Learn more about the Day of Sharing that took place on December 3, 2019 – below is an excerpt – read the full story from Box 459 here en_box459_spring20
On December 3, 2019, the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous hosted a historic Day of Sharing with members of seven other Twelve Step fellowships. The gathering at A.A.’s upper Manhattan service office was not the first of its kind — the initial Day of Sharing took place in G.S.O.’s former location at 468 Park Avenue in 1991.
There have been several subsequent ones attended by representatives of Al-Anon and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), as well as a “Fellowship Day of Sharing” in 2008 that included attendees from Debtors Anonymous (D.A.), Overeaters Anonymous (O.A.) and Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.). But December’s meeting brought together at one conference table the most diverse gathering of Twelve Step fellowships G.S.O. has ever hosted, not only Al-Anon, but also Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.), Narcotics Anonymous (H.A.), Heroin Anonymous (H.A.), Sexaholics Anonymous (S.A.), Debtors Anonymous (D.A.) and Overeaters Anonymous (O.A.). Jeff W., G.S.O.’s staff member on the Group Services desk, helped organize the gathering, and says, “What an effort they all made to come to this — some people traveled across the country to sit at that table together. I think we all felt this incredible gratitude. The potential was clear in terms of how much we can learn from each other.”
Reposting An Email from NY Intergroup that provides great information on how to host a remote meeting for your group FREE OF CHARGE using an AA ZOOM ROOM
Please note the below list of cancelled events as of Sunday March 15, 2020 due to the safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Changes are being made constantly and we will do our best to keep you updated but please contact your local GSR, Nassau County Intergroup at (516) 292-3045 or https://nassauny-aa.org for up to date information on meeting closures and other matters.
List of Cancellations as of Sunday March 15, 2020:
- March 16: NGSG Treasury Workshop – CANCELLED
- March Speaker Exchange for Nassau County AA – CANCELLED
- March 21: Joy of Service Workshop – CANCELLED
- March 27-29: SENY Convention – CANCELLED (please check www.aaseny.org for more information)
- April 4: Pre Conference SENY Assembly – CANCELLED (please check www.aaseny.org for more information)
Thank you for your patience during this time.
A kind reminder to complete the Delegate’s Questionnaire and submit to your home group GSR so that we can incorporate your feedback and make this an organization that works for everyone!
You can Access the Questionnaire Here: Delegate’s Questionnaire 2020
For those who are unable to physically attend an AA meeting, General Service of Nassau County would like to share these valuable resources for connecting remotely when you can’t be there in person.
Resources for homebound members:
1. AA Online Intergroup provides access to listings of online and telephone meetings — www.aa-intergroup.org
2. Sober Voices Group/Telephone AA Meetings — (712) 432-0075 Passcode 654443#
Daily 12PM and 10PM EST; and Friday and Saturday 12AM EST
3. AA Grapevine Online Edition: Due to the current changing health situation, many AA meetings across the U.S. and Canada are finding it safer to close. To help members during this time, we are giving everyone free access to most of our 2020 Grapevine and
La Viña issues. Please share with your fellows. https://www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help
4. The Inter-Group Association of A.A. of New York (NYIG) also has a list of virtual meetings being hosted on Zoom in New York – https://www.nyintergroup.org/remote-meetings/list-of-remote-meetings-to-join/
GSO Memo- Responding to Heatlh Safety Issues for access to Official Memo
The General Service Office (G.S.O.) has been receiving inquiries about how groups should
respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Groups and members are concerned about health
and safety issues, and are looking for guidance on how to address this question.
The General Service Office is a repository of shared group experience and functions as a
resource center for A.A. members and groups who are looking for the shared experience
of the Fellowship. Providing guidance on health issues is outside the scope of the A.A.
sharing that G.S.O. offers. However, we might suggest contacting your national,
state/provincial and local health authorities for appropriate information.
We do have some general experience to share regarding how some groups and members
have begun to address this issue. Our collected experience suggests that talking about
these issues before they arise can help a group be prepared to address them in a sensible
and helpful manner and allow the group to continue keeping the focus on our common
welfare and primary purpose.
Some groups have discussed making changes to customs at their meetings. Some
examples have included: avoiding shaking hands and handholding; making sure meeting
hospitality tables are sanitary; or suspending food hospitality for the time being. Regardless
of group decisions, each individual is responsible for their own health decisions.
Some groups have considered contingency plans in case the group is temporarily unable
to meet in person. Plans have included: creating contact lists and keeping in touch by
phone, email or social media; meeting by phone or online. Providing members information
for the A.A. Online Intergroup (www.aa-intergroup.org) may serve as an additional helpful
resource. If a group isn’t holding its regular meetings, they may want to communicate this
to local A.A. resources, such as the district, area and intergroup or central office.
G.S.O. has received inquiries about the A.A. events it coordinates throughout the year.
Visit www.aa.org for up-to-date information regarding G.S.O./A.A.W.S. coordinated events.
Please be assured that the health and safety of attendees is a priority. G.S.O. is closely
monitoring relevant health advisories regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).
We hope this limited sharing is helpful.