Pursuant to our primary purpose of maintaining our sobriety and helping other alcoholics achieve sobriety, the Archives Committee preserves the legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous with an emphasis on A.A. in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan Area 55. This is accomplished by receiving, classifying, indexing and storing all relevant materials including but not limited to correspondence, convention programs, tape recordings, and literary works considered to have historical import to A.A. in Area 55 or A.A. as a whole. The Committee ensures A.A.'s history is preserved by making access to the materials possible, with a mindful view toward anonymity of our members.
Upon request the committee will also come to your A.A. groups anniversary or special event to set up The Area 55 Archives display.
We are always looking for individuals who wish to help in preserving our legacy. Specifically, we have the following needs:
Members of the Area 55 CPC/PI committee provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union leaders, and industrial managers, as well as those working in the field of alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do.
The purpose of this service work is to provide accurate A.A. information when requested. The Area 55 CPC/PI committee visits schools, businesses and community meetings for this purpose. They also serve as resources for our friends in the local media, emphasizing our Traditions of anonymity, singleness of purpose and non-affiliation, as well as offering A.A. public service announcements to radio and television stations.
The A.A. Grapevine is the Fellowship's principal magazine, with a circulation of about 120,000 around the world. The Area 55 Grapevine Committee attend many, if not all, Inter-group, G.S.A. meetings, area functions, and any A.A. group event we are asked to attend. Members of the committee go to their home groups and districts to encourage Grapevine Reps. In addition to the magazine itself, we sell tapes and books, including Language of the Heart - 150 articles by Bill W.
The purpose of a correctional facilities committee is to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics behind the walls, and to set up means of smoothing the way from the facility to the larger A.A. community through prerelease contacts.
A correctional facilities committee may function within the structure of a General Service Conference area committee or a central office (intergroup). In A.A.'s early years, prison Twelfth Step work was usually done by an individual group or an individual member. As A.A. has grown, however, it seems that a committee formed within the A.A. service structure works more effectively.
Prior to 1977, services to correctional and treatment facilities were provided under the umbrella of the Institutions Committee. Because of rapid growth, the 1977 General Service Conference voted to dissolve its Institutions Committee and two new committees, one on correctional facilities and one on treatment facilities, were formed. This division was created to provide better service to groups and meetings in both kinds of facilities.
The Group Services Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at Central Office.
The Group Services Committee provides, as a service, the opportunity for any new group to register with General Service in New York, Intergroup and Central Office in Toledo, and Area 55 General Service. For the groups informational purpose, we will provide them with Group pamphlets and inform them of the Traditions which are guidelines to all groups.
Provides the District Committee Member (D.C.M.) with assistance for any group that wishes us to visit their group conscience meeting in trying to find a solution to any problem they might be having. Also, for any AA group within a district that does not have a D.C.M., we will act as a liaison between Area 55 and that group.
Makes available to all groups and committees the audio equipment, including a projector, for anniversaries as well as films or videos on Alcoholics Anonymous that might wish to be seen.
Groups requesting videos or film strips to be shown at their home group or audio equipment for anniversaries need to give 4 weeks advance notice to have the event in the GSA announcements. If the showing is just for the home group, only a 2 week notice is necessary.
While there are no special A.A. members, many have special needs, or are homebound. We define A.A.'s with special needs or shut-ins as persons who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, chronically ill or homebound and those with limited reading skills. The goal is to make A.A. accessible.
The members of the Shut-in/Special Needs Committee explore, develop, and offer alternatives to make the A.A. message and participation in our program available to everyone.