EDITORIAL MAY 2019
The Fifth Tradition, our, "Primary purpose." This is included in our Preamble, read at every AA meeting every week to remind all of its importance. Sometimes we can become distracted in our Fellowship , we may need to spend time in our Group discussing many important things, but this Tradition is always there to remind us what our Group is for.
To be able to carry out this Primary Purpose there are things that over time have proved to be essential for a Group to be able to carry the message effectively. These include a reliable key-holder, a tea person who brings the milk so the newcomer can have a welcoming cup of tea and the literature secretary who maintains supplies of newcomer‚??s packs, Big Books and AA literature. Most groups have a greeter, often the first Fellow a newcomer may meet as they nervously walk towards our meeting with so many thoughts in their head including, doing a runner. The Greeter is that vital link between us and that newcomer, reaching out to help them over our doorstep and introduce them to group members. Each group needs a Secretary, to keep the meeting to time and welcome the newcomer to the group so that we all know we have a newcomer in our midst. We pass the message on as the message was passed to us. We talk to the newcomer after the meeting, hand out AA literature, a 'Where to Find' and telephone numbers and the suggestion, "Keep coming."
Groups and Intergroups do PI work, carrying the AA message to schools, hospitals and institutions. AA meetings are held in prisons and prison postal sponsors write to prisoners. The AA telephone helplines, email responders, Chat Now and of course, Share magazine are all carrying the message of AA.