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Grapevine : March 2011
I 've been hearing the Respon- sibility Pledge recited lately at some of the meetings I at- tend. Its official name is the Responsibility Declaration, written by Al S., a Grapevine editor and trustee, and in- troduced in 1965 at the 30th International Convention in Toronto. What did we ever do before internet search engines? It got me to thinking: Exactly how do I extend the hand of AA? I know it's not something my home group can do; it's something I have to do myself. One obvious way is to literally extend my hand to an unfamiliar person at a meeting. If I see someone I don't know (or don't remember), it's easy enough to go over, introduce myself and offer my hand. Another way I can extend the hand of AA is to call someone I haven't seen at a meeting in awhile. People move, change meetings, stop going to meetings, or even go back out to improve on their story. But I can (and do) call people to let them know they're missed--- even a sponsee. Every time I have an appoint- ment with my primary care doctor, I give him a couple of copies of the latest meeting list. I know he deals with alcoholics other than me, and maybe a meeting list will let another fellow sufferer get lucky like I did. That's actually the way I found my first meeting. Some time ago I started put- ting a meeting schedule into my lo- cal library's copy of the Big Book. Next time you're in the library, check that they have a copy---the 4th Edition---and if not, let your general service rep know. Maybe your district can place a copy in your library. My wife received a business card from someone at one of her first meetings. It said: "Welcome my friend, and a friend you must be! For by letting me help you, it also helps me. Yes, I've had a problem, so you're not alone. If you care to dis- cuss it, just pick up the phone." The card has a picture of a telephone, and at the bottom there's room for a name and phone number. I've re- created this card and give it to new- comers. It's just another way to ex- tend the hand of AA. Responsibility Declaration: "I am responsible. When anyone, any- where, reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: I am responsible." Jack S.--O. Kerhonkson, N.Y. Some time ago I started putting a meeting schedule into my local library's copy of the Big Book. Grapevine 49