Greetings All Intergroup Representatives and Alternates,
The Central Office and Steering Committee have decided to hold another virtual open forum in lieu of our regularly scheduled Intergroup meeting. We are providing the slides and the minutes from the previous open forum and survey results held May 5, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you all virtually on Sunday, June 7th at 1:30PM.
Topic: Intergroup Open Forum 2
Time: June 7, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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To: Metro Atlanta InterGroup Representatives
I wanted to reach out during these uncertain times to let you know that your Steering Committee is still at work and committed to keeping you informed. Please feel free to call, text or email us with any questions or concerns your Group may have for the Steering Committee.
Most AA meetings in metro Atlanta have been canceled or converted to virtual meetings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I would urge those who are still meeting face to face to strongly consider a virtual meeting. We are continuing to update the Atlanta website (www.atlantaaa.org) with online meetings and announcements.
Your InterGroup Steering Committee met Tuesday and I would like to share the outcome of that meeting with you:
- The InterGroup meeting scheduled for April 5th has been canceled as a result of the ban on any gatherings of 10 or more people and the shelter in place order Gov. Kemp just announced. You will be notified of any future InterGroup cancellations the week before they are scheduled to occur.
- We are considering hosting an informal Zoom open forum for InterGroup reps. Watch for details on www.atlantaaa.org.
- Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to talk with other alcoholics who are calling Central Office – particularly during daytime hours. If you would like to be of service please call 404-525-3178, or check the website for details on how to volunteer (same as hotline volunteers).
- Nominations for Officers (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) normally occur in May with elections in June. Members at Large are normally nominated and elected in June. As a result of the pandemic, elections are being postponed until such time as we can physically meet and hold nominations and elections. I have asked all Steering Committee members to extend their tours of duty until a new slate of Steering Committee members may be elected and they all graciously agreed – THANK YOU Steering Committee members.
- The Anniversary Dinner scheduled for June 13th has been canceled. We are considering having a speaker meeting/potluck dinner later in the year. While it would not be the same as our Anniversary Dinner, we can expect good fellowship. More will be announced later.
- We are committed to continuing our InterGroup inventory discussions when we can meet again in person. ALL the recommendations will be put before you and ad hoc teams will be formed for implementation of appropriate items.
- The Steering Committee will continue to meet virtually monthly on the Tuesday prior to the Sunday that InterGroup would normally meet. We will be discussing the items that come before us. Please contact me or another Steering Committee member with items or concerns you may have for discussion.
- We would like to remind you that Groups and individuals can make online contributions directly to Central Office through the AA website or by clicking the Donate button at the top of the home page.
- We know you may have concerns, questions, etc. to be directed to the Steering Committee so we have set up an email address that will go to all on the committee. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us, and you will receive a reply.
Stay safe, and continue to attend virtual meetings. Remain in contact with other AAers via phone or other electronic means. You may be the solution someone needs when they reach out because they are lonely, bored or just want to take a drink to relieve their anxiety over this situation.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you during the unsettling times we are experiencing today.
Metro Atlanta InterGroup Chair
The Atlanta Central Office needs your help! Volunteers are needed to assist with answering phones and general office work. You can set your own schedule, but it must be during regular office hours, 9am – 4:30pm Mon. – Fri. Volunteers must have at least one year of sobriety, a sponsor and a home group. Your parking fees and/or marta fare will be reimbursed.
If you are interested, please call the office at 404-525-3178 to schedule an interview with Avery.
Thank you for your service!
It is now easier than ever to make your group and individual contributions to Central Office, including Faithful Fivers! Visit our Donate page to make your contribution today! If you are making a group contribution, please read the instructions for entering your Group Code on the payment form.
“Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us – the group. We pay our rent and utility bills, buy coffee, snacks and A.A. Literature. We support our central office, our area committee, and our General Service Office. If it were not for those entities, many new people would never discover the miracles of A.A.“
The latest edition of Voice 2, The Quarterly Intergroup Newsletter, is now available for download. Don’t miss the article Fear. What Is It Good For? Please print and share with others!
Download 1st Quarter 2020 Voice2 (PDF)
The Five Forks Group has relocated! Please join us in our new home on Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30pm. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Lilburn Christian Church
314 Arcado Road
Lilburn, GA 30047
(Arcado Road near Hwy 29/Lawrenceville Hwy)
We will be meeting in the basement of the old church, located on the left facing the church from Arcado Road. The entrance is the door on the left side of the building, closest to Arcado.
Contact John M. at 678-634-8644 or FriendsofBillGwinnett@comcast.net
Please Share With Other Groups!
Safety is an important issue within AA — one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.
“Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward.” Tradition One (Long Form)
AA groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of AA. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending AA meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and maintaining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose — to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.
Please download and print these documents to share with your group.
Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare Pamphlet (PDF)
Safety Card (PDF)