From the October 1993 magazine.

A Butterfly in Beijing

Two years ago, I reached the decision to step down as Chairman of AA's General Service Board after this year's Conference, though I was eligible to serve another year. I did so for personal reasons. A year and a half ago, I made my decision known to the trustees. They and others asked that I reconsider and stay until next year. I reconsidered but I did not change my mind mainly because I knew there were many well-qualified candidates who could succeed me.

My five-year term has been deeply rewarding to me spiritually. I will sorely miss the excitement, challenge and satisfaction that comes with the office of Chairman. Most of all, I will miss the almost boundless opportunity to share views with members of AA at all levels of service.

-- Michael Alexander

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