Now playing: Seven video teleconference Seacoast OA meetings each week

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Thanks to Seacoast OA members Anne C., Emily K., Susan L., and Venture D., we now have seven regular video teleconference meetings. All will recur weekly until the crisis is past, and we can once again meet face-to-face.

Here’s the respective meeting links:
The links above will remain the same each week, so you may want to bookmark this page for easy access to them.
For Southern Maine Intergroup meetings, click here: http://oamaine.org/about/southern-maine-intergroup/ and look for Zoom information in the meeting list.
For Central Mass Intergroup meetings, click here: http://www.centmassint.org/docs/2020/CMIList.pdf
For New Hampshire Intergroup meetings, click here: https://oanewhampshire.org/find-a-meeting 
Mass Bay Intergroup has informed us of two recurring Zoom meetings as well:
There is also a Northshore phoner, audio only, but the number recurs weekly.
  • Tuesday 9:30 AM Big Book Step Study: Call 605.475.4700 and enter 888559#
Here’s how to attend a Zoom meeting and participate virtually.
If you already have the Zoom teleconferencing app on your computer/tablet/smartphone…
1) Click on the appropriate link above a couple minutes before the start time and join
2) Remember to remain on mute during the meeting itself unless you are sharing
3) Use the chatbox feature to share numbers, indicate you can sponsor, or just be supportive.
If you don’t already have Zoom’s FREE video-conferencing app…
1) You need an active internet connection
2) You need an internet-enabled device such as computer, tablet, or smartphone.
3) Click on the link at about 5:50 to get everything installed and ready prior to the meeting’s start.
4) You’ll be prompted to download and install the app. Do so.
5) Once the app is installed, you’ll be prompted to join the meeting: Do so. It’s OK if you’re early or late, you’ll be able to join.
6) Once you join, you have the option of being on camera or not. Toggle the little camera icon near the bottom left of the Zoom screen to turn it on or off. You’ll still be able to see/hear everyone else if the camera is off.
7) You will arrive into the meeting on mute. You can mute/unmute your microphone using the little microphone icon located near the camera icon. Please mute when you are not sharing.
8) If you have any questions, please use the chat feature in the row of icons at the bottom rather than interrupt the meeting by voice.
Zoom is very easy to use and will require just a few minutes to settle into. See you online!

Important information about COVID-19 and our local OA meetings

Please note updates and additions in red.
With COVID-19 safety measures being taken, we have a few items to report about our local meetings.

Suspended meetings

The following meetings are suspended until further notice by their host facilities’ or members’ request:

  • Monday night in Dover, Wentworth/Douglass Hospital
  • Tuesday Night Durham at St. George’s Church
  • Wednesday night South Berwick
  • Thursday 6:00 PM in Portsmouth
  • Thursday 7:15ish men’s meeting in Portsmouth
  • Friday 10:00 AM in York
  • Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, York Hospital
  • Sunday morning, Portsmouth Hospital
  • Sunday night Wells meeting
How to report a suspended meeting
If you become aware of any additional suspensions of meetings, please reply to this email address so that we can promulgate the information to all our members.
Supplementing while local meetings are suspended
Please consider phone and online meetings as an alternative to face-to-face meetings. OA.org has a list of phone and online meetings, and several members of our Intergroup recommend A Vision for You, a Big Book study meeting with a strong message of hope through the Steps.
Meeting hygiene
Please, please, please use strong hygiene practices before, during, and after meetings. Remember you may not be symptomatic, and COVID-19 can be transmitted prior to symptoms appearing.
  • If you are immunodeficient, have underlying health conditions, or are in a high-risk group for COVID-19, please ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to attend a face-to-face meeting.
  • If you have been in contact directly or even indirectly with anyone infected, please ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to attend a face-to-face meeting.
  • If you are symptomatic (coughing, aching, fever, fatigue), DO NOT ATTEND A FACE-TO-FACE MEETING unless you’ve gotten a negative diagnosis for COVID-19—when in doubt, sit it out.
  • Wash your hands before the meeting, soaping for 20 seconds or longer (the length of the ABCs song)
  • Sneeze into your shoulder, not your hands—the hand(s) do not block all the spray.
  • Cough into your shoulder, not your hand—the hand does not block all the spray.
  • If you cough or sneeze into your hand, wash it before you have contact with other members.
  • Use personal distancing—sit about three feet from your fellows.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and other close personal contact.
  • And, obviously, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home.
We addicts have distorted, self-centered thinking. Remember to think of others first to avoid receiving or spreading infection.
Thank you!