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NCGS General Meeting Agenda for 8/17/20

Nassau General Service Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
P.O. Box 7, Garden City, NY 11530
aanassaugs-ny.org

7:00 PM GSR Orientation • 7:30 PM NGSG General Meeting
Agenda for Monday, August 17, 2020
Call to Order / AA Preamble

A Moment of Silence followed by “A Declaration of Unity”

2.   Introduction of New GSR’s and Acknowledgement of Individual Anniversaries.

3.   Reports of NGSG Officers –
a. DCMC:       Annabel B. ()
b. Secretary:    Ann G.( ) – Reading and approval of minutes of 6/15/20
c. Registrar      Matt S. () – ROLL CALL TO CONFIRM ACCURACY OF AIRTABLE
d. 1st Alternate DCMC Report:  Marty K. ()
e. 2nd Alternate DCMC Report:  Fran T. ()

f.  Treasurer:    Geralda L. () – Reading and approval of Treasurer’s Report

4.         Delegate Jane E. to discuss upcoming SENY Elections scheduled for Assembly 9-12-20 (7 minutes)

5.         Reports of Standing Committee Chairs and DCMs

6. Reports of ad hoc Committees – NONE
Volunteers needed for ad hoc committee to review NGSG By-Laws

7.  Reports from invited guests, if any (at the discretion of the DCMC)
1. Kevin McH., Nassau Intergroup Chair

8.  Old (Unfinished) Business

9. New Business

10. Close – “I am responsible”

Nassau AA History – contributions wanted!

To learn more about Nassau General Service Archives, please visit www.nassaugsaaarchives.org

Dear Trusted Servant,

SENY Archives is updating the written history of AA as it has developed in various counties, including Nassau County.  Please review the following Nassau AA History, and send me any comments or proposed corrections you or your home group may have:  I will forward your input to the SENY Archives Chair.

NASSAU COUNTY

“What we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now…”

·        The Early Years – 1940’s:
In the August 1981 issue of the Nassau Intergroup Newsletter, it states the first home group in Nassau County began in a member’s home in Garden City during the war years. Many early groups met in group members’ homes, which is why they were called “home groups.” Within a few short years, as AA membership grew in Nassau, the need for larger meeting spaces was imminent and necessary. Thus, AA groups began forming and meeting in larger places such as church basements. Early sources suggest the first group to meet outside the traditional home group atmosphere held its meetings in either Baldwin, Freeport, Manhasset, Merrick/Bellmore, Mineola, Garden City, Roslyn, or Valley Stream. However, at the June 14th 2008 Nassau County Big Meeting, ten old-timer panelists, each with thirty-seven to fifty-one years of sobriety, believed the Mineola Group was the oldest group in Nassau County, with their meetings being held at the Mineola Fire House. This uncertainty explains the need and importance for documenting our history through archives, as well as making our history available for future generations of AA members to enjoy.

·        1948 to 1969
The Manhasset-Roslyn Telephone Service fulfilled a need at a time when there were relatively few groups on Long Island and membership was small. The Manhasset-Roslyn Group undertook this service and effort, unassisted financially by any other group or by New York Intergroup. The vast growth in population on Long Island brought with it a greater demand for AA information and a constant increase in activity for the telephone answering service. The burden of handling the service became excessive, more trying, and more than any one group could sustain, no matter how highly dedicated its members were.

Founding members of the Nassau Answering Service were involved in setting up Nassau General Service and Nassau Intergroup. Many of these same people continued to participate in Nassau Intergroup and General Service. From these dedicated people the purpose and agenda of the Nassau General Service Representative Meeting became clear: (1) to learn how to cooperate with each other and our friends in carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic; (2) to offer an accurate recap of news and history for Area 49’s newsletter, The Link, and to pass along AA General Service Guidelines and the Twelve Concepts for World Service; and (3) to encourage districts to organize and carry the message of our primary purpose while practicing principles before personalities through the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts.

·        Early 1970s
Chaired by the Panel 17 SENY Delegate, the first Nassau General Service Representatives meeting was established in Nassau County was attended by a small number of members representing their groups. The Mineola Group held these meetings at their location.

·        June 24, 1970
Members from AA groups voted overwhelmingly at the Church of the Advent, Westbury, to assume the burden of providing a telephone answering service to help the suffering alcoholic in Nassau County. AA volunteers staffed this service, called the Nassau Answering Service of Alcoholics Anonymous. Around this time, there are fifty-three groups in Nassau. With help from clergy friends, almost all of whom were non-alcoholics, at the Church of the Advent, the telephone answering service was set up in the basement of Winthrop Hall, Advent Street, in Westbury. This important institution helped establish better communication for twelfth step calls between groups throughout Nassau and the suffering alcoholic. Rumor has it that this is the first live AA hotline service provided in the United States.

·        1976
The Nassau General Service Representative Meeting moved from the Mineola Group location to the Church of the Advent, Winthrop Hall, and they elected the first Local Committee Member.

·        1977
The Nassau Answering Service moved into its own office in Hempstead and changed its name to The Central Office of Nassau.

·        June 17, 1978
Nassau County’s first Share-A-Day, held at Adelphi University, Garden City, was hosted by The Central Office of Nassau. In subsequent years, various locations throughout the county held this event.

·        1980
The Nassau General Service Representative Meeting became the Nassau General Service Committee and was chaired by a District Committee Member at Large, or DCM at Large. South Eastern New York (SENY), Area 49, requested that Nassau form General Service districts. Ten groups per geographical district were established and districts were given the freedom to merge. Nassau General Service Committee decided to cap the number of districts at twenty.

The Central Office of Nassau relocated to a new office in West Hempstead. The groups at that time, having the “courage to change,” followed their Higher Power’s guidance and underwent another name change to Nassau Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous. During this time, Nassau Intergroup began providing service to 153 groups. The AA hotline received over one thousand phones calls per month. It continues to be an AA service entity.

·        July 11, 1982
On this date, the First Annual Nassau Intergroup Picnic, held at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, for AA members, their families, and friends enjoyed a day of fellowship and fun.

·        1983
Nassau Intergroup became incorporated in the State of New York.

·        1984
A small number of General Service members, having attended a Spiritual Breakfast in the Bronx, decide to organize a similar event in Nassau. The purpose of the event was to offer fellowship as well as to inform groups about General Service and the services provided.

·        1985
Nassau County’s first Spiritual Breakfast, an open AA event, was hosted by the Nassau General Service Committee. Held at a catering hall in Massapequa, some two hundred attendees enjoyed the event.

·        Mid 1980s
Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. organized a dinner dance for the evening of Nassau County’s Share-A-Day for AA members and their guests to attend.

·        1989
Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. outgrew its office in West Hempstead, so the organization relocated to a larger office in the same building.

·        1990s
Nassau General Service Committee underwent another name change to Nassau General Service Group, and is chaired by a District Committee Member Chair (DCMC).

·        August 12, 1990
Nassau’s Spiritual Breakfast formally changed the name to Nassau AA’s Unity Breakfast.

·        June 15, 1991
Nassau General Service Group and Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. co-hosted the first Big Meeting, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Alcoholics Anonymous in Nassau County. It was held at the Tilles Center, CW Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville, NY.

·        October, 1994
Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. formed its own Institutions Committee, a service function that used to be provided by New York Intergroup’s Institutions Committee. Nassau Intergroup’s Institutions Committee, the largest standing committee in the county, brought AA meetings into hospitals, detox and rehab facilities, as well as to the Nassau County jail on a weekly basis.

·        December 5, 1996
The Ad Hoc Special Needs Committee became a permanent Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. standing committee.

·        February, 1998
Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. became fully self-supporting through group’s contributions, providing service to over three hundred groups. The twenty-four hour hotline continued to be staffed by volunteer AA members since 1977.  Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. began publishing a monthly newsletter called the Nassau Intergroup News. At no charge to members, 90,000 meeting lists were distributed. The intergroup also had an active Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee, Public Information Committee, and Speaker’s Bureau.

·        1998
Since the late 1970s, the Nassau General Service Group began holding its meetings at the Westbury Group’s meeting place in the Church of the Advent, Westbury. In the late 1990s, the new clergy advised Nassau General Service Group members that they must find an alternative meeting location. The following year, their meetings were held at the Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. office in West Hempstead.

·        1999-2000
Nassau General Service Group meets at the Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. Office in West Hempstead. During this period, redistricting of Nassau General Service Group’s districts takes place.

·        2001-2002
New By-Laws were written and adopted during this period. The Nassau Intergroup office serves as a location for service workshops hosted by Nassau General Service Group.

·        2003-2004
There were no significant occurrences during this period.

·        2005
As a public information effort, members from District 206 contact libraries and high schools in their district and offer them a copy of the book Alcoholics Anonymous.

The dinner dance, hosted by Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. since the mid 1980s, was held for the last time.

·        2006
Nassau County’s Big Meeting underwent a hiatus.

·        October 23, 2006
The first issue of Nassau General Service Group’s newsletter, The Gazette, debuted.

·        2007-2008
Nassau General Service Group’s By-Laws underwent the amendment process.  Though there are some active districts meeting regularly, inactive districts are a concern.  Thus in an effort to help rebuild inactive districts, the DCMC suggests district meetings be held at the bi-monthly General Service meeting until such time when these districts are able to meet regularly on their own.  Two GSRs become DCMs of their respective district at the February meeting.

·        January 1, 2008
Due to an ever-increasing amount of participation by members, the Nassau Intergroup Representatives Meeting relocated from the Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. office, West Hempstead to a larger meeting space at the Garden City Community Church, home of the Garden City Group.

·        April, 2008
Nassau General Service Group received its New York State tax-exempt number.

·        May, 2008
Although the numbers constantly change, Nassau Intergroup’s meeting list was updated and released during the month of May. It contained various types of AA meetings available for alcoholics and interested members of the public. AA groups and meetings throughout Nassau County span two cities, three towns, and sixty-four unincorporated areas. The meeting list included 269 distinct AA groups who provide 690 AA meetings each week from which to choose from.

·        June 5, 2008
While production costs continually rose, it is decided at the monthly Nassau Intergroup Representatives meeting that Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. would continue to publish meeting lists, free of charge, to members for as long as possible. This is also in keeping with the Intergroup’s tradition of providing service for AA members.

·        June 14, 2008
After a two-year break, Nassau General Service Group resurrected Nassau County’s Big Meeting and used the Garden City Group’s meeting location to hold the event. Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. decided not to be involved in this event any longer.

·        August 18, 2008
Nassau General Service Group conducted a county inventory.

·        September 13, 2008
Nassau General Service Group in Nassau County hosted the SENY Election Assembly. This was the first time Nassau County hosted an election assembly. The Garden City Group offered their location, the Garden City Community Church.

·        2009
In the spirit of cooperation Nassau General Service Group and Nassau Intergroup of AA Inc. work together placing two copies of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous into every library throughout the county.  Information on how to contact AA is included with each book.

·        May 9, 2009
Districts 208/209 host a “Spirituality and Sponsorship” workshop.  Later interested members from California enquire about this workshop as they are interested in holding a similar workshop in their area.

·        October 10, 2009
Nassau General Service Group hosts the Big Meeting at the Garden City Group’s location.

·        June 6, 2010
Nassau, Queens and Suffolk General Services host a successful tri-county workshop on “Service and Spirituality” at the St. William the Abbot School, Seaford.  This is a first for all three counties and it is hoped more tri-county workshops will be held in the future.

·        August 14, 2010
A large turnout of members, family and friends attend the Big Meeting held on the beach in Long Beach, NY.

·        September, 2010
Nassau General Service Group conducts a new county inventory.

·        October 2010
Members from Districts 208/209, with assistance from SENY, arranged with Cablevision Long Island to air an AA public service announcement (PSA) produced by AAWS titled Testimonials.  The PSA is scheduled to air from November 29 to December 26 and includes the AA hotline numbers of both the Nassau and Suffolk Intergroup.

·        November 13, 2010
District 208/209 hosts a service workshop on “History, Hopes and Heroes” at the Village Church of Bayville, NY.

Members in Nassau County are dedicated and committed to carrying AA’s message of hope to the alcoholic who stills suffers.  We do this through the many service activities that we organize.  Our goals are to continue to cooperate with other AA service entities, to work with professionals in the community, and the public seeking information.

Yours in service,

Annabel B.
Nassau DCMC

AA International Convention is Cancelled

Reposting this email from Jane E.
To my fellows,
Yes, it is true, the International Convention is cancelled. Details on refunds and more can be found as of yesterday at 11:00 am on  http://www.aaseny.org/from-the-delegate
GSO has contacted each registrant with details, in general and about refunds.
Although sad, I’m convinced it is the right thing, and the IC’s theme “Love and Tolerance is our Code” is apropos.
My excitement to serve as your delegate at the first ever virtual GSC has not wavered for a minute; the International Conventions/Regional Forums Conference Committee’s , and all other Conference Committees’ work will go on.
Virtual Hugs,
Jane
Jane E.

Delegate – Area 49, Panel 69
Text/Call: (631) 880-2135

ZOOM MEETINGS FOR HOSTS:  PROTECTING ANONYMITY & DEFAULT SETTINGS

Note:  This was shared by NYC Central Office for AA and re-posting here for all of you hosting meetings since many of us are now using Zoom to host our meetings.
For Zoom users: With the rush to shift to online meetings, many of us did not take time to investigate what this meant to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that online meetings are accessible, we want to pass on best practices for protecting anonymity.
These have been curated from the membership and online resources.
The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity.  The meetings are publicly accessible and full names and faces are often displayed.  Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Turning that feature off is simple, fortunately.
There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.
Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:
Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:
• Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
• Disable Auto saving chats
• Disable File transfer
• Disable Feedback to Zoom
• Disable Screen sharing
• Disable desktop/screen share for users
• Disable Remote control
• Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:
• Disable Local recording
• Disable Cloud recording
• Disable Automatic recording

A Full Table: The Day of Sharing at G.S.O.

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.”

How to Set Up a Virtual Zoom Meeting For Your Group

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

March 23, 2020: Covid-19 Update: Remote Meetings & A.A. Zoom Room

Please note we recommend that all groups close per the P.A.U.S.E. Government Guidelines put into place last nght.
 A.A. is not an essential business, and therefore WILL be broken up by police if they continue to meet. We’ve already had multiple reports of this happening. PLEASE, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, DO NOT GO TO A.A. MEETINGS. We need to keep our Fellowship safe, regardless of our age.

* We are rolling out a free of charge A.A. Zoom Room’ this week, so A.A. groups can continue their regular meetings remotely with our assistance . We have upgraded our account to the Enterprise Plus edition, which enables us to host 500 A.A. Meetings per hour with up to 300, 500, or 1,000 participants per A.A. meeting. We will personally supply a Admin user ID to access our account for each group / meeting.  Additionally, we will ensure Privacy and Anonymity settings are in tact. If you’d like to add your group to our ‘A.A. Zoom Room’, please fill out the form here.

* If your group has already launched a free, (or paid) Zoom account, you can switch over to our account free of charge, and cancel your group’s personal Zoom account so you can be hosted by ours.

*We will not be involved in your groups meeting(s) in any way, other than to provide the technology, free of charge. Your meetings will continue as usual–we’ll just provide the Zoom Access for you and your group members to continue your meetings at their regular dates and times. We also will have our settings set to the strongest privacy option; meaning your anonymity is guaranteed to be protected.

* I’m just a member. How can I access these groups / meetings?
All groups will be listed on our soon to be reformatted Remote Meeting page. All you’ll have to do is click on the Zoom link, or dial in by telephone, for the meeting you’d like to join. Each group will also have the ability to upload their meeting format, or any other information they’d like to provide on their own zoom page, such as 7th tradition options for your own group.

* For a comprehensive list of Remote A.A. meetings, click here. Hundreds are coming in, so please use this as a resource to stay in touch with the fellowship.

Note: We will be updating this list in the coming day to be organized by time, in a new format, so it is easier for everyone to find a meeting when they need it. 7th tradition options will be available for your group, in addition to uploading a script or posting detailed information. 

*If you’d like to add your group to this list of remote meetings, please fill out this form, and your group will be automatically updated to our list of remote A.A. meetings. 

FOR GROUPS WHO HAVE CREATED USER ID’S IN OUR ZOOM ROOM:
Thank you for your continued patience. We are a team of four supporting many groups at once.
Support Page
Keep an eye out for updates on our support documentation.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
We’re looking for someone experienced with creating instructions to help us document various tasks that AAs need to know to use Zoom for meetings.
PROFILE
Enter your group name as the first name on your account.
WHAT IS MY MEETING ID?
Log into your account and it is listed on the profile page along with a link you can cut and paste.
INQUIRIES
When inquiring about your Zoom account please include the email address you signed up with and the group name, so that we may efficiently serve you.
ACTIVATION
If you received an Activation Email and it asked you if you wanted to switch, be advised the transition takes about 24 hours. It is seamless, you may continue to use the existing account and your Personal Meeting ID.
MEETING LISTING
Check that you’re listed.
View Meeting Listings
Add your group if you’re not listed
Add Your Listing Here

* New York Inter-Group will continue to offer help via telephone and chat to those in need of a meeting, or simply someone to talk to if you’re struggling right now. Call us at 212-647-1680 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. or visit our homepage at www.nyintergroup.org to chat with someone who can help.

* If you are willing to help us keep the phones and web-chat on during this difficult period, please fill out the form here and you will be added to our emergency contact list.  **One year of continuous sobriety required to answer phones or chat.

*If you have signed up to be of service, please visit our volunteer reference page to be oriented. We will be in touch with a shift.

* If you would like to submit a group closure, please fill out the form here, and we will add it to our comprehensive list of group closures listed here. For a comprehensive list of AA Meeting closures, click here.

* We hope you can stay in touch with our local fellowship as much as possible during this difficult time. Refer to our website for the most up to date resources on meeting closures, access to conference call meetings, internet meetings, and Zoom meetings, an A.A. meeting script, a tutorial on Privacy / Anonymity settings in Zoom, in addition to our very own A.A. Zoom Room for those who would like us to host you ourselves, free of charge.

Important – Event Cancellations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic as of March 15

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:

  1. March 16:  NGSG Treasury Workshop – CANCELLED
  2. March Speaker Exchange for Nassau County AA  – CANCELLED
  3. March 21:  Joy of Service Workshop – CANCELLED
  4. March 27-29:  SENY Convention – CANCELLED (please check www.aaseny.org for more information)
  5. April 4:  Pre Conference SENY Assembly – CANCELLED (please check www.aaseny.org for more information)

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Delegate’s Questionnaire 2020 (deadline extended to May 10)

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

Please contact the Nassau DCMC with any  questions at

Homebound? How to access virtual meetings and online resources

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/