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Our AA Preamble tells us our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Our Fifth Tradition reminds us each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Our task really can’t be made clearer or simpler and now, when the New Year celebrations are a few weeks past and we are getting to recognise by name the traditional host of January newcomers to our Fellowship, it’s so important we are up to it.
The majority of our newcomers these days will have made their initial contact with the Fellowship by looking at our national website and thereafter made their initial visit to AA by walking through our doors alone and unaccompanied, having established online the location of local meetings. Having eschewed the opportunity of speaking to someone via our national AA Telephone Helpline, many of these new friends have unwittingly missed out on the solid introduction and subsequent Twelve Stepping procedures our ‘good old-timers’ once guaranteed the newcomer.
We must guard against the notion that the newcomers who, we have established, had the inclination to go online, research and get themselves to a local meeting and who continue to turn up alone at meetings, are ‘doing okay’. We will be fully aware just how ‘cunning, powerful, baffling’ this illness is. Are we absolutely sure these newcomers understand it just because we know they’re hearing it? Are we sure they fully understand all about the physical allergy, the mental obsession and the spiritual malady? Are we sure they’re grasping or fully understanding any of it? Are we assuming they know things because they don’t ask things?Next time you see one of our newcomers don’t just offer a cheery ‘hello’. Engage them in conversation. Gently and unobtrusively interrogate them. Find out just how much they do know. Offer to take them to different meetings. Start to give them what you were given. Twelve Step them. It’s our responsibility.
In This Month’s Issue
2. Sub-Committee Notice Board
4. From Idiocy To Sobriety
6. The Three ‘P’s
8. Back At Daytime Meetings
9. I Got Sick Of Being Sick
12. Twelve Concepts Checklist (GB)
i-iv. Group Changes, Diary & Service Pages
13. The Roundabout Interview
15. Buckets of Joy
17. Sobriety By Share Mail
18. Keep On Keeping On
19. Scottish National Convention 2017
21. That Was The Week That Was
23. Roundabout Subscription Form