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The Steps and Traditions of AA stress the importance of preserving the anonymity of members and warning against breaking anonymity in various media forms. The 'digital' era provides new challenges compared with conventional press and radio, especially because members using 'digital' platforms might accidentally reveal their own identity just by signing-in to video-conferencing using the (default) setting full name or within their email address. The user name can be changed easily, and we thought it might be helpful to share the information below.

How to Maintain Anonymity in an Online Zoom Meeting: When you join a Zoom meeting, you will see a screen “Join a Meeting” and a box with your name in it. You can change your name in the box before joining a meeting so that you maintain anonymity: eg, First Name and Initial of Last Name (or a number). Also see this link.

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Due to the COVID-19 situation and government recommendations on social distancing, the ANZAA committee for 2020 has decided to postpone this years ANZAA 2020 event for April. It is hoped that it will take place later in the year - once it is safe enough to do so. If the event does get cancelled all together, the ANZAA committee for 2020 has advised it will refund tickets.

Until then, please await the news of a potential date later in the year as tickets will be transferred to that date. Yours in Unity and Service,

AA NSW Service Council Inc.


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AA NSW Service Council Inc


ABN: 30 477 528 898


Tel: (02) 8872 0235


This message gratefully acknowledges and borrows from the recent message issued by AA World Services, Inc.

Many members have sought guidance on whether AA Weekly Meeting Groups in NSW can or even should continue to have physical gatherings despite the increasing Coronavirus (COVID-19) “Social Distancing” restrictions. Your Service Council is a repository for all AA members and groups in NSW who are looking for the shared experience of the Fellowship. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we are fully committed to continue to serve as a resource centre of shared experience to help navigate this unprecedented public health emergency.

AA does not have an authoritative body over our groups, it does not initiate rules or directives, as each AA group and entity is autonomous and decisions are made through its group conscience. Providing guidance on health issues is outside the scope of any AA body. For anyone experiencing a health and safety question, it is suggested that they contact the Australian or State health authorities for appropriate information. However, in response to the global outbreak, we do have some general experience regarding how some AA groups and members have responded.

Many building owners have required AA meetings to cease. Many groups have decided that whilst AA is recognised and respected by all levels of government as falling under “essential” health services, it is practically prohibitive to run AA “physical” meetings due to the unmanageable risks and severe possible consequences. They are following the “Social Distancing’’ guidelines, while at the same time maintaining their recovery and attending “digital” AA meetings. By way of digital meetings, groups can continue to focus on AA’s primary purpose: to carry its message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Many groups have alerted local AA offices if they are temporarily not meeting in their regular space. Some groups have shared that they are utilising digital platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or conducting conference calls. AA groups are also creating contact lists, keeping in touch by phone, email or social media. Many local AA central/intergroup offices, and areas have added information to their websites about how to change a meeting format from “in-person” to a digital platform. AA in the digital age has certainly taken on a new meaning in these challenging times.


· Subscribe to “AA Reviver” -- the “Meeting-in-Print” – reviver@aansw.org.au

· https://aameetings.org.au/

· http://www.aamacarthur.com.au/meetings/