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Welcome to Area 64

The Area 64 Assembly of Alcoholics Anonymous is a service body to protect and respect the autonomy and the privilege of all A.A. groups in General Service Conference Area 64. The Assembly shall be ever mindful of the ideals expressed in the Twelve Traditions, the Twelve Concepts and the A.A. Service Manual, and shall strive to be the true voice and group conscience of Area 64. A.A. Unity and service shall ever be the Assembly’s primary purpose, and it shall encourage all Area 64 A.A. groups to participate in the business of the Assembly and to support the Assembly in its efforts to cooperate with the A.A. General Service Office and A.A. World Services.

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A.A.'s Legacy of Service

Recovery, Unity, Service—these are the Three Legacies given to the whole membership of A.A. by its founders and their fellow oldtimers. When this heritage was announced, at the St. Louis Convention in 1955, celebrating A.A.’s 20th birthday, Doctor Bob was already gone. But Bill W. spoke for him and the other pioneers, as well as for himself, in turning over to all of us the responsibility for A.A.’s continuation and growth.

The A.A. Service Manual,” current version of the handbook first known as “The Third Legacy Manual,” may seem to be simply a guide to organization and procedure, and its approach is indeed practical. At the same time, it is based firmly upon spiritual principles, as Bill explains in his introduction to the manual, reprinted here to recall the development of our Third Legacy.

Our Twelfth Step—carrying the message—is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.

 

Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer—ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.

 

Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.

Bill W., from A.A.'s Legacy of Service

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  • "Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship."

    Concept 1Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole society in its world affairs."

    Concept 2Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A.—the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives—with a traditional “Right of Decision.”"

    Concept 3Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional “Right of Participation,” allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge."

    Concept 4Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "Throughout our structure, a traditional “Right of Appeal” ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration."

    Concept 5Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board."

    Concept 6Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness."

    Concept 7Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of over-all policy and finance. They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities."

    Concept 8Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees."

    Concept 9Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority, with the scope of such authority well defined."

    Concept 10Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The trustees should always have the best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants. Composition, qualifications, induction procedures, and rights and duties will always be matters of serious concern."

    Concept 11Twelve Concepts for World Service

  • "The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and whenever possible, substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government; that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action."

    Concept 12Twelve Concepts for World Service

A Declaration of Unity

 This we owe to A.A.’s future:
to place our common welfare first;
to keep our Fellowship united.
For on A.A. unity depend our lives,
and the lives of those to come
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Responsibility Statement

 I am responsible.
Whenever anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that, I am responsible.
 

Make a Contribution

Send Area 64 Contribution to:
PMB #235
2479 Murfreesboro Rd
Nashville, TN 37217-2554
 

Send GSO Contribution to:
General Service Office
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 459
New York, NY 10163

Include group number with all contributions

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