Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Circle and Triangle Question

Recently, the use of the circle and triangle symbol on our flyers was brought into question. We talked about this at our last business meeting. Here is what we decided to do:

1. Our monthly speaker meeting is a meeting as defined by Tradition 3 “Any 2 or 3 alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an AA group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.” Since we are a group, we will register with GSO.

2. Having named entertainment on our flyers could be interpreted as “affiliation”. In the future, we will not name entertainment on our flyers. For example – for our January event we are having the Redding Improve Players provide entertainment. Our flyer calls out the Redding Improv Players as being our January entertainment. This could be “affiliation”. Instead, the group decided it would be better to say that “improv comedy” will follow our speaker meeting. This same ideal will apply to DJs and all other entertainment.

Here is the history of the circle and triange symbol to the best of my knowledge:

AA did have that it as their legal symbol from 1955 to 1994. After 1994 they let their rights to the symbol go and the logo is now free for anyone to use.

Here is an excerpt from the AA web site:

"Q: What is the story behind the Circle and Triangle logo?

A: The Circle and Triangle symbol has long been connected to the A.A. Fellowship. It was adopted as an official A.A. symbol at the International Convention in St. Louis in 1955, and from that point on was widely used in the Fellowship. For the Fellowship, the three legs of the triangle represented the Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service, and the circle symbolized the world of A.A. In Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, Bill W.’s 1955 speech, in which he describes the adoption of the symbol, is printed:

'Above us floats a banner on which is inscribed the new symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands for A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service. Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal obsession. That we have chose this particular symbol is perhaps no accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off the spirits of evil, and A.A.’s circle and triangle of Recovery, Unity, and Service has certainly meant all of that to us and much more.' (p. 139)

Nevertheless, in the early 1990s, A.A.W.S. decided to phase out the use of the Circle and Triangle symbol on its literature, letterhead and other material. It was decided to phase out the “official” or “legal” use of the Circle and Triangle symbol, and in 1994 the General Service Conference resolved that the logo be discontinued on all Conference-approved literature. However, the symbol is still associated with Alcoholics Anonymous (and other kinds of 12-Step recovery fellowships) and has a special meaning for AA members all over the world."

Taken from: http://www.aa.org/subpage.cfm?page=287

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Improv in January

Bingo was great! Folks came together, as always. Thanks to our speakers and to all those who contributed.

We took inventory at our last business meeting. We will review our inventory throughout the year so that we can better serve the alcoholic who still suffers.

We will have an improv group after our speaker meeting in January. Come out and be a part of. Flyer is at the bottom of the page.

ACYPAA is right around the corner. Time to start planning for the trip and our bid to get the conference to Redding.

I am grateful to be a part of this group!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Good Inventory, on to Bingo

We had a great turn out for you group inventory on Sunday. We are doing a great job carrying the message! We still have room to grow and learn. Each of us is a roll model of the principals in action.

Our next speaker meeting is coming up - December 13 at the Alano Club! With Bingo to follow. $5 suggested donation will get you bingo cards. Winners will get prizes that were donated by members or purchased by REDYPAA. If you would like to donate, please contact Julie T.

January we will have a speaker (hopefully from SOCYPAA) followed by an Improv Comedy show.

Our numbers are growing. I'm grateful to be part of such a great fellowship. We are an amazing group; an excellent example of what God can create!
Tanks for the opportunity to be of service.
Have a great Thanksgiving,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

December Event (will be on the 13th, 8:00, Alano)

REDYPAA- you rock! The November event -Football- was a blast. It was great to see so many alcoholics come together for fun and fellowship.

THANK YOU ACYPAA, CHICYPAA, SOCYPAA, and Red Bluff! You are truly inspiring. Excellent demonstration of going to any lengths to carry the message. This event would not have been successful without you. Please come back next year to get your trophy back.

And thanks to Shannon and Paul for sharing your stories. They moved me...I love getting goosebumps at a meeting. The connection and identification keep me coming back. We continue to attract new members and I am grateful that they can come in and hear stories like yours.

On to DECEMBER and BINGO! There is a flyer for the event at the bottom of the page. It will be on December 13th at the Alano club. 1050 State Street. Meeting is at 8:00, bingo will start at 10:00. $5 suggested donation will get you 3 bingo cards. Extra cards are $1 each. Prizes purchased by REDYPAA or donated by our members will be given out to the winners. And for the real winners - another day of sobriety will be granted by your higher power.
In Love and Service,

P.S. It took the group to make this event work. Having said that....special thanks to Jason who was instramental and put a lot of work into this one. He got the field, and the REDYPAA team, ready to play.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Flag Football Tomorrow

Flag Football is almost here!

The game is at 56 Quartz Hill Rd. 3:00.


The meeting will be at 8:00 at the Alano club - 1050 State St.

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to put this event together. You guys did a great job!