Edmonton AA

Serving the Greater Edmonton Area


The following is simply one suggested guide groups may follow when hosting an online video meeting.

[Group Name] Online Video Meeting

Zoom Based Instructions

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): Your ZOOM Number will go here

If you have the ZOOM software already installed, simply...

Click this link to go directly to our meeting

These meeting may be Open or Closed, at the discretion of the hosting Group Conscience. Closed meetings are for AA members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking. Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous' program of recovery from alcoholism.

Please note: This 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.

The maximum number of participants is 100. If you are not able to get onto the meeting, please call the group video meeting contact at 780-999-????.

  1. [At your meeting Start Time] Welcome to [your group name] online video meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. This is a one hour meeting.
  2. My name is ___________ and I'm an alcoholic.

[DoNotRead]The meeting may be Open or Closed, at the discretion of the Group Conscience. Closed meetings are for AA members only, or for those who have a drinking problem and “have a desire to stop drinking". Open meetings are available to anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous' program of recovery from alcoholism. Please follow your group conscience and read one of the following:[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. Since this meeting is conducted via video connection a certain video protocol will take place: The video will focus on you after you begin to talk, or if any noise comes from your connection. So, 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 Mute button when you are not sharing. The Meeting Chairs (that would be me or my co-chair_________) may mute your line if needed; we may also assist changing your screen name for you.

Please help me open the meeting with 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.

I have asked _______________ to read The Preamble...

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.

I have asked _______________ to read How It Works...


When there's 5 - 7 minutes left, move on to wrapping up with Announcements...

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 be ing 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. We 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 adventures 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.

Reprinted from How it works - Chapter 5, of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous

I have asked _______________ to read The Twelve Traditions...

  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.

Move on to Introductions...

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

Now is the time we introduce ourselves by our first names. Should you wish to, let us know where you are joining us from. (Let everyone introduce themselves)

Particular focus might be made here on welcoming newcomers and anyone coming back.

Move on to the Topic tab...

  1. Business meetings will be held on ..., (give the date: i.e. Month and day) following the regular meeting.
  2. ...

I have asked _______________ to read The 9th Step Promises.

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.

From page 83-84, of the Big Book , Alcoholics Anonymous © Alcoholics Anonymous

I have asked _______________ to read The Self-Support tab.


Group Conscience Will Decide This



Self Support Image

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