AA's Oldest Sober Living person's sane advise. Is the fellowship listening?

This is my humble request to all the old timers to come out of their lairs and pay back to mother AA whatever it has given to them years ago. She is in great distress in our country today. Please speak out, write, express your candid opinions in all the languages given to us by God, since only we can convey the AA message effectively to the alcoholics who are still suffering. Only we can keep the fellowship safe and strong. These little bullies dare not come anywhere near us, the bigger bullies, of days gone by. Haven’t we died several times during our drunken days in the past? My understanding of an alcoholic is that basically he is a fearless killer, killer for a good cause after he becomes sober and also ready to lay down his life for others. Our responsibility in AA ends only when we breathe our last, and so we must continue to work for AA for our own personal sobriety and for the sobriety of all those practicing alcoholics who are ignorantly suffering. That would be the greatest contribution of our lives to our family, to our society and to our country, India, and to the AA fellowship in the world at large...... John K.

My first conversation with an AA member...

When I am running my own business, many times I use to see one of my frend taking different people to some ware from a near by hospital. One day I asked him. He told me little about program. I felt my friend was doing good social work (as we both were participating in AOL organisation cources). Later came to know what he was doing. He was in AA science long back

My self with my old timer

The first day of my AA meeting: An old man came to me and said "I 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.