What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

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 own 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.

Reprinted with permission of the AA Grapevine, Inc.

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7th Tradition Story

Included please find sharing from a Past Trustee at Large, Canada, Murray M. from the Eastern Canada Regional Forum in St. Catharines, Ontario in July of 2012.

"This weekend at this forum., I've heard lots of talk about where our money goes. I know of one instance where I can tell you about where the money went. I would also like to pass on a thank you to you for where the money went.

Early in my term as Trustee at Large, Canada, I too went to Mongolia. I was sent to attend their first National convention. I'm a recovered alcoholic from the bush of Northern Ontario. What was I doing in Mongolia? I was there because that convention was the first gathering of all AA group representatives in the Nation of Mongolia. It was a gathering of 67 representatives. I had traveled there with the manager of our General Service Office. With us, we brought the translation into Mongolian of five basic AA pamphlets, such as 'This is AA' and 'Is AA for you?' Those pamphlets were, for the first time, translated into Mongolian, and we had arranged for them to come with us.
During a break in the session, the pamphlets were distributed. We were sitting in a round ger - basically a large round tent. The delegates were sitting in five semi-circle rows. Greg M. the then General Manager of the General Service Office and I were sitting at the far end. We watched as the pamphlets were distributed to the five rows of delegates. Just like in school, they were handed down the rows. One took a packet, passed the rest on, and then looked at the pamphlet. I'll never forget what happened then: The AA looked at it and said 'Wow' Only he said it in Mongolian. And that wave of sound began at one corner and traveled through the room. And the ones at the far end of the room were saying, 'are you sure, are you sure?' The noise level of the room continued to rise. And in the second wave of motion, all eyes turned toward the head table to where Greg and I sat; they knew that this was a gift given to them through you.
That's where the money goes. Now, I have the privilege of returning their thank you to you. I was given the gift of being there; you get the gift of knowing that it was given in your name."

Meetings

The Western Slope* has 104 meetings in 25 locations every week. Next up we have:

Time Meeting Location Region
8:00 pm Cameron Park Group Light of the Hills Lutheran Church Cameron Park
8:00 pm Mother Lode Fellowship Suite A Diamond Springs
6:00 am Daily Reflection High Flyers, Suite D Cameron Park
6:00 am Daily Reflection High Flyers, Suite D Cameron Park
6:00 am High Flyers Group High Flyers, Suite D Cameron Park

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* Note: Groups on the eastern slope (South Lake Tahoe) list meetings on the Northern Nevada website.

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714 Club

You are invited to join the "714 Club".

At the recent General Service Conference, our General Service Board Treasurer said the cost of services is $7.14 per member and the average donation per member is $1.90 short of that.

So there's a 'wave' to donate $7.14! [disclaimer: GSO is not making this wave — but some of us members are.]

Checks (be sure to note you're an AA member on the check) can be mailed to:

General Service Office
P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 110163

Or pay by credit card at aa.org. Contributions -> online contributions or use this link.

Events

Check out what's happening! Conferences, speakers, picnics, chili cook-offs, workshops, camping, etc.

In particular, note these upcoming special events:

  • Vikki R's Delegate Report at High Flyers 1:30 - 4:30 pm Sunday August 28 (learn more ...)
  • West Slope Unity Sly Park Campout Friday-Sunday Sept 23-25 (learn more ...)

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What’s the Western Slope?

The Western Slope consists of El Dorado County from its western boundary to Pollock Pines. The Sierra Nevada eastern slope — South Lake Tahoe — affiliates with the Northern Nevada fellowship.

Western Slope District 22 has 27 groups and is one of 28 districts in CNIA (California Northern Interior Area) Area 07.

Area 7 is one of 93 areas represented by a delegate to the General Service Conference. Every group is represented at the General Service Conference and they, in turn, are accountable to every group.

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About this website

District 22 develops and maintains this site in accordance with our district's purpose and AA principles, working closely with Intergroup and other AA committees serving the Western Slope. Our collective goal is to carry the AA message and to inform members and the public of AA meetings, events and services.