From the September 2011 magazine.

September 2011: Protecting Us from Ourselves

An ex-committee member learns how our structure is maintained to ensure Twelve-Step work is always available

Tradition Nine: A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

One afternoon in December 1998, I entered a Midtown hotel in New York City where a General Service Board weekend was underway. Wearing a jacket and tie, I was brought to a room for an interview with a Class B (alcoholic) trustee, in the presence of a General Service Office staff member, for the position of non-trustee appointed committee member (ACM) on the trustees’ Literature Committee (TLC). Many of the questions I was asked are lost to me, but one I recall: Would I be able to work within the committee process? The question had more meaning than I understood at the time.

-- David S.

New York, New York

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