Please see our updated, in-person meeting and zoom schedule. All meetings are still available on zoom for those unable to attend in person. Masks and social distancing are required while on the hospital campus. All attendees need to enter M Health Campus through the West Building lobby entrance and answer covid contact questions.
For those attending meetings in person or on Zoom, 7th tradition contributions can be made on Venmo: @Aa-FairviewRiverside or by mail to: AA Treasurer, 1575 Christie Place, St. Paul 55106
AA’s Preamble and 7th Tradition tell us: There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions…. The Seventh Tradition: Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. The AA brochure The Twelve Traditions Illustrated reminds us, “As active alcoholics we were always looking for a handout—in one way or another.” “Experience has taught us also, that AA as a whole needs to be self-supporting and independent.” AA at Fairview Riverside serves suffering alcoholics with time, fellowship, meetings, and sponsors. In addition, your donations help us bring support such as:
Why not talk about the 7th Tradition in your group to see if action is needed? Suggested voluntary contribution: $2 per week
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1. Select FV_Welcome from the list of available WIFI signals on your device.
2. When asked for a Network key enter Fairview!
3. You will see an option to request a guest or visitor account. Select that.
4. You will be asked to enter your name, email address, phone number and then to agree to the terms of service.
5. You will receive a visitor ID and passcode which you can use to join the FV_Welcome network.
6. Once you are logged in you can start or join your Zoom meeting.
When we eventually can start meeting in person, there will be reasons why some members will not be able to attend the in-person component of the meeting:
There are two ways to address the above limitations:
1. Parallel meetings: two separate meetings, happening at the same time- one online meeting and one in-person meeting, that have nothing to do with each other.
2. Hybrid meeting: one meeting that includes some attending in person and other members participating in the meeting from remote locations via online platform like Zoom.
Advantage: it is the simplest solution to address those who cannot attend the in-person meetings. We continue as we have, limitless attendance to online meetings, and the necessary limitations to the in- person meetings.
Disadvantage: If someone shows up to an in-person meeting, and for some reason cannot be admitted (health reasons, and/or will not comply with the requirements for attendance), they may be disappointed when directed to the online meeting to find that the same folks attending the in-person meeting are not there.
Eventually, the group will start to feel as though they are two entities and may result in a division of the online vs in-person attendees.
Why Bother with Hybrid meetings?
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SETTING UP A HYBRID MEETING
Experience shared on hybrid meetings: Be sure to include those online equally with those who are meeting in person. Sometimes when attending as an online participant to a hybrid meeting, those online don’t feel like they are part of the meeting.
Good coordination between zoom portion, and in-person meeting.
Decide who will lead the meeting, the online or in-person member. Be sure, especially in business meetings and/or discussion meetings that all are included in the discussion and able to participate freely. That may require a dedicated person in the in-person meeting to look after the folks online, looking for raised hands and watching the chat for issues or problems raised in addition to the in-person chair/facilitator
Equal Participation: Consider alternating between in-person share and online person share.Good idea to have at least 1 person, maybe 2 online facilitating the online component (aka a zoom tech and an online chair).
Anonymity: have an announcement, or let people know as they are coming into the meeting that this is a hybrid meeting and give people at the In-Person meeting the option to sit out of view of the camera, or give people the option to point the camera at their feet. For those online, they should be advised and may not want to have their video turned on.
IMPORTANT: Zoom Host should disable the option to record the meeting.
TECHNICAL SET UP FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEETINGS:
A HYBRID MEETING WILL NEED
In-person members: Reliable participants in the In-person location to open the meeting and ensure that safety precautions are being followed (see suggested guidelines from the Breakout Rooms on Safety for In-Person meetings)
In-Person Zoomer: One person in the In-Person meeting will provide the computer/cell phone to sign on to zoom (data charges may apply) and give those Online access to the in-person meeting.
Zoom Host: this will be someone attending the meeting remotely and will let online participants out of the waiting room and into the zoom meeting.
Optional: Zoom Tech: depending on the size of the meeting, it might be helpful to have a zoom tech, who can assist the Zoom host in the necessities of online meetings.
Their responsibilities can include welcoming folks as they arrive, ensuring the anonymity of online participants (first name, last initial), and bounce out any disruptors.
Informed Group Conscience: Make sure when deciding how to move forward you are in touch with all group members and that it comes from a place of an informed group conscience.
The virtual host should verify the Internet connection and equipment are functioning prior to the start of the meeting. The checklist should include:
Three Scenarios for Hybrid Meetings
*Before using this information please read and discuss the “Building Use Guidelines During Covid-19 Re-Opening”
It is that time of the year for each group to elect a member to serve on the Board of Trustees. Please read this or raise this issue at your AA Meetings. Serving on the Board is a great way to serve your AA group and to meet other members of the Fairview Riverside AA community. Your participation is very important at this time! Please send a representative. The purpose of the Board of Trustees is to serve the Groups of A.A. at Fairview Riverside as a common voice in matters concerning the A.A. membership and other groups, Fairview Riverside Rehabilitation Center, the A.A. community in Minnesota, and the A.A. community at large. As a practical matter, the Board of Trustees manages the finances, paying rent to the hospital, and decides what percentages and amounts of collected contributions are distributed to the AA service organizations. The Board also coordinates 12 step opportunities for the groups, and organizes and staffs the St. Mary’s/Fairview Riverside hospitality suite at Gopher State Round-up. The Board of Trustees for AA at Fairview Riverside meets at 6:15 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at the lobby lounge by the Brennan Center in the east building.
We will continue to post the monthly Treasurer’s Report and Secretary’s Report on our website, www.aafairviewriverside.org each month. If any group has any questions, concerns, or comments that they would like to bring to the attention of the Board of Directors, please send a note or letter through the mailbox on the fifth floor, call Bruce M. (Treasurer) at (612) 816-7929, or e-mail Bruce M. at email@example.com
AA at Fairview Riverside Board of Trustees
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