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December 2023 Intergroup Scoop

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Pancake Breakfast and Meeting,

Saturday, December 9, 10 am - 1 pm, Oakland

Flyer with a cartoon of a stack of pancakes covered in syrup text reads Pancakes before personalities all you can eat breakfast
Join members of local Young People in A.A. groups for "Pancakes Before Personalities" all you can eat pancake breakfast, featuring a meeting at 12 pm, a 50/50 raffle, and more! Scan the QR code above for more information.

Rockridge Fellowship Service Workshop,

Sunday, December 10, 2 - 3 pm, Oakland

Many group and fellowship service positions are opening at the beginning of January. Come learn more about these opportunities and what is involved at Rockridge Fellowship, 2989 Howe St, Oakland, on Sunday, December 10th from 2 - 3 pm. For questions email Janine at

District 7 Annual Potluck,

Wednesday, December 20, 7:30 pm, Oakland

Flyer with an image of downtown Oakland text reads Distric 7 Alameda North General Service Annual Potluck Open to all AA members
The Alameda North General Service group is holding its annual potluck on Wednesday, December 20. The potluck begins at 7:30 with a business meeting and speakers, as well as a Concept meeting and GSR orientation starting at 6:30. This event will be held in person at Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, as well as on Zoom. Scan the QR code or visit for more information.

Western Area Conference of Young People in

Alcoholics Anonymous XXV, December 27 - 31, Oakland

Join WACYPAA for their 25th conference, featuring panels, speakers, panel meetings, marathon meetings, and a New Years Eve celebration, taking place at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. Get conference details, including Presidential Suite upgrade raffle, hotel booking, and purchase advance tickets

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Are you planning marathon meetings, potluck, or other upcoming holiday event?
Send your information/flyer by Monday 12/11 to to be featured in a special Holiday Events edition of this newsletter.

Six Tips for Making it Through the Holidays Sober

The holidays can be a difficult time to stay sober for many reasons—protect your sobriety with these tips.
  1. Meetings and more meetings. As is true year-round, meetings are an important tool to keep us connected and sober. Stock up now. It’s always easier to keep going to meetings than to start going to meetings.
  2. Marathon meetings and Fellowship …
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Sponsorship Cafe:

Did Early A.A. Members Have Sponsors?

Did Early A.A. Members Have Sponsors?
by Bill M.
I recently heard someone in a meeting say, “There is no mention of sponsorship in the first 164 pages of the Big Book.” I’ve heard that a few times and always felt it was a glib pronouncement—a myth—so I consulted a word-search program to find out. Guess what? The word “sponsor”…

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December Intergroup Scoop

Notes from the Intergroup Meeting held November 15

Open Position on Board of Directors: There is one opening on the Board for the coming year. If you would like to apply or know someone to nominate, go to the application form.

Bookstore Updates: The new Point of Sale system is working well, making transactions easier and faster. Lindsay P. is restocking medallions and will take advantage of Grapevine …

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12th Step, Tradition, and Concept

Each month we focus on a Step, Tradition, and Concept, and provide a quote from Bill

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

"True ambition is not what we thought it was. True ambition is the …

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Heard in a Meeting: This isn't Wendy's...

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This isn’t Wendy’s—you can’t have it your way.

Sometimes God doesn’t work as fast as 3 shots of tequila, and I have to be patient.

My first sober Christmas I called my parents and said, "Good news! I'm coming home for Christmas." They said...

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Thank You and Goodbye, Leela

We wish to extend a huge thank you to Newsletter Team Member, Leela R., for her year of service on the EBI Scoop newsletter. Leela joined the team in January and has served as Events/Production manager, for 11 regular issues, plus what will be 2 extra holiday issues. Leela produces the email and writes/edits our events features...

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Welcome, Bill M., to the Newsletter Team

We welcome Bill M. to the Newsletter Team. Bill joined in October, after taking the newsletter survey and contacting the team. With long-term sobriety, Bill wanted a different type of service position and hoped to make use of his love of writing. He proposed a monthly column focused on sponsorship…

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Featured Service Position

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Host Groups for First Friday are needed for 2024

Host groups bring appetizers, give a brief group history and do readings. This is a fun way to do service as a group—contact Michael B. at 510-358-9624 for details.

Other open Intergroup positions

• Events Manager / Production Manager for EBI Scoop Newsletter - Events Manager finds special meetings and events and keeps event schedule. Production Manager builds the email newsletter. Both require one year commitment. Contact us at to find out more.

• Chatline Chair still remains an open service position. The Chatline is also in need of volunteers that can communicate in Spanish. Email for more information.

• Interested in volunteering with the 24/7 Helpline? Email Paul at for more information. Any level of commitment is welcome!!

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