“An updated registration form
should be mailed in when group changes are made involving the group’s meeting
time or place and the election of new officers. WSO needs your help in keeping
our web-page files current. The registration form should also be sent to your
Intergroup or Region if these service committees exist in your area.”
a person registers a meeting, s/he submits the registration form and you'll see at the bottom of that form that they agree to the following: "In
submitting this form, I certify the following to be true:“our ACA meeting
agrees to follow the ACA 12 Steps and 12 Traditions to the best of our ability.
Our ACA meeting is not affiliated with any outside organization or established
religion. I am authorized to act on behalf of this ACA meeting in submitting this
form, and that all the information provided is correct to the best of my
“Registration of your group also allows your meeting to receive
information from the ACA service structure, i.e., Intergroups, service
committees, and WSO. Likewise, the registration gives you a channel to make
your group conscience known to the ACA service structure. Registration confirms
that your group is a Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions meeting. By following
the Steps and Traditions our meetings have a consistency in message and
If you email a change about your meeting, be sure that you are the meeting contact and if you aren't the meeting contact, be sure to copy the meeting contact to the email so that the meetings special worker understands that the change being made is in keeping with the service structure in place. The meetings special worker is at firstname.lastname@example.org and since there is only one person updating the worldwide fellowship's meetings, it may take 2 weeks to see the changes.
Handbook portion of our
Fellowship Text (p.
559) gives guidance for registering an ACA meeting including a meeting format
you can use to conduct a meeting.
Tradition Two excerpt on Domination of Service from Chapter 19: Conversely,
some new leaders try to govern their meeting with a tight fist. They
think they know what is right for ACA and the group; there is no room
for discussion at business meetings or settings involving ACA matters.
These control-seeking members can be disruptive and divisive. They seem
to act like “tradition lawyers” and are willing to split hairs over
business meeting rules, meeting agendas, and voting procedures. Their
short-sighted behavior, if left unchecked, can literally kill the group.
Business meeting disputes spill into regular meetings and feelings are
hurt and resentments fester. Members stop attending the group or feel
unsafe to support the group. The group suffers until someone asks a
loving God to enter a group business meeting and their regular meetings.Group
members may rise up and call a special meeting to discuss the group’s
direction. If circumstances have deteriorated enough, the original
founder or trusted servant may be voted out of office. As a result, the
disenchanted “leader” may leave the meeting, feeling abandoned by the
group. But the meeting will continue as long as it follows the Steps and
Traditions of ACA.
ACA Commitment to Service page 601:
"I perform service so that my program
will be available for myself, and through those efforts, others may
benefit. I will perform service and practice my recovery by: 1.
Affirming that the true power of our program rests in the membership of
the meetings and is expressed through our Higher Power and through
Confirming that our process is one of inclusion and not exclusion;
showing special sensitivity to the viewpoint of the minority in the
process of formulating the group conscience so that any decision is
reflective of the spirit of the group and not merely the vote of the
3. Placing principles before personalities.
4. Keeping myself fit for service by working my recovery as a member of the program.
Striving to facilitate the sharing of experience, strength, and hope at
all levels: meetings, Intergroups, Regional committees, service boards,
and World Services.
Accepting the different forms and levels of service and allowing those
around me to each function according to their own abilities.
7. Remaining willing to forgive myself and others for not performing perfectly.
Being willing to surrender the position in which I serve in the
interest of unity and to provide the opportunity for others to serve; to
avoid problems of money, property, and prestige; and to avoid losing my
own recovery through the use of service to act out my old behavior,
especially in taking care of others, controlling, rescuing, being a
9. Remembering I am a trusted servant; I do not govern.