TRADITION SEVEN

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Definition of Tradition: guidelines for relationships between groups, members, other groups, the global fellowship, and society at large.
Synonyms of Tradition: guideline, principles, practice, etc.

These notes are from recovery in AA and/or related 12 step programs.
Readers are encouraged to click external links for more detail.
We hope you find them helpful.
Love in fellowship.

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Tradition Seven – Responsibility: Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.

At the collection time (7 trad), I am either too bust to take money out of my purse, or I do not have enough, but I am there because I need this meeting. I heard someone suggest dropping the price of a beer into the basket, and I thought, that’s too much!

I forget that it takes money to rent the meeting room, buy my milk, sugar and cups. I will pay, without hesitation, ninety cents for a cup of coffee at a restaurant after the meeting; I always have money for that. So, how much is my sobriety and my inner peace worth?  –Daily Reflections 25/07 | More…

It was soon apparent that while alcoholics would spend lavishly on Twelfth Step cases, they had a terrific aversion to dropping money into a meeting-place hat for group purposes.

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Alcoholics are certainly all-or-nothing people. Our reactions to money prove this…. Despite these misgivings, we had to recognize the fact that A.A. had to function. Meeting places cost something. To save whole areas from turmoil….

There is another story about money. One night in 1948, the…  What a debate we had on that one! The Foundation was really hard up just then…

When these facts were printed, there was a profound reaction. To people familiar with endless drives for charitable funds… To my surprise, the response of the groups was slow.

I got mighty sore about it. Looking at this avalanche of mail one morning….

I heard all this quite plainly, as I was piously trying to convert a newcomer who sat next to me. The hat came in my direction…

The meeting that night was at New York’s old 24th Street Clubhouse. During the intermission, the treasurer gave….

Then I woke up. I who had boasted my generosity that morning was treating my own club worse than the distant alcoholics who had forgotten to send the Foundation their dollars….

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The 12 Traditions of AA are a set of guidelines for how the organization should function.
They were developed by the early members in response to problems as they arose.

The 12 Traditions first appeared as a set of principles in 1946. It is unlikely that AA could have survived so many years without these guiding regulations. | More…

The Principles of the Twelve Traditions
Tradition One: Unity
Tradition Two: Trust
Tradition Three: Identity
Tradition Four: Autonomy
Tradition Five: Purpose
Tradition Six: Solidarity
Tradition Seven: Responsibility
Tradition Eight: Fellowship
Tradition Nine: Structure
Tradition Ten: Neutrality
Tradition Eleven: Anonymity
Tradition Twelve: Spirituality | More…

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