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Bill Wilson's Early Attempt to Resolve Structural Issues

In 1962 Bill Wilson presented the Twelve Concepts to the General Service Conference. After making three changes, the Conference approved these points for the survival of the AA Society and its Services. Included with these principles were a number of recommendations that, according to Bill, were designed to “bring the General Service Board into greater alignment with the Twelve Traditions.” The very Traditions the Board was charged with protecting.

Out of 43 concerns expressed by Bill, and the sometimes opposing ones expressed by the Trustees, 26 of them were left unresolved or unanswered. Prompting Bill to write a Minority Report which ended with: “To me these conclusions are disappointing and disturbing. I feel I cannot share responsibility for them, nor for any adverse results that may emerge from them in the future.”

 

 

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