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Rochester Area Intergroup
Policy on Website Links to Event Information

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the Website Committee and Web Master regarding acceptable content to be published on the Intergroup’s website and links to be included to other A.A. websites for event information.

While noting the Traditions: “being a spiritual entity having one primary purpose… carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers”; that “each group is autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole”; that “an AA group ought never endorse… or lend the AA name”; and that “Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues”, this policy was developed to insure that the website content be aligned closely with the traditions and principles while providing information to assist members by having a central location for links to information on fellowship related events.

Policy:

1) The website content related to events and links shall include:

  1. RAI and RAI sub-committee meeting and event information.
  2. Group Anniversary information or an AA group-sponsored event if that event’s primary purpose is to “carry the AA message.”
  3. AA Service Structure and General Service Office events and information.
  4. Links to an AA related conference/convention/roundup that is held primarily to carry the AA message provided those events have their own web page.

Examples of these links could include:

  • Founders Day
  • Women’s conference
  • Conference of the Lakes

Only the link would be provided with the disclaimer that “You are now leaving the RAI website” so that the reader knows they are now on another site. Under the section of these links would be the following wording:  “Please note: By following any of the above links you will be leaving the Rochester Area Intergroup website. These links are provided solely as a convenience. The Rochester Area Intergroup is not responsible for any of their website content.”

The A.A. Guidelines define a conference/convention as “almost any A.A. get-together beyond the group-meeting level. These range from special meetings of one evening’s duration to longer events-area, statewide, or regional conventions.” Please see the A.A. Guidelines – Conferences, Conventions, Roundups for more information at:
http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/mg-04_conferenceandconv.pdf

Revision History
Document:  Policy on website links to events

Date

Revision

Nature of Revision

September 2015

Rev. A

Original