Reminder: Central Office of Holiday Meeting Closures

It’s holiday season! If your group is not meeting on a regularly scheduled date, let Central Office know ASAP so our schedule will continue to be accurate. Please share this request widely with your A.A. groups. Do it for your fellows, visitors and especially potential newcomers. 

As a reminder, Central Office will be closed December 23 for Christmas and December 30 for the New Year.

Gratitude in Action

San Francisco and Marin Intergroup is grateful for the generous contributions it received during Gratitude Month in November. If your group participated in Gratitude Month, please encourage your treasurers to send in those contributions before December 31. Please note: For group or individual contributions, write “Gratitude Month” on the memo line of your check or in the Notes field online, so that it will be properly recorded. Contributions can be mailed to: 1821 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 or contribute online.

Call Marty! Presentation and Speaker Meeting

Holiday Literature Sale

Get your hands on this A.A. History Special featuring the 75th-anniversary copy of the 1st Edition of the Alcoholics Anonymous book and Our Great Responsibility, which includes a selection of Bill W.’s General Service Conference talks from 1951-1970. Order your books via the online bookstore while supplies last. The books are $6 each or $10 for both.

Intergroup News

The following news was shared at San Francisco and Marin Intergroup’s December 6 meeting. Please take this back to your group and any other A.A. meetings you attend.


Here is the message to take back to your group and any other A.A. meetings you attend.

  • San Francisco and Marin Intergroup needs Central Office Volunteers to answer the phone lines, greet customers, and assist with special projects. Minimum of 1 year sobriety. For more information about this weekly shift opportunity, please email [email protected].
  • The 2024 Intergroup budget was approved. This budget includes expanded programmatic work supporting Intergroup’s service committees and essential 12th Step services provided by San Francisco and Marin Intergroup. Thank you for your support and service, as we look forward to the coming year!

Intergroup Service Committee Opportunities
Remember: Anyone can join our service committees; you do not need to be an Intergroup Rep to participate.

  • The Communications Committee provides a wide range of communications support to Intergroup, including The Point and The Buzz. The committee is beginning work on the 2023 annual report. To get involved contact [email protected] and join the next committee meeting on December 11 @ 5:30pm. Also, check out the current edition of The Point here
  • San Francisco Public Relations (SFPR) is looking for volunteers and committee members. Join SFPR on Saturday, December 16 at the Jessie Alley Street Fair. Their recent activities include the Speaker Workshop with participation from Marin PI and Project Homeless Connect on December 6. SFPR also shared highlights on getting A.A. literature into SF public libraries. To get involved contact [email protected] and join the next committee meeting on December 11 @ 7pm
  • The newly merged Teleservice Committee continues to answer the helpline for the still-suffering alcoholic. The committee has moved from an AT&T landline to a new VOIP system and ported the helpline number to the new system. To get involved, contact [email protected] and join the next committee meeting on December 18. Orientation is @ 6pm followed by the business meeting @ 6:45pm. Also, due to the committee merger, Intergroup has updated the suggested group contribution recommendations to A.A. service entities.
  • Outreach Committee works to attract more participation from the Fellowship at Intergroup, including attracting more IGRs (share this brief announcement at any meetings you attend that don’t have an IGR). The Outreach Committee is developing outreach materials to send to trusted servants in Marin and San Francisco and working on outreach to meetings about increasing IGR participation. To get involved at the committee level, contact [email protected] and join the next meeting on January 3 @ 6pm.
  • The Tech Committee continues to work on numerous tech projects including the website, assisting Teleservice with the VOIP system and the Airtable database. If you are familiar with Airtable or WordPress, the Tech Committee would especially like your help! Email [email protected] to join and attend the next meeting on January 8 @ 5pm.
  • The Sunshine Club brings meetings to AA members who are unable to attend regularly scheduled meetings due to illness, accident, or a medical condition. The Sunshine Club held an orientation for 5 new coordinators in November, and two of those individuals will step in as new co-chairs. Special shout out to Clayton B. and Tom V. for their service as the outgoing co-chairs – we are so grateful for your service! The Sunshine Club’s quarterly business meeting is at the end of January. Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Committee/Entity Liaison Reports

  • Marin General Service held a district inventory exploring ways to attract more people to service at the district level, including GSRs. They are in the process of approving the 2024 budget. The next meeting is December 18
  • San Francisco General Service announced that PRAASA (the Pacific Region A.A. Service Assembly) is coming to San Francisco March 1-3, 2024. They are looking to fill both individual and group volunteer positions, including airport greeters, registration volunteers, hospitality suite staff and sponsor a group member or newcomer. For details email [email protected]. The next meeting is December 12
  • San Francisco H&I brings A.A. meetings and literature into hospitals and institutions in San Francisco. If your meeting does not have an H&I Rep, consider getting one. The next SF H&I orientation and business meeting is January 20. 
  • Marin Accessibilities next meeting is December 11 @ 7pm. The committee encourages all to attend and talk about how your group resolved any access barriers. Their targeted message for December is: how does your group address accessibility issues? Perhaps through a group steering committee, group inventory, service sponsorship and/or accessibilities checklist?

12 Concepts Workshop this Saturday

Box 4-5-9

A useful source for A.A. news, Box 4-5-9 is a quarterly newsletter from the U.S./Canada General Service Office. In this issue, meet four new Class B General Service Board Trustees and learn more about the Reserve Fund, A.A.’s “Prudent Financial Principle” in action. This issue also includes news from publishing, information on visiting GSO, a calendar of events, and more. Click here to view the current issue and subscribe to the Box 4-5-9 mailing list.

Service Opportunities…

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