Primary Purpose of the Group
“Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”Tradition 5
Are you looking for a way that your group can better fulfil it’s primary purpose?
Welcome new members
It is easy to gravitate towards a friend after the meeting to discuss the footy, or work, or your new home however, it is the newcomers who are desperate for hope that require the most attention. Some groups have practical measures in place, encouraging members to avoid their mates straight after the meeting. This means taking time to approach newcomers and welcoming them to the group. It rings true that AA meetings aren’t social clubs. We are a fellowship of alcoholics in action.
Join your district
Another way to carry the message is to join your district. Getting involved in district allows groups to engage in a coordinated effort to carry the message of AA. Being granted a new freedom and happiness through AA, we are compelled to help still suffering alcoholics to reinforce this personal freedom. Service is freedom. In a sense, service is a selfish endeavour, because the person serving experiences freedom. Nominate your GSR at your next group conscience. The GSR will be the conduit between your group, and the district. Once elected, the GSR can provide further service opportunities to other members of the group. It might be providing information on AA to a local community centre, or flyers to a doctor.
Volunteer for service opportunities
There are many service positions and service opportunities available for groups to become involved in. This includes guest speaking at rehab and detox centres, volunteering at the 12 Step Office and assisting with the coordinated effort of public information as a District enables us to better carry the message. We can better cover our bases. We can see what areas have been missed. Some suffering alcoholics have access to treatment, subsequently learning of AA through a rehab or detox. Some do not. Let’s do our part to help the still suffering alcoholic.