About the Committees
The purpose is more than mere custodial activity; it is the means by which we collect, preserve and share the rich and meaningful heritage of our fellowship. The Archives Committee is to receive, classify and index all relevant material, including, but not limited to, administrative files, records, correspondence, literary works and artifacts considered to have importance to Alcoholics Anonymous in District 5. This is done through workshops, presentations, mailings, etc.
Cooperation with Treatment Facilities (CTF)
This committee takes meetings into treatment facilities and carries the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers there. They share their experience, strength, and hope by utilizing the AA Meeting format which allows for sharing by all who attend. Typically, 2 or more alcoholics bring the meeting to the treatment center in the format which works best for each team member. The only rules are the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This is an excellent opportunity for the newcomer and the oldtimer alike to get involved with twelfth step work. The rewards are great and the feeling of helping others is a spiritual experience for all in attendance. Together, we can make a difference!
This committee also provides informational literature that informs the residents that Alcoholics Anonymous exists, how to contact AA, and what AA is and is not. We inform the residents how to get to that first meeting once they are discharged and on their own, what to expect there and how to find the help they need.
This committee takes meetings into correctional facilities and carries the AA message to the alcoholic who suffers there. They share their experience, strength, and hope.
This is an excellent opportunity for the newcomer to get involved with twelfth step work, though it is advised that they attend in the company of someone who has some time and experience.
This committee stresses singleness of purpose, does not give drunk-a-loges, and does not endorse nor oppose any other causes. Clearance is required to enter the facilities so forms must be completed in advance.
Strict guidelines are given by the institutions and must be followed.
The purpose of the District Grapevine Chair is to act as advocate for the Grapevine/La Viña at the district and group level, alerting the groups to the use of the GV publications as recovery tools.
Public Information (PI)
Members involved in Public Information (PI) of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) help carry the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic. Working together, we do this by informing the general public about AA by providing resources such as literature, discussion, and educational materials. We also can provide Personal Service Announcements to radio and television stations.
Imagine someone wanting help but they don’t know who to call. Imagine someone helping a friend get sober but not knowing where to turn for information. Now imagine all the people who are in recovery today because they did have a phone number, or a pamphlet with the right piece of information that helped them find their way into recovery. That’s what PI does, and that’s how we can help.
Together we can take action in our responsibility statement: “When anyone anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that… I AM RESPONSIBLE.”
Members of these committees provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. This group includes health care professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, social workers, union leaders, and industrial managers, as well as those working in the field of alcoholism. Information is provided about where we are, what we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do.
A.A. is considered by many professionals to be a valuable resource for alcoholics who want help. When there is a good working relationship between A.A. members in the community and paid alcoholism workers, the sick alcoholic is the winner—he or she gets the help needed from both.
We are not in competition with these non-A.A.s; we have our separate functions. A.A. is not in the business of education, research, medicine, counseling, Treatment Facilities Facilities, prevention, or funding. We simply have a message to carry about a program of recovery for alcoholics—a program that works for hundreds of thousands who want it.
The professional can help the alcoholic who wants it—by education, counseling, and rehabilitative Treatment Facilities Facilities—and can also be of aid through making the community aware of and care about the millions still suffering from the progressive illness of alcoholism.
from the A.A. Guideline “Cooperation with the Professional Community” (CPC)
The purpose of the committee is to manage and maintain the District 5 Web Site: district5aa.org
The purpose of the web site is to assist the groups of the District to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the still-suffering alcoholic, facilitate communication among GSRs, DCMs, and AA members, and to improve an understanding of the workings of the District in order to encourage participation in service work.