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Grapevine : July 2011
aagrapevine.org 33 change the world by Friday. A meeting with Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and some of his busi- ness acquaintances led to an organized dinner attended by some very wealthy and influential business men. e early AAs thought their money worries were over. ese men did not supply AA with great sums of mon- ey. eir experience and support, however, were highly valuable to our newly formed Fellowship. Some even became non- alcoholic trustees. eir good business sense and general prudence surely saved us from many costly mistakes and Alcoholics Anonymous is forever grateful to our early business, medical and spiritual friends. For the full story, pick up AA Comes of Age. Lessons learned from the struggles of these old-timers indicate that the most important thing for us to remember is our obligation to the future. We have taken responsibility for our lives, our recovery and, therefore, for the con- tinuation of AA. We have made amends or are making good our debts. We do not need and will not look for handouts. To ensure that the message is carried on into the future, for the alcoholic who has not yet su ered or has yet to even be born, I always need to remember what AA has given me. I need to look at what I have been given and what I am ready to give. Tradition Seven ensures there will be a help line, literature, newcomer cards and a meeting space with AA recovery for the shaky, ba ed newcomer. Tradition Seven is the foundation of our service structure. Unfortunately, without money, AA would wither and die. ere will always be a great need for member contribu- tions. Money and spiri- tuality mix in the basket. Our society remains in precarious financial times. Our resources will no doubt be put to the test. ere will always be many, like us, who will find themselves lost in that strange, miserable world of alcoholism. So, I say to you today, just as the treasurer said to Bill W. and the other old-timers at a New York meeting in the early days: "Now boys, please go heavier on the hat tonight, will you?" Today, we of course include the girls. Anonymous You can now manage all your Grapevine subscriptions at AAgrapevine.org by clicking on "My Account" and entering your User ID and Password or your Account Number and Zip/Postal Code. Of course we are always available at Custom- erService@aagrapevine. org or by calling us at 800-631-6025 (US/ Canada) or 818-487- 2091 (International). MANAGE YOUR GRAPEVINE ACCOUNT ONLINE