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From the September 2017 magazine.

Why Be Organized?

A conversation with the coffee crew reminds this “elder statesman” why AA is set up the way it is

When we ran out of creamer at our meeting the other day, I heard, as I often have, a couple of members say, “AA ought never be organized!”

Right then, the elder statesman status I aspire toward started leaking red. “Do you know what Bill meant by the word organize?” I asked the members. I just wanted to be helpful so they could understand Tradition Nine. They probably don’t even know where that quote comes from, I thought.

-- Robert P.

Amity, Oregon, USA

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