Story Solicitation for the Fifth Edition of the Big Book

The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous is asking for stories to be considered for inclusion in the 5th Edition of the English-language and the 4th Edition of the Spanish-language Big Book.

The Preface to the Second Edition of the Big Book explains that revisions to the personal history section of the book were made in order “to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more Alcoholics.” In that spirit, the 2021 General Service Conference recommended that “a Fifth Edition of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, be developed, including an update of stories to better reflect the current membership, keeping in mind the 1995 Advisory Action:

“The first 164 pages of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Preface, the Forewords, ‘The Doctor’s Opinion’, ‘Dr. Bob’s Nightmare”, and the Appendices remain as is.”

In response to the 2021 General Service Conference Advisory Action requesting the development of a Fifth edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, the trustees’ Literature Committee is seeking a wide range of A.A. recovery experience of members in the Fellowship. The trustees’ Literature Committee is searching for recovery stories of our members for possible inclusion in the Fifth Edition which are from a broad cross-section of our local communities, all stories are of value. As Bill writes on page 29 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous: “Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that they will persuaded to say, ‘Yes, I am one of them too; I must have this thing.’”
It is the Literature Committee’s shared hope that any new stories from our current membership will help future alcoholics to identify and find recovery in the pages of a Fifth edition. The suggested format for typed manuscripts is 3500 words, double spaced, in 12-point font. Handwritten manuscripts should be approximately 5 to 6 pages.

Instructions for submitting your story (English language) may be found at this website.

Printing Error in Recent Editions of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”

A.A. World Services tells us of an error in recently-printed English-language editions of the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. The Spanish- and French-language editions do not have this error.

According to them, “Due to a typographical error, the text of the Long Form of Tradition Eight was inadvertently repeated in the Long Form of Tradition Nine (page 177) in this edition. The accurate full text of Tradition Nine (Long Form) appears on page 178.”

The full statement regarding the printing error may be found here.

New, Separate Address for G.S.O. Contributions

The General Service Board of A.A. recently announced that they have a new Post Office Box for contributions. Box 459 remains the address for general correspondence with G.S.O.

Effective immediately, please send contribution checks to:
Post Office Box 2407
James A Farley Station
New York, NY 10116-2407

New Meeting Change Form

Central Office is taking a bold step into the 21st century with an all-electronic meeting change form! It can also be used to let us know about new meetings. There’s a link to this form at the top of the Meetings page. You can also get the form here. It is also linked at the top and bottom of the Meetings page, and the bottom of each meeting detail page.

Completing the form will send the information to our Schedule Editor, and the information will be updated in our Meetings page. This will also update the Meeting Guide app, automatically, as well as the schedule at the Area 46 website.

Remote Meetings Are More Than Zoom!

The Accessibilities and Remote Communities Committee of District 12 has put together a fine pamphlet about alternatives to face-to-face meetings. There are options other than Zoom! A.A. has been passing around our experience, strength, and hope in many ways outside of face-to-face meetings since way before the pandemic. This pamphlet is a great summary of some of these alternatives. You can download it here.

24/7 On-Line Meetings

If you need a meeting right now, and are willing to do it on-line, here are two sites that have A.A. meetings at all hours. You may find yourself in a meeting in a foreign country! Meetings at these sites use Zoom.

AA Intergroup has listings of on-line meetings meetings worldwide.

A site called “aahomegroup.org” will show you meetings happening right now.

If you need to get Zoom, go here. A quick video tutorial is here.

New Page: On-Line Resources

AA Intergroup has a very useful site for helping with finding on-line meetings, attending them, and managing them. We are putting all information about AA online onto a new page (look at the top of this page).