WHAT? NO PRESIDENT?
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer
who can compel the payment of any dues. . . . our friends gasp and exclaim, “This
simply can’t be . . .”
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 132
When I finally made my way to A.A., I could not believe that there was no treasurer to
“compel the payment of dues.” I could not imagine an organization that didn’t require
monetary contributions in return for a service. It was my first and, thus far, only
experience with getting “something for nothing.” Because I did not feel used or conned
by those in A.A., I was able to approach the program free from bias and with an open
mind. They wanted nothing from me. What could I lose? I thank God for the wisdom of
the early founders who knew so well the alcoholic’s disdain for being manipulated.