What is A.A.?

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"Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety" (A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous, P-42, copyright 1972, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc) .
Additionally, the A.A. Preamble provides an excellent introduction to what A.A. is all about. The Preamble is often read at the beginning of meetings and communicates the essence of our purpose, what we are, and what we are not; it reads as follows:

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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 What is General Services?

The committees within A.A. Area 15 / District 1 - Pinellas, FL. comprise a service body for the individual groups of the district. It is comprised of the groups' General Service Representatives (GSR's), District Committee Members (DCM's), District Officers, Annual Committee Chairpersons, and Standing Committee Chairpersons (Archives, Corrections, Current Practices, Grapevine, PI/CPC, Special Needs, Treatment).
Its primary purpose is to provide a forum for sharing collective 12th Step experience - how best to carry the AA message in the A.A. District 1 - Pinellas area. The District also has the responsibility to carry that message to the sick and suffering alcoholic. The District One Committee meets quarterly - see the Monthly Event Calendar. GSR's (General Service Representatives) carry the group conscience and vote for their home groups at District Meetings and Area Assemblies.
A.A. District 1 - Pinellas is supported by the voluntary contributions of the groups it serves. The District One Committee structure borrows much from "The AA Service Manual and Twelve Concepts for World Service," is ever mindful of the Twelve Traditions, Concepts for Service, and the Twelve Steps of AA. (Adapted in part from the District One Book of Current Practices and the Legacy of Service and Guidelines for the South Florida Delegate Area 15 of which District 1 is a part of).

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