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My self with my old timer

The first day of my AA meeting: An old man came to me and said "I am....now I am having dental doctor appointment, we will meet tomorrow same time." He explained me about HALT and said that he did as his earlier friends did. I am surprised and felt " Idon't know him, why he was telling me?."

Second day we met. While returning back from meeting he said, " if possible can you stay a little while babu." Something comfort I felt to stay as he said. He introduced me two members 3 months elder than me in program. From that day we 3 simply connected and our relation was comfortable till today.    

A GSO structure for AA in India

I came into the AA fellowship in 1984. There were some 4 Groups at that time in Bangalore, with some 15 active members or thereabouts. Since then AA has grown in leaps and bounds in membership in some pockets of India while lagging behind in others. But it has grown in geographic reach to cover most states and many cities and towns, even some rural areas.

Yet the "service structure" of the fellowship has neither adapted to the geographical reach, decentralising to be effective, nor has it promoted the 12 steps of recovery, resulting in less than about 7-10% of members remaining active after a year or two. The percentage of drop outs has been unhealthy to say the least.

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