If you have any meetings updates or changes please contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Webchair@santafeaa.org with the information.”
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
5. Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.
12.Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and selfpity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
— Pages 83-84 of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
God, I offer myself to Thee- To build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!
— Page 63 of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
My Creator, I am now willing that You should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do Your bidding. Amen
— Page 76 of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
A Vision For You
Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you—until then.
— Page 164 of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
An Open Letter to the Sober Community of Santa Fe
The Covid19 crisis has hit all of us hard – especially those of us in the AA sober community. Not being able to attend our regular meetings, have coffee or dinner with sober brothers and sisters, doing step work on-line, has indeed made this a trying time.
While ZOOM meetings have become the norm for many of us, and help to keep us sober, there are other areas of AA that are in dire need of your help. Our Seventh Tradition States:
Every AA Group ought to be fully self-supporting
declining outside contributions
Many people believe that because we are attending Zoom meetings there is no cost involved. This is simply not the case.
In normal times, at regular meetings, we pass the basket to help defray the costs of meeting expenses like coffee, donuts, literature and chips. Please remember that the Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service most groups take any extra funds they collect and send them to Central Office, District Office and National Office among others. These donations are vital as they are the only way we are able to pay rent, purchase literature and keep the phones and websites operational so that those looking for recovery, or another alcoholic, can find them.
Unfortunately it has to easy for many of us to “forget” about the 7th Tradition. It’s no longer as easy to throw a dollar or two into the basket. Because of this, the AA National Office has had to draw down $3 million from its prudent reserve to keep the office operational. The Santa Fe Central Office has also felt the impact. As things stand, your Central Office has enough cash in its prudent reserve to keep things operational for approximately six more months. If we do not continue to receive donations from our members, we will be faced with the difficult decision of potentially closing the office.
Our Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service
It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but also their intergroup/central office, local services, district, area, and the General Service Office
remain self-supporting, keeping A.A. free of outside influences
The Central Office of Santa Fe has made it easy to contribute. You can either send a check to:
AA Central Office of Santa Fe
PO Box 6456
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Or you can use your smart phone – point your camera at one of these QR Codes and it will take you directly to our Paypal or Venmo site where you can make a donation with your credit or debit card.
As Bill Wilson told us:
“Every A.A. member wants every alcoholic in the world to have the chance that he has had. Every A.A. member wants unity for our movement. Every A.A. member wants the good opinion of medicine, religion and the general public. We know we must have these things or the new man may never get his chance.”
“The Intergroup associations are the best insurance we can have that our life lines to the hundreds of thousands yet to come will never break or tangle. Let us always be generous. Let us warmly support Intergroup.”
A.A co-founder Bill W., 1949
P.O. Box 23080
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Make checks payable to:
“Santa Fe AA General Fund”
|Central Office of Santa Fe
P.O. Box 6456
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6456
Make checks payable to:
P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Make checks payable to:
“General Service Board”
|Area 46 Treasurer
PO BOX 587
EL PRADO NM 87529
Make checks payable to:
Or, Click 2020 District 2 Online Schedule for a PDF list of virtual meetings
Read the Grapevine - now more than ever
AA District 2 Monthly Meetings
2nd Thursday each month, 6:30 pm The Friendship Club, 1316 Apache Ave
2020 Schedule – Feb 3, Apr 6, June 1, Aug 3, Oct 5, Dec 7
All are encouraged to attend