The Marina Dock Newsletter November
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
The big news of the
day: The San Francisco Giants just blew a five run lead in game
six of "The Fall Classic". Tomorrow, Sunday will be "the day of
reckoning" game seven in Disneyland. No matter what the outcome
the Giants are no longer boring and Bonds has silenced his critics
batting close to 500 with eight home runs in the past season.
Meanwhile, the Marina Dock is batting close to 1000. We have not
struck out in close to 17 years. Admittedly, we have had some
clutch hits in some key situations from the meat of our lineup.
Note to mention some big plays by our lesser-known players. In
a nutshell, everyone has contributed up and down the lineup and
that's the way it has to be in order for this to work. Small donations
and monthly membership dues are so crucial to our survival. This
month we have added an additional one hundred people to our mailing
list thanks to the sterling work of our counter staff who basically
put this project together all by themselves.
it's a team effort
It's important for me
to remember that the Marina Dock involves the contributions of
many individuals who wish to remain anonymous. Others like the
counter staff manage to skillfully sustain a high level of professionalism
to a clientele that is diverse and eclectic in nature. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank all of them for their compassion
and tolerance under conditions that are sometimes less than ideal.
Not to mention having to deal with someone like me with a reputation
for the flamboyant and a penchant for the phantasmagoric. They
definitely deserve credit.
THE MAILING LIST
As I mentioned, we now
have over six hundred people on our mailing list. Of that six
hundred, there are currently just over two hundred paying members.
In an ideal world we would like all six hundred to contribute
or if we could convince the remaining four hundred to come up
with $20 apiece, we could buy new chairs and pay off some bills.
We are now encouraging people to get on the mailing list. Even
if you are not in a position to contribute, you may someone who
would like to support our cause. I say that for a reason. Recently,
a lady who came in specifically to make a donation simply because
she "likes what we do". I am sure that there are others out there
who would also like to donate if they knew about us and what we
are about. Based on that assumption I have decided to re-issue
a pamphlet we put out last year that gives an overview of our
operation and objectives. If you know someone who could be a potential
donor feel free to share the information with him or her and encourage
him or her to contribute. Also a reminder all donations are 501(c)
(3) tax deductible. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and you can pay
over the Internet. Check out our website at www.marinadock.org
If you visited our website
recently you can see that it has been completely revamped by that
erstwhile and mercurial Irish webmeister, Ultan. Everyone raves
about the site and the high degree of expertise and professionalism
that Ultan has freely invested in the project. Our web site is
widely acclaimed as an invaluable source of information to the
recovery community. On a related issue, with the support of Frank
A. we are now in the process of exploring funding research for
non-profits through the San Francisco Foundation Center. We hope
to learn about the overall grant seeking process, find funding
prospects, develop a fundraising plan and how know-how to write
a good proposal. If any of our members have experience in this
area and you want to share your expertise, we are open to ideas.
ABOUT OUR RENT
I managed to get another
$250 off the rent. It was the best I could do given the fact that
we are in a lease agreement with two years remaining. We did not
have a lot of leverage. The way I see it is that it is $500 less
than we were paying last year. Our rent is now $4,500 per month
for the next two years with no annual CPI adjustments.
The secretary's workshop
has proven to be a big success. Every month more and more people
show up eager for knowledge on AA traditions and principles. Gayle
D. has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to this project.
This is one of those situations where everyone wins. When AA members
and secretaries are well informed, meetings adhere to the format.
The common welfare of the group and AA's spiritual principles
are protected. If you are new and secretarying a meeting for the
first time or are an old timer who needs a refresher course on
conducting a meeting it comes highly recommended. The workshop
is held once a month. Look for the flyer or call the Marina Dock
for the meeting time.
Until next time,
Anthony T Murray (Irish Tony)