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Evolving Role Has Grave Implications
the role of the Class A’s changed, so did their interaction
with the AA Fellowship. It swung almost 180 degrees from
one of recommending us to their friends - to the practice
of recommending their friends procedures to us. Even our
great benefactor, Bernard Smith, fell victim to this. After
attending a conference on alcoholism in Europe, where he
was embarrassed by not knowing the demographic makeup of
AA, he insisted that GSO begin, and the Conference approve,
a tri-annual survey of AA members. A survey that still evokes
controversy when it must be approved every three years.
recently, these non-alcoholic friends have often led the
effort to make Alcoholics Anonymous more financially focused.
Even Bernard Smith felt the “business” focus
was the wrong one for our Society. And yet, he too, was
drawn into it as surely as the others.