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Grapevine : August 2010
36 August 2010 him. I met with my first uncle and told him we loved him and wanted to help him, but we needed his help to go through a power of attorney hearing. With much skepticism on the part of a court administrator and others, the next day we had the proceeding. I prayed for the strength to go through with this and was pre- pared for the worst, but everything went without a hitch and people walked out of the room shaking their heads. I put my arms around my uncle and just cried. I know that when I made that amends to him years before he knew I wouldn't lie to him and he trusted me to do the right thing. Six months later he passed away and my other uncle was able to handle the estate without any glitches. ere's only one way this would have happened and that is with God's help and guidance. Lee C.J. Fargo, N.D. face-to-face treat- ment of drunks. Con- sequently, 1) Groups and sponsors of course do not charge newcomers for help- ing them get sober. 2) Paid AA service workers at GSO and local Intergroups do not do face-to-face treatment of drunks while they are on the job. ey do that on their own time. While on the job, they refer drunks to volunteer AA members for face- to-face work. 3) Paid alcohol counselors doing face-to-face treatment of drunks are not paid by AA, nor does AA receive money for their work. is situation is not covered by Tradition Eight, since AA is not allied with those treatment centers or hospitals. Individual members who are alcohol counselors are acting on their own, and not as rep- resentatives of AA. If they engage in AA sponsorship, they do it on their own time, just like all the other AA members. Every August, one of the found- ing members of my group (a real character, who is jokingly said to be our spiritual lead- er---or is it spherical leader?) says that in honor of the eighth month and Tradition Eight, he is offering a special discount on spon- sorship for anyone who needs it. Sometimes people take him up on the offer, but a good proportion of them cancel during the introductory trial period. Of course, this is all said in jest at our meet- ings, and we get a good laugh out of it. Our group motto is, "We will laugh at you until you learn to laugh at your- self," and we prac- tice that principle in all of our affairs. Gabriela R. Lynnwood, Wash. AA does not pay or receive money for face-to-face treatment of drunks. I put my arms around my uncle and just cried. When I made that amends to him years before he knew I wouldn't lie to him.