25, 2020

Christmas Alcathon Today! 9pm PST

Come join the fellowship without the woes of the holiday chaos at the Christmas Day Alcathon Tonight @ 9pm – Midnight PST. See you there! Details on aasfmarin.org event page.

Reminder: Twelve Gifts of the Season this Sunday

Don’t forget about this event which will be sure to dazzle on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 @ 3pm PST! Wear something festive! Details below and on aasfmarin.org event page.

New Year’s Eve Alcathon

Come ring in the new year with this celebration of experience, strength, and hope! The event will be held December 31st @ 9pm-1am PST, with a midnight meeting especially for newcomers; let’s all celebrate a new sober year together! Check it out here and on the flyer below. 

A Message from Marin Teleservice…

Looking for a great way to be of service to the still suffering alcoholic? Join the Marin Teleservice Committee!

We feature minimum time commitment with maximum service impact!

Come join us at our January 26th, 2021 Business Meeting where we will turn over commitments! Meeting link here and will be posted on aasfmarin.org Events page.

Busy Bees Keep the Hive Alive 

Keep your group in the loop with The Buzz! 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.      🐝

Box 459’s 12 Tips for the Holiday Season (Adapted)

While some of Box 459’s usual “12 Tips for the Holiday Season” don’t apply given the nature of our social interactions this year, here are a few which have been taken and adapted from those published in this issue of Box 459 (download), which are still useful for keeping this holiday season sober and joyous:

  1. Line up extra virtual A.A. activities for the holiday season. Reach out to newcomers, speak at virtual meetings.
  2. Keep your A.A. telephone list with you all the time. If a drinking urge or panic comes – postpone everything else until you’ve called an A.A.
  3. Find out about special virtual holiday parties, meetings, celebrations held by groups in your area. If you’re timid, invite someone newer thank you are.
  4. Worship in your own way.
  5. Don’t sit around brooding. Catch up on books, walks, phone calls, emails and letters.
  6. Don’t start now getting worked up about all those holiday temptations. Remember – “one day at a time.” 
  7. Enjoy the true beauty of holiday love and joy. Maybe you cannot give material gifts – but this year, you can give love.

Click this link or the photo below for access to other issues of Box 459.

Spread the Warmth

For the love of sitting by the fire, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | December 18, 2020

Reminder: Western U.S. & Canada Virtual Forum Tomorrow!

Don’t forget that G.S.O.’s Regional Forum, US/CANS is happening tomorrow, December 19th @ 8am PST. Come see Intergroup / Central Office managers from each region (including ours!) speak to what this year has been like for their fellowships. Register here!

❄  Last Call for
Holiday Events and Closures

This is a reminder that if you are planning any special holiday meetingsalcothons, or events, please send those to us so they can be added to the website and advertised here in the Buzz!

Additionally, if your regular meeting will be canceled over the holidays, please send that information to group.services@aasfmarin.org so it can be updated on the website.

Please don’t forget that Central Office & the bookstore will be closed Christmas Day (Dec 25th), New Year’s Day (Jan 1st), and also from Dec 28th through Dec 31st (for bookstore inventory).

The Twelve Gifts of the Season Speaker Meeting

This event will be online on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at 3pm PST, and will feature 12 different speakers focusing on the gifts of working the 12 steps! Pull those festive sweaters out of storage and slap ’em on, folks. Details below and on aasfmarin.org event page.

Service Committee Meetings This Week 

  • CNCA Committee meeting is on Sunday.
  • Archives Committee also meets on Sunday.

  • SF Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday.

  • Marin General Service Orientation and Business meeting is on Monday.
    • Orientation @ 7pm PST
    • Business @ 7:30pm PST

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation and Business meeting is on Tuesday.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PST
    • Business @ 7:30pm PST

Box 459, G.S.O. Newsletter, Winter 2020

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Box 459 is the quarterly newsletter published by General Service (G.S.O.). Their current issue for Winter 2020 (download) opens with a story that highlights the history and evolution of the ICOAA Seminar (Intergroup/Central Office/A.A. World Services), whose stated purpose is, “to provide a forum, through workshops, discussions, and the exchange of ideas and shared experience, for those who labor on A.A.’s front lines,” at both the local and global levels. The 35th annual ICOAA seminar was virtual this year, which enabled over 200 attendees to be able to attend! Be sure to check out excerpts from our very own Maury P. and Alan G., along with numerous others representing Intergroups from all over!

And that’s not all; there are a number of other interesting articles included so be sure to download the Winter 2020 issue here.

Click this link or the photo below for access to prior issues of Box 459.

Cozy Time, Indeed

For the love of hot cocoa, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | December 11, 2020

Holiday Meeting Updates and Closure Reminders

Please note that Central Office / the bookstore will be closed Christmas Day, December 25th, 2020 and New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2021. Additionally, the bookstore will be closed from December 28th through December 31st, in order to conduct its annual inventory.

Speaking of closures, if your regular meeting will be canceled over the holidays, or you know of other meetings which will be canceled, please send that information to group.services@aasfmarin.org so it can be updated on the website.

Conversely, if you are planning any special holiday meetings or know of any alcothon-y type events being created this season, please send those to us too so we can add them to the website and advertise them here in the Buzz! The more, the merrier, right?!

Intergroup Summary for December

The Intergroup held its December meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020. For access to the meeting summary, minutes, and financial report, please see here

To access previous meeting agendas and minutes for Intergroup, please see here.

Events Tomorrow: Call Marty Round #2 and CNCA Winter Archives Event

Don’t forget that tomorrow, December 12th @ 10am PST is round two of Call Marty! A Sober Women’s Event, with a presentation by Mily T. and 3 fabulous speakers. Definitely come and check it out!

Also a reminder that the CNCA 06 Winter Archives Event is tomorrow, December 12th @ 10am PST! Come learn how the legacy of A.A. is preserved and digitized, and stay for the live interview and oral history of the current Panel 69 Delegate. You won’t want to miss this!

Marin H&I Orientations Moving to As-Needed Basis

As of today, Marin H&I orientations will be hosted on an “as needed” basis, rather than monthly.

If you are interested in attending a Marin H&I orientation, please send your contact info using the link below and you will receive a text when the next orientation is scheduled:

http://bit.ly/marin-hi-orientation

SF Public Relations Speaker Workshop!

For those who don’t know, SFPR (formerly known as PI/CPC) provides literature and speakers for members of the professional community who work with alcoholics and members of the public who are interested in A.A. SFPR will be holding a Speaker Workshop this coming Monday, December 14th at 6pm PST, right before their usual monthly orientation and business meeting

Please come and see how members of our fellowship prepare to speak to the public about A.A., and learn to become one of SFPR’s trusted servants!

The Point Would Love to Hear Your Words of Wisdom

It’s that time again, friends, where The Point calls upon its cherished, local A.A. members to share their experience, strength, and hope. Submissions for the January issue will be accepted until December 22nd, 2020.

~~Share your story~~



Read | Listen to the current issue and access previous issues at aasfmarin.org

Upcoming Service Committee Meetings

All Bundled Up

For the love of PUGS (maybe a puggle?), 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | December 4, 2020

CNCA 06 Spanish Inter-District Meeting this Sunday

All are welcome atA Clear Vision for You: 2020,” the last inter-district meeting of Panel 69 of CNCA 06 on Sunday, December 4th @ 9am PST. See below for flyer, and our  website for more info!

The Point December Issue Posted

That’s right, folks, feast your eyes upon the most recent issue of The Point, which is now available online! See below for tasty samples of this month’s issue, you won’t regret it!

Share your story.

Local Focus: Koo Koo Hump Day
by Kristi O
“I had only gone to meetings that were held in church basements with an older crowd that felt very paternal and reminded me how I felt too young to be an alcoholic…I was encouraged to check out this meeting because it was full of artists.”


Stay Connected
by Marcello C-B
“It brought me out of the darkness of self-destruction, where I thought that I would never be able to climb out of.”


Thanksgiving Amends
by Vanessa H
“On the advice of my sponsor at the time, I always reached out to the person first to make sure they were ok to have me make amends. Everyone on my list said yes. Everyone except my mom.”


Suggestions for Accountability
by Michael P
“A brief history based on 14 years as an Intergroup Rep.”

+ more at aasfmarin.org + Read | Listen

Pamphlet for the Unhoused Alcoholic

SF Public Relations (formerly PI/CPC) interacts with members of the professional community who work with alcoholics and members of the public who are interested in A.A.

SFPR is seeking feedback on their draft for a new printed pamphlet directed toward the homeless/un-housed alcoholic. Join SFPR at their meeting on Monday, December 14th @ 7pm to provide input. Please encourage any member who has experienced homelessness to attend!

If you or someone you know has a relevant story you feel is appropriate, please email sfpr@aasfmarin.org to share.

Western U.S. & Canada Virtual Forum 2020

This year, G.S.O.’s Regional Forum will be held virtually. On December 19th, come see Intergroup / Central Office Managers from each region speak to what this year has been like for their fellowships! This is going to be epic. Registration is open so sign up today!

The Week In Service

  • Technology Committee meeting is on Monday.
  • Marin H&I Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday.
  • SF New GSR Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday.

Keep Truckin’

For the love of snowy hiking, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | November 27, 2020

Call Marty, Round 2!

Ladies, gather ’round for another helping of Call Marty! A Sober Women’s Event coming up next Friday, December 4th @ 10:00am PST. The event will kick off with a presentation from Mily T., followed by an afternoon of fabulous speakers. Tune in and check it out! Flyer below.

Corrections Correspondence Always Needed!

Still looking for fresh ways to be of service outside of your usual meetings? Ever heard of Corrections Correspondence? A.A. is always in need of members on the “outside” to correspond with A.A. members in correctional facilities. If you would like to share your experience, strength and hope with A.A.s who are confined, please download the informational pamphlet online. The tear-off portion (sample image below) can be sent to G.S.O.’s Corrections Desk or emailed to corrections@aa.org. The name of an inmate, selected at random from a geographic region different from your own, will be sent to you from the General Service Office and you will make the initial contact through the mail. Cool!

A.A. for the Older Alcoholic” Submission Deadline December 15th

General Service in NY has reopened their call for stories to update the “A.A. For the Older Alcoholic” pamphlet, and is looking for submissions focused on specific experiences. See a snippet of their memorandum below for background, topics and information on where to send your stories! Deadline is December 15th, so get those stories in soon, folks!

Weekly Service Announcements

  • CNCA Committee Meeting is on Saturday.
  • Twelve Concepts Study is on Tuesday.

  • Intergroup will hold its monthly orientation and business meeting Wednesday.

Keeping it Short and Sweet

For the love of concise emails, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Buzz | November 20, 2020

Calling All Holiday Closures and Event Submissions!

We need your help to keep the schedule up to date! If your group is not meeting on a regularly scheduled date, please let Central Office know ASAP so that the schedule will continue to be accurate. As always, a list of known meeting closures will available on the home page (aasfmarin.org). Nobody wants to disappoint members, visitors, and especially the potential newcomer. 

Speaking of closures, please note that Central Office will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, 2020, as well as Friday, November 27th, 2020. Literature and chips are, as always, still available for purchase on our website.

The Sunshine Club Reverses Daylight Savings!

5pm sunset got you down? Us too. Thank goodness for the Sunshine Club. To support members who do not have access to technology or do not feel comfortable joining virtual meetings, our Sunshine Club has transitioned their support for the homebound to the old-fashioned telephone call! 📞

If you know of any member who is isolated and would like a weekly call from a Sunshine Club “phone buddy,” please send their name and information to sunshine@aasfmarin.org.

Thanksgiving Event Reminders in 3,2,1…

Don’t forget about these three events coming up to soothe your holiday woes and keep you spiritually fit this season!

Crossroads 53rd Anniversary Event! November 21st @ 3pm PST. Multiple speakers, a sobriety countdown, and even a silent auction! Please see the website or click the gorgeous flyer below for Zoom details and link for the silent auction.

West Bay Alano Club Thanksgiving Alcathon 2020! November 25-26th all day. This two-day, all day event includes pre-packaged meals to go and a raffle! Please see here for more info, and for facility requirements in order to attend.

Strawberry Annual Thanksgiving Meeting! November 26th @ 12pm PST. You won’t want to miss it. A true feast of the spirit. See our website for meeting link and details.

The Point Needs You!

Share your story.

Email your own Word or audio file to: thepoint@aasfmarin.org
Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of The Point + so much more at aasfmarin.org + Read | Listen

We Interrupt this Program for your Usual Service Announcements…

  • SF H&I‘s regular business meeting is on Saturday.
  • Marin Teleservice will have their monthly orientation and business meeting this coming Tuesday.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm
    • Business @ 7:30pm

Coping with Challenges Speaker Discussion Meeting

This unique event, sponsored by the Marin Fellowship Intergroup, will include multiple speakers and Al-Anon participation. All the healing, coming right at ‘ya! See the flyer below for details.

Yummy in the Tummy

For the love of feasting, 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.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office