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

Public Information Report – Sep 2020

Hi Everyone!  I’m glad that we made it through another Virtual Event for the September Area Assembly.   It was great to see all your smiling faces once again.

Thanks to District 16 and the Web Chair and her Tech Team for jobs well done. I am grateful to all who had made the Assembly and had shared their experiences and suggestions for the betterment of the Area 46 Fellowship; and in carrying the AA message to all in need of guidance and direction.

I was happy to see such a great turn out at all the various break out sessions.  With us in the P.I. Committee,  I believe that those of us serious about this service work will each find our way of carrying the A.A. message and give a hand to those reaching out for help.  It is through the media,  television, radio and word of mouth, the written word and the internet that we can continue to be effective in these times. As and for further information about the Public Information Committee please visit, www.aa.org/pages/en_US/public information committee, to get the links for various samples of correspondence to agencies that serve alcoholics.

For now,  please feel free to contact me at (505) 315-7394 or email me at pi@nm-aa.org for more information.  I’ll now be busy with the District 9 Sobriety Gathering to be held on October 2,3, & 4th as a webinar.  Contact us for registration at www.d9sobrietygathering.org or again call me at the number listed above.
So, until I see you or hear from anyone of y’all,  take care and stay protected!

In love and service,  Jerry F., Area P.I. Chair

Public Information Report – Aug 2020

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with each and everyone in the area! The needs and goals of the P.I. Committee are well known, it is the number of people we have available to get the job done that we are lacking here. Since the pandemic has been in the U.S., the affect has hindered our efforts to not only inform our Fellowship in the Area, but also to communicate with the public and professional organizations alike. Therefore,  I am appealing to the DCMs to see to it that we get the needed help of doing this most valuable Twelfth Step work within their districts. I will be available for any help or questions you may have to get started.

I have recently been participating with the CPC Committee in their efforts as well, in meetings and at the Group and District levels while performing other trusted servant duties in those areas. So please join us in our monthly Committee meeting on the first Wednesday of the month (August 5th) via zoom.com.

Take care you all, and hope to see you all again soon IRL!

Public Information Report – June 2020

Greetings Everyone!

I pray that everyone is doing alright!  I have recently been doing the zoom.com Area Committee meetings and Forum.

I had been contacting DCMs and any interested persons and learning who might be interested in doing Public Information work.  Fortunately, we have various individuals who are contacting TV, radio and newspaper stations so that they may perhaps help us “carry the AA message” to the public of our availability on online meetings.

Recently, I and a couple of P.I./C.P.C. committee members have given of our time to share of experience, strength and hope to nursing classes of the Brookline College via the RingControl.commeeting app. and we will continue to present the medical view as presented by Dr. William D. Silkworth of the Doctor’s Opinion to the new classes forthcoming.

For now, I need input as to the best time for a P.I. Committee meeting on a monthly basis.  I would prefer the first or second Wednesday evening of each month.  Please give me a call at (505) 315-7394 or at email:  pi@nm-aa.org with your input.

 

 

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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COMING UP

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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