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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:

COMING UP January 24/25th Health Fair

Manuel Lujan Bldg at Expo NM from 9-5 Saturday and 9-4 Sunday 

Past Events:

Nov: City health Fair at Convention Center for City Workers
Aug: Friendship Club PI event for Recovery People in Santa Fe

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: Dec 6, 2014
27 People attended and were introduced.

Old Business  -  
Discussion about Movie: The Anonymous People.   Movie about a recovery movement that focuses on the issue of anonymity and how we identify ourselves as people in long-term recovery (encompassing all addictions).

Asked if we getting info to the public? Latest district and future events were listed.

New Business
Would we be able to combine PI & CPC to serve the area better.  Reviewed pros and cons (which were also brought up in the CPC committee meeting earlier today).  Discussion about what specific roles of the PIs and CPC committees. Differences between what Treatment does vs PI vs CPC…  H&I role came up; separate role from PI & CPC.  (We don’t have H&I in New Mexico). Suggestion to be more proactive in organizing panels to bring into treatment, jails and institutions.

We talked signing court cards and misunderstanding of our traditions and parole officer pushing to sign court cards. Discussed ideas of how to deal with that. Someone pointed out the stamp idea of signing the court card is awesome – provides proof you were inside the room but doesn’t put AA members in the position of validating their court commitment. Led to lively discussion and spirit of tolerance.

Regarding drug courts, judges, and parole officers to begin illuminating discussions on what AA is and what it is not. The Farmington district: Mikel W and district 8 DCM have info about what they accomplishing w/Drug Court  (holding educational classes on what AA does & doesn’t do… for the local drug court).

There are area committee pages on the area website on which PI events are listed.

PI Announcements

The next event where PI will be 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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