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Public Information (P.I.) in AA means carrying the message of recovery to the still suffering alcoholic by informing the general public about the A.A. program.  If you are sober and have a desire to serve, you can help! When they've had enough, we want A.A. to be there in the yellow pages, on the bus signs, etc. - and that's Public Information.

When anyone anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that... I AM RESPONSIBLE.

What We Do

A.A.'s Public Information Committee carries the message by getting in touch with:

  • Media
  • Schools
  • Industry
  • Physicians
  • Police
  • Clergy
  • Senior Centers
  • Libraries
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Bus Signs
  • General Public
  • A.A. Fellowship

Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information Committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media.

Why We Do It

The first Public Information Committee in A.A. was formed by the General Service Board in 1956. At that time, the following statement of "A.A.'s movement-wide public information policy" was written and approved at the General Service Conference:

In all public relations, A.A.'s sole objective is to help the still suffering alcoholic. Always mindful of the importance of personal anonymity we believe this can be done by making known to him and to those who may be interested in his problems, our own experience as individuals and as a Fellowship in learning to live without alcohol. We believe that our experience should be made available freely to all who express sincere interest. We believe further that all efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude of the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside A.A. are equally concerned with the serious problems of alcoholism.

How We Do It

Favorite Public Information projects in Western Washington:

  • Placing Conference approved books, e.g. the Big Book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, or Living Sober in public libraries.
  • Placing literature racks in high schools and libraries and other public locations, and keeping the racks stocked with appropriate literature and meeting schedules.
  • Sending letters to high schools, offering A.A. literature and/or a presentation on A.A. -what we do and we do not do.
  • Responding to speaking requests at non-A.A. meetings in the district.
  • Speaking at A.A. home groups to spread the word about P.I. and how it helps us fulfill our primary purpose.
  • Participating with booths and literature at local health, country and state fairs.
  • Placing meeting schedules behind the front desks of hotels.
  • Speaking at A.A. home groups about our tradition of anonymity.

How You Can Help

The Public Information Committee needs all types of volunteers, from the shy to the bold:

  • We need members to help plan events, to stuff envelopes, and to fill literature racks in libraries, schools and other public locations.
  • We need members to contact police stations, hospitals, and senior centers about placing literature and schedules in their facilities.
  • We need members who would like to learn to speak to groups or as part of a panel, and who are excited at the prospect of going to our high schools and colleges.

Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information Committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media. 

To become a volunteer or to find out more about Area 46 P.I. work, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Read about the PI Committee - 'What We Do' in this pdf file

Read an article about PI/CPC in Las Cruces from Box 459 in this pdf file

Read the Public Information workbook at GSO (aa.org)

AA Guidelines for Public Information from GSO PDF 

Current PI Chair - Tom C. 

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Latest News:

May 24th Workshop

PI/CPC Workshop Speaker Panel discussion workshop was a great success.

2007 A.A. Survey Results Display available

The Area now has the 2007 A.A. Membership Survey results in a tabletop display, which measures 27” high and 39” wide. The tabletop display is great for exhibits such as health fairs, presentations to schools or professionals, and the like. Please contact the Area PI chair at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you’d like to use it in your district outreach. You can view the survey results in pamphlet form, by going to www.aa.org, clicking on For Groups and Members, then on Public Information. Your district may also order either the display or the pamphlets from GSO.

Minutes from last meeting:

Carlsbad Assembly Report: Sept 6, 2014

32 People attended and were introduced.

Old Business  - How are we were doing with literature and info distribution.We discussed areas where literature and AA info can be placed to carry AA message. Some areas to distribute suggestions were UNM and CNM campuses and some other school and learning facilities around the state.

We listed some past events and recognized the awesome PI/CPC event in May. We highlighted the new info which came out of District 8 Farmington where two members present outlined how they have started intro classes for people involved in the metro court system. This is something we would like to see more of and possibly replicate in the ABQ area. There was discussion about the traditions, what PI does and does not do.

New Business – I asked the committee to watch the movie: the Anonymous People and see how they felt about it. It is causing some conversation on anonymity.

Tradition 11 discussion of anonymity at the level of press radio, film AND INTERNET – because AA does not endorse or broadcast social media… Some of our members do that for us. How does this affect Public Information, if at all.

I left literature to disperse with committee members to take back to their groups.

It was a super awesome and open discussion, which sparked some new debate and interest in our charge to carry the message to the general public about what AA does and what AA does not do.

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Moriarty Assembly: March 1, 2014

30 People attended and were introduced.

I asked people to share experience with their past PI exposure.

We discussed and brainstormed ways and places we carry AA message. BC, flyers/literature, voice and speaking engagements.

We ask, what is PI? Discussed AA Guidelines and literature. We talked about literature to carry the message. One person remarked there was no literature seen at local hospital.

Discussed where can we distribute PI literature like schools, treatment and prison, hospitals and libraries. 

We talked about ad spots locally on radio and TV.

The idea of how we ( as area servants) report to and serve the district which serves the group.

Discussion on how to serve the area PI agenda and this brought up the upcoming PI/CPC Workshop in May. 

P.I. Announcements

The next event where PI will be present are at the Friendship Club/Santa Fe in Sept 19th and the KOB Health Fair at Expo NM in January.

Special thanks to Washington Area 72 AA PI for the wonderful description above, recycled from the Area 72 AA PI website.   

 

 
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