From the July 2012 magazine.

July 2012: On My Own Two Feet

How AA helped a member become self-supporting through his own contributions

Tradition seven: Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

As someone who, in Bill W.’s words, can tend “to view with alarm for the good of AA,” I was terror-struck some years back to learn that well less than 50 percent of all AA groups support the general service structure. Shortly afterward, it occurred to me that such support could start with me, and so I made a decision to send a small monthly sum to the General Service Office. Following this simple action, my fear in the matter of financial support for AA disappeared. I discovered that I had acted my way into right thinking.

-- David S.

New York, New York

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