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1 A Monthly Newsletter of Western Maryland Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous PO Box 403, Cumberland, MD May 2015 TRADITION 5 Each group has but one primary purpose-to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Alcoholics Anonymous, page 562 The Responsibility Statement is familiar to most of us, but, unlike the 12 Steps, may not be committed to memory by many of us. There are some groups who actually close their meetings with it rather than a group prayer. It goes, Whenever anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA to always be there. And for that, I am responsible! Our primary purpose is to let the still sick and suffering alcoholic know that...it doesn t have to be like that any more. We have been given the gift of sobriety, handed down to us from the founders, through the 12 Steps, the Big Book called Alcoholics Anonymous, the fellowship found in our groups and the Higher Power that we have chosen for ourselves. We frequently tell the newcomer that there is no cost or obligation to join AA. After all, our Preamble says,...there are no dues or fees. While that is certainly correct, there is a cost and there is an obligation, but both of these the individual successfully obtaining sobriety assumes them joyfully. The cost is the time and effort to attend meetings, read the literature, seek out a sponsor and work the Steps. The obligation is to give away to the newcomer or to anyone struggling with their sobriety what was so freely given them, a helping hand across the crevasses and around the quicksand which suddenly show up on that road to sobriety. The Traditions primarily apply to the Group and those entities subservient to the Group; Intergroup, Area and General Services. I would guess that most of us choose the meetings we attend because we like the fellowship of the regulars, the meeting format, the refreshments and hopefully, the experience, strength and hope which is on display. That is all well and good. But I hope that we, in our groups, recognize when a newcomer arrives or even a regular who is struggling, and put our focus on living a new way of life and extending a helping hand to that person. Preaching to them does not help; neither does chastising or berating someone who slips. Remember, we are carrying the message, not force-feeding it. The sick and suffering individual may not be able to envision life beyond the end of the meeting. We need to demonstrate that there is a life after alcohol. While problems don t go away by themselves, we need to show them that they can be eliminated, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, but certainly, if they are willing to follow our lead. And how do we lead? By practicing AA s principles in all our affairs. As is commonly said these days, Walk the walk, don t just talk the talk. The AA way of life is a 24 hour a day proposition, not just an hour a day a few days a week. We need to live the program the same way we got sober-1 day at a time. None of us spends all of our time with other AAs exclusively. We work, go to church, have outside activities, go to school, have neighbors, some of whom, known or unknown to us, are where we were before we got sober. They are under the thumb of alcohol. Their lives are unmanageable. We need to be available to them (for we are known as the non-drinker, the AA, the former drunk) when they finally become desperate enough to approach us. We must say Yes when they ask for our assistance. When they reach out for help will it be your hand that is there to lead them to a new way of life?

2 Trusted Servants: Officers: Chairperson: John L Vice Chair: Mark M Secretary: Farren S Treasurer: Chris W Committee Chairs: Institutions: Nikki J Website: Karen D Newsletter (temporary): John L ANNIVERSARIES The editor is operating with an ancient list of dates. Group Secretaries, please compile a new and current list of Group members who want their anniversaries listed (always the member s option) and forward to the editor. Individuals may their dates to : Member Home Group Date/Years Holell B Frank V Intergroup meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 6:30 PM. Jan thru Apr at Fort Recovery, May thru Aug at the Liberty Club, Oakland, Sep thru Dec in Frostburg (First Presbyterian Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please join us and learn how your local Intergroup functions, what we are doing, and how you can help. Albert C Ginny F Richie L Marge P Pam H.O.W. Lake Intergroup Highlights: Cat G Institutions Report: Massie Commitments: Saturday 8:00 PM May 2nd-Fort Cumberland May 9th-Frostburg Serenity May 16th-New Freedom & Happiness Chuck L Chip B Ann T Jim S May 23rd-Hagerstown Rhonda S May 30th-Frederick John M Massie Commitments: Wednesday 8:00 PM Contact Les W to make a commitment, either as Jim F Greg S An individual or as a group. Treasurer s Report: The Treasurer was unable to attend the March meeting so the March and April reports will be published next month. 12th Step Hotline: We always can use more volunteers to accept 12th Step calls to the Hotline. Contact Farren S to volunteer or Intergroup. Volunteers needed in both Allegany and Garrett Counties.

3 The A.A. Group This is installment 10 in a series on the A.A. Group. It is reprinted from the A.A. pamphlet P-16, The A.A. Group...Where it all begins by permission of A.A. World Services. Principles Before Personalities Principles Before Personalities Tradition Two: For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. The Principle of Rotation Traditionally, rotation ensures that group tasks, like nearly everything else in A.A., are passed around for all to share. Many groups have alternates to each trusted servant who can step into the service positions if needed. To step out of an A.A. office you love can be hard. If you have been doing a good job, if you honestly don t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if your friends agree, it s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth a step into the humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of anonymity. Among other things, anonymity in the Fellowship means that we forgo personal prestige for any A.A. work we do to help alcoholics. And, in the spirit of Tradition Twelve, it ever reminds us to place principles before personalities. Many outgoing service position holders find it rewarding to take time to share their experience with the incoming person. Rotation helps to bring us spiritual rewards far more enduring than any fame. With no A.A. status at stake, we needn t compete for titles or praise we have complete freedom to serve as we are needed. What is an Informed A.A. Group Conscience? The group conscience is the collective conscience of the group membership and thus represents substantial unanimity on an issue before definitive action is taken. This is achieved by the group members through the sharing of full information, individual points of view, and the practice of A.A. principles. To be fully informed requires a willingness to listen to minority opinions with an open mind. On sensitive issues, the group works slowly discouraging formal motions until a clear sense of its 29 collective view emerges. Placing principles before personalities, the membership is wary of dominant opinions. Its voice is heard when a wellinformed group arrives at a decision. The result rests on more than a yes or no count precisely because it is the spiritual expression of the group conscience. The term informed group conscience implies that pertinent information has been studied and all views have been heard before the group votes. A.A. Group Inventory Many groups periodically hold a group inventory meeting to evaluate how well they are fulfilling their primary purpose: to help alcoholics recover through A.A. s suggested Twelve Steps of recovery. Some groups take inventory by examining our Twelve Traditions, one at a time, to determine how well they are living up to these principles. The following questions, compiled from A.A. shared experience, may be useful in arriving at an informed group conscience. Groups will probably wish to add questions of their own: 1. What is the basic purpose of our group? 2. What more can our group do to carry the message? 3. Is our group attracting alcoholics from different backgrounds? Are we seeing a good crosssection of our community, including those with special needs? 4. Do new members stick with us, or does the turnover seem excessive? If so, why? What can we as a group do to retain members? 5. Do we emphasize the importance of sponsorship? How effectively? How can we do it better? 6. Are we careful to preserve the anonymity of our group members and other A.A.s outside the meeting rooms? Do we also leave what they share at meetings behind? 7. Does our group emphasize to all members the value of keeping up with the kitchen, set-up, clean-up and other housekeeping chores that are essential for our Twelfth Step efforts? 8. Are all members given the opportunity to speak at meetings and to participate in other group activities? 9. Mindful that holding office is a great responsibility not to be viewed as the outcome of a popularity contest, are we choosing our officers with care? 10. Are we doing all we can to provide an attractive and accessible meeting place? Does our group do its fair share toward participating in the purpose of A.A. as it relates to our Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service? 12. What has our group done lately to bring the A.A. message to the attention of professionals in the community the physicians, clergy, court officials, educators, and others who are often the first to see alcoholics in need of help? 13. How is our group fulfilling its responsibility to the Seventh Tradition?

4 Upcoming Events & Service Opportunities Activities Committee: Intergroup has voted to establish a new committee to plan and carry out one or two events per year for the benefit of AAs in Western Maryland in addition to the Gratitude Breakfast. A New Years Eve Party is already in the planning stages. Certainly we can have at least one more fellowship event between the Gratitude Breakfast and New Years Eve. Contact Farren S or Randy W to help this happen. Newsletter Editor: Intergroup is in need of a new Editor for the Newsletter, as well as several assistants, to form an actual newsletter committee. While computer access is helpful, creativity is more important. Contact your Group s Intergroup Rep or John L if you are interested in service in a journalistic vein. Gratitude Breakfast Chairperson: While this year s Gratitude Breakfast is probably over when you are reading this, the 2016 event is only a year away. The committee needs the minds and bodies of AA s interested in making next years breakfast another rousing success. The location and date will already be arranged and the new chairperson will have plenty of help. Corrections Correspondence: Corrections Correspondence a special kind of A.A. Service I know how important our Twelfth Step work is and I enjoy writing to men who are locked up. It is one of the tools that I use to keep me sober. I myself found A.A. in prison almost 20 years ago. And it hasn t been necessary for me to return to prison since I was released in Outside Correspondent We are in need of A.A. members on the outside to correspond with A.A. members in correctional facilities. It is suggested that men correspond with men and women with women. Most of the inmates who want an outside correspondent are men, so we are appealing to men on the outside. If you would like to share your experience, strength and hope with A.A.s who are confined, please mail the tear-off form to G.S.O. s Corrections Desk, or the information on the form to or the information on the form to T he name of an inmate will be sent to you from your General Service Office and you will make the initial contact through the mail. Those who have participated in this service have found sharing with inmates a very gratifying form of Twelfth Step work. We are happy to know there are A.A. members like you willing to help make it possible for the A.A. message to be carried to those on the inside. Reprinted from AA pamphlet F-26 The information you need to send is: Name, Address, Sex, how many inmates you wish to write to, and and phone #(these last 2 items used by AA General Services only. They do not go to the inmate.) Valuable Websites and Info Correctional Facility Meetings: Both counties can always use new volunteers to carry the message into the county correctional facilities for both women and men. Many of us have been the recipients of this service at various points in our journey. We need to give back what was so freely given to us. Garrett County meetings are on Thursday evenings and Allegany County meetings are on Wednesdays. Volunteers must be approved by the County Sheriff s Office before they may enter the facilities. You must have at least 1 year of continuous sobriety, off parole or probation for at least a year and not have any drug related convictions. Garrett County volunteers will have an organizational and training meeting on Saturday August 9th at 11:30 AM right after the Grapevine Meeting at the Liberty Club in Oakland. Western Maryland Intergroup: Area 29 (Maryland) Area 73 (West Virginia) District 13 West Virginia General Service Office

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