CHESTER CONFERENCE 2014. Terms of Engagement The potential, constraints, availability and response of Alcoholics Anonymous. THE TRADITIONS OF AA. Have helped to maintain AA since its inception in 1935 Written in 1946 and published in AA Grapevine
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Terms of Engagement
The potential, constraints, availability and response of Alcoholics Anonymous
Have helped to maintain AA since its inception in 1935
Written in 1946 and published in AA Grapevine
Adopted by AA’s first International Convention in 1950
Tradition 2: …Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
Tradition 3: The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking
Tradition 6: …ought never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any outside facility.
Tradition 7: Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Tradition 10: AA has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy
Increased numbers at meetings
Requests for new meetings
Increase in Twelfth Step calls
More requests to give talks and presentations
More requests to meet people prior to meetings
Increased respectability and credibility for AA in professional and wider community
So let us work alongside all these
projects of promise to hasten the
recovery of those millions who have
not yet found their way out. These
varied labors do not need our special
endorsement; they need only a helping
hand when, as individuals, we
can possibly give it. (Bill W, 1958)
“Can the Fellowship share experience and make recommendations on how we can respond positively to the recovery agenda and external initiatives in the professional community”
Maintain Traditions, integrity and autonomy – cooperate but not affiliate
Produce set of slides for presentations to the professional community
Sufficient supporting literature for AA groups and professionals
Liaison officers to work together
This Project is undertaking to address the needs of the younger person who is seeking help with their drinking problem
I shall now handover to my colleague Phil W, who is the coordinator of the Project