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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.

Important General Service Update Regarding The COVID-19 Virus

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.

Progress on new District Clusters for Nassau County General Service.

At the October General Service Representative (GSR) meeting of Nassau County General Service, the following proposed clusters of all 16 Districts were accepted by the GSRs of Nassau County:
201/212
202/216
203/213
204/205/206
207/210/215
208/209/211
214
“Several districts may meet together at the same time and place in a district “cluster” to compensate for vacant DCM (District Committee Member) positions, to improve participation and/or to create other efficiencies to strengthen the clustering districts” (Service Handbook and Articles of Associations and By-Laws (AREA 49), p. 61).  Our main hope in clustering the districts is to give support and to give “struggling districts a boost” (Service Handbook, p. 18).
At the next GSR meeting, on Monday, December 14th at 7:30pm, the plan is to provide support for these clusters so that they may begin meeting on a regular basis.