from the Chair . . .
We all deserve a pat on the back from each other . . . either virtually or safely in-person. Together we continue to “walk through it” and “do the next right thing” all the while helping each other get through this past unprecedented year – safe and sober. It’s been one year of dealing with the Pandemic. We all remember how important a one-year milestone is . . .
Please help me welcome Kelly U. our new Ways and Means Committee Chair. She along with the rest of the fellowship are eager to get back to our famed events: breakfasts, picnics, bingo, etc. We continue to monitor daily events, “stay right where we’re standing” throughout the state and local areas. The plan is to wait until at least June before sponsoring a large in-person event.
Please continue to practice COVID-19 mitigation techniques: masks, social distancing, and washing your hands. Thank you for patiently finding ingenious ways to continue to fellowship – virtually, in-person, and hybrid, etc.
Serenity to me is learning to live a calm and untroubled life . . . I look forward to continuing serving each and every member, carrying the message.
Rex, Love in Service (April 4, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 02-13-2021)
I have been attending the A.A. Service Manual workshop, a series of meetings breaking down each chapter of the manual. My higher power seems to place what I need, when I need it, when I pray fully. Concept 9, Leadership in A.A. Ever a Vital Need, states that “Our leaders do not lead by mandate they lead by example.”
The A.A. Service Manual also speaks of A.A.’s Three Legacies; Recovery, Unity, Service. The Legacy of Service, our Twelfth Step – carrying the message – is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. We are a society of alcoholics in action.
Concept 9 (Leadership) and our Three Legacies (Service) apply to all of us, but I would like to appeal to our District 11 (Cecil County) members, in particular. Currently, the District 11 Committee, comprised of the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, District Committee Member (DCM) and Alt-DCM, are completely vacant, no one standing for any of these positions.
Request that all “long-timers”, Sponsors, members, and others, within our Fellowship nominate people to Serve on the District 11 Committee. These are excellent service opportunities, for Sponsees and others, to represent a common voice of the Cecil County groups to Area 29. The “Whole” is always stronger than the parts.
Thank you for your continued support.
Rex, Love in Service (February 13, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 01-30-2021)
Happy New Year 2021! Entering into the New Year, carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic, continues to be our first and foremost guiding light. One alcoholic talking to another alcoholic. Simple and effective.
Please continue to practice COVID19-mitigation techniques as the vaccine roll-out is implemented. Masks, social distancing and washing your hands continuously are proven habits which mitigate the spread and keep you safer. Thank you for patiently finding ingenious ways to continue to Fellowship, virtual, hybrid, in-person and many others.
The Pandemic has certainly challenged all. At the most recent IG Council meeting, 26 Jan, our Treasurer reported that our budget has been running a deficit for the last several months. While not at a critical point, it is quickly approaching serious. The 7th tradition states, “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self supporting..” and that includes the NEMDAA Intergroup. Your contributions help maintain an open intergroup office with new and time-tested literature options, medallions, and a friendly and helpful office staff. Contributions also help maintain a host of other services including the NEMDAA website, 24-hour answering service, and many more.
The Council is exploring standing up an Ad-Hoc committee comprised of Long-Timers to discuss novel ways of getting the word out to our Members for increased 7th tradition contributions. If you have an interest in participating or simply have a novel idea, please contact me at email@example.com.
One idea being discussed, among many, is to add the following language in the bulletin for member anniversaries, “We celebrate with you the wonderful gift of continuous sobriety represented by these/this anniversary announcement/s. Please support the services provided by your Intergroup with a Birthday donation via www.nemdaa.org/contribute or via check sent to Northeastern Maryland Intergroup 28 Centennial Lane, Aberdeen, MD 21001-2498.
Thank you for your continued support. Life is not a search for happiness. Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of life and doing the next right thing. I look forward to continuing serving each and every member, carrying the message.
Happy New Year! Rex, Love in Service (message posted January 30, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message -12-20-2020)
The holidays are upon us. I along with all of the NEMDAA officers and IG office staff wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Merry Holiday Season, no matter how you celebrate.
The NEMDAA website is a premier tool for reaching our members, new and old, especially during these constantly changing times and places. During this Holiday Season, please refer to our website as it lists multiple options for Christmas and New Years Day including all-day Alkathons, most virtual but a few in-person.
Please continue to practice COVID-mitigation techniques as well. Wear a mask, maintain physical distance, and limit your time around people “outside of your bubble”. Going out to restaurants increases your risk of exposure. Even inviting people to your home or going to a friend’s house can expose you to the virus. Instead, please find creative ways to spent time with those you care about.
If you are traveling outside the local area for the Holidays, make a plan. Like we should do every day, get adequate rest, stop to refresh, and break up long events/tasks over multiple days. Your destination will be there, and most importantly, so will you. In addition, my sponsor told me to eat a salad (something healthy) and trying get out for a walk (into nature) at least once a day.
Thanks to everyone that donated and continue to donate through the 7th tradition. Through your continued assistance, we maintain an open intergroup office with new and time-tested literature options, medallions, and a friendly and helpful office staff.
Life is not a search for happiness. Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of life and doing the next right thing. I look forward to continuing serving each and every member, carrying the message. Happy Holidays! Rex, Love in Service” December 20, 2020
from the chair . . . (past message -11-23-2020)
“The global pandemic has certainly changed everyone’s daily routines. As we enter the fall and winter months and with the increasing COVID positivity rates, especially in Harford County, we will all need to have increased patience, tolerance and understanding. It still will be months before there is an approved vaccine widely available. Meetings will continue to flex, ebb and flow, from outside, inside (limited attendance), hybrid, virtual, etc. Please keep the updates coming. The office staff and website/technology committee folks are working tirelessly to keep everyone informed. Don’t forget to go for a walk (enjoy nature), eat healthy (maybe a salad each day) and try to get a good nights sleep. In these times, it’s especially important to reach out and talk, one alcoholic talking to another alcoholic sharing their experience strength and hope. Love in Service, Rex” . . . November 23, 2020
from the chair . . . (past message – 10-22-2020)
“It’s an honor to serve and help guide the NEMDAA Intergroup. Many thanks to several “Oldsters” for helping advise me and the new panel of elected officers and committee chairs. We have a wonderful team of newly elected officers that are all trying to “carry the message” during these uncertain times. The single biggest priority while trying to carry the message is also trying to keep everyone safe as we navigate these COVID19 Pandemic times. We have seen the 100% in-person meetings go almost exclusively on-line, to virtual, Zoom meetings. Thank goodness for Zoom and for the flexibility of our groups and members to pivot to Zoom – life on life’s terms. As the Summer weather came, so did the creativity of our members to hold outside meetings, hybrid meetings (combination of in-person and on-line meetings), and a host of other types of get togethers trying to meet everyone’s needs, safely. We settled into a new normal trying to maintain 6ft social distancing, wearing of masks, frequently washing hands, and cleaning high-touch surfaces. As colder weather approaches, our members’ creativity will also be challenged, as we go back to limited inside venues, utilizing space heaters and outdoor lighting, ingeniously finding ways to continue carrying the message. The NEMDAA website is a premier tool for reaching our members, new and old, especially during these constantly changing times and places. Thank you to our Website/Technology Committee for keeping our site among the best in the country. If you haven’t noticed, the Intergroup Office in Aberdeen has undergone a complete makeover, two new staff members, Joanne and Rachel, along with new computer, host of new literature, and plentiful stock of medallions. Please stop by… I look forward to serving each and every member, carrying the message, and trying to communicate more frequently via “From The Chair”. Rex, Love in Service” . . . October 22, 2020