District 7 October Meeting Minutes

Minutes of District 7 Meeting –   October 14th 2020

Open with Serenity Prayer

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

DCM Report: Upcoming Events are listed on the www.aahmbny.org under the events tab

  • 10/17: Area 48 Voting Assembly 9:30-3:30pm with a breakout room about the Traditions.  The area is looking for a spiritual bouncer for the entire event and will bring this up at new business.

  • 10/30-10/31: Area 48: 70th Annual Convention register at www.aahmbny.org to register for zoom link.

  • 10/31: District 3 Halloween Dance

  • New Positions being taken over for District 7

  • Review the Proposals for Voting Assembly: go over in depth for our district’s group conscience.https://aahmbny.org/proposals-for-fall-assembly-proposed-2021-budget/

Secretary’s Report: Accepted as written.  If you have any questions or corrections email them to district7secretary@aahmbny.org

Treasurer’s Report: See Attached Report. Here’s the District PayPal link in case anyone would like to make a contribution:  paypal.me/HMBDistrict7

Accessibility Report: The future of AA with Hybrid Meetings (Zoom and In-person meetings running at the same time).  How to be self-supporting with this new technology hardware?  How are we accessing the Blind and Deaf Communities and how technology is helping with that? Please update anything with Accessibilities for your changes in your groups meeting with the change form for our Area https://aahmbny.org/new-group-form-group-change-form/

GSR Reports:

Martha – The Saturday Morning After: Nothing to report- status quo, staying with the Zoom format.

MaryJo – Serenity at the Center: Full attendance, strong membership- staying on Zoom, it is helping those who have relocated to stay together with the group.

Becky – High Falls Woman’s Meeting: Nothing new, staying on Zoom.  Our Business meeting is next week, and will have more to report then. They have modified their zoom meeting to encourage people to come early to hang out by opening their meeting 15 minutes before and after to encourage fellowshipping.

Marie – Just for Today: In person meetings are doing really well, lots of newcomers, they are enjoying being outdoors as a group.

Sharon – Primary Purpose Group: Meets on Tuesday Nights at 7pm in person at 90 Millers Lane in Kingston.  It is a Big Book Meeting and a Foundations Meeting for steps 1-3 for newcomers

Sharon – Also representing The Kingston Woman’s Group: Doing a Hybrid of in person at St. James and on Zoom at the same time.  Membership is about the same.  Also registered the new meeting with the Area Registrar.

Shawn – Kingston Originals: Upstairs at Church of the Comforter.  Bring your own chair, social distancing, masks and contact tracing by the greeter.  Everyone has been cooperative.

Scott – Sunrisers: 7am daily full zoom.  Had our business meeting last Saturday where they discussed how they could possibly go back inside of the church and how to follow the church’s rules.  Have not made a decision yet, at this point they will continue with Zoom. They are getting about 30 people a day.

Tracy – New Living Sober: sending half of their treasury to GSO.

Grapevine Report: attended a Grapevine meeting put on by GSO where people all over the country attend.  It meets the second Tuesday of every month. Go to the following link for more information: https://aahmbny.org/grapevine-story-hour-2/

OLD BUSINESS:  Discussion about the Kingston Mayor’s Office to potentially use a municipal building to host AA meetings. Becky confirmed that she would do more research on this.

NEW BUSINESS: We now have two new members to step into service positions at District 7: Celia for Bridging the Gap and Shawn for Alternate DCM.

Voting for District’s Group Conscience for the Upcoming Area Voting Assembly:

Proposal One: Not to print the books at this time but a trifold meeting sheet instead-PASSED

Proposal Two: Prudent Reserve Formula for the Area-PASSED

Proposal Three: Adding a Virtual District Area 48- Discussion that came up with this proposal: Do you need a physical address to be a part of GSO? You can Register with GSO and they will give you a group number: all they need is a contact person. Vote: (6) Yes-(3)Opposed-(2)Obstained

Motion to extend meeting to 8:15pm

Proposal Four:Revise Area Service Manual-PASSED

Proposal Five: Separate the the service positions Area Chair and Alternate Delegate-PASSED

Meeting closed at 8:20 PM with Responsibility Pledge

Attached Documents:

  • Area 48 October Newsletter

  • Area 48 Fall Voting Assembly Minutes

  • September 2020 Treasurer’s Report

  • 2021 Area 48 Events Calendar

UPCOMING THINGS TO NOTE: 

District 7 November Business Meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month): November 11th, 2020 07:00 PM EST. Email district7secretary@aahmbny.org for login information.

In love & service, Eileen H., District 7 Secretary

2020 August Minutes: District 7

Minutes of District 7 Meeting – 8/13/2020

Open with Serenity Prayer

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

DCM Report: Not in Attendance

Alt-DCM Report: Nothing new to report

Corrections Report: Area 48 will be putting on a corrections workshop on September 24th, 6:30pm-8pm (see attached Area 48-August Newsletter for flyer and details) It will be held virtually: go to the aahmbny.org website, under events to join the link to this event.  Kathy Durand who is the regional volunteer DOC coordinator will be participating.

Was notified that Corrections Chairs  were able to get literature into all but 5 State Facilities recently.  No in person meetings at this time, but family members and visitors are now allowed into the facilities, so maybe bringing meetings will start to happen soon.

Secretary’s Report: Accepted as written.  If you have any questions or corrections email them to district7secretary@aahmbny.org

Treasurer’s Report: See Attached.

Accessibility Report: hearing about more face to face meetings opening up

Alt-Area Chair: here to hear how the group conscience goes for the topic of the breakout room for the October Voting Assembly is also the functions chair for the Area.

News to report from the Area:

  • Prodigal Sons is donating Spanish Literature to the Ulster County Jail it was approved to be sent in

  • All events for the rest of the year will be held virtually

  • Our Area Convention date has been moved to OCt 30 and 31 (see attached Area 48-August Newsletter for flyer) GSO is holding their NERF (North Eastern Regional Forum) to the first weekend in November when we were going to have our Area Convention.

  • Tha Ad-hoc Committee for the Thanksgiving event has decided not to have it in person.  Thinking about possibly having a virtual event that day instead and would like to have a speaker from each of the districts (7, 15 & 16) to participate.  Looking for help for making this happen.

  • Benedictine is closed to outside groups, in terms of our holiday Alka-thons hopefully we can host virtual Speaker Jams instead.

GSR Reports:

Ted – Kingston Originals: decided to start outside meetings on Sundays at 7pm instead of at 7:30pm.  It is bring your own chairs and coffee.  Committed to being safe and they are not doing their Friday meeting in person that will still be on Zoom at 7:30pm.

Tracy –  request from the Alt Area Chair that the Answering Service is in desperate need of Spanish speaking members to volunteer.

Mary – Alt DCM-  wanted to report that she had tried to enter several zoom meetings that previous week and no one was in them.  If your group is changing any information please use the area change form: https://aahmbny.org/new-group-form-group-change-form/

Marie – Just for Today: continuing with our Zoom meeting, attendance is good, started using the free NYC Intergroup Zoom Account and updated all of the information on the aahmbny.org website.  We have decided to announce that our 7th Tradition be mailed to our Treasurer’s house.  Still waiting to hear from the church about when we can do in person meetings.  We plan to have a 6pm in person meeting and still have the 730 meeting on Zoom.

Martha – Saturday Morning After: Staying on Zoom.  Had a question: will in person meetings do contract tracing?  Other GSRs shared that their groups are: some say it’s voluntary and others have been required to do so by their landlords and if the landlords set the requirements then it keeps AA out of the controversy. In terms of contract tracing you do not have to say you are an AA group, but instead a book club, etc.

Kim – Sunrisers: is also using the free zoom hosting provided by NYC Intergroup and wants to know how to change information on the aahmbny.org website (see link in above Alt DCM report)

MaryJo – Serenity at the Center: happy to be here- group is continuing on zoom and fellowshiping on zoom afterwards.  The group has discussed meeting in person but for now will continue on zoom.

Clara – Sobriety First Kingston: meeting is not meeting at all since the shutdown.  Feeling disconnected, looking for opportunities to do service and to stay connected.

OLD BUSINESS:  We had to vote on the topic for the breakout room session that our District was hosting for the Fall Voting Assembly in October (see flyer in attached Area 48 August Newsletter). Our functions chair came up with the three following topics:

1.  “Your Connection is Unstable”: Staying Connected in a Virtual World

(4) Person Panel Discussion: Hitting 90 Days in Quarantine, Making Meetings, Prayer and Spiritual Connection, Sponsorship

 2. “Lessons Learned”:A Panel Discussion on Using the Traditions Today

(3) Person Panel: Using the Past as a Tool (1,2,3, Washingtonians, Rule 62 etc.), Sticking to our Primary Purpose and Refraining from Outside Issues (5&10),Adapting to Now (4,5,6,11,12)

3. “Practicing Principles in ALL of our Affairs”: A Panel Discussion on a Program for Life

(3) Person Panel: Steps (12 Spiritual Principles), Traditions (12 Spiritual Principles), Concepts (18 Spiritual Principles)

There was some fun lively debate about these great topics and the group unanimously agreed on Topic Number 2!

Meeting closed at 7:40 PM with Responsibility Pledge

Attached Documents:

  • Letter from GSO

  • Area 48 August Newsletter

  • Upcoming Area Events and a note from our Area Chair

  • Treasurer’s Report

UPCOMING THINGS TO NOTE:

Our next District 7 Business Meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month):  September 9th, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

2020 September Minutes: District 7

September 9th 2020 – Minutes of District 7 Meeting

Open with Serenity Prayer

COMMITTEE REPORTS: 

DCM Report: The Area HMB Convention (has a new date!) October 30 & 31. Please register online to get log-on information at https://aahmbny.org/2020-convention/  They are looking for volunteers to help you can enter that in the registration form or contact the new webmaster for the Area, Matt at webmaster@aahmbny.org.

Would like to vote tonight about if we want to print the area books or not? During this COVID time? What would be accurate?  Something to consider because it will most likely be added to the agenda to the October 17 Voting Assembly.

 

New Business Teaser: The Kingston Mayor may be offering a municipal building to offer (4) AA Meetings a week.  The groups would need liability insurance.  All of this is theoretical, more will be revealed.

Things to note:

Alt-DCM Report: would like to step down as Alt-DCM, will not be able to travel in the future and wanted to give the District notice at this time so someone can assist Shane immediately.  Thank you Mary for your service to our District.

Secretary’s Report: Accepted as written.  If you have any questions or corrections email them to district7secretary@aahmbny.org

Treasurer’s Report: See Attached. Nothing new to report no actions or donations taken or given out this month.

Corrections Report: Corrections Workshop September 24th 6:30 to 8pm, it is an on-line forum (not on zoom) hosted on Web-ex, log-on information is listed on the aahmbny.org website.  Hoping it will be a good event.  Head of volunteer services will be there and other prison volunteers as well as Carl the Area Corrections chair and Ted is volunteering for one of the slots.

Grapevine: Nothing much to report, but contacted the Area’s Grapevine Chair Delores.

Accessibility Report: In-person meetings are opening up: High-Noon in Kingston at the St. James Church, KYP is doing a hy-brid meeting at the Samadi Center.  Interested in how accessibilities can work on the new space that is being offered in Kingston?

Bridging the Gap: Open position

Answering Service: Not in attendance

Public Information (PI) Report: Not in attendance

Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC): Not is attendance

Functions: Not in Attendance

Newsletter/Web: Open Position

Records: Open Position

Treatment: Not in Attendance

GSR Reports:

Lorraine – Kingston Originals: Meeting outside in the parking lot on Sundays at 7pm.  Attendance is good.  Starting October 4th we can start going inside, the meeting will be upstairs in the open hall, there are currently questions about bringing your own chairs and coffee. Mike C and Melissa are celebrating at the end of the month.  Will be having a group conscience this Sunday about how they will be moving forward.  Friday night meetings are still on zoom.

Martha – Saturday Morning After: Just had a business meeting: remaining on zoom, have good attendance.  Pam is celebrating 19 years at the end of the month.

Marie – Just for Today: Continuing on zoom at 7:30pm with our speaker meeting and it is running smoothly.  In-person meetings are outside at the church at 6pm, it is a beginner’s meeting format (Hell in the Hallway- or under the tent!) Masks, social distancing, contact tracing, BYOB coffee and chairs and attendance there has been good as well (22-25 people). Business meetings are continuing on zoom to keep the two meetings together.

Kurt – Young and Young at Heart: Meeting on zoom at 8pm, accepting donations through the mail to our treasurer.  We are also having an in-person Living Sober meeting at 6pm at the church.  Also got a new zoom id through the NYC Intergroup for our zoom meeting.

Becky – High Falls Women’s Meeting: Meeting at 7pm virtually.  Communicating with the church about the transition to come back.

Kim – Sunrisers:  going strong, still on zoom.  There is an un-official break out group that is meeting informally in the garden of the church and logging on to zoom.  They were unofficial and then got permission from the church to be on the grounds.  The church currently has no space for this group to come inside when it starts to get cold outside.  This has been good for people who need the human to human contact outside of the internet world.

NEW BUSINESS: 

  • Fall Assembly Break-Out Room: Discussion of what needs to be done for the break-out room for the Fall Voting assembly on Saturday October 17th.  Need  a host, spiritual bouncers, 3 speakers.  Suggestions about how to fulfill the commitments? Maybe have a mini-meeting in between the district meeting?

  • Kingston Mayor Plan: Can anyone follow up with Guy about the progress of this? Becky volunteered to reach out to Guy about this and will report back to us.

  • Needed a new Alt-DCM: have everyone reach out to their meetings to help get this position filled.

  • Bridging the Gap: Had someone reach out that is getting out of a prison facility in October to get them connected to meetings in Kingston.  Ted volunteered to help with this newcomer.

  • AAHMBNY Meeting Change Form: https://aahmbny.org/new-group-form-group-change-form/

Please keep the area up to date about any changes you are having to your groups.  District 16 has been helping our district import all of our changes information.  We still really need a Record Chair for our district.  Requirements for that position is 2 year of sobriety or that the district would be willing to talk about it if a fellow was really interested in the position.

Meeting closed at 8 PM with Responsibility Pledge

Attached Documents:

  1. August Treasurer’s Report
  2. Area 48 SeptemberNewsletter (a treasure trove of information!)
  3. The Fall Assembly (10/17- THIS SATURDAY) Agenda and Log on Info

UPCOMING THINGS TO NOTE:

Our next District 7 Business Meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month)

Time: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


In love & service, Eileen H., District 7 Secretary

GSO Hosts Online Sharing Sessions

Doors to 475 Riverside Drive, NYC, GSO headquarters
Photo by Dave White

Staff from our General Service Office (GSO) are holding a series of special Zoom meetings to help members better understand how GSO works, what activities and services your group contributions support, and the work of our beloved trustees. 

    • Monday (4/27): Archives presentation with Michelle Mirza, Archivist at GSO and Gail L., Past Akron Intergroup Archivist and member of the board of the National AA Archives Workshop.
    • Monday (5/4): Meet Newton P., Current Trustee-at-Large (US)

Tune into Zoom  Meeting ID 320 861 4908 password 925644.

Passing Digital Baskets: Setting Up Online Payment Options for Groups

Passing The Virtual Basket

In A.A., we pay our own way. According to the 7th Tradition, “Every group is self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” Best practices for the 7th tradition included using “money from the hat” to pay for home group expenses first — rent, coffee, cups, etc. The remainder is then distributed to the district, area and GSO levels of AA to cover expenses of reaching out to the alcoholic who still suffers.

During COVID-19 meeting suspensions and online meet-ups, if your group needs to cover expenses and collect contributions, how do you virtually “pass the basket?” Your group may want to set up an Online Contribution Basket.

What You Will Need To Do:

  • File for a Federal Tax ID online for your group.
    • With a Tax ID for your group, no one in the group would be responsible for paying taxes on the group’s annual income.
  • Open a bank account into which online contributions are deposited.
    • To get an account, you will need either a member mailing address
    • Or get a post office box for your group
    • With a Tax ID and PO Box you can go to the bank and open up an account without anyone’s personal SSN or mailing address attached to that account.
    • Many groups have the group treasurer coordinate this work.
  • An online payment method (here are links to a few solutions):
    • PayPal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlAo43FEj-I
    • Square: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqnKxrMo_uQ
    • Stripe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxJB0QPtcnk
    • DonorBox: https://donorbox.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020293192-How-To-Create-a-Donorbox-Org-Account
    • Venmo: https://help.venmo.com/hc/en-us/articles/209690068-How-to-Sign-Up

Once your group has set up an account with one of these providers or some other payment processor of choice, simply copy the link to your online payments page into the chat window of your online meeting when announcing the 7th Tradition. One way to make this easy is to create a separate meeting format document for the online version of your meeting  and include a link to your online payments page in that document.

Have questions? Contact Adam, Area 48 Treasurer at treasurer@aahmbny.org.

Spring 2019 Voting Proposals

Proposals for Upcoming Assembly

October 2018

Proposals Submitted for the October 2018 voting assembly

Budget Proposal
(Received July 28, 2018, posted July 28, 2018)

Below is the DRAFT budget to be voted on at the October 2018 voting assembly.

HMB 2019 Draft Budget 6-28

Proposal #1
(Received June 19, 2018, posted June 20, 2019)

Background: The current HMB Service Manual tells us that Area events such as Assemblies, Fellowship Days, Day of Sharing, Joy of Service Day, etc., shall be on the weekends, sometimes the second of third weekend of a month, but leaves open the choice of Saturday or Sunday.

In the past, (October, 1981), our Handbook did specify that some Assemblies be held on Saturdays. In practice, our Area has been meeting exclusively on Saturdays for some time now. While recognizing that it is easier to find venues for events on Saturday, and while noting that many people may have obligations on Sundays, we should also take into account that some of our members may be prevented from attending Saturday events because of work requirements, religious practices, or other regular commitments. In an effort to invite and include all AA members in HMB Service, we should endeavor to hold some HMB Area events on Sundays.

Proposal: The HMB Functions Committee should make a serious and sustained effort to hold two or three of the regular HMB Area events, (Orientation Day, Fellowship Days, Inventory Day, Day of Sharing, Assemblies), especially one of the Voting Assemblies, on Sundays.

On behalf of District 16 and its members, respectfully submitted In Fellowship and In Service,

Tara C., District 16 DCM

Proposal #2
(Received by email June 17, 2018, posted June 21, 2018)

Background: Currently, Area events are held throughout the 5 clusters. As outlined in the HMB Service Manual, the HMB Convention and the Joy of Service Day are the only events that rotate between the 5 clusters.

The other 7 events are held in the same cluster each year although there does not seem to be any guidelines as to which clusters host which events. The only current specification in the Service Manual states that the Assemblies are to be held in a geographically central location selected by the Area Functions Committee. Traditionally, these 7 events have been held in the following clusters:

January (Orientation Day, formally Inventory Day) – Eastern Cluster

March (Fellowship or Delegate’s Day) – Hudson Valley Cluster

April (Delegate’s or Fellowship Day)* – Adirondack Cluster

May (Assembly) – Central Cluster

September (Fellowship Day odd years and Election Assembly even years) – Eastern Cluster

October (Assembly) – Central Cluster

November (Inventory Day formally Fellowship Day)* – Western Cluster

*In years when the Western Cluster hosts the Convention, the April & November events are swapped with the Adirondack Cluster.

Although this traditional schedule provides some continuity to the events it also limits the variety within each host cluster. It also gives the Eastern and Central Clusters 2 set events per year while the Adirondack, Hudson Valley and Western Clusters only have one set event per year.

Proposal:

Have all Area Events on a rotating schedule between all of the clusters as follows:

Years ending in 0 & 5 1 & 6 2 & 7 3 & 8 4 & 9
January Western Eastern Central ADK MV
March MV Western Eastern Central ADK
April ADK MV Western Eastern Central
May Central ADK MV Western Eastern
June Eastern Central ADK MV Western
September Western Eastern Central ADK MV
October MV Western Eastern Central ADK
November ADK MV Western Eastern Central
HMB Convention Central ADK MV Western Eastern

This schedule would provide an opportunity for more members not currently involved in Area Service work to experience different types of events closer to their own home. For example: A member in Plattsburgh may not see the importance of traveling to Fonda (3 hours) for an Assembly if they have never attended an Assembly. If the Assembly was held in Lake George once every 5 years that member may be more likely to travel 1.5 hours to attend. Once a member attends a specific function within their cluster they may be more willing to travel a bit further for the same event next year.

This schedule would also allow for different clusters to host different events and not be locked into the same event each year. For example: The Central Cluster traditionally only hosts Assemblies. It’s all about business. A rotating schedule would allow the Central Cluster to experience more “fun” and “fellowship” events. This schedule would also even out the hosting by clusters so that in different years different clusters would host 1 or 2 events.

Rotation within each cluster as to which district is the host district for an event will remain the responsibility of the cluster. In addition, each district and/or cluster reserves the right to pass on hosting any event. In such a case the host cluster would then be chosen by the Functions Chair with the assistance of the Functions Committee.

Respectfully submitted in love & service,

Tammie E., HMB Area Alternate Chair

December 2018 – March 2019

MAY 2018

Just for Today Group: May 29; Scotty, 1 year; Adam, 1 year, Ray, 7 yrs; Eileen, 7 yrs
If Nothing Changes Group: May 30, Frank, 13 yrs; Lorraine T, 16 yrs
Women Living Sober: May 30; Danielle, 1 year; Mary Jo, 9 years
Hands of AA Group: May 31; Troy, 1 year
Kingston Young People’s Group: May 31; Jen, 2 yrs; Dan 2 yrs; Oceana, 3 yrs

JUNE 2018

5th Tradition Group: June 4; Simi, 4 yrs; Allen, 10 yrs; Amy, 20 yrs
Fresh Start Group: June 11; Mary L, 6 years
Hands of AA Group: June 21; Pirate Bob, 2 years; Mike E, 9 years
Prodigal Sons Group: June 24; Tom, 90 days; Butch, 31 years; Bill, 32 years
5th Tradition Group: Monday, June 25; Group Anniversary, 21 years
Phoenicia Group: Monday, Leticia, 10 years; Joe, 45 years
Common Solution Group: June 27; Vinnie P., 5 years
If Nothing Changes Group: June 30, Frank, 13 yrs; Lorraine T, 16 yrs

JULY 2018

REBOS Group: Tuesday, July 17, George, 26 years
As Bill Sees It Group, Glasco: July 19; Barry, 9 years; Frank, 6 years; Marie, 2 years
Kingston Originals Group: July 20; Andy, 1 year
Sobriety First Group: July 24; Richard O, 7 years
Hard To Be Humble Group: July 25; Joe, 37 years; Cathy 13 years
Women’s Living Sober: July 25; Pico, 1 year; Ann, 1 year
Kingston Young People’s Group: July 26; Matt, 10 years, Mariah, 1 year
Hands of AA Group: July 26, Vince K, 22 years
Home Free Group: July 27; Alex, 11 years
Woodstock Workshop Group: July 27; Harry, 34 yrs; Patricia 31 yrs; Steve, 31 yrs; Pat S, 31 yrs; Ann C, 29 yrs; Michael, 90 days
5th Tradition Group: July 28; Thea, 27 years, Steve, 12 years
Saturday Night Live Group: July 28; Ron, 31 years, Joe, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: July 29; Karen, 39 yrs; Alicia, 3 yrs: Marianne, 2 yrs
Woodstock Women’s Step Group: July 29; Midge, 18 yrs; Gina, 26 yrs; Dorothea, 33 yrs
Fresh Start Group: July 30; Polly, 21 years
High Noon Group: July 30; John, 3 years; Long Hair Jim, 1 year; Kelly, 1 year
New Beginnings Group: July 30; Todd, 12 years; Jackie, 4 years
Just For Today: July 31; Eric, 11 yrs; Gene, 5 yrs; Paula, 4 yrs, JP 90 days

AUGUST 2018

Kingston Young People’s Group: Aug 2; Devon, 1 year
Mid-Day Live Group: Aug 4; Clayton T., 24 years
Clintondale Group: Aug 7; Group Anniversary; Forrest, 38 years; Kayla, 3 years; Sue, 2 years
12 On The Green Group:
Aug 8; Kate S., 3 years
Meditation in Action: Aug 8; Heather C., 2 years
Prodigal Sons Group Aug 19; Group’s 35th Anniversary, bkfast at 9am, meeting at 10am
REBOS Group: Aug 21; Bill, 32 years
New Paltz Nooners: Aug 25; Lynn, 2 years
Live at the Rafters: Aug 26; Jill, 1 year
Modena Group: Aug 27; Melissa, 5 years
Highland Women’s Group: Aug 27; Jan H., 4 years; Nicole, 90 days
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes: Aug 28; Norm, 13 years; Kevin, 1 year
New Paltz Nooners: Aug 28; Nancy, 9 years
REBOS Group: Aug 29; Edie, 29 years
Keep It Real Group: Aug 29; Dawn, 25 years
Women Living Sober Group: Aug 29; Anna B., 7 years
Start Where You Are Group: Aug 29; Catherine, 8 years
Kingston Young People’s Group: August 30; Morgan S., 6 years

SEPTEMBER 2018

REBOS Group: Sept 4; Willie, 38 years
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes: Sept 4; Rich, 2 years
Came to Believe Group: Sept 8; Andrea G, 5 years; Sept 15; John G, 3 years
Women’s Workshop (Lake Katrine): Sept 16, Kathryn, 9 years
Living Sober Group (New Paltz): Sept 20 Meghan B,. 2 years
REBOS Group: Sept 21; Gregg, 30 years
Phoenicia Beginners Group: Sept 24; Barbara, 25 years
Fresh Start Group: Sept 24; Mike C., 14 years, Kristen, 6 years
5th Tradition Group: Mon. Sept 24; Peter, 35 years; Lori, 40 yrs; Lisa, 14 yrs
Highland Women’s Group: Sept 24; Ro, 14 years
Highland Women’s Group: Sept 24; Anniversary Group meeting
Just For Today Group: Sept 25; 39th Group Anniversary; Brian, 3 years; Kurt, 3 years; Briget, 13 years
There Is A Solution Group: Sept 25; Anne, 42 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Sept 25; Maureen 30 years, Vera, 27 years
Keep It Real Group: Sept 26; 12th Group Anniversary
Living Sober Group: Sept 26; Thomas D., 7 years
Highland Womens Group: Sept 27; Brittany, 1 year
Home Free Group: Sept 28; Paul T., 8 years; Curt, 29 years; Mary, 34 years
12 On The Green Group: Sept 28; Jeanne, 43 years; Edward, 1 year
There is a Solution Group: Sept 28; Mike 31 years; Kate, 4 years
TGIF Women’s Meeting: Sept 28; 13th Group Anniversary
Came to Believe Group: Sept 29 Sat. 2pm; Marissa S., 4 years; Barry G., 3 yrs
Saturday Morning After Group: Sept 29; Rene, 28 years
Swawangunk Group: Sept 29; Kathy, 20 years; Steve 20 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Sept 30; Steve Y., 28 years
We Agnostics Group: Sept 30; Gerri, 6 years

OCTOBER 2018

Home Free Group: October 5; Luwena, 15 years
New Living Sober (Wurtz St.): October 6; Tracy R, 2 years
Fresh Start Group: Oct 22 Group Anniversary, Food 6:30pm, 7:30pm speaker (no beginners meeting)
Whats Shakin Shandakan: October 24; Richie, 12 years; Ken 23 years
Start Where You Are Group: October 24; Cindy, 15 years
Kaatsban Big Book Group: October 26; Lisa, 14 years; Sean 3 years
Young and Young at Heart: October 26; Adriane
Home Free Group: October 26; Ricky, 1 year; Sarah, 7 years; Flo, 28 years
Sunrisers Group: October 27; Elena, 14 years
Fresh Start Group: October 29; Sean K, 16 years
Highland Women’s Group: October 29; Helen, 40 years; Jackie, 4 years; Anastasia, 90 days
Blue Mountain’s Mens Group: October 30; Mark W, 31 years

NOVEMBER 2018

Sobriety First Group: Nov 6; Claire, 1 year; Nicole, 90 days; TJ, 90 days
Woodstock Speakers Group: Nov 7; Rags, 32 years, Ray 9 years
Came To Believe Group: Nov 15; Paul C., 2 years;
Blue Mountain Men’s Group: Nov 20; Marine Corp Bill, 38 years
Saturday Nite Live Group: Nov 24; Cat, 1 year
Shawankgunk Group: Nov 24; Shawn, 5 years; Joe, 12 years
Doing It Right Group: Nov 24; Tom M., 22 years, Ami, 5 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Nov 25; Jim H., 30 years
Phoenicia Beginners Group: Nov 26; Donna, 21 years
Just For Today Group: Nov 27; Jeff, 16 years, Tim G., 31 years
There Is A Solution Group: Nov 27; Savanna, 90 days; Doug, 29 years; John, 34 years
Women Living Sober Group: Nov 28; Rachel, 18 years; Deb D, 28 years
Kingston Young People’s Group: Nov 29; Crystal, 1 year; Jeri W., 1 year
New Paltz Living Sober Group: Nov 29; Chris W., 31 years
The Primary Purpose Group: Kerhonkson; Nov 29; Diane, 38 years
Home Free Group: Nov 30; George, 31 years; Pete, 21 years; Shane, 6 years
Young and Young at Heart Group: Nov 30, Cliff C, 39 years; 39-year Group anniversary; food at 6:30pm, meeting at 8pm

DECEMBER 2018

Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec. 5; 64-year Group anniversary;
Highland Women’s Group: Dec 17; Mary, 1 year
Just For Today Group:
Dec 25; Guy K., 16 years
Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec 26; Amy, 9 years; Bill W., 19 years
Women Living Sober Group:
Dec 26; Kelsey, 90 days; Taylor, 4 years
Start Where You Are Group: Dec 26; Dana, 25 years
Hard To Be Humble: Dec 26: Bill, 3 years
Kaatsbaan Big Book Study Group:
Dec 26; Jimmy, 36 years; Frank, 24 years
Lake Katrina Women’s Workshop Group: Dec 27; Jean F., 21 years
Kingston Young Peoples Group: Dec 27; Ross, 2 years; Zac, 1 year
Give It To Keep It Group: Dec 27; Evan, 8 years
Hands of AA Group: Dec 27; DJ, 10 years
Young and Young at Heart:
Dec 28; Glenn D, 5 years
REBOS Group: Dec 28; Chip, 28 years
Home Free Group: Dec 28; Craig, 4 years; Ray, 27 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Dec 29; Joel, 28 years
Shawankgunk Group:
Dec 29; Joel, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: Dec 30, Lanette, 32 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Dec 30; Ed M., 25 years; Carl, 31 years
Stone Ridge Step Group: Dec 31; Todd, 90d; Clarissa, 90d; James, 90d; Kyle, 90d; Austin, 90d
Stone Ridge Big Book Meeting: Dec 29; Margret, 9 years; Barbara, 7 years

DECEMBER 2018

Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec. 5; 64-year Group anniversary;
Highland Women’s Group: Dec 17; Mary, 1 year
Just For Today Group: Dec 25; Guy K., 16 years
Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec 26; Amy, 9 years; Bill W., 19 years
Women Living Sober Group: Dec 26; Kelsey, 90 days; Taylor, 4 years
Start Where You Are Group: Dec 26; Dana, 25 years
Hard To Be Humble: Dec 26: Bill, 3 years
Kaatsbaan Big Book Study Group: Dec 26; Jimmy, 36 years; Frank, 24 years
Lake Katrina Women’s Workshop Group: Dec 27; Jean F., 21 years
Kingston Young Peoples Group: Dec 27; Ross, 2 years; Zac, 1 year
Give It To Keep It Group: Dec 27; Evan, 8 years
Hands of AA Group: Dec 27; DJ, 10 years
Young and Young at Heart: Dec 27; Glenn D, 5 years
REBOS Group: Dec 28; Chip, 28 years
Home Free Group: Dec 28; Craig, 4 years; Ray, 27 years; Pasqual, 33 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Dec 29; Joel, 28 years
Shawankgunk Group: Dec 29; Joel, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: Dec 30, Lanette, 32 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Dec 30; Ed M., 25 years; Carl, 31 years
Stone Ridge Step Group: Dec 31; Todd, 90d; Clarissa, 90 days; James, 90 days; Kyle, 90 days; Austin, 90 days

JANUARY 2019

Came To Believe Group: Jan 19; Artie S., 13 years
5th Tradition Group:Jan 14; Gina, 14 years
Young and Young At Heart Group:
Jan 25: Crissy; 1 year; Judy, 34 years
Came To Believe Group:
Jan 26; 6-year Group Anniversary; food 1pm, meeting 2pm
New Paltz Nooner Group: Jan 26; Barbara, 16 years; Alice, 15 years; Barbara, 7 years; Derrick, 28 years; Brian, 7 years
Meditation in Action Group: Jan 26; Lucia, 25 years
Strength and Hope Group:
Jan 27; Bond, 3 years
Kingston Originals Group:
Jan 27; Ted W., 6 years, Barb B., 10 years; Lori K., 30 years
Palenville Big Book Group: Jan 28; Anthony, 6 years
Just For Today Group: Jan 29; Liz, 1 year; Jesse, 5 years; Sally, 11 years; Jane B, 17 years
High Falls Women’s Living Sober Group: Jan 30; Aviva,8 years; Shana, 9 years; Casey, 17 years

FEBRUARY 2019

If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes Group: Feb 8; JoAnne B, 1 year
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes Group:Feb 12; Bonnie M, 10 years
Meditation in Action Group: Feb 1; Barbara B, 3 years;
12 on the Green Group: Feb 25; Franklin, 1 year; Gerard, 33 years
Keep It Real Group (Bloomington): Feb 27; Shirley, 2 years
Home Free Group: Feb 28; Steve C, 18 years

MARCH 2019

Meditation in Action Group: March 20; Tara C., 14 years; John C., 14 years

May – December 2018

MAY 2018

Just for Today Group: May 29; Scotty, 1 year; Adam, 1 year, Ray, 7 yrs; Eileen, 7 yrs
If Nothing Changes Group: May 30, Frank, 13 yrs; Lorraine T, 16 yrs
Women Living Sober: May 30; Danielle, 1 year; Mary Jo, 9 years
Hands of AA Group: May 31; Troy, 1 year
Kingston Young People’s Group: May 31; Jen, 2 yrs; Dan 2 yrs; Oceana, 3 yrs

JUNE 2018

5th Tradition Group: June 4; Simi, 4 yrs; Allen, 10 yrs; Amy, 20 yrs
Fresh Start Group: June 11; Mary L, 6 years
Hands of AA Group: June 21; Pirate Bob, 2 years; Mike E, 9 years
Prodigal Sons Group: June 24; Tom, 90 days; Butch, 31 years; Bill, 32 years
5th Tradition Group: Monday, June 25; Group Anniversary, 21 years
Phoenicia Group: Monday, Leticia, 10 years; Joe, 45 years
Common Solution Group: June 27; Vinnie P., 5 years
If Nothing Changes Group: June 30, Frank, 13 yrs; Lorraine T, 16 yrs

JULY 2018

REBOS Group: Tuesday, July 17, George, 26 years
As Bill Sees It Group, Glasco: July 19; Barry, 9 years; Frank, 6 years; Marie, 2 years
Kingston Originals Group: July 20; Andy, 1 year
Sobriety First Group: July 24; Richard O, 7 years
Hard To Be Humble Group: July 25; Joe, 37 years; Cathy 13 years
Women’s Living Sober: July 25; Pico, 1 year; Ann, 1 year
Kingston Young People’s Group: July 26; Matt, 10 years, Mariah, 1 year
Hands of AA Group: July 26, Vince K, 22 years
Home Free Group: July 27; Alex, 11 years
Woodstock Workshop Group: July 27; Harry, 34 yrs; Patricia 31 yrs; Steve, 31 yrs; Pat S, 31 yrs; Ann C, 29 yrs; Michael, 90 days
5th Tradition Group: July 28; Thea, 27 years, Steve, 12 years
Saturday Night Live Group: July 28; Ron, 31 years, Joe, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: July 29; Karen, 39 yrs; Alicia, 3 yrs: Marianne, 2 yrs
Woodstock Women’s Step Group: July 29; Midge, 18 yrs; Gina, 26 yrs; Dorothea, 33 yrs
Fresh Start Group: July 30; Polly, 21 years
High Noon Group: July 30; John, 3 years; Long Hair Jim, 1 year; Kelly, 1 year
New Beginnings Group: July 30; Todd, 12 years; Jackie, 4 years
Just For Today: July 31; Eric, 11 yrs; Gene, 5 yrs; Paula, 4 yrs, JP 90 days

AUGUST 2018

Kingston Young People’s Group: Aug 2; Devon, 1 year
Mid-Day Live Group: Aug 4; Clayton T., 24 years
Clintondale Group: Aug 7; Group Anniversary; Forrest, 38 years; Kayla, 3 years; Sue, 2 years
12 On The Green Group:
Aug 8; Kate S., 3 years
Meditation in Action: Aug 8; Heather C., 2 years
Prodigal Sons Group Aug 19; Group’s 35th Anniversary, bkfast at 9am, meeting at 10am
REBOS Group: Aug 21; Bill, 32 years
New Paltz Nooners: Aug 25; Lynn, 2 years
Live at the Rafters: Aug 26; Jill, 1 year
Modena Group: Aug 27; Melissa, 5 years
Highland Women’s Group: Aug 27; Jan H., 4 years; Nicole, 90 days
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes: Aug 28; Norm, 13 years; Kevin, 1 year
New Paltz Nooners: Aug 28; Nancy, 9 years
REBOS Group: Aug 29; Edie, 29 years
Keep It Real Group: Aug 29; Dawn, 25 years
Women Living Sober Group: Aug 29; Anna B., 7 years
Start Where You Are Group: Aug 29; Catherine, 8 years
Kingston Young People’s Group: August 30; Morgan S., 6 years

SEPTEMBER 2018

REBOS Group: Sept 4; Willie, 38 years
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes: Sept 4; Rich, 2 years
Came to Believe Group: Sept 8; Andrea G, 5 years; Sept 15; John G, 3 years
Women’s Workshop (Lake Katrine): Sept 16, Kathryn, 9 years
Living Sober Group (New Paltz): Sept 20 Meghan B,. 2 years
REBOS Group: Sept 21; Gregg, 30 years
Phoenicia Beginners Group: Sept 24; Barbara, 25 years
Fresh Start Group: Sept 24; Mike C., 14 years, Kristen, 6 years
5th Tradition Group: Mon. Sept 24; Peter, 35 years; Lori, 40 yrs; Lisa, 14 yrs
Highland Women’s Group: Sept 24; Ro, 14 years
Highland Women’s Group: Sept 24; Anniversary Group meeting
Just For Today Group: Sept 25; 39th Group Anniversary; Brian, 3 years; Kurt, 3 years; Briget, 13 years
There Is A Solution Group: Sept 25; Anne, 42 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Sept 25; Maureen 30 years, Vera, 27 years
Keep It Real Group: Sept 26; 12th Group Anniversary
Living Sober Group: Sept 26; Thomas D., 7 years
Highland Womens Group: Sept 27; Brittany, 1 year
Home Free Group: Sept 28; Paul T., 8 years; Curt, 29 years; Mary, 34 years
12 On The Green Group: Sept 28; Jeanne, 43 years; Edward, 1 year
There is a Solution Group: Sept 28; Mike 31 years; Kate, 4 years
TGIF Women’s Meeting: Sept 28; 13th Group Anniversary
Came to Believe Group: Sept 29 Sat. 2pm; Marissa S., 4 years; Barry G., 3 yrs
Saturday Morning After Group: Sept 29; Rene, 28 years
Swawangunk Group: Sept 29; Kathy, 20 years; Steve 20 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Sept 30; Steve Y., 28 years
We Agnostics Group: Sept 30; Gerri, 6 years

OCTOBER 2018

Home Free Group: October 5; Luwena, 15 years
New Living Sober (Wurtz St.): October 6; Tracy R, 2 years
Fresh Start Group: Oct 22 Group Anniversary, Food 6:30pm, 7:30pm speaker (no beginners meeting)
Whats Shakin Shandakan: October 24; Richie, 12 years; Ken 23 years
Start Where You Are Group: October 24; Cindy, 15 years
Kaatsban Big Book Group: October 26; Lisa, 14 years; Sean 3 years
Young and Young at Heart: October 26; Adriane
Home Free Group: October 26; Ricky, 1 year; Sarah, 7 years; Flo, 28 years
Sunrisers Group: October 27; Elena, 14 years
Fresh Start Group: October 29; Sean K, 16 years
Highland Women’s Group: October 29; Helen, 40 years; Jackie, 4 years; Anastasia, 90 days
Blue Mountain’s Mens Group: October 30; Mark W, 31 years

NOVEMBER 2018

Sobriety First Group: Nov 6; Claire, 1 year; Nicole, 90 days; TJ, 90 days
Woodstock Speakers Group: Nov 7; Rags, 32 years, Ray 9 years
Came To Believe Group: Nov 15; Paul C., 2 years;
Blue Mountain Men’s Group: Nov 20; Marine Corp Bill, 38 years
Saturday Nite Live Group: Nov 24; Cat, 1 year
Shawankgunk Group: Nov 24; Shawn, 5 years; Joe, 12 years
Doing It Right Group: Nov 24; Tom M., 22 years, Ami, 5 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Nov 25; Jim H., 30 years
Phoenicia Beginners Group: Nov 26; Donna, 21 years
Just For Today Group: Nov 27; Jeff, 16 years, Tim G., 31 years
There Is A Solution Group: Nov 27; Savanna, 90 days; Doug, 29 years; John, 34 years
Women Living Sober Group: Nov 28; Rachel, 18 years; Deb D, 28 years
Kingston Young People’s Group: Nov 29; Crystal, 1 year; Jeri W., 1 year
New Paltz Living Sober Group: Nov 29; Chris W., 31 years
The Primary Purpose Group: Kerhonkson; Nov 29; Diane, 38 years
Home Free Group: Nov 30; George, 31 years; Pete, 21 years; Shane, 6 years
Young and Young at Heart Group: Nov 30, Cliff C, 39 years; 39-year Group anniversary; food at 6:30pm, meeting at 8pm

DECEMBER 2018

Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec. 5; 64-year Group anniversary;
Highland Women’s Group: Dec 17; Mary, 1 year
Just For Today Group:
Dec 25; Guy K., 16 years
Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec 26; Amy, 9 years; Bill W., 19 years
Women Living Sober Group:
Dec 26; Kelsey, 90 days; Taylor, 4 years
Start Where You Are Group: Dec 26; Dana, 25 years
Hard To Be Humble: Dec 26: Bill, 3 years
Kaatsbaan Big Book Study Group:
Dec 26; Jimmy, 36 years; Frank, 24 years
Lake Katrina Women’s Workshop Group: Dec 27; Jean F., 21 years
Kingston Young Peoples Group: Dec 27; Ross, 2 years; Zac, 1 year
Give It To Keep It Group: Dec 27; Evan, 8 years
Hands of AA Group: Dec 27; DJ, 10 years
Young and Young at Heart:
Dec 28; Glenn D, 5 years
REBOS Group: Dec 28; Chip, 28 years
Home Free Group: Dec 28; Craig, 4 years; Ray, 27 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Dec 29; Joel, 28 years
Shawankgunk Group:
Dec 29; Joel, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: Dec 30, Lanette, 32 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Dec 30; Ed M., 25 years; Carl, 31 years
Stone Ridge Step Group: Dec 31; Todd, 90d; Clarissa, 90d; James, 90d; Kyle, 90d; Austin, 90d
Stone Ridge Big Book Meeting: Dec 29; Margret, 9 years; Barbara, 7 years

DECEMBER 2018

Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec. 5; 64-year Group anniversary;
Highland Women’s Group: Dec 17; Mary, 1 year
Just For Today Group: Dec 25; Guy K., 16 years
Woodstock Speakers Group: Dec 26; Amy, 9 years; Bill W., 19 years
Women Living Sober Group: Dec 26; Kelsey, 90 days; Taylor, 4 years
Start Where You Are Group: Dec 26; Dana, 25 years
Hard To Be Humble: Dec 26: Bill, 3 years
Kaatsbaan Big Book Study Group: Dec 26; Jimmy, 36 years; Frank, 24 years
Lake Katrina Women’s Workshop Group: Dec 27; Jean F., 21 years
Kingston Young Peoples Group: Dec 27; Ross, 2 years; Zac, 1 year
Give It To Keep It Group: Dec 27; Evan, 8 years
Hands of AA Group: Dec 27; DJ, 10 years
Young and Young at Heart: Dec 27; Glenn D, 5 years
REBOS Group: Dec 28; Chip, 28 years
Home Free Group: Dec 28; Craig, 4 years; Ray, 27 years; Pasqual, 33 years
New Paltz Nooner Group: Dec 29; Joel, 28 years
Shawankgunk Group: Dec 29; Joel, 1 year
Kingston Originals Group: Dec 30, Lanette, 32 years
Prodigal Sons Group: Dec 30; Ed M., 25 years; Carl, 31 years
Stone Ridge Step Group: Dec 31; Todd, 90d; Clarissa, 90 days; James, 90 days; Kyle, 90 days; Austin, 90 days

JANUARY 2019

Came To Believe Group: Jan 19; Artie S., 13 years
5th Tradition Group:Jan 14; Gina, 14 years
Young and Young At Heart Group:
Jan 25: Crissy; 1 year; Judy, 34 years
Came To Believe Group:
Jan 26; 6-year Group Anniversary; food 1pm, meeting 2pm
New Paltz Nooner Group: Jan 26; Barbara, 16 years; Alice, 15 years; Barbara, 7 years; Derrick, 28 years; Brian, 7 years
Meditation in Action Group: Jan 26; Lucia, 25 years
Strength and Hope Group:
Jan 27; Bond, 3 years
Kingston Originals Group:
Jan 27; Ted W., 6 years, Barb B., 10 years; Lori K., 30 years
Palenville Big Book Group: Jan 28; Anthony, 6 years
Just For Today Group: Jan 29; Liz, 1 year; Jesse, 5 years; Sally, 11 years; Jane B, 17 years
High Falls Women’s Living Sober Group: Jan 30; Aviva,8 years; Shana, 9 years; Casey, 17 years

FEBRUARY 2019

If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes Group: Feb 8; JoAnne B, 1 year
If Nothing Changes Nothing Changes Group:Feb 12; Bonnie M, 10 years
Meditation in Action Group: Feb 1; Barbara B, 3 years;
12 on the Green Group: Feb 25; Franklin, 1 year; Gerard, 33 years
Keep It Real Group (Bloomington): Feb 27; Shirley, 2 years
Home Free Group: Feb 28; Steve C, 18 years

MARCH 2019

Meditation in Action Group: March 20; Tara C., 14 years; John C., 14 years

Fall Voting Proposals

Proposals for Upcoming Assembly

October 2018

Proposals Submitted for the October 2018 voting assembly

Budget Proposal
(Received July 28, 2018, posted July 28, 2018)

Below is the DRAFT budget to be voted on at the October 2018 voting assembly.

HMB 2019 Draft Budget 6-28

Proposal #1
(Received June 19, 2018, posted June 20, 2019)

Background: The current HMB Service Manual tells us that Area events such as Assemblies, Fellowship Days, Day of Sharing, Joy of Service Day, etc., shall be on the weekends, sometimes the second of third weekend of a month, but leaves open the choice of Saturday or Sunday.

In the past, (October, 1981), our Handbook did specify that some Assemblies be held on Saturdays. In practice, our Area has been meeting exclusively on Saturdays for some time now. While recognizing that it is easier to find venues for events on Saturday, and while noting that many people may have obligations on Sundays, we should also take into account that some of our members may be prevented from attending Saturday events because of work requirements, religious practices, or other regular commitments. In an effort to invite and include all AA members in HMB Service, we should endeavor to hold some HMB Area events on Sundays.

Proposal: The HMB Functions Committee should make a serious and sustained effort to hold two or three of the regular HMB Area events, (Orientation Day, Fellowship Days, Inventory Day, Day of Sharing, Assemblies), especially one of the Voting Assemblies, on Sundays.

On behalf of District 16 and its members, respectfully submitted In Fellowship and In Service,

Tara C., District 16 DCM

Proposal #2
(Received by email June 17, 2018, posted June 21, 2018)

Background: Currently, Area events are held throughout the 5 clusters. As outlined in the HMB Service Manual, the HMB Convention and the Joy of Service Day are the only events that rotate between the 5 clusters.

The other 7 events are held in the same cluster each year although there does not seem to be any guidelines as to which clusters host which events. The only current specification in the Service Manual states that the Assemblies are to be held in a geographically central location selected by the Area Functions Committee. Traditionally, these 7 events have been held in the following clusters:

January (Orientation Day, formally Inventory Day) – Eastern Cluster

March (Fellowship or Delegate’s Day) – Hudson Valley Cluster

April (Delegate’s or Fellowship Day)* – Adirondack Cluster

May (Assembly) – Central Cluster

September (Fellowship Day odd years and Election Assembly even years) – Eastern Cluster

October (Assembly) – Central Cluster

November (Inventory Day formally Fellowship Day)* – Western Cluster

*In years when the Western Cluster hosts the Convention, the April & November events are swapped with the Adirondack Cluster.

Although this traditional schedule provides some continuity to the events it also limits the variety within each host cluster. It also gives the Eastern and Central Clusters 2 set events per year while the Adirondack, Hudson Valley and Western Clusters only have one set event per year.

Proposal:

Have all Area Events on a rotating schedule between all of the clusters as follows:

Years ending in 0 & 5 1 & 6 2 & 7 3 & 8 4 & 9
January Western Eastern Central ADK MV
March MV Western Eastern Central ADK
April ADK MV Western Eastern Central
May Central ADK MV Western Eastern
June Eastern Central ADK MV Western
September Western Eastern Central ADK MV
October MV Western Eastern Central ADK
November ADK MV Western Eastern Central
HMB Convention Central ADK MV Western Eastern

This schedule would provide an opportunity for more members not currently involved in Area Service work to experience different types of events closer to their own home. For example: A member in Plattsburgh may not see the importance of traveling to Fonda (3 hours) for an Assembly if they have never attended an Assembly. If the Assembly was held in Lake George once every 5 years that member may be more likely to travel 1.5 hours to attend. Once a member attends a specific function within their cluster they may be more willing to travel a bit further for the same event next year.

This schedule would also allow for different clusters to host different events and not be locked into the same event each year. For example: The Central Cluster traditionally only hosts Assemblies. It’s all about business. A rotating schedule would allow the Central Cluster to experience more “fun” and “fellowship” events. This schedule would also even out the hosting by clusters so that in different years different clusters would host 1 or 2 events.

Rotation within each cluster as to which district is the host district for an event will remain the responsibility of the cluster. In addition, each district and/or cluster reserves the right to pass on hosting any event. In such a case the host cluster would then be chosen by the Functions Chair with the assistance of the Functions Committee.

Respectfully submitted in love & service,

Tammie E., HMB Area Alternate Chair

Jan – Apr 2018

JANUARY 2018:

5th Tradition Group: January 1st; Gina, 13 years
New Living Sober (Wurts Street): January 6th, 22nd anniversary mtg, 6pm food/dessert, meeting 7:30pm
Mid Day Live: January 6th; Bo, 17 years
Kingston Originals: January 28; Ted, 5 years; Artre, 12 yrs; Lori K., 29 yrs
Just for Today: Jan. 30th; Elizabeth, 7 years; Linda, 30 years; Sally, 30 years
Came to Believe Group 5th Anniversary: Jan. 27th; food @ 1pm, mtg @ 2pm;
Katsbaan Big Book Group: January 31st; Frank, 23 years

FEBRUARY 2018:

Came to Believe Group: February 3rd, Saturday; Baseball Ray, 9 years, at 2pm, Holy Cross, Kingston, NY
5th Tradition Group: February 26th; Kevin, 29 years
Hand of AA Group: February 27th ; Eric 3 years
Woodstock Group: February 28th; Keith D., 25 years

MARCH 2018:

Home Free Group Olivebridge: March 2nd (postponed); Maryellen, 6 yrs; Jim, 16 yrs; Steve C., 17 yrs
5th Tradition Group: March 5th; Dennis, 25 years; Joyce Marie, 33 years
Came to Believe Group: March 10th; Erika B, 1 year; March 31st; Greg G., 8 years
New Living Sober (Wurts St): March 17; Dan, 13 years
REBOS Group: March 19; Tara C., 23 years
KYP Group: March 22nd; Liz, 9 years; Pat, 16 years
Saturday Night Live Group, 35 Year Celebration: March 24; 6:30pm food, 8pm meeting
Prodigal Sons: March 25th; Farrell, 36 years
Sobriety First Group: March 27th; Lou L., 5 years
Just for Today: March 27th; Elizabeth, 9 years; Michael, 9 years;
Woodstock Group: March 28th; Tara C., 13 years; John C., 13 years; Shira, 26 years; Ralph, 37 years
Home Free Group: March 30; Moses, 36 years; Jack, 31 years; Hal, 2 years
Morning After: March 31; Dan S., 19 years; Barbara, 30 years; Roger, 32 years; Nancy P., 32 years
If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes: March 31; Cliff B

APRIL 2018

Kingston Originals: April 1st; John; 90 days
5th Tradition: April 7; Tonee, 1 year
New Living Sober: (Wurts St): April 7; Paul, 7 years
Main Connection: April 13; Jeff, 1 year
Came To Believe: 2pm Saturday, April 21; Deb C., 11 years;
Came To Believe: 2pm Saturday, April 28; Bob E., 15 years
Just For Today: April 24; Tanya, 5 years; Celia, 32 years
Woodstock Group: April 25; Ralph, 37 years, Marina 42 years
Primary Purpose Group: April 26; 11th Anniversary Meeting, dinner at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:30pm
Home Free Group: April 27; Karen, 14 years
Saturday Night Live Group: April 28; George B, 28 years
Prodigal Sons Group: April 29; Dave, 11 years; J.R., 19 years; Pete N., 30 years
Fresh Start Group: April 30; Peter K., 10 years
Palenville Step Group: April 30; James, 4 years; Frank, 44 years