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Concepts of Service
Carrying the message, as suggested in the Twelfth
Step, is Service, Al-Anon's third legacy. Service, a vital purpose of Al-Anon,
is action. Members strive to do as well as to be.
done to help a relative or friend of an alcoholic is service: a telephone call
to a despairing member or sponsoring a newcomer, telling one's story at
meetings, forming groups, arranging for public information, distributing
literature, and financially supporting groups, local services, and the World
The ultimate responsibility and
authority for Al-Anon world services belongs to the Al-Anon
- The Al-Anon Family Groups have
delegated complete administrative and operational authority to
their Conference and its service arms.
- The Right of Decision makes
effective leadership possible.
- Participation is the key to
- The Rights of Appeal and
Petition protect minorities and assure that they be heard.
- The Conference acknowledges the
primary administrative responsibility of the trustees.
- The trustees have legal rights
while the rights of the Conference are traditional.
- The Board of Trustees delegates
full authority for routine management of the Al-Anon
Headquarters to its executive committees.
- Good personal leadership at all
service levels is a necessity. In the field of world service the
Board of Trustees assumes the primary leadership.
- Service responsibility is
balanced by carefully defined service authority and
double-headed management is avoided.
- The World Service Office is
composed of standing committees, executives and staff members.
- The spiritual foundation for Al-Anon's
world services is contained in the General Warranties of the
Conference, Article 12 of the Charter.
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