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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.

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/

 

 

 

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.