Report for Unity Committee - Dec 2023
Unity Committee Report
Quarterly Combined Board Committee Meeting
December 2, 2023
WhatsApp A.A. groups in Brazil
● Gathered experience and knowledge about how the A.A. WhatsApp Groups
function in Brazil. This with the objective of being able in the future, to list
these types of groups an those in similar platforms, in the OIAA meeting list.
PAC has been involved in this ongoing work.
● There are groups in this platform that adhere and practice all the Traditions of
A.A. to the best of their abilities. They start their meetings with A.A. readings,
and they are followed by shares by group members that are taped, after they
raise their hands, and the moderator asks them to share. There are no
discussions allowed, participants are very respectful of each other. Anonymity
is preserved either by having a first and last name and a phone number
associated or just the phone number. Participation in these groups is by
invitation only and existing members will ask the administrators of the groups
to add new members or newcomers to the roster of the group.
● They collect 7th Tradition contributions and since they have no expenses
contribute regularly to the Local Office of their choice and to the GSO of
● They average between 100 and 150 members, and they meet daily. Posts of
images, videos, links and or other controversial issues are not allowed and are
immediately deleted by the administrators. Any offensive behavior leads to the
member being removed from that What’sApp group.
● There are other groups of this nature that are open to all 12 Step Fellowships,
most common among those are a handful of groups that allow participation of
NA members and allow their videos and literature. These do not collect
contributions and their daily meetings have members of A.A. and NA
participating. So, we do not suggest listing them has they do not consider
themselves A.A. groups.
● We were supposed to have a member of one of these A.A. groups to come and
share ESH in our Unity Meeting, but that did not happen because of last minute
changes in his working schedule. We have intentions of inviting them again to
one of our meetings next year.
Contact with Russian A.A. members in Moscow and A.A. members from the
International Assembly of Russian-speaking Groups of A.A.
● We have scheduled two meetings with A.A. members of Russian-speaking
groups to answer their inquiries about OIAA. December 3, we will meet both
contingents. We have adapted the meeting to the Moscow time zone, and an
interpreter will be present. They have sent us a general list of questions, many
of which pertain to GSO. We will not give advice or enter into GSO politics as
we speak as OIAA Unity Committee members. If they need help finding
information on the aa.org site we will gladly guide them. Carlos will also share
his personal experience in Portugal, and Beth will share her personal
experience in France.
● December 7, our committee will welcome several Russian International
Assembly members as part of our 1st Thursday meeting agenda. Again, we
will stay outside of GSO politics. They have also asked about collecting 7th
Tradition donations. We do not think it wise to give financial advice or to make
suggestions as each country has its own laws and financial regulations. We
will share only that OIAA uses PayPal, and Carlos and Beth will share what is
done in Portugal and France, as we live in these countries, and are familiar with
their respective laws.
A.A. members in the Philippines
● We are currently preparing a presentation to support and provide basic
information to several A.A. members in the Philippines.
We would like to thank Mark, Jan BB and Mary for providing us with current statistics of
OIAA groups and IGRs, as well as Jennifer and Lesliee for finding a Russian interpreter !
2547 groups and 7638 meetings
651 registered groups and 651 IGRs
Yours in service,
Carlos, Unity Committee Chair
Beth A., Unity Committee Alt Chair
December 1, 2023