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: Jerry F.,  pi@nm-aa.org

First Public Information Report – January 2020

Greetings All,

This is my first post for the year for me as the P.I. Chair and am not wishing to change much here on this medium, but I am hoping to change how the word gets out to “the still suffering alcoholic.” I am currently doing some fact-finding and checking out funding alternatives for that to happen. I am already scheduling to attend a GSO sponsored event at the Buffalo Thunder in April and eventually numerous health fairs around the state.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year, so far.  P I is already off to a slow start, in gathering information and contacts to press, radio and television stations here so far, but looking to have a  busy year. I look forward to seeing everyone on “the road to happy destiny” here in the Area as I plan on attending a lot of events as possible.

I plan on hosting A PI workshop in a few months. As soon as I can get a set date, I will let everyone know. I would greatly appreciate any and all help in planning the workshop. I have no idea where to begin, but I’m hoping I can rope former PI Chairs into giving me their secrets in this endeavor so we can all work the Twelfth Step and Fifth Tradition together as a First Legacy project. Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering.

 

I look forward to the year to come.   I can’t wait to be of service and help spread the word of this wonderful program.  If there are any districts who would like me to have a workshop or just speak to your groups a little about P. I, please feel free to contact me at either my email address or phone number. Also, if your district is having any upcoming health fairs or events that you need help with, don’t hesitate to get ahold of me.

 

 

PI-Chair Jerry F.
pi@nm-aa.org or at (505) 315-7394

Literature Order Form in English
Paquete De Descuento en 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 


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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 505-315-7394 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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