From the March 2011 magazine.

Service Pays in Many Ways

A young woman dives into service and learns the ropes from many old-timers

I was scared and unsure of what was to be expected of me in my new Appointed Committee Member (ACM) role. I knew this was an important meeting for AA as a whole and I didn’t want to misrepresent my fellow Alcoholics, especially being young and representing the younger members of AA. As I walked into the grand foyer of the hotel you could hear the laughter and greetings of long lost friends getting reacquainted. The stir was exciting as you felt the energy of anticipation for the week to come. It was the 57th annual Alcoholics Anonymous Conference held in New York City. The heart of the action on what happens within AA. Reading about it from the service manual to actually being there seemed so surreal. Who would have thought I would ever be there???

Coming from the suburbs of Waukesha, Wis., I felt a bit overwhelmed with the large city and the magnitude of the meeting. As I looked around, I realized I was one of the few who entered this meeting as a young women in her 30s. The average age of delegates that attended was 55. I felt a bit out of place not knowing anyone and did not look like the norm that was attending. I continued to do what I do best: try to meet new people and get out of my head. Thank goodness for those basics!

-- Tina H.

Waukesha, Wisconsin

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