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This site is maintained by the A.A.General Service Committee of Western Massachusetts (Area 31) for the purpose of enhancing unity by providing information pertinent to the General Service structure and functions within Area 31, as well as providing a communication platform for Area committees, members, officers, districts, interested AA members, and the general public. All Area Committees, each District, and the Area Officers are encouraged to share information about on-going service opportunities.

Area General Service Meeting; - 7:30 pm 2nd Wednesday of the month.
United Methodist Church - 30 Carew St., South Hadley, MA
and also meeting on Zoom. Click here for meeting info.

If you or someone you know who is a member of A.A. and needs assistance, please call the Accessibility Committee hotline at 413-378-3752, or send an email to accessibility@area31aa.org

District 3 Hosts Food & Gratitude

District 3 Flyer

A Celebration of Our Three Sided Triangle

We'll be joined by three speakers sharing their experience with:
Recovery - Larry B. - Berkshire Big Book - Cheshire MA
Unity - Jake J. - By the Book - Kingston, NY
Service - Alex S. - Bronx Big Book - Englewood Cliffs, NJ

A catered buffet lunch from Papa Joe's will be served at noon. Coffee, soft drinks and leftovers will be available throughout the event. You may bring a dessert if you care to!

This event has been paid through contributions to the district. A basket will not be passed.

In-person:
Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish
159 Church St.
Cheshire, MA

Online:
using 'Google Meet'
Meeting ID: iic-xdkf-nmm
Dial-in: 1-405-730-9086 PIN: 408 125 761#

Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Western Mass Institutions - Temporary Relocation

Due to the closing of the Grace United Church at 474 Pleasant St. in Holyoke, the Western Mass Institutions meeting has been relocated, starting with the November 2nd meeting. The temporary location will be the United Congregational Church at 300 Appleton St., Holyoke.

A new permanent location will be announced soon, most likely beginning with the January meeting. Details will be posted here as soon as we get them.

NERAASA 2023

2023 NERAASA Flyer

The 2023 Northeast Regional AA Service Assembly will be held in Albany, NY. Clicking on the image to the right will display the flyer in full size,

Reserve a room directly with The Desmond Hotel at 518-869-8100 or using their website: desmondhotelsalbany.com. Be sure to use the discount code: NERAASA.

For more information contact: info@NERAASA.org or go online at NERAASA.org, there you can also register online with a credit card. To mail in your registration click here to download the Registration Form.

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2023

For the schedule of events click here.

Location:
The Desmond Hotel
660 Albany-Shaker Rd
Albany, NY 12211

Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7:00pm to Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 12:00pm

Publications in Spanish for members

Those whose first language is Spanish have available to them an array of A.A. books, pamphlets, and other materials in Spanish—including the book Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”). The A.A. Meeting Guide app also allows users to search for Spanish-speaking meetings in their area or online.

Today, production on the fourth edition of the Spanish-language Big Book is underway, with a call for submission of stories from members. While all A.A. literature and communications are published in English, Spanish, and French, this edition of the Big Book features stories from Spanish-speaking members who share their experience, strength, and hope.

Last year, Alcoholics Anonymous published “Hispanic Women in A.A.,” a pamphlet sharing personal stories from Spanish-speaking A.A. women from around the country that reflect both social and economic diversity. “I felt like I knew them and that they knew me, and soon A.A. felt like home. I realized that I could understand the program better in Spanish with Hispanic women, and this was highly important at the beginning of my recovery.” (Esther, Hispanic Women in A.A.)

In addition, the AA Grapevine, the international journal of A.A., publishes La Viña, a bimonthly Spanish-language magazine that features stories from A.A. members on topics including emotional sobriety, spiritual service, and more.

This month, a new book in Spanish from AA Grapevine, Sobriedad emocional: Más allá del horizonte, will feature powerful stories from A.A. members who describe the positive changes sobriety can bring as they practice the principles of A.A in all aspects of their lives.

DCM / GSR Change Forms - updated

DCM / GSR change forms have been added to the website under the 'Documents' heading. Select 'Area Committee' and then 'Registrar' on the drop down menu. A direct link would be https://area31aa.org/docs/registrar

The forms you will find are editable and can be filled out on your computer which allows you to email the finished form to the Registrar as an attachment (registrar@area31aa.org). Note: both the GSR group change form and DCM change forms have been updated.

District 3 Virtual Traditions Meeting

The District 3 DCM invites all Area 31 AA members to attend their monthly virtual Traditions meeting. Click here for more information, including the Zoom links.

Are Your Video AA Meetings Captioned?

Zoom Captioning flyer

Making your meetings more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people is actually really easy! The Area 31 Accessibilities Committee has created a flyer to help you find out how to add captioning to your Virtual Zoom Meeting.

Follow this link for instructions: https://bit.ly/captionaazoom

Email accessibility@area31aa.org if you have any questions!

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