Dear Marin Fellowship ~
I was encouraged by Don L.’s kind and thoughtful letter in the October 1st issue of the Buzz. I have been unhappy about the adversity stemming from Marin’s efforts to form their own Intergroup. I think it should be a careful and well considered process – subject to debate, yes, but not invective and sabotage.
Remember, our purpose in Alcoholics Anonymous is to stay sober and help the still suffering alcoholic. Imagine their reaction if they were to encounter warfare in the organization from which they are desperately seeking help with their alcohol problem.
I feel that Intercounty Intergroup (IFB when I first joined A.A.) has fostered us all these years and we can now thank them for their support and move on to independence and autonomy. All the other Districts in our Area have broken away from the original San Francisco Intergroup and Marin needs to stand by itself now.
We have had a fine example in San Francisco as well as useful models in Sonoma, San Mateo and Contra Costa, among others, of how to serve our fellowship, and we intend to do just that.
Eventually we will establish the office and bookstore that our Marin fellowship has already requested. A more immediate benefit will be social activities, no better way to bring the county together to share experience, strength, hope and fun. Marin has always done this in its various cities and towns, and now we want to offer those dances, BBQs and Alcathons to our whole Marin fellowship.
We would like to support our Service Committees. i.e. PI/CPC, BTG, Teleservice and H&I, and we would like to encourage others such as Accessibilities to become active here. Members have asked for more meetings with childcare, more LGBTQ meetings, and there is no better forum than this Marin website to communicate those needs and look for solutions.
Thank you, Don, for opening the doors to the relationship between us remaining friendly. We should remain “friendly with our friends”.
In love and service, Jennifer K.
EDITOR’S NOTE – THE BUZZ ARTICLE REFERRED TO ABOVE CAN BE FOUND HERE
Meeting of September 3, 2018 7:00PM
Present: Charles P, Cathy P, Scott M, Rich S, Jennifer K, Rosie C, Shurray M, Carolyn M, Pat P
Planned absences: Bill L, Tom B, Kristin Y
Website – Rich Many hits; posting all events; now have emails: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can finally receive donations for MI 2020 on the website through PayPal; we’ve added a notice that groups joining MI 2020 can still support Intercounty Intergroup financially if desired. GSO Intergroup Guidelines are now available as a pdf on the website.
Presentations – Rosie Ten presentations to groups completed; 8 more scheduled. To have a presentation of the Marin Intergroup Proposal to your steering committee contact aamarin.org
New Business –
Marin Service Committees are under General Service because we don’t have an Intergroup.
When we do have one, both SF and Marin will be self-supporting and right sized.
The MI 2020 table at Unity Day will provide lots of info and also schedule Presentations for groups. Anyone who would like to help with creating our Marin Intergroup, contact email@example.com
7th Tradition –
Donations: $28.00 New Balance: $304.00
for Marin Intergroup 2020
Please reply if you would like to become more involved in this ground-breaking phase of Marin serving the still-suffering alcoholic.
- aamarin.org has become an excellent source for Marin already. Be sure to refer people to it for info about MI 2020 or Marin AA.
- The paper-work for creating a non-profit corporation is almost completed. We will have it ready to send in, if Marin Groups decide they want this Intergroup.
- We had considered hosting ice cream socials in parks this summer to inform members about MI 2020. However, we decided that it is better just to go ahead and complete the Proposal and begin presenting to Group Steering Committees in July.
- The focus will be a five minute sharing; a clear plan, with some history, but mostly an emphasis on the benefits for Marin AA and the developmental phases. We will also be presenting at Unity Day October 20th.
- I am pleased to share that Quitting Time has become the first group to commit to MI 2020; ie. to support our growing effort to communicate with the Marin fellowship!
- If you are interested in all this (I think it’s very exciting myself!) see if you can come to the July 2nd meeting at the Alano Club at 7:00. Even if you can’t make that, this is a good time to see if your home group Steering Committee would like to have a brief presentation.
In service to Marin Fellowship with you,
Pat P for MI 2020
Hello AA members excited about Marin Intergroup 2020!