MINUTES OF THE INTERGROUP MEETING OF February 20, 2013
Chris C. (Chairman) called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm.
Lori read The Twelve Traditions.
Silence Cell Phones please
Officers – Chairman: Chris C., Chairman-Elect: Dave S., Treasurer: Patricia H., Secretary: Martha Z. for Jessica S.
Committee – Ex-Officio: Alan R., Public Information: Casey L., Luci C., Gwen, B., Hospital & Institutions: Steve F., Julie S. & Martha Z., Alateen: Steve M., Cathleen C., Nancy C., Orange Blossom: Connie G., World Service: Jacquie B., Sign-In Log attached
Office Coordinator – Sharon T.
Officers – Secretary: Jessica S.
Committee – Nominations & Historian: Daniel G., WSO: Gloria G., Alateen Liaison: Jessie N., Office Phone Coverage and Round Robin: Chuck C., Foreign Language Liaison (position open)
Secretary: Martha Z. for Jessica S. - The minutes of the December 5, 2012 Intergroup Meeting were read silently and were accepted as presented. Motion to accept the minutes as presented by Wendy, 2nd by Elaine. The vote was unanimous.
Martha Z. (Secretary for Jessica) reported a summary of all old and new business and motions passed at the January 16, 2013 Service Board meeting. Written report attached.
Pat H. (Treasurer) Written
Sharon T. (Office Coordinator) Written and verbal – Groups at Work booklet available for sale.
Marie – Speaker meeting March 25; Robin – Orange County Convention, AFG Convention; Kathy – raising money for Orange County Convention selling lanyards and soliciting assistance at convention; Hiromi—speaker meeting Yorba Linda March 20.
After a break, the 7th Tradition was observed.
Chris C. (Chairperson) No report.
Dave S. (Chair-Elect) Welcomed new IRs. Please bring snacks to next meeting if members want to be of service. Also solicited assistance for meeting set-up.
Alan R. (Ex-Officio) No report
Casey L., Luci C. (Public Information) No report
Steve F., Julie S. & Martha Z. (Hospitals & Institutions) Written and verbal
Chuck C. (Round Robin/Phone) No report
Steve M., Cathleen C. & Nancy C. (Alateen) Written and verbal. Announced sponsor workshops and AMIAS recertification workshop March 23. Alateen Board of Trustees motion distributed as a reminder of Alateen sponsor requirements. Looking at getting Alateen into institutions.
Connie C. (Orange Blossom) Subscribe to Orange Blossom for $6.00 per year. Connie was asked if she could increase the font size. Suggested to use less print and to bold larger words on flyers when submitting for publication.
Gloria G. (World Service) February 16 was SCWS Committee meeting. Bulletin contains group donation amounts. Be sure to put SCWS group ID on donation—will receive an e-mail receipt. A task force is looking into splitting California into three areas instead of two. SOS Workshop was January 18. Promote the Forum and encourage subscriptions. Encourage Alateens to write articles for the Forum. AFG, Southern California AA Convention and SCAC are the three major conventions reporting at SCWS meetings. Knowledge Based Decision Making (KBDM) discussed in making an informed and effective group conscience.
Jesse (Alateen Liaison) No report
Dave S. (Nominations and Historian) Dave read nomination requirements from the bylaws. Chris announced nominees must be from registered groups in Orange County. Anyone present representing a delisted meeting is not eligible. They have a voice at the meeting, but no vote. No service board members currently on the board can run except for Gwen and Martha from District 57 since theirs was a one-year term. Dave asked for three nominations from each district. Following are the members present who were nominated and who accepted the nomination:
Dave asked the nominees to provide him with an Al-Anon bio for the ballot. .
Reports were received and placed on file by:
Jessica S. (Secretary), Pat H. (Treasurer), Sharon T. (Office Coordinator), Casey L. , Luci C. (Public Information), Steve F., Julie S. & Martha Z.. (Hospital & Institutions), Steve M., Cathleen C. & Nancy C. (Alateen), Chuck C. (Round Robin), Jesse (Alateen Liaisons)
Unfinished from Service Board but discussed at Intergroup: the discussion of no longer closing the Intergroup with Lord’s Prayer. The Service Board will discuss this for their group at their meeting. This discussion is for the Intergroup meeting. Thorough discussion ensued. Discussion from members included, the Lord’s Prayer is a secular prayer and should not be used; we should close with the serenity prayer or the Al-Anon Declaration; there are quotes from the Bible, Buddha, etc., in One Day at a Time; the closing prayer should be the choice of the leader; members have a personal choice not to say a prayer they do not wish to say; the closing prayer should be according to a group conscience; the Service Manual gives an example of closing with the Al-Anon Declaration. After discussion, a motion was made by Cathleen to close the Intergroup meeting with a prayer of the leader’s choice. The motion was seconded. The motion carried and was passed. The Intergroup meetings will be closed with a prayer of the leader’s choice.
Q: Can speakers show the handout they are referring to when speaking so members can pull it form their handout stack.
A: Yes, that can be done.
Our next Intergroup Meeting will be held on April 17, 2013 at 7:30pm
With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9 pm. Motion to close made and seconded. Vote was unanimous.
Martha Z. (In substitution of Secretary, Jessica S., Service Board)
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