The Marina Dock Newsletter June 2002
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
Thank you for your much
needed continued financial and moral support. I would like to
thank everyone who, over the last month, sent us a donation, paid
their dues, or bought their refreshments at the Marina Dock. I
noticed over the last few months an increase in contributions
for coffee and beverages – that really does make a difference
and helps us considerably in meeting our operating expenses.
Our coffee, by the way, is by all accounts
pretty good – more favorable than anything else available across the city,
and it is available from 6:00 am to 11:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and on
the Friday nights we are open until 1:30 am (we’re open more than Starbucks,
Tullys and Peets!).
I have to tell you that I did not think that
this was any big deal until I visited New Orleans for a few days recently,
where twelve step meetings are few and far between and the only establishments
open late any night are down in the French Quarter on Bourbon and Decatur
A renewed appreciation
My weekend trip to New Orleans was
my first time out of the city in about seven years. Before this, my idea of
the Deep South used to be places like Millbrae, San Carlos, Burlingame and
New Orleans is definitely interesting, well
worth visiting, and I’m glad I made the trip.
What I got from my sojourn was a renewed
appreciation for what I had taken for granted for many years about having
twelve step meetings in abundance without having to ride public transport
for several miles in order to find one.
Meetings large and small
All meetings are good is the refrain;
it’s just the saying goes “that some are better than others”.
For a lot of us, including myself, that somehow
translates into “good” if it is a well attended meeting and “not good” if
the meeting is small (a small meeting being a dozen people or less). All of
the meetings I attended in New Orleans were great meetings and all of them
were, in terms of number, around fifteen people or less and were considered
big meetings. What this experience did for me was to make me take another
look at the smaller meetings at the Marina Dock through a totally different
lens and realize that these meetings, usually mid-morning and early afternoon,
are absolutely vital for those of us who work irregular hours and cannot make
early morning or evening meetings.
Clarification on a number of issues pertaining to meetings
All twelve step meetings at the Marina Dock
are autonomous, as well as being self-supporting.
Theoretically, every twelve step meeting
that takes place at he facility is self-supporting because the Marina Dock
accepts whatever amount of money is collected from the groups – an amount
that usually falls well short of our suggested hourly rent for the meeting
room in question. That was the policy of the Dry Dock before us and it’s still
This philosophy makes meeting space available
to smaller groups that could not survive at other locations because of fixed
rents and other related costs. In this way, we are allowing groups that meet
at the Marina Dock to fulfill their seventh tradition requirement as well
as their primary purpose, i.e., “to carry the message to the
person still suffering”.
The difference between Free and Free for the Taking
AA schedules and pamphlets are free for
the taking at the Marina Dock. What that means is we freely make available pamphlets and
schedules that are paid for though group contributions (the aforementioned
rent). Schedules cost five cents each and the pamphlet kits are $14.00 each.
We usually go through on average about 2-3
boxes of pamphlets and approximately 800 to 1000 schedules each month. Total
cost is around $90 per month.
In keeping with our continued commitment to
excellent, we have fitted the Social Room and the West Room with a high quality
The West Room has undergone a total transformation,
new soundproof walls and ceiling and a new paint job. Everyone seems to like
the positive energy. It’s now a great meeting place.
Meetings in need of
support and Service
We have a wide range of CODA and ACA meetings
throughout the week at the Marina Dock.
As I mentioned earlier, meetings are autonomous
and self-supporting – so please support them. The following ACA and CODA meetings
at the Marina Dock are in need of support.
Codependents Anonymous (CODA)
- Tuesday 6:20 pm
- Thursday 8:20 pm (Women)
- Friday 6:30 pm
- Saturday 4:45 pm
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
The meeting times are:
- Tuesday 1:30 pm
- Wednesday 7:30 pm
- Saturday 11:05 am (Beginners)
- Saturday Noon
- Sunday 6:30 pm
New Meetings And Contact Information
ACA. The Intergroup Board for Adult Children
of Alcoholics has recently revamped (or resurrected, as they say themselves)
their phone system and the new ACA phone number is 415-706-4168.
OA. A new Overeaters Anonymous meeting
every Thursday other, OA Women from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the middle room.
AA (Beginners) The AA meeting on Sunday
evening is at 8:30 pm and not 8:00 pm. The latest schedule will include this
Remember you can get our schedule, freely
available at the Marina Dock with up to date information on meetings and workshops.
This schedule can also be downloaded from our website at www.marinadock.org.
Anyone interested in starting a twelve
step meeting please inquire at the front desk.
As always, we are in need of
financial support and as always, if you are running on empty and cannot afford
to give at this time that’s all right. If you are feeling down and you are
in dire need of some TLC, just come on down. So, that’s it for now. Until
next time, the solution is love.
Anthony T. Murray (“Irish Tony”)