Public Information Committee

Our Area46 PI Committee

Helps alcoholics by informing the general public about the A.A. program – “what AA does and does not do”.  If you are sober and have a desire to serve, you can help! When they’ve had enough, we want A.A. to be there in the yellow pages, on the bus signs, etc. – and that’s the service of our Public Information committee.
Chair: Melissa R pi@nm-aa.org

Latest Public Information Report – April 2018

Greetings Everybody,

I was very happy to see all of you that attended the PI committee meeting. I felt that we had a really good meeting.  Here is the report from our meeting.

We started the meeting with a moment of silence followed by the Serenity Prayer.  We had 23 people in attendance with the majority of districts being represented. We did introductions, followed by a question and answer session. Which I felt was very informative for the committee as a whole.

We had 2 agenda subtopics, so we broke up the room into 2 groups.

Subtopic B- Review the 2018 P.I Comprehensive Media Plan.

Everyone in that group felt that the change of the text would be good and that the committee would constantly review placing current and anonymous PSA’s on Google.

Subtopic F-Consider revisions to the pamphlet ” A brief guide to Alcoholics Anonymous” which would update Language, Contact Information, and information prevalence and severity of alcoholism and add information related to safety in A.A.

The group came to a unanimous agreement that adding a website would be good and that the safety addition is very important. As per the security, it was addressed but not discussed because the group felt it was not needed as an addition to this pamphlet.

I just wanted to thank everyone who attended and everyone for allowing me to serve. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone.

 

 

 

PI-Chair Melissa R
pi@nm-aa.org

Literature Order Form in English
Paquete De Descuento in Español

What We Do

A.A.’s Public Information Committee carries the message by getting in touch with:

  • Media
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Physicians
  • Police
  • Schools
  • Clergy & Churches
  • Senior Centers
  • Spiritual Centers
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Factories
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • Bus Signs
  • General Public
  • A.A. Fellowship
  • Camp Grounds

Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information Committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media.

Why We Do It

The first Public Information Committee in A.A. was formed by the General Service Board in 1956. At that time, the following statement of “A.A.’s movement-wide public information policy” was written and approved at the General Service Conference:

In all public relations, A.A.’s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity we believe this can be done by making known to him and to those who may be interested in his problems, our own experience as individuals and as a Fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problems of alcoholism.

How We Do It

Some Public Information projects:

  • Placing Conference approved books, e.g. the Big Book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions in public libraries.
  • Placing literature racks/books in high schools, treatment centers, hospitals, jails and libraries and locations, and keeping the racks stocked with appropriate literature and meeting schedules.
  • Sending letters to high schools, offering A.A. literature and/or a presentation on A.A. -what we do and we do not do.
  • Responding to speaking requests at non-A.A. meetings in the district.
  • Speaking at A.A. home groups to spread the word about P.I. and how it helps us fulfill our primary purpose.
  • Participating in booths and literature at local health, country, and state fairs.
  • Placing meeting schedules in public locations where relevant.
  • Speaking at non-AA related events where we can tell the general public what AA does and does not do – including on radio, court-ordered DUI classes and in treatment centers.

How You Can Help

The Public Information Committee needs all types of volunteers, from the shy to the bold:

  • We need members to help plan events, to stuff envelopes, and to fill literature racks in libraries, schools, and other public locations.
  • We need members to contact police stations, hospitals, and senior centers about placing literature and schedules in their facilities.
  • We need members who would like to learn to speak to groups or as part of a panel, and who are excited at the prospect of going to our high schools and colleges.

Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information Committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media.

To become a volunteer or to find out more about Area 46 P.I. work, contact pi@nm-aa.org.

Check out Public Info Committee at GSO – AA.org

Our Workbook at GSO online for PI – AA.org

Read about the PI Committee – ‘What We Do’ in this pdf file

Read an article about PI/CPC in Las Cruces from Box 459 in this pdf file

Read the Public Information workbook at GSO (aa.org)

AA Guidelines for Public Information from GSO PDF 


Latest News:

COMING UP

On April 28, 2018, I will be attending the Grants Health Fair located at the Grants High School.  If anyone is interested in attending, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

If anyone has any information about upcoming Health fairs in their districts or would like any information about holding a workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact me at either my Cell phone 505-423-0442 or email me at PI@nm-aa.org

Volunteers are wanted to be active members of the Area PI Committee. Contact me. ( PI@nm-aa.org ) 

 

 

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