Rhode Island Central Service

today – To Carry the Message


April 22nd ,2022

(401) 438 8860 



Tradition FiveLong Form:

 Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose – that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers

Group Anniversaries

Sun.        May 1st     Lincoln- FOOTPRINTS- Lincoln Woods State Park, 2 Manchester Print Works Rd. 7AM, Breakfast Buffet, (8th Anniversary)

Wed.      May 4th     Gloucester/Chepachet- NEW FREEDOM-St. Eugene’s Church, 1251 Putnam Pike, Refreshments 7PM, Meeting 8PM. (41st Anniversary)

Thur.     May 5th      No Scituate- NORTH SCITUATE– St. Joseph’s Church,144 Danielson Pike, 6:30PM (48th Anniversary) Guest Speaker & Refreshments

Sat.       May 7th       Kingston- KINGSTON SATURDAY NIGHT– St Augustine’s Church, 15 Lower College Rd., (47th Anniversary)

Sun.      May 15th       Woonsocket-HAPPY WANDERERS– Holy Family Church, 414 So. Main St., 11AM (61st Anniversary) Guest Speaker & Buffet

Thurs.   May 26th    Providence- YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IRISH– Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 71 Traverse St., 7:30PM (32nd Anniversary) Guest Speaker & Buffet

Sun.      June 5th      Portsmouth- PORTSMOUTH SUNDAY MORNING– Common Fence Point Community Center, 933 Anthony Rd., 11AM (50th Anniversary) Multi-Raffles & Continental Breakfast


Cranston- Three Legacies– Open Guest Speaker -St Matthews Church, 15 Francis Ave., Fridays at 7PM

Providence-THE FOUNTAIN– Open Discussion. Burnside Park, Kennedy Plaza, Daily at 10AM  First meeting is Sunday, May 1st

Woonsocket-AA STEP MEETING– Open Step. Holy Family Church, 414 So. Main St., Mondays at 7PM

Fall River- FOOD PANTRY DISCUSSION– Open Discussion. Church Of The Good Shepard,1598 So. Main St., Wednesdays at 1PM


Lincoln- FOOTPRINTS- Lincoln Woods State Park, 2 Manchester Print works Rd., Daily at 7AM. Starts Sunday, May 1st

Warwick- WARWICK MALL MEETING– Firestone Parking Lot, 400 Bald Hill Ave. Sunday through Friday at 6PM. Starts Sunday, May 1st

Pawtucket-SLATER PARK– Slater Park (Across from the ballfields)- Newport Ave., Daily at 10AM Starts Sunday, May 1st

Fall River-S.O.S. – River to Recovery Center, 1507 Pleasant St., Tuesday & Thursday at 12 Noon


East Providence- ACTIVE – has temporarily moved to St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave., Fridays at 7:30PM

So Kingstown-I CAN’T, WE CAN– Church of the Ascension, 370 Main St., will change their start time to 7PM Starts Monday, May 2nd

Blackstone, MA- TWELVE GOLDEN STEPS– is moving to St. Paul’s Parish Hall (2nd Floor), (across from the Church), 48 St. Paul St., Monday through Saturday, 12 Noon. Starting Mon., June 13th


Providence-SOBER STEP SISTERS(Lesbian)-Open Daily Reflection Online Meeting (Zoom Meeting ID: 343 718 440) Thursdays at 7PM


Cranston – LOONIE NOONIE– Online Meeting Tues & Thurs at 12 Noon. Last Meeting Thur., April 28th

Providence- Out To Lunch Bunch– Mathewson St United Methodist Church, Tuesday Through Friday at 12 Noon. Last Meeting Friday, May 27th.



RI Central Service is 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

The next regular meeting for Central Service Delegates will be held Via  Zoom on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM

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 Wed., May 25th, at 9AM.

***Please note the deadline for submitting any information for the next today is Friday, May 20st, 2022  


Central Service will sponsor our annual Golf Scramble on Friday, May 13th at the Cranston Country Club ,69 Burlingame Rd., Cranston. $125 per person includes Greens fees, Carts, Golf balls, Prizes, Coffee, Snacks and-All- You Can Eat Buffet Family Style Chicken and Roast Beef Dinner Registrations have been sent to all registered group secretaries and are available online.

The District 5 Picnic will be held at  Carr Point Recreation on Anthony Rd. in Portsmouth Sunday, June 5 from 12:30PM till 4:30PM(Following the Portsmouth Sunday Morning 50th Ann. Meeting)“Bring a Dish If You Wish”

RI Central Service will host a “FELLOWSHIP PICNIC” Saturday, July9, – 12Noon to 6PMAt Colt State Park, 114 Hope St, Bristol. Sites 33 & 34AA Speaker Meeting at 5PM, Tickets will be a $5.00 Donation We will supply the Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and condiments Bring your own drinks, your own chair, and a dish to share! Please sign up in advance so we can estimate food needed.


It must never be forgotten that the purpose of Alcoholics Anonymous is to sober up alcoholics. There is no religious or spiritual requirement for membership. No demands are made on anyone. An experience is offered which members may accept or reject. That is up to them.

Bill W.


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Tradition Five

Says the old proverb, “Shoemaker, stick to thy last.” Trite, yes. But very true for us of AA. How well we need to heed the principle that it is better to do one thing supremely well than many things badly.

Because it has now become plain enough that only a recovered alcoholic can do much for a sick alcoholic, a tremendous responsibility has descended upon us all, an obligation so great that it amounts to a sacred trust. For to our kind, those who suffer alcoholism, recovery is a matter of life or death. So the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous cannot, it dare not, ever be diverted from its primary purpose.

Temptation to do otherwise will come aplenty. Seeing fine works afoot in the field of alcohol, we shall be sorely tempted to loan out the name and credit of Alcoholics Anonymous to them; as a movement we shall be beset to finance and endorse other causes. Should our present success continue, people will commence to assert that AA is a brand-new way of life, maybe a new religion, capable of saving the world. We shall be told it is our bounden duty to show modern society how it ought to live.

Oh, how very attractive these projects and ideas can be! How flattering to imagine that we might be chosen to demonstrate that olden mystic promise: ‘The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Fantastic, you say. Yet some of our well-wishers have begun to say such things.

Fortunately, most of us are convinced that these are perilous speculations, alluring ingredients of that new heady wine we are now being offered, each bottle marked “Success”!

Of this subtle vintage may we never drink too deeply. May we never forget that we live by the grace of God — on borrowed time; that anonymity is better than acclaim; that for us as a movement poverty is better than wealth.

And may we reflect with ever deepening conviction, that we shall never be at our best except when we hew only to the primary spiritual aim of AA. That of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers alcoholism.


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