from the Chair . . .
The new Institutions Committee Chair, Frankie M, brings with him a great deal of personal experience taking meetings into Institutions for years. He is in need of a volunteer, preferably with computer skills, to help with organizing and tracking commitments. Please contact Frankie directly, if interested, at email@example.com or phone at (410) 272-4150.
An important reminder, our Answering Service Committee Chair is departing at the end of this Summer. We NEED a dedicated volunteer now so that they can overlap with the current chair – Jeff L! – who has done an excellent job for nearly 4 years. If interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com phone at (410) 272-4150.
Lastly, District 30 has agreed to have the Intergroup, District 28 and District 11 join forces with them in putting on a Fall picnic. It’s is still in the formative stages but here is the information we know: Proposed date, 24 Sept 2021, time, noon to 4pm, location, Susquehanna state park or HdG Ambulance Corp building. Please contact Kelly U at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (410) 272-4150 if interested in helping. District 30 is the lead, but everyone with our Fellowship can certainly help make this a tremendous event.
“You have to give it away in order to keep it.”
Love in Service (June 10, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 06-03-2021)
Service commitments are seen as the first step toward healing our conscience and the more selfless we become, the more our self-esteem is restored. Performing formal service commitments allows our souls to heal. To increase your self-esteem, do esteemable things…
It is with great pleasure to announce that Frankie M. from By The Book Tuesday 7pm has agreed to stand as the Institutions Committee Chair. He brings with him a great deal of personal experience taking meetings into Institutions for many years.
Over the next few months, this will be an increasingly important position, as Institutions begin to open again to our members taking meetings to those needing our message. Please stay tuned as we formulate a plan. “You have to give it away in order to keep it.”
It’s such an honor to serve! Just another bozo on the bus, helping carry the message.
Love in Service (June 3, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 04-25-2021)
Emergency, emergency… calling on all fellowship members. Our Answering Service Committee Chair is departing at the end of this Summer. We NEED a dedicated volunteer now so that they can overlap with the current chair – Jeff L! He has performed this critically important job tirelessly for nearly 4 years.
Service commitments are seen as the first step toward healing our conscience and the more selfless we become, the more our self-esteem is restored. Strength in performing formal service commitments, that we used to shy away from, allows our souls to heal.
Why do we have an Answering Service? Our “Responsibility Statement” states that “I am responsible, when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A. A. always be there, and for that I am responsible.” The Answering Service is one of, if not the, most important tasks performed by Intergroup. That means that we TRY VERY HARD not turn it over to an answering machine. We are set up so that the suffering alcoholic can reach a ‘person’.
The Answering Service Chair simply coordinates when different groups takes on the answering service rotation by the groups when the NEMDAA office is closed.
Some person was here for us when we needed them; we should do no less for the next suffering alcoholic that is trying to reach out for help.
Request that all “long-timers”, Sponsors, Sponsee, members, and others, within our Fellowship please nominate or volunteer people to serve as the Answering Service Committee Chair. The “Whole” is always stronger than the parts.
Please have a safe, sober and memorable Memorial Day weekend!
Love in Service (May 28, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 04-25-2021)
A quick reminder to all fellowship members, our Council meeting is this Tuesday, April 27th at 7pm via Zoom. Detailed meeting information can be found on the Events Page. Carol S., our Secretary, has graciously agreed to chair this meeting.
Service commitments are seen as the first step toward healing our conscience and the more selfless we become, the more our self-esteem is restored. Strength in performing formal service commitments, that we used to shy away from, allows our souls to heal. Please consider standing for a District 11 officer position, other council committee position, or simply helping a current committee chair.
I look forward to continuing serving each and every member, carrying the message.
Rex, Love in Service (April 25, 2021)
from the chair . . . (past message 04-04-2021)
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