MBAIAA Newsletter – March 2023
Published on March 24, 2023
Step 3 – “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.”
“Every man and woman who has joined A.A. and intends to stick has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn’t it true that in all matters touching upon alcohol, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of Alcoholics Anonymous? Already a willingness has been achieved to cast out one’s own will and one’s own ideas about the alcohol problem in favor of those suggested by A.A. any willing newcomer feels sure A.A. is the only safe harbor for the foundering vessel he has become. Now if this is not turning one’s will and life over to a newfound Providence, then what is it?”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 35
What’s Happening Locally
Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, March 25th @ 7:00PM
This month’s host group will be Topic Tag. This is a meeting is held both in-person and on Zoom at St. John’s Church (1490 Mark Thomas Dr. in Monterey) on Thursdays at 7:00PM. Speaking for the Topic Tag group will be Aubrey..
Place: Monterey High School Cafeteria – 101 Herrmann Dr. Monterey CA 93940
Time: Saturday, March 25th at 7:00PM
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!
Unity Day Planning
Next month we will start planning for this year’s Unity Day! Unity Day will be held June 11th in Toro Park to celebrate the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. We join the Salinas AA fellowship to commemorate this momentous event with a barbeque, bake sale, raffle, music, and games. This event is a long-held tradition (35 years or so!) and is the only time, annually, that we join with the Salinas Fellowship to celebrate. It is a terrific day of camaraderie and a celebration of our sobriety. Save the date!
News From General Service
District 01 is enthusiastic to begin Panel 73 with a fantastic group combining returning trusted servants and several new members. Presently, we have the following service positions available: Secretary, Archives, H&I Liaison, District Committee Member. If you believe you are available and/or would like to learn more, we’d love to see you at our next district meeting (please contact Central Office for details). General Service is the link in chain between our local AA members and AA World Services. If your group does not yet have a General Service Representative please consider electing a member to participate.
Thank you for allowing me to be of service to this program that has saved my life.
In love and service,
Annette C DCMC
“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
Hello! We are now well into 2023 and I hope this finds you sober, healthy, and ‘trudging the road to happy destiny’. As we start this year, we have met the new officers and IGRs. We look forward to working with them and don’t forget that each meeting ought to have a representative at the IGR level so that each voice can be heard. We will be sending IGRS -at -large to meetings in search of meetings that need representation. Think about stepping up in service – A.A. needs you! We meet once a month on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Being of service is one of the legs of the AA triangle.
I feel that MBAIAA has now seen our 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! 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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