We are re-posting this message from the SAA ISO office sent out on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Dear Friend in Recovery,
We hope you and your family are safe and healthy during the current health crisis.
The constantly changing situation with COVID-19 is affecting our fellowship in many ways. Many meeting venues have closed or limited the number of people who can gather together, and thus the number of active face-to-face group meetings has been drastically reduced. Many affected meetings are switching to meeting by electronic means, such as a conference call, a phone social app or a web teleconference app. If you search the Internet for "online meetings and video conferencing" you can find many options. There are also some free telemeeting services.
We have had inquiries about whether ISO can change all applicable group meeting information on the website from face-to-face to their new electronic ones. Unfortunately, the work involved in changing so many meeting listings would simply overwhelm the office staff and prevent us from carrying out the usual services that we do for the fellowship.
Please make sure that the local contacts for your group are up to date on our website, so that you may inform those who contact you about any changes in your meeting status or location.
To ensure that people looking for help will contact your local contacts first, we have updated our "Find a Meeting" page with the following message:
Due to the COVID-19 virus, some SAA meetings may be temporarily suspended, have changed location, or have moved to an electronic format. Resultingly, our website list may not be 100% up-to-date. Please reach out to the listed local meeting contacts and location for each group you are interested in attending, to make sure that the group is still meeting and that they have not temporarily changed location or switched to an electronic meeting. Also, please don't forget about our telephone and electronic meetings!
Remember, there are 140 regular weekly meetings in electronic format. We are making the regular telemeetings the first list you will see on the "Find a Meeting" page. We have also added a function on our 7th Tradition page to easily donate to the ISO:
Your donations will help us keep the ISO office open during these trying times.
We all hope this situation does not last very long and our lives can become more normal. The most important thing for us to remember is to stay connected. Do not isolate. Go to one of the existing telemeetings or have a group conscience and decide how to stay connected during this time of uncertainty.
At this time the 2020 Convention in Columbus is still on schedule. We are watching CDC information closely and hope the registrations for the convention keep coming in. We have over 30 workshop submissions and all the are speakers lined up. We will update you as more information becomes available.
Please be safe out there and follow the World Health Organization's 5 rules: