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“Our membership ought to include all who suffer alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.”


“I am responsible . . . when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help; I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that I am responsible.”

In short, when new comers walk into our meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, we want A.A. to be there for them as it was for us— something we can do continuously only if we function as a group.  But, for a group to function properly, all kinds of service must be performed. It is through the combined efforts and ongoing commitment of The Unfortunates Group Membership that:


  • A meeting place is provided and maintained.

  • Programs are arranged for the meetings.

  • Seventh Tradition contributions are collected, and properly allocated and spent.

  • A.A. Conference-approved literature is on hand.

  • A.A. Grapevine and La Viña literature and lists of local group meetings are available.

  • Refreshments are available.

  • Assistance in finding A.A. meetings is given to alcoholics in the area.

  • Calls for help are answered.

  • Group problems are aired and resolved.

  • Continuing contact is sustained with the rest of A.A.—locally, through the intergroup (central office), district and area’s general service structure; and nationally and internationally, through the General Service Office in New York.

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