UPDATED: Central Office Masks Up – Curbside Service Available. Occupancy limit of 3 in Front Area.

Following new guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health, we ask that anyone coming into Albuquerque Central Office wear a mask. A mask is needed regardless of your vaccination status. Furthermore, Central Office now has a occupancy limit of three people in the front (retail) area. With a coordinator or alternate coordinator, and a desk worker, this means only one or two visitors at a time. If you’d like to make a purchase but would rather not come inside, or others are already inside, call us and we’ll do curbside service. Each month, Intergroup and the Central Office Steering Committee will monitor Covid statistics and modify this policy as appropriate.

This is for the health of the special workers and the desk volunteers, as well as your own. Thank you very much!

New Meeting Change Form

Central Office is taking a bold step into the 21st century with an all-electronic meeting change form! It can also be used to let us know about new meetings. There’s a link to this form at the top of the Meetings page. You can also get the form here. It is also linked at the top and bottom of the Meetings page, and the bottom of each meeting detail page.

Completing the form will send the information to our Schedule Editor, and the information will be updated in our Meetings page. This will also update the Meeting Guide app, automatically, as well as the schedule at the Area 46 website.

24/7 On-Line Meetings

If you need a meeting right now, and are willing to do it on-line, here are two sites that have A.A. meetings at all hours. You may find yourself in a meeting in a foreign country! Meetings at these sites use Zoom.

AA Intergroup has listings of on-line meetings meetings worldwide.

A site called “aahomegroup.org” will show you meetings happening right now.

If you need to get Zoom, go here. A quick video tutorial is here.

Thank You for Your Support! Please Continue to be Generous

The volunteers and staff at Albuquerque Central Office are heartened by your consistently generous financial support of our AA Fellowship!

Last year, it was a real scramble to transition the on-line published meeting schedule from traditional face-to-face AA meetings to mostly on-line Zoom meetings. Interacting with the Office during pandemic cautions was inconvenient for the Fellowship. Our many desk-worker volunteers were no longer able to gain from doing their service work. The staff fielded a blizzard of calls for information.

But it’s not over! Even with state-wide vaccinations having an impact, we will continue to need your help. Night phones, staffed by volunteers, are a vital connection to the alcoholic who still suffers. Lower than average book/pamphlet sales during the pandemic left the Office more dependent on your contributions, to maintain operations. Because of lost sales, our bank balance dropped by over $4000 (25%) in 2020, but has increased by over $269 through the first half of 2021. Only your generosity keeps Central Office going.

Thank you all for sustaining us through this period of challenge. Please keep the Central Office in mind as you apportion your AA contributions. You may give directly via Paypal at the “Support Us” page.

Our spiritual way of life is safe for future generations if, as a Society, we resist the temptation to receive money from the outside world. But this leaves us with a responsibility – one that every member ought to understand. We cannot skimp when the treasurer of our group passes the hat. Our groups, our areas, and AA as a whole will not function unless our services are sufficient and their bills are paid.    

Reprinted from “Respecting Money”, The Language of the Heart (4th ed.), p. 221, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Remote Meetings Are More Than Zoom!

The Accessibilities and Remote Communities Committee of District 12 has put together a fine pamphlet about alternatives to face-to-face meetings. There are options other than Zoom! A.A. has been passing around our experience, strength, and hope in many ways outside of face-to-face meetings since way before the pandemic. This pamphlet is a great summary of some of these alternatives. You can download it here.