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Meeting Literature

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Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Copyright © The AA Grapevine, Inc.

How It Works

Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it — then you are ready to take certain steps.

At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.

Remember that we deal with alcohol — cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power — that One is God. May you find Him now!

Half measures availed us nothing. We stood at the turning point. We asked His protection and care with complete abandon.

Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.’’ Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. The principles we have set down are guides to progress. We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.

Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after make clear three pertinent ideas:

(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives.

(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism.

(c) That God could and would if He were sought.

The 12 Traditions
  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
The 9th Step Promises

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

Special Announcements

SECRETARY ROTATIONS AUGUST: If you attend an ECF meeting which needs a secretary for the next six months, please consider stepping up to this vital service position - it's a very important part of how we keep the doors open (virtually) to continue to carry the message.  Training for secretaries will continue to be provided on an as-needed basis and your colleagues are very willing to support you.

TECH ASSESSMENT:  Thanks to everyone who attended the tech assessment meetings in July or provided input directly to the assistant business manager.  The subcommittee's report on the results of the assessment will be presented at the August 8 business meeting.  If you have technical or ecfaa.org feedback for improvement,  please send written feedback to:        Assistant.Business.Manager@ecfaa.org 

Service Opportunities: PI/CPC Representative: 1 year sobriety and 2 year commitment.  Attend monthly PI/CPC meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9am and reports back service opportunities to the EC Fellowship.

Zoom Trainer:  Train new secretaries and techs using a PowerPoint as a guide.

Activity Committee Chair:  1 year sobriety and 1 year commitment.  Works with and recommends events to ECF Business Meeting which can include Memorial Day, Labor Day, ECF Anniversary, Holiday gatherings.  Manages budget for each event.

Alternate GSR.  Attends monthly General Service and ECF Business Meetings.  Helps GSR run annual Agenda Topics Workshop for ECF members.  Stands in for the GSR as needed.

INVENTORY ACTION DISCUSSION:  There was consensus that all ECF Zoom meetings with secretaries will continue.  Discussion about in person meetings will continue with along with Questions 5 and 6     Question 5 – How well is our group carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic?   Question 6 – Is our group attracting alcoholics from different backgrounds?  Are we seeing a good cross-section?  Click Here for previous responses. 


Regular Announcements

Business Meetings: The next business meeting will be held on Monday August  8, 2022 at 7 pm in the ECF Zoom room. All members especially meeting secretaries,  are encouraged to attend.  For August's business meeting agenda click here and for July's business meetings minutes click here.  Questions or agenda items, contact business.manager@ecfaa.org 

The Eighth Step Panel Workshop has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 11th in the ECF Zoom room from 7-8pm. The hour will include panelists sharing their experience with Step 8, followed by Q & A. All interested AA members, please join for an in-depth exploration of Step Eight.

Sponsorship: A sponsor is a member who has experience in AA recovery and shares that experience working the steps on a continuous individual basis with another alcoholic who is attempting to attain or maintain sobriety. If you are currently available to be a sponsor please type your name & word "sponsor" with your phone number in the chat room.

5th EDITION OF THE BIG BOOK  Do you want your story in the 5th edition of the Big Book which is in the works.  Please contact https://www.aa.org/submit-bigbook-english-5th for more information.

Birthday Night: El Cerrito Fellowship celebrates sobriety at Birthday Night on the last Saturday of each month. The next Birthday Night is August 27th 8:30 pm in the ECF Zoom Room.  Speaker is TBA.  Please join us on Birthday Night to honor both your sobriety anniversary and others.  All are invited to attend.

Birthday Chips: If you are celebrating a sober birthday, and would like to receive your AA chip, please email birthday.chips@ecfaa.org

Court Cards: If you have a court card that needs signing please send an email to secretary.coordinator@ecfaa.org. Include your name, the date and time of the meeting you attended, and the name of the meeting secretary. Your attendance will be verified and returned within 24 hours.

Zoom Software Info: Be safe and download the latest version of the Zoom application for you computer, tablet or phone.  Visit zoom.us/download to download the latest software.


 

A.A. Literature Online

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Secretary Downloads

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