For those who are unable or unwilling to attend in-person AA meetings, we’ve started a virtual one! We meet every day at 7:30am and 7pm ET.
LOTS OF OTHER ONLINE MEETINGS!
- Google Pay: email@example.com
- PayPal: https://paypal.me/quarantinedandsober
- Venmo: @atlmsg
Our group takes digital donations and distributes funds to the various service entities including our local Intergroup, GSSA and GSO, and NABA club (for hosting our web page). Many meetings are closed, thus funds flowing to these entities is greatly reduced, yet they still have to pay rent and other expenses. Come do your part in ensuring they are still around when physical meetings resume! Read more about this below.
Donate to via Google Pay or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or via Venmo to @atlemsg. Google Pay donations can also be made from mail.google.com. The PayPal, Google Pay and Venmo apps can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
If you’re comfortable, please use your first name & last initial when joining the meeting. If not, you can use your first name only, or even a reasonable alias (In other words, not “Al Coholic” or such). There are “Zoom Bombers” out there that are intentionally joining meetings for the purpose of disrupting them, and setting a name (rather than “iPhone” or “Android Phone”) helps us a bit to filter them out. From a smart phone, here is how you enter your name:
We have shared documents on Google Drive such as the upcoming schedule, the meeting script, etc. In addition, here are some links to some free online AA literature:
- Alcoholics Anonymous, a.k.a. the “Big Book”
- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, a.k.a. the “12 & 12”
- Daily Reflections
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of questions and answers about this meeting. We’re still figuring it all out, so some of this will likely change over time.
- When is the meeting?
Every morning at 7:30am and night at 7:00pm Eastern, starting Sunday, March 15th, 2020.
- What type of meeting is this?
This is an AA meeting. The morning meeting is Open and based on conference-approved literature. The evening meeting is Closed and features a discussion leader or speaker. These are one-hour shared audio and video meetings, however when you join you will be given the option to turn on or off your video. You’re welcome to join without video if you so choose.
- Who can attend?
Open meetings are for anyone. Closed meetings are for those who are alcoholics or have a desire to stop drinking.
- How do I join the meeting?
When it’s time, click here to connect via your computer, smart phone or tablet via Zoom. NOTE: If you’ve never used Zoom before, join a few minutes early and download the app so you’re ready to go when the meeting starts.
- Can’t I just dial in over the phone?
Sure you can! Click here to get the dial-in info!
International numbers are listed here: https://zoom.us/u/fbTOsVuL4Y
- Do I have to turn on my camera?
Turning on your camera helps it to feel as much like a real meeting as possible, but it’s entirely up to you if you choose to turn your camera off.
- How do I share?
As soon as you join, we ask you to use attendee controls to mute yourself so that everyone has a chance to participate without distractions. If you’re on the phone, you can use your phone’s mute button. When you are ready to share, unmute your line and say your name, wait for the chairperson or discussion leader to recognize you, then begin sharing. Please try to keep your shares to 2-3 minutes in order to allow everyone an opportunity to share. We also ask you to refrain from cross-talk. Thank you for your consideration.
- Can I pick up a chip if I am celebrating a sober milestone?
As this meeting is virtual, we are not able to hand out chips. If you are celebrating a milestone, you will be given an opportunity to announce it during the meeting.
- How do I donate?
Remembering that the 7th tradition states that each group should be fully self supporting, declining outside contributions, we now ask you to consider a digital donation if you are able. Keep in mind that many meetings are now closed and service entities are receiving less funds but still need to pay rent and other expenses.
- Where do the donations go?
We distribute funds to the various service entities including our local Intergroup, GSSA and GSO, as well as paying rent to NABA for hosting our web page. For additional information regarding A.A.’s tradition of self support, please consult the pamphlet Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix, or visit aa.org.
- How do I get involved?
During the meeting, we’ll share link to an online calendar with service opportunities to sign up for. We plan on establishing a group conscience soon.
- I hear a lot of echo on the line when I am / others are talking. What can be done?
Headphones and headsets help to cut down on noise/feedback, so please use them if you have them. Please do not use speaker phone. Mute your line either on your phone or in the Zoom app when you are not speaking.
- What is the maximum number of people that can attend?
Our current plan allows for 100, however we can increase that up to 500.