Online Meeting Information

Setting up an Online Meeting

The following information is a starting place to set up an online meeting for your group by using a free or a very low-cost conferencing service.

    • Take a group conscience.
    • Designate a service position to start the account.
    • Organize the distribution of the information (dial-in number and code)
    • Host the online meeting.

Test out one of the existing online groups to get a feel for how internet or phone meetings run.  

Free and Low-Cost Technologies 

Zoom.com
Free services include the following, but a low-cost monthly subscription will remove most of these restrictions:

    • Host up to 100 participants
    • Unlimited 1-to-1 meetings
    • 40-min limit on group meeting
    • Unlimited number of meetings

FreeConferenceCall.com
FreeConferenceCall.com is easy to use and is  free for a basic account.

    • Sign up is instant.
    • Requires an e-mail and password.
    • Phone number and Access Code provided immediately at scheduling.
    • Online Meeting ID also provided for hosting meetings from their web site.
    • Available 24 hours a day without any reservations.

Hosting Online Meetings

    • Here is an example meeting script if you want to use:  » Online Meeting Script
    • Please log in 15 minutes early to start the meeting room and offer technical assistance.
    • Everyone should mute their phone unless they want to share, or want to interject a laugh or other non-disruptive sound.
    • If you hosting/chairing Zoom meetings, or you know someone who is, here are some tips to turn off screen sharing.
    • Evidently trolls have figured out how to disrupt online Zoom meetings and the article below shows you how to turn this feature off. https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/17/zoombombing/
    • If two people try to share at the same time, the facilitator or chairperson can break the tie if needed.
    • Due to lag in conference calls, have one person lead the opening/closing prayers. 

Maintaining Online Anonymity

To maintain online anonymity, default settings within Zoom need to be changed.  

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 sub-tab that can 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 Autosaving 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 

7th Tradition – Contributions and Self Support

The Seventh Tradition states: “Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” While contributions cover each group’s rent and other expenses, the Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but also their intergroup/central office, local services, district, area, and the General Service Office remain self-supporting.

NOCCO has set-up a 7th Tradition Virtual Basket to be passed around your meetings.  Contributions can be made three ways:

  • Visa/Mastercard/Discover/AmEx/PayPal:  https://www.aanoc.org/donate/contributions
  • Venmo: @nocco-aa  (App available at the App Store or Google Play):
  • USPS:  NOCCO – 1661 E. Chapman Ave – Suite 1H – Fullerton, CA 92831