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The Buzz: September 18, 2020

Recovery at Home – Staying Connected

If you’re looking for a change from online meetings, switch it up and dig into some of the fabulous content available on our website. If you missed the presentation “A.A. in War & Crisis: A Historical Perspective,” fear not, for the recording is still available online! While the A.A. Grapevine / La Viña publications are no longer free, a discounted subscription is still available for download.

Upcoming Festivities

OLDYPAA’s Third Annual Get Together is Next Friday, y’all and it’s 3 days long! Check out the event page and register now!

Service Opportunities for the Upcoming Week…

  • Want to know more about carrying the message to the alcoholic who is confined? (And we don’t mean at home). Find out at SF H&I Committee‘s next business meeting
  • Ever been curious about preserving A.A.’s legacy by collecting and cataloging historical materials? Well, the Archives Committee has got you covered – and then some. Learn more by joining them next week at their regular meeting.
  • Ring, Ring! Both SF Teleservice and Marin Teleservice Committees are having orientations and business meetings next week. Click here for SF info, and here for Marin info.
  • Get involved outside your home group! Check out Marin General Service Committee‘s orientation and business meeting to get a taste.
  • And last but certainly not least, we have Marin PI/CPC Committee coming in hot with their business meeting as well!

Coming Soon to a Website Near You…

We have been diligently working on the new Meeting Finder for aasfmarin.org. The improved version will allow us to list meetings regardless of how they are accessed: in-person, remotely or a combination of the two. When the time comes, there will be a massive Call to Action for you all to validate that the meeting content is accurate, and to get your Trusted Servants registered. The shift will come with a new Trusted Servant Registration Form as well as an easy way for you to submit meeting changes. And that’s not even all, so please stay tuned!

Keep it Buzzy, Friends!

For the love of espresso bars, 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

Information for Newcomers

The Buzz: September 11, 2020

September Intergroup Meeting Debrief

SF/Marin Intergroup met on September 2nd, 2020. The minutes and presentation slides from that meeting are now available on our website.

Service Opportunities for the Upcoming Week…

  • Interested in local A.A.’s stories that share experience, strength, and hope? Of course you are! Join The Point Committee for their business meeting next week. P.S. they just posted their September Issue, see their flyer below for a teaser!
  • Are you a young person in A.A.? Or “young at heart”?! GGYPAA wants you to attend their monthly business meeting and kick it with the cool kids.
  • Join SF Public Relations (formerly PI/CPC) at their next meeting to learn more about how A.A. interacts with members of the professional community who work with alcoholics and members of the public who are interested in A.A.
    • Call to Action! SFPR is seeking experiences to include in their new printed pamphlet directed toward the homeless/un-housed alcoholic. If you or someone you know has a relevant story you feel is appropriate, please email sfpr@aasfmarin.org to share.

HelpChat Needs You!

Our HelpChat Committee is now holding regular orientations and business meetings monthly. Come check out their next business meeting on September 15th, 6-7pm. Orientation for new volunteers (which they need!) is at 5pm.

How HelpChat works:
Visitors to the aasfmarin.org website can click on a blue chat bubble to send a message. A HelpChat volunteer fields that message and responds. These volunteers provide a live chat service for new and existing A.A. members. More volunteers are needed!

Come join HelpChat at the orientation, or pass on the message that they are looking for volunteers. Requires 1-year continuous sobriety, a cell phone and/or computer.

Ring, Ring! The Point is Calling – for Articles!

The Point publishes original articles, interviews, reviews, poems, photos and illustrations from A.A.’s with a local SF Bay Area focus. You can see their current issue posted online or by clicking the flyer above. 

Share your story.Write for The Point! You can submit a word doc or even email an audio file to: thepoint@aasfmarin.org. The next submission deadline (for the October issue) is September 22nd, 2020.

“A.A. Technology Comes of Age” on Sept. 12th, 2020

AA seems to be moving into the technological age at warp speed! What form should we take as we do that? National AA Technology Workshop (NAATW) is meeting to discuss that and more.This virtual gathering will provide a platform for A.A.s to share information and experience on how technology has supported personal recovery, group unity and A.A. service. Stop by to hear about others’ experience with technology over the course of this very unusual year. There will be a number of segments with different topics sure to excite. Click here for more info!

Save these Dates, y’all!

Stay tuned for details…

Mirror. Absorb. Reflect.

For the love of shadows, 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: September 4, 2020

** Reminder: This is your new weekly Buzz Update.**

Save the Date for Zoom Updates…

Zoom has announced that, starting September 27th, 2020, all meetings on their platform will require a Waiting Room or Password;if these changes are not made by meeting hosts/admin by that date, Zoom will automatically add a Waiting Room to your meeting.
  Looking for best practices and tips for your Zoom meeting? IFAA’s nifty website has some local A.A. community-sourced Zoom best practices and tips for your meetings.

Unity & Service Conference this Weekend!

A reminder that the 5th Annual Virtual Unity & Service Conference will be held this weekend, all day Sat 9/5 and Sun 9/6. Click on the flyer below for registration info. Join A.A. members from all over the country to celebrate unity and service!

Service Opportunities for the Upcoming Week:

Our Service Committees are lively as ever and they continue to knock out their monthly meetings.

Old-Timers, We Need Your Wisdom!

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.
 

Check out the weekly “Tuesday Chip” remote meeting in Marin! They made the neat flyer below showcasing September’s speakers and would absolutely love to see your sparkling faces on, you guessed it, Tuesday nights! Pop in @ 8:15pm for fellowship before the 8:30pm start.

We Need You, Bright Lights of A.A.!

For the love of lightbulbs, 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: August 28, 2020

** Reminder: This is the first of our new weekly Buzz Updates.**
 

Hey Hey, Labor Day!

Our September IFAA Intergroup Orientation and Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 2nd. Orientation for new members is from 6:00-6:30pm with the general meeting to follow 7:00-8:30pm.

Ever wondered what the Twelve Concepts of A.A. are all about? Look no further than our very own Marin General Service, who holds a regular meeting on the subject every first Tuesday of the month. More info here.
 

Central Office Closed September 7th

While our IFAA Bookstore is still in operation, we will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 7th, 2020. You may order literature, books and chips at our website. We will ship (at a reduced rate for SF and Marin members) via UPS or make your order available for curbside pick up, Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
 

“The Secret is Service…”

The 5th Annual Virtual Unity & Service Conference will be held September 5th & 6th, 8:45am-6pm! This is going to be two full days of epic speakers and panel discussion. “Finance & Romance in A.A.’s Digital Age” and “Anonymity and Outside Issues: Rights vs. Responsibilities” are just two of many talks sure to excite. Click on the flyer below for more info; pre-registration is encouraged!

Marin Fellowship Intergroup is hosting a virtual dance party! Saturday Night Dance Party will be held on August 29th, 7:30-9pm. What will begin as a speaker meeting will end as a dance extravaganza! Click here to learn more.

Town Hall # 3 Debrief

IFAA’s third Town Hall was held August 20th. All information, presentation slides, and meeting minutes can be found on our website here.
 

Help Us Keep the Hive Thriving!

For the love of honeycomb, 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

Update #19: Town Hall #3 is Rapidly Approaching

** Please note: The Buzz will increase in frequency at the end of the month. We received feedback after the first few months of shelter-in-place that frequent communications and updates were appreciated and desired. Our hope is to, eventually, use this platform to provide more specific information about our Intergroup Service Committees and larger A.A. Service Entities for a more comprehensive local A.A. digital experience.**

Town Hall #3 is Rapidly Approaching!

Our third Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday, August 20th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Our first workshop-style format, this meeting will focus on keeping virtual meetings safe, using “breakout rooms” to create space for newcomers and fellowship in the digital world, and managing digital contributions. Discussion will include how all of these topics, together, can provide group members with novel (and exciting!) service commitments. Join us and share how your group has tackled some of these issues during our open sharing session. Please see this link for meeting info.

August Intergroup Meeting

The summary from our August Intergroup meeting is posted. Included are the IFAA financial reports through June 2020, as well as the meeting minutes.

The Point is...that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines

The August issue of The Point is up! The Point Committee is always looking for content; we’d love to read your stories of experience, strength and hope. More information can be found here

The 45th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference 2020 will be held Aug 21 – Aug 23. This conference is the oldest and longest-running LGBTQ AA/Al-Anon Conference in the country! Click flyer or here to learn more.

Call to Action: Step into Service

Looking for ways to stay involved and be of service to your A.A. community? Feeling deprived of your usual group service commitments? (We’re looking at you, sorely missed coffee and sweeties). Getting involved with our various Service Committees is a great way to stay connected and contribute outside of your usual meetings

Love historical stuff? Try our IFAA Archives Committee. Dying to pick up the phone and talk to another alcoholic? Check out SF Teleservice and Marin Teleservice (Orientation & Business Meeting). Some other groups who are holding meetings in the second half of this month are Marin General Service, Marin PI/CPC, and CNCAAdditional information for each of these… and MUCH more… can be found on our Events Calendar.

IFAA Bookstore is still in operation, and will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 7th, 2020. You may order literature, books and chips ONLINE at our website. We will ship (at a reduced rate) via UPS or make your order available for curbside pick up, Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 4 PM

For the love of coffee and sweeties, 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

Update #18: Town Hall #2 was a great success!

On July 16th, Intergroup hosted its second Town Hall. The main topics discussed were liability regarding potential return to in-person meetings, and what “hybrid” meetings might look like. Links to the slides and minutes are here. Ideas for the next Town Hall include a “Trusted Servants Workshop” for online meeting management, focusing on co-hosting/security/spiritual bouncer role and/or using breakout rooms for fellowship and/or tools for supporting newcomers. Have suggestions for additional topics? We’d love to hear them. Send to: aa@aasfmarin.org

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings…

In-person meetings at Gratitude Center and Dry Dock have resumed (with restrictions). Please visit their websites for in-person meeting specifics. Additionally, Marin’s PI/CPC (Public Information / Cooperation with the Professional Community) have connected with the Marin Department of Health and Human Services regarding the potential for outdoor sites as meeting places. More to come on that. 

With this increasing complexity of meeting mediums, our aasfmarin.org website will soon be returning to our former meeting schedule format which has been updated to allow for remote (phone/online) and hybrid meetings. We hope to have it up and running within the next week. Stay tuned for further updates and a Call to Action! Why? In the transition, we may lose some meeting information and we need all hands on deck to help us validate that meeting info is accurate. Please keep an eye out for that communication which will include a link to a new and improved webform for members to use to Register as a Trusted Servant, List a New Meeting, or Update an Existing Meeting. All in the same place! Isn’t that exciting?

Rotation?

Historically, many groups hold elections in June. If you are a new Treasurer or Secretary, please help us out and register as a Trusted Servant as soon as the new form goes live! Along these lines, a gentle reminder to please send in contributions if your term just ended and your group has funds to distribute.

Upcoming Events

The 45th Annual Western Roundup Living Sober Conference 2020 will be held virtually the weekend of August 21 – August 23 and is FREE to register! This is THE oldest & longest running LGBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous conference with Al-Anon participation in the WORLD. See here for more info.

Service Committee Meetings/Orientations:

  • Technology Committee (online) – August 3rd @ 6pm – email tech@aasfmarin.org for an invitation to join the virtual meeting. More info here.
  • Intergroup Representative Orientation (online) – August 4th @ 6:30pm – Meeting link here.
  • Intergroup Meeting (online) – August 5th @ 7pm – Meeting details here.
  • The Point Committee Meeting (online) – August 8th @ 12:30pm – Meeting link here.
  • Golden Gate Young People in A.A. (online) – August 9th @ 12pm – Meeting link here.
  • SF Public Relations Committee (PI/CPC) (online) – August 10th @ 6:30pm – Meeting info here.
  • Marin H&I Orientation (online) – August 11th @ 6:15pm – Meeting link here.
    • Business meeting @ 7:15pm – link here.
  • SF New GSR Orientation (online) – August 11th @ 6:30pm – Meeting info here.

Business meeting @ 7:30pm – link here.

Update #17: Town Hall Two Coming is Tomorrow, July 16!

Our second Town Hall meeting is tomorrow night, Thursday, July 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We will resume our discussion on considerations for resuming in-person meetings with information on liability and technology for Hybrid meetings. We will also share updates from Intergroup and continue with an open dialog about working together as a community. Updates include some sneak previews and we hope to see many of our SF and Marin members in attendance. We will add additional content here, where the information from the June Town Hall is located, for you to reference during and after the meeting and for all who cannot attend.

While the majority of meetings remain closed – or remote, the IFAA Bookstore is still in operation! You may order literature, books and chips ONLINE at our website. Central Office is closed to walk-in customers, however we will ship (at a reduced rate) via UPS or make your order available for curbside pick up, Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Please help us get the word out that this service, nor any of our others, have been interrupted.

The summary from our July Intergroup meeting is posted. Included are the IFAA financial reports through May 2020. The July issue of The Point has also been posted and, once again, includes an audio recording. The Point Committee is always looking for content; we’d love to read your stories of experience, strength and hope. Featured articles will be on H&I at Friendship House plus other locally written stories. More information can be found here.

In addition, several service committees will hold their monthly meetings in the second half of this month. Among them are SF H&I, IFAA Archives, SF Teleservice, Marin General Service, Marin PI/CPC, CNCA and the Marin Teleservice (Orientation & Business Meeting). And an advance heads up: the August Intergroup meeting will be on Wednesday, August 5, so mark your calendars! Additional information for each of these … and more … can be found on our Events Calendar.

For the love of dogbirds, 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.

All decisions will be re-evaluated as the situation changes; we are doing our best and appreciate your support and understanding.

Your IFAA Intergroup | Central Office

The Difference Between Open and Closed A.A. Meetings

An excerpt from The A.A. Group… where it all begins pamphlet published by A.A. World Services:

The purpose of all A.A. group meetings, as the Preamble states, is for A.A. members to “share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” Toward this end, A.A. groups have both open and closed meetings.

Closed meetings are for A.A. members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking.”

Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous’ program of recovery from alcoholism. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.

At both types of meetings, the A.A. chairperson may request that participants confine their discussion to matters pertaining to recovery from alcoholism.  Whether open or closed, A.A. group meetings are conducted by A.A. members who determine the format of their meetings.

Update #16: Town Hall Two Coming Up

The virtual Town Hall on June 18 was attended by almost 300 members. We gained valuable information from those who joined us and have received positive feedback that the information presented was useful and appreciated. Considerations for resuming face-to-face meetings were reviewed along with dialog about the concerns our groups are faced with today. All of the information from the meeting is posted here.

With the news of an increase in local COVID-19 cases, reopening will be delayed. The poll results from the Town Hall reflect that our community is also being patient. We have an opportunity to use this time to continue working together in planning for a safe and sustainable return to in-person meetings. 

It became clear that members want to explore possibilities for Hybrid Meetings and discuss liability issues/waivers. We are scheduling another Town Hall for July 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM to cover these topics and to continue our open dialog. Additional will be posted on aasfmarin.org and sent out in the next update, but please mark your calendars now.

The July Intergroup Meeting will be on July 1, therefore we are hosting our monthly orientation for new IGRs on June 30.

Other events and service committee meetings, including GGYPAAs 4th of July Marathon are posted on our events calendar.

Our Intergroup Archives Committee is still looking for you to support an effort to capture this unprecedented time in AA’s history where nearly all meetings in the Bay Area have become virtual. We want to ensure that these experiences are recorded so future generations of AAs can understand this time and draw on the resiliency and innovation demonstrated. 

Please fill in your responses here to ensure that your group history is represented in our Archive. Suggestions to help you get started are included and multiple entries for each meeting are encouraged!

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.

All decisions will be re-evaluated as the situation changes; we are doing our best and appreciate your support and understanding.

Your AA Central Office