Why Are We Creating Online/Web/Zoom Meetings?

In an effort to support the groups within the Chippewa Valley Area during the COVID-19 pandemic, our area will be hosting a variety of online meetings every day as an alternative option to attending in- person meetings. As many of our facilities continue to temporarily close due to U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, we recognized a need to still provide alternative meeting options.

Do Our Homegroup's have to Use them?

We are NOT asking groups to switch to this format or use these meetings in replacement if they do not want to; it's simply an alternative solution. The average meeting times in the evenings were about 7PM, so to stay consistent, we will offer meetings at 7PM every evening.

Who Will Be in the Meetings?

We may have people join in from various cities throughout our area, as homegroup's may direct people to attend these meetings while their meetings are temporarily closed. This is a great opportunity for unity and to hear from other people that normally are not in your meetings! We are looking to have a couple people chair each of these meetings.

How It Works

Simply click the Zoom link for each meeting to join, we recommend that you join 15 MINUTES BEFORE the meeting starts to deal with any technical difficulties you may have.

*If you are on a computer, the link should run and bring you to follow prompts to join the meeting.
*If you are on a tablet or phone, it will prompt you to download the app and create a free account before working.




Zoom Instructions for NA Meeting Participants


Download printable Zoom Meeting Participants Instructions - PDF


Instructions for those Participating in Zoom Meetings via Mobile Device:


  1. Download the "Zoom Cloud Meetings" app on iPhone or Android

  2. Create a free account on Zoom.com with your email

  3. Log In

  4. Click the join "Join" icon

  5. Enter the nine-digit Meeting ID for the meeting you wish to join and click join

  6. When prompted to choose an audio option, select "Call using Internet Audio"

  7. You will initially see video of just you until others join the meeting. If others are already in the meeting, the person who is speaking will appear and you will be able to see yourself in a smaller window in the top right hand corner.

    1. Your screen will default to "Active Speaker" view, showing the person who is currently talking in the main part of your screen, with your video in the top right corner.

    2. If you would like to see the other meeting attendees, swipe your screen to the left. If there are lots of attendees, you may need to swipe several times to see everyone.

    3. To return to active speaker view, swipe back to the right.

  8. To access the controls, tap anywhere on the screen. The controls will appear on the bottom of your screen:

    1. The microphone icon allows you to mute/unmute yourself (depending on host settings you may not be able to unmute yourself)

    2. You can stop/restart your video if needed using the video camera icon

    3. You can share content from your phone (screen, photos, etc.) using the share icon - depending on host settings, likely not needed for most meetings

    4. See a list of who else is in the meeting with the "Participants" icon

  9. You can access the "Raise Hand" feature by clicking on the "Participants" icon, this will alert the meeting host that you would like to speak

  10. To leave the meeting, tap anywhere on the screen and click "end" in the top right corner.


Instructions for those Participating in Zoom Meetings via Computer:


  1. Download the Zoom App to computer by going to: https://zoom.us/download and click the "Zoom client for meetings" button.

  2. Create a free account on Zoom.com with your email

  3. Log In

  4. Click on link sent or click "Join a Meeting" from the menu at the top of the page

  5. Enter the nine-digit Meeting ID for the meeting you wish to join and click join

  6. You will see a pop up box that asks if you want to "Open Zoom Meetings?"

    1. Select "Open Zoom Meetings" to open up the Zoom app on your computer (recommended)

    2. Select "Cancel" if you want to view the meeting through a web browser (NOT recommended)

      1. If you select cancel, you will see a screen that says "Launching..."

      2. Towards the bottom of the screen in a smaller font you will see "If you cannot download or run the application, start from your browser." Click on "start from your browser" to begin the meeting.

    3. As your meeting is booting up, you will see a pop up box that prompts you to choose your audio options

      1. Selecting the default option of "Join with Computer Audio"(recommended), which will utilize your laptop's speakers and microphone

        1. There is also an option to "test speaker and microphone" if you are unsure whether your speakers and microphone are working. Follow the prompts to test. If everything is in working order, select "Join with Computer Audio" when returning to the original audio pop up box.

      2. If your computer speakers or microphone do not work, you can click "Phone Call" at the top of the pop up box

        1. You will then see a list of phone numbers you can use to dial into the meeting audio by phone (not recommended). You will need the meeting ID and participant ID also indicated on this screen. Once you have called in and accessed the meeting audio, you can close this pop up.

  7. Your screen will default to "Gallery view," showing all meeting attendees.

    1. If you would like the individual speaking to take up the majority of your screen, click "Speaker View" at the top right of your screen.

  8. The controls will appear on the bottom of your screen:

    1. The microphone icon allows you to mute/unmute yourself (depending on host settings you may not be able to unmute yourself)

    2. You can stop/restart your video if needed using the video camera icon

    3. You can share content from your phone (screen, photos, etc.) using the share icon - depending on host settings, likely not needed for most meetings

    4. See a list of who else is in the meeting with the "Participants" icon

  9. You can access the "Raise Hand" feature by clicking on the "Participants" icon, this will alert the meeting host that you would like to speak

  10. To leave the meeting, click "End Meeting" in the bottom right corner of the Zoom window.


Suggested guidelines:


  • Remain on "Mute" unless you are speaking during the meeting.

  • The mute function is controlled by the microphone icon at bottom left of the Zoom window.

  • Turn your video on for the duration of the meeting.

  • There is a chat function which can be used to send messages to all participants, or individual attendees. You can also use the chat function to send files to one another or the group, post web links, etc.

Download printable Zoom Meeting Participants Instructions - PDF