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Self Support

The Seventh Tradition, Long Form, of Alcoholics Anonymous (copyright AA World Services, Inc.; reprinted with permission) is as follows:

“The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise. Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.”

Meeting hosting at the Online Alano Club is not free. Someone is paying for it. The Online Alano Club makes every effort to help new groups and meetings get started. No money is required up front, and no invoices will be sent. However, in the spirit of the Seventh Tradition, we encourage you to become self-supporting.

If your group will have multiple meetings, need more than one venue, or have many scores or even hundreds of members, then we suggest that you use the Online Alano Club’s Hosting Services. As with single-meeting hosting, there is no charge to get started with a complete web site. Suggested contributions for those services vary depending on your needs. The costs are minimal.

Each A.A. group is a spiritual entity. Being self-supporting is part of the spiritual health of a group.

The Online Alano Club will not automatically discontinue services if a group is unable to contribute for extended periods of time. However, should server or other resources become overextended, services for noncontributing groups may be discontinued.

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