Suggested online meeting format

Alcoholics Anonymous
ONLINE Meeting Agenda template

Please use all or any portion of this suggested format as your group desires

ZOOM HOST Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This is the regular open meeting of the
_____________________________ Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. My name is _____, and I am an alcoholic and your current Secretary or Co-Secretary along with ______.

For today’s meeting _____ is our Zoom host, helping me with
meeting logistics. Please treat this online meeting as you would an in-person meeting and refrain from activities that would be distracting to others. To minimize background noise, we have
muted all participants. However, you have the ability to un-mute yourself at any time.

A word about anonymity: If you are concerned about your full name being shown—or your photo—you can click on the video down on the bottom of your screen on the
dashboard.

You can also disable your video by clicking the video icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Also, the “record meeting” function in Zoom has been disabled.

If you are in a public setting, please turn off your video and use your headphones so others can’t hear the meeting. If anyone interrupts the meeting, the host will mute everyone and remove that person so we can resume the meeting quickly.

This meeting follows principles of privacy and anonymity through suggested Central Office and Zoom guidelines. Ultimately, your privacy is your responsibility.

SECERTARY

Shall we open the meeting with a moment of silence to do with as you wish, followed by the Serenity Prayer. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

I will now read the definition of Alcoholics Anonymous:
“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.”

I have asked _ to read “How it Works” from the beginning of
Chapter 5 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. (Reminder for
secretary/host: If the reader forgets to unmute, you can do that for them. Thank you _____ for reading.

A reminder before we ask about birthdays, visitors and newcomers: please unmute yourself if you would like to share a birthday, identify yourself as a visitor or let us know if you are a newcomer.

Are there any AA birthdays we can help celebrate?

Do we have anyone visiting from outside the area or anyone at this meeting for the first time?

It is also the custom of this group to ask if there are newcomers. We define newcomers as people in their first 30 days of sobriety. We would be grateful if you would introduce yourself by your first name only. This is not meant to embarrass you but rather to give us a chance to get to know you better. Are there any newcomers?

Are there any AA related announcements from the group? (Optional)

These are the regular announcements: (Optional)

This meeting encourages sponsorship. Will all those with a working
knowledge of the Twelve Steps who are willing to be sponsors please raise your hands and keep them up. If you are looking for a sponsor, just look around. To connect with someone, use the Zoom chat feature. Just tap the chat icon at the bottom of Zoom and select the person you’d like to message.

If you would like a copy of our phone list, please use chat to share
your email address with us and we will send it you. (Optional)

This is a one hour speaker discussion meeting. Our chairperson shares his/her experience, strength and hope with the group and then opens the meeting for discussion. It is my pleasure to introduce our speaker _________. Thank you, ____________ (speaker’s name).

We have no dues or fees in A.A., but we do pay our own way. In accordance with the Seventh Tradition, your contributions will be greatly appreciated. The money you put in the electronic basket helps support General Service and our Central Office and will be used for rent, coffee, and snacks when we resume our in person meetings. You can Venmo your contribution to _____________ Our treasurer will also share that Venmo account name in the chat window for everyone.

We have reached the discussion portion of our meeting. If you’d like to share, please unmute and introduce yourself before sharing. The topic suggested by our speaker is ____. The meeting is now open for sharing.

That is all the time we have. I’d like to recognize and
thank a number of people:

  • Our birthday people (happy birthday everyone) . . .
  • Our visitors (welcome) . . .
  • Our newcomers (welcome and keep coming back) . . .
  • I’d also like to thank all the people that make this meeting possible.
  • Please join with me in a special thank you to our speaker __for sharing with us today!

Please remember: Who you see here, what you hear here, let it stay here.

I have asked _______ to read the ___________________; after which, for
all those who wish to join us, (speaker) will close the meeting by leading us in the Lords Prayer.