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

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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

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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.  🐝  
 

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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

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Your San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

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

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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.  🐝  
 

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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

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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

6 05, 2022

The Buzz | May 6, 2022

 
 

May Edition of The Point

The latest edition of The Point, featuring works by local A.A. members, digs deep into Step 5, and includes reflections on an old timer making an impact on a newly sober member and the power of the A.A. group. You can also listen to an audio recording of an individual’s transition in A.A., trading in “a self-inflicted life of resentment and bitterness for a life of gratitude.” Find the latest issue here.

 

Have You Checked Out: “Is A.A. for You?”

A.A. offers a self-assessment tool in the pamphlet “Is A.A. for You?”, which includes 12 questions that may help an individual decide if they should give A.A. a try. Order your copy through Central Office or download the PDF via aa.org.

 

This Saturday – A.A. Women Pioneers 
 


 

 

Intergroup News

Intergroup held its monthly meeting on May 4. There’s lots of news to share! Here’s the latest to bring back to your groups:

  1. Intergroup voted to approve IFAA’s Bylaws. The signed copy of the Bylaws will be posted to the website shortly.
  2. Help us better communicate with our San Francisco and Marin Fellowship. If you haven’t yet, please fill out the Communications Survey.
  3. Save the date for San Francisco and Marin Founders’ Day Open House and 75th Anniversary Celebration on June 11, 2022 from 1-4pm. Check out the flier here.
  4. Be of service by joining an Intergroup service committee. Take a look at the service opportunities posted on our Events page. Or, reach out to aa@aasfmarin.org for info about service opportunities outside the group level.
 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

  • Golden Gate Young People in A.A. (GGYPAA) (online) is May 8 @ 6pm.

  • SF Public Relations (online) May 9.

    • Orientation @ 6:30pm

    • Business Meeting @ 7pm

  • Marin H&I (in person) is May 10.

  • San Francisco General Service (online) is May 10.

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

    • District Meeting @ 7:30pm

  • Marin Bridging the Gap (online) is May 11

    • Orientation @ 6pm

    • Business Meeting @ 6:15pm

 

The Forest and the Trees

For the love of spring bouquets, 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

30 04, 2022

The Buzz | April 29, 2022

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Celebrate Founders’ Day and Enjoy Fellowship

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, food and music. Literature will be discounted. Stop by for a visit and join in the fun! June 11 from 1-4pm at 1821 Sacramento St., San Francisco.

 

 

Calling All Writers: The Point Wants Your Story 

Time to get creative, y’all. Share your experience, strength and hope by writing for The Point. The deadline to submit articles for The Point’s June issue is May 22. If you haven’t already, check out the latest issue here.
 

 

Call for Stories: The Black A.A. Experience 

A working group is revitalizing the pamphlet “A.A. for the Black and African-American Alcoholic“. The updated pamphlet will include fresh stories and a new title that is respectful, inclusive and reflects the perspective of Black A.A. members sharing their experience, strength and hope. Consider sharing your story as part of this effort. Submission guidelines in the flyer below. 
 


 

 

In Stock: Prayer & Meditation 

The stories in this book show how members begin to pray and meditate and then branch out to develop very personal, and often creative, ways to practice. Prayer & Meditation is now available at our Central Office bookstore or you can order online.
 


 
 

Celebrate Women Pioneers 

This A.A. event with Al-Anon participation features presentations on pioneers Lois W., Marty M. and Sybil C. A potluck dinner is being offered on Saturday, May 7 @ 5:15pm, followed by presentations @ 5:45pm. You can participate in person at the Hillside Church, 2000 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael or join online.
 

 

Last Call: Help Us Improve Our Communication 

Thanks to everyone who’s filled out this survey in recent weeks to help us improve The BuzzThe Point, the monthly Intergroup meeting and many other communications that support the San Francisco and Marin Fellowship, groups and service entities.

If you haven’t taken the survey yet, it’s not too late! Take a moment now (two minutes, to be exact!) to share your feedback. Your answers are entirely anonymous. 

 

Service Opportunities for the Week …

 

Spirit of the Universe

For the love of starry nights, 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.  🐝  
 

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