“Anonymous, but not invisible….”
“A vast communications net now covers the earth, even to its remotest reaches…
nothing matters more to AA’s future welfare than the manner in which we use the colossus of modern communication.
Used unselfishly and well, it can produce results surpassing our present imagination.”
Bill W., The AA Grapevine, Inc., November 1960
Our Twelfth Step – carrying the message – is the basic service that the AA Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.
Hence, an AA service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer – ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to AA’s General Service Office for national and international action. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.
AA’S LEGACY OF SERVICE BILL W 1951
A Declaration of Unity
This we owe to AA’s future; to place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship united.
For on AA unity depend our lives, and the lives of those to come
I Am Responsible….
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible