Rhode Island Central Service

today – To Carry the Message

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August 19th , 2022

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Unity

Tradition 9- Long Form

Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization. Rotating leadership is the best. The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary. The trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our A.A. General Service Committee. They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York. They are authorized by the groups to handle our overall public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine. All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole. They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern. Universal respect is the key to their usefulness.

Group Anniversaries

Fri- Sept. 9th – Johnston- MAKING THE CHANGE– St Rocco’s Church, 927 Atwood Ave., 7PM.    15th Anniversary. Guest Speaker and Buffet

Wed. Sept. 21st – Seekonk, MA– H.O.W.- Seekonk Congregational, 600 Fall River Ave., 7PM.  47th Anniversary- Cookout/Buffet and Raffles

Thur. Oct. 6th – No. Providence-PEACEFUL WAYS-St. James Episcopal Church, 474 Fruit Hill Ave., 9th Anniversary – Raffles, Snacks and Refreshments

Sun. Oct. 16th – Woonsocket-REDHEAD– Holy Trinity Parish, 1409 Park Ave., 52nd Anniversary, Guest Speakers and Buffet

NEW GROUP 

Cranston-THREE LEGACIES– Closed Literature, St Matthews Church, 15 Francis St., Wednesdays 7PM-8:30PM

GROUPS REOPENED

So. Kingstown/ Wakefield- MONDAY NIGHT MENS- Closed Step. Wakefield Baptist Church, 236 Main St. (Downstairs). Mondays 6:45 PM

ONE DAY ONLY

Portsmouth-PORTSMOUTH SUNDAY MORNING– Open Discussion, Common Fence Point Community Center, 933 Anthony Rd., will not meet on Sun., September 18th.

NEEDS SUPPORT

Providence-UNITED IN SOBRIETY- Open Big Book, St. Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave. Monday Thru Friday at 12 noon

Disbanded

Fall River, MA – FOOD PANTRY –Church of the Good Shepard,1598 So. Main St., Wed. at 1PM

Cranston-THERE IS A SOLUTION-St Matthews Church, 15 Francis St., Wednesdays at 7PM

CHANGES

Warwick-P.A.D.D.L.E.- Open Speaker, is moving to Phillip’s Memorial  Baptist Church, 565 Pontiac  Ave., Cranston, Fridays at 7PM. Effective Friday September 2nd

North Kingstown-SCHOOL STREET SURVIVORS- Open Speaker. St Francis DeSales Church, 381 School St., will change its start time. Beginning Wednesday, October 5th they will start at 7:30 PM

Providence-ROOM TO GROW-Open Discussion (Women, Newcomer), is now a Hybrid meeting. They will now meet at Brown University, Smith Buonnano Hall, 95 Cushing St.,                                            Zoom  ID:834 6062 5541 Password: RTG2020, Sundays at 10AM

Newport- HANG 12- Open Big Book, is now a Hybrid meeting. They will meet in person at St. Paul’s Church, 12 Marlborough St., as well as online Zoom ID:84721113747 Password: Hang12, Tuesdays at 6:30PM

Newport- SOBRIETY FIRST– Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St. will be a Step meeting on the 2nd  Friday of each month. Fridays at 7PM

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Service

The next regular meeting for Central Service Delegates will be held Via Zoom  on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, at 7:00 PM  Zoom Meeting ID: 312 255 2726 – Password: RICS1  Meeting ID and links will be sent to all registered Central Service Delegates and will also be available on website

We need volunteers to help with our monthly mailing – takes less than one hour. The next mailing will take place at Central Service, 1005 Waterman Ave, E. Providence on Wednesday, Sept 28th at 9AM.

***Please note the deadline for submitting any information for the next today is Friday, September 23rd, 2022

RI Central Service is always in the process of up-dating our 12-STEP LIST. Anyone willing to be added to the list should contact their Group Secretary or call Central Service. “When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there and for that I am responsible”

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RECOVERY

AA TODAY will host a Fellowship Picnic Saturday September 10th  12 Noon-   Slater Park, 1A Newport Ave., Pawtucket (Lot 13)                All Welcome

RI Central Service will sponsor a monthly virtual “OPEN MIC NIGHT NITE”  See Website for next date  Zoom Meeting ID: 856 8703 0297 Passcode:891419  Anyone interested in performing or needing more information should  contact                                                                   Austin D Email:  1wholestep@gmail.com  or call 401-826-0797

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Tradition Nine
Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., August 1948

Editorial on the Ninth Tradition by Bill W.

The least possible organization, that’s our universal ideal. No fees, or dues, no rules imposed on anybody, one alcoholic bringing recovery to the next; that’s the substance of what we most desire, isn’t it?

But how shall this simple ideal best be realized? Often a question, that.

We have, for example, the kind of AA who is for simplicity. Terrified of anything organized, he tells us that AA is getting too complicated. He thinks money only makes trouble, committees only make dissension, elections only make politics, paid workers only make professionals, and clubs only coddle slippers. Says he, let’s get back to coffee and cakes by cozy firesides. If any alcoholics stray our way, let’s look after them. But that’s enough. Simplicity is our answer.

Quite opposed to such halcyon simplicity is the AA promoter. Left to himself, he would “bang the cannon and twang the lyre” at every crossroad of the world. Millions for drunks, great AA hospitals, batteries of paid organizer, and publicity experts wielding all the latest paraphernalia of sound and script; such would be our promoters dream. “Yes, sir,” he would bark. “My two-year plan calls for one million AA members by 1950!”

For one, I’m glad we have both conservatives and enthusiasts. They teach us much. The conservative will surely see to it that the AA movement never gets overly organized. But the promoter will continue to remind us of our terrific obligation to the newcomer and to those hundreds of thousands of alcoholics still waiting all over the world to hear of AA.

We shall, naturally, take the firm and safe middle course. AA has always violently resisted the idea of any general organization. Yet, paradoxically, we have ever stoutly insisted upon organizing certain special services; mostly those absolutely necessary to effective and plentiful Twelfth Step work.

If, for instance, an AA group elects a secretary or rotating committee, if an area forms an intergroup committee, if we set up a foundation, a general office or a Grapevine, then we are organized for service. The AA book and pamphlets, our meeting places and clubs, our dinners and regional assemblies — these are services, too. Nor can we secure good hospital connections, properly sponsor new prospects, and obtain good public relations just by chance. People have to be appointed to look after these things, sometimes paid people. Special services are performed.

But by none of these special services has our spiritual or social activity, the great current of AA, ever been really organized or professionalized. Yet our recovery program has been enormously aided. While important, these service activities are very small by contrast with our main effort.

As such facts and distinctions become clear, we shall easily lay aside our fears of blighting organization or hazardous wealth. As a movement, we shall remain comfortably poor, for our service expenses are trifling.

With such assurances, we shall without doubt continue to improve and extend our vital lifelines of special service; to better carry our AA message to others; to make for ourselves a finer, greater Society, and, God willing, to assure Alcoholics Anonymous a long life and perfect unity.

Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., August 1948

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