MBAIAA Newsletter – December 2023

Published on December 31, 2023

Step 12 – “Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”

“The joy of living is the theme of A.A.’s Twelfth Step and action is the key word.  Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress.  Here we experience the kind of giving that asks for no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our daily lives so that we and those about us may find emotional sobriety.  When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 106

What’s Happening Locally

Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, January 27th @ 7:00PM

This month’s host will be The Sunrise Group, held at St James Church every morning at 6:45AM.  This group also has a separate Zoom meeting at the same time.  Our speaker is yet to be determined.

Time: Saturday, January 27th at 7:00PM
Place:  Monterey High School Cafeteria – 101 Herrmann Dr. Monterey CA 93940

Please come and support the fellowship!  You’re encouraged you to celebrate in whatever way makes you comfortable – wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, hug, don’t hug.  No judging of others who may or may not do things the way you would like them to.  Kindness, love and celebration will be the order of the day.  Wear a costume if you’d like!  We will have cake & coffee and there will be much to celebrate – TOGETHER!

The monthly birthday meeting is 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 – 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 8:30pm.  Coffee is typically ready no later than 6:30pm.  Arrive early for good parking, fellowship, and a great seat!

MBAIAA 2023 / 2024 New Years Alcathon – Saturday, December 30th thru Monday, January 1st.

Join us this upcoming holiday for MBAIAA’s 2023 / 2024 New Years Alcathon.  Meetings began yesterday at 8:00PM and run through Monday at 10:00PM.  Details are included here.

Monthly MBAR Planning meetings

Monterey Bay Area Roundup is a conference held at the conference center in Monterey in September. Get Involved in the planning- fun, and fellowship! The meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10:00 am on Zoom.

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Be sure to join them as they plan the big MBAR event for September 2024!

News From General Service

To learn more about General Service, please attend one of the General Service meetings on the third Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 800 Cass Street in Monterey.

“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.”
Responsibility Statement

IGR Minutes & Current Financial Reports – It has been a very busy time here at Central Office.  Updated reports will be issued next month.

A Note From Central Office

Winter Greetings!

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be so frantic that I am quite late in getting this newsletter out.  Added to that, is our New Home!  Our New Office is open for business at 546 Hartnell Street Suite E. in Monterey.  We are directly across Hartnell street t from Carl’s Alley which goes to the Fellowship Hall.  Come by and see our new digs!  We were at our previous location for 35 years, so a fresh space is delightful!

Let’s all look forward to the New Year with our sobriety in tack.  We will come into 2024 together!


Look after and support each other and remember that we can’t stay sober alone. Share with others what was so freely given to you.

“Nothing is so bad that a drink won’t make it worse.”
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