MBAIAA Newsletter – January 2022

Published on January 18, 2022

Step 1 – “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 21

“Who cares to admit complete defeat?  Practically no one, of course.  Every natural instinct cries out against the idea of personal powerlessness.  It is truly awful to admit that, glass in hand, we have warped our minds into such an obsession for destructive drinking that only an act of Providence can remove it from us.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Pages 21

What’s Happening Locally

Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, January 29th @ 7:00PM

The Birthday meeting is on Saturday, January 29th at 7:00pm and will be held on Zoom (meeting ID & password below).  This month the meeting is hosted by the Sunrise group.  They meet at 6:45 daily online and in person.  The speaker is Fawn D.  Chris continues to be very active in service and she will share her experience, strength and hope with us.

Please come support the Birthday Meeting.  If you have celebrated a birthday, we’d be happy to send you a chip!  Just contact Central Office with your address along with the number of years you have and they’ll get one in the mail.  You can participate in the 50/50 raffle by using Venmo – tickets are 3 for $5.00.

  • Zoom Meeting ID:  652 224 0517
  • Password:  Sobriety

News From General Service

Monterey General Service is busy and excited!  General Service is the link in the chain between your AA group and AA as a whole.  “We” are Alcoholics Anonymous.  If your group does not have a General Service Representative, please consider electing a GSR to provide your group with information pertaining to happenings in Alcoholics Anonymous.

About the GSR position: It is a two year commitment – a firm foundation in the Steps and Traditions is very helpful.  As a G.S.R. you are conveying the information, without giving your opinion, to your group.  Willingness is the key.  Your understanding will grow within these two years.  We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. via a digital platform. Please read the pamphlet and, if interested , let your group know you are ready to be of service.

GSR Pamphlet

With gratitude and service,

Jessica A.

“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

Current IGR Minutes & Financial Reports

A Note From Jana

At the beginning of a new year, I think we all take a pause and try to set our intentions for the upcoming year.  Being sober, we all have so much to be grateful for, so that is usually where I start.  Big Thanks go out to the people who were of service last year:  Daniella, Amalia, Jessica, Brandon, Alison, Brianne, Karen, Susan and Jane. Brian, Norma, and Stephanie.

We elected a new Steering Committee just this month.  Brandon L. has been elected Chairperson.  Amalia is continuing in her role as treasurer.  Jessica L is continuing as Recording Secretary.  Continuing IGRs at large are Jane D and Karen S.  New IGRs at large are Brian S, Shena D, Samantha C, and Jesus J.  The new 12 Step Chairs are John and Kate.  Rounding out the Steering Committee is Mark B.  Together we comprise the body that sets the agenda for the IGR meetings that allow MBAIAA to run smoothly.  Again, a Big Thanks to all!

Our fellowship has had a good year.  It is almost two years that we have been weathering this Pandemic Storm.  I don’t think anyone ever imagined it would go on this long.  This most recent surge has caused us to be cautious.  More people have returned to exclusively attending meetings on Zoom.  If I have learned nothing else in the Pandemic, I have learned that we all must meet people where they are regarding Covid 19 – respect each other’s choices.  We are trying to find a new location for the Birthday Meeting so that perhaps in the Spring we might be able to join again in fellowship to celebrate each other successes.

Just as we’ve been able to respond to the pandemic & shutdowns, we’ll respond to further changes carefully & together.  Look after each other, 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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