Intergroup Newsletter – November 2016


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…

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…

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… 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…

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…

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