When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern
it, no treasurer
who can compel the payment of any dues. . . . our friends gasp and
simply can't be . . ."
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132
When I finally made my way to A.A., I could not believe that there was
no treasurer to
"compel the payment of dues." I could not imagine an organization that
monetary contributions in return for a service. It was my first and,
thus far, only
experience with getting "something for nothing." Because I did not feel
used or conned
by those in A.A., I was able to approach the program free from bias and
with an open
mind. They wanted nothing from me. What could I lose? I thank God for
the wisdom of
the early founders who knew so well the alcoholic's disdain for being
Where does A.A. get its direction? . . . These practical
folk then read Tradition Two, and learn that the sole
authority in A.A. is a loving God as He may express
Himself in the group conscience. . . The elder statesman
is the one who sees the wisdom of the group's decision,
who holds no resentment over his reduced status, whose
judgment, fortified by considerable experience, is
sound, and who is willing to sit quietly on the sidelines
patiently awaiting developments.
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 132, 135
Into the fabric of recovery from alcoholism are woven
the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions. As my
recovery progressed, I realized that the new mantle was
tailor made for me. The elders of the group gently
offered suggestions when change seemed impossible.
Everyone's shared experiences became the substance for
treasured friendships. I know that the Fellowship is
ready and equipped to aid each suffering alcoholic at
all crossroads in life. In a world beset by many
problems, I find this assurance a unique stability.
I cherish the gift of sobriety. I offer my gratitude
for the strength I receive in a Fellowship that truly
exists for the good of all members.