From the October 1970 magazine.

Seventh Tradition Checklist

Every AA group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

The author says: "AA's Twelve Traditions have, in my experience, often proved vital in keeping me sober, and helpful otherwise in all my affairs."

ON MY FIRST approach to AA, the movement was just ten years old. The Traditions had not yet been written, but already AA had effectively declared itself independent of all handouts, thank you. It was managing, somehow, to pay its own way, and I was very glad to learn that.

-- B. L.

Manhattan, New York

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