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September 1988

PO Box 1980

Teaching a new dog old tricks

I would like to share with you a recent meeting at which I was asked to speak. The chairperson was a young lady I had met from the young peoples' group. She told me the meeting was probably different from what I was used to.

I imagined thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds, and what could a fifty-five-year-old pass on to them? As it turned out, the group consisted mostly of young people between twenty and thirty years old. Most were dually addicted. At the beginning I told them of my "elected" position within the area as well as being past DCM and GSR. However, I did not dwell on this as it was not a service type meeting. I also informed them that I was not there to talk about drugs in that I had little or no knowledge in this area. I could only tell my story and hope they could relate.

Some strange things happened thereafter. I usually try to talk for thirty minutes at the most, but when I looked at my watch, I had already spoken forty-five minutes. During the comments, we did share and we did relate to one another.

As 9:30 approached, my friend, who was chairing, prepared to close the meeting. However, some of the group requested we continue and we did. Finally, the minister of the church informed us we would have to close as it was time to lock up. We did leave and the fellowship continued on in the parking lot.

They inquired about group and individual responsibilities within AA When should the treasurer give a report? What is a prudent reserve? What is the 50-30-10-10 plan?

Upon returning home, I felt great and sent the group some literature, specifically, "The AA Group" and some information concerning the format of my home group.

One of the greatest gifts I have received in AA is not to be judgmental. There is a great concern over the "special" groups. But maybe there is a Twelfth-Step call waiting, whether the prospect be an AA member or still out practicing.

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