LETTER TO GROUPS FROM G.S.O. IMPORTANT NOTICE RE Covid 19
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PERTH CENTRAL SERVICE CLOSING Temporarily (please scroll down)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
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24 Hour ‘Helpline’ 08-9325-3566 or 1300 22 22 22
ARE YOU A Fly In / Fly Out WORKER? Are you finding it hard to get and stay sober with so few meetings? There are several successfully sober people working fly in/fly out who would be willing to talk to you. Click here FI-FO
Going to your first meeting? … You don’t need to be a member to go to an AA meeting – you are a member when you say you are. We introduce ourselves by first names only, we keep no records. Arrive 5-10 mins before the advertised time.
PERTH CENTRAL SERVICE OFFICE WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020 until the all clear is given.
The HELPLINE will be operational 24 /7 as usual, thanks to the wonderful service and support given by members to newcomers and to other members. Thank you also to everyone on the 12th STEP LIST who are willing to speak to the suffering alcoholic and give them support locally.
HELPLINE for newcomers & members 9325-3566 or 1300 22 22 22
EMAIL questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
LITERATURE email in your order to email@example.com – see Literature page of website for Literature Price List
PAY online – details on The Office page of website. Email us straight afterwards to say what you have paid and what it is for firstname.lastname@example.org
One office worker will go in and make up orders and post them to you. You MUST pay first. NO face to face orders.
APRIL SERENITY is being mailed out on Friday 27 March.
There will be NO May, June or July Serenity. The situation will be reviewed after that.
Stay safe, Everyone! From the CSO Team.
IMPORTANT NOTICE re Covid 19
TO ALL MEMBERS Coronavirus and what it means for Alcoholics Anonymous It is not a time for panic but it is a time for common sense. We would not be as foolish as to issue directives to any alcoholic or AA Group since, as we are all well aware, Each group should be autonomous However the Board strongly suggests that each member and each group take note of the directives of the Australian Government Health Dept. In following our Statement of Purpose, which instructs us to provide leadership to the Australian Fellowship, the General Service Board issues the following. In line with the Australian Government’s Heath recommendations around the COVID-19 pandemic the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous Australia encourages its members to follow these helpful health and Safety suggestions during this time Refrain from shaking/holding hands at meetings. Ensure your hands have been well washed before entering a meeting. Groups may provide hand sanitiser for members to use If you feel physically unwell then stay at home. If you are required to stay at home then we suggest you make use of online AA meetings.
Monitor the Department of Health website (linked below) and follow advice given by them. The website is updated each day. https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov Some buildings and spaces may be closed and so members should look to alternative locations for their meetings if this happens. Some premises may also have their own safety conditions of entry. Please be mindful of these. It may be necessary for you to defer Rallies, AA Weekends etc., (where larger groups of members gather) if the situation worsens, so please be mindful of that in your planning. Obviously, if possible, all events should proceed as planned and cancellation should be the last option. We would suggest that each group considers all of our Traditions in any decisions that they make particularly considering our common welfare as in Tradition One. Our World Service Delegates are monitoring the situation in other countries and gathering and sharing information. The Board will continue to monitor the situation and post updates on the website (aa.org.au) as required.
Yours in Service The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous Australia
Western Australian Young People in A.A.