Tradition 6 & Check List

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Tradition 6 & Check List

Postby Tommy-S » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:41 am

Tradition Six, Long Form: Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be the sole responsibility of those people who financially support them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A.-and medically supervised. While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied. An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.

WE Bankrupt Idealists...

“In the old days, our Foundation (now the General Service Board) was originally chartered to do everything but lobby for Prohibition... -- (AA was Chartered for:)-- ...education... research... hospitals... rewrite school and medical textbooks... change laws of the land... carry AA into ...dope addiction and criminality.... form groups for depressive and paranoid folks...”

“If alcoholism could be licked, so could any problem! ...We thought... (AA) might prove to be the spearhead of a new spiritual advance” (AA Comes of Age, pg 107)


And dream those dreams they did, as AA got itself hitched to all kinds of ‘good and noble causes’, endorsing this or that, with a chaos ensuing, and a blurring of our primary purpose and the message and function of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Confusion still seems to occur for the people when the AA group meets at the local “AA Club” as AA does NOT have clubs. We have groups holding meetings at clubs who pay rent to those clubs for use of the facilities, but as separate from the club as the group down the street meeting at the church. For good reason too, as I have seen the internal struggles of Clubs like lawsuits threaten to tear the club apart, the unaffiliated AA group has the freedom to easily dislocate & relocate itself somewhere else, ensuring the group’s continued survival.

The danger of “endorsement and affiliation, real or implied” has application when helping to get a meeting started within a facility or on a base. Caution has been exercised in naming and registering the group so that it remains an obviously distinct and separate entity.

Problems are created when labeling a group “The Southwoods AA Group” (when meeting at Southwoods Prison), or the “JFK AA Group” (when meeting on the USS John F Kennedy), making sure there is No implied affiliation (and No possible endorsement) that the group is associated with (and maybe controlled by) that facility or that ship.

Also, as AA stayed in its ‘its lane’, rather than delving into (and stepping on the toes of) professionals, the result came that
“medicine and religion and psychiatry began to borrow some of our ideas and experiences. ...Today we understand and accept this paradox: The more AA sticks to its primary purpose, the greater will be its helpful influence everywhere.”(AACoA, pg 109)


“An AA group binds itself to no one”. Though we may sometimes be ‘bankrupt idealists’, we stand (or fall) on our own.

Thanks

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Practice These Principles…**

Tradition Six: An AA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

1. Should my fellow group members and I go out and raise money to endow several AA beds in our local hospital?

2. Is it good for a group to lease a small building?

3. Are all the officers and members of our local club for AAs familiar with “Guidelines on Clubs” (free from GSO)? http://www.aa.org/lang/en/en_pdfs/mg-03_clubs.pdf

4. Should the secretary of our group serve on the mayor’s advisory committee on alcoholism?

5. Some alcoholics will stay around AA only if we have a TV and card room. If this is what is required to carry the message to them, should we have these facilities?

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** These questions were originally published in the AA Grapevine in conjunction with a series on the Twelve Traditions that began in November 1969 and ran through September 1971. While they were originally intended primarily for individual use, many AA groups have since used them as a basis for wider discussion.

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http://www.aa.org/1212/
http://www.aa.org/en_pdfs/smf-131_en.pdf
12 & 12 and Traditions Check List reprinted with Permission AAWS
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Re: Tradition 6 & Check List

Postby Tommy-S » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:08 pm

Another example of this Tradition in Action was the recent Group Discussion over the inclusion of the "24 Hours a Day" in the site's Daily Meditation Discussion Group.

Though many of us have used little else in sobriety to get our day started off on the right foot, the Group Conscience per Tradition 2 opted to cease posting it (as of July 20, 2012) in accordance with our non-endorsement/non-affiliation of the book's publisher (Tradition 6)... And to avoid possible conflicts with Copyright & Intellectual Property Right restrictions, thus keeping our 'e-AA' group out of controversy per Tradition 10.

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