MBAIAA Newsletter – May 2023

Published on May 26, 2023

Step 5 – “Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

“Few muddled attitudes have caused us more trouble than holding back on Step Five. Some people are unable to stay sober at all; others will relapse periodically until they really clean house. Even A.A. old-timers, sober for years, often pay dearly for skimping this Step. They will tell how they tried to carry the load alone; how much they suffered of irritability, anxiety, remorse, and depression; and how, unconsciously seeking relief, they would sometimes accuse even their best friends of the very character defects they themselves were trying to conceal. They always discovered that relief never came by confessing the sins of other people. Everybody had to confess on his own.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 56

What’s Happening Locally

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

This month’s host group will be Wild Women. This meeting is held in-person at the Center for Spiritual Awakening (522 Central Ave.) in Pacific Grove at noon on Wednesdays.  The meeting is also held on Zoom.  Speaking for the Wild Women will be Susan G.  Susan has been very active in GSR work and will share her experience, strength and hope with us all.

Time: Saturday, May 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.

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!

Desserts & Dancing – Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00PM

A new event!  We hope you will come and dance the night away and indulge your sweet tooth at the same time!  Join us at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 800 Cass St. in  Monterey – at 7:00PM.

Time: Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00PM
Place: Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 800 Cass St in Monterey

Unity Day – Sunday, June 11th

Unity Day is coming!  The celebration is held on June 11th in Toro Park.  Unity Day is a celebration of 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.

Lunch will be served between noon and 2:00PM. Our Speaker will be Barbara E.  With 52 years of sobriety she has a lot of experience, strength and hope to share with us.  Her share will begin at 3:00pm.  So come and spend the day with us at the Quail Run Area in Toro Park!

Save the date!  Come join us in the planning of this big annual event!  Contact Jana at Central Office if you are ready to pitch in and help.  We need baked goods and people who are willing to set-up and clean-up.  Be of service and have a wonderful time!  It’s our biggest event of the year.  It is also the only event we share with the Salinas fellowship. So plan to come and spend the entire day with us in Toro Park.

See you there!

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.

GSR is having an event to celebrate the presentation of our Delegate’s Report on June 20, 2023 at 7:00pm.  See attached flyer for details

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.”
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A Note From Central Office

Hello!  Welcome Summer!  We have some exciting events coming up and it feels as if we can gather relatively safely now.  For me, and many others, the fellowship of this program drew me outside of my alcoholic jail of isolation & loneliness.

There are many ways to be of service this summer…  Give Central Office a call to find out how you can help!

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 being of service to our groups, our homegroups, or the local fellowship.  When opportunities arise – raise you hand!  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.

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.

Be well,


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