News from the Intergroup
Upcoming meeting date update: April 15th at 12h, Pastorieweg 147 Eindhoven
Intergroup Meeting Minutes July 3, 2017
Intergroup meeting: Was hosted by the International group of Eindhoven. Intergroup sends there appreciation to the IGE Group and its volunteers that made this meeting possible. It was attended by 20 people. Seven groups were represented with their GSR’s: International Group Eindhoven, As Bill sees it Wednesday Amsterdam, Kiss Saturday group in Eindhoven, Utrecht group, Monday night 12n12 The Hague, Friday Mustard group Amsterdam, The Enjoying life group Rotterdam , along with 7 observers.
Minutes: The minutes from our last meeting on April 2, 2017 was approved
Intergroup Service reports
Mark the convention chair was not present. Marco (treasure) gave the update. There are enough volunteers.
The registration for the Convention is open and on the website for people to sign up. At this moment, the 50 – 60 registrations are not covering costs. We are experiencing communication difficulties with Mennerode while they had raised some costs. It was mentioned that the 7th tradition will be the method to cover costs. It is possible that next year the convention will be held at a different location. GSR’s are asked to promote the registration, so committee gets people (and money) in as soon as possible.
Tim was present. First Tim gave extensive thanks to Dimitrij who did a great job getting the website updated to what it is now. IG also express their thanks!! After 4 years of hard work Dnitrij has decided to step down. Actions
accomplished lately: meeting finder,2) Big Book on line, 3) Safety has been updated, 4) The shop has been redesigned. Tim express that he would like to have help to support him (someone good with servers )
Jonathan, the helpline coordinator was not present. Jonathan sent in the report, this was read and no questions were asked. An email from Jonathan explaining why he could not be present was read and accepted. Mathieu stated that it is important to keep track of who has whatcontract (such as ADSL). He had difficulty in finishing this contract because the name on the contract has long left Intergroup.
The treasurer Mathieu handed out the report and explain. There were no questions.
The literature representative Mircea was not present. Report was sent in by email and read by the Chairperson.
No further questions/ comments were made. Members were invited to email Mireca if they had further questions. Mireca communicated to Tom that his commitment is finish in Romania and will be at the next IG meeting.
Public Information Report:
Danny the PI representative for Intergroup gave his report. The main goal up to now is the convention.
where PI is going to give a workshop. The PI meetings are averaging 6 people and are very enthusiastic about arranging the workshop. All PI reps will be wearing T-shirts at the convention so people can recognize them easier. Danny mention that there are many groups that did not update the contact info with the web site. An idea was mention that it could be an good idea that groups have their own email so in case of an newcomer that needs an meeting that the group could be contacted rather than trying to find someone. Kim from Amsterdam is taking in “Doctors in training “ to meetings and after the meeting there is coffee and an after-talk. Both sides are content
with their relationship. . Danny emphasized that it would be great if more groups would have PI represent them at their next meeting which will be held on Sept 10 at Adriaan Kluitstraat #170 Rotterdam 3052 RJ. IG sends its thanks to the whole PI group for their work.
CER Report: The CER Representative Jason was not present. The 2nd Cer Haylen moved back to USA and is not available anymore. The GSR of Utrecht express his groups concerns once again that he cannot give his group any information regarding CER. Because of the report was not present it will be presented at the next IG meeting.
Topics that were discussed:
1) It was expressed that GSR’s should announce in their meetings that the about the convention scholarship in case people have difficulties with registration payments.
2) IG Facebook page: Tom to look into the idea of a Facebook page not for interactive but only for outgoing information. He will report back at the next IG meeting.
3) IG Commitments: Attending the IG meetings must be taken seriously. It is a commitment of 4 times a year. If you cannot make your commitment please arrange that someone can fulfill your commitment at IG.
Positions that are available at Intergroup:
Next Meetings: Sept 30 at APCH in Den Haag 11 to 3 pm, Jan. 2018 in Rotterdam. April in Eindhoven, July in Amsterdam
Please check website for any changes.
Closure: The meeting closed with the serenity prayer and sincere thanks to all.
Although for many years I did not come to an acceptance of God who intervened personally and directly in the lives of individuals, I was able to accept the idea of a force that moved in the rooms and agminated AA members with a sense of unconditional love. That satisfied my spiritual needs for a long time. Alcoholic Anonymous page 367
Next Intergroup Meeting
Date/time: Saturday 30th of September from 11.00-16.00 (lunch at 12.30)
location : American Protestant Church The Hague
Esther de Boer-van Rijk laan 20
2597 TJ The Hague
By train: The Hague Central Station, take bus 22 direction Duinzigt (15 minute drive)
Intergroup Meeting Minutes January 28, 2017
The Intergroup meeting of January 28, 2017 was held in Utrecht and was attended by 24 people, in which 8 groups were represented and we are very happy to report 10 observers also attended to experience what happens at an Intergroup meeting.
Groups Present:Monday 12 & 12 The Hague, Utrecht, Friday Gratitude the Hague, As Bill Sees it Amsterdam, Saturday Morning Amsterdam, TGIM Lunchtime Amsterdam, Saturday Evening 11step the Hague, Tuesday steps Groningen
Minutes: The minutes from our last meeting October16, 2016 were approved.
Intergroup Service reports
Convention Report: Feedback Pre Convention meeting at Holly’s place on Jan 22:A lot of people showed up with interest for being part of the 2017 committee. Holly pointed out that the 500€ placed for helping newcomers or people not being able to afford the 2017 Convention were collected to this intent, the 2017 committee should keep that in mind.
Reimbursement of 40€ for food and drinks to Tom: Is agreed by Intergroup.
Holly is not putting any reimbursement request forward.
Chairperson: Mathieu read the requirements for convention chairperson position. Holly added it’s important that the person has a sponsor and 2 years of sobriety. Previous experience in the Convention committee is mandatory. Two candidates, Cheryl and Mark put their names forward for this position. Mark is elected as a chairperson for the Convention.
Treasurer person: Mathieu read the requirements for the position of treasurer: One candidate, Marco put his name forward.
Marco is elected as a treasurer for the Convention.
Website / Webmaster report: Dimitri presented the report created. Website attendance is decreasing a bit; this is partially due SEO (search engine optimisation) that needs to be improved. Major improvement has been made on the website making it much faster for visitors. Fellows interested to take part to the website developments can contact the webmaster: w…@aa-netherlands.org
Treasury report: Treasurer report was read by Mathieu: Financial situation as of January 27th, 2017. Balance as of January 27th, 2017 is 9954,62 €. During the reporting period, Intergroup bank account has been used to support the Literature position because of administration problem. The 2016 accounts were approved and voted upon. The budget of 2017 was presented. No donation to CER is foreseen and the PI budget was reviewed to be lowered. The account being exceeding the prudent reserve by a large amount, it is proposed to increase the PI literature figures to 900€. PI needs to come with a consolidated budget for 2017 at the next Intergroup meeting. A donation to CER needs to be presented for the next reporting period. Intergroup will be requested to approve the updated 2017 budget at the next meeting. Mathieu stated donations made by the groups have been received by Intergroup with gratitude.
Literature report:Mircea mention that the shipping costs from the Grapevine books have increased thus books price from the Grapevine are increased accordingly. 1 group made use of the 40€ voucher for “start-up package” for new groups. 1 bug on the website shop was discovered and solved. Balance Literature Fund bank account as of 27th of January: €706.02. The literature report is voted upon and approved.
Public Information report:Dany updated us on the PI situation. PI had 2 business meetings since the last Intergroup meeting and the business meeting was attended by former PI members, now PI is focusing on getting the basics. The committee consist of 4 people. Kim was invited to join as she is really active in doing PI work in Amsterdam. A chairperson still needs to be voted in, Tom read the requirements taken from the AA website. Intergroup agreed and voted upon using the job description as presented on the AA.org website adding knowledge of the Traditions for 2 years duration. Dany is putting is name forward and was elected as P.I. Chairperson.
CER Report: Jason the CER Representative was not present. Utrecht group would be interested in having inputs on what CER is doing,how it functions and what it costs. Would it be possible to have example of CER actions?
Help line : Jonathan T.(helpline coordinator) was not present. Mathieu presented the situation of the helpline and the possible remedies. Jonathan could take the necessary action to get the solution in place as of March 2017.
Election of the Intergroup Officers for the following positions:
Convention Chair position : Mark from the “Friday “ Design for living sober“ group in Amersfoort was voted in
Convention Treasurer: Marco from “Monday night 12 n 12 step” in the Hague was voted in
Topic that were discussed
Next Meeting: Next meeting will be in Amsterdam, Sunday April 2, 2017 11am to 3 pm. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 282A,Amsterdam
Message from IG Chairperson
We want to thank the “Thank God it’s Monday “ Lunchtime Group in Amsterdam for hosting the next I.G. meeting on April 2. We look forward to meeting you all at the meeting. If you are curious what goes on at the Intergroup meetings we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and say that you do not have to be a GSR to attend, observers are always welcome and we will answer all your questions. If your group is not represented at I.G. we encourage that every group discusses the importance of having a GSR and to attend the quarterly Intergroup business meetings. Being a GSR is an excellent service opportunity and having GSR’s help secure the future of AA. We need your input / ideas and votes, so we also would like to know your needs and how to better serve you! We ask that announcements are made at your home group to inform people about IG and why it is important to be a part of IG. Please print out this newsletter and make it available at your Literature table while making announcements at your regular meetings about its content. If you have any questions please contact us at: s…@aa-netherlands.org
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Message from the IG Chair Person
Of the 34 A.A. English groups in Holland only 4 was represented in our last business meeting.
We encourage every group to elect a GSR and have them or replacements attend the Intergroup Meetings.
Observers are very welcome. Being a GSR is an excellent service opportunity and having GSR’s help secure the future of AA.
We need your input / ideas and votes, so we know your needs and how to better serve you!
We ask that announcements are made at your home group to inform people about IG and why it is important to be a part of IG.
Please print out this newsletter and make it available at your Literature table while making announcements at your regular meetings.
If you have any questions please contact us at s…@aa-netherlands.org
Intergroup Meeting Minutes
The Intergroup meeting of October 16, 2016 was held in Den Haag and was attended by 15 people.
4 groups were represented and 2 observers also attended.
Groups Present: International Group Eindhoven, Enjoying Life Rotterdam, Monday 12 & 12 The Hague, ABC Meeting Utrecht
Minutes: The minutes from our last meeting July 5, 2016 were approved
Newsletter: It was mention that the newsletter can be downloaded and to make this newsletter more popular,
it is the task of GSR to promote it at meetings (e.g. distribution). We are looking at more ways to be creative with the newsletter.
If you have any suggestions please email us at: s…@aa-netherlands.org.
Intergroup Service reports
Convention Report: The convention has been a great success. With thanks to the convention committee, who put in hard work to get things organized.
A new item at the convention was the collection for a ‘newcomers funds’. This is to see that people, who may not have the finances to attend the convention,
will be able to attend anyway.
Our Treasurer reported that after all bills were paid and there was a surplus of 7th tradition of 825.73 e and it was transferred to Intergroup.
Now the goal is to find enthusiastic volunteers before January 2017. There will be a meeting held at Holly’s house in The Hague on the 22th of January, hopefully with the new to be formed committee. Please contact Holly via email at m…@gmail.com or mob # 06 29129014
The Convention chairperson along with the treasurer, has to be a former member of the committee and needs a 2 year sobriety or more and must be voted in at the next Intergroup meeting. Also the treasurer has to be experienced.
Website / Webmaster report: Tim explained that since more volunteers have started with the website team,
Tim and Dimitri now will have more time to work on things that they would like to have priority (e.g. necessary helpline upgrade).
For the people who still do not know : The web team arranges in the computer all changes etc. about ‘contents ‘ (e.g. if you want to report a change in location or time etc, or a new meeting). You then contact: w…@aa-netherlands.org.
Treasury report: Mathieu stated donations made by the groups have been received by Intergroup with gratitude.
Mathieu made a proposal to add 2 signatories to the bank account, so that the account will stay updated.
These signatories should be the Chair and Secretary of Intergroup. They then can make changes in the account-administration.
Literature report: The new Literature person, Mircea was welcomed by the group.
A warm thanks was given to Willemien, who has done an amazing job in the years she has been Literature person.
The proposal was made by Willemien to help new groups by giving them a ‘starters- voucher’ to be spent in the Literature shop (AA approved literature).
The amount will be €40,- . This was, with 1 vote against, agreed on.
Public Information report: A new PI-committee is being formed. Present were Emile and Alex as new volunteers, to inform Intergroup about how things are going.
Intergroup is happy that the PI is getting started again after a period of quietness.
Here was also emphasized that we work as one group and are thankful for the volunteers (Danny, Alex, Emile, Willemien and others)
who are stepping in to do this very important work for the still suffering alcoholics.
Jason and Mircea emphasized of importance of this service position. The PI-Chair is the representative for AA.
It is important that this person is well known with what AA is and AA is not.
Intergroup agreed on the following points :
• A budget of 200,= will already be given till January 2017, so the committee can get things started.
• A new budget for the year 2017 (proposal 1100,= euro made by Treasurer?) will be discussed by Intergroup in the next meeting.
• The committee will nominate a chairperson and in the next Intergroup meeting the chairperson and treasurer will be voted in If you are interested in P.I. work and want to find out more information please email us at s…@aa-netherlands.org.
CER Report: Jason stated that he had spoken with the former CER Dorien. They will be in contact together, so that Dorien can inform Jason about the work of CER.
His first meeting will be coming 2-4 December in Budapest.
He is looking forward to find out what goes on in these meetings and will bring back a ‘readable’ report.
As soon as the agenda is known, he will pass this on to the secretary.
Election of the Intergroup Officers for the following positions:
Help line : Call Jonathan T. was voted in as our new helpline coordinator.
We all give special thanks to John who held this position for a long time and gave it back to us in better shape than before.
Topics that were discussed
Next Meeting: Next IG meeting will be in Utrecht on SATURDAY 28th of January 2017, Declan is organizing the venue. Start is at 12.00 / lunch about 12.45. Definitive invitation will follow.
“Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the.” spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically”
Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
Message from the Chair
Our Intergroup meeting of April 30, 2016 was held in Den Haag and was attended by 15 people. The following groups was represented: Friday Night Gratitude Group The Hague, Keep it simple Eindhoven, Enjoying life Rotterdam, Monday 12&12 The Hague, The Steps we took Amsterdam, As Bill see it Utrecht, 12 Steps International Amsterdam, Daily Reflections The Hague ( total 8 groups )
Of the 34 A.A. groups in Holland only 8 was represented in our last business meeting. We encourage all groups to have their GSR’s attend our quarterly business meetings. We need your input / ideas and votes, so we know your needs and how to better serve you!! We also need people that are willing to take on the positions of Secretary and Literature positions at IG.
If interested please contact us at s…@aa-netherlands.org.
New Ideas & taking part
This is your Intergroup. You may want to introduce new events (or reintroduce old ones). Let us know what you want from us. It was mentioned that the Newsletter is being received well!! We are looking at more ways to be creative with the newsletter.
If you have any suggestions please email us at: s…@aa-netherlands.org
New positions to fill
Unfortunately the Secretary and Literature positions were not filled!!
These are very important positions at IG and is a good opportunity to do service. We encourage all GSR’s to make announcements and for Sponsor’s to suggest this to their sponsie’s; the importance of IG and why it is important to be a part of IG. If you are interested please email us at s…@aa-netherlands.org
Minutes: The minutes from our last meeting January 2016 was approved
Alot have been done and still more to do! They said they received alot of positive reactions to the website but they need help. If you want to participate in creating or updating content, please drop us a note at w…@aa-netherlands.org.
You don’t need to have fancy computer skills – experience in editing Word documents suffices. The site publishes blog articles, event announcements, keeping meetings up to date and more. If you see something which can be better, or have ideas or suggestions, please email us. We think all of us can be very proud with this achievement so far. It was a long process: lots of thought, design, testing, and funds went into this production.
Thank you all for participating in this project!
Our Convention Chairperson step down and we are happy to announce that Holly B. from the 12&12 steps The Hague volunteered and was nominated as Chairperson. Organization and registration is a bit behind schedule.
If you would like to help please contact our secretary at: c…@aa-netherlands.org
Mathieu stated that our financial situation is stable and expresses gratitude and thanks to all the groups for their support.
no report. We are currently looking for a Literature person
The present PI Chair has step down at the PI movement is at a stand still. Eli volunteer to take initiative to communicate about PI and to kick start it again.
CER (continental European Region)
CER was away on business so there was no report. We had to postpone voting on whether to have a 2nd CER representative to the next business meeting awaiting her input on this subject
Topic that was discuss: Service center in Amsterdam
Mark explained what the possibilities of a “service center” could do and the financial support that would be needed from Intergroup. After further discussion it was decided that GSR’s should go back to their groups and explain the idea of a service center. Also to explain the need of volunteers for hosting it in Amsterdam; along with the commitment linked to the Service center. Votes to be taken at each A.A. group.
“ARE WE SUPPORTING THE GENERAL IDEA OF A SERVICE CENTER”
GSR’s to present their groups decision at the next IG business meeting
Sunday July 3rd, 2016 Amsterdam –Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 282A
Open Positions: Secretary, Literature position, 1st & 2nd CER representative
Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness , the loss of
one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one
Daily Reflections page 179
Message from the Chair
Our last Intergroup meeting was well attended by 18 people. It is a great time to join in as a GSR in representing your group at Intergroup or to take one of the service positions as members rotate out. Even if you are not in a position to make a long term commitment, we welcome you to attend intergroup meetings and to contribute your ideas. We would like to offer everyone the opportunity to come and join us at our next IG meeting in Den Haag on April 16 (exact location to be announced) and be a part of what goes on “behind the scenes“. Lunch is provided. Check our website for all details.
New Ideas & taking part
This is your Intergroup. You may want to introduce new events (or reintroduce old ones). We have supported Gratitude Days, Christmas celebrations and workshops. Let us know what you want from us.
2 positions are actually open!
- Intergroup Secretary
- Intergroup Literature person
John who is the “Help Line Coordinator“ mentioned that even though we have an effective telephone answering service and we are immensely grateful to our dedicated volunteers who provide this service, day and night, every day of the year, that there is a need for volunteers. It is still a main lifeline to our newcomers, who call us in despair, as well as helping visitors to find a meeting and so on. If you have time to give to the helpline, we urge you to contact your GSR or email: o…@aa-netherlands.org
Great News from Dimitri and Tim our Webmasters!!!!!! In the past weekend, we have brought the new AA Netherlands Website live. Please check it out: https://aa-netherlands.org ! I think all of us can be very proud with this achievement. It was a long process: lots of thought, design, testing, and funds went into this production.
Thank you all for participating in this project!
With this new website we achieved the following major goals we have set for ourselves at the start:
- The design and look & feel of the website is fresh and clear, which is very important for the newcomer.
- The website works well on mobile devices.
- We have a brand new meeting finder: https://aa-netherlands.org/meetings which enables the user to search based on location or city.
- Our website uses roughly the same style as the Dutch AA website: http://aa-nederland.nl. This is important for the newcomer to prevent confusion about AA in The Netherlands.
- We have a new, beautiful and fully functional shop: https://aa-netherlands.org/shop. Willemien and Dimitri have transferred the product catalog from the old shop and also totally reorganized the catalog, making it easier to understand and navigate for inexperienced Literature Persons.
In the first 3 days we already received 4 orders!
Are you enthusiastic and do you want to help? Help is always welcome in two ways:
- Creating / updating content: If you want to participate in creating or updating content, please drop us a note at w…@aa-netherlands.org. You don’t need to have fancy computer skills – experience in editing Word documents suffices. The site publishes blog articles, event announcements, keeping meetings up to date and more.
- Improving the website: If you see something which can be better, or have ideas or suggestions, please email us at w…@aa-netherlands.org.
We maintain a large stock of books and medallions which are made available to groups more or less at cost. They are easily ordered on-line or by telephone. We hope that payment will be made even easier on our updated website. Literature has started a “Newcomers package“. Stay tune for future details concerning this. Check web site for details. We all thank Willemien for her past service as IG Literature.
Unfortunately, Joris had to step down as our 2016 Convention chairperson. Holy has volunteered to step in, she will need to be officially voted in at our next Intergroup meeting. The committee needs volunteers! If you are interested, send an e-mail to: c…@aa-netherlands.org
- The flyers are finish and your groups should receive them shortly
- The theme for the 2016 convention was introduce “Step by Step “
- Date: August 19 to August 21
- Location: Mennorode
- Some new ideas for 2016 Convention: 24/7 coffee corner and Movie festival
Check Hurry up and register : https://aa-netherlands.org/convention/ ) The website will be updated regularly.
(Check website for details) Like all new meetings they need our support; so please make announcements at your home groups
- Utrecht “ABC meeting “Big Book Sunday 12:30 ABC straat # 5 Utrecht
- Rotterdam: “Enjoying Life “Thursday 19:30 Schiedamse Vest # 121
- Den Haag: “Daily Reflections: Thursday 12 noon at Koningin Marialaan # 2
Jackie our IG treasurer stated that our financial situation is stable and she expresses gratitude and thanks to all the groups for their support. We all thank Jackie for her dedication and service as treasurer
If you like to know more about PI or would like to be involved either as an individual or a group rep, you could contact John R. at email p…@aa-netheerlands.org
CER (continental European Region)
Dorien served us as our CER for the past 3 years and we owe a great amount of thanks to her for making herself available in service. Her term as CER was up in December 2015. We all would like to express our thanks to her for being of service
Jennifer is our new CER representative. We are looking for a 2nd CER representative. If you think you would like to be a part of the CER team please email our secretary at s…@aa-netherlands.org and attend our next business meeting in Den Haag