A.A. Around the World – Added January 2018
The hand of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) extends – literally – around the globe. Today, an A.A. presence can be found in approximately 180 nations worldwide, with membership estimated at over two million. There are more than 118,000 A.A. groups around the world and A.A.’s literature has been translated into languages as diverse as Afrikaans, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, and Vietnamese, among many others.
Officers & Committees
DCM: Mike F
ALT DCM: Jim McG
Secretary: Tammy L
Treasurer: Paula A
Accessibilities: Melissa H.
Answering Service: Frank K
Archives: New Person
CPC: Paul M.
Finance: Paula A.
Grapevine: Jen H.
Group Records: Patrick D
Literature: Steve R
Professional Contact (CPC): Paul M
Public Information: Alex H
Remote Communities –Melissa H.
Structure: Jim M
Technology: Don R
Treatment: Sarah KM
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As most of you are aware, getting meetings updated to either safe social distancing practices or online with Zoom was a first and foremost priority for our fellowship in the beginning of this pandemic. This allowed us to still Carry the Message to the Alcoholic Who Still Suffers.
Unfortunately, one of the things that got "lost in the shuffle" was our tradition of SELF SUPPORT. Some meetings were quick to get a VENMO or PayPal Account set up to help with this and some members were still sending donations through the mail.
That being said, I believe that in the coming weeks as the fellowship is made aware of the dire circumstances that have affected the General Service Office with the 75% decline in contributions and 80% decline in literature sales, we will remember with Gratitude what AA has done for us and we will step up.
Here is some detail from a Trustee on the situation and some things you can do to help:
Last week the Trustees Finance Committee approved and recommended to the GSB (General Service Board) a draw down of up to $3,000,000 from the reserve fund to cover salaries rent and other expenses. On Thursday the GSB voted unanimously in favor of this. Contributions and Literature sales are way down due to the fallout of Covid 19. For March, Literature sales were budgeted at $1.2 million and had closer to 200,000. Contributions were budgeted at around $800,000 and we ended up with around $380,000. This takes the reserve fund from 9.4 months to 7.2 months.
What can we do to help?
Members: You can setup a recurring or single contribution online at: https://contribution.aa.org/
Groups: Please review your pie charts and take into discussion a brief revision to ensure our services at GSO do not suffer any more than necessary. https://contribution.aa.org/
Districts: Do you have a surplus and curious what to do? Please review with your GSR’s a one-time special sendoff to GSO. https://contribution.aa.org/
Note that GSO is also doing their part by critically analyzing expenses at this time.