MBAIAA Newsletter – May 2024

Published on May 24, 2024

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

“This practice of admitting one’s defects to another person is, of course, very ancient. It has been validated in every century, and it characterizes the lives of all spiritually centered and truly religious people. But today religion is by no means the sole advocate of this saving principle, Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deep need every human being has for practical insight and knowledge of his own personality flaws and for a discussion of them with an understanding and trustworthy person, So far as alcoholics are concerned, A.A. would go even further. Most of us would declare that without a fearless admission of our defects to another human being, we could not stay sober. It seems plain that the grace of God will not enter to expel our destructive obsessions until we are willing to try this.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 56 – 57

What’s Happening Locally

Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, May 25th @ 7:00PM

This month’s host group is The Sunday Discussion, held every Sunday at 11:00AM at the Sally Griffith Senior Center – 700 Jewell St. Pacific Grove.  The speaker will be Deborah.

Time: Saturday, May 25th 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!

Monthly MBAR Planning meetings

Monterey Bay Area Roundup is a conference held at the conference center in Monterey in September – every other year.  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!  You can register for the conference online now at:  The cost of registration is $45.00 until July 31st.  It will be $50.00 after that.

News From General Service

Please join District 01 General Service to hear our Delegate’s report from the 74th Conference.  This meeting – including a Pizza Party! – will be held on June 18th at 6:15PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church – 800 Cass St. in Monterey.  See the attached flyer for details!

Also, the following positions are not filled in General Service.  If you are interested please attend our District Meeting on May 21, 2024 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 800 Cass Street, Monterey, CA 93940:

  • Archives Chair
  • PICPC Chair
  • H&I Liaison
  • General Service Representative

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A Note From Central Office

Hi everyone!

I am happy to say that we have settled into the new office  – 546 Hartnell St Suite E.   It is directly across the street and up a short driveway from Carl’s Alley, next to the Fellowship Hall.  This new location is starting to feel like home –  please come by and see your new office.  We have come back from the pandemic and are on the right track to continue our fellowship well into the future. – Thank you all so much for your support!

We are all looking forward to our biggest annual event – Unity Day!  This year the event will be held on Sunday, June 9th at Toro Park.  For 35 years we have been celebrating the founding of our dear program with the Salinas Fellowship.  We have a huge picnic with lots of activities & music.  This year we’ll again return to our favorite spot –  the Buckeye Area in Toro Park.  You can also call Central Office if you would like more information.  Be sure to save the date!

We have so much to be grateful for, and to look forward to.  Please continue to support AA with service opportunities and financially, in any way that you are able.  We are looking for a couple of new members for our Steering Committee which meets once a month on Zoom (you are also obliged to one additional meeting per month- also on Zoom) – it is a terrific way to be of service.

Thank you!


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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