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Firstly, a very happy and healthy New Year to all our readers, subscribers and contributors from everyone on the Roundabout team.
This month will bring the usual very noticeable rise in newcomers to our Fellowship. We'll eventually get the usual mix of reasons why they crossed our step this month rather than any other. Some will tell us the festive season just over was finally one nightmare too many for them. Some will tell us they considered or conceded the need for help some time ago but didn't know how they would cope over Christmas and New Year so put off an appearance until all the 'fun' was past. Some may even admit they are not sure but have come here to get people off their back meantime.
We all know that those who come here for the right reasons and listen and learn do become sober. Experience has also shown us that people who come for the wrong reasons yet stay around long enough to listen can learn and become sober too. If anyone says they think they may have a problem with drink then they are our responsibility.
This is where our problems start! Fewer and fewer newcomers to our Fellowship today arrive following a call to our telephone helpline. More and more turn up at meetings alone after checking out our national website and locating a local group suitable for them. It's a sorry fact that such people can miss out on the simple yet solid Twelfth Stepping that automatically followed a telephone introduction. In times past the newcomer already had a good briefing on what AA was all about, what to expect, what was on offer and was most likely in possession of a 12 Step pack by the time he or she entered the meeting room.
We need to be extra vigilant just now. If someone unrecognised approaches our door we must ask if they're 'new' to AA, if it's their first meeting, if they have actually spoken to a member of the Fellowship. They may well need to be Twelve Stepped. This is our responsibility. That's what the AA pledge tells us.
Roundabout - January 2018
2. Sub-Committee Notice Board
4. Roundabout Recovery
5. Darkness Into Light
7. Continental Europe Region Online Meetings
9. Goodbye Old Friend
11. A Work In Progress
12. A Journey Of Gratitude
i-iv. Group Changes, Diary & Service Pages
13. The Roundabout Interview
17. Spiritual Breakfast
19. Someone Rings, Someone Answers,
A Life Is Saved
21. That Was The Week That Was
23. Roundabout Subscription Form