NOCCO: Anonymous Times Newsletter - June 2020 Issue

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Published by North Orange County Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous Groups, Inc. | (714) 773-HELP

 1661 E. Chapman Avenue, Suite 1H

Fullerton, CA 92831


June 2020 Issue

Step 6

"Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."

Step Six necessary to spiritual growth.  The beginning of a lifetime job.  Recognition of difference between striving for objective - and perfection.  Why we must keep trying.  "Being ready" is all-important.  Necessity of taking action.  Delay is dangerous.  Rebellion may be fatal.  Point at which we abandon limited objectives and more toward God's will for us.

Tradition 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."

Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim.  We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual.  An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business.  

Concept 6

"On behalf of A.A. as a whole, our General Service Conference has the principal responsibility for the maintenance of our world services, and it traditionally has the final decision respecting large matters of general policy and finance.  But the Conference also recognizes that the chief initiative and the active responsibility in the most of these matters should be exercised primarily by the Trustee members of the Conference when they act among themselves as the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.


New Young & Sober Public Service Announcement from GSO

These are a few of the young voices sharing about their drinking and sobriety in “Young & Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery,” the new video released by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Created by young alcoholics who have found sobriety, “Young & Sober in A.A.: From Drinking to Recovery” underscores the message that it is never too early to seek help for a drinking problem.

Online Meeting Directory

NOCCO Events Calendar


The Serenity Prayer:  Learning to Let Go

 "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Not many people have heard the AA Serenity Prayer before they first attend an AA meeting … but once it’s in your life, it never leaves. The “Serenity Prayer” written by theologian Dr. Rheinhold Niebuhr, provides simple wisdom for complicated people and puts the focus on acceptance and action.

Saying the prayer activates willingness and positivity. Thinking positively (instead of “ Stinking Thinking”) helps people find success in sobriety and avoid relapse.

Let's Break It Down

God: Most people in AA view recovery as a spiritual path, and the Serenity Prayer is a reminder they are not on a journey alone –that they can rely on a “higher power.”

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When Can AA Groups Safely Re-Open Meetings?

We know that many members are excited by the prospect of meeting in-person again.  There is a temptation to rush to re-open meetings.  North Orange County Central Office has put together suggestions and guidelines for your groups to consider when making an informed group conscience about how to re-open safely once our respective jurisdictions allow it.

These suggestions were compiled with the guidance of the NOCCO Leadership.  We’ve also had conversations with an input from several other intergroups and central offices across the country to determine best practices to protect A.A. members going forward.

In addition to suggestions for groups to consider, there are also ‘musts’ that groups need to abide by to stay within the regulations and mandates of our state.  While there are no ‘musts’ in the A.A. program, there are legal musts in the larger community.  Fortunately, our program of recovery has taught us how to be responsible citizens both in A.A. and the world.

To protect A.A., groups should be mindful of the Traditions.  Tradition 1 tells us “Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.”  When making group decisions, we say, “Each group is autonomous.”  However, the second part of Tradition 4 is just as important:  “except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.”  These traditions remind us that we must ensure that our group decisions do not negatively impact our fellow workers or A.A. as a whole, and that we as individuals act in ways that ensure our common welfare.  Traditions 1 and 4 are important now more than ever.  We have to consider the health and well-being of other A.A. members, and we need to protect the positive reputation and goodwill of A.A. in the community.

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May 2020 Group Contributions


May Report

Statement of Income & Expense


May 2020

Call 5 - Stay Alive

Alcoholics are not alone.  This is a unique time where outreach is more important than ever.  Many people do not have access to Zoom or do not want to do it.  The NOCCO Outreach committee is encouraging people to use phone lists to check in on others.  When calling 5 people a day from your group, or any other list, we continue to carry the message of hope to those impacted by the Coronavirus.  

April 2020 Website Activity


May 2020 Website Activity



InterGroup Meetings

Please join us at the next NOCCO InterGroup Meeting.  InterGroup Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.  

Next Meeting:  July 8, 2020 via ZOOM

Meeting ID: 860-4109-6976 | Password: Serenity | Dial-in Phone: (669) 900-9128

I am Responsible. 

When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. 

For that, I am responsible.

7th Tradition at Virtual Meetings

In recent years, a number of groups have utilized digital payment platforms to provide opportunities for members make cashless contributions.  There are different payment platforms to facilitate this service, and it is up to the group to determine which one to use.

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