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June 14, 2024

Happy Birthday Alcoholics Anonymous!

This week marks the 89th anniversary of A.A.’s founding, commemorating Dr. Bob’s last drink on June 10, 1935. A.A. members around the world have come together to celebrate and express their gratitude for Bill W. and Dr. Bob’s legacy. Help continue our Founders’ efforts to reach the still suffering alcoholic by contributing to the San Francisco and Marin Intergroup. There are several ways to contribute:

  • Send an Individual Contribution directly to San Francisco and Marin Intergroup. We accept annual contributions from A.A. members up to $5,000.
  • Sign up to be a Grateful Giver by contributing to Intergroup on a monthly basis. These recurring contributions are a consistent source of revenue Intergroup relies on.
  • If you are already a Grateful Giver, please consider upping your monthly contribution to Intergroup. Email [email protected] or call (415) 674-1820 to increase your pledge amount.

Keep reading and scroll down for some fun trivia about the origins of Founders’ Day!

Save the Date: “A Night of Happy Destiny” Gala and Speaker Meeting

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup is excited to announce “A Night of Happy Destiny” Gala and Speaker Meeting on Saturday, August 3 from 5 – 9pm in San Francisco. This A.A. event with Al-Anon participation includes a meeting with speakers from both programs, Roger W (Fort Knox, KY) and Patsy C (San Francisco), a buffet dinner, fellowship, sobriety countdown and silent auction. Individual banquet tickets are $40 or you (or your home group) can reserve a table of 8 for $320

New Location for Marin Pop-Up and Marin General Service

Pre-purchase your A.A. literature and chips by June 15 via the online bookstore for pick-up on Monday, June 17 at the Marin General Service meeting. Also, starting this month Marin General Service has a new meeting location: 9 Ross Valley Drive, San Rafael. Select A.A. literature will also be available for purchase 6:45 – 9pm. Please note: no parking on Ross Valley Drive.

Sound Bath Meditation and A.A. Meeting

Teleservice Volunteer Opportunities

Teleservice provides telephone service 24 hours a day for alcoholics in need in Marin and San Francisco. The Committee has the following positions available: Vice Chair, Recording Secretary and Special Events Coordinator. To get involved with Teleservice contact [email protected] or attend the committee meeting on June 17. The orientation is @ 6pm followed by the business meeting @ 6:45pm.

Central Office Closed for Juneteenth

Central Office will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day. Central Office will then resume regular hours of operation, which are Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturdays 12 – 4pm.

As Promised, Fun Trivia about Founders’ Day

Did you know that Founders’ Day was not always celebrated on June 10? 

Prior to 1950, Founders’ Day was celebrated on Mother’s Day, the day Bill W. and Dr. Bob first met in Akron, OH. Why did the date change? The 1st International Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous was launched to celebrate A.A.’s 15th birthday in 1950. The National Headquarters (now the General Service Office) recognized that a large out-of-town gathering wouldn’t work for A.A. members who needed to spend time with their wives and mothers on Mother’s Day. 

That’s why Founders’ Day was changed to June 10, so moms wouldn’t have to compete for our attention on Mother’s Day!  

P.S. The next International Convention will take place July 3-6, 2025 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. Registration and hotel bookings will open this autumn. Click here for the latest Convention news from GSO!

Service Opportunities

  • SF H&I (online) is June 15.
    • Orientation @ 11am
  • Archives (in-person) is June 16 @ 12pm.
  • Teleservice Committee (online) is June 17.
    • Orientation @ 6pm
    • Business Meeting @ 6:45pm
  • Marin General Service (hybrid/new meeting location) is June 17.
    • New GSR Orientation @ 7pm 
    • District Meeting @ 7:30pm

Moving Towards A Greater Freedom

For the love of picnics and parades, please share this information and encourage your A.A. fellows to subscribe to The BuzzThe Buzz is produced by San Francisco and Marin Intergroup. To learn more about Intergroup, check out our 2023 Annual Report.   Your San Francisco and Marin Intergroup | Central Office

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