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AA Service Work

Here you will find articles related to service in Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the articles are written from the personal experience of people in the secular AA community, but occasionally we will republish an article from the AA Grapevine. Service in AA can include participating in the General Service structure of AA as described in the AA Service Manual, to going on 12 step calls, to simply making coffee before the meeting.

Consigned To A Life Unexpected

Consigned To A Life Unexpected

I’d taken my last drink January 30, 1989, and had just been released from a detox stint at a local hospital. This wasn’t my first visit to AA; I’d made several other starts without much success, but it was the only place I found people like me…

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly

Over the weekend of March 4 – 6, 2016, I had the privilege of attending my second Pacific Region Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly (PRAASA) at the Spokane, WA convention center. It was attended by some 1500 members involved in the General Service work of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the Pacific region…

My Experience as a GSR

My Experience as a GSR

Recently, I completed a two-year commitment as the GSR for my home group, Beyond Belief, in Portland, Oregon. It was my first experience in AA General Service above the group level since my first decade in recovery. It was also a most rewarding and gratifying experience, a boon for…

A Motion to Relist Secular AA Groups

A Motion to Relist Secular AA Groups

Approximately 5 years ago the Greater Toronto Area Intergroup (GTAI) and the Vancouver Area Intergroup (VAI) committees delisted a number of secular AA groups by refusing to list their meetings in the community meeting guides (printed and online) and furthermore banned secular intergroup representatives from voice and vote at intergroup…

WACYPAA, XIX

WACYPAA, XIX

On the weekend of December 17—20, 2015, my wife, Jill, and I attended the 19th Western Area Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was held at the Doubletree Hotel near the Oregon Convention Center in Portland with some 2100 AA members in attendance…

General Service

General Service

My experience with General Service began when I attended my first District Committee Meeting as the General Service Representative for my group. One of the interesting aspects of helping found an AA group, is that you get to wear a lot of hats during the group’s early life, so…

Another Level of Service

Another Level of Service

I have been sober in AA for a long time, since July 20, 1988 to be exact, and I’ve been pretty active in the program. I’ve always had a home group where I would attend meetings regularly. I worked with a sponsor and I’ve sponsored others. I…