Suffolk Intergroup Association
of A.A. Bulletin August 2004
113-8 Bay Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772
(631) 654-1150 FAX (631) 654-1110
Mail: P.O. Box 659 Patchogue, NY 11772 email: WWW.SUFFOLKNY-AA.ORG
BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
DR.BOB AND THE GOOD OLD TIMERS
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST:
"EVERYONE NEEDS AND DESERVES LOVE AND HAPPINESS. LET'S NOT WAIT UNTIL WE'RE PERFECT TO GO OUT AND FIND IT."
: "Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
Like the other Traditions, this one was a result of the growing pains of the "adolescent" A.A. The bottom line was that in order for A.A. to function, we had to hire some help. Bill W. explained: "For our purpose, we have discovered that at the point of professionalism money and spirituality do not mix...Every time we have tried to professionalize our Twelfth Step, the result has been exactly the same; our single purpose has been defeated. For years we were trying to figure out what in A.A. was professionalism and what was not. This problem arose out of the need for paid service workers in our service centers, the need for people who would do the jobs that volunteers could not or would not do. Were service workers professionals, or were they not.? That was the issue. The road to this conclusion was long and rocky. The conclusion; our Twelfth Step- carrying the message - is