This Ask FLAC topic is: “How do you and your groups get people to do service?”
It’s a question I’ve asked of every group I attend. I’m still waiting for an answer. “Let go and let God” is all that comes to me. When one group’s literature coordinator had repeatedly asked for someone to take over as his year’s service position had ended, he got no response. When another group was chronically without someone to act as chair, few stepped up. And on it goes.
Some of us have tried the recital of why we need members to step up and others have just gone ahead and done it themselves. When these things happen, the meetings become stagnant and possibly “taken over” by a sometimes dominating person. Many think they’re not experienced enough to chair, give a lead, order books, etc. Others think Al-Anon will always be there, so they don’t need to serve.
Some things really do work. The best examples I’ve observed is when, at a sponsor’s urging a sponsee to step up, culminates in the sponsee’s action. The sponsee most often gets an unexpected sense of accomplishment. The program becomes more a part of their recovery. The member grows and life becomes better. Perhaps we could focus on sponsors who want to grow and grow along with their sponsees. Our programs mean so much more to us when we’ve been able to give someone who’s suffering a helping hand by doing what might be considered a little thing. As one of our slogans says, “Let it begin with me”
Send your questions to Please see hard copy of The AIMS for contact info. The committee will select and publish as many letters as possible, striving for a good representation of the experience, strength, and hope in our literature.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer – Courage to Change, p.78