Free Issues, Audio and Youtube AA Grapevine On Line

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 all of our 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues. (The audio to Grapevine’s stories will be available as well, so people can listen to the stories if they like.) Please share with your fellows. We have also included a link to our Youtube channel with some original audio stories as well as other important information.

To visit: A.A. Grapevine Site To Read 2020 Issues Free of Charge
www.aagrapevine.org/we-are-here-to-help

A.A. Grapevine on YouTube
Find on Youtube channel some original audio stories and other important information.
GrapeVine YouTube Channel Click Here

Audio download The recorded 2020 issues are available for download.

DOWNLOAD THE ZIP VERSION

Grapevine is here to help during this corona virus crisis

On-Line Area 59 Pre-Conference Sharing Session

Dear Fellow Members,

With the current public health situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, your Area 59 Officers have been working to understand and follow PA health officials’ advice regarding our event planning. As previously announced, Eastern PA General Service (Area 59), has cancelled our April 5th Pre-Conference Sharing Session that was to be held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

We are developing a system that will enable all AA Members to gain access to a set of discussion threads and to share their perspectives on 13 select Agenda Items. The following link can take you to the site:

https://groups.google.com/a/area59aa.org/d/forum/pcss

Once you are there, you click “apply for membership” and our site administrator will set your email up to access the “Area 59 Pre-Conference Sharing” section. Once you agree to follow some good manners guidelines and state that you are a Member of A.A., you will be given access. Then you will be able to click on individual items, access the Agenda Item background information and see other Member’s sharing on each topic

The purpose of the sharing is to give our Delegate an idea of the group conscience from across Area 59 in order to prepare to participate in the annual General Service Conference (G.S.C.). (Only elected Delegates participate in the G.S.C.) The G.S.C. is where final deliberations and decisions are made with regard to the group conscience for all of A.A. on the Agenda Items. This year, the G.S.C. will be held the week of April 17th and it will be a virtual conference through online meeting technology due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

So, as a Member, please know that we value your input. You can find additional information on our Area 59 website: www.area59aa.org. You should also feel free to contact any Area 59 Officer or your Delegate (delegate at area59aa dot org.) If you have questions or issues with the sharing site or in gaining access to it, please contact officer-at-large at area59aa dot org.

District 23 on-Line Meetings

Here I will post links to our local A.A. Meetings that have moved to an on-line format. Please report any broken links or let us know about your on line meetings. Meeting on line is nice to see people from around the world but sometimes we need a familiar face.

REPORT BROKEN LINKS or ADD YOUR MEETING

Every Day
Daily 7 am Foglifters Online
https://zoom.us/j/442307302
Phone: +1 253 215 8782
ID#442 307 302 Pwd: 912250
Daily 10 am Open Topic Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/291391456
Daily 6 pm Virtual Men’s Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/418857033
Daily 6 pm Woman’s Big Book 6 pm Daily
https://zoom.us/j/6732490989
ID: 673 249 0989 Password: 1212121212
Daily 9 pm Open Beginners (Steps 1,2,3)
https://zoom.us/j/133037235
ID: 133 037 235 Password: 002236
Sunday
Sunday 1 pm Sunday Women Beginners / Women
https://us04web.zoom/j/869126579
Phone: 1-646-558-8656
ID: 869 126 579 Password: 085729
Sunday 7:30 PMChalfont Sunday Night (ONLINE)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/492484456
Phone: +1 929 436 2866 Meeting ID: 492 484 456
Monday
Mon 7 pmNeshaminy Women’s Meeting (ONLINE)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7382515670
Mon 7:30 pm Third Legacy Group (ONLINE)
 https://zoom.us/j/292186962
Phone: +1 646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 292 186 962
Tuesday
Tue 6:30 pm Ivyland Tuesday Women’s Step/ Women
https://zoom.us/j/614539973
Phone: 1-646-558-8756.
ID: 614 539 973 Password: 499135
Tue 7 pmWomen In Sobriety Group
https://zoom.us/j/169900866
Phone ID: 169 900 866 Password: 029110
Wednesday
Wed 7:30 pm Johnsville-Hatboro (ONLINE)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3687076916
Phone: ID: 368 707 6916
Thursday
Thur 8 pm Each City and Hamlet Speaker Group
(speakers from around the country)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/791326909
Meeting ID: 791 326 909
Friday
Friday 8 pm Hatboro Friday Nighters (On-Line)
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/821781049
Phone: 1-646-558-8656 – ID: 821781049
Saturday

Virtual Meeting Readings

How It WorksPreambleThe Promises

On-Line Blue Card

This is an On-Line meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here — especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking,” we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.
When we use digital media, we are responsible for our own anonymity and for protecting that of others. When we post, text, or blog, we should consider whether we are publishing at the public level. When we break our anonymity in these forums, we may inadvertently break the anonymity of others.
Please No Recording Screen Sharing/Shots and remove your last name from participants list. > Click Participants > YourName > More > Rename
Thank You

This is a variation of a service piece provided by: (The 1987 General Service Conference) for on-line groups who wish to use it.)

Protect Anonymity Change Default Zoom Settings

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 

We will update this page with additional information as we learn it and encourage you to share tips and tricks with us that we can include. And stay tuned for information on Seventh Tradition contributions.

Tips On How To Zoom Meetings

We have upgraded our Zoom package to bring this to more people who are in need of this information.  We will have a max of 500 participants.  Because so many people have contacted us about this webinar we decided to do it again this 
Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm EST … Details to join and itinerary are below. 

What we will go over:
Zoom Best Practices
Zoom Meeting Controls
Roberts Rules Of Order In Zoom
Zoom Third Legacy Voting
Starting an Online meeting via Zoom
Q&A 

Details to join: Zoom Best Practices and 3rd Legacy Voting (Option 2)
Time: Mar 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/521468240 Meeting ID: 521 468 240

Power Point Presentation
Zoom Best Practices and 3rd Legacy Voting

Covid 19 Updates

Our April 2020 District meeting will be on Zoom Contact Us for meeting code

Please note that individual landlords (churches, community centers, nursing homes, etc) may choose to close their buildings to A.A. meetings. It is possible you will arrive at a building and find that you cannot enter and that the meeting has been temporarily cancelled/suspended. S.E.P.I.A. is doing a fantastic job of updating the meeting guide app with meetings that are suspended if you come across a meeting that has been suspended but is still listed as active report it to SEPIA.

District 23 Meetings on SEPIA Web Site and Meeting App Please Check Your Meeting For Accuracy and If it is listed as Active or Suspended.

Meeting Status Update Form or Call phone: (215) 923-7900

A Letter from our General Service Office About Corona Virus and AA Meetings

Grapevine and La Viña Are Here to Help…. 2020 Issues & Audio FREE On-Line

Shareable link of readings for On-Line Meetings Preamble How It Works Promises etc.

On-Line & Telephone Meeting Information

For our members of high risk or those who want to avoid face to face meetings there is an abundance of online and telephone meetings.

Philadelphia Area Online Meetings

*New* District 23 On-Line Meetings

 Worldwide Online Meetings 

Phone Meetings

In addition to these there are meetings listed from other areas when online you can attend meetings anywhere from the convince of your home.

Los Angeles AA Online Meeting Directory
Meetings Listed Pacific Standard Time Add 3 Hours

Tips For Starting and Participating
Zoom On-Line Meetings

Before attending or creating new Zoom meetings take a look at these guidelines for protecting our anonymity.
ZOOM MEETINGS: PROTECTING ANONYMITY & DEFAULT SETTINGS

New Zoom Protection Tips (from NYIA)

Setting Up Online Meetings: Help! Google HangOut, Zoom, Phone and More
Very well written with illustrations from Inter-Group Association of A.A. of New York

If you have access to other quality on-line resources contact us. If your group in SE Pennsylvania has started an on-line meeting be sure to inform SEPIA.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Meeting Time Change There Is A Solution

Effective December 7th 2019

Meeting Information
Doylestown There Is A Solution Group

Salem United Church of Christ 186 Court St
186 East Court Street
Doylestown PA 18901

Saturday, 11:00 am Changes To 10:00 am

  •  Big Book
  •  Open
  •  Wheelchair Access

This meeting is open and anyone may attend.

Twelve Tips on Keeping Your Holiday Season Sober and Joyous

12 Tips for Sober Holidays
  1. Line up extra AA activities (help on the phones, speak, empty the ashtrays).
  2. Be host to friends, especially newcomers, at home or at a coffee shop.
  3. Keep your AA telephone list with you at all times.
  4. Find out about holiday meetings or celebrations in your local groups.
  5. Skip any drinking occasions you’re nervous about.
  6. If there’s one you can’t skip, take an AA friend–or keep candy handy.
  7. Don’t think you have to stay late (plan an “important date” in advance).
  8. Go to church. Any church. And don’t forget about extra meetings.
  9. Don’t sit around brooding; catch up on reading, museums, walks, letters.
  10. Don’t project about holiday temptations: remember “One day at a time.”
  11. Even if you cannot give material gifts, enjoy the beauty of holiday love.
  12. Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.

    — Adapted from Box 4-5-9

Download or Print the 12 Tips for Sober Holidays here

The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone but for us Alcoholics we need to be on extra guard. With office parties and family gatherings it is very easy to be within arms length of Alcohol. Not to mention the gifts (booze) that can keep on giving us trips to jails, institutions or death. These twelve tips published in Grape Vine magazine and Box 459 have been used by our members for years to help survive the holiday season. Print out some copies and take them to the meetings you attend.

Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.