“Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.”
– Tradition 5
Taking its lead from the Traditions and history of Alcoholics anonymous, the proposed Central California Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous has but one primary purpose and one primary function.
Our Single Purpose
The Central California Council of Alcoholics Anonymous shall exist solely to carry the message of A.A. to the alcoholic who still suffers. First and foremost is the newcomer, or prospective newcomer, the man or woman, teen or even child, who knows they cannot continue to drink, but cannot imagine being able to stop. For some, they do not yet admit they cannot continue to drink, but are bewildered by where alcohol has taken them. Second, it includes those who have tried A.A. and left, for whatever reason, and may now be ready to give it another try. Finally, it includes every sober member of A.A. who is only sober today, regardless of how many days or years he or she has been sober. Even sober members of A.A. suffer, because we are not perfect and because life continues to challenge us. The Big Book tells us clearly, “We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities.”
One Single Function
A major source of A.A.’s strength is it’s diversity of roles and resources. Beginning with one alcoholic talking to another, we form groups, fellowships, Intergroups, Central Offices, Districts, Areas, committees, Councils, Roundups and the General Service Office. We have formed national and international conferences. There is no need in Central California to replicate most of that or to “rediscover the wheel.” We are choosing to follow the experience and success of other regions by focusing our outreach into periodic Roundups and Conferences, uniting the energies of members from throughout the vast reaches of the Central Valley and Central Coast, creating large events to “carry the message” in big ways so that those who need the message cannot miss it.
By getting “into action” together in Central California, we hope to empower and strengthen all AA members, groups and entities in Central California. We want to show each other, as we do with individual alcoholics, that we are not alone and do not have to achieve sobriety in isolation. Central California is “centrally located,” but it is not “the middle of nowhere.” We have vibrant communities, rich culture, hard working people, lots of people who struggle with alcohol, and many, many who have found the miracle of sobriety in A.A.