From the May 1993 magazine.

A Collective Effort

The Twelve Traditions were put into place as the result of experience, and the main responsibility we have is to see that they are adhered to, to the best of our ability. This principal responsibility carries with it, of course, many other responsibilities, including service, which covers a vast area.

The Australian service structure follows very closely the United States/Canada structure. We have two service arms: the Central Service arm and the General Service arm; but before we can get anyone interested in either, we must first get members into the Fellowship. We do this by letting the whole of our country know that Alcoholics Anonymous is alive and well, and is ready to extend the hand of friendship whenever and wherever it is needed. This is usually done by the General Service Office, through TV announcements, literature distribution, replies to written and telephone inquiries, and in numerous other ways. Once a newcomer crosses the threshold, it is the responsibility of the individual member and the group to make sure he or she is looked after, and slowly but surely given an understanding of what AA is all about, for newcomers are the service workers of the future. As is probably true in many other countries, we have a battle on our hands getting members interested in service beyond the group level. When approached, members often give the stock response: "We don't want to get involved in the politics." So, our biggest task is to get more service workers.

-- John B.

Australia

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