Lebanon AA Meetings Online (ELMO)
This document shows how to join and
function in a set of daily on-line AA meetings that are
being conducted for the benefit of people in the area of
Lebanon, Pennsylvania while we need to do social distancing.
By "joining", you become able to hear what is
being said by others at the meeting, and you can request to
speak yourself. No typing is necessary.
If you join using a web link,
then video is enabled, and you can see participants as
Or you can join just using any
kind of phone, which requires no software or smart phone
or computer. You can still speak and hear, but you
cannot see anything.
The session can be conducted sort
of like a regular meeting. You can ask to speak by
clicking on your microphone icon, or by pressing the
asterisk (*) on your phone. You'll be told when it's your
turn to speak.
All meetings last about 60
minutes. The meeting room is open for 15 minutes
before and up to 15 minutes after the meeting's scheduled
starting and ending times, respectively.
You can join a meeting in either
of these ways: (they refer to the table below)
Audio and Video access on a computer, pad, or smart
phone (iPhone or Android) (so you are among
those who can see each other):
- Call 1-201-439-8092. (Charges might
apply for toll (201 is a NJ area code) or minutes,
depending on your phone contract. No software needed.
- You will be asked for the ID number of the
meeting. Look it up in your meeting's row of the
table of meetings below. It is an 8-digit number.
Or, if you use the phone number with a
double comma and the ID number of the meeting and a
pound sign (as shown in the 5th column in the table
below), then you can ignore the spoken instructions and
let your phone enter the ID automatically. Create
a Contact in your contact list that has the longer phone
number with double commas and a trailing hash sign
(pound sign) #, etc., and then you can join the meeting
in just a couple key clicks. The two commas make the
phone wait 6 seconds before sending the meeting
ID. Three seconds per comma.
- When you join Audio-Only, use the asterisk
to request permission to speak. There is no
"Chat." Just hang up when you want to leave.
- In case your phone contact someday
suddenly stops working, go back to lebanonpaaa.org (or
and check whether the group's ID number changed in the
table below. If it still fails, ask Mike F for help.
||Click to join
|Phone number for audio
*The Sunday and Monday IDs got changed from the original
47764720 and 84787452, respectively. Progress, not perfection.
Note: Always navigate to this page and refresh it before joining
a meeting. Changes to meeting ID numbers might happen
These meetings were intentionally scheduled
at diverse times to be available to people with diverse
Mike F. at 717 273 6973 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have
problems or questions.
*Windows users who are protected by
McAfee antivirus software might experience problems when
trying to install EzTalks meeting software (something
you only have to do once). McAfee thinks it sees
dangerous code (a "generic" virus) in the EzTalks
download program, and it disables that software.
To fix that problem, you can download the Windows
version of the EzTalks software to your computer from www.eztalks.com/download
. Just click on the blue button on that web page
for downloading it. What comes to your computer is
a file called "eztalks-install.exe." Watch for that name
near the bottom of your browser's window. Then
(left) click (or double click if one click doesn't
suffice), or do whatever you have to so
eztalks-install.exe runs (exe.cutes) and
installs EzTalks on your computer.
Installation worked if you see EzTalks in the
alphabetical list of apps in the Start menu.
Then the rest of the instructions work fine. You
only need to follow these instructions once. After
EzTalks is installed, it stays in your computer, ready
to join you to an EzTalks meeting any time you
click on an EzTalks "Join" link in a web browser.