Questions (links take you to responses)
Question 1: What is the basic purpose of the group?
Question 2: What more can the group do to carry the message?
Question 3: Do new members stick with us, or does the turnover seem excessive?
Question 4: Do we emphasize the importance of sponsorship? How effectively? How can we do better?
Question 5: Are we careful to preserve the anonymity of our group members and other A.A.’s outside the meeting rooms? Do we leave the confidences they share at meetings behind?
Question 6: Do we take the time to explain to all members the value to the group of following our guidelines of e-mail etiquette? As a member, am I familiar with and do I follow these guidelines?
Question 7: Are all members given the opportunity to speak at meetings and to participate in other group activities?
Question 8: Are we mindful that holding office is a great responsibility not to be viewed as the outcome of a popularity contest; are we choosing our officers with care?
Question 9: Does the group do its fair share toward participating in the purpose of A.A. – as it relates to our “Three Legacies” of Recovery, Unity and Service?
Question 10: As a group, do we remain informed about AA as a whole? Do we support, in every way we can AA as a whole or just the parts we understand and approve of?
Question 11: Are we considerate of all our members?
Question 12: As a group, have we done a thorough and fearless inventory, or have we missed an important element?
Summary of Responses to Question 1: What is the basic purpose of the group?
- 23 GROW members responded to this question.
- The majority (16 of the responses) gave an answer that reflected the AA Traditions and talked about our Primary Purpose, carrying the message and recovering from the disease of alcoholism.
- Two members replied with additional ideas about the context of us being an email online group.
- There were an additional number of thoughts shared that fell into a different category; these conveyed similar ideas to carrying the message and helping others achieve sobriety but were expressed in layman’s terms rather than AA language. These talked about our group and meeting as a “safe place” and a place offering support.
- There was one response that directly suggested GROW create a mission statement to offer clarity to the new member, to help provide additional focus and unity for the group.
Summary of Responses to Question 2: What more can the group do to carry the message?
- 23 GROW members responded to this question.
- Responses fell into four main groups of ideas:
- Discussion about low participation in both service posts and sharing in the meetings.
- Alternate meeting formats.
- Praise for what GROW does well.
- Word of mouth.
- Just over half the responses praised GROW with many responding they felt we do enough and there’s not any more they could think of to do in carrying the message more. Many were specific in naming the things that GROW does well
- Several ideas were put forward regarding the meeting format. One idea is to have literature based meetings (Big Book and Step) more regularly in lieu of the current general topic format. Another ideas was to limit the number of announcements and simplify the ones that are being sent out but also recognised the importance of them in keeping GROW free from mean or inappropriate sharing. A further idea shared was to offer more than one meeting a week or to offer a monthly zoom meeting.
- A couple of responses questioned how we support new members and newcomers in GROW, asking if we do enough to carry the message of sponsorship, steps, recovery to this group of our membership.
- There were several different ideas that questioned how proactive individual members and specific Trusted Servants are in their approach to getting alongside individuals who are new or in need of support.
- There were a couple of mentions of lack of participation in terms of sharing, one idea was to ask the Weekly Lead Listkeeper to write and ask members to share in a similar way that operates in some face-to-face meetings where the Chair calls on individuals to share. Another response asked if we can individually do more to reach out or build connections, “proactively encouraging our accountability partners” and be better at reaching out with our “appreciation and kudos to those who’ve shared”. Another idea talked about carrying the message of the importance of service work more.
- The word-of-mouth response talked to the idea of recommending GROW as a resource to women in their world.
Summary of Responses to Question 3: Do new members stick with us, or does the turnover seem excessive?
- In total 21 members responded.
- Many comments covered the idea that they had no idea of knowing the turnover rate of members in GROW but also commenting on the low participation in GROW. Many members responded that turnover in any AA group is normal and that GROW’s turnover falls into this category, with a few members also commenting on the idea of “fitability” and the idea that we find groups and formats and meetings that work for the individual so members leaving isn’t necessarily a negative reflection on GROW, rather just personal choice.
- The general consensus in ideas shared around participation was that there wasn’t a problem in retention but the question was really around how to increase participation. A couple of members talked directly to why they no longer wrote very often, one due to illness and another due to increased participation in other online meeting formats.
- One response reflected on the low participation in sharing from members newly joined.
- One response around lack of participation talked specifically about what the last Roll Call showed; that many of the membership appeared not to read their GROW emails at all frequently having missed several weeks of announcements about responding to the Roll Call but wished to be resubscribed after they were eventually removed after their lack of response to the Roll Call. Another response suggested a Roll Call now, to help us have a list of women who actively reaffirm their desire to be part of GROW.
- One response reflected on the numbers of inquiries into joining and the low responses once they receive the information about GROW.
There was a comment also about the only requirement for membership; that we can’t compel anyone to participate and that we don’t always do what’s in our best interests.
Summary of Responses to Question 4: Part I: Do we emphasize the importance of sponsorship?
- Yes: 12 Not sure: 2 No answer: 1
- Part II: How effectively? Effective: 5 Not sure: 5 No answer: 5
- Part III: How can we do better? (see Responses section)
- Not sure or no comment: 10
Summary of Responses to Question 5: Are we careful to preserve the anonymity of our group members and other A.A.’s outside the meeting rooms? Do we leave the confidences they share at meetings behind?
Yes: 15 (only two members commented specifically on part II but in general, members felt very safe regarding their anonymity and comments not being shared)
Summary of Responses to Question 6, Part I: Do we take the time to explain to all members the value to the group of following our guidelines of e-mail etiquette?
Part II: As a member, am I familiar with and do I follow these guidelines? Yes: 15
Summary of Responses to Question 7: Are all members given the opportunity to speak at meetings and to participate in other group activities?
There were 12 respondents to this group of questions. The universal consensus is that yes, GROW does a good job of presenting opportunities to participate in meetings, as well as good participation.
Summary of Responses to Question 8: Are we mindful that holding office is a great responsibility not to be viewed as the outcome of a popularity contest; are we choosing our officers with care?
Of the 11 respondents, all agreed that those who hold office do so with a sense of responsibility. Three women noted that the pool of volunteers for TS positions is a small one, with one person summarizing: We do not really choose our officers. Rather, we encourage people to volunteer for Trusted Servant positions. For several years, we’ve struggled to fill all of the positions. So, we are grateful to accept those who do volunteer to serve GROW.
Summary of Responses to Question 9: Does the group do its fair share toward participating in the purpose of A.A. – as it relates to our “Three Legacies” of Recovery, Unity and Service?
Ten respondents agreed that GROW does do its fair share in focusing on the primary goal of Recovery. One person was uncertain as to how we support Unity & notes an emphasis on Service over the last several years in light of the challenge of filling all TS positions consistently.
Summary of Responses to Question 10: As a group, do we remain informed about AA as a whole? Do we support, in every way we can AA as a whole or just the parts we understand and approve of?
Seven women responded. For the most part, respondents think that GROW does a good job with remaining informed and supporting AA. However, one GROW member reported spotty interest in connecting with OIAA (Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous), pointing out that many GROW members are connected and knowledgeable about how AA works. Another comment reported that the General Services Representative (GSR) job was vacant for a year (October ’21-’22), making our connection with AA problematic. She also said that both the GSR and OIAA positions are filled for the October ’22-’23 term.
Summary of Responses to Question 11: Are we considerate of all our members?
Seven women responded. They agreed that the GROW meeting is consistently free of conflict or subjects outside of the AA program. One respondent pointed out that one of our founding principles is to avoid open conflict in our meeting and that there are procedures in place to ensure that all GROW members are treated with respect.
Summary of Responses to Question 12: As a group, have we done a thorough and fearless inventory, or have we missed an important element?
Seven women responded. Everyone who responded to this question felt that GROW does a fearless and thorough Group Inventory and that the questions cover the most important elements of an AA group. One woman reported that we failed to conduct an inventory in 2018, as called for by Group Conscience Decision (every two years). She also said that how thorough the inventory is depends on the number of members who respond to the 12 questions, potentially limiting the effectiveness of the inventory.
Responses to Questions
- The purpose of this group is to support alcoholic women who are searching for sobriety, & to help us all maintain our sobriety. Be a safe place for alcoholic women to express their feelings, & for others to reply compassionately from their experience, strength, & hope. Provide non-judgmental support for all.
- To function as other AA meetings, helping to carry the message of AA to alcoholics, helping alcoholics reach and maintain sobriety.
- To carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic and to provide a place to renew our commitment to sobriety through service and sharing.
- To carry the message and help other alcoholic women get and stay sober. This includes addressing the quality of sobriety by helping them understand and work the program.
- To bring the AA message to all people who want to stop drinking in an online format making it accessible to those who may find other meetings difficult to attend, or to supplement them. In the process, GROW will help members maintain sobriety one day at a time.
- To provide a safe place for women alcoholics to meet, support and share their experience, strength and hope to achieve and maintain their own sobriety and to pass the message along to those still suffering.
- This is a forum of women recovering from alcoholism who share their experience, strength and hope with one another on a weekly basis. We are here to support one another in our recovery.
- The purpose of any AA group is to be there for the alcoholic who still suffers from this dreaded disease of Alcoholism. In GROW we are given a safe space to do the work of maintaining our own sobriety by doing service work, sharing, and reaching out to other alcoholics.
- To carry the AA message to alcoholics who adhere to the Third Tradition.
- to carry the message to the suffering alcoholic.
- To carry the message of AA… To help women recover from a hopeless state of mind.
- To carry the AA message to all alcoholics. Our primary purpose is to stay sober ( one day at the time ) and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
- Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
- Our primary purpose is to provide a safe and welcoming place to recover and, because this is a “we” program, connect with other alcoholics.
- The purpose of this group and meeting is to help other alcoholics to stay sober and to be able to share their thoughts and feelings on things helping them to stay sober.
- It is to help women stay sober. Speaking from my personal experience, GROW was the first place I turned when I thought I might have a drinking problem but was intimidated to go to a meeting because I was afraid of being branded one (clearly, I know better now). It is also helpful for me as an introvert to collect my thoughts and share them with you in writing.
- To support women who are looking for a solution to their problem with alcohol. For me, this was a group that I found when living and working in China. I did not have access to skype meetings or in person meetings where I was living. This email format was a lifesaver for me. As a sober member it allowed me to stay connected to AA! This format for AA is also a lifeline for those who are physically unable to easily access meetings. Congratulations to the founders for the wonder of it all!
- To carry the message.
- To collectively share experience, strength and hope in meetings and to share and use program steps, traditions, and literature to recover from our common disease of alcoholism.
- To virtually carry the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic.
- That being said, I am wondering if a Mission Statement for GROW might be appropriate as this time and going forward. I say this because I believe it would provide clarity not only to the new member but would provide additional focus and expanded unity for the GROW community.
- To share our ESH with other alcoholics that we may recover from our common disease of alcoholism.
- To carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous; to help another alcoholic to achieve sobriety.
- I personally am satisfied with how our group functions, although GROW is in need of more participation in the weekly shares as well as trusted servant volunteers.
- I believe we do an excellent job. We provide a working structure within the AA program, reach out to newcomers, provide AA literature opportunities and have a good process for deciding things within the group.
- Honestly, I think we do an awful lot to carry the message. If there is more we could do, it would probably be limited by the lack of people willing to become Trusted Servants. Several TSs have direct contact with women who needs support – whether through sponsorship, recognizing anniversaries, or immediate support in specific circumstances. If we created another Trusted Servant position to support our members directly, I fear no one would volunteer for it.
- I have thought a lot about this and am not sure. Word of mouth has been one reliable source as well as knowledge of GROW on the internet. It may well be that we can make this group more visible to the now AAers who also use Zoom. To clarify these 2 groups are not mutually exclusive.
- I can’t think of anything. This group has many topics from general topics to steps or traditions and there is the invitation to share whatever is on one’s mind.
- Sponsors are listed. Friendships and connections are available and made.
- Don’t think anything further is needed, there is a webpage from which new members can join. Personally, I told many women about the group. We are after all, a program of attraction, not promotion.
- I think we do an excellent job of carrying the message. Our meetings are regular, we offer other topics like the Steps, the Traditions, and the Grapevine to share on. Our members are kind and polite to one another and we have regular business meetings to discuss ways GROW is or isn’t working and we abide by the group conscience.
- I don’t believe there is anything more we can do as it’s a program of attraction, not promotion. As another member stated, women/those identifying as women will find us through word-of-mouth or an online search if they want to be part of an online AA group. As for carrying the message to members, we do that through our shares, notifying members of our sponsor list, welcoming newcomers, holding business meetings, and so on.
- I believe the group does a great job of making it possible to carry the message, as evidenced by “group etiquette” reminders, mentors, adhering to 3rd tradition, spirit of rotation, business meetings, and online presence (Intergroup/website).
- I think for this format, we truly are doing all we can. It’s a program of attraction, not promotion.
- Since I am new to this group I can only share my short time experience.
- From where I am standing this group is very structured, clear, supportive and welcoming.
- Thanks to all trusted servants, who have freely given their sobriety, time and energy to serve this group. And thanks to all of you who frequently share.
- I believe we do all that we can, at least in my limited experience, to carry the message. I regularly attend two online meetings & they both seem to operate in a similar fashion.
- Of the two meetings, this one does have a more limited participation rate. Could sponsors more proactively encourage their sponsees to share? or serve?
- Or each of us more proactively encourage our accountability partners, women with whom we exchange gratitude lists, or something similar? Can we do a better job of reaching out with our appreciation & kudos to those who have shared?
- I ditto the thoughts shared…
- I would like to see more sharing from more members. Some weeks there are days when not a single share is posted, or at the end of the week there’s been maybe 10 or 15 shares. From over 300 members. I realise personal circumstances may prevent some from sharing but it takes a lot of service work to keep the wheels of GROW turning and sharing the message is about ensuring AA is there for the next person, and is a way of practicing gratitude for my sobriety.
- Carrying the message happens through hearing others share and through sponsorship. Anyone is welcome to listen but I wouldn’t be here today sober if I had gone to meetings where 95% of the group sat and listened.
- Is the Sponsor List, the Temporary Mentor and the 12th Step List proactive enough in getting alongside newcomers in GROW and actively sharing the message of the program and the actions it involves in beginning the program and staying sober a day at a time with AA?
- Keeping it simple. Maybe simple-er. Fewer or shorter monthly emails from trusted servants. We have very few issues with people being mean or inappropriate. This is a strength! How can we maintain this? For me this is the reason GROW feels so safe.
- Personally a I have been with this group many years and I have learned so very much from their shares to a the group I don’t know anymore they could do.
- I really don’t know the answer to that. That said, I know that on a personal level, there is more I can do to recommend GROW as a resource to women in my world (family, friends, neighbors) who believe they might have a drinking problem. I live in a small town and one of the issues I faced early in my recovery is going to a meeting where I would encounter someone I know — what would I do? Would they “out” me? Would I be able to share authentically with someone
- I knew from outside the program? (Again, I know better now but these were some barriers I put in the way of my recovery.)
- Well, perhaps we are not conveying enough information regarding the importance of service work. And maybe, just maybe that is why we are having difficulty fill service positions. I am not sure of this, but I see it in Zoom meetings as well (As for recovery, I believe this group does a terrific job in giving hope to the new members.
- I think that Step Study Meetings and Big Book Meetings as opposed to random general topics would help us to get back to basics and be more effective in carrying the message. If I were new to this group I wouldn’t even know where to start. So maybe even assigning new people a welcome sponsor, or a big sister to give them more information about actually working the program.
- The only thing I can think of is hold more than one meeting a week or perhaps offer a monthly zoom meeting.
- Additionally; more people could choose to participate but that is voluntary.
- This is hard to answer because I don’t know what the turnover rate is. I do notice when newcomers stick around, but it’s possible many have left and I’m not aware. Our membership number fluctuates up and down a bit but overall seems to be steady in the last few months.
- Turnover is the sad truth of this program. This is a self diagnosed disease and people aren’t ready until they are ready. We plant the seed and are here for them if they want what we have. We provide a safe and loving place here at GROW.
- I don’t know whether members generally stick with us or leave us soon after signing up. I do see messages asking to be taken off the list from time to time, but I can’t know when someone just stops sharing or writing to the group. I can see people who stay with us, and I think a lot of our new members do stay.
- I’m assuming those women get what they need from GROW. There are a lot of women in GROW who never share and seldom write to the group. While I’d love to change that, I don’t know how. I think we’d help more alcoholic women if more of us were visible, but I can’t make that happen on my own.
- I really do not have a good sense for the turnover rate though I do notice that so many members are not participating regularly. I am wondering if directing a question to all members asking what is the biggest reason(s) standing in the way of participation? It is essential, in my view, that we increase participation.
- I don’t see how many people unsubscribe from GROW. It seems that for the number of members – not a very high percentage share. I don’t know if they are still members and just read the shares or left the group.
- I was shocked when I learned recently that there are nearly 300 members. Out of that only 12-25 share on a regular basis. Seems to me a better question would be to figure out how to get more members involved.
- This is a question that is difficult to answer. I’m not sure it is even one we should be asking. The turnover of new members in any AA group is such a volatile number. I know from personal experience, I tried many different groups in the beginning before I found what I was looking for. Even today, when I attend a ‘new to me meeting, I may or may not continue with that group. All groups are not a good fit for every AA member.
- I think the more important question might be is the turnover of long-term members of GROW excessive? Even that would be difficult to determine. People leave for a myriad of reasons. If we are doing a good job of carrying the message and making new members feel welcome I think we are accomplishing our purpose.
- As others have noted, I don’t know what the turnover is so I can’t comment on this. But my feeling is that we can’t compel anyone to remain a member; they either want to stay or want to leave the group. And who’s to say leaving our group is a bad decision for anyone? Leaving the group doesn’t necessarily mean leaving AA and even if it did, we have no control over what another person chooses to do. The issue for me, and others it would seem, is increasing members’ participation. Although as with members leaving the group, we cannot compel anyone to share or volunteer to be a Trusted Servant – we have to want to do those things. It’s in our best interests to do these things, but how many of us always do what’s in our best interests? I know I don’t. Turnover in AA is huge – we know this – so it’s no surprise if/that our membership constantly fluctuates. Participation is what’s key, for me, but I really don’t know that we can do anything more than what we’ve already tried as far as getting more members to participate. A member either wants to or she doesn’t, it’s that simple. After all, the only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.
- Unsure about this question. I like [this] response [below]…
- Like others said, I don’t know there’s any way to answer this accurately, so I’ll share my thoughts…. There have been a lot of women join and I know there’s a hundreds on the “list.” I’m happy to hear from those that choose to participate. I’m grateful for the people that stick and stay and all who share.
Again, since I am new to this group I can only draw form own ( short time ) experiences.
- Shortly after I joined grow, I found a sponsor in this lovely group of women.
- An accountability partner and a group whit whom I can share my daily gratitude list.
- I started off with finding a sponsor, daily handing in step 1 work, with following my sponsor’s suggestions, reading all incoming grow shares and attending frequently face to face meetings in my area.
- Thanks to all incoming answers to these three questions, have made me all the more aware of how important it is that I participate more often.
- I don’t know if or how we can gather this data. We only know they’ve left when women ask to be removed from the list. Those who simply ghost, how are we to know? How is this managed in a traditional f2f group?
- I see a lot of new members coming in and then don’t hear from them in the meeting. It seems less of a problem with retention and more of a problem with participation.
- I honestly don’t know if new members stay with us or for how long if they do but I agree that not that many share and I can be one of them but only because
- I am going through medical issues.
- Being a data nerd, I am confident we can answer that data by looking at our overall membership, the number of women who request information in a given month, and if they participate in a month. But that type of analysis might feel “big motherly.” That said, as someone who has had the privilege of serving as a greeter for the past few months, I note that there are certainly more women to whom I send an introductory message each week than those who end up responding to that message.
- I have never thought turnover was excessive, and as others have mentioned I really don’t know how to measure this. In fact, it seems like we have more new members sharing since the Covid lock downs than we did before. As many others have shared it would be nice to have more women share. I live where I have access to lots of women’s meetings, and I participate in Zoom meetings 5-6 days a week and just don’t write as much as I used to.
- I have no idea.
- I do not find turnover excessive. I do find it perplexing how many subscribers we have versus active participants in the group.
- I ditto the comment above, turnover seems normal compared to f2f groups I’ve had as my home group in the past, but I find it a mystery why we have such a large membership and so few active participants sharing and doing service work. I respect the Third Tradition that says the only requirement for membership is a desire to stay sober, however I’ve been shown to give back to AA what was freely given to me so that it’s here for the next new person coming in. I’ve been taught in AA that gratitude is an action so for me, when I’m grateful to read someone’s share I try to share also and include my note of thanks in my share. We could do a roll call? That way we’d know the current list contains members who still actively want to remain part of GROW?
- I think by its very nature all forums of recovery are pretty transient. I don’t think this has to do with GROW per se, this is more an individual process of finding what meetings resonate with each of us. Additionally, not everyone who comes to meetings stays sober. I do think GROW does well on the welcoming side. So if there is a high turnover it would be more that it’s not a good fit for whatever reason. For example, someone might come here, find out about meetings and how they operate, and then decide they are ready to try face-to-face meetings.
- Even though it’s hard to accurately gather information on AA rates of retention and “staying sober” I’ve read estimates and it’s just not a very high number of people that stick with AA and/or stay sober. Perhaps GROW retention rates are reflective of AA in general. I know when Nancy and I did the last recall the numbers of members that never responded and were unsubscribed was astonishing to us. There were also a large group of ladies that were unsubscribed and then emailed and asked to be resubscribed. That would indicate that they don’t read GROW emails regularly and thus missed the several notices of the Roll Call but still wanted to be part of the group. I’m not sure that this is helpful; I’m just guessing that we’re not all that different than AA writ large. Perhaps it’s just more noticeable because we have these “stats” that you don’t have with the traditional meeting formats.
- Part I: Do we emphasize the importance of sponsorship? Yes: 12 Not sure: 2 No answer: 1
- Part II: How effectively? Effective: 5 Not sure: 5 No answer: 5
- Part III: How can we do better?
- Perhaps more members can include in their shares the ways we utilize our sponsors or ways we work with our sponsees and how this benefits us.
- Letting members know (especially AA newcomers) that sponsors get as much out of sponsoring as the sponsees do. This might help members who are hesitant to ask someone to sponsor them.
- Collectively try to be more mindful that we’re living road maps that a sick and suffering woman needs help to navigate through AA and through the Steps.
- I believe we should send a monthly or bimonthly email outlining the importance of sponsorship with a link to the pamphlet and possibly highlighting pertinent information from the reading.
- Perhaps mention in our weekly meeting script that sponsors are available
- Not sure or no comment: 10
Question 5: Are we careful to preserve the anonymity of our group members and other A.A.’s outside the meeting rooms? Do we leave the confidences they share at meetings behind?
Yes: 15 (only two members commented specifically on Part II but in general, members felt very safe regarding their anonymity and comments not being shared)
Question 6, Part I: Do we take the time to explain to all members the value to the group of following our guidelines of e-mail etiquette? As a member, am I familiar with and do I follow these guidelines?
- Explain to all members value of our guidelines: Yes: 15
- Members familiar with and follow the guidelines: Yes: 15
- GROW does an amazing job encouraging participation by all in sharing and joining in any and all activities and roles in the group.
I think GROW is doing fine in all these areas.
- Being an online meeting everyone is encouraged to share their ESH on any of the topics, or to create their own (off topic) conversation.
- Grow does an excellent job of this in my opinion. No one is excluded and everyone has the opportunity to be heard.
- Yes, all members are given the opportunity to speak and participate.
- Yes. And it’s encouraged.
- Yes. Members are encouraged to share.
- Even with the shortage of volunteers, I think we still do a good job of choosing officers (Trusted Servants) with care.
- I would say yes, definitely, with the email format all members are encouraged to share and participate.
- Yes. We encourage our members to share on topic, about the Tradition of the month, about the Grapevine featured article, and off topic when they need to.
- We also encourage members to participate in our business meetings and to lead weekly meetings.
- Holding the office of Trust Servant in GROW is the most a-political process I have ever encountered. It is a major motivation for us to step up and become part of this service opportunity.
- I think GROW is doing fine in all these areas.
- It took me 30 years to be willing but I am trying to do my part now. Since we don’t have group conscience meetings there are no electors to choose from. At
- Grow it is purely a question of whether someone is willing to accept the responsibilities. No popularity contest here.
- The people who serve seem to grasp the importance of these positions and the AA purpose. I can honestly say I have not seen any significant issues.
- Unfortunately where we seem to have an issue is that only a small pool of members are volunteering.
- Thus far the women I’ve worked with and observed do take the responsibility of holding a TS position seriously. Since we currently experience a shortage of volunteers to fill some positions, it doesn’t seem we have the luxury to be choosey of officers. But I don’t see a negative impact, those doing the work appear to get the job done.
- Yes, we have a spirit of rotation and group of women who volunteer for positions. I joined the group in 2010 and have never noticed any preference in service work.
- I think all members who take office positions are aware of the responsibility of that position. All are encouraged to consider taking a service position and are well supported in that position.
- Yes. Also encouraged. I know for me that the more I’m of service here at grow or in my other group, the less likely I am to leave. Perhaps some ladies here feel they’re not qualified or equipped to take on a service position… but that’s your lower power talking. For sure. There’s always someone here to help. I believe we do.
- Yes, I believe the process GROW uses makes sure the trusted servants are selected with care. They are all volunteers and do a wonderful job.
- We do not really choose our officers. Rather, we encourage people to volunteer for Trusted Servant positions. For several years, we’ve struggled to fill all of the positions. So, we are grateful to accept those who do volunteer to serve GROW.
- GROW goes to great lengths to be active in the whole of AA. It is a carefully crafted group touching on all aspects of AA and its worldwide message. I have been around a long time but I have never experienced a group doing a group inventory because it so often got sidelined by personalities who saw it as a blame game. I am so very proud of GROW.
- I think GROW is doing fine in all these areas.
- I would say that Grow does a nice job of fulfilling the 3 legacies.
- I think Grow does an excellent job. Our main goal is to help other alcoholics and we are organized in such a way that this is done without distraction.
- Yes. Very much so. I’m so grateful for this group.
- Our group does its fair share toward participating in the purpose of A.A. through an informed group conscience, adherence to step and service work, GSR participation to remain informed, and having a voice in the service structure through online Intergroup.
- I believe yes, we offer sponsorship, we cover the steps and traditions and service in our meetings, we offer opportunities to be of service, we have OIAA and GSR activity.
- I believe that GROW is committed to fulfilling AA’s purpose. Our primary focus is that of Recovery. We have Trusted Servant positions designed to support every member in their recovery, and our meeting topics deal with all aspects of recovery. I’m not sure how we support Unity, but I know that we adhere to the 12 Traditions. Especially in the last few years, we have focused more on Service because we haven’t filled all Trusted Servant positions. We devote a weekly meeting to service twice a year and emphasize how service is an important part of recovery.
- I believe that we are in full compliance with all of AA’s guidelines and keep up to date on AA compliance, this group survey being one of the issues.
- I believe that as a group we strive to support AA as a whole, as best as our group consciousness allows.
- We have had spotty interest in connecting with AA online inter group: however many of the women here are connected and certainly knowledgeable about how AA works.
- I believe we do. We have service positions to keep us in touch with AA as a whole – GSR, OIAA Rep, Grapevine Rep. We also financially support AA by way of our bi-annual donations to GSO and OIAA!
- I see no issues here, GROW does an excellent job in this regard.
- Because our GSR position was vacant from October 2021 through October 2022, we did not have the usual connection to AA’s General Services Office.
- Our OIAA Representative has agreed to cover the GSR position, as approved in our 2012 Group Conscience decision. So, while we had a period with very limited contact with GSO, that problem is solved for the 2022-2023 term. Otherwise, GROW adheres faithfully to AA’s 12 Traditions.
- In my view, GROW is exceptional in its consideration of all members and that is a major reason I continue as a member and value it so much.
- Speaking for myself, absolutely, & I believe that’s our goal as a group, as well.
- We’ve had so few problems with disruptive or disrespectful behavior in this meeting—as far as I can tell. I imagine this implies we’re considerate of all—there are so many ways to connect and good adherence to boundaries, which are clear, etc.
- Absolutely. I am always impressed with how rare it is to see/read something out of line with the spirit of AA in our group. When there is an occurrence, it is taken care of behind the scenes without drama.
- Yes. I have been a member of other groups where quite frankly, this was an ongoing issue. We are conducted in a respectful manner toward all.
- One of GROW’s founding principles is to avoid open conflict in our weekly meeting. There are procedures in place for addressing conflicts that might arise. I believe we have done everything we can to ensure that each individual member of GROW is treated with respect. We have also created several Trusted Servant positions that directly support our members, particularly members new to AA.
- I can only congratulate GROW on its thorough group inventory and the willingness to participate in its own self-analysis. This can only result in making GROW even better over time.
- We’re doin’ it!
- I can’t think of anything we missed in this inventory.
- I have questions about what is meant by ‘element’, but I do believe GROW is honest and thorough in keeping with AA traditions.
- I believe our inventory covers the most important elements of an AA group.
- This survey is an excellent example, we are doing everything possible. Everyone has a voice should they wish to express their opinion.
- In 2018, GROW failed to conduct a Group Inventory as called for in a 2014 Group Conscience Decision. So, I don’t think we can give ourselves an “A” on this item.
- For 2022, we have done as fearless and thorough group inventory as is possible. Thoroughness, however, is dependent on our members’ participation in the process. When few people respond to the inventory questions, the results of the inventory may be limited.