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A.A. Guidelines are
compiled from the shared experience of A.A. members throughout the U.S. and
Canada. They also reflect guidance given through the Twelve Traditions and the
General Service Conference. In keeping with our Tradition of Anonymity except in
matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole, most decisions are made by
the group conscience of the members involved. The purpose of these Guidelines is
to assist in reaching an informed group
Today, as in the early days of
Alcoholics Anonymous, the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism is carried by
one alcoholic talking to another. However, since the publication of the first
edition of the Big Book in 1939, literature has played an important role in
spreading the A.A. message and imparting information about the A.A. Twelve Step
program of recovery.
The newcomer, walking
into an A.A. group for the first time, may be given a meeting list, basic
recovery pamphlets and, depending on the individual group conscience, perhaps a
copy of Living Sober or the Big Book.
In 1992, the Conference
Literature Committee suggested that the trustees' Literature Committee develop
literature committee guidelines comprised of shared experience from the
These guidelines provide
a summary of shared experience of A.A.s in the groups, central and intergroup
offices, general service areas and districts who have formed literature
committees and shared how they "Let Literature Carry the Message,
PURPOSE OF A LITERATURE CHAIRPERSON
Whether group, central office
or intergroup, area or district, a literature chairperson:
• Informs groups,
district or area assembly members, through displays and other suitable methods,
of all available Conference approved literature, audiovisual material and other
HOW TO GET STARTED
• Write G.S.O. for a
copy of the Conference-approved Literature Catalog, updated literature
information and order forms.
GROUP LITERATURE CHAIRS
The group's literature
chairperson makes certain that A.A. Conference-approved books and pamphlets,
ordered from the General Service Office or purchased from the local intergroup
(central office), are on hand for meetings and properly displayed.
A group literature chair or
representative can obtain information on their responsibility by writing to the
literature coordinator at G.S.O. Regular communications are sent to literature
chairs from G.S.O., and G.S.O. also keeps a list of literature chairs and
Many A.A. groups purchase
bulk subscriptions to Box 4-5-9 (a unit of 10 copies, 6 times a year, $6.00) for
distribution to their members, thus providing them regular communication with
A.A. in the U.S., Canada and countries throughout the world. Some groups also
have bulk subscriptions to the A.A. Grapevine.
AREA LITERATURE CHAIRS
Experience indicates that a
thorough knowledge of A.A. literature is a good way to assure that our primary
purpose remains the focus for successful A.A. groups and members. You can be a
part of the solution by emphasizing our books, pamphlets, videos and service
Some areas hold workshops
to help local groups and district chairpersons learn about where A.A. literature
comes from and the Conference process.
DISTRICT LITERATURE CHAIRS
Suggested guidelines for a
district literature chairperson:
• Maintain a stock of
suggested literature for D.C.M. to give new G.S.R.s.
REFERENCES FOR LITERATURE CHAIRS
• An overview of the
substance and content of our literature is found in the A.A. Service
Manual (pages S129 - S133, '93/’94 edition).
FROM LITERATURE COMMITTEES
One area committee reviewed
all A.A. literature and submitted a report, summarized here:
In carrying out this project, we have
completed an inventory, not unlike the Fourth Step, of our literature. The
result has not been an increased negative attitude towards our literature, but
rather an awakening to our wealth of literature and the many possibilities for
its use. Along with this awakening has come a spirit of cooperation in striving
to make our literature the most effective possible.
Another area committee has
formed guidelines for their literature committee elections, meetings,
subcommittees and district liaison persons, budget, officers and their duties,
and members' responsibilities.
Both committees concluded
displaying A.A. literature and audiovisual materials at every possible area and
district function and selling literature at those functions helps to carry the
A.A. message and fulfill our primary purpose.
A district literature
We have an inventory of all pamphlets and
books and also most of the other items, such as tapes, directories, etc. We sell
these items to the groups at the prices published by G.S.0. We do not give the
groups the 20% discount that we get for pamphlets because that; amount helps
offset the cost of pamphlets we give away through our H&I, Public
Information and Cooperation With the Professional Community committees.
We have a monthly literature meeting with
the groups in our district at which we talk about any new items that have been released
by G.S.0. We also try to pick
one literature item to discuss to help everyone learn about how important the
literature is when it comes to carrying the message.
I also have made myself available to take a
literature display to group business meetings, as well as group meetings for
literature studies. This seems to be a very good way to get the literature
message to several people at the same time.
My own opinion is that the literature is the
best way to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic. There can be no
confusion with words when you see them in black and white. To this end I think
that anything you can do to make people aware of literature is very acceptable.
An area literature chair
My experience is limited to one year on the
area committee and my observation of it for the prior year. We only deal with
Conference‑approved items listed in the catalog, Grapevine is a separate
committee. Our purpose at this time is to display the materials so that G.S.R.s
and others see what is available to their groups.
We display all of the hardback and softback
books, plus pamphlets and an assortment of the other lower‑cost service
items. We set up our display at all area assembly and district committee
meetings, our mini conference, the state conference when hosted and any other
time we are asked, i.e., district workshops, area workshops and P.I. type
We are not displaying any other Twelve Step
literature or anything not in the catalog or available from G.S.O. as a service
item. We try to stock at least two of each book and five of each pamphlet. We
carry one of all other items that we can justify costwise.
We do not stock many copies of the Final
Conference Report or of the A.A. Service
Manual, but they are for sale. We also
tend to have more than five of the service pamphlets, such as 'he A.A.
Group," "Your G. S. R.," 'The Twelve Traditions
Illustrated." The reasoning behind multiple copies of books and pamphlets
is as follows: If someone wants an item desperately, we will sell or give it to
them depending upon the need. This is kind of a gray area and we could probably
use some sort of policy. We try to present one item per month to the
assembly/district meeting. Sort of a "If you never looked inside this,
here's what's in it" deal.
I think it is safe to say we will never sell literature at a profit or
handle non-Conference-approved items unless we all decide to drink again. We
will probably not be in favor of individual groups using basket income for
outside items either.
Our area assemblies always have three or
four tables of literature for sale and display, consisting of all books and
pamphlets. The area literature chair usually asks the D.C.M. of the host
district to get some volunteers from local groups to help staff the tables. This
helps to get members interested in the literature. One lady, who had sat in only
a couple of times before she moved from the area, helped get a literature
committee started in another area.
All recovery material is placed together and
in plain sight, including all formats of the Big Book, Braille and audio tapes,
and extra Spanish material in areas where there is a large Spanish community.
All P.I. and C.P.C. pamphlets and video and audio cassettes are kept together
and arranged neatly. Other service pamphlets, Guidelines, and the Fact File are
in another section with all Workbooks. Tables are always neat, with literature
catalogs in plain sight and easy reach. Any literature chairperson should be
informed of what is in stock and have a good idea of what is in each item, so,
if asked a question, they would know where to look for the answer.
The area bought one Big Book in every
language for a display (50th year) which was to be turned over to the archives
at a later date, but most were sold at the assemblies.
Our local district has a traveling display board with all pamphlets,
book covers, Guidelines, A.A. Fact File, Box 4-5-9, local intergroup's
newsletter and business cards from our central office, with address and phone
One district chair reports:
I took a suitcase of literature out to different groups, would ask the
chairperson of the group for a few minutes for a short pitch of what they had
available in Conference-approved literature. This was received well, especially
at groups in small towns that were some distance from our central office. One
district in our area has a literature chair that writes an article in their
district newsletter. He tells of some interesting parts of the book that he is
reading at present.
central office shares:
We have a good relationship with our general
service committees, lending literature for display at district functions. The
central office has a display rack with all pamphlets. These are placed near
meeting schedules so a person looking for the schedules might see a pamphlet
that would interest him or her. All books are at the catalog price. We have a
fairly large Spanish community, so we keep a supply of Spanish literature. At
all social events, we have a literature drawing and ask all groups to donate
some literature for the event. This keeps sales up at the central office and
gets the message out. Many times when someone wins a book, they ask if a
newcomer needs it, or it may go to one of our committees.
GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE LITERATURE COMMITTEE ADVISORY ACTIONS
was recommended that:
Conference-approved literature and G.S.O. Guidelines be displayed and
distributed at assembly meetings.
One group member be chosen to be solely responsible for the distribution of
Conference-approved literature and its display.
The delegates assume responsibility for informing A.A.s of all available
Conference-approved literature, and that the updated spring and fall literature
order blanks which are mailed with Box 4-5-9 be reviewed at district and
1972: It be suggested that when a local A.A. facility (central office, intergroup, group, etc.) sells non-Conference-approved literature, it be clearly designated as such.
It was suggested that A.A. groups be discouraged from selling literature not
distributed by the General Service Office and the Grapevine.
In an effort to strengthen our network of literature representatives to ensure
that A.A. literature is available at meetings, as well as catalog order forms
for books and cassettes that individuals are likely to want, it is suggested
that groups appoint literature coordinators.
spirit of the 1977 Conference action regarding group literature displays be
reaffirmed, and recommended the suggestion that A.A. groups be encouraged to
display or sell only literature published and distributed by the General Service
Office, the A.A. Grapevine and other A.A. entities.
G.S.O. maintains a mailing list
of literature chairpersons (U.S. and Canada). All are sent Box
4-5-9. Each newly elected literature chairperson receives a welcoming letter
from the Literature Coordinator at G.S.O. Enclosed are: "The A.A.
Group" pamphlet; literature catalog; service piece on Conference-approved
literature; current issue of Box 4-5-9; 5
Box 4-5-9 subscription blanks; 5 postage-paid
envelopes; list of service material available at G.S.O.
time to time an update of new and revised literature is sent by G.S.O.'s
PHONE NUMBER FOR LITERATURE ORDERS
Department has a direct phone number for customers placing change orders,
researching orders, and having problems with orders received.
The direct number is: (212) 870-3312.
This number may also be used to
get ordering information and current prices. Please do not use this number if
you wish to be sent a catalog.
Call: (212) 870-3400.
Fax order form to us any time.
Our line is open 24 hours daily: 1-212-870-3137; 1-800-437-3584.
Please keep in touch so that
your activities may be shared through Box 4-5-9 and the Literature desk and your
experiences can be added to the files, to help others who are involved in this
rewarding area of service.
A.A. Guidelines are compiled from the shared experience of A.A. members in the various areas. They also reflect guidance given through the Twelve Traditions and the General Service Conference (U.S. and Canada). In keeping with our Tradition of autonomy, except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole, most decisions are made by the group conscience of the members involved. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist in reaching an informed group conscience.
By action of the General
Service Board, January 1970, the trustees' Committee on Cooperation with the
Professional Community (C.P.C.)-a spin-off from the Public Information Committee-was
developed. A similar Conference committee was formed the following year. Since
that time, A.A. members in local areas have been responding to local need by
establishing C.P.C. committees.
A.A. is considered by
professional persons, almost without exception, to be the number one resource
for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship between
A.A. members in the community and paid alcoholism workers, the professionals
give A.A. credit, A.A. members return the compliment, and the sick alcoholic is
the winner‑he or she gets the help needed from both.
We are not in competition with
these non-A.A.s, and vice-versa; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in
the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, treatment,
prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of
recovery for alcoholics-a program that works for hundreds of thousands who want
professional can help the alcoholic want it-by education, counseling, and
rehabilitative treatment-and can also be of aid through making the community
aware of and care about the millions still suffering from the progressive
illness that A.A. has helped us arrest. A recent survey of A.A. membership
indicated that almost half of A.A.s surveyed credited a member of the
professional community for getting them to our Fellowship.
It is our hope that these
Guidelines will help to define the scope and function of a C.P.C. committee, and
will facilitate its organization. It is suggested that in areas where there are
existing public information and institutions committees, members from these
committees be included in the organizational meeting of a new C.P.C. committee.
PUBLIC INFORMATION, COOPERATION WITH THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY, TREATMENT FACILITIES AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
The following descriptions of
the responsibilities of P.I., C.P.C., T.F. and C.F. committees are given for
purposes of clarification.
P.I.-The purpose of P.I.
service work is to provide accurate A.A. information to the public when
requested. P.I. committees visit schools, businesses and community meetings for
this purpose. They also serve as resources for our friends in the local media,
emphasizing our Traditions of anonymity, singleness of purpose and
nonaffiliation, as well as offering A.A. public service announcements to radio
and television stations.
C.P.C.-Members of these
committees provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with
alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care
professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union
leaders, and industrial managers, as well as those working in the field of
alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we are, what we can
do, and what we cannot do.
C.F. and T.F.-The purpose of
C.F. or T.F., or combined institutions committees, is to coordinate the work of
individual members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of
recovery to alcoholics in hospitals, alcoholism treatment and rehabilitation
centers, and correctional facilities.
In many areas, liaisons have
been established among these committees- i.e., C.F., T.F., institutions and P.I.
committees send a liaison to C.P.C. committee meetings. There are many instances
of overlapping responsibilities. It should be clearly established that A.A.
committees are not in competition with each other. Local circumstances determine
who does what.
One of the best ways to start
your C.P.C Twelfth Step work is to read the C.P.C Workbook, which is a bounty of
information gathered from A.A.'s past experience in C.P.C. work. As an example,
in many areas C.P.C committees are organized as follows:
1. Area C.P.C chairperson and
co-chairperson elected or appointed by the area committee.
2. District C.P.C chairperson
and co‑chairperson elected or selected in each district.
3. The P.I., C.F., T.F. and
C.P.C. committees each assigns a member to attend meetings of the other three
committees, thus maintaining communication and cooperation within A.A.
4. A budget figure from area
committee funds is established and approved.
5. The chairperson of an area,
district or intergroup (central office) C.P.C. committee is registered with the
G.S.O. office in New York.
you work primarily through the area and district structure, through the local
central office or intergroup, or through the groups, it is a good idea to have
an overall organization. If you don't, problems of communication, duplication of
effort, and outright confusion will undoubtedly arise.
C.P.C. WORKBOOK AND
The C.P.C Workbook contains
information on all aspects of C.P.C. service, including a history of C.P.C since
its beginnings. The workbook also includes Guidelines, pamphlets and copies of Box
4-5-9 (which has a section on C.P.C. news) and About A.A., our triannual
newsletter for professionals. It is suggested that the basic "text"
for C.P.C. committee members is the Conference-approved pamphlet "How A.A.
Members Cooperate With Other Community Efforts to Help Alcoholics."
One suggestion is to work with
one group of professionals at a time. When a list of professionals, both
individuals and organizations, has been compiled, members of the C.P.C.
committee would make an initial contact (by letter, phone or face-to-face).
Offer to come and talk about what A.A. can and cannot do, offer to take a
professional to an A.A. meeting in your area. Provide A.A. literature describing
our A.A. program of recovery, stressing our eagerness to act as a resource to
the recovering alcoholic.
Some C.P.C. committees
take an annual inventory to
share past experience and plan future C.P.C. Twelfth Step work.
MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES
It is suggested that area
C.P.C. committees request to be placed on the mailing list with community, state
or area professional agencies. Specific suggestions and information about
exhibiting at professional meetings is available from the General Service
Office. You may wish to borrow a C.P.C. Exhibit from G.S.O. Try to request this
exhibit 6 to 8 weeks before the event. G.S.O. will also help to provide
complimentary literature for professional meetings.
See the C.P.C. Workbook for
samples of presentations you might give in your community. Most C.P.C committee
members will be informed on A.A. and its history, and are able to give an
accurate and positive impression of Alcoholics Anonymous. We stress our primary
purpose, and Traditions of nonaffiliation, self-support and anonymity.
Please keep in touch with us so
that we may share your activities through the C.P.C. section in Box
4-5-9 and in About A.A. Your experiences help others who are involved in
this rewarding area of service.
Guidelines are compiled from the shared experience of A.A. members in the
various areas. They also reflect guidance given through the Twelve Traditions
and the General Service Conference (U.S. and Canada). In keeping with our
Tradition of autonomy, except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a
whole, most decisions are made by the group conscience of the members involved.
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist in reaching an informed group
Like all of
A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is
to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together,
members of local Public Information committees convey A.A. information to the
general public, including the media.
publication of our Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, was the first A.A.
information available for the public. By 1941, several articles on A.A. in
national publications helped to encourage understanding and acceptance of A.A.
Also significant were good relations with professionals, such as Dr. W. D.
Silkworth, Rev. Sam Shoemaker and Dr. Harry Tiebout.
In 1956, the
Public Information Committee of the General Service Board was formed, with a
corresponding Conference P.I. Committee established in 1961. The General Service
Conference established this policy for A.A. Public Information:
public relationships, A.A.'s sole objective is to help the still suffering
alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity, we believe
this can be done by making known to the still‑suffering alcoholic, and to
those who may be interested in their problem, our own experience as individuals
and as a fellowship in learning to live without alcohol.
that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere
interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always
reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many
outside of A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problem of alcoholism.
By 1973, the
General Service Conference confirmed that "We must recognize that our
competence to speak about alcoholism is limited in subject matter to Alcoholics
Anonymous and its recovery program."
WITH THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY
to an expressed need, the Conference recommended formation of a separate
Conference Committee in 1971. Now known as the Cooperation With the Professional
Community Committee (C.P.C.), its purpose is to better distribute A.A.
information to those in contact with alcoholics through their professions. In
some locales, C.P.C. and P.I. committees are separate; elsewhere they function
as one committee covering two services.
clearly understood that both of these committees work within our primary purpose
and are not in competition.
sponsored by an area assembly, district, or A.A. central office (intergroup),
P.I. committees are responsible to the A.A. entity they serve.
Getting Started: New
committees usually begin by contacting the General Service Office (G.S.O.),
where a staff person handles P.I. activities and maintains contact with local
committees. The new chairperson is sent a welcome letter along with basic P.I.
information and placed on the Box 4-5-9 mailing list, thus assuring that the
committee can benefit by shared P.I. experience through articles in G.S.O.'s
bimonthly newsletter. A P.I. Workbook is sent to all area P.I. chairpersons.
Others are asked to purchase them.
Committee Members: The
first qualification for doing P.I., or any other service work, is sound
sobriety. All committee members need to be thoroughly familiar with the A.A.
program and able to provide accurate information about the Fellowship.
Experience in public relations is not essential.
understanding of the Twelve Traditions, including a firm grasp of the Anonymity
Traditions, is most important. This is often enhanced through committees
studying basic P. I. material together.
area P.I. committee: "After the assembly acted to establish a P.I.
committee, a few interested members met together and realized that we needed
participation from the districts and background from G.S.O. Individually, we
purchased basic P.I. pamphlets and the P.I. Workbook through our local
intergroup or G.S.O. The committee decided to meet monthly to read and discuss
the pamphlets 'Speaking at Non‑A.A. Meetings' and 'Understanding
Anonymity,' the service piece Information on Alcoholics Anonymous and the
study meetings gained in enthusiasm as we read together from one basic P.I.
pamphlet at a time. New members joined, and before long we each began to enjoy
taking part in 'practice talks' during our monthly meetings.
'practice talk' session was led by a committee person who had prepared a
presentation, asking us to 'pretend' to be a certain audience (high school
students, church or business group, etc.). After the talk, the 'audience' would
ask questions suitable to the supposed group. We concluded by offering loving
suggestions for improvement or clarification.
six months, we informed the local community of our availability. The next
year, we were able to visit 20 schools, sharing A.A. information with more than
with sparse populations and small number of A.A.s involved in P.I. service, the
need to regularly share experience and information is just as vital, and may be
conducted by phone or mail. P.I. committee meetings are less frequent, but the
purpose, need for guidance and link to an A.A. service entity remains the same.
often the cost of doing P.I. service work is met from group contributions to
whatever body forms the committee-general service area, district, central
office/intergroup or, in smaller communities, one or more A.A. groups.
funds for the committee's work will be included in the "budget" of the
A.A. entity served, and P.I. expenses are regularly reported. Occasionally,
there is consideration of a special allocation for P.I. projects such as
distributing Big Books to local libraries.
are the essential services, which may be altered or amplified by the group
conscience of the A.A. entity supporting the P.I. work.
P.I. Visits: Some
examples of visits might include schools, local businesses, church and civic
groups. Where no C.P.C. committee exists, P.I. committees might also be in
contact with professionals such as the clergy, health-care providers, lawyers
and teachers. In advance of initial contacts, P.I. committees often distribute a
simple letter describing their availability and how interested persons can make
contact for more information. They might also plan a visit by two or more
A P.I. visit
might include distribution of A.A. literature, a brief talk and/or showing an
A.A. video. It is essential that participating A.A.s agree on the basic outline
for the visit, and are familiar with the details in "Speaking at Non-A.A.
Meetings" and "Understanding Anonymity."
A few points
• Open by
describing the need for personal anonymity at the public level; give your first
name and A.A. membership.
drunkalogs, keep your A.A. story general and brief. Use humor with good taste;
what's funny to A.A.s may not be laughable to nonmembers.
your comments to A.A. information; remember that we're not experts when speaking
as A.A. members. We don't try to speak for A.A. as a whole.
appropriate, offer A.A. Literature such as "A.A. at a Glance," "A
Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous" or the A.A. Membership Survey flyer.
Include information on local open A.A. meetings.
• Be on
time. Dress simply and neatly. First impressions are important.
Public Meetings: Some
P.I. committees host informational meetings that are open to the public. Careful
advance planning is important to assure a successful outcome.
Staffing an A.A. Booth: Many
P.I. committees are active in staffing "A.A. booths" at health fairs
in the communities they serve. The invitation to participate may come directly
to the local P.I. committee or through the G.S.O. staff person on the P.I. desk.
The local P.I. committee ascertains that taking part serves A.A.'s primary
purpose. The invitation is acknowledged with appreciation whether or not the
invitation can be accepted.
Many times a
simple table is provided by the organization hosting the function, and two or
more committee members staff the booth. P.I. committees rotate this
responsibility to assure that all have an opportunity to participate.
literature specifically for the public is set out on the table and offered to
interested passersby, along with "P.I. mailing labels" from G.S.O. for
those wishing more information. Soon after the event, completed mailing labels
are sent to G.S.O., who sends information packets for each.
help by sharing experience and by furnishing basic literature to the committee
undertaking this service ("A.A. at a Glance," "A Message to
Teenagers," the most recent A.A. Membership Survey pamphlet or display,
"A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous," etc.). It is vital that
requests for special event literature be received by G.S.O. in ample time to
allow for packing and shipping-usually 3 weeks notice is sufficient.
WITH THE MEDIA
enjoyed excellent relations with print, radio and television journalists.
Conference Advisory Action, G.S.O. annually sends several thousand Anonymity
letters requesting that those working in print, radio and TV journalism observe
our Tradition of personal anonymity at the public level for all A.A. members.
Some P.I. committees distribute copies of this Anonymity letter locally, while
others use the text on their letterhead for a mailing to local media outlets.
Information on Local
request, some P.I. committees assist by distributing information about upcoming
A.A. conventions, or Regional Forums, to community and local newspapers. Basic
details are included in a simple press release as described in the P.I.
For Small Community and
Foreign Language Papers or Publications: P.I.
committees may request that A.A. information be included in the public service
page or community bulletin board. The committee offers a simple description of
who A.A. serves and how to obtain more information locally.
audio or video, A.A. Conference-approved P.S.A.s are widely accepted as a way to
provide information on A.A. All are described in the literature catalog
available at your central office/intergroup, or by contacting G.S.O. The spot
announcements vary in length from 10 to 60 seconds, and prices are reasonable.
usually purchased from G.S.O. and distributed to local stations. Many times,
P.I. committees find that a personal visit to deliver the cassette often results
in an opportunity to share A.A. information, emphasizing the principles of
anonymity and nonaffiliation. It is always helpful to request that the station
lead into an A.A. radio or TV P.S.A. with a statement such as "Here is a
public service announcement from Alcoholics Anonymous."
A.A. Videos: Conference-approved
videos are listed in the literature catalog and serve as an excellent way of
telling the A.A. story visually. Occasionally, a TV station is willing to air
information on A.A. in more detail than can be included on P.S.A.s. "Hope:
Alcoholics Anonymous," "A.A.-Rap with Us," and "Young People
and A.A." are suitable for this purpose. Keep in mind that no A.A. video or
P.S.A. can be altered without the permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
Contact G.S.O. for details.
Requests for A.A.
Presence on Radio or TV: Such
requests are carefully considered to assure that: a.) Anonymity of members will
be protected; b.) A.A. cooperation will adhere to our primary purpose and
Traditions. Methods for successfully protecting the anonymity of A.A. members
appearing on TV are described in the P.I.. Workbook.
suggestions seem to be essential for a good outcome: 1) Discuss the request with
other A.A.s involved in service, seeking input from a wider group conscience
beyond the P.I. committee; and 2) If the decision is to proceed with A.A.
participation, use members with good experience in discussing our program with
General Service Conference considered this matter and approved this resolution:
will endeavor to avoid participation on radio and TV programs, unless:
a. We are
given adequate time for preparation;
Conference-approved Literature and Other Service Material catalog has a section
on P.I. (and C.P.C.) specific items, including the P.I. Workbook and pamphlets
mentioned in these Guidelines. Additionally, G.S.O. has P.I. Discount Packages
for sale to help
committees with quantity purchases of basic A.A. information for the public.
A.A. literature are often placed in public areas ire cooperation with the
responsible officials. Such displays might be placed in libraries, schools,
businesses, bookmobiles, church literature racks and hospital reading rooms or
carts. An example of how this works is where a P.I. committee cooperated with
the local library system to determine a suitable location in each branch, along
with a system for replenishment. The result was a small, attractive A.A.
literature display with information on how to obtain local A.A. meeting
literature for P.I. committees is listed below. For information about Discount
Packages, please contact G.S.O., Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 459, New York,
N.Y. 10163, or call (212) 870-3400.
A.A. Guidelines (on) Public Information
For the Public:
"A.A. at a Glance"