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From the July 2011 magazine.

July 2011: Changing the World by Friday

Tradition Seven keeps us from getting too extravagant or grandiose

"In the early days of AA, some wealthy friends were able to see that too much money would spoil our aims."

The AA groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise. Then, too, we view with much concern those AA treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated AA purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.” (Tradition Seven, Long form.)

Generally speaking, practicing alcoholics enjoy grand financial gestures, like throwing a wad of cash down on the bar and announcing free drinks for all.

-- Anonymous

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