Area Request to Verify Your Group’s Online Meeting Info

If you are a GSR or contact for a group currently meeting online, please read this request from Area 48 Registrar Gretchen E.:
Greetings fellow trusted servants! We applaud Groups for moving their meetings to online format, and are pleased to have an Area website directory of 175 meetings online. Hosting meetings open to all AAers is a terrific demonstration of your commitment to our primary purpose of carrying the message.
Since Zoom changed its protocols last week, some Online Meeting links posted on the Area website are no longer functional. Please check your Zoom link on the Area website. If your link is not working without a password prompt (or is not functional at all), please share this information with your Group and then take the action outlined in the steps set forth below.
In keeping with our commitment to our primary purpose to carry the message, all online meetings that are not open to all AAers will be removed from the Online Meeting listing by May 2nd. Please reach out to me, your Area 48 Registrar, at records@aahmbny.org if you have any questions or if we can help troubleshoot the Zoom system with you. Please do not contact the Area webmaster. Thank you!
In fellowship and service,
Gretchen E.
Area 48 Registrar
records@aahmbny.org
INSTRUCTIONS:
Steps to check your Zoom link on the Area 48 Online Meetings listing:
Step 1 – Go to the Area 48 website aahmbny.org then the Online Meetings listing and then lookup your meeting. Click the “Zoom” link to test the functionality.

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Step 2 – Does the Zoom link bring you directly to the meeting without a password prompt?
If yes, then you are all set. No further action is needed. Thank you!
If no, please continue to Step 3.

Step 3 – Do you want to keep the password on your Zoom meeting?
If yes, then please provide your Group name, meeting location, and the Zoom meeting invitation to your District Records Keeper (if you have one) or to the Area Registrar who will update the website so that your meeting can remain open and accessible. Note: Zoom passwords must be embedded in the link, or published on the website, or both (preferred). Please indicate your preference when providing this information.  Or fill out this form:  https://aahmbny.org/new-group-form-group-change-form/   Thank you!
If no, please continue to Step 4.

Step 4 – Do you want to remove the password on your Zoom meeting?
If yes, then please have your Zoom host remove the password from the Zoom meeting. The Area has posted a Zoom Meeting & APP Tutorial to help you with this step. Please recheck your Zoom link on the website after you have updated your Zoom meeting to ensure it is working.
If no, please send me an email (records@aahmbny.org), and we’ll take you off the list of online meetings on the website.

Thank you!

Yours in Service,

Gretchen E., Area 48 Registrar

Attention GSRs: Area 48 Delegate Needs Your Input

Since Delegate’s Day of Sharing was cancelled last weekend, our Area 48 Delegate Tad J. needs your group conscience to bring a better informed Area conscience before the 70th General Service Conference (the first “virtual” conference in AA history!).

Tad invites all GSRs (or an alternate/group contact, one representative per group only) to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Saturday, April 11 from 10-1. Contact your DCM for the meeting ID and password (District 7 DCM Shane, District 15 DCM Glen, District 16 DCM Allen). Attendance is limited to 100 participants so log in early. The polling option is enabled so you will be able to “vote” on the questions and Tad can get the results without having to count little hands on the screen. The discussion and questions will be based on the Delegate’s Questionnaire; if you are unable to attend this online meeting, complete the questionnaire and forward Tad this week.

The full General Service Conference Agenda is available here: https://aahmbny.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/70th-GSC-Final-List-of-Agenda-Items-English-.pdf.

From the Delegate 3/24/2020

From our Area 48 Delegate:

As the reality of our current situation surrounding the restrictions and safeguards to protect ourselves and others from the Covid-19 virus and how it impacts Alcoholics Anonymous begins to set in, we need to look to new ways to continue to carry the message. As the safety and health of our members is of the utmost importance, many meetings have already closed temporarily and have been replaced by virtual meetings, be it through video conferencing or teleconferencing. In New York State, our Governor has enacted an Executive Order known as “New York State on Pause”. The overview can be found here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-new-york-state-pause-executive-order

As a part of that, please see the official full list of essential services here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-issues-guidance-essential-services-under-new-york- state-pause-executive-order
While gatherings in person are not currently permitted under this directive, we have a number of other means to stay connected. The  Area 48 website ( www.aahmbny.org ) has a list of registered groups that have gone to a virtual format. Please note that we are not endorsing any particular platform, those have been chosen by each individual group. Your trusted servants are working hard to keep this list up to date in real-time. I strongly encourage District records keepers to continue to add information to our database to help share the burden.  If your group/meeting makes changes, please keep the appropriate people informed so there is an answer for those seeking a meeting. There are also many online meetings happening all over that are not listed since they are not part of our database. Another good resource for online meetings is https://www.aa-intergroup.org/
We are blessed with many tools to help us through these difficult times – call your sponsor, call friends in the program, read some literature, pray, meditate, learn the new technology if you can. There are many ways we can continue to have the hand of AA reach out to help the next sick and suffering alcoholic, to help ourselves stay sober one day at a time, and protect the safety of our members.  If someone reaches out, we want the hand of AA to always be there and continue to be. Communication is key!
Together we can!
Yours in fellowship and service,
Tad J., Area 48 Panel 70 Delegate                 hmbdelegate@aahmbny.,org