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.


Alkathon 2018 Planning is Starting!

Looking for a great service opportunity? The Alkathon Committee is being formed for the 2018 Holiday Season so come on out and join the team!

Committee meetings will be held at 1:00 PM at the Bronson Center (211 Bronson Avenue), Room 109 on the following dates: Sept 23rd, Oct 7th, Oct 21st, Nov 4th, Nov 18th, Dec 2nd, Dec 9th, Dec 16th, Dec 23rd at 1:00 pm in the Bronson Centre, Room 109.

For more information, along with an online volunteer sign-up form, visit alkathon.ottawaaa.org


3rd Annual Chelsea Roundup (October 6, 2018)

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Chelsea Round Up; Saturday, October 6, 2018. There will be speaker meetings all day starting at 10 am – 10 pm with Al-Anon participation.

Doors open and coffee brewing at 9:15 am. There will be a pot lunch lunch and spaghetti dinner (7th Tradition) with a vegetarian option.

Farm Point Community Centre
331, chemin de la Rivière
Chelsea, Québec
J9B 2M6

If you are interested in participating through service, please join us at our regular Friday Night Big Book meetings, 8 pm, at the Mary Magdalene Church, 537 Quebec Route 105, Chelsea, QC J9B 1L2

Click here for printable poster to use for your home group announcements


Eastern Ontario Fall Conference – Oct. 12-14, 2018

Join us at the 67th Annual Eastern Ontario Fall Conference at the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales, Ottawa, Ontario.

Our three day event will be held October 12th-14th and includes a series of speakers, panels, topic discussions, a banquet, hospitality suite, a dance and, of course, the fellowship of other A.A. members in our community and beyond.

Click here for printable poster and banquet registration form

Visit fall.ottawaaa.org for more information and online payment options for general admission or general admission with banquet.


2018-2019 Group Liability Insurance Program for Ottawa area AA Groups

Ottawa Area Intergroup has negotiated the renewal of this valuable program for our groups. If you had to purchase a similar policy for your group on an individual basis, the minimum premium would be $540.

Please note, that the $100 premium for $2,000,000 Liability is an annual minimum premium and cannot be pro-rated. The Master Policy runs from November to November, and certificates are issued for that term.

FOR THIS YEAR ONLY, if a group needs coverage between now and November, the insurer has agreed to charge only $50 plus tax to issue a certificate of insurance.

Insurance premiums are GST exempt, but PST is still charged. When writing your cheque, please make it out for $108, including the 8% PST, or $54 if you are taking a short-term policy.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE APPLICATION TO THE INTERGROUP OFFICE! The address is to be found on the attached form. Click here to download it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Harry B at vicechair@ottawaaa.org


*Reissued* Change We Must Meeting CLOSED

Effective July 18th, Change We Must, previously held on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. at Rothwell United Church, 42 Sumac Street in Beacon Hill has closed. A note has been added to the online meeting list as well.

* Announcement Reissued August 17th* Rothwell United Church staff reached out to let us know that people have continued to arrive on Wednesday nights expecting a meeting.


Newsletter Coordinator Needed

The Ottawa Area Intergroup of AA is looking for a Newsletter Coordinator. Monthly editions of “Our Primary Purpose” are to be compiled and published by a committee of volunteers to be set up by the Newsletter Coordinator.

Requirements:
– Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat
– Basic working knowledge of Word Press
– Strong grammar and writing skills
– Clear understanding of AA Traditions and Concepts and how they apply in publishing AA material
– An ability to work with others
– Ability to establish and act as Chair for a Newsletter Committee that reports to the Board
– Legal capacity to sit as a member of the Board
– A Home Group
– A Sponsor
– Minimum of 5 years of sobriety

In keeping with AA Traditions, anyone can put their name forward for a position at an election. The person running has to be able to convey to the membership that they have the skills necessary to do the job.

If you are interested in standing for the Newsletter Coordinator position, please email chair@ottawaaa.org and/or attend the next Intergroup Meeting on Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bronson Centre (Mac Hall).


12 Concepts Study/Workshop

Ottawa West District 62 will be facilitating a 12 Concepts Study/Workshop starting in July. We hear about them, we might have even seen them, but do we know what they are all about? Here’s an opportunity to find out in a Group setting.

2nd Monday of every month until the end of the year at 6:00 pm
The Ottawa West District 62 hall
All Saints Church, 347 Richmond Road – Westboro
Parking on Madison Ave. behind the Church

First meeting: Monday, July 9th

Bring a Service manual if you have one. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME!!!

Click here for a printable flyer to bring to your groups.


Richmond 11th Step Group News

We would love to boost attendance at the Richmond 11th Step Meeting so we wanted to let you know that the detour on the entrance road is now gone making it easier for you to come out and see us.

We meet Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 67 Fowler Street, Richmond.

We’d also like to let you know that the meeting will be cancelled on June 24th as the hall will be in use for St. John’s birthday.

See you soon!


*Important* Updated Guidelines for Hosting AA Meetings at OWMC

To all members of Home Groups hosting AA Meetings at the Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre this announcement is for you!

It is very important that the meeting guidelines are followed carefully and we’d like to advise you that an updated document has been posted here (click link to open).

Please print it for distribution and discussion at your business meetings.

For more information, or how you or your group can get involved, contact the OWMC Coordinator via email at owmc@ottawaaa.org


Service Opportunity

The Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre (OWMC), known to many of us as detox, is requesting assistance from AA groups in running its nightly AA information sessions. These occur every night at 7PM. Typically a group will commit to one session per month. There will be several openings coming up in the near future and the need has never been so great.

They would also appreciate donations of Big Books and other AA literature as their supplies are running low.

The Ottawa Withdrawal Management Centre is located at 1777 Montreal Road. Contact owmc@ottawaaa.org for further information. Thank you in advance for your service.


2017 Fellowship Report on Intergroup…

As we neatly tie a bow around another year at Intergroup, we wanted to share how you, “the fellowship”, thought we did this year and what you identified as Intergroup’s Opportunities and Challenges moving forward in 2018.

Click here to view the 2017 Intergroup Inventory Results

Thanks again for your input, support, dedication and indeed direction of this past year.

Wishing you and your family much Peace, Love, Friendship and Health.

2017 Board of Directors
Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous


*New!* Contributions to Intergroup can now be made by Credit Card

To make a Group Contribution via credit card to the Ottawa Area Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous please complete the form below and an Invoice in the amount specified for your contribution will be emailed to the address you provide.

Your contributions support the following Intergroup Functions:

  • maintain a central office with a postal address, and a telephone listing in the Ottawa-Hull telephone directory
  • maintain a telephone answering service
  • publish a meeting list
  • publish a newsletter
  • stock and sell medallions and A.A. conference approved literature
  • sponsor a spring conference
  • sponsor a fall conference known as the Eastern Ontario Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • sponsor a Sunday morning open meeting (McNabb)
  • maintain a website
  • assist and advise in the formation of new groups or meetings


Grapevine Publications & Metal Chips available at the Intergroup Office

Grapevine publications, including recently added titles below are available for purchase.

– Voices of Women in AA
– 2015 Commemorative Convention Book: Happy, Joyous & Free: The Lighter Side of Sobriety

Metal chips are also now available!

Please call the office to ensure that volunteers are available to serve. If no one answers, please consider taking a shift as a volunteer by contacting tas@ottawaaa.org.


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