Secular AA Newsletter February 2020

Hello fellow secular members of AA, assorted people/organizations and/or random onlookers who voluntarily signed up for our Secular AA newsletter.

We’re excited to share with you some of the things that have been happening in the Secular AA community and what we’re looking forward to this year!

The 4th Biennial International Conference of Secular Alcoholics Anonymous is set for October 30 2020 in Washington, DC (technically Bethesda, but the hotel literally sits atop a Washington DC Metro (subway) station, so we’re calling it DC).

This year’s theme is The Science of Alcoholism and Recovery . We’re looking forward to gathering together with our like minded Secular AA community members to hear some amazing guest speakers and to share our experience, strength and hope with one another.

To register for this fabulous conference, reserve your rooms at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, and read more about the planned events, please click here.

If your secular AA community is interested in hosting the 2022 International Conference of Secular AA, please download the bid form located here.

We’re also excited about the Pacific Northwest Regional Secular AA Conference happening May 15th, 2020, in Langley, BC. Here’s a link to the details of this fun regional gathering!  https://soaar.ca

The Secular AA Board of Directors recently experienced some change as two board members, Faye P., the Fellowship Committee Chair and Martin D., the Vice-Chair, retired from board service (thank you both for all you’ve contributed in service to our community!) and we brought on Marty G. from Boulder City, NV as Vice-Chair and Cathy M. from Winnipeg, MB as Fellowship Committee Chair. This was done in accordance with the Secular AA Bylaws. As such Marty G. and Cathy M. will serve in these roles until ICSAA 2020 where the membership will vote to fill these as well as the three other board positions for a new four year term. For any questions regarding the board and the bylaws you can email chair@secularaa.net

Welcome Marty and Cathy!

If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Secular AA for the 2021-2025 term, please apply here.

Our wonderful Outreach Committee led by the lovely and talented Joe C., have put together a business card that has a brief explanation of what secular AA is, links to our websites and a quote from Bill W. on the importance of playing nice with others. This committee is also busy working on a pamphlet for government employees (judges, probation officers, drug courts, licensing boards, employee assistance programs, ect.), to inform them about Secular AA, our community and meetings. Special thanks to Outreach Committee members Ray B. and Beth W. for their service.

If you’d like the PDF of the business card for you or your local group to print and distribute, email outreach@secularaa.net

Many of you have noticed the design changes on our Secular AA website! We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the dedicated service work of our Website Committee, which is comprised of: Billy F. (Fearless Friday Online Moderator & SecularAA Graphics Design), Bethany D. (Sober-She-Devils Womens Online Group & Moderator), Maria T.(SSD Founding Member), Kimberley S. (SSD Founding Member), Carol P.(SSD Founding Member & Secular Coffeeshop Admin), Gail L.(SSD Founding Member & SSD Sunday Meeting)and Courtney S. (Website, IT Services, appointed board member).These members did a great job of putting together the redesign of our website, secularaa.org. Other news in Web Services, our online secular AA meetings utilizing the Zoom platform are rapidly growing! One shining star continues to be the Sober She Devils secular women’s meeting which has grown so much they’re currently considering adding a 3rd meeting time to meet the needs of our international secular women members! To check out the days and times of ALL our secular online meetings, click here.

Our secular online meetings are now also listed with the AA Online Intergroup as well!

John S., our archives committee chair writes, “ The archives committee could use histories from the various secular AA groups around the world. This would help to not only preserve our history, but if we would be allowed to post those stores in future newsletters or on the SecularAA website, it may encourage others to start secular AA meetings in their communities. We could also use some ideas for a display we need to create for the International AA Convention in Detroit over the 4th of July, 2020. People can send in their ideas or volunteer to help with the project.” Link to archives@secularaa.net

Speaking of the 85th International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous, in Detroit, MI, July 2-5, 2020, we’ll be hosting a hospitality suite! We will be in the Woodward B Ballroom at Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI. It’s on the 2nd floor. If you’re planning to attend this event, stop by and say “Hi!”. If you’d like to be updated by email on any additional developments regarding our secular activities at the 85th International convention, please opt-in here.

A big thanks to all of you who continue to be of service in your local communities and all who have contributed financially to support Secular AA’s mission. “Our mission is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or deny their own. Secular AA does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or belief system and operates in accordance with theThird Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous: The only requirement for AA membership is a desireto stop drinking.”

Yours In Service,

Angela B. & your Secular AA Board of Directors


About Secular AA 

Secular AA is an International Organization that supports the Secular AA Recovery Community. Our mission is to assure suffering alcoholics that they can find sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous without having to accept anyone else’s beliefs or deny their own. Secular AA does not endorse or oppose any form of religion or belief system and operates in accordance with the Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Secular AA maintains listings of Secular Recovery Meetings Worldwide. These meetings are Brick & Mortar as well as Zoom Online Meetings.
  • Secular AA, Inc. hosts Biennial International Secular Recovery Conferences featuring Keynote Speakers – Panels – Workshops and fellowship.
  • Secular AA sponsors and facilitates Regional activities as well.
  • A Non-Profit corporation and a Board of Directors exist to serve our community.
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Jerry
Jerry
5 months ago

Thank you, Angela, for creating this newsletter. This is precisely the kind of communication we need to build community within SecularAA and within the larger secular AA. Please continue to publish this newsletter. It is very much appreciated.

Angela B
Angela B
4 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

Thanks, Jerry! I will continue to do what I can!