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Grapevine : May 2011
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. ©AA Grapevine, Inc. AA Preamble ResponsibiliTy DeclaRaTion t he AA Grapevine is the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. Written, edited, illustrated and read by AA members and others interested in the AA program o f recover y from alcoholism, the Grapevine is a lifeline linking one alcoholic to another. Widely known as a “ meeting in print,” the AA Grapevine communicates the experience, strength and hope of its contribu- tors and reflects a broad geographic spectrum of current AA experience with recover y, unity and ser vice. Founded in 1944, the Grapevine does not receive group contributions, but is sup- ported entirely through magazine subscription sales and additional income derived from the sale of Grapevine items. The awareness that ever y AA member has an individual way of working the program permeates the pages o f the Grapevine, and throughout its histor y the magazine has been a forum for the varied and o ften divergent opinions o f AAs around the world. Articles are not intended to be statements of AA policy, nor does publica- tion of any ar ticle imply endorsement by either AA or the Grapevine. As Bill W. expressed it in 1946, “The Grapevine will be the voice of the Alcoholic s Anonymous movement. Its editors and staff will be primarily accountable to the AA movement as a whole. ... Withintheboundsof friendliness and good taste, the Grapevine will enjoy per fect freedom o f speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholic s Anonymous. . . . L ike the Alcoholics Anonymous movement it is to mirror, there will be but one central purpose: The Grapevine will try to carr y the AA message to alcoholics and practice the AA principles in all its affairs. ” 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. The AA GrApevine sTaTemenT of purpose Conference Advisory Action, 1986: “Since each issue of the Grapevine cannot go through the Conference-approval process, the Conference recognizes the AA Grapevine as the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous.” GRAPE_991-994.indd 992 4/4/11 4:24 PM