Category Archives: The Buzz

The Buzz | May 7, 2021

Preparing for the Town Hall: Ready to Return? Survey

Hey everybody! If you haven’t already heard, IFAA will be holding a Town Hall on Thursday 5/20 @ 7pm PDT to discuss resuming in-person meetings.

**In order for us to organize the best information possible, please help us gather crucial information by taking
this survey
geared toward local members, regarding the return to in-person meetings!**

“Call Marty!” Women’s Event Tomorrow

Mily T. is back at it again with another presentation on Marty Mann, with new slides, more info, and more Marty! This ladies-only event includes a re-vamped presentation followed by an afternoon of 3 awesome speakers. Mark your calendars for tomorrow, Saturday 5/8 @ 9:30am PDT. See details in the flyer below or the event posting.

The Point’s May Issue is Posted!

Check out the nifty flyer below for some teasers for this month’s Point. You won’t want to miss these…click the flyer to read!

Tuesday Chip Lineup for May!

It’s that time, y’all! See below for the awesome lineup of Tuesday Chip speakers for May

So Many Service Opportunities!

Ramping Up


For the love of hustle and bustle, 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 | April 30, 2021

Soft Reopening of Central Office

Beginning Monday, May 3, Central Office will reopen part-time for walk-in visitors to the bookstore. While curbside pickup will still be available every day beginning at 10:00 am, those who have not placed orders ahead of time can drop by from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm M/W/F and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Tu/Th. Since we are not yet out of the woods with the pandemic and in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, we encourage all members to call in their orders (415-674-1819) or make purchases online in advance whenever practical.

Ring the Bells for the Town Hall!

Locals! Please join us online for our first Town Hall of 2021 on Thursday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm PST. We plan to revisit some of the material from last year’s Town Hall on resuming in-person meetings and will have leadership from local clubs sharing their experience with in-person meetings, as well as a visitor from the SF Department of Public Health.

In an effort to serve our fellowship as effectively as possible, we will send out a brief survey in next week’s issue of The Buzz to understand group plans for resuming in-person meetings and gauge the fellowship’s comfort levels for this transition that, for some, is already under way. Stay tuned!

Tomorrow: Living Sober Presents Spring Fling!

Get ready to show off your talents tomorrow night, Saturday May 1, at this variety show from Western Roundup’s Living Sober! The show itself starts at 8:00 pm PST, but hop in at 7:00 pm PST to catch a meeting beforehand. Check out the stylish flyer below or visit the event posting for details.

Upcoming Service Committee Meetings

Keep Going!

For the love of labyrinths, 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 | April 23, 2021

Save the Date for Town Hall # 4

Hey y’all, believe it or not, it’s time to talk about re-opening and what that could mean for the SF/Marin Fellowship. Intergroup is still putting together the details, but please mark your calendars for a Town Hall to discuss re-opening, which will be held on May 20th @ 7pm PST. Stay tuned for more info!

Intergroup Seeking Treasurer Candidates!

Intergroup is still looking for a Treasurer to serve a 2-year term on the Intercounty Fellowship Board, beginning July 1, 2021. We’re looking for someone with extensive bookkeeping experience, or a CPA, CFO or Finance Manager-type. If that sounds like you or someone you know, please let us know! 

We need help from you and other members of our Fellowship to reach potential candidates! 

Please see this link for a description of this volunteer position and announce this broadly at all your meetings. Thank you!

Service Committee Meetings for the Week

  • CNCA Committee meets on Saturday 4/24.

  • Sunshine Club Orientation is on Saturday 4/24.

  • Marin Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday 4/27.
    • Orientation @ 6:30pm PST
    • Business @ 7:30pm PST

Volunteer with Marin PI/CPC! 

Looking for a great way to be of service outside your meeting? Marin’s Public Information / Cooperation with the Professional Community (PI/CPC) has a ton of open service positions! The available positions are: Alternate Chair, African American Outreach, Events, Alternate Media Outreach, and Treasurer/Literature

For more info on these service opportunities and others, please contact aamarinpicpc@gmail.com

Short and Sweet

For the love of lollipops, 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 | April 16, 2021

Intergroup Needs a New Treasurer!

Hey y’all, Intergroup is seeking a Treasurer to serve a 2-year term on the Intercounty Fellowship Board, beginning July 1st, 2021. 

We need help from you and other members of our Fellowship to reach potential candidates no later than May 1, 2021! Please see this link for a description of this volunteer position and announce this broadly at all your meetings. Thank you!

Speaking of Intergroup, Here’s April’s Meeting Summary

Intergroup had its most recent meeting last Wednesday, April 7th. We are happy to share the summary of the meeting minutes and financials that were reported on!

IFAA Google Account Workshop Next Thursday!

Don’t forget that next week is the Google Account Workshop, to be hosted by the IFAA Tech Committee on Thursday, April 22nd, from 7-8:30pm PST.

The focus of the workshop is to inform meetings in San Francisco and Marin that are utilizing free Google Accounts, provided by IFAA for their meetings, of the tools available to them and how to leverage them effectively. See the flyer below for details!

The Search is On

Note to visitors of the IFAA website serving San Francisco and Marin Counties: the ‘Search’ bar has returned! Our website now uses a Google widget rather than a third party plugin, so the results will be display like the results of a Google search.
Thank you IFAA Web Team (you know who you are!) for putting this in place.

Sunshine Club Orientation Next Saturday!

Sunshine Club will be holding an orientation for fellows interested in volunteering on Saturday, April 24th @ 10am PST. See the flyer below for details, and click on it to be taken to the event posting on aasfmarin.org.

Service Opportunities on Deck

  • Archives Committee 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

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

  • Marin PI/CPC meets on Thursday.

Central Office Closed Next Friday

Please note that Central Office and the bookstore will be closed for literature pickup and shipping on Friday, April 23rd. Don’t forget that you can always order chips and literature online!

Breathe In, Pause, Breathe Out

For the love of Zen gardens, 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 | April 9, 2021

The Point Needs Your Submissions!

It’s that time again. The deadline to submit articles for The Point’s May Issue is April 22nd, 2021. And if you haven’t already, check out the April issue right here!


Read | Listenaasfmarin.org/the-point

Service Opportunities This Week

  • The Point Committee meets on Saturday.

  • GGYPAA meets on Sunday.

  • SF Public Relations Committee meets is on Monday.

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

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

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday.

  • Bridging the Gap Marin Committee meets on Wednesday.

SF Public Relations (PI/CPC) Guidance on Court-Ordered Attendance

SF Public Relations (PI/CPC) wants to remind groups that there are methods available for proof of attendance at Zoom meetings, but we need group action to tackle the implementation! Please see this page for guidance.
Especially if you are a trusted servant (secretary, treasurer, IGR, or GSR) please raise this issue with your group and discuss whether to provide attendance verification, and how to then implement that decision. This could be as simple as designating a “court card signer” who is willing to communicate with newcomers via chat during the meeting and subsequent emails to verify attendance.
Groups can set up a group email account to be used for many purposes, including this one.

Volunteer for Teleservice! ☎

SF Teleservice shifts are mostly filled (thanks volunteers for your tireless efforts!). However, there are a few shifts that still need volunteers. Teleservice is a great opportunity for service outside of your group! 

Orientations continue to be held on the third Monday of every month at 6pm PST via Zoom and the meeting ID can be found online.

Please email sfteleservice@aasfmarin.org for more information.

Save the Date for Founders’ Day!

Our annual Founder’s Day (and this year virtual) is tentatively scheduled for June 10th, 2021, so keep your peepers peeled and stay tuned for details!

Keep Going, You’re Almost There!

For the love of trudging the road to happy destiny, 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 | April 2, 2021

The Point‘s April Issue is Posted!

Check out the freshest content submitted by your very own fellow A.A.’s right here,
in the April issue of The Point. Enjoy!

The Importance of Not Caring Too Much – Brian C.
“Sometimes it’s better to not care too much. Really. Caring too much can destroy friendships, screw with your serenity and mess up your sleep schedule. I know: it’s happened to me.”

+ Much, Much More!

Read | Listen @ aasfmarin.org/the-point

 
Service Opportunities This Week

  • Technology Committee meets on Monday.

  • SF Bridging the Gap Committee meets on Tuesday.

  • Twelve Concepts Study is on Tuesday.

  • Intergroup Orientation and Business Meeting is on Wednesday.

Tuesday Chip Speakers for April

Hey y’all, check out the April lineup for the Tuesday Chip meeting (based out of Marin)! You’ll see the list of speakers in the awesome flyer below.

Reminder: Pre-conference Assembly This Weekend!

Trusted Servants, this is a friendly reminder that this weekend is your Pre-conference Assembly, where GSRs can directly deliver to our Area Delegate their group consciences on the 71st Conference Agenda Items! See here or click the flyer below for details.

Save the Date: IFAA Google Account Workshop!

Mark your calendars for this Google Account Workshop, to be hosted by the IFAA Tech Committee on Thursday, April 22nd, from 7-8:30pm PST.
The focus of the workshop is to inform meetings in San Francisco and Marin that are utilizing free Google Accounts, provided by IFAA for their meetings, of the tools available to them and how to leverage them effectively. See the flyer below for details!

All Aboard the Sober Train!


For the love of train journeys and sobriety, 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 | March 26, 2021

Re-opening? At Last?

With the move to the “Orange” tier in both Marin and San Francisco, we are beginning to make plans for a partial re-opening of Central Office. More information will be made available as plans evolve, though we hope to be open for walk-ins in the next 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, our shipping and curbside pickup options are still available for literature purchased online. We’d like to acknowledge the above and beyond efforts of both the Marin and SF Teleservice committees for coordinating 24/7 phone line coverage over the last 12 months and appreciate them continuing to do so until more of us are able to safely re-enter public spaces again.

We are anticipating some groups will begin to make a shift back to in-person. Some information, including links to both county health departments, can be found in the “Considerations for Reopening” document here.    

Please keep us posted about your meetings’ plans so we can maintain an accurate online schedule. Changes to meetings can be submitted through the “Update Meeting Info” button on each meeting’s listing in the schedule; information for new meetings can be submitted online as well. All of the relevant details and instructions can be found here.

Town Hall Debrief

On Thursday, March 18, the IFAA Intergroup hosted a Town Hall on the Future of the Big Book, in cooperation with General Service District 06 San Francisco and District 10 Marin. The Town Hall featured a screening of a video presentation by the A.A. General Service Board, titled, “The Big Book: Researching Issues, Possible Tools and Access”. Over 100 A.A. members showed up and shared their experience, strength and hope for 90 minutes on the topic of the Big Book and Accessibility. Their feedback was audio recorded and will be compiled into a summary and shared with the Trustees of the General Service Board and with you all in the next issue of The Buzz. In the meantime, if you want to learn more, please email Jackie B. at chair@sfgeneralservice.org or speak to your group’s General Service Representative (GSR).

Service Friends: Don’t Forget Next Week is CNCA 06 Pre-Conference Assembly!

The General Service Conference is coming up fast! But before that happens, our Area (06) will have a Pre-Conference Assembly to discuss a variety of topics which are going to be on the agenda at the larger Conference. Please see below for more info, or email chair@sfgeneralservice.org with any questions.

The Week in Service…

CNCA Committee meets on Saturday.

Short and Sweet


For the love of brevity, 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 | March 19, 2021

La Viña turns 25!

Did you know that this year marks the 25th anniversary of La Viña?! In order to commemorate this event, La Viña is collecting community experiences. Share your birthday message about La Viña here

Click the flyer below if you want to check out the Grapevine’s home webpage! Enjoy!

The Week in Service…

  • SF H&I Business Meeting is on Saturday.

  • Archives Committee meets on Sunday.

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

  • Marin PI/CPC Orientation and Business Meeting is on Thursday.
    • Orientation @ 7:00pm PST
    • Business @ 7:30pm PST

Tenth Step Workshop Tomorrow! 

Join the Marin Fellowship for this fun workshop tomorrow, Saturday, March 20th @ 3pm PST, and feel the “true essence of character building”! See flyer below for meeting info. Let’s work that 10th step, y’all!

Spring Cleaning

For the love of fresh air and flowers, 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 | March 12, 2021

March Intergroup Summary 

Intergroup had its March business meeting on Wednesday, March 3rd. The summary of minutes, along with the IFAA financial report, are available here. Thanks to all who continue to attend and contribute. And a warm welcome to our new IGRs!

Reminder: SF & Marin General Service Agenda Topics Workshops! 

Don’t forget to check out tomorrow’s Agenda Topics Workshops in preparation for the General Service Conference! Even those not involved with General Service are encouraged to check it out. Intergroup asks all to consider how these agenda topics might impact other service entities, committees, and A.A. as a whole. It takes a village, after all!

Please click this link for info on Districts 5 (San Mateo), 6 (SF), 16 (Spanish Central), and 17 (Spanish South)!

Please click this link for info on District 10 (Marin)!

The Point! Call for Articles

Hey y’all! The deadline to submit articles for The Point’s April Issue is March 22nd, 2021. And if you haven’t already, check out the March issue right here

Town Hall is on Thursday, March 18th! 

A reminder to think about the future of our A.A. Big Book! Register here for the upcoming week’s Town Hall and share your thoughts on issues and tools related to access and the Big Book. See here for more details.

The Week in Service…

  • The Point Committee meets on Saturday.

  • GGYPAA meets on Sunday.

  • SF Teleservice Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday.

  • Marin General Service Orientation and Business Meeting is on Monday.
    • Orientation @ 7:00pm PST
    • Business @ 7:30pm PST

  • HelpChat Orientation and Business Meeting is on Tuesday.
    • Orientation @ 5:00pm PST
    • Business @ 6:00pm PST

Clover Time!

For the love of greenery, 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 | March 5, 2021

Central Office Survey Results

The responses are in, folks! Thank you to those who responded to the Central Office Survey. Please feel free to take a look at the preliminary results. While we’re still reviewing the data – more will always be revealed – here are some facts we’re really jazzed about…

A whopping 70% of people said The Buzz / COVID updates have been helpful to them, second only to the online meeting schedule (93%)! And 58% said The Buzz was an essential service! Thank you and we love you too!

An up-to-date and comprehensive website was considered essential to the fellowship by 89% of people, followed closely by 24/7 Teleservice (81%) and local fellowship events (63%). Yay!

The Point: March Issue is Posted!

That’s right, y’all – The Point’s March Issue is hot off the press! Click on the flyer below or see here to be whisked away by this month’s stories. 

PRAASA is Now!

A reminder that PRAASA (Pacific Region A.A. Service Assembly) started today at 4pm PST, and runs through Sunday, March 7th @ 4pm PST! All A.A. members are invited to attend; please register at www.praasa.org/register. Check out the full weekend schedule here.

Intergroup Fast Fact! 💡

Did you know?! On January 27th, 1947, San Francisco’s Intergroup was born, almost 5 years before the A.A. General Service Conference was established at Akron, OH in 1951.

“Whereas Intergroup serves groups in it’s local community… General Service is a system of communication for finding out how A.A. as a whole feels about its world affairs.” – Circles of Love (P-45).

Speaking of the conference…

General Service Conference: Agenda Topics Workshops Next Weekend for SF & Marin! 

Why do we need a General Service Conference? Consider this quote from A.A.’s Service Manual & Twelve Concepts For World Service, pg. S20: “We may not need a General Service Conference to ensure our own recovery. We do need it to ensure the recovery of the alcoholic who still stumbles in the darkness one short block from this room. We need it to ensure the recovery of a child being born tonight, destined for alcoholism. We need it to provide, in keeping with our Twelfth Step, a permanent haven for all alcoholics who, in the ages ahead, can find in A.A. that rebirth that brought us back to life.”

These workshops are designed for General Service Reps (GSRs) in SF and Marin to learn everything they need to know to effectively collect an informed group conscience for the Pre-Conference Assembly on April 3rd & 4th. Any member who is interested in learning about this process is welcome to attend.

Intergroup asks our fellow A.A.’s to consider how these agenda topics might impact other service entities, committees, and A.A. as a whole. We are one ecosystem after all! Please click the flyers below for more information on SF and Marin’s Workshops!

Districts 5 (San Mateo), 6 (SF), 16 (Spanish Central), and 17 (Spanish South)!

District 10 (Marin)!

Service, Please!

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

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

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

  • SF Service Manual and Concepts Study is on Tuesday.

Time to Frolic in the Fields!

For the love of flowers, 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