Meeting Guidelines


This information is not endorsed by A.A. The information provided is subject to change and changes are likely as each group continues to learn the best way to carry its message to its members.

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Tradition 7

It was realised very early on that it was important for the group to still be able to put money back into the service structure. Therefore, a PayPal account was set up with the purpose of donating 100% of the proceeds of the group into Belfast Area.

A PayPal account can be set up by a group member (probably the treasurer) and directly linked to the group’s bank account.

As you might see within our scripts is that we have chosen to mention tradition 7 more than the usual amount. This is due to many groups being shut down with no access to funds to keep their premises. Therefore, by ensuring members are aware of the need for contributions has never been greater to ensure the groups get the help they’ll need when this is all over.

Tradition 12

There have been many discussions surrounding the anonymity aspect of video conferencing being used for meetings.

In response to this an additional statement was added to all meeting scripts to ensure all group members were aware of the limitations to their privacy. All members are given the option to protect their privacy but not connecting video to the meeting and having an alias instead of their name if required.

It is the conscience of this group that we inform our members of the anonymity and privacy limitations to the Zoom platform and allow them to make their own decisions accordingly.

More Information

Please note more information can be found on the Creating Zoom Meetings and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

A note about sharing

Please be mindful when sharing that we share in a general way as suggested by the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous.


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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, organisation, or institution, does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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