From the July 2017 magazine.

I pay the bills around here

How one group learns about the spirit of rotation and service as it struggles to make decisions about money and rent

For several years, I attended a weekly men’s meeting. We were a small group, eight to 10 regular members. We were able to pay our rent, have (instant) coffee and cookies and send a little money to the local intergroup every now and then. For unknown reasons, attendance started to increase, eventually doubling our regular membership. This raised an issue for the group. We had grown accustomed to each member having an opportunity to share in each meeting. With more people, this was no longer possible.

At a business meeting, one member proposed expanding the meeting from 60 to 90 minutes. A hand shot into the air. An old-timer, a founding member of the group, objected. “I only need 60 minutes to get sober!” he said. As the proposal continued to be debated, the old-timer grew visibly agitated. He took out a cigarette. He didn’t light it, although he waved it around like he had.

-- Michael M.

New York, New York, USA

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