MBAIAA Newsletter – September 2023

Published on September 25, 2023

Step 9 – “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions – Page 83

‘Many a razor-edged question can arise in other departments of life where this same principle is involved. Suppose, for instance, that we have drunk up a good chunk of our firms’ money, whether by “borrowing” or on a heavily padded expense account. Suppose that this may continue to go on undetected if we say nothing. Do we instantly confess our irregularities to the firm, in the practical certainty that we will be fired and become unemployable? Are we going to be so rigidly righteous about making amends that we don’t care what happens to the family and home? Or do we first consult those who are to be gravely affected? Do we lay the matter before our sponsor or spiritual adviser, earnestly asking God’s help and help and guidance – meanwhile resolving to do the right thing when it becomes clear. Cost what it may? Of course. There is no pat answer that can fit all dilemmas. But all of them do require a complete willingness to make amends as fast and as far as may be possible in a given set of conditions.

• What’s Happening Locally

Monthly Intergroup Birthday Meeting – Saturday, September 30, at 7:00 pm

The host group is The Mighty Muffins held at the Community Center in Carmel Valley every morning at 7:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on the weekends. This meeting also has a separate Zoom meeting at the same time.

The speaker will be Ray A.

We will be meeting in the Monterey High School Cafeteria in person, face to face. Masks are optional. There will be hand sanitizer at each table. Please come and support the fellowship and engage in any way that makes you feel comfortable. The Host group will be the Mighty Muffins group. This is a meeting that is in-person at the Community Center in Carmel Valley on weekdays at 7:00 a.m. and on the weekends at 8:00 a.m.

We will have cake and coffee and there will be much to celebrate – TOGETHER –

Time – 7:00 pm

Place – Monterey High School

101 Hermann Dr

Monterey CA 93940

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 at about 8:30 Coffee is typically ready no later than 6:00 pm. 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 of 2024{every other year} Get Involved in the planning- fun, and fellowship!

The meetings are on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom.

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Be sure to join them as they plan the big MBAR event for Fall of 2024!

Third Annual Dog Show

Hosted by MBAIAA. October 21,2023

This is a fun day at Oak Newton Park in New Monterey. There will be a meeting at 11:00 a.m. It will be a discussion meeting with the topic being,of course,what has your recovery meant to your dog, and how has having your dog affected your recovery,

Then we will have hotdogs for lunch and other treats! We will then have a show to share our beloved pups with our friends and family.

If your dog has skill or talent, treat them to the dog show- Every dog entered will receive a ribbon just for attending because we love them!

Come join in the fun!

News from General Service

General Service Happenings. General Service is thrilled to announce we now have a District Committee Member, Mary Jane! Bridging the Gap continues to open up meetings in facilities.. A General Service Representative created a flier inspired by the Delegate’s report to inform and encourage group treasurers to contribute digitally. General Service is hosting the Fall Assembly on November 4, 2023, at the Moose Lodge. You will find a flyer attached to this newsletter. We need volunteers to help us plan the Fall Assembly. The Assembly will bring 250 members from the Central Northern California Coastal Area. This will be a fantastic event so we hope to see you there.

To find out more please attend one of the General Service meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Mc Gowen House at Franklin and High in Monterey or the third Tuesday of every month 7:00 pm 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.”

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A Note from Central Office

Autumn Greetings!

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 We are ardently looking for a new home for our office. The building we have been in for more than 30 years is being renovated into an apartment building, with the construction beginning in January. We have been given notice recently that construction will begin at 1015 Cass in January, so we have 3 months and “change” to find a suitable location for our Central Office. We have been here for over 30 years, and it has served us extremely well. We are looking for office space that is about 400 square feet, room for two desks, a small sitting area, and bookshelves. I looked at 4 or 5 spaces last week, but none were suitable. If you know of any rental agencies or real estate folks who might be able to help us find AA a new long-term home, please call us at the office, at 373-3713. We are looking at a budget of approximately $1000.00 per month.

Ground floor preferred, but not necessary. I need help with this… If you know of anyone who is in the field of commercial real estate, see if you can connect them with us.

We have also been planning our Annual Dog Show. We have recently changed the date of this event to October 21st. A day in the park with a meeting, lunch, and a fun show for the pups! It is LOTS of fun!

Let us know at the office if you would like to be a part of the planning of this fun event!

Be well,


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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