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2020 International Convention,  July 2-5,
Detroit, Michigan, is Canceled.
Announcement by Michele Grinberg,
Chair of the General Service Board of A.A.
Live Oak Group continues to meet by group conscience. 
Click Here to View Current District 16 Meeting List. 
Zoom-Experience, Strength and Hope from New York Intergroup:

ZOOM Meetings Protecting Anonymity & Default Settings

For Zoom users: With the rush to shift to online meetings, many of us did not take time to investigate what this meant to the spiritual foundation of our recovery – namely, anonymity. Now that online meetings are accessible, we want to pass on best practices for protecting anonymity. These have been curated from the membership and online resources. 

The default Zoom settings run counter to AA’s spiritual foundation of anonymity. The meetings are publicly accessible and full names and faces are often displayed. Additionally, by default all Zoom meetings are recorded to the cloud. Turning that feature off is simple, fortunately.

There are other settings in the Meeting subtab that can also be adjusted, such as disallowing remote control of devices, file transfer, data sharing with Zoom, and screen sharing.

Here are some suggested settings for your meeting to use. Please note that most, if not all, of the settings below are not the Zoom default:

Go to: Settings > Recording and click off the Local and Cloud recording features.
In the Zoom Settings section, under the Meeting subtab:

  • Require Encryption for Third Party Endpoints
  • Disable Auto saving chats
  • Disable File transfer
  • Disable Feedback to Zoom
  • Disable Screen sharing
  • Disable desktop/screen share for users
  • Disable Remote control
  • Allow Virtual background (this is the Zoom default and allows the user to use a virtual background instead of the inside of their apartment, for example)

In the Zoom Settings section, under the Recording subtab:

  • Disable Local recording
  • Disable Cloud recording
  • Disable Automatic recording 
There have been some problems with Zoom.
Click or Google "Zoom Bombing" to learn more.
Editors Corner..........
I have been sober several years and have no urge to drink. I will be 69 in a couple weeks and have decided to abide with the governor's executive order and stay home, abstaining from meetings, which I really miss. Not sure about "Zoom"-perhaps a tradition issue-more to reveal.  I got feeling out of sorts, like "off the beam" like something was missing-uneasy. So I started calling around daily and talking with people in the program. Some new, some from a long time ago and some from far away-some I have not spoken with in years. It helped me recover my balance and enjoy the quarantine. It helped my realize there was no problem. Only a challenge. 
                                                                                                         -Ralph
Click Here to Contact DCM, Ralph or call (305) 407-0895

7th Tradition contributions can be sent to:
NFAA Group District 16, Area 14
(C/O Living Sober Group)
POB 2684
Lake City, FL 32056

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