Re: CEASE AND DESIST NOTICE
Dear Ms. Williamson and Salvation Army:
When one walks into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, they find within that meeting people yes. But they also find a “Big Book” for sale on the literature table. A literature table which also contains the “Grapevine”, the AA newsletter for the membership at large. This newsletter contains stories from one member to another about how their recovery is going and thus is considered to be part of the 12th step of “outreach” to “help others”. It connects the individual beyond the meeting to the program as a “whole” which is also part of the First Tradition which states “Common welfare comes first – personal recovery DEPENDS upon AA unity”. In other words, recovery for the individual depends upon “unity”.
At this meeting, they’re also provided with “chips” or “key tags” or even “medallions” depending upon their length of “time”. The person who hands them this chip is often their “sponsor”. A person with more “time” in the program than them who often is coming from another meeting to give their sponsee this recognition. After this person gets a little “time” they’re asked to take a “service position”. This service position may be something like making coffee at the meeting, or they might be asked to take on a position at the area level of service, or even the region or world service legal depending upon the assignment, and their length of “time” in the program.
cc: Salvation Army
University of Toledo Dean