The Twelfth Concept of World Service, in its short form, states as follows:
"The Conference shall observe the spirit of AA. tradition, taking care that it
never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating
funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its
members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all
important decisions by discussion, vote, and whenever possible, by substantial
unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to
public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the
Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action."
In its long form, the Twelfth Concept is actually Article 12 of the Conference
Charter. It is considered so important that it can be changed only by written
consent of three-quarters vote of the directory-listed AA groups, and then only
after six months has been allowed for deliberation.
How do our groups and clubs measure up to this Concept? Could it be worthwhile
to maybe discuss this Concept at our group conscience meetings?
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