February Today



January 19th, 2024




Tradition 2- Long Form

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


Group Anniversaries

Sun. Feb. 18th –     Charlestown- CHARLESTOWN BIG BOOK– American Legion, 22 Whipple Dr., (48th Anniversary)10AM.

Sun. Feb 25th –      Portsmouth – AQUIDNECK ISLAND MEN’S – St. Barnabus Church,  1697 East Main Rd., (42nd Anniversary). 6PM Guest Speaker and Buffet (Everyone Welcome) * Note: Location change for Anniversary

Tues. Feb 27th  –    Warwick- APPONAUG– Warwick Central Baptist Church, 3270 Post Rd., 7PM, 70th Anniversary. GS & Refreshments

Mon. March 11th    Woonsocket-UNITY– Precious Blood Church Hall, 94 Carrington Ave.,49th Anniversary, 8PM, Guest Speakers and Buffet

Sat. – March 16th  Providence-BROTHERS IN SOBRIETY– St. Martin Church, 50 Orchard Ave.,(40th Anniversary),  6:30PM – 8PM Guest Speakers and Buffet


Westerly- WESTERLY WOMEN– Open Step (Women)- Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St.,  Wednesdays at 10 AM

Providence – BEGINNERS LIVING SOBER– Open, Living Sober, Newcomer.  Crossroads of RI,160 Broad St., Sundays at 6PM

Scituate-SCITUATE BIG BOOK-Open Big Book. PSN Northwest Community Center, 1199 Chopmist Hill Rd., Tuesday at 12 noon

Westerly- BIG BOOK MATTERS– Open Big Book. Masonic Lodge, 20 Elm St., Saturdays at 8:30AM

On Line-SAILING THROUGH SOBRIETY– will also meet on Mondays at 7PM. Open Topcic / Discussion. Zoom Id: 852 9186 3983  Password: Hope


Burrillville/Harrisville- DAY BY DAY– Open Speaker Discussion. Our Lady of Good Help,1063 Victory Hywy. 7PM to 8:15PM. First Meeting, Feb. 6th. NO SMOKING ON GROUNDS, BYO Beverages


Cumberland-COMING BACK- has moved to St. James Parish Hall, 59 Division St.  in Lincoln/Manville.   Open Speaker, Tuesdays at 7:30PM

Providence-SUNDAY NIGHT MENS – has changed their meeting day and will now be the TUESDAY NIGHT MENS, Closed Discussion (Men) Central Congregational Church, Angell St. Tuesday at 7PM

East Providence-PATH TO HAPPINESS– has changed their format to Open, Literature/Discussion. Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket Ave., Daily at 10 AM

Portsmouth – SUNDAY MORNING– Closed Discussion, Common Fence Point Community Center,933 Anthony Rd. will need to meet downstairs on Sun. February 18th . BYOC and Snacks.


East Providence– 911- Open Speaker , Church of the Nazarene, 1275 Pawtucket Ave, Tuesdays at 7:30 PM


Cranston- Three Legacies– St Matthews Church, 15 Frances St., Fridays at 7PM

Fall River, MA- S.O.S. – River To Recovery, 1507 Pleasant St., Thursdays at 7:30PM

On-Line- ZOOM AT NOON– Fridays at 12 Noon



In Honor of the Tradition 2

RI Central Service will be distributing Tradition Check List, at no cost, along with the Group Conscience Worksheet to any Groups wishing to have one. Stop by and pick one up or Call the Office and we will be happy to mail you one

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

The next regular meeting for Central Service Delegates will be held Via Zoom on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024, 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.  It will be 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, February 28th at 9AM

So RI Intergroup is always looking for members willing to volunteer to do 12 Step Work. Manning the Office, Answering Phones, Rides, as well as people wanting to become involved in Committee Work. There are several Opportunities for Service Available Contact So RI Intergroup at 401-739-8777 for more information

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



SEMRU will host 35th Annual Round-Up “EXPECT MIRACLES” February 16th to 19th In Mansfield, MA. All registration information can be found at Southeastern Massachusetts Round Up (semru.org)

Come one, Come all! Our 48th Annual RI State Convention will take place at the Newport Marriott Feb 9th– 11th, 2024. A wonderful weekend of Unity, Recovery and Service with great speakers from around the country, entertainment, marathon meetings and so much more. Don’t miss out! Register today at aainri.com – you can also buy meals and book rooms through the registration page.

RI Central Service will sponsor “Bills Friends Night at the Vets Auditorium” The Golden Girls …. the laughs continue”, an adult comedy on Sunday, March 14th at 2PMTickets can be purchased through RI Central Service office for $50.00 per person.             

RI Central Service will sponsor our annual Golf Scramble on Friday, May 10th 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


“With respect to its own affairs, the collective conscience of the group will, given time, almost surely demonstrate its perfect dependability. The group conscience will, in the end, prove a far more infallible guide for group affairs than the decision of any individual member, however good or wise he may be.”

Bill W.

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


Click here to Print PDF of Today


Tradition 2

Vol. 4, Issue 8, January 1948

Tradition Two

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate autho1ity a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.


Sooner or later, every A.A. comes to depend upon a Power greater than himself. He finds that the God of his understanding is not only a source of strength, but He is also a source of positive direction. Realizing that some fraction of that infinite resource is now available, his life takes on an entirely different complexion. He experiences a new inner security together with such a sense of destiny and purpose as he had never known before. As each day passes, our A.A. reviews his mistakes and vicissitudes. He learns from daily experience what his remaining character defects are and becomes ever more willing that they be removed. In this fashion he improves his conscious contact with God.

Every A.A. group follows this same cycle of development. We are coming to realize that each group, as well as each individual, is a special entity, not quite like any other. Though A.A. groups are basically the same, each group does have its own special atmosphere, its own peculiar state of development. We believe that every A.A. group has a conscience. It is the collective conscience of its own membership. Daily experience informs and instructs this conscience. The group begins to recognize its own defects of character and, one by one, these are removed or lessened. As this process continues, the group becomes better able to receive right direction for its own affairs: Trial and error produce group experience, and out of corrected experience comes custom. When a customary way of doing things is definitely proved to be best, then that custom forms into A.A. Tradition. The Greater Power is then working through a clear group conscience. We humbly hope and believe that our growing A.A. Tradition will prove to be the will of God for us.

Many people are coming to think that Alcoholics Anonymous is, to some extent, a new form of human society. In our discussion of the 1st Tradition, it was emphasized that we have, in A.A., no coercive human authority. Because each A.A., of necessity, has a sensitive and responsive conscience, and because alcohol will discipline him severely if he backslides, we are finding we have little need for man-made rules or regulations. Despite the fact that we do veer off at times on tangents, we are becoming more able to depend absolutely on the long-term stability of the A.A. group itself. With respect to its own affairs, the collective conscience of the group will, given time, almost surely demonstrate its perfect dependability. The group conscience will, in the end, prove a far more infallible guide for group affairs than the decision of any individual member, however good or wise he may be. This is a striking and almost unbelievable fact about Alcoholics Anonymous. Hence, we can safely dispense with those exhortations and punishments seemingly so necessary to other societies. And we need not depend overmuch on inspired leaders. Because our active leadership of service can be truly rotating, we enjoy a kind of democracy rarely possible elsewhere. In this respect we may be, to a large degree, unique.

Therefore, we of Alcoholics Anonymous are certain that there is but one ultimate authority, “a loving God as he may express himself in our group conscience.”

Bill W, Cofounder, Alcoholics Anonymous

Copyright t © January 1948 A.A. Grapevine, Inc. Reprinted with permission

***************************************************************Click Here to Print a PDF of this Article.