From the August 1987 magazine.

Love in Work Clothes

Seventh Tradition

In July of 1985, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our Fellowship. For all of us who were there, it was truly a milestone in the history of AA. The happy, joyous throngs of sober men and women served as an inspiration to the entire world. It was a message of truth: that alcoholics can recover and do so in mass numbers and on a permanent basis.

Now, in 1987, we are faced with a serious challenge to our Seventh Tradition. The plain fact is that we, as a Fellowship, have simply not been self-supporting. What is even worse is that if present trends continue, we will be even less self-supporting as time goes on.

-- C. C.

West Palm Beach, Florida

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