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Board Meeting — 24 November 2018 2:00 pm Eastern Standard / 11:00 am Pacific


Call To Order by the Chairman at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard / 11:00 AM Pacific

Roll Call by the Chairman 2016-2020 Board Members

Carol M. : Host Committee Chair – Toronto 2018 | Courtney S. : IT / Web | Geri B. : Secretary | Joy R. : Treasurer | Martin D. : Vice Chair | Sam E. : Chair   2016-2018 Board Members | Dianne P. : Emeritus Member | Nigel S. : Newsletter | Thomas B. : Outreach | 2019-2023 Board Members Angela B. : In-Reach Chair | Faye P. : Fellowship Chair | Gregg O.  : ICSAA 2020 Host Chair | Joe C. : Outreach Chair | John S. : Archives Chair

Chair’s opening comments

  • Remember to be guided by our mission and vision statements:

  • “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:   The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.”

  • Secular AA recognizes and honors the immeasurable contributions that Alcoholics Anonymous has made to assist individuals to recover from alcoholism. We seek to ensure that AA remains an effective, relevant and inclusive program of recovery in an increasingly secular society. The foundation of Secular AA is grounded in our experience that anyone – regardless of their spiritual beliefs or lack thereof – can recover in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Secular AA exists to serve the community of secularly-minded alcoholics by supporting worldwide access to secularly formatted AA meetings and fostering mutual support within a growing population of secularly-minded alcoholics.”

  • Adherence to AA Concepts, Traditions, Roberts Rules, AA Service Manual and our Bylaws as applicable.

  • Committee process – Status reports at board meetings and set tasks to be done in committees. Board to function as oversight and hold committees responsible to the collective group conscious. Whenever possible work to be done in committee. Create opportunities to involve more of our full membership in service.

  • Bylaws – a work in process.

  • Agenda – be prepared to table new topics if needed.

  • Upcoming board meeting times (all to be confirmed)

  • January 19th first meeting of the new board

  • April 27th

  • July 13th

  • October 5th

Chair Reports/Updates

  1. Approval of Aug 2018 Board Meeting and Membership Meeting Minutes

  2. Outreach (Thomas)

  3. Newsletter (Nigel)

  4. IT (Courtney)

  • net (Board Website)

  • com (convention website)

  • org (information, outreach and service website)

  • Coffee Shop

  • Online Meetings

  • Keeper of the Keys –Update on a document with the passwords and other important information as a backup to be kept by Chair and Vice-Chair.

In-Reach (Angela)

Purpose – The primary purpose of the In-Reach Committee is to assure that others in A.A. are aware of our secular A.A. experience which is that “enduring recovery from alcoholism can be found by agnostic, atheist, and non-religious people, within A.A.”. The secondary purpose of the In-Reach Committee is to promote our ICSAA, regional secular A.A. events, and website resources to A.A. members at large. Liaising – The In-Reach Committee shall strive to achieve these goals by liaising within A.A. with: A.A. members, A.A. groups, A.A. Intergroups, A.A. General Service Districts and Areas, the A.A. General Service Office, A.A. World Services, A.A. international General Service Offices and A.A. events such as round-ups, conventions, forums, etc.

  • GSO

  • Fellowship (Faye)

The Fellowship Committee is tasked with supporting a fellowship of Secular AA Members to facilitate “sharing our experience, strength and hope” which shall include but not be limited to the following: Maintaining a “help line” to respond to inquiries from still suffering alcoholics; Assist Secular AA members in establishing and promoting regional/local secular A.A. events, as well as maintaining a listing of such events available to the Members; Maintaining a meeting directory of both physical and online Secular AA meetings; Maintain a mechanism to host secularly formatted online A.A. meetings; Liaise with other secularly-minded A.A. entities including websites that service the secularly-minded A.A. community.

  • Consider incorporating this responsibility for the Fellowship Committee

Maintain communications between the Secular AA membership and the board

  • Regional Conferences

  • 2020 Detroit AA International Hospitality Suite (Thomas)

  • Outreach (Joe)

The purpose of the Outreach Committee is to assure that Secular AA is practicing the principle in A.A.’s responsibility pledge “When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible”. More specifically, to inform still suffering alcoholics that enduring recovery from alcoholism can be had in A.A. by agnostic, atheist, and non-religious people. The Outreach Committee is to undertake this goal by means of: Interacting and cooperating with established CPC (Cooperation with Professional Community), Institutions (Corrections and Treatment), PI (Public Information) committees and similar entities within A.A.; Acting as the Secular AA CPC, Institutions and PI committees (see A.A. Guidelines for CPC, Institutions and PI committees).

  • Archives (John)

The Archives Committee is tasked with organizing and providing access to our shared secular A.A. experience. The Archives Committee must insure that the dissemination of such information is always coupled with a statement conveying the following or a similar alternative as may be outlined in the Guidelines for the Committee: “Please be aware that Secular AA does not attest to the accuracy, relevancy, timeliness, or completeness of information obtained from others, including Members of Secular AA, members of A.A., organizations calling themselves A.A. entities, or any other entity or person. We may share information with our Members just as it is provided to us, for the purposes of an open flow of information and ideas, without a critique or review. Therefore the act of Secular AA making the information available does not constitute an approval or endorsement by Secular AA of the information provided.” The Archives Committee shall: Make available information, such as sample formats, for Members wishing to start a secular A.A. meeting; Maintain a listing of secularly-inclined A.A. literature as a resource for Members; Maintain a listing of secularly-inclined A.A. resources such as websites and blogs as a resource for Members and assuring that any listing or link to such a resource is coupled with a statement of group autonomy, and non-endorsement, consistent with the principles in the Traditions; Maintain a forum to archive Members’ personal and the secularly-minded group’s “experience, strength and hope”, and stories of “what it was like, what happened and what it is like now”; Maintain historical documents, as they become available, on the history of secularists in A.A.


  • 2018 Toronto (Carol)

  • 2018 Toronto (final?) Financial report (Nigel)

  • Post 2018 ICSAA Survey

  • 2020 Washington DC {what are we calling this? DC? Bethesda?} (Gregg)

  • Discuss a 2021 ICSAA to not compete with Detroit

  • ICSAA guidelines (Martin/Carol/Gregg/Geri)

  • Treasurer’s Report (Joy)

  • Quarterly Financial Statements

  • Secular AA Annual Budget

Old Business

New Business

  • Group representatives

  • What is Secular AA pamphlet

  • Dianne – I think a better quote in response to the question, “What about the 12 Steps? How can you be A.A. without following them?” is this one because Bill directly says you can change the steps:

“Do you think we should tell those people: ‘You can’t belong to Alcoholics Anonymous unless you print those Twelve Steps the way we have them?’ No…. We even have a Tradition that guarantees the right of any group to vary all of them, if they want to. Let’s remember, we are talking about suggested steps and traditions.” Bill Wilson, General Service Conference, 1953 (p.21).

  • Sam alternative to Dianne’s suggestion

“We even have a Tradition that guarantees the right of any group to vary all of them (the steps), if they want to. Let’s remember, we are talking about suggested steps and traditions.”

Bill Wilson, General Service Conference, 1953 (p.21).

Official SecularAA trifold

SecularAA trifold w/Sam’s comments

(Click to open .pdf files : They will either open on your computer directly or download (Depending on your computer settings) For Sam’s Document hover your mouse pointer over the little graphic “Clouds” and Sam’s comments will be displayed in a pop-up box)

2018 QTR3 Financials Secular AA

2018 QTR3 Financials ICSAA

SecularAA IT Report  Word Docx