MBAIAA Newsletter – April 2019

Published on April 22, 2019

Step 4 – “Made a fearless and searching moral inventory of ourselves”

“Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us… We were trying to find emotional security either by dominating or by being dependent on others…We still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy sort of domination or dependence.”

As Bill Sees It. Page 252

“It was through staying sober, having a good sponsor and working the Twelve Steps that I was able to build up my low self-esteem. First the Twelve Steps taught me to become my own best friend, and then, when I was able to love myself, I could reach out and love others.”

Daily Reflections – April 24. Page 123

Alcoholics Anonymous Events To Plan For

Visit our events calendar for a complete list of upcoming events

Monterey Intergroup Birthday / Speaker Meeting
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Hosted this month by Seniors in Sobriety 2. A group that meets Thursday at 3:00 pm in Monterey at St. James Church at Franklin and High. The speaker is Tom M.

This is a monthly birthday meeting held on the last Saturday of each month (except for December when the meeting is held along with a holiday banquet ). The first part of the meeting includes a presentation of birthday medallions for those celebrating annual A.A. anniversaries and all are invited to participate. Birthdays are followed by an A.A. speaker who shares for 40 to 45 minutes and the meeting ends about 9pm. Coffee is typically ready no later than 7pm. Arrive early for good parking, fellowship and a great seat!

Monterey High School Cafeteria
Herman Drive at Larkin, Monterey CA 93940

Twelve Step Call Workshop
Wednesday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:00pm & Thursday, April 25th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

A really good way to be of service is to place your name on our Twelve Step Call list. When we receive a call from an alcoholic who is in need, we put them in touch with the individuals who have volunteered to be available. Sometimes just to share their experience strength and hope. Other times to meet that person at a meeting. This workshop will provide information regarding this process and how you can be of service most effectively.

Both sessions will take place at Central Office -1015 Cass St. Suite 4 in Monterey.

News From General Service

Here is a note from Susan G our Area 6 DCMC (District Committee Member Chair)…

Over five hundred recovering Alcoholics attended our Pre-Assembly Conference in Santa Rosa last weekend. Almost half of them were General Service Representatives who carried the opinions of their group on selected topics back to our Delegate. He will take the group consciences’ to New York for a yearly meeting with all 93 Delegates, 21 Trustees, Directors and staff from the U.S. and Canada. It is our right and privilege to share our opinions because that is the vision Bill Wilson had for our Fellowship.

From the March, 1948 magazine, here’s an editorial on the 4th Tradition from by Bill W…

“With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of The Alcoholic Foundation. On such issues our common welfare is paramount.”
This Tradition, Number 4, is a specific application of general principles already outlined in Traditions 1 and 2. Tradition 1 states, “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 2 states, “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority–a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.” — Bill W.

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A Note From Jana

I have been thinking about participation lately. There are so many areas in which to be of service in our fellowship.

Public Information and Cooperation with the Professional Community (PICPC – an acronym that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue) is a vital sub-committee of the Steering Committee. Getting information to First Responders, local schools, doctors, therapists etc. is an important element of reaching the alcoholic who still suffers.

Debbie M is the chairperson of this important committee. To find out how you can be of service, check out the service page on our website

Unity day is less than 2 months away! We are having planning meetings and really could use some help. Call me here at the office or check out the Calendar page on our website

Unity Day is a celebration of the founding of our program in 1935. The Monterey and Salinas Fellowships join together at Toro Park for a barbeque and a meeting and lots and lots of fun.

This year, the event will be held on June 9th. More details to follow

Spring has sprung allover our beautiful Central Coast. Be sure to get out and enjoy nature’s bounty

In closing, the three sides of the triangle are Unity, Service, Recovery. The only way to keep our Recovery is to give it away freely.

We Are Always In Need Of People To Be Of Service

If you are interested in being a part of what we do here at Central Office, I am always looking for office volunteers . People to be on the other end of the phone when someone reaches out for help. It is generally a four hour commitment (either 9:30 – 1:30 or 1:30 – 5:30) 1 day per week. Currently, I need a few people to keep on a list of those that are willing to fill in for these positions once in a while. Call or come by and let’s talk!

In closing, please feel free to stop by Central Office. If you are one of the ‘Trusted Servants’ at a meeting (Secretary, Treasurer,etc,) and you have any questions about the responsibilities of that position, don’t hesitate to ask what those responsibilities might be.

I am in the office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 -5:00.