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January 1984

That Newcomer in the Corner

How to carry the message to unwilling or misinformed newcomers? Here's one solution: a special beginners meeting, emphasizing AA basics and guided by the Traditions

DID YOU ever walk away from a meeting realizing that no one, including yourself, had bothered to spend much time with that newcomer in the corner after the meeting, and that he or she had quietly slipped out by the time you remembered? You resolve that next time you will be more aware of your Twelfth Step responsibilities--only "next time" turns out just as before.

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