From Your Chair – Wendy W – September 2014

Greetings, Salt Lake Central Office! Isn’t it amazing how quickly a month flies by? Especially when you’re having fun at the Central Office annual picnic. If you missed this, I feel sorry for you. Thanks to Nick R, Doug C and Mike, an entire pig was stuffed with potatoes, onions and other good things and slow roasted through the night with each of the three taking sentry duty to ward off wolves. Joel and Penny and a slew of volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare for the hungry hordes and kept the place in order so we could all have a good time. And it was a blast. The great thing about this event is that if you did manage to miss it, it will happen again next year. It’s not too early to start thinking about what side dish you might bring and what goes best with sweet, succulent, tender, delicious pork? (A fork!)

And while you’re dreaming about food and picnics, keep in mind that there are opportunities to serve in our fellowship. The only constant is change, and it will be changing here soon. In fact, it’s already begun. With the ratification of the new Bylaws, the structure of the Board has become sleeker so that we can be more effective in our 12th Step work. Everything we do is to make the hand of AA available to those who need us, whether they know it or not. And we all take part in that. I want to thank Nick R, Mike O and Jason R for serving as Immediate Past Chair and Alternate Trustees. I hope you will join me in recognizing their efforts to show up and participate, bringing experience, strength and hope to our common purpose. Thank you for jobs well done. And thank you to Shelly, our brief Secretary, good luck in your educational adventure. Come back when you’re done!

“There is a widely held belief in A.A. that if a newcomer will simply continue to attend meetings, “Something will finally rub off on you.” And the implication, of course, is that the something which rubs off will be this so-called miracle of A.A. Now, there is no doubt in my mind that many people in A.A. accept this statement quite literally. I have observed them over the years. They faithfully attend meetings, faithfully waiting for “something to rub off.” The funny part about it is that “something” is rubbing off on them. Death. They sit there — week after month after year — while mental, spiritual, and physical rigor mortis slowly sets in. I believe the real “miracle of A.A.,” the “something” that will rub off, we hope, is simply the alcoholic’s willingness to act.A Member’s Eye View of Alcoholics Anonymous

What action will you take?

In loving service, Wendy

August 14, 2014

 

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