MBAIAA Newsletter – June 2023
Published on June 28, 2023
Step 6 – “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.”
“This is the Step that separates the men from the boys.” So declares a well-loved clergyman who happens to be one of A.A.’s greatest friends. He goes on to explain that any person capable of enough willingness and honesty to try repeatedly Step Six on all his faults – without any reservations whatever – has indeed come a long way spiritually and is therefore entitled to be called a man who is sincerely trying to grow in the image and likeness of his own Creator.”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 63
What’s Happening Locally
Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, July 29th @ 7:00PM
This month’s host group will be Young People. This meeting is held in-person at the Fellowship Hall (519 Hartnell St.) in Monterey at 7:00PM on Saturdays. The speaker is yet to be selected.
Time: Saturday, July 29th 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.
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!
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
On June 20th our Area Delegate Eric L. visited our district and gave an informative report about what he heard, saw and felt from the 73rd Conference in New York. He discussed the progress report on the Plain Language Big Book translation which is a new tool, not a replacement for the Big Book. In addition he discussed the new Safety Card and the recent AA member survey. A complete report is available at CNCA06.org. If your group needs a General Service Representative please consider this position for yourself. Bill W. called a General Service Representative the most important service position in AA because it links the group to AA as a whole.
To find out more please attend one of the General Service meetings on the second Tuesday of every month 7:00pm at the Mc Gowen House on Franklin and High in Monterey, or 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.”
A Note From Central Office
These long days of light seem to symbolize our recovery. After living in the darkness of alcoholism, we have arrived now, in the sunlight of the spirit, to carry on with our lives in ways in which we can be useful and productive. I feel that MBAIAA has now seen its way through the difficult road of a critical worldwide health crisis, and we seem to have landed on our feet, ready to face the coming years…TOGETHER!
Being of service is one of the legs of the AA triangle. We have many opportunities to be of service either in ways of ‘one alcoholic to another’ or serving our groups, our home groups, or the local fellowship. Raise your hand! When opportunities arise; RAISE YOUR HAND!
I want to acknowledge all of you who attended Unity Day! It was a terrific event, held out at Toro Park, along with the Salinas fellowship, to celebrate the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. We had great food, music, games, raffles, and LOTS of fellowship! Thanks go out to the many people it takes to hold a big event like that. We are blessed! I will have a complete financial report for this event to present next month.
Be a part of what has been given freely to you! Step up and volunteer to be a part of this terrific fellowship and together we can all take Alcoholics Anonymous into the future with a single mission – to help the alcoholic who still suffers.
We will be gathering soon to start planning another favorite event – The Annual Dog Show! This fun event will be coming in mid-October, so get your dog ready – teach it tricks, get it groomed (or not), teach it to parade, etc!
Please keep Central Office posted about any meeting changes or any special events that might be happening. This Intergroup is about one thing – FELLOWSHIP! We need each other to continue to be happy, joyous and free. 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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