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Topic: Service/Into Action
How another prison stay became a source of joy.
In July 2007 I shared my experience, strength and hope which was published as the cover story for Grapevine, called “Outside Freedomville.” It was written during my first five years of sobriety while...
Saying yes to service revives a dead meeting
The morning meeting had just ended.  Some attendees had already left and a few remained to play cards or read a newspaper when a lady I had never seen before entered the front door and walked up...
Corrections Guidelines Updated
How to carry the message inside facilities addressed The informational sheet “AA Guidelines for Corrections Committees,” available at www.aa.org, was recently updated, according to the Corrections...
April 15, 2010, was a great day for my family and me—we just did not know it at the time. Tax day does not seem to be a great day for anything, but this tax day was the beginning of my new life....
Having nine years’ sobriety has brought me to a place of self-awareness. I’ve been regularly attending meetings for nine years, I have always had a sponsor, I’ve sponsored many, and I consider myself...
Biking to a service commitment was not his idea of how to spend a Sunday night
My hair is still releasing droplets of the summer rain, running in rivulets down my nose and cheeks as the result of a half-mile bicycle ride. The culmination of promised precipitation almost became...
A group adjusts when the police force occupies its courtroom meeting place
I am the general service rep of a Big Book group that meets each Tuesday night in a courthouse in Melbourne, Australia. The time I opened up the rooms for the first time, it ended up being a very...
Sometimes following group conscience is the hardest thing in the world
Attendance at my home group is falling off. As late as last year we attracted 30 to 40 faithful souls weekly, sometimes more. We’re down to 10 to 12 now, with a core of six members who show regularly...
There was a reason he was stuck in this room full of odor and noise
Just a little over a year ago, I met a man who was living in a treatment center. He was allowed to go to outside meetings after 30 days, and was rather enjoying himself at a very social AA conference...
Confused and sponsorless, a member embarks on a year-long investigation
A few years ago my sponsor stopped sponsoring guys for personal reasons. He gave me a month’s notice that he was going to do this, and told me how sorry he was. We had become friends over the years...

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