- “An updated registration form should be mailed in when group changes are made involving the group’s meeting time or place and the election of new officers. WSO needs your help in keeping our web-page files current. The registration form should also be sent to your Intergroup or Region if these service committees exist in your area.”
- When a person registers a meeting, s/he submits the registration form and you’ll see at the bottom of that form that they agree to the following: “In submitting this form, I certify the following to be true:“our ACA meeting agrees to follow the ACA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions to the best of our ability. Our ACA meeting is not affiliated with any outside organization or established religion. I am authorized to act on behalf of this ACA meeting in submitting this form, and that all the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge.”
- “Registration of your group also allows your meeting to receive information from the ACA service structure, i.e., Intergroups, service committees, and WSO. Likewise, the registration gives you a channel to make your group conscience known to the ACA service structure. Registration confirms that your group is a Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions meeting. By following the Steps and Traditions our meetings have a consistency in message and purpose.”
- If you email a change about your meeting, be sure that you are the meeting contact and if you aren’t the meeting contact, be sure to copy the meeting contact to the email so that the meetings special worker understands that the change being made is in keeping with the service structure in place. The meetings special worker is at firstname.lastname@example.org and since there is only one person updating the worldwide fellowship’s meetings, it may take 2 weeks to see the changes.
- Make a change to or re-register my meeting (yearly)
- WSO meetings volunteer
- Intergroups that are close to me that might help
- Sample Meeting Format
- The Handbook portion of our Fellowship Text (p. 559) gives guidance for registering an ACA meeting including a meeting format you can use to conduct a meeting.
- Tradition Two excerpt on Domination of Service from Chapter 19:
Conversely, some new leaders try to govern their meeting with a tight fist. They think they know what is right for ACA and the group; there is no room for discussion at business meetings or settings involving ACA matters. These control-seeking members can be disruptive and divisive. They seem to act like “tradition lawyers” and are willing to split hairs over business meeting rules, meeting agendas, and voting procedures. Their short-sighted behavior, if left unchecked, can literally kill the group. Business meeting disputes spill into regular meetings and feelings are hurt and resentments fester. Members stop attending the group or feel unsafe to support the group. The group suffers until someone asks a loving God to enter a group business meeting and their regular meetings.Group members may rise up and call a special meeting to discuss the group’s direction. If circumstances have deteriorated enough, the original founder or trusted servant may be voted out of office. As a result, the disenchanted “leader” may leave the meeting, feeling abandoned by the group. But the meeting will continue as long as it follows the Steps and Traditions of ACA.
- ACA Commitment to Service page 601:
“I perform service so that my program will be available for myself, and through those efforts, others may benefit. I will perform service and practice my recovery by:
1. Affirming that the true power of our program rests in the membership of the meetings and is expressed through our Higher Power and through group conscience.
2. Confirming that our process is one of inclusion and not exclusion; showing special sensitivity to the viewpoint of the minority in the process of formulating the group conscience so that any decision is reflective of the spirit of the group and not merely the vote of the majority.
3. Placing principles before personalities.
4. Keeping myself fit for service by working my recovery as a member of the program.
5. Striving to facilitate the sharing of experience, strength, and hope at all levels: meetings, Intergroups, Regional committees, service boards, and World Services.
6. Accepting the different forms and levels of service and allowing those around me to each function according to their own abilities.
7. Remaining willing to forgive myself and others for not performing perfectly.
8. Being willing to surrender the position in which I serve in the interest of unity and to provide the opportunity for others to serve; to avoid problems of money, property, and prestige; and to avoid losing my own recovery through the use of service to act out my old behavior, especially in taking care of others, controlling, rescuing, being a victim, etc.
9. Remembering I am a trusted servant; I do not govern.