Conference Impact of the pandemic on Groups and personal recovery in our Zurich Fellowship

There is a new Conference question which needs our input.  In the past year, there have been drastic changes in the way we try to carry the message of AA. We were fortunate Zurich IG offered a quick solution for groups who wished it. I live on the border of Italy and Switzerland (Ticino), and all the groups in Piemonte closed and many friends have relapsed into oblivion. In certain parts of Colombia, they did not have money to open a zoom account so a Colombian AA friend living in Switzerland opened one. Now groups in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru are sharing it. Never before have we seen such unity and the ability to adapt as best we can. This pandemic has shown us that AA must continue to live or most of us will surely die.

Who: I am writing to ask all our GSRs, Groups and AA members to bring this ONE conference question to your group(s), collect feedback and come share it at our upcoming IG meeting event – open to the whole fellowship. The (zoom) meeting is scheduled on:

When: Sunday 21 March 2021       11:00-12:00

Where: (waiting room mandatory)

Co-Hosts:  Barbara P. +41 79 651 16 44, CER representative for Zürich IG

Joel B. +41 79 703 8003, Zürich IG Activities Coordinator

What: Extraordinary IG Event to collect GSRs’/groups’/members’ input to the Conference Question which reads as follows:

Would the Fellowship share experience of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on AA Zurich, Basel, Lugano, Schaffhausen, and Zug at the group level and make recommendations on suitable commitments and an appropriate service path for newcomers at online meetings?

Things to consider:

  • Contactless Tradition 7 payments, as discussed at Conference 2018 Committee 2 Q1; regular direct debit bank transfers from members to groups, intergroups or GSO.
  • How online groups may become part of the structure of AA GB (e.g. to join existing Intergroups or create an online Intergroup).
  • Tradition 4 – each group is autonomous etc.
  • Hybrid meetings with face to face facility shared with online facility.
  • Multi-meeting groups so that rental costs can be shared amongst two or more meetings.
  • Groups moving from church and community halls into lecture theatres in universities and hospitals for greater meeting capacity, projector & screen facilities and social distancing.
  • It could be helpful to identify online service roles for those in early sobriety. In physical meetings, a common progression might be from tea-making and greeting, through literature and secretary/treasurer, then to a GSR role and ultimately service outside the group.

Consider the contribution to the carrying of the message, financial and practical implications when deliberating each question.

PDF of all 2021 Conference Questions:

Unable to attend?

If you cannot attend, groups can still submit feedback via this online form until 30.03.21,or by email to CER’s Conference Delegates:

WTF* Spring Hike on the Pfnüsel-Küste

Come celebrate the 1st day of Spring with friends, families and fellows. Invite your sponsor or sponsee, grandparents, parents, partner(s), kids, kid’s friends, everyone is welcome! Please pass this on throughout our fellowship and other 12-Step programs who may benefit from WTF.

When: Saturday 20 March 2021       10:00-16:00

RSVP:  Marika R. +41 79 474 15 40, GSR, Tuesday 11th Steppers (hybrid) meeting

Joel B. +41 79 703 8003, IG Activities Coordinator

What: Bärlauch Lovers Dream hike on the 1st day of Spring! with outdoor AA meeting

Route: Horgen-Käpfnach-Aabachtobel-Harüti-Schlieregg-Wädenswil

Difficulty: T1: easy to moderate. 250 meter elevation ascent/descent

Cost: Free. Pay own travel costs to-from meeting and end points

Weather: Rain or Shine – there’s no bad weather, just bring the right gear

Features: Spring wildflowers, abundant bärlauch, outdoor AA meeting, waterfalls, panorama views, flower-adorned timber frame houses, spiritual growth through fellowship

Meeting pt: Start from Horgan train station – or Horgan ferry landing

End point: Finish at Wädenswil Bahnhof/ZSG ship pier

Lunch: Bring your own food, drinks and a burning desire for fun and fellowship