From the August 1987 magazine.

More Than Just Money

SEVENTH TRADITION - "Every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

Our Seventh Tradition seems to be in center stage recently--a phenomenon easily understood in light of the huge shortfall in group contributions to the General Service Office. I've found myself looking at our self-support Tradition from a different angle, though.

I've been wondering whether self-support means more than just money. Does it also mean donation of my time and talents? Does my local intergroup have enough money to carry the message, but not enough manpower to put these funds to use? How about the district and the area? Do I owe AA a debt of gratitude worth much more than the dollar or two I put in the basket when it comes around?

-- K. K.

Manassas, Virginia

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