MBAIAA Newsletter – November 2018

Published on November 22, 2018

Step 11 – “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”

“ The other Steps can keep most of us sober and somehow functioning. But Step Eleven can keep us growing…

A sober alcoholic finds it much easier to be optimistic about life. Optimism is the natural result of my finding myself gradually able to make the best, rather than the worst, of each situation. As my physical sobriety continues, I come out of the fog, gain a clearer perspective and am better able to determine what courses of action to take, As vital as physical sobriety is, I can achieve a greater potential for myself by developing an ever-increasing willingness to avail myself of the guidance and direction of a Higher Power. My ability to do so comes from my learning- and practicing- the principles of the AA program. The melding of my Physical and spiritual sobriety produces the substance of a more positive life.”
Daily Reflections, Page 315

Local Alcoholics Anonymous Events To Plan For

There are opportunities for fellowship and fun in the coming weeks. All events are listed on our calendar page.

Monterey Intergroup Birthday / Speaker Meeting
Saturday, November 24 @ 7:30 PM

Hosted this month by The Thumpers Big Book Study– a group that meets Monday at 7:30pm in Monterey at the Center for Spiritual Living 400 W Franklin St. The speaker is Robbie S. This is a monthly birthday meeting 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 and 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 9pm. Coffee is typically ready no later than 7pm. Arrive early for good parking, fellowship and a great seat!

Monterey High School Cafeteria
Herman Drive at Larkin, Monterey CA 93940

Be sure to check out our website for a full calendar of events. Keep in mind that we are having our Holiday banquet on December 29th. A potluck and birthday meeting all in one. The speaker will be Nick K.

News From General Service

Meeting Guide Mobile App Licensed by A.A. World Services

World Services has just announced that they have recently licensed the Meeting Guide App. It is an extremely useful tool that can be installed on your mobile device for free. Once on your phone, it can list the nearest A.A. meetings all sorted by closest proximity and time — and even across multiple Intergroups. The App currently relays meeting information from 214 A.A. service organizations. To date, there are 91,890 meetings in the system. The information is refreshed twice daily.

If you would like to install this app, here are the links:


Can you even imagine our founding members having the ability to find a meeting with such ease?

To see current IGR minutes and financial reports CLICK HERE

A Note From Jana

Things are humming along quite nicely here at the office. Many thanks to the many volunteers who contribute their time to do the necessary work of sharing the message.

Your Steering Committee and Intergroup Representatives are also an important part of fulfilling Central Office’s Primary Purpose – to ‘carry the message to the alcoholic still suffers’.

With that in mind, we have recently passed a budget for 2019, and are busy planning our annual Holiday Banquet. Always fun, we provide donated turkeys and hams and we ask that our guests bring side dishes. Much more information will be available soon. The event will be Saturday, December 29th at Monterey High School

November is when we turn our thoughts to gratitude. You will notice a special envelope being passed at the meetings you attend. Specifically called the ‘Gratitude Envelope’, we ask that perhaps you might consider contributing something extra in gratitude for all that the program has given to us.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all of you for your continuing support in my role as your Tradition 8 special worker.

In closing, the three sides of the triangle are Unity, Service, Recovery. The only way to keep our Recovery is to give it away freely.

We Are Always In Need Of People To Be Of Service

If you are interested in being a part of what we do here at Central Office, I am always looking for office volunteers . People to be on the other end of the phone when someone reaches out for help. It is generally a four hour commitment (either 9:30 – 1:30 or 1:30 – 5:30) 1 day per week. Currently, I need a few people to keep on a list of those who are willing to fill in for these positions once in a while. Call or come by and let’s talk!

Learn about other opportunities to be of service are listed on our Service Opportunities page.  In closing, please feel free to stop by Central Office. If you are one of the ‘Trusted Servants’ at a meeting (Secretary, Treasurer, etc,) and you have any questions about the responsibilities of that position, don’t hesitate to ask what those responsibilities might be.

I am in the office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 -5:00.