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					Salinas Valley Area Intergroup
   June 2011                                                                     Newsletter
Step Six “Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Tradition Six   Pickin’ Up Chips
“An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or Salinas
outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary John S.        37 Years
purpose.”                                                                                       Carol Y.     35 Years
               Doing What We Do Best                        No, I don’t always know what people mean if they          Danny V.        34 Years
THE EARLY history of Alcoholics Anonymous in-               don’t tell me. So I explained that the term “AA club”     Bill J.         32 Years
cludes classic examples bearing directly on the for-        would imply AA ownership--thereby involving AA in         Jerry T.        31 Years
mation of the Sixth Tradition: the offer made our           “problems of money, property, and prestige.” That’s       Les S.          29 Years
co-founder Bill W. to ally himself with a hospital as       why it has been found wise to incorporate clubs for       Derick J.       29 Years
an “AA counselor”; those education binges when we           AAs as separate entities, not owned by any group or       Lois W.         29 Years
succeeded in confusing the public (and ourselves) as        collection of groups. If a group wants to meet in such    Maryann J.      28 Years
to just who we were and what it was we were trying to       a clubhouse, it pays rent as it would to a church or a    Bill K.         27 Years
do. That’s the past.                                        civic hall.                                               Charlie A.      26 Years
                                                                                                                      Phillip D.      23 Years
What about today?                                           The Sixth Tradition alerts us to the dangers of the ap-   Mike C.         23 Years
                                                            pearance of affiliation. A few years ago, an AA group
                                                                                                                      Beth C.         23 Years
This Tradition was brought into focus for me when a         in my area was obliged to move from quarters it had
newcomer I was sponsoring became fascinated with it.        occupied for many years. Against the recommenda-          Ron C.          22 Years
He read the chapter in Twelve Steps and Twelve Tra-         tion of several of its members, the group voted to move   Rene P.         22 Years
ditions and then started asking questions--as I should      into a center for drug rehabilitation. The rehab center   Jim H.          21 Years
have when I was a newcomer.                                 was advertising to encourage the use of its facilities    Leslie S.       18 Years
                                                            by civic and social groups. The group did not affiliate   Roger S.        18 Years
I was so fogbound for years after coming in that, even      with the center but did hang its AA sign directly under   Marvin H.       17 Years
though I heard and read about our policy of nonaf-          the drug program sign. The impression of affiliation,     Ken R.          17 Years
filiation, there seemed to be no question but that AA       if not endorsement, was created.                          Jean D.         16 Years
was tied in with hospitals and prisons. Every time I                                                                  David J.        16 Years
went, trembling, to visit or to speak at an AA group        At least, the group did not change its name and take      Brian M.        16 Years
in an institution, I was strongly aware of the courtesy     the name of the rehab center. Our General Service         Jerry W.        15 Years
and the kind familiarity on the part of the authorities.    Conference has reminded central offices and inter-
                                                                                                                      Joanie O.      J14 Years
In my mind, their attitude translated into affiliation.     groups, as a guideline, that it is a good idea for new
If I’d had a sponsor in the beginning, this and many        groups not to name themselves after the facility or       Andrew N.       14 Years
other matters might have been gotten into a truer per-      institution where they hold their meetings. Too often,    Mike M.         13 Years
spective.                                                   impressions endure longer than facts.                     Ranie W.        11 Years
                                                                                                                      Marty L.        10 Years
“What about the AA boat ride?” asked the newcomer. “Tell me,” the newcomer said, with a touch of defiance             Patricia H.      8 Years
“Isn’t that a case of AA endorsing an outside enter- in his voice, “how an AA group might finance an out-             Bonnie S.        8 Years
prise?”                                              side enterprise.”                                                Star E.          7 Years
                                                                                                                      Andrew R.        4 Years
A local AA group was sponsoring a boat ride on the          I remember an AA member’s soliciting groups for bail      Darlene F        4 Years
river for recreation, to raise funds to defray group ex-    money for an AA friend of his who had been arrested       Karen W.         4 Years
penses, and also to make a contribution to our local        and charged with a serious crime. Only an insignifi-      Jon W.           3 Years
intergroup. Was AA endorsing the line that owned the        cant amount was raised, because there were enough         Mike M.          3 Years
sightseeing boat? No. The group was simply paying           informed members around to resist having their AA
for use of the boat, as it does for meeting quarters.       groups finance the bail bond business. Without the
The misunderstanding in the newcomer’s mind was             Sixth to guide them, however, even that handful of        Hollister
the result of hearing the activity constantly referred to   members might have viewed the bail-out action as          Judy V.         37 Years
as “the AA boat ride.”                                      a charitable one and set aside their groups’ primary      Joe S.          22 Years
                                                            purpose.                                                  Paddy O.        18 Years
What is a newcomer to think? And if those of us who
have been around for a while keep repeating such “Are you saying that we have to be on our toes all the               Tres Pinos
terms, what will we eventually think ourselves?         time? That we have to watch everything we think and           Audon S.        17 Years
We still hear references to “AA clubs.” Our early ex-                                                                 San Juan
perience with them and with AA groups that meet un- Yes, and what we write, too. A friend of mine once in-            Bautista
der the same roof had a lot to do with the forging of nocently sent AA members a note that concerned a lo-            Wanda O’B. 19 Years
the Sixth. When I came into the Fellowship in 1960, cal intergroup activity but was written on his compa-
I started attending meetings at the Old 24th Street ny business letterhead. There were no repercussions,
Clubhouse. It had just moved to its new home, one but the impression could very easily have been created              King City
block south, on 23rd Street. I was told it was an AA that the intergroup office and his office were affiliated.       June D.         37 Years
clubhouse. That was the way I thought of it and the                                                                   If you find mistakes here,
way I spoke of it. It was a long time before I under- The number one intent of our Traditions, of course, is          please consider they are
stood that it was actually a clubhouse for AAs.         to guide our groups and our Society as a whole in the
                                                                                                                      here for a reason. We
                                                        ways of unity. And they serve a further end as well.
The present-day newcomer didn’t get the distinction. For example, another aspect of this Tradition is the             publish something for
“Isn’t that all just a lot of semantics?” he said. “You opposite of endorsement, namely, criticism.                   everyone, even people
know what people mean when they say that.”              (Continued on Page 4)                                         looking for the mistakes.

                               All Grapevine articles copyright The AA Grapevine, Inc. Reprinted with permission.
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                                                                                                   Word Search Puzzle
                                                                             Ready                Step Six - Tradition Six

            Every Month Should Be Gratitude Month

Gratitude is an action. “Our groups, our
areas and A.A. as a whole will not function
unless our services are sufficient and our bills
are paid.” Bill W., 1957
              Really Important Things To Know                                                        June 2011 - Special Events
                      2011 Monterey Bay Area Roundup News                                   June 2nd - Thursday 6:30PM GSR Meeting
       Please visit the official MBAR 2011 website at                        St. Ansgars Lutheran Church
to register for the event. Early registrants automatically get $1.00 of their registra-     June 4th - Saturday 7PM SVAI Potluck
tion entered into the 50/50 raffle. The monthly MBAR 2011 planning committee                  United Methodist Church
meets every 2nd Saturday, 10AM. at Martinez Hall, Fort Ord. Please come and get             June 7th - Tuesday 7PM H&I Business Meeting
involved. Look for MBAR 2011 on Facebook! Michael Rolphe (831) 402-0177.                      Martinez Hall, Marina, Fort Ord
                                                                                            June 8th - Wednesday 6PM Steering Committee
    PI/CPC Public Information & Cooperation with the Professional Community
                                                                                              Meeting, Salinas Central Office
 Our monthly business meeting is every 2nd Thursday at 6PM at the Church of                 June 12th - Thursday 6PM - PI/CPC Business
the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral de Tierra Rd, Corral de Tierra. If the public and               Meeting, Church of the Good Shepherd, 301 Corral de
professional community don’t know what we do then how are we going to help                    Tierra Road, Corral de Tierra
  them and if we’re not helping people, how are we going to stay sober? This                June 11th - Saturday 10AM MBAR 2011 Planning
   committee functions to educate the non-alcoholic about Alcoholics Anony-                   Meeting, Martinez Hall, Fort Ord
       mous. For more information please contact Avil (831) 595-1290                        June 12th - Sunday 12-5 Unity Day
                               What is a Central Office?                                      Toro Park
A central office (or intergroup) is an A.A. service office that involves partnership        June 15th - Wednesday 7PM Intergroup Business
among groups in a community—just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of                Meeting, St. Ansgars Lutheran Church
individuals. A central office is established to carry out certain functions common to all   June 18th - Saturday 7:30PM Birthday Meeting
the groups—functions which are best handled by a centralized office—and it is usu-
                                                                                              1st United Methodist Church
ally maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It
exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the        June 25th - Saturday 7PM Monterey Bday Meeting
alcoholic who still suffers.                                                                  Monterey High School
   Central Office Hours Mon - Wed 9AM-3PM Thur 10AM-4PM Closed Friday                       June 29th - Sunday 6PM Tres Pinos Potluck
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                                           Salinas Valley Intergroup Action Minutes
                                                         April 20, 2011
Call To Order:
The Chair called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. The Serenity Prayer, A.A. Preamble,and Twelve Traditions were read.

Welcome to New Intergroup Representatives:
No new representatives.

Roll Call:
The Vice Chair took the roll and announced a quorum was present.

Chairman’s remarks:
No Remarks

Minutes Of Previous Meeting:
The minutes of the March 16, 2011 meeting were reviewed.
UPON MOTION, SECOND, and unanimously carried by those members present, the minutes of March 16, 2011 were approved.

Treasurers Report:
The March 2011 Profit and Loss YTD Comparison and Balance Sheet were reviewed.Upon Motion, Second and unanimously car-
ried by those members present, The Treasurers report for March 2011 was approved.

Central Office Report:
No Report.

Committee Reports:
Hospitals and Institutions
Butch reported speaking to Ross M. and would have more information in future.

General Service Committee:
No report

Delegate Reports:
Tom A. spoke about Unity Day June 12, and noted the dates of planning meetings.
PICPC:No report
New Business:
2011 Gong Show: Bud expressed positive feeling regarding the Gong Show.

2011 Budget Approval:
Andy shared information on the 2011 Budget. Tom A. noted that the suggested budget was missing. After explaining the suggested
budget all in attendance accepted the budget, and it was unanimously approved.
Bob W. agreed to email a copy of budget to all.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm.
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                                  Group Contributions Year To Date Comparison

Doing What We Do Best (continued from page 1)

How easy it would be for the AA movement to point out to the
proliferating alcoholism rehab programs just where we think
they are going wrong. It also happens that criticism is one of the
gravest of my old character defects. It is still the easiest thing for
me to criticize a fellow AA for not working the program the way
it should be worked; to criticize a group for not running its meet-
ings the way I think they should be run; to criticize the operation
of our General Service Office.

“You make it sound like the Fourth Step,” the newcomer said,
and he visibly drew back. “You make it sound just like taking

That is pretty much what the Traditions come down to--an ongo-
ing inventory of the who, why, what, when, and where of groups
and of AA as a whole. The Sixth is warning us against a natural
tendency to embrace all manner of causes, noble or ignoble. It
warns us to be aware of our limitations: AA cannot be everything
to everyone. It reminds us to be ever on guard against three ma-
jor shortcomings: (a) the crusader’s ardor, (b) the one-sidedness
of the zealot, and (c) perhaps the villain of the piece, the savior

“None of that is going to happen to me,” said the newcomer, as
he walked away, “now that I know about it.”

I sincerely hope not. I’ve been done in by all three!

W. H.
Manhattan, New York February 1982
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Group Contributions April 2011                                          Intergroup Profit/Loss Comparison April 2011
  Date                Group                              Amount
04/07/2011 Young People Happy Hour                           80.60
04/07/2011 Wednesday Crossroads                              45.14
04/07/2011 San Juan Bautista                                 58.80
04/07/2011 Friday Night Men                                  99.00
04/07/2011 Womens Serenity                                   29.10
04/07/2011 Brown Baggers                                    297.87
04/07/2011 Eye Openers                                      136.76
04/07/2011 Alvin Drive                                       35.10
04/25/2011 Hollister Memorial Fellowship                     30.62
04/25/2011 Early Risers                                     155.91
04/25/2011 Sunday Harbor Master                             101.40
04/28/2011 Tuesday Harbor Master                            101.40

Total Group Donations                                    $1,171.70

Intergroup Balance Sheet                                May 1, 2011
 Current Assets
    Blues                                                  -150.00
    New Prudent Reserve                                   4,619.21
    Operating Account                                     2,948.42
  Total Checking/Savings                                  7,417.63
   Other Current Assets
   Cash                                                      20.00
   Total Other Current Assets                                20.00
  Total Current Assets                                    7,437.63
Total Assets                                              7,437.63
Liabilities & Equity
  Opening Balance Equity                                  6,131.78
  Retained Earnings                                       3,134.51
  Net Income                                             -1,828.66
 Total Equity                                             7,437.63
Total Liabilities & Equity                                7,437.63

Humor - A circuit speaker was about to land at a small Texas air-       Humor - I always knew what a blackout was: when I drank and couldn’t
port in a ferocious thunderstorm. He had told his seatmate that he      remember what happened. I had a lot more brownouts. That was when I
was going to tell his story to a thousand people at an AA event. Now,   did remember and didn’t want to admit it.
their shaking plane seemed about to crash. The neighbor, trying to
ignore the turbulence, kept talking and asked what would happen if      Humor - A woman talked at a meeting about the difficulties of early so-
the speaker didn’t show up.                                             briety at age 55. “It hasn’t been easy,” she said, “going through puberty
“It’s an AA meeting; they’ll get someone else,” he replied.             and menopause at the same time.”

Humor - A few friends were playing a trivia game one night. It was      Humor - Two men are out drinking and one falls off the bar stool and
a very drunk lady’s turn and she got a science question: “If you are    lies motionless on the floor. “One thing I’ll say about Bob,” his buddy
in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”              says to the bartender, “he knows when to quit!”
She thought for a minute or two, and then asked, “Is it on or off?”
                                                                        Humor - A computer lets you make mistakes faster than any other
Humor - She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.           invention--with the possible exception of tequila.
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                 Area 72
    Hospitals & Institutions Committee       Alcoholics Anonymous, P. 97. “Never avoid these responsibilities, but
                                             be sure you are doing the right thing if you assume them. Helping oth-
                  News                       ers is the foundation stone of your recovery. A kindly act once in a while
                                             isn’t enough. You have to act the Good Samaritan every day, if need
                                             be. It may mean the loss of many nights’ sleep, great interference with
                                             your pleasures, interruptions to your business. It may mean sharing
                  Facilities We Serve        your money and your home, counseling frantic wives and relatives, innu-
                                             merable trips to police courts, sanitariums, hospitals, jails and asylums.
               Monterey County Jail
                      in Salinas                                     We Need Your Help !
             Sobriety Requirement 2 years    Please come and join us as we carry A.A.’s message of re-
              No active probation/parole     covery to those alcoholics men and women who are confined.
                                             For more information your local H&I Committee Meets at 7PM on
              Salinas Valley State Prison    the 1st Tuesday of every month at the Martinez Hall in Marina, CA,
                       in Soledad            or call Ross @ (831) 869-2804.
              Sobriety Requirement 1 year
               No active probation/parole    Directions:
                                             From Monterey
                     Genesis House           Take Hiway 1 North, Exit @ Imjin Parkway, Left @ 3rd Avenue, Left
                       In Seaside            @ 12th Street to #220
             Sobriety Requirement 6 months
                                             From Salinas
                    Garden Pavilion          Reservation Road, Left @ Imjin Parkway, Right @ 3rd Avenue, Left
                      In Monterey            @ 12th Street to # 220
             Sobriety Requirement 6 months
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