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Grapevine : July 2011
I walked into my first AA meeting on September 16, 2005. And, I've been sober ever since. I can't say it's been easy, but it's definitely gotten a whole lot easier, es- pecially once I began taking actions outlined in our Big Book. I got involved in service early, and it has been one of the highlights of my life. First, as coffee maker, then opening our meeting house. One evening, I asked what a general ser- vice representative was. Next thing I knew, I was it, with simple instruc- tions like, "Now go to the District meeting and find out." After two years, I was elected district committee member, and asked to be the area conference hos- pitality chair. When I got a job in Australia, I had to give up the DCM spot when I was less than half way through my term. About a year and a half into sobriety, I was "recovery surf- Look up the steppers A band of sober cyber-warriors saved his butt when he moved out of the country ing" on the web and came across a button that said: "Need help? Click here." I was curious, so I clicked. A form popped open and space to send an email message, so I asked how someone might be able to get involved. I received a reply email, almost immediately, from the then alternate chairperson of this cyber Twelve Step committee. He said they were a Twelve Step committee from the online intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous, all members of AA who answered emails from people look- ing for meeting locations, informa- tion, etc. The day I joined, my inbox grew by about 15 emails a day. The Steppers, as they are called, received about 20 to 30 requests for help each month, and had about 20 members on the committee. A few local inter- groups have placed our button on their webpages. Last year we had 6,510 requests for help. May was our busiest month, and the days after Mother's Day always seem the big- 46 July 2011