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Published March 2011.

Web Exclusive: Let's Work Together

An AA member suggests some helpful guidelines to keep in mind while doing service.

"Grumbling in the cigarette crowd after the meeting is not participation."

Arriving late for my first business meeting with my new home group, I was only seated a few seconds when I remembered why I had quit going to business meetings. It was like being in a bar, stepping out for a couple years and returning to find the conversation the same. Intergroup and money was the dominant topic for discussion as it had been at the last business meeting I attended in this area.

AA's rotation of service is a wonderful idea but it means that we recycle old problems with each new crop of twisted servants (I mean trusted servants). The desire of those seeking to re-invent the wheel is compounded by bleeding deacons who have taken ownership of service positions until things are done their way. Simple problems with obvious answers in our experiences can become bogged down in resolution.

-- Dave B.

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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