AA Meeting App Available

November 2, 2018 We are pleased to announce that Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., has licensed the Meeting Guide technology. Meeting Guide was launched in November 2015 and provides a platform for local A.A. entities (Areas, Intergroup/Central Offices, Districts, etc.) to post their local A.A. meetings and currently provides information to more than 100,000 users, … Read moreAA Meeting App Available

Introducing Panel 69 (2019-20) Area 53 Officers

At the Area 53 Assembly on September 9, the following people were elected as Area officiers:

Stephen S., Delegate
Donna K., Alternate Delegate

Ed A., Area Chairperson
Nita S., Alternate Chairperson

Diann N., Treasurer
Tom D., Alternate Treasurer

Martha C., Secretary
Bruce W., Alternate Secretary

James C., Registrar
Joe M., Alternate Registrar

Ann B., Web Administrator
Dan S., Alternate Web Admin

Over the next month, contact information for these new trusted servants will be published on the contact card and their email addresses will be created.

When We Know Better, We Do Better!

On Saturday, July 14, Districts 26, 28 & 30 held a GSR School and Safety in AA Workshop. Dan S. expertly facilitated the GSR School using “the three R’s” Records, Reporting and Resources. He provided lots of timely and updated GSR information and tips for success, including the recent Conference Action to consider changes to … Read moreWhen We Know Better, We Do Better!

Principle of Rotation – Elections

Pamphlet The AA Group … where it all begins (P-16). Conference Approved Literature. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2005, page 26.

Traditionally, rotation ensures that group tasks, like nearly everything else in AA, are passed around for all to share. Many groups have alternates to each trusted servant who can step into the service positions if needed.

To step out of an AA office you love can be hard. If you have been doing a good job, if you honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if your friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth — a step into humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of rotation.

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Safety and AA: Our Common Welfare

Excerpt from Safety and A.A. (SMF-209)

Safety is an important issue within AA – one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.

AA groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of AA. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending AA meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and main-taining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose — to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.

To find this document and other service material, go to at AA.org and look for Information for AA Members.

Making Online Contributions to Area 53

Individual AA members and AA groups may make a contribution to benefit Area 53 General Service online or by mail (Area 53 General Service, P. O. Box 2131, Columbus, Ohio 43216). Contribution by individuals are limited to $3,000 per year; there is no limit on contributions from AA groups or AA affiliated organizations. Area 53 does not accept contributions from non-AA groups of any kind or from individuals who are not members of AA.

To make a secure online contribution to Area 53 General Service, click here to visit the Contributions page on the area website. Online contributions can be made with a major credit card or e-check through PayPal secure payment processing. You do not require a PayPal account to make an online contribution. The online contribution page has a quick lookup table to find the Group Service Number for the 709 active groups in Area 53.

If you have questions about contributions, contact the Area 53 Treasurer by email treasurer[at]area53aa[dot]org or at any area assembly.

More Resources at AA.org – click to read or download and print
Self Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix (pamphlet F-3)
AA Group Treasurer: Roles & Responsibilities (pamphlet F-96)

How to Conduct a Sharing Session

Excerpt from How to Conduct a Sharing Session (SMF-111) The purpose of a Sharing Session is to fill a need for improved communication among Area committee, Districts, and Groups, thereby strengthening services in A.A. through cooperation. These sessions are called for a specific purpose requiring shared experience and ideas, in order to best serve Alcoholics … Read moreHow to Conduct a Sharing Session

Resources for Grapevine Representatives

I’ve just added some resources for Grapevine Representatives (and anyone else interested in the information) to the Grapevine Committee page.

These include handouts that can be used at Meetings or Events, Grapevine Displays, and the Grapevine Survey.

Also included are links for registering as a Grapevine Rep as well as the Grapevine Representative’s Handbook.

In service,
Ann B., Grapevine Chair

Visit the Grapevine Committee Page

The General Service Representative

The general service representative has the job of linking his or her group with A.A. as a whole. 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 them 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 the G.S.R. keeps the group informed, and communicates the group conscience, can the Conference truly act for A.A. as a whole.

From page S26 of The A.A. Service Manual

Information Segment: Where Money and Spirituality Mix

“I believe in Alcoholics Anonymous, the most important service, is passing forward the message of hope and recovery by the twelve steps of AA. Bill writes carrying the message to the next sufferer, is the very lifeblood of our AA adventure, without this vital activity, we would soon become anemic; we would literally wither and die. This does cost the twelve stepper some time and expense. The summary of the eighth tradition states that twelve step work is never paid for. Our book states that we must give it away to keep it. We know we must help other alcoholics to remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves to others. Then we receive the gift and understanding of, love our neighbor as ourselves.”

Message from Frank G., Alternate Delegate, Area 53 Panel 65
Area 53 Assembly on December 11, 2016

CPC-PI Tip: Websites with Accurate AA Information

CPC-PI TIP: Websites with Accurate AA Information When you are on-line, where do you get your information about Alcoholics Anonymous? Are your sources reliable? The Internet provides options as varied as the individuals creating them, yet only a few websites offer accurate AA information. These include: http://www.aa.org – The official website of Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.area53aa.org … Read moreCPC-PI Tip: Websites with Accurate AA Information