A number of Manitoba groups are holding online (virtual) meetings using a variety of software platforms (Zoom, Skype, etc.) Local groups can now have their online meetings added to the Online Meeting List page and the Meeting Guide app.
Remember, you are not limited visiting to the meeting closest to you…no online meeting is too far to attend!
Helpful Guides for Hosting / Attending Zoom Meetings
While Area 80 does not endorse (now are we affiliated with) any software or communication platform, we recognize that most groups which are hosting online meetings are presently using Zoom software. In the spirit of being helpful, we are providing links to the following simple documents which offer suggestions on attending Zoom meetings, as well as setting up and securing your meetings to avoid or deal with disruptive visitors:
- Zoom Protection Guide (New York Intergroup)
- Chairing / Hosting a Meeting Quickstart Guide (New York Intergroup)
- Attending a Meeting on your Phone
Information about online meetings will be added as it is received. If you have an online meeting you would like included here, please send an email the Web Team to send us the details. Be sure to include: Meeting Name, Times/Dates, Type (Open, Closed, etc.), Join Link or Phone Number, Primary Contact (both email and phone, neither are published online), and a non-personal group email address (perhaps using the group name) to display for meeting password, more info, etc.
In the spirit of the 4th tradition, each of these meetings is autonomous. They are listed here as a community service. Manitoba General Service does not endorse these meetings.
Zoom Meeting Organizers
The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names, phone numbers and often faces are displayed. Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Please read this important article on the New York Intergroup site about how to adjust these settings.
The following is reprinted from The General Service Office (G.S.O.) website.
The General Service Office (G.S.O.) has been receiving inquiries about how groups should respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Groups and members are concerned about health and safety issues, and are looking for guidance on how to address this question.
The General Service Office is a repository of shared group experience and functions as a resource center for A.A. members and groups who are looking for the shared experience of the Fellowship. Providing guidance on health issues is outside the scope of the A.A. sharing that G.S.O. offers. However, we might suggest contacting your national, state/provincial and local health authorities for appropriate information.
We do have some general experience to share regarding how some groups and members have begun to address this issue. Our collected experience suggests that talking about these issues before they arise can help a group be prepared to address them in a sensible and helpful manner and allow the group to continue keeping the focus on our common welfare and primary purpose.
Some groups have discussed making changes to customs at their meetings. Some examples have included: avoiding shaking hands and handholding; making sure meeting hospitality tables are sanitary; or suspending food hospitality for the time being. Regardless of group decisions, each individual is responsible for their own health decisions.
Some groups have considered contingency plans in case the group is temporarily unable to meet in person. Plans have included: creating contact lists and keeping in touch by phone, email or social media; meeting by phone or online. Providing members information for the A.A. Online Intergroup* (www.aa-intergroup.org) may serve as an additional helpful resource. If a group isn’t holding its regular meetings, they may want to communicate this to local A.A. resources, such as the district, area and intergroup or central office.
We hope this limited sharing is helpful.
* NOTICE ABOUT EXTERNAL LINKS A.A. Manitoba (Area 80)'s website provides links to the websites of other organizations, some affiliated with still other organizations. Linking to any other website, including but not limited to websites affiliated with other organizations within the Alcoholics Anonymous service structure, does not constitute recommendation, sponsorship, or approval of such website by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. , nor of the products, services, or content published, provided, promoted or offered by such websites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content, practices, rules, or methods of other websites, including, without limitation, the collection, dissemination, use, or protection of personal data, your use of tracking technology, or your level of computer security. Furthermore, A.A. Manitoba (Area 80) cannot authenticate the accuracy, relevance, currency, legality or completeness of the information provided by any other website.