October Today



September 22, 2023




Tradition 10- Long Form

No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues – particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters, they can express no views whatever.


Group Anniversaries

Thur. Oct. 5th– No. Providence-PEACEFUL WAYS-St. James Episcopal Church, 474 Fruit Hill Ave., 7PM. 10th Anniversary – Raffles, Snacks and Refreshments

Fri.  Oct. 6th     Warwick-FOURTH DIMENSION-Open Speaker. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., 7PM. 16th Anniversary. Guest Speakers and Buffett

Sun. Oct. 15th – Woonsocket-REDHEAD– Holy Trinity Parish, 1409 Park Ave.,7PM. 53rdAnniversary.Guest Speakers and Buffet

Wed. Oct. 25    Fall River, MA- Fall River Wednesday Night – St. Anthony of the Dessert,300 No. Eastern Ave., 80th Anniversary. Guest Speakers and Buffet 7:30PM


East Providence/Rumford- PATH TO HAPPINESS– Closed Literature/Discussion. Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket Ave., (Entrance: blue door/right side/ around back) Monday Thru Saturday at 10AM. Meeting will be held outside when weather permits/ Bring your own coffee. Effective Mon. Oct. 2nd

Fall River, MA – S.O.S- Open Discussion. River To Recovery Center, 1507 Pleasant St, Thursdays at 6:30PM. Starting Nov. 2nd

Westerly-WESTERLY WOMENS– Open Step. Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Wednesdays at 10AM

Fall River, MA – Depth & Weight-Open Literature. River to Recovery, 1507 Pleasant St, Saturdays at 12noon

Zoom Meeting- SAILING THROUGH SOBRIETY– Zoom ID: 852 918 63983 Password: Hope. Saturdays: Open Speaker/Discussion 7PM. Sundays: Literature/Discussion 7PM

Zoom Meeting-COASTAL-Open, As Bill Sees It. Zoom ID:865 8207 6724 Password: Sober2021 Monday thru Friday at 8AM


Warwick-KEEP ON COMING BEGINNERS– Open Discussion, Newcomers. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 389 Greenwich Ave., Sundays at 5PM


Block Island- OFF SHORE– As of Sept. 18th Block Island meeting have gone back to winter schedule. Harbor   Baptist Church, 21 Water St. Mon: 4:30pm, Tue: 4:30PM, Wed:7:30AM & 4:30PM, Thu: 4:30PM,  Fri 4:30PM and Sat: 8:30AM


East Providence- HELPING HAND– Open Speaker. Bethany Church of the Nazarene, 1275 Pawtucket Ave., Thursdays at 7:30PM

So. Kingstown- 164 GROUP- Open, Big Book. South Kingstown Recreational Center, 30 St. Dominick Rd., Fridays at 6PM


Newport- SOBRIETY FIRST– Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham St. Fridays at 7PM.

Newport-SO. NEWPORT WOMEN- Harvest, 7 Carroll Ave. Tuesday and Thursdays at 7PM


Portsmouth – SUNDAY MORNING– Closed Discussion, Common Fence Point Community Center,933 Anthony Rd. will need to meet downstairs on Sun. October 15th. BYOC and Snacks



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.”

So RI Intergroup will hold a Business meeting Thursday, October 5th at 7PM. This is a Hybrid Meeting. Craik Building 2845 Post Rd., Warwick. Zoom ID: 872 1248 9857 Password: 5551234


The next regular meeting for Central Service Delegates will be held Via Zoom on Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, at 7:00 PM. Zoom Meeting ID: 312 255 2726 – Password RICS1Meeting ID and links will be sent to all registered Central Service Delegates and will also be available on website.

There are several opportunities available to serve on the 2024 RI Central Service Steering Committee. A Nomination Sheet has been sent to a registered Group Secretaries and Central Service Delegates.

If you are interested in getting involved contact your Group Secretary or Delegate Or call the Central Service Office for more information.

The next RI AREA 61 Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st at 9AM. St Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, Warick. This meeting will be Hybrid so that it can also be accessed In the Area 61 Zoom Room. All log in information can be found on the Area 61 website.

This will be a Budget and Election Assembly!!!


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, October 25th, at 9AM.

AREA 61 Treatment Committee is actively seeking groups willing to put on commitments in treatment centers throughout RI. Please note some facilities are requiring COVID 19 Protocol (Sign in / Temperatures/ Mask) Any group interested in please contact Lesile @ treatmentaltchair@aainri.com

***Please note the deadline for submitting any information for the next today is Friday, October 20th, 2023****



RI Central Service will sponsor a monthly virtual “OPEN MIC NIGHT NITE” Saturday, October 21st   Starting at 8PM. Zoom Meeting ID: 856 8703 0297 Passcode:891419Anyone interested in performing or needing more information should contact Austin D Email: 1wholestep@gmail.com

District 2/4 will be host a “Sober and Spooky” Halloween Party. Saturday, October 28th – Speaker 7PM- Dancing to Follow. Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 21 Travers St., Providence. Potluck- Bring a dish to share. Music, Raffle, and Fun

Get Your Costume On and Join the Fun….If You Dare !

RI Central Service will host an “AA FIELD TRIP”, We’re Heading to Headquarters!!! Friday, November 3rd.   $85 per person/ Seats are Limited to 50 people so Sign Up Early. First half of the day spent at the AA General Service Office in NY.  Followed by AA meeting and Exploring the City -For more information, contact RI Central Service

S.E.M.R.U will host the Annual Spaghetti Dinner. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Saturday November 18th, 2023.  7PM –10PM doors open at 6:30PM $25.00 per person- Seating Limited to 150.   For More Information contact Hebert G. at  semru89@gmail.com


Learning how to live in the greatest peace, partnership, and brotherhood with all men and women, of whatever description, is a moving and fascinating adventure.

Bill W.

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Tradition Ten

Tradition Ten Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy

Sassy Pearls of WisdomIf minding one’s own business can work for the group, then it might work for her as well

When I sat down at my very first meeting, I was four days sober and miserable over the wreckage I was causing myself and others. I was comforted to see the Twelve Steps on the wall, but surprised to see Traditions. I had never heard of them before. When I read them over, Tradition Three made me feel welcome, Tradition Five made me feel hopeful-but Tradition Ten is what really blew my mind. It said, “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.”

Whoa. What a brilliant idea! I thought to myself.  I instantly saw how I could use this in my day-to­ day life. Imagine if I had no opinion on outside issues?  The wreckage I had made had a lot to do with my big mouth and “edgy” opinions. My life’s mission had been to fix everything, because I always knew best. This drunk had all the answers, and I was determined to let you know it.  But strangely enough, people weren’t grateful for my sassy pearls of wisdom.  Who knew that people don’t like being talked down to? I always ended up hurting others, and myself, by trying to force my ideas on the world.

I knew my amends list would be long, but I became determined to stop it from growing, here and now. And Tradition Ten was the key. Any time I felt the urge to control someone, I repeated this mantra to myself: I have no opinion on outside issues.  It helped me keep things to myself instead of piping up whenever I wanted. Suddenly I wasn’t hurting so many people anymore.

Was it hard to practice? You bet. But practice makes progress, and today, three sober years later, I no longer feel the desire to control everything. My way is not necessarily better than everybody else’s. I have no business sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong. In fact, I’ve been using Tradition Ten as another Serenity Prayer, accepting the things I cannot change. I still love to help people, especially when it comes to carrying the message of AA, but now I know that I can’t force my experience on you. I’ve learned the difference between helping and controlling.

-Wendy L., Vancouver, British Columbia Grapevine 2015

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