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West End Men's Online Video Meeting

 

How to join us:

  • From a Computer/Laptop/Tablet:       
  • - Download Zoom (Zoom.us – The Cloud Meeting) 
  • - Dark grey area at the bottom of the page
  • - Computer must have camera and microphone
  • From a Smartphone/iPad:
  • - Download Zoom app     

Click: Join Meeting

Enter PMI (Personal Meeting ID):837-963-1605

or if you already have Zoom installed, just click this ZOOM Direct Link.

Please note:  There is a call-in number: Dial 587-328-1099; if you choose to attend this meeting by telephone you will be asked for the meeting ID number which is the PMI above.  Long distance charges may apply if your from outside our area.  Please check your rates and what your plan covers. 

The maximum number of participants is 100.  If you are NOT able to get onto the meeting, please send an email to us through this link here.

 
  1. [At 8:00 PM precisely] Good evening, welcome to the West End Men’s Group Online Meeting.
  2. My name is ________________ and I am an alcoholic. This is a one hour meeting.
  3. Please help me open the meeting with the Serenity Prayer.

[DoNotRead]The meeting may be Open or Closed, depending on what week of the month. All WEMG meetings are Closed (for male AA members only) except for the 1st Wednesday of the month, which is when we celebrate birthdays. Please read the appropriate Blue Card statement for your meeting: [DoNotRead]

Open Meeting

This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here - especially newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking," we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.

Closed Meeting

This is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of AA’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.

  1. If you are using video, you can use the “Gallery View” in the upper right hand corner to see everyone at the same time.
  2. I have asked _______________ to read The Preamble.
  3. Since this meeting is conducted via video connection, we will conduct it like a regular meeting as much as possible. The video will focus on you after you begin to talk, or if any noise comes from your connection. Please sit close to the microphone, and speak loud enough, so that all may hear what you have to share. Please mute your line using the button on Zoom, if you are not sharing. The Meeting Leader may mute your line if needed, and may change your screen name for you.
  4. Please silence your phones. We request that there is no texting during the meeting.
  5. I have asked _______________ to read HOW IT WORKS.
  6. I have asked _______________ to read the TWELVE TRADITIONS.
  7. Are there any newcomers who would like to introduce themselves by their first names so we can get to know you better?
  8. Offer Welcoming PackagesWould any newcomers like a few names & phone numbers of some of our group members, so that you can contact someone later on. If so, would willing members send that info to ____ (the newcomer)Chat window.
  9. Is there anyone coming back?
  10. Are there any visitors from out of town or other groups?
  11. On behalf of the West End Men’s group: "Welcome to all the visitors. We're glad you are here with us tonight."
  12. The West End Men’s Group is a step and topic meeting.
  13. Tonight We are on Step _________________ or Our topic is _______________________
  14. Divide the meeting into groups of 7-9 people and dismiss them to the breakout rooms for Sharing Time.

After Sharing Time


  1. The West End Men’s group recognizes periods of sobriety with colored chips:
    • We have a SILVER chip for 24 hours of sobriety.
    • We have a RED chip for 1 month of sobriety.
    • We have a GREEN chip for 3 months of sobriety.
    • We have a BLUE chip for 6 months of sobriety.
    • We have a PURPLE chip for 9 months of sobriety.
    • Please make arrangements with Bruce J after the meeting to get your chip
  2. We have temporary sponsors. Would all members willing to be temporary sponsors please put their hand up.
  3. TRADITION 7 - I have asked ______________ to read our SELF SUPPORT statement.
  4. Upcoming Birthdays: ________________________ _____________________ _______________________
  5. Anyone wishing to join the group please see me after the meeting.
  6. Are there any other announcements for the good of A.A.?
  7. I have asked _________________ to read the 9th STEP PROMISES
  8. At this time let's close the meeting with ___________ reading the 3rd STEP PRAYER. The prayer is on the Closing tab.

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.

The Alcoholics Anonymous 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.

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.

We have 3 types of meetings at West End Men's Group:

  1. Every other week we are a topic meeting, with the chair selecting a topic (usually a reading from the Daily Reflections book), followed by the larger group breaking into smaller groups for discussion.
  2. On non-topic weeks we focus on one of the 12 Steps, going 1 through 12 in a sequential order. The chair introduces the step and we break into smaller groups to discuss it.
  3. On the first Wednesday of the month, our meeting is an Open speaker meeting with AA Birthday activity and celebrants being the focus.

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.

There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it -- then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. Thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him , praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Many of us exclaimed, "What an order! I can't go through with it." Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventure before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

  • a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.
  • b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.
  • c) That God could and would if He were sought.

How it works - Chapter 5, page 58-60 of the Book, Alcoholics Anonymous © Alcoholics Anonymous

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

The 12 traditions of AA are found in the book Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)

  1. Business meetings are held on an ad-hoc basis, whenever a group member feels they have a reason for one.
  2. ...

9th Step Promises

From pages 83-84, Alcoholics Anonymous

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

3rd Step Prayer

From page 63, Alcoholics Anonymous

God, I offer myself to Thee – To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of Life.”

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Click on the links to download the meeting type scripts, the meeting notepad, or the Chair Agenda.

  1. WEMG Closed Meeting Script
  2. WEMG Open Meeting Script
  3. WEMG Meeting Notepad
  4. WEMG Chair Agenda Image
  5. WEMG Online Chair Agenda PDF