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
Twelve Concepts of Service
- The ultimate responsibility
and authority for Al-Anon world services belongs to the Al Anon groups.
- 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 insure 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 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 selected 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.
*Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.,
Virginia Beach, VA.