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Disruptions During Online Meetings Please check back regularly as we try to navigate this quickly moving situation!

If you are new to A.A. or think you have a problem with alcohol please contact us now:
T: 415-674-1821 (SF) 415-499-0400 (Marin)
E: help@aasfmarin.org
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Just as in the physical rooms, meetings on Zoom feature resentments, ringing phones, and other disturbances. In fact, some groups, particularly women's meetings are experiencing  sexually predatory and violent behavior from meeting participants. While this, too can happen in physical meeting rooms, the anonymity of the internet provides a shield for the predators. Fortunately, while not possible to maintain absolute security, there are a number of features available to handle the more disruptive participants. 

Secretary AND Group Admin/Co-Host

For starters, elect a group admin (co-host) whose role is to shoulder the weight of maintaining order during the meeting by managing the participants. This allows the meeting secretary to focus on the meeting, while the admin focuses on the room controls.  

Meeting Participants Window
The Meeting Participants window offers control over most aspects of your meeting and those attending. Zoom has a 10 minute long video that is recommended viewing for all meeting secretaries and anyone who plans to co-host a meeting at any time. 

Key topics include:

  • Removing Participants – connections from that user’s IP become banned
  • Locking the meeting room – nobody can enter the room while locked
  • Unmuted participants rise to the top of the list

Other Features
Consider enabling the Waiting Room for your meeting. You then play an active role choosing who to allow into the room through the participants list.

Consider disabling Join Before Host to keep users out before the host arrives. When “Join Before Host” is enabled anyone can enter at anytime.

Consider restricting In-Meeting Chat to reach only host only during the meeting. Many meetings open it up for fellowship after the meeting.

You can also take a group conscience regarding screen sharing, mute and unmute privileges, chat settings among participants and more.

It is unfortunate that we have a need to address this issue, but doing so and keeping online meetings going will do more to allow the sick and suffering alcoholic to find us than taking meetings underground will. Keep in mind our Responsibility Statement:

I am responsible…
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want
the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I am responsible.

To read this full post on aasfmarin.org with additional resources and content, click here.

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Face-to-Face MeetingsPlease check back regularly as we try to navigate this quickly moving situation!

If you are new to A.A. or think you have a problem with alcohol please contact us now:
T: 415-674-1821 (SF) 415-499-0400 (Marin)
E: help@aasfmarin.org
Click the blue chat button on the lower right

Shelter in Place order has been issued in both San Francisco and Marin Counties. Not all meetings have been reported as closed, however do not go to a physical meeting place expecting it to be there.

We have focused all of our efforts on getting the remote meetings listed on this new remote (phone / online) meeting schedule. Our next task will be to focus on making it easier to search; your patience and support is appreciated.

It is our expectation that the remote meetings we are listing are those established by local members in place of physical meetings in SF and Marin. 

Please continue to submit meeting closures via email to aa@aasfmarin.org. We kindly request that your meeting secretary be the one to contact us (or another trusted servant) for all meeting closures in order to avoid confusion.

Central Office is now closed to foot traffic. The safety of our staff and volunteers is a priority. We will continue to answer the phone lines and provide support through HelpChat (our online chat tool).

We will continue to push information out via The Buzz, so if you have not already, please subscribe now. Then add thebuzz@aasfmarin.org to your contacts and keep your eyes open for the email confirmation (you may need to check your spam folder).

We have learned that our fellowship gets their information primarily from word-of-mouth; we need your help! Share this information, please.

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