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 – January 2018

Greetings Everybody,

My name is Melissa and I am an alcoholic addict. I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and also thank everyone for the chance to serve as The Area 46 PI chair for the next 2 years.  I am both anxious and nervous to start serving the area as best as I can.  For the next few months, I am sure I will learn a lot about the full capacity of not only the website but also the different information around the area.

I look forward to hopefully meeting and working with everyone around the area. If anyone has any questions about PI or electing a PI chair for your districts or maybe already have a PI chair for your district, please give them my email and/or contact information so that I can start working with them to better serve not only the individual communities but also the Area. Again I want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to further my service experience and also giving me the chance to serve the Great Area 46.

The AA.org website has been updated and to view a PSA you just go to the home page and there a scrolling text box that will allow you to select and view the PSA’s: I have Hope, Doors, and My World. There is also a listing of audio PSAs further down the text box. To get to the PI page you need to click on For AA Members on the lower left portion of the screen. Then click on AA Service Committees on the next page. Then select the PI Committee from the choice on the following page. On the PI page you will be able to access the PSAs again as well as the pamphlets used for PI work and other information relating to the PI Committee. There are links to this and more on the bottom of this page.

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

Ongoing DUI classes in Santa Fe and Farmington

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


 

Past Events:

We attended the KOB Health and Wellness Fair. This year the event was headed up by Jeff C. the Albuquerque Intergroup AA Steering Committee Community Outreach Coordinator. This was because this year KOB required A statement of a 501.#c status to get the $200 booth rather than the $600 that non 501.3c attendees had to pay.