From the December 1986 magazine. First printed in October 1967.

AA's Tradition of Self-support

Reprinted from the October 1967 Grapevine

AA's far-flung Twelfth Step activities, carrying the message to the next sufferer, are the very lifeblood of our AA adventure. Without this vital activity, we would soon become anemic; we would literally wither and die.

Now where do AA's services--worldwide, area, local--fit into our scheme of things? Why should we provide these functions with money? The answer is simple enough. Every single AA service is designed to make more and better Twelfth Step work possible, whether it be a group meeting place, a central or intergroup office to arrange hospitalization and sponsorship, or the World Service Headquarters [now the General Service Office] to maintain unity and effectiveness all over the globe.

-- Bill W.

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