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From the June 2015 magazine.

Sign of the Times

A group in Canada struggles with change after a new member raises an uncomfortable question

TRADITON SIX: An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Our group has been meeting at a clubhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday mornings for more than 40 years. It’s a solid group with over 50 members, many of them long-timers. On the first Saturday of the month we hold our business meetings. At one of these business meetings, one of our new members pointed out that our group’s name—which included the name of our clubhouse—was in violation of Tradition Six. The Tradition states: “An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.”

-- Joe H.

New Westminster, British Columbia

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