“Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.”
Cooperation with the Professional Community
The “Cooperation with the Professional Community” Committee is responsible for providing information about A.A. to the professionals who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. Information is provided about what A.A. does and does not do. The committee members are available to contact and discuss with local professionals (in our case, Butler Area) on how to effectively cooperate so that A.A. can carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic.
A.A. is considered by many professionals to be a valuable resource for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship between A.A. members in the community and paid alcoholism workers, the sick alcoholic is the winner – he or she gets the help needed from both.
We are not in competition with these non A.A.s; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, treatment, prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of recovery for alcoholics – a program that works for hundreds of thousands who want it.
The professional can help the alcoholic want it – by education, counseling, and rehabilitative treatment – and can also be of aid through making the community aware of and care about the millions still suffering from the progressive illness of alcoholism.
Members of this committee provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union leaders, and industrial managers, as well as those working in the field of alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we do and what we do not do. You can find more information about Alcoholic Anonymous at: www.aa.org
Contact the Committee Chairperson,
Committee Meetings: Updates for times and location for future meetings will come at a later date.
C.P.C. = COOPERATION WITH THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY
• Deals with professionals in the community
◦ Gives talks at professional seminars, business functions when addressing the management staff.
◦ Gives talk at schools to the staff and administration.
◦ Gives talks at health fairs and seminars conducted for the professional, such as, doctors, nurses, teachers, nurses, teachers, clergy, media, judges lawyers, court officials, etc.
◦ Sends annual letters to the media informing them of the Eleventh Tradition (Anonymity)
◦ Sends annual letters to the schools and churches informing school administrators and the clergy that A.A. is available and what and who we are.
◦ Sends annual letters to the magistrates and treatment centers informing them of the Fifth Tradition (Singleness of purpose, what A.A. is and is not).
◦ Sends annual letters to funeral directors informing them of the Seventh Tradition (No funds can be accepted from a non-A.A. member as a memorial to the deceased).
• Note: Just Remember To KEEP IT SIMPLE.
I AM RESPONSIBLE
WHEN ANYONE, ANYWHERE, REACHES OUT FOR HELP,
I WANT THE HAND OF AA ALWAYS TO BE THERE,
AND FOR THAT, I AM RESPONSIBLE
Public Information (P.I.) in Alcoholics Anonymous means carrying the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic by informing the general public about the AA program.
We carry the message by getting in touch with the media, schools, industry, and other organizations which can report on the nature and purpose of AA and what it can do for alcoholics.
We serve the public in various ways such as providing speakers, literature, information workshops and public announcements.
The Public Information Committee is here to serve the community and the individual. If you are part of an organization that would like to provide this information to its students, employees or congregation members, please contact us by mail at District 1 Alcoholics Anonymous, PO Box 1725, Butler, PA 16003
P.I. = PUBLIC INFORMATION
• Deals with the general public
◦ Gives talks at schools to students and/or parents.
◦ Gives talks at churches when addressing the congregation.
◦ Gives talks at businesses and corporations when addressing the general employee population.
◦ Provides a booth or table at community health fairs.
◦ Places A.A. literature in libraries, Chambers of Commerce, schools, doctor’s offices, churches, buses, etc.
◦ Provides A.A. public service announcements (PSA) tapes and scripts to local TV and radio stations
◦ Gives anonymous talks on radio and TV.
◦ Carries the A.A. messsage to any public function when asked to do so.