NOCCO: Anonymous Times Newsletter - November 2021 Issue

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  Anonymous Times

Published by North Orange County InterGroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous Groups, Inc.

(714) 773-HELP

 1661 E. Chapman Avenue, Suite 1H

Fullerton, CA 92831 

November 2021 Issue



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.


Long Form

Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.


Long Form

While the Trustees hold final responsibility for A.A.’s world service administration, they should always have the assistance of the best possible standing committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants. Therefore the composition of these underlying committees and service boards, the personal qualifications of their members, the manner of their induction into service, the systems of their rotation, the way in which they are related to each other, the special rights and duties of our executives, staffs, and consultants, together with a proper basis for the financial compensation of these special workers, will always be matters for serious care and concern.

The Trustees Cannot Do It Alone

The success of our Trustees relies heavily on those they work with to get the job done.

Whether it is:

  • Non-Trustee Committee Members,
  • Our Corporation’s Directors (A.A. World Services, Inc. / A.A. Grapevine, Inc.),
  • Executives or Staff Members at the General Service Office (GSO)…

Our Board of Trustees needs a strong dedication and quality of work to fulfill the actions given them by A.A. Groups (via the General Service Conference) in the U.S. and Canada.


Derived from the text found on page 86 of Alcoholics Anonymous - the Big Book


Morning Prayer

God, direct my thinking today so that it be empty of self pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear. God, inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions. Help me to relax and take it easy. Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step. God, show me what I need to do to take care of any problems. I
ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man. In the spirit of the Steps I pray.  Amen.

Nightly Prayer

God, forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person - show me where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all people. Use me in the mainstream of life, God. Free me of worry, remorse or morbid (sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others.  Amen.

North Orange County Intergroup presents

Ugly Christmas Sweater Comedy Night

Santa talks about the naughty and the nice, but what about the ugly? To find out which of the three lists you’re on, come to our ugly Christmas sweater comedy night.

Buy Comedy Tickets Here & Don't Forget Your Ugly Sweater!

Divine Dissatisfaction: What "Thirst" Reveals

It would seem that on a chill, rain-pelting early winter evening in late 1940, as Wilson almost tangibly felt himself being wrapped ever more tightly in a gloomy pall of spiritual darkness, he sat forlorn in the sparsely furnished clubhouse rooms in which he and Lois were then living.  Disconsolate, his former way of escape - alcohol - forever denied, Wilson nursed his many shattered hopes and recent stinging disappointments in self-pitying and frustrating reverie. Just then, when he was at the very nadir of that abyss, a veritable gleam of light came literally knocking at his door.  Bill's first meeting with Father Dowling.

That evening "Father Ed" shared with Wilson an understanding of the spiritual life that then and subsequently seemed always to speak to Bill's condition.  Bill had unburdened himself to Ebby.  As this evening with Father Dowling wore on, Bill came to feel that he himself was finally "taking his Fifth".  He went on to share with his new sponsor the thoughts and feelings behind those actions and omissions.  He told of his high hopes and plans, and spoke also about his anger, despair, and mounting frustrations.  The Jesuit listened and quoted Matthew: "Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst."  God's chosen, he pointed out, were always distinguished by their yearnings, their restlessness, their thirst.

In pain, Bill asked if there was ever to be any satisfaction.  The priest almost snapped back: "Never.  Never any."  He continued in a gentler tone, describing a "divine dissatisfaction" that which would keep Wilson going, almost reaching out for unattainable goals, for only by so reaching would he attain what - hidden from him - were God's goals.  This acceptance that his dissatisfaction, that his very "thirst" could be divine, was one of Dowling's great gifts to Bill Wilson and through him, to Alcoholics Anonymous.

Kurtz, E. (1979). Prelude to Maturity: October 1939 - March 1941. Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous (pp 97-98). Hazelden.

NOCCO By Laws - Full Document

2021/2022 NOCCO Service Board

Wes M.* - Chairman of the Board

Mark E. - Alternate Chairman

Cheryle D. - Treasurer

Christina W. - Secretary

Randy L.* - Outreach Committee

Paul S.* - Outreach Committee

Don H. - Events Committee

Scott N.* (alternate) - Events Committee

* Live email links embedded as permitted by NOCCO Service Board members


These articles appeared in the main Cleveland newspaper, the Plain Dealer, just five months after the first A.A. group was formed in Cleveland. The articles resulted in hundreds of calls for help from suffering alcoholics who reached out for the hope that the fledgling Alcoholics Anonymous offered.

The thirteen reliable members of the Cleveland group handled as many as 500 calls in the first month following the appearance of Davis’ articles. The following year Cleveland could boast 20 to 30 groups with hundreds of members.

Read 1st Article

Alcoholics Anonymous Makes Its Stand Here
October 23, 1939 Cleveland Plain Dealer

In a previous installment, Mr. Davis outlined the plan of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization of former drinkers who have found a solution to liquor in association for mutual aid. This is the second of a series.


There is no blinking the fact that Alcoholics Anonymous, the amazing society of ex-drunks who have cured each other of an incurable disease, is religious. Its members have cured each other frankly with the help of God. Every cured member of the Cleveland Fellowship of the society, like every cured member of the other chapters now established in Akron, New York, and elsewhere in the country, is cured with the admission that he submitted his plight wholeheartedly to a Power Greater than Himself.

He has admitted his conviction that science cannot cure him, that he cannot control his pathological craving for alcohol himself, and that he cannot be cured by the prayers, threats, or pleas of his family, employers, or friends. His cure is a religious experience. He had to have God’s aid. He had to submit to a spiritual housecleaning.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a completely informal society, wholly latitudinarian in every respect but one. It prescribes a simple spiritual discipline, which must be followed rigidly every day. The discipline is fully explained in a book published by the society.


That is what makes the notion of the cure hard for the usual alcoholic to take, at first glance, no matter how complete his despair. He wants to join no cult. He has lost faith, if he ever had it, in the power of religion to help him. But each of the cures accomplished by Alcoholics Anonymous is a spiritual awakening. The ex-drunk has adopted what the society calls “a spiritual way of life.”

How, then, does Alcoholics Anonymous differ from the other great religious movements which have changed social history in America? Wherein does the yielding to God that saves a member of this society from his fatal disease, differ from that which brought the Great Awakening that Jonathan Edwards preached, or the New Light revival of a century ago, or the flowering of Christian Science, or the camp meeting evangelism of the old Kentucky-Ohio frontier, or the Oxford Group successes nowadays?

Read Complete 2nd Article

Outreach Corner

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NOCCO Hotline - (714) 773-HELP (4357)

We are available 24/7.  All calls are confidential.  Phones answered by sober volunteers.


101 Meeting Starters: A Guide to Better Twelve Step Discussions


101 Meeting Starters is a friendly, first-ever guide to making the most of Twelve Step meetings. Anyone who has participated in a Twelve Step meeting knows the benefit of these confidential forums for sharing the experience, strength, and hope that sustain recovery. Sometimes, however, meetings get sidetracked by irrelevant topics, dominant speakers, or other distractions, leaving attendees feeling frustrated or unfulfilled. This collection of dynamic Twelve Step "meeting starters" brings focus and meaning to group discussions with topics including "Dealing with Rejection," "Attracting Trouble," "Happy Coincidences," and "Live and Let Live.

$18.00 + plus tax

NOCCO can take orders over the phone and ship to you. 

Call us at (714) 773-4577 for all of your A.A. literature needs.

NOCCO's Neighborhood Notables

November Birthdays

It Works If You Work It, One Day At A Time.


Pete R. - 11/01/2012 - 9 Years

Sandra F. - 11/01/1991 - 29 Years

Tresa - 11/05/2018 - 3 Years

Rick M. - 11/05/1970 - 51 Years

Becky B. - 11/07/2007 - 14 Years

Mario C. - 11/07/2019 - 2 Years

Steve C. - 11/10/2019 - 2 Years

Woody H. - 11/17/2009 - 12 Years

Laura M. - 11/20/2017 - 4 Years

Leslie G. - 11/21/1985 - 36 Years

Terry V. - 11/23/1989 - 32 Years

Terri P. - 11/25/2016 - 5 Years

Catie W. - 11/27/2000 - 21 Years

Nancy R. - 11/28/1985 - 36 Years

Jay B. - 11/28/2018 - 3 Years


We want to start acknowledging yearly milestones in sobriety each month.  Email with your month and date and we will add your annual birthday to our list.

Faithful Fivers

Thank you for your August contributions of $5 to NOCCO.  To join the Faithful Fivers club, go online to  Every time you buy NOCCO a cup of coffee, an angel gets her wings! - (or something like that).

December 2021
Ugly Christmas Sweater Comedy Night
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InterGroup Meeting -  Nov 10 @7:30pm

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

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Group Contributions 

To help support local essential services, the General Service Conference suggests that individual groups, through an informed group conscience, adopt a specific contribution plan.  Click below to see all of the Group Contributions from last month.

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Statement of Financial Position

Each month, NOCCO provides accounting detail of income and expenses to indicate net profit or loss over the last month.  This information is available to any group or member.  Click below to see the financial detail from last month.

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NOCCO Appreciates Your

7th Tradition Support

Even though meetings, 12-step services and operations have shifted to a hybrid environment, expenses continue as we navigate the re-opening of meetings, which underscores the importance of practicing the Seventh Tradition. We still stock literature, handle 12-step calls around the clock, and assist those with a desire to stop drinking. Your generous support is critical and appreciated.

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General Service  Announcements

Area Delegates

Mid Southern California Area 09 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Ed L. - Panel 70

Mitchell B. - Panel 72


Southern California Area 05 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Lauren A. - Panel 71


Central California Area 93 of Alcoholics Anonymous

Karla Y. - Panel 71

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The Grapevine Half-Hour Variety Hour

Each week Don and Sam will interview a different member about their experience, strength and hope, in a casual "meeting after the meeting" manner.  Special features will enhance each episode.
A new podcase episode will be available in English every Monday
Episode 1: Who Are We?
Episode 2: Behind the Curtain
Episode 3: 186 Home Groups
Episode 4: God Talk

Revised and New Items of AAWS Literature

We are delighted to announce that several items of revised and new literature published in adherence with Advisory Actions of the 71st General Service Conference—reflecting the group conscience of our Fellowship—are now available. Also, other items will be coming soon!

New:  “Experience Has Taught Us: An Introduction to Our Twelve Traditions”
Available online now on and in print in English (P-91)French (FP-91) and Spanish (SP-91)

New:  “Hispanic Women in A.A.”
Available online now on and in print in English (P-90) and Spanish (SP-90).  French edition (FP-90) available online and in print December 2021

Revised:  “Faith Leaders Ask about A.A.”

“Faith Leaders Ask About A.A.” (formerly titled “Members of the Clergy Ask About Alcoholics Anonymous”)  Available now online on and in print in English (P-25)French (FP-25) and Spanish (SP-25)

Revised:  A.A. Service Manual 2021-2023

A.A. Service Manual, 2021-2023 Combined with the Twelve Concepts for World Service [newly updated, revised and redesigned].  In English (BM-31), French (FBM-31) and Spanish (SBM-31)  Available in downloadable PDF by Clicking Here


GSO's publishing director provided a verbal update on the viable options to make A.A. literature in digital formats available for alcoholics in correctional facilities.  In collaboration with AA Grapevine, contracts are in place with several major vendors that provide tablets into correctional facilities.  It was reported that much progress has been experienced within Canada as well.

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.

Thanks to all contributors who support NOCCO.  

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