Dear Friends, We are delighted to announce our “AAWS Fall Flash Sale!” — as we are busy performing autumn housecleaning in our warehouses. For a limited time only, we are sweeping out our warehouses and offering the following AAWS literature and other items with a very Special Discount Offer and Reduced Prices! (Note: Some items are in limited quantities. While supplies last.) Special Discount Offer: Spend $200 total and get an additional 15% off!
Books in print format Our Great Responsibility: A Selection of Bill W.’s General Service Conference Talks, 1951-1970. Lavishly illustrated volume with archival images throughout. (Item B-70) Regular List Price: $12.00 Reduced Price: $3.00
Alcoholics Anonymous Facsimile First Printing of the First Edition (Item B-0) Regular List Price: $12.00 Reduced Price: $3.00 History Book Shelf (4 volumes) Alcoholics Anonymous Facsimile First Printing of the First Edition, A.A. Comes of Age, ‘Pass It On’, Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers (Item B-33) Regular List Price: $38 Reduced Price: $30.00
Literature in CD format (Item M-72) History of Service Regular List Price: $9.60. Reduced Price: $3.00
Literature in Cassette Tape format (Item MB-1) Alcoholics Anonymous (abridged). Regular List Price: $5.00. Reduced Price $1.00 (Item MB-1A) Alcoholics Anonymous Regular List Price: $9.50 Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item MB-1B) Alcoholics Anonymous (with Braille tabs) Regular List Price: $9.50. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item M-37) Voices of Our Co-Founders Regular List Price: $4.80. Reduced Price: $1.00 (Item *M-38) Bill Discusses the 12 Traditions Regular List Price $6.31. Reduced PrIce: $1.00 (Item SMB-1) Alcoholicós Anónimos Regular List price: $6.00. Reduced Price: $1.00
Literature in VHS format (Item VS-11) It Sure Beats Sitting in a Cell Regular List Price: $9.60 Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item VS-16) “Hope AA” 1.2” Regular List Price: $12.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item VS-20) Bill Discusses the 12 Traditions Regular List Price: $6.31. Reduced Price: $1.00 (Item VS-25) Carrying the Message Regular List Price: $8.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item SVS-17) Spanish “Hope” (¾” U-Matic) Regular List Price $25.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item SVS-16) – Spanish “Esperanza” Regular List Price $15.00 Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item SVS-21) Spanish Bill’s Own Story Regular List Price: $8.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item SVS -24) Spanish Your A.A. GSO Regular List Price $12.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item SVS-11) Spanish “It Sure Beats Living in a Cell” Regular List Price $12.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item FVS-24) French Your A.A. GSO Regular List Price: $12.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 (Item FVS-25) French “Carrying the Message” Regular List Price: $12.00. Reduced Price: $3.00 Note: All discounted reduced prices are combinable with other discounts.
To the Alcoholics Anonymous Groups of Eastern Pennsylvania, I would like to invite and encourage your participation in the 66th annual Eastern Pennsylvania General Service Assembly. The Convention/Assembly will take place November 10th-12th in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Full details can be found at area59aa.org. Each A.A. Group has a responsibility to participate in the general service structure, and this is no small responsibility. The will of our fellowship can only be known to the extent that Groups participate and use their voice. Area 59 will hold an assembly at 8:45 AM on Saturday, November 11th during the Convention weekend. We would love to see and hear representation from each group in Eastern Pennsylvania.
The main topic of discussion will be about collecting suggestions for a potential procedure that the General Service Conference would follow when proposals are made to change any of Bill W’s writings. The sharing session will consist of a few questions for the Groups to consider and offer their input. One representative of each group is welcome to speak on behalf of their Group, usually the Group’s General Service Representative or GSR. Our General Service Board Trustee’s Literature Committee is seeking Group input on the following questions. Please discuss these in your Group and provide input for your GSR or Group representative to bring to the sharing session at the EPGSA Convention/Assembly.
Should suggested revisions to Bill W’s. writings be subjected to a longer Conference review process? How much time should be given to consider these proposals? 1 year? 2 years? More?
Should any future suggested changes retain the original writing with footnotes for text being updated or should founder’s writings remain unchanged?
Should there be a threshold for review (group, district, area)?
Should the changes to the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions by 2021 General Service Conference remain?
Should a new policy regarding Bill W.’s writings be created as a guide to future changes?
The feedback that is received at this special sharing session, along with our Pre-Conference sharing session (to be held April 2024) will become part of my understanding for Area 59’s collective conscience on this matter, which I will carry with me to the 74th General Service Conference. Thank you for your commitment to the service. Regards, Pete B. Delegate Panel 73, Area 59
We are delighted to announce that the new revised and redesigned pamphlet “Young People in A.A.” is now available for ordering.
This revised item of General Service Conference-approved literature features new stories by seven young A.A. members, and we follow their experience, strength and hope as they share: how it was, what happened, and what it is like now on their sober journeys as members of our Fellowship.
With input and feedback from young A.A. members attending recent YPAA’s, this beautifully redesigned pamphlet includes colorful illustrations crafted by one of our most beloved Grapevine illustrators and debuts with much enthusiasm from all who helped to con-temporize its presentation of A.A.’s message of hope – and deliver it to the Fellowship.
The TGIS Group that formerly meet at the Doylestown Hospital is now Open at a new location. It has been a long COVID Shut down for this very popular weekend speaker group so please help spread the word.CLICK HERE FOR FLYER
New Location Doylestown American Legion 315 North Street Doylestown PA 18901
Off Street Parking, Large Clean Meeting Room, Handicap Accessible
(The General Service Office has made this optional statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)
Suggested Statement on Safety Our group endeavors to provide a safe meeting place for all attendees and encourages each person here to contribute to fostering a secure and welcoming environment in which our meetings can take place. As our Traditions remind us, the formation and operation of an A.A. group resides with the group conscience. Therefore, we ask that group members and others refrain from any behavior which might compromise another person’s safety. Also, please take the precautions you feel are necessary to ensure your own personal safety, for example, walking to your car in a group after a meeting. If a situation should arise where someone feels their safety is in jeopardy, or the situation breaches the law, the individuals involved should take appropriate action. Calling the proper authorities does not go against any A.A. Traditions and is recommended when someone may have broken the law or endangered the safety of another person.
Service Material from the General Service Office
Our Common Welfare Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward. —Tradition One (Long Form) It is hoped that our common suffering as alcoholics and our common solution in A.A. will transcend most issues and curtail negative behaviors that could jeopardize the safety of anyone attending an A.A. meeting. Nevertheless, Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society we exist in. As such, problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of A.A. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety — to raise awareness in the Fellowship and to seek through sponsorship, workshops and meetings, to create as safe an environment as possible to carry A.A.’s message of hope and recovery to the still-suffering alcoholic.
Due to the current changing health situation, many AA meetings across the U.S. and Canada are finding it safer to close. To help members during this time, we are giving everyone free access to all of our 2020 Grapevine and La Viña issues. (The audio to Grapevine’s stories will be available as well, so people can listen to the stories if they like.) Please share with your fellows. We have also included a link to our Youtube channel with some original audio stories as well as other important information.
With the current public health situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, your Area 59 Officers have been working to understand and follow PA health officials’ advice regarding our event planning. As previously announced, Eastern PA General Service (Area 59), has cancelled our April 5th Pre-Conference Sharing Session that was to be held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
We are developing a system that will enable all AA Members to gain access to a set of discussion threads and to share their perspectives on 13 select Agenda Items. The following link can take you to the site:
Once you are there, you click “apply for membership” and our site administrator will set your email up to access the “Area 59 Pre-Conference Sharing” section. Once you agree to follow some good manners guidelines and state that you are a Member of A.A., you will be given access. Then you will be able to click on individual items, access the Agenda Item background information and see other Member’s sharing on each topic
The purpose of the sharing is to give our Delegate an idea of the group conscience from across Area 59 in order to prepare to participate in the annual General Service Conference (G.S.C.). (Only elected Delegates participate in the G.S.C.) The G.S.C. is where final deliberations and decisions are made with regard to the group conscience for all of A.A. on the Agenda Items. This year, the G.S.C. will be held the week of April 17th and it will be a virtual conference through online meeting technology due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
So, as a Member, please know that we value your input. You can find additional information on our Area 59 website: www.area59aa.org. You should also feel free to contact any Area 59 Officer or your Delegate (delegate at area59aa dot org.) If you have questions or issues with the sharing site or in gaining access to it, please contact officer-at-large at area59aa dot org.