CHAIRPERSON GUIDELINES FOR LHG VIRTUAL MEETING

 1.        Log into Zoom at https://zoom.us/

  1.  Click on SIGN IN the top right corner, if you see the word ACCOUNT instead of SIGN IN then you are already logged in. Make sure you are signed into the right account if it’s not lhgvirtualaa@gmail.com then see screenshot below to logout. *Do not sign in through Google or Facebook.

         

  1.  Enter lhgvirtualaa@gmail.com in the email address space
  2.  Enter the password - a trusted servant can provide the password, it is different than the one used to get in the room.
  3.  Click on the blue Sign In bar.

 2. Now either 1) got to http://lhgvirtualmeeting.com or 2) enter the                                      

ID: 9175884221

 3. Ask for volunteers to read “How It Works” and the 12 Traditions.

 4.  When it is time for the meeting to start, choose “Mute All” at the bottom of the Participants box and uncheck “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves”.

5.        Read the Welcome and the Preamble

Hello, and welcome to the Lake Highlands (Noon or Evening) Virtual Meeting. My name is _____________ and I am an alcoholic.

We’re glad everyone is here.  So that this meeting will run smoothly, I’ve put everyone on mute.  You’ll remain on mute unless I unmute you when you’re called on to speak.

If anyone needs my attention during the meeting, you can use the “raise your hand” function or talk to me in the Chat function.

Preamble

 

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

6.        Introduce the volunteers doing the readings and thank them after they read.

I’ve asked __________ to read “How It Works”.

I’ve asked __________ to read “The 12 Traditions”.

7.        Desire Chip and Visitors

Click on Mute All again and this time check “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves”

At this time, I’m going to offer a virtual desire chip to anyone returning to the fellowship or anyone attending their first AA meeting.  This chip represents a desire to not drink for the next 24 hours.  I’m going to allow everyone to unmute themselves.  Would anyone like a desire chip? If you do, please unmute yourself and speak up.

(If someone takes a desire chip, ask them to introduce themselves and welcome them to the group.  Then ask men/women in the meeting to chat their phone number to the new man/woman.)

Ask if anyone is visiting our group or attending our group for the first time who would like to be recognized

Since we are no longer going around the “room” and sharing sobriety dates, is there anyone here celebrating a monthly or yearly anniversary today?

Click on Mute All once again and this time uncheck “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves”

 

8.        Say the serenity prayer

Please join me for a moment of silence, followed by the Serenity Prayer.

 

“God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference

Amen.

9.        Introduce the topic

Read from AA approved literature and share on topic.

10.          Group Sharing

Begin calling on people and unmuting them and muting them after they are finished sharing.

Note:  You can unmute and re-mute people two ways.  You can click on the little blue box in their image in the Gallery View or you can click on their microphone in the Participants box.  Be aware that the Gallery View is dynamic - it changes.

When the speaker introduces his or herself, the chairperson should say hello.  The chairperson needs to be mindful of the participant list and make sure that people who have previously shared are muted. Anytime noise is picked up by an unmuted microphone, it will cause the focused speaker screen to switch back and forth on everyone’s screen and is distracting. THIS GOES FOR THE CHAIRPERSON AS WELL.  So, the chairperson should mute themselves while people are sharing unless there is absolute silence at their location.

If you want to allow people to volunteer to share or take “burning desires” near the end of the meeting, ask people to use the “raise your hand” function which is located at the bottom of the Participants pop out window.  When someone “raises” their hand, their name will automatically move to the top of the list in your Participants window, under your name.

11.        7th Tradition

In the chat box, type to Everyone:  lakehighlandsgroupaa.com

        At this time we are going to honor the 7th tradition, by passing a virtual basket through Paypal and now Venmo. We are self supporting through our own contributions, and we still have rent to pay at our brick and mortar location. I have typed the group website into the chat window. Click on the basket at the top of the screen for links to Venmo or Paypal. Keep checking our website for announcements and group information.

12.        Announcements - Please read the following:

LHG Announcements

Seventh Tradition: “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”

Please help us keep the lights on at our brick and mortar location by contributing by check, PayPal or Venmo 😊  

Links are on our website:  www.lakehighlandsgroupaa.com

Please sign up to chair a meeting if you have at least six months of sobriety.  Sign-up calendars are on our website.

Our next Group Conscience Meeting is Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 2:15 on Zoom.

Motions must be submitted seven days before Group Conscience (January 10, 2021).  You can submit motions through the website.

Open trusted servant position descriptions and nomination forms are on our website.

Birthday Night is Sunday, January 31.  We will be distributing birthday chips in the Group parking lot between 5:00 and 5:45 p.m., with the Birthday Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

To pick up your birthday chip on January 31, submit your information by Friday, January 29, online.

Raise your hand if you can be a sponsor.

**** (SEE HERE For a list of dates for all the months for birthday night and group conscience  https://www.lakehighlandsgroupaa.com/monthlydates )

Click on Mute All again and this time check “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves”

 

 

Ask if anyone has any other AA related announcements, letting everyone know they can unmute themselves.

13.  Closing Prayer 

Click on Mute All once again and this time uncheck “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves”

 

Close with the Lord’s prayer or prayer of your choice.

 

14.        Tell everyone the room will stay open for the meeting after the meeting and then unmute all.  

If the chairperson is going to leave, after you click on “End Meeting” it will prompt to either “End Meeting” or “Leave Meeting”, choose Leave meeting so everyone can stay and chat.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!