Since 12 level groups are not well organized, they focus on real community and their main purpose.
Our groups should never be organized. However, we can set up service boards or committees directly responsible for those they serve.
In the real world, corporations and other groups are “organized”. There is a hierarchy of authority such that some members of the organization have the authority to “direct” the actions of others.
But no one in twelve-level groups has that kind of authority. The groups are a “community of equals”. Decisions are made by the whole group and not by one or a few members.
By creating and maintaining this “true fellowship” atmosphere, twelve-level groups ensure that even the newest members quickly gain a sense of “belonging”.
How are “executive” decisions made when no one has authority? Decisions are made by the entire group through what is known as a group conscience vote.
Any member of the group can request that a “business meeting” be held to discuss issues that affect the group as a whole, regardless of the group’s regular meeting time.
After a discussion on the topic, during which all members have the opportunity to express their opinion, the group votes on the topic and the majority decides on the question.
In this way, the group maintains unity by creating an atmosphere where all voices are heard – from the oldest long-term player to the newcomer – and everyone has the same voice and voice.
However, not being organized has other advantages for the group, as the visitors to this website pointed out on the bulletin board:
Responsible to those we serve
It took me 3 months to sober up completely. In all of the groups I go to, I don’t yet know who one of the leaders is. When we start sharing, we are all the same, no one is an expert, and you feel that equality.
I’m sure at some point I’ll find out who the group representative is and who keeps the checkbook, but with just 19 days of sobriety I can only get 20 phone numbers now (no one at home). so as not to drink. The one who should be there was.
Of the people on my list, I couldn’t imagine them, but I knew they were available because they noted their names as I sent my where and when around the room. I have two full names and one other with just a number. After the first two were used up, the one number on the where and when was at home! It seems like a prime example of being responsible to those we serve is only able to put their names on a list for a newbie!
Service in focus
The most important person to join a group of Alcoholics Anonymous is the newcomer. Without it, we will surely die as individuals and as a whole. If we try to organize him, he will flee, after all, his life is already unmanageable.
Then how can we structure him so that he becomes a recovering AA responsible for reaching the still suffering alcoholic?
When I first walked into the AA rooms over 18 years ago it was the end of what was before, and I can only speak for much of Long Island, NY, where we had steering committees.
Steering committees where vintage cars in the group that had no superficial involvement, such as coffee maker, chairman, literature, secretary, etc., were the voice that conveyed the message of experience, strength and hope to help the group focus on the Focus on principles and traditions in different areas.
They shared their knowledge at a meeting, business meeting, or sometimes one-on-one interviews to let a person know why the traditions were so important and, if not followed, could damage or leave a novice’s sobriety behind.
The years of AA experience of those who keep coming back is the worth of what works and what doesn’t in AA – all those years of things being proven time and time again. If all the classic cars are gone and a group is in trouble, GSO would send a GSR to help reorganize the group.
Today there are many, many groups in my area where the classic cars have left. There are no steering committees. New members make commitments too early, e.g. For example, a person who has been a group counselor for less than a year and goes out and drinks before two years sober for entering directly into AA politics and having no personal recovery and no foundation.
Most people in this field do not know that a GSR would come out and help reorganize a group. There are not many willing to chair a traditional meeting and not many who would like to attend one. The membership of classic cars has decreased more and more with the new thinking: I have my sobriety, I’ve already done all the work, I’ve done all my steps, I only need 1 or 2 meetings a week (sometimes you can hear a month) Me I’m fine, I don’t have to go, III Oops! Where is he, she, that we?