ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

Scroll down to view posts of AA-related news from the National Capital Region and beyond. Listed from the most recent. If you have an announcement to post, please email info@ottawaaa.org.


District 62 Meeting Relocation (Effective Jan 9)

The District 62 monthly meeting will move permanently as of January 9, 2017 to All Saints Church (347 Richmond Road – Rear Entrance on Madison Avenue) in Westboro.

Join us for a meet and greet potluck on January 9 starting at 6:30 pm. *Please bring a small dish to share. At 7:30 pm, There will be a GSR Workshop facilitated by Sandy S., Area 83, Panel 59 Delegate. All members are welcome.


Sobriety and Joy through the Holidays (Dec 5)

SUGGESTIONS TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY AND JOY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
CROSSROADS PANEL, POTLUCK AND FELLOWSHIP – DECEMBER 5, 8PM

Ho, Ho, Ho, and So, So, Sober for the Holidays!

Going through the Holidays and attending parties without liquid spirits can be a fearful event for many, especially in our first year of sobriety.  Crossroads is hosting a meeting on this very subject!  Three members who’ve had many holiday seasons in sobriety will share their experience, strength and hope for 15 minutes each, and offer suggestions to maintain sobriety and joy through the holidays.  We can have an all-round ball in recovery …”We are not a glum lot!”

Speakers:
Angie R.        Tuesday night Mississippi group
Dave M.         Barrhaven Tuesday Night Group
Mickey R.    Saturday Morning Westboro

Meeting Location:
Crossroads – Monday December 5, 8pm.
3955 Old Richmond Road at Moodie
Bells Corners United Church
We’re back in the Big Room!

Door Prizes:

Living Sober Book – Crossroads will be donating 3 copies of Living Sober.  Donations of this book or any AA conference-approved literature from other groups are welcome and appreciated.  Members in their first year of sobriety will receive a ballot for a raffle.

Fellowship 7:30-9:30:
PotluckSandwiches and Christmas baking appreciated.
7TH Tradition to support Alkathon 2016.

Wishing all a safe and sober Holiday!
Crossroads Group


Open and Closed Meetings over the Holidays

Please inform Intergroup of meetings that are CLOSED AND OPEN during the holiday season (Dec 23-Jan 2) by emailing info@ottawaaa.org. It is very important the website reflects meeting changes for newcomers and members during this time period.

MEETING CLOSURES
(List to be updated as new information arrives)

Dec 25
Awakening (10:30 am)

DEC 29
Laurier-Sandy Hill (8 pm)

 


Alkathon (Dec 24-25, Dec 31-Jan 1)

The Alkathon is an annual AA event with Al-Anon Family Groups participation.  The basic purpose of the Alkathon is to provide a safe and sober environment for the new and still suffering alcoholic over Christmas and New Year.

It is also a time for our members to come together and celebrate the holidays, and our recoveries, with meetings, food, activities and fellowship.

The Alkathon is two 24 hour events beginning at 11:30 AM on December 24th until 11:30 AM on December 25th, and again at 11:30 AM on December 31st until 11:30 AM on January 1st. The Alkathon is held at the Bronson Centre, located at 211 Bronson Avenue.

The Alkathon is generously supported by local AA and Al-Anon Family groups, ensuring the entire event and all activities are 7th tradition.

For more information about the Alkathon, to make group or individual contributions, to register your group to host a meeting or to volunteer, please visit http://alkathon.ottawaaa.org.

Click here to download information sheet and poster.


Our Spiritual Practice (Feb 25)

Our Spiritual Practice of Prayer and Meditation is a one day event focused on Step 11. Includes panels, discussion and various meditation practices. Located at Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON).

Hosted by members of Namaste Meditation Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. For more information, please contact step11of12@gmail.com.


Ontario Regional Conference (Mar 10-12)

The 2017 Ontario Regional Conference (ORC) will be held between March 10-12 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The theme is, “Action is the Key.”

The ORC, sponsored by Greater Toronto Area Intergroup, is the largest annual A.A. event in Ontario. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.aaorc.ca.


Public Information (PI / CPC) Elections

Elections for two year terms on the Public Information / Cooperation with Professional Community (PI / CPC) Committee will be held at the Bronson Centre (Intergroup Office – Rm 108) on November 21 at 6:30 pm. The committee meets once a month on the 3rd Monday to coordinate activities carrying the AA message to the general public and professionals in the field. The committee is seeking a chairperson, district liaisons, treasurer and secretary, as well as additional volunteers to assist with outreach.

For more information or to stand for a position, please contact pi@ottawaaa.org.


Corrections Facilities and Treatment (CFT) Elections

Elections for two year terms on the CFT Committee will be held at the Bronson Centre (Room 106) on November 22 at 6:30 pm. The committee meets once a month on the 4th Tuesday to coordinate activities aimed at getting the AA message into corrections and treatment facilities in Ottawa and surrounding areas. The committee is looking for a chairperson, district liaisons, treasurer, secretary, coordinators to manage the meeting schedules for Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) and Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre (OWMC), and liaisons for the Royal Ottawa and Newgate 180.

For more information or to stand for a position, please contact Andy McC. at cft@ottawaaa.org.


General Service Districts Elections

District 62 Elections will be held on the second Monday of October at the Bronson Centre at 7:30 pm. All positions are available except for the position of District Committee Member (DCM). Contact district62@ottawaaa.org for more information.

District 54 Elections will be held on the first Thursday of November at the Overbrooke Community Centre at 7:30 pm. All positions are available. Contact district54@ottawaaa.org for more information.

District 58 Elections will be held on the second Monday of November at the Bronson Centre at 7:00 pm. All positions are available. Contact district58@ottawaaa.org for more information.


CERAASA 2017 (Feb 24-26)

The Canadian Eastern A.A. Service Assembly (CERAASA) will be held between February 24-26, 2017 at the Crown Plaza in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The purpose of CERAASA is to develop greater unity among the members, groups and Areas of the Eastern Canada Region; to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences; and to provide an opportunity for members to discuss pertinent aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Assembly and the CERAASA committee always try to foster our legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service.

For more information, visit http://www.ceraasa.org.


Fireside permanent move as of Sep 22

The Thursday 8:00 pm Fireside group at First Baptist Church (140 Laurier Avenue West) is permanently relocating to Room 221 at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue) beginning September 22.


Podium/Hill Group is now 4 days a week (Tue-Fri)

Podium/Hill Group (St. Andrew’s Church – 82 Kent Street) has added an additional meeting on Thursdays. There are now meetings Tuesday through Friday at 12:15 pm at this location.

The Thursday meeting format is Twelve and Twelve Step Study, and the Friday meeting is Big Book Study.


Intergroup Minutes (Aug 2016)

The following reports are available for August 2016:

If you have questions, please contact Anne D. at secretary@ottawaaa.org

Service Opportunity: Newsletter Editor

The position of editor for Our Primary Purpose Newsletter has become available for the remainder of a two year term that began in January 2016. This is an elected Ottawa Area Intergroup officer position, with a 2 year continuous sobriety requirement.

Nominations are now being accepted. The election will be held at the September 14, 2016, Intergroup meeting.

Duties include:
  • Producing a printed monthly newsletter for dispersal at Intergroup meetings (Second Wednesday of each month)
  • Providing an electronic version of the newsletter for the website
  • Attending monthly Intergroup meetings
  • Attending monthly Intergroup Executive meetings
For more information, or to stand for election, please contact Jean F. at chair@ottawaaa.org.


Our Primary Purpose (Aug 2016)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Inside the August issue:

  • Sober Summer Stories
  • Step Eight and Tradition Eight
  • Fall Conference Details and Registration
  • Reflections on Intergroup
  • History Corner: Carp Group
  • Friends of AA
  • An Act of Providence
  • Grapevine Stories
  • Canadathon Report
  • Intergroup and Group News
  • Service Calendar, Upcoming Events General Service Updates and More…

Next Month: Back to Skool!

I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve learned in recovery. All those amazing things that come with “a new way of living.” Next issue I’d like you to tell us what you’ve learned. It could be about the Steps, Traditions, or other things—the gifts of recovery. Hobbies, personal relationships, service to others. What passions has AA and recovery instilled in you? What are some of the new practices you do today instead of drinking? How do you “relax”, have fun, or find serenity?

Please submit your experiences to newsletter@ottawaaa.org before September 1.


New Meeting: FarmPoint 12×12 (Begins Jul 6)

The Wednesday 8:00 pm FarmPoint 12×12 meeting begins on July 6, 2016, at Centre Communautaire Farm Point (331 chemin de la Rivière) in Chelsea, Quebec. Meeting format is open discussion. Building is wheelchair accessible.


Choices group permanently closed

The Saturday 11:00 am Choices group at McNabb Community Centre (180 Percy Street) has permanently closed as of June 25, 2016.


Intergroup Minutes (Jun 2016)

The following reports are available for June 2016:

If you have questions, please contact Anne D. at secretary@ottawaaa.org

NOTE: There will be no Intergroup Meeting in the month of July. See you on August 10.

Service Opportunity: Newsletter Editor

The position of editor for Our Primary Purpose Newsletter has become available for the remainder of a two year term that began in January 2016. This is an elected Ottawa Area Intergroup officer position, with a 2 year continuous sobriety requirement.

Nominations are now being accepted. The election will be held at the September 14, 2016, Intergroup meeting.

Duties include:
  • Producing a printed monthly newsletter for dispersal at Intergroup meetings (Second Wednesday of each month)
  • Providing an electronic version of the newsletter for the website
  • Attending monthly Intergroup meetings
  • Attending monthly Intergroup Executive meetings
For more information, or to stand for election, please contact Jean F. at chair@ottawaaa.org.


Belleville Roundup (Nov 19)

Belleville and Area Roundup will be held on November 19, 2016 at Thurlow Community Centre (516 Harmony Road, Corbyville, Ontario). This year’s event will  7th tradition at the door. $15.00 Roast beef dinner. AA with Al-Anon Participation.

Click here to download the flyer.


Service Opportunity: Stories for “Young People in A.A.”

In response to the 2016 General Service Conference recommendation that the pamphlet “Young People and A.A.” be revised to “better reflect the experiences of young people in A.A. today,” the trustees’ literature committee is seeking current sharing from young people in A.A.

Please encourage young members in your area to write their personal stories for possible inclusion in the revised pamphlet “Young People and A.A.” Stories should reflect “In a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.”

Manuscripts should be 500-800 words, double-spaced, in 12-point typeface. The words “Young People and A.A.” should appear on the top of the first page of the manuscript.

The author’s complete name, address and email/telephone information should be included with the submission.

Submissions can be emailed to: literature@aa.org with “Young People and A.A.” inserted in the subject line of the message. Alternatively, submissions can be mailed to:

Literature Coordinator
General Service Office
Box 459, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163.

The deadline for all submissions is December 30, 2016. The anonymity of all authors will be observed, whether or not his or her story is selected for publication.

Thank you for your participation in this process.


Beginners Group Seeks New Members

The Wednesday 8:00 pm Beginners Group at Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane) is seeking new members, in particular those with significant sobriety and knowledge of the 12 Steps.

The meeting is primarily composed of newcomers, and group members require assistance to help carry the message, and to ensure the meeting remains operational.


Revised Literature Price List (Jun 2016)

Click here to download revised Literature Price List for June 2016. Changes include a reduction in the price of Meeting Lists (ML-1) to $0.25 and Newcomers Packages (NC-01) to $1.25.

A limited series of popular titles from the A.A. Grapevine are also now available at Ottawa Area Intergroup Office.


Service Opportunity: Correctional Correspondence

Canadian AA members are needed for correctional correspondence.

General Service Office (GSO) has a list of Canadian members who wish to be correctional correspondents. At first they may write US clients (inmates) until more Canadian clients become aware of the opportunity, or may wait to be linked in with a Canadian client.

The KEY is to have Canadian AA members aware, ready and willing on the list at GSO. If interested, please send your contact information (name, mailing address and email) to corrections@aa.org.

 

 


Traditions Workshop (Begins Jan 11)

Beginning January 11, District 62 will facilitate a Traditions Workshop at 6:00 PM, prior to the GSR meeting, every second Monday of the month at the Bronson Centre. All AA members are welcome.


OCDC Volunteer Opportunities

The Corrections Facilities and Treatment Committee is seeking AA members for service commitments at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC). The minimum sobriety requirement is 2 years and all candidates need to complete a security clearance process.

For more information, please contact ocdccoordinator@gmail.com, or attend the CFT meeting at 6:30 PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month, located at Bronson Centre (Room 106).


Telephone Answering Training (Monthly)

Intergroup Telephone Answering Service (TAS) hosts training sessions for remote access (answering calls from home) every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM if there is a need.

If you have one year of sobriety and are interested in doing telephone answering service from home, please email the Nigel L. at tas@ottawaaa.org to confirm your attendance.


New Insurance Program for AA Groups

Ottawa Area Intergroup has been successful in negotiating a Group Insurance Program for AA Groups which are part of Ottawa Area Intergroup, and we are off to a good start. Several Groups have already signed up and have saved significant money, which can now be used for other things, such as increasing donations to other levels of AA!

Many churches and other facilities require that a group provide proof of insurance coverage in order to hold their meetings.

Some facilities may offer to add your group as an additional insured on their policy in return for a fee. If this is the case, request a certificate showing that they have done so. But be aware that even if you have been provided coverage this way, it is not portable (if you move your meeting to another location, you can’t take it with you).

Coverage under this Ottawa Area Intergroup Program is fully portable, and belongs to the individual group.

The Annual Premium FOR $1,000,000 is $50. Coverage provided is as follows:

Commercial General Liability, including: Deductible Limit
1. Bodily Injury & Property Damage $1,000 $1,000,000 per occurrence/ $1,000,000 aggregate limit
2. Personal Injury $1,000,000
3. Medical Expenses $10,000
4. Tenants Legal Liability $1,000 $500,000

The Annual Premium for $2,000,000 is $100.

8% Provincial Sales Tax applies, so the payment for $1,000,000 if $54 and for $2,000,000 is $108.

Click here to download the application

COVERAGE DOES NOT BEGIN UNTIL PAYMENT AND APPLICATION HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE INSURER. PLEASE RETURN THE APPLICATION FILLED OUT WITH YOUR CHEQUE, PAYABLE TO THE CO-OPERATORS GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, TO:

Ottawa Area Intergroup
211 Bronson Avenue, Suite # 108
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6H5