COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Are to follow these
guidelines as well as their invited
speakers. Also, they are required to
attend the business meeting on the
Second Saturday of each month.
Be ever mindful of the Traditions as
stated in the Preamble:
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 AA membership;
we are self-supporting through our
own contributions. AA 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
with permission of A.A. World Services,
with permission of A.A. World Services,
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
purpose of this Conflict of Interest
policy is to preserve the 6th Tradition
and to protect this Committee's
integrity in assuring no member of the
Committee benefits financially from
service through the Committee, or gives
the appearance of
from The Twelve Traditions Illustrated
with permission of A.A. World
present or potential Committee member,
("Person"), has a Conflict of Interest
when they have a direct or indirect
financial interest in the activities of
the Committee. A Person has a financial
interest if they have, directly or
indirectly, through business,
investment, or family: 1) an ownership
or investment interest in any entity
which could profit from the
participation of the Person
volunteering on the Committee, or 2) an
arrangement where the Person is
compensated by any entity or individual
with which the Committee deals, or 3) a
potential ownership or
investmentinterest in, or compensation
arrangement with, any entity or
individual with which the Committee
OBEY ALL FACILITY RULES:
If there is any conflict between their
rules and A.A.s traditions, call
a Committee Officer immediately.
B. DO NOT take any family
members, friends or sponsors of
residents into any facility.
C. Only men are to be taken into
mens facilities, and only women
are to be taken into womens
facilities unless otherwise permitted
by the facility.
MEETING FORMAT (ALL FACILITIES):
Open each meeting with a Moment of
Silence, followed by the Serenity
B. Read the A.A. Preamble.
C. Have How It Works read
(preferably by a resident of the
D. Introduce yourself, being brief and
E. Tell residents that This is an
Institutions Meeting of Alcoholics
Anonymous and we ask that all comments
be related to alcohol, which is our
Primary Purpose for being
F. We are there to Carry the A.A.
G. Hold all meetings to one (1) hour
H. According to each facility:
- 1. Introduce your speaker
- 2. Depending on time, allow a brief
- 3. Encourage residents to share.
- 4. DO Not dominate the
I. Close each meeting with the
J. Leave the facility promptly
NOT go anywhere that you are not
K. ONLY the chairman and one speaker
are allowed at each meeting.
A.A. DOES NOT DO THE FOLLOWING:
We DO NOT counsel, lend money,
find homes, jobs, or solve personal
problems for the residents.
B. A Member shall NOT sponsor
residents attending any meeting they
C. DO NOT give or take Phone
#s or addresses from anyone in
D. You may mention your Home
DRESS CODE (ALL FACILITIES):
Bodies are to be covered, clean and
B. Dressing neatly leaves a good
C. Men will wear long pants.
D. NO shorts, tank-tops, short
skirts or low-cut blouses, etc., are to
E. NO special interest clothing;
such as shirts with advertising,
motorcycle regalia, or obscene
language, etc., is to be worn.
SOBRIETY LENGTHS (REQUIRED):
- 1. One (1) full year of continuous
- 1. One year of continuous sobriety
for Correctional Facilities.
- 2. One year of continuous sobriety
for Treatment facilities.
- 3. IMPORTANT: See attached
for requirements of specific
PAROLEES AND PROBATIONERS:
Are NOT used as Institutions
Committee Members in correctional
B. SPEAKERS Correctional
- 1. ONLY used if special permission is
- 2. DO NOT ask for this special
permission on your own.
- 3. Special permission is to be
requested ONLY by an Institutions
WARRANTS (Still Outstanding):
Persons with these are NOT to be
used as Institutions Committee
B. Persons with these are NOT to
be used as speakers in any
NOT to be used in any facility
by any A.A. Member.
B. We try to attract people to
Alcoholics Anonymous, not offend
ALL FACILITIES: NO cigarettes,
gum, candy, or any other such items are
to be given to any resident in any
facility by any A.A. member.
B. Correction Facilities: A.A.
Literature for State Facilities,by
permission only. For B.S.O., comply
with: Written Guidelines for
Recovery Gr. Materials.
C. Treatment/Hospital Facilities: ONLY
A.A. Literature can be taken in.
D. NON-APPROVED LITERATURE, BOOKS,
TAPES, ETC., Are NOT to be taken
into any facility.
PHYSICAL CONTACT (Correctional Facility):
No Physical Contact is
CLEARANCES (Correctional Facility):
May be run on anyone (Committee Member
Speaker) without prior
B. Be sure your speakers are cleared or
clearable, or they may be detained.
C. Physical searches may be performed
at any time in any Correctional
D. Read B.S.O. Guidelines for
AUDIT OF MEETING:
Committee Officers and/or other
Steering Committee Members will be
checking any/all Committee Meetings at
any time without prior notice.
B. We need to be sure that each of us
adheres to these Guidelines.
YOU AND YOUR ALTERNATE:
Are responsible for making sure your
designated meeting is covered.
B. DO NOT have any Non-Committee
Member cover any Committee Meeting
without a Committee Officers
C. DO NOT cancel any Committee
Meeting on your own.
D. Call your Coordinator or a Committee
Officer and they will find a
replacement Chairman for the meeting,
or make the decision to cancel a
REMINDERS ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
I am responsible. When anyone,
anywhere, reaches out for help, I want
the hand of AA always to be there. And
for that I am responsible.
B. Your cooperation in following these
Guidelines is expected. This will
ensure that the A.A. Tradition of
attraction, not promotion, is