Per Governor Hogan’s reopening recommendations, businesses should take a number of health precautions to minimize the risk of spreading the virus, including staggering shift times and teleworking whenever possible. The Intergroup office staff is continuing to work from home 9:30 AM — 5:00 PM, Monday — Friday. In addition, one staff member will be in the office each day. While staff members are taking turns in the office, we can provide curb-side or hallway pick-up for any literature orders. Lit orders can be taken over the phone or online. Please call the office first before stopping to pick up your order: 410-663-1922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure we have your order ready for you and someone can meet you. Thanks for your patience, understanding, and support!
For the month of July, the 2020 A.A. Online International Convention, is available to A.A. members around the world at aa.org. The virtual platform includes a video welcome; moving stories; a “Carry the Message Pavilion”; and much more.
WHAT IS CONTACT TRACING? This is a living document with evolving information about what contact tracing is and how groups meeting indoors as well as outdoors can cooperate with the need for contact tracing while maintaining anonymity.
GUIDELINES TO SAFELY RE-OPEN IN-PERSON MEETINGS Baltimore Intergroup has put together suggestions and guidelines, as of May 20, 2020 for groups to consider when making an informed group conscience about how to re-open safely once our respective jurisdictions allow it.
PASSING THE VIRTUAL BASKET: Baltimore Intergroup now has a Venmo account @BaltimoreIntergroup. See other reasons why it is still important to pass the basket.
GRAPEVINE HAS FREE ARTICLES!: Grapevine is our meeting in print. To help members during this time, Grapevine is giving everyone limited free access to many of their 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues. (The audio to Grapevine’s stories will be available as well, so people can listen to the stories if they like.) Please share with your fellows. They have also included a link to their Youtube channel with some original audio stories as well as other important information.
CARRYING THE MESSAGE IN A PANDEMIC! Here are some great ideas about how to reach newcomers and oldtimers, alike, who may have trouble transitioning to online and phone meetings.
PROTECTING ANONYMITY ON ZOOM: This is a great guide on adjusting default settings on Zoom (thanks to the San Francisco Central Office) to protect our anonymity on Zoom. As a reminder, please use BCC to blind copy group emails when forwarding meeting information.