Alcoholics Anonymous of Gwinnett County
Around 1951, Bill W. defined service as the Third Legacy in the following excerpt;
"Our Twelfth Step - carrying the message - is the basic service that AA's Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a Society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven't been given the truth will die.
Hence, an AA service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer - ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itslef to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to AA's General Service Headquarters for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy.
Services include meeting places, clubs, hospitals, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They require committees, delegates, trustees, and Conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions.
These services, whether performed by individuals, groups, areas, or AA as a whole, are utterly vital to our existence and growth. Nor can we make AA simple by abolishing such services. We would only be asking for complication and confusion.
Concerning any given service, we therefore pose but one question: "Is this service really needed?" If it is , then maintain it we must, or fail in our mission to those who seek AA."
--reprinted from the A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Services
please check out the following links at Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Get Involved In General Service
The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Services
Spanish Translators Needed
For Statewide Service Opportunities
District 16C & 16D
District 16C District 16D
P O Box 107 P O Box 70
Buford, GA 30515-0107 Lawrenceville, GA 30046
General Service Questions
Treatment Facilities Committee
Unity Weekend Committee
District Committee Member 16C
District Committee Member 16D
AA Central Office
chairing a meeting
greeting at the door
being a sponsor
(yes, attending a meeting is a form of service)
working with others
holding a group position
(i.e. tresurer, secretary, birthday coordinator)
serving on local AA committees
(i.e. PI/CPC, Corrections, Treatment Facilities, Grapevine)
volunteering for AA events
(i.e. Unity Weekend, Grape-a-thon, Cluster Forums)
serving as a General Service Representative (G.S.R.)
(The G.S.R. represents the voice of the group conscience, reporting the group's thoughts to the district committee member and to the delegate, who passes tham on to the conference. This communication is a two-way street, making the G.S.R. responsible for bringing back to the group Conference Actions that affect A.A. unity, health, and growth. Only when a G.S.R. keeps the group informed, and communicates the group conscience, can the Conference truly act for A.A. as a whole.)
serving as a District Committee Member (D.C.M.)
(The D.C.M. is an essential link between the group G.S.R. and the area delegate to the General Service Conference. As leader of the district committee, made up of all G.S.R.'s in the district, the D.C.M. is exposed to the group conscience of that district. As a member of the area committee, he or she is able to pass on the district's thinking to the delegate and the committee.)