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Featured Committee of the Month for April 2017

Corrections

This month’s featured committee is Corrections. Please take a moment to listen to some information that the committee would like for you to know about what their purpose is, what you can do to get involved, how it helps the alcoholic who still suffers and how you can grow spiritually by being involved.

Purpose of Committee:

  • To carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the still suffering alcoholics who are incarcerated in correctional institutions.
  • To coordinate A.A. groups and/or members in taking A.A. meetings into correctional facilities, to encourage participation in leading correctional facility meetings, and to provide a liaison between correctional facilities & A.A. groups.

How it helps the alcoholic who still suffers:

  • Corrections work is an opportunity to carry the A.A. message to alcoholics inside the walls of correctional facilities who want to live sober, one day at a time. Service work with the corrections committee reaches alcoholics who might never otherwise find the A.A. program and who have severely limited access to meetings.
  • Corrections helps alcoholics inside the walls to have faith and to know that they are not alone.
  • The alcoholic inside the walls is introduced to Bridging the Gap, which gives them a resource to get connected with alcoholics before & after release from a facility.

 How you can grow spiritually by getting involved:

  • Corrections work embodies the spirit of the Responsibility Declaration: “When anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible”
  • Corrections work gets you out of yourself, helping to open the channel between you and a Higher Power.
  • Fosters the willingness, humility, and service through commitment to the 12th step and 3rd

 How you can get involved:

  • The Corrections Committee meets at 6:30pm on the third Thursday of every month at Central Office.
  • People on the committee can get involved by taking in meetings, helping to plan committee events & raise awareness of the committee’s activities and needs, brainstorming ideas for increasing participation and improving communication between A.A. and the correctional facilities, by serving as a pen-pal to an alcoholic inmate, and more!

Contact information for any questions:

  • Please attend a committee meeting to meet us all! We’d love to see you!

If you need to be in touch with the committee but cannot attend the meeting, call or email Central Office at 585-232-6720, email raacog@frontiernet.net).

Featured Committee of the Month for March 2017

Archives

The Intergroup Archive Committee collects, preserves and displays the history of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Rochester Area.  This includes how A.A. originated, evolved and grew in Rochester.  We carry A.A’s legacy of recovery by illustrating this history and passing it on to fellow members.

We carry A.A’s message of hope by chronicling how A.A. has helped people in the Rochester community.  Archives conveys to the newcomer that A.A’s promise of recovery is a consistent and reliable source for anyone suffering from alcoholism.

Getting involved can help you grow spiritually by giving you the chance to serve A.A. through the dissemination of its fruitful history in Rochester.  Committee members also have the opportunity to interact with other alcoholics by taking our displays to group anniversaries and conventions.

The Archives Committee is always looking for new members.  We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at the Rochester Medical Museum and Archives located at 1441 East Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rochester, New York 14610.  As a group we work on recording oral histories, creating new displays, and taking our exhibits to anniversaries and conventions.

Interested individuals can contact the Rochester Area Intergroup Office at 585-232-6720.  Feel free to come to our meetings and be of service.

Featured Committee of the Month for February 2017

Accessibility

OUR PRIMARY PURPOSE is to support the alcoholic who faces any physical challenge while attending meetings, and receiving the message.

 WE HELP by

  • Providing access to ASL interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing at meetings, as well as home group anniversaries and special events.
  • Coordinating meetings for the homebound, hospitalized and residents of Assisted Living.
  • Providing information for those using public transportation to specific meetings.
  • Maintaining an inventory of specialized, conference-approved media for visual impairment, ESL, D/HOH, limited reading abilities.
  • Keeping up-to-date accessibility /mobility information for Rochester Area meetings.

YOU CAN GROW SPIRITUALLY through 

  • A renewed sense of gratitude and humility.
  • A greater understanding of the importance and skills of team work.
  • Developing empathy and problem solving skills through knowledge and experience.
  • Rewarding interaction with others as you give back to the community.

YOU CAN GET INVOLVED by

  • Attending our monthly meetings to learn more:
    • 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 at Central Office.
    • Meeting can be interpreted for D/HOH.
    • No prior experience necessary.
  • Working with the staff of Assisted Living facilities who want to provide meetings for residents who wish to remain connected with AA fellowship and support.
  • Joining a sub-committee of the Accessibility Committee such as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mobility or the Blind and Visually Impaired subcommittees.
  • Coordinating your home group to be ready to take meetings to alcoholics who are homebound or hospitalized.

YOU CAN REACH the Accessibility Committee by calling the AA Central Office at
(585) 232-6720 or sending an email to raacog@frontiernet.net
Leave your name, phone # and email, and a committee member will contact you.

We are responsible!