Archives

Like any other A.A. service, the primary purpose of those involved in archival work is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Archives service work 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. It is by the collection and sharing of these important historical elements that our collective gratitude for Alcoholics Anonymous is deepened.

Area Archives Location: 3499 Lansdowne Drive, Suite 108
Lexington, KY 40517
Hours:

  • 1st Sunday 9:30-11:30
  • 2nd Saturday 11:00-2:00
  • 3rd Sunday 1:00-4:00

Public Information

Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media.

Corrections

The material in these Guidelines has come from the experience and growing pains of A.A. corrections committees. We are privileged to share it with A.A.s throughout the United States and Canada who are carrying our message behind the walls.

Treatment Facilities/H&I

Treatment Committees are formed to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment and outpatient settings, and to set up means of “bridging the gap” from the facility to an A.A. group in the individual’s community.

Grapevine

Excerpt from aagrapevine.org:

The AA Grapevine Statement of Purpose

The AA Grapevine is the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. Written, edited, illustrated, and read by AA members and others interested in the AA program of recovery from alcoholism, the Grapevine is a lifeline linking one alcoholic to another.

Often referred to as our “meeting in print,” the AA Grapevine communicates the experience, strength, and hope of its contributors and reflects a broad geographic spectrum of current AA experience with recovery, unity, and service. Founded in 1944, the Grapevine does not receive group contributions, but is supported entirely through magazine subscription sales and additional income derived from the sale of Grapevine items.

The awareness that every AA member has an individual way of working the program permeates the pages of the Grapevine, and throughout its history the magazine has been a forum for the varied and often divergent opinions of AAs around the world. As such, articles are not intended to be statements of AA policy, nor does publication of any article imply endorsement by either AA or the Grapevine.

As Bill W. expressed it in 1946, “The Grapevine will be the voice of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement. Its editors and staff will be primarily accountable to the AA movement as a whole. . . . Within the bounds of friendliness and good taste, the Grapevine will enjoy perfect freedom of speech on all matters directly pertaining to Alcoholics Anonymous. . . . Like the Alcoholics Anonymous movement it is to mirror, there will be but one central purpose: The Grapevine will try to carry the AA message to alcoholics and practice the AA principles in all its affairs.”

Literature

Today, as in the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous, the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism is carried by one alcoholic talking to another.  However, since the publication of the first edition of the Big Book in 1939, literature has played an important role in spreading the A.A. message and imparting information about the A.A. Twelve Step program of recovery.

Special Needs

While there are no special A.A. members, many members have
special needs. For the purpose of these Guidelines, we define A.A.s
with special needs as persons who are blind or visually impaired; deaf
or hard of hearing; chronically ill or homebound, those who are developmentally disabled, and many others who may have less visible challenges.

Workshop

Workshops are designed to help current AA members further their knowledge on how AA works as a whole.