When I finally made my way to A.A., I could not believe that
there was no treasurer to "compel the payment of dues."
I could not imagine an organization that didn't require monetary
contributions in return for a service. It was my first
and, thus far, only experience with getting "something for
nothing." Because I did not feel used or conned by those
in A.A., I was able to approach the program free from bias
and with an open mind. They wanted nothing from me.
What could I lose? I thank God for the wisdom of the
early founders who knew so well the alcoholic's disdain for