working with others

From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous:

“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail. This is our twelfth suggestion: Carry this message to other alcoholics! You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.

Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.”

Reprinted from Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 89, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


our committee

The Nanaimo AA rally committee is formed in the spring each year. The chairperson is usually the co-chairperson from the previous year’s rally.

These two positions carry an overall rally coordination and leadership role. They are usually rally veterans, having participated in the last year’s rally, or in rallies from previous years.

In the spring, the rally committee reconvenes to create a new committee of various chairs and co-chairs, which include: Al-Anon participation, catering, speakers and meetings, coffee bar, entertainment, fund raising, hospitality, literature, media, registration, secretary, set up, and treasurer. We encourage the co-chairs in these roles to take up the chair roles in the next year’s rally.

The rally committee meets every month from May to December (with the exception of August), and once a week in January (the month of the rally).

There are many opportunity for service work that do not involve being a member of the committee. They include: catering (helping prepare food), coffee bar (making coffee and selling other refreshments), entertainment (planning and participating in a musical jam session), fund raising (supplying items for the “Silent Auction”), greeting, literature table, registration desk, and set up, which includes tearing down. Much of this work occurs primarily on the weekend of the rally.