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There is a solution. You no longer have to live like this. You are not alone. You are not the first. If you think you have a drinking problem, and are looking to get to a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, we hope that this website will help you.

No one can tell you that you are an alcoholic. People may point out indications that you have a drinking problem -- loss of control, drunken driving, arrests, lost jobs, broken marriages or relationships, blackouts, the shakes, etc. Only you can decide if youare actually an alcoholic, then we invite you to keep coming back.

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 AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization 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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Link to Area 15

Local area meeting schedules and locations information in two downloadable formats:

Our meeting lists are often called the "Where and When".

2014 Delegate Conference Report

Where & When by Town - PDF

Spanish Speaking - AA
Directorio españo - PDF

INTERGROUP

INTERGROUP BY-LAWS CURRENT PRACTICE

INTERGROUP BY-LAWS CURRENT PRACTICE ADOPTED REVISIONS

Related phone numbers and links

AA Helpline: 941-951-6810

Local clubs and frequent meeting locations: AA neither approves nor disapproves of clubs. They are an outside enterprise.

• Serenity Room Bradenton 941-753-7760
• Gratitude Room Bradenton 941-782-4298
• Gratitude Club Sarasota 941-953-5182

 

PI / CPC COMMITTEE


Public Information / Cooperation With The Pofessinal Community (PI/CPC)
This committee covers a vast area of concerns in our community including schools, professionals, physicians, lawyers, judges, courts, police departments, clergy, press and other media. We are currently working on establishing a speaker bureau. If you enjoy talking about AA and what the program has to offer, to someone who may still be suffering, please come join us!!

CLICK HERE FOR MEETING TIME
eMail picpc@aasrq.org

Interested in speaking to students  click here;  AA School Speakers

                                                        Click Here To Download Task List

TASK LIST

The role of the AA Public Information Committee (PI) is to accurately inform the public about what AA is, and isn't.  In our District, this role is combined with Cooperating with the Professional Community (CPC) whose function is to both inform, and interact with those professionals whose jobs have them dealing with active alcoholics (Drs., nurses, law enforcement, clergy, etc.).  

The following is a list of tasks, or needs, identified by the PI/CPC Committee.  Some are simple, some more challenging, but all are necessary.  If you have the time and desire to be of service, we ask that you pick a task and do it.  Just let the PI Task Coordinator know what you intend to do, and then do it, and report back as indicated.  As tasks are accomplished, others will be added, and in this manner we will together help meet the needs of our community.   

  • ELDER-CARE
  • prepare list of 5 facilities with pertinent information--contact names with phone numbers/emails; does it have a medical staff?; alcoholism awareness program?; etc.
  • BILLBOARD PROJECT
  • assume responsibility for project. For more information contact us at the above email address.
  • OUTDOOR MEDIA
  • bus bench advertising---who provides it?; what does it cost?; are non-profit entities given financial deals?
    • cab advertising---cost and provider details
    • bus kiosk advertising---who provides it? are non-profit entities given financial deals?
  • BURNS COURT MOVIE PSA
  • in the past, Burns Court sold AA space at a very low rate, and we had a poster with contact info. flashed, and we had AA literature in the lobby.  We need someone to take responsibility for taking on this project
  • YOUTH PANEL SPEAKERS FOR SCHOOLS
  • recruit one qualified (six months recovery) young person willing to participate, and provide contact information to PI Committee
  • "PLANT GRAPEVINES" (ANYONE CAN DO THIS!)
  • take 10 Grapevines and "plant" them, i.e., leave them in Dr's office waiting rooms; on buses; in car repair shops; anywhere you think they'll so some good.  It is also suggested that you place one or two of our AA contact cards loosely in them (you get a bigger bang for the buck!)
  • ADOPT A RACK
  • take responsibility for one rack of AA literature for a month, or two, or....as many as you like!  Make a commitment to check it, and re-stock as necessary.  For extra points----GET SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER FOR YOU WHEN YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!  For a list of racks, and locations and stocking needs, contact the PI Chair
  • HEALTH FAIRS
  • locate sources that have information on these (i.e., county health departments; hospitals; health organizations, etc.), and provide that information, including contact names, phone numbers, and emails to the PI heath fair coordinator.  We will need people in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties for this---probably several people. 
    • agree to be the PI health fair coordinator for a minimum of one month.  
    • For extra points-GET SOMEONE TO TAKE OVER FOR YOU WHEN YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH!
  • TRACK DOWN LARGE EMPLOYERS WITH EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS.  We need someone---a Sherlock Holmes type---to accomplish this task.  Once you find companies with these programs, we'll need the contact information.  Extra points: learn how to contact them and offer our services!
  • LAWYER TYPES
    • how would you get in touch with someone like you were, a professional suffering with alcoholism?  Is there an information source you all use that runs ads?  If so, what is it; what is the contact info; and what does it cost?  Extra credit: get it done yourself!
  • DOCTOR TYPES
  • how would you get in touch with someone like you were, a professional suffering with alcoholism?  Is there an information source you all use that runs ads?  If so, what is it; what is the contact info; and what does it cost?  Extra credit: get it done yourself!
  • NURSE TYPES
    • how would you get in touch with someone like you were, a professional suffering with alcoholism?  Is there an information source you all use that runs ads?  If so, what is it; what is the contact info; and what does it cost?  Extra credit: get it done yourself!
  • LAW ENFORCEMENT TYPES
    • how would you get in touch with someone like you were, a professional suffering with alcoholism?  Is there an information source you all use that runs ads?  If so, what is it; what is the contact info; and what does it cost?  Extra credit: get it done yourself!
  • CLERGY
    • how would you get in touch with someone like you were, a professional suffering with alcoholism?  Is there an information source you all use that runs ads?  If so, what is it; what is the contact info; and what does it cost?  Extra credit: get it done yourself!
  • AA POSTER PEOPLE (ANYONE CAN DO THIS!)
    • have you ever said to yourself "That would be a great place for an AA Poster!"  If so, this is your lucky day, cause AA has appropriate posters for just about anywhere.  Large ones, small ones, bright ones, dull ones.  Posters for schools, coffee shops, bulletin boards, etc.  Got a need (or think you can find one) we'll get you a poster for you to put up
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  • CHURCH SIGNAGE
    • does your home group meet in a church?  Does that church have an outdoor sign that it posts messages on?  If so, why not ask them to put your meeting time on it occasionally?  Does this sound interesting?  Ask any PI member how to get this done!
    • you can also ask that the AA meeting be published in that churches weekly or monthly bulletin.  This is already done by many of the churches we meet in, so why not yours?
  • PRINT MEDIA
    • newspapers.  How much is an ad these days, and who do we contact for space?  Any discount for non-profits like us?
    • local, community papers.  do you live in an area with its own newsletter?  If so, will they run an AA PSA?  If you won't ask them, can you get one of us the contact information?
    • the Observer papers and their ilk.  Will you try and get one of them to run an AA PSA?  See a PI member for details
  • TV PSA'S
    • have you contacts in the industry, or want to try and get AA PSA's on the air?  See a PI member for details
  • RADIO PSA'S
    • have you contacts in the industry, or want to try and get AA PSA's on the air?  See a PI member for details

 

 

 

   

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