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Box 4-5-9 Spring 2021 – Added April 2021

Due to the pandemic, the 26th World Service Meeting was held virtually in November of 2020 with the participation of 69 delegates from 44 countries, zones and service structures around the world. This issue contains a sampling of the thoughts of ten delegates. They share on this historic meeting; the state of A.A. in their countries; and their faith in what Trish L., first-term WSM delegate and trustee-at-large/Canada, calls “the beautiful, universal application of the principles underpinning A.A.” The issue also contains an introduction to the three new A.A. staff members at G.S.O. and a report on the 57th International Women's Conference held on a virtual platform in February 2021 with over 19,000 attendees.


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American Sign Language Now Available on the A.A.W.S. YouTube Channel – Added April 2021

The Big Book and "Twelve and Twelve" in American Sign Language are live on the A.A.W.S. YouTube Channel!


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Sharing from Behind the Walls – Spring 2021 – Added April 2021

Sharing from Behind the Walls is published quarterly by the Corrections assignment and contains excerpts from inmates’ letters sent to G.S.O. The 2020 Winter issue is now available in PDF. Print copies will be available on a limited basis.


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The Regional Forums video is available on AA.org – Added March 2021

Good news! The Regional Forums video is now available on our Regional Forums Page and A.A.W.S. YouTube channel.


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Quarterly Report from G.S.O. – Added March 2021

Activities of the General Service Board including A.A. World Services, Inc., AA Grapevine, Inc.


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The World Service Meeting Final Report – Added February 2021

Since its inauguration in 1969, the World Service Meeting (WSM) has provided an ongoing international forum for shared experience and ideas on carrying the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism. Held biennially, the event alternates between New York and other locations around the globe, and has convened in such diverse cities as Cartagena, Colombia; Auckland, New Zealand; Oviedo, Spain; Malahide, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Warsaw, Poland. Due to the pandemic, the 26th World Service Meeting was held virtually, in November 2020.


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Letter to the Fellowship from A.A.W.S. – Added February 2021

A communication from A.A. World Services, Inc. board chair Beau B.


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A.A.W.S., Inc. Announces Enhanced eBook and Audiobook Distribution – Added February 2021

As of January 14, 2021, A.A.W.S. ebooks and audiobooks are available for purchase across a combined 51 major platforms that serve libraries, educational institutions, professional portals, subscription services, the National Corrections Library, and many other popular distribution channels. To view the General Manager and Publishing Director’s announcement and to learn more, click here.


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Remote Communities Committees – Added January 2021

Remote Communities Committees assist A.A. members who live in underserved or remote communities — communities that are difficult to reach because of geography, language or culture.


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A Letter to the Media About Anonymity – Added January 2021

And a thank you from the General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous for continued cooperation.


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Press Release – Alcoholics Anonymous Holds Virtual World Service Meeting for First Time in History – Added December 2020

Delegates representing Alcoholics Anonymous from around the world gathered via videoconference November 28-30th for the 26th World Service Meeting, hosted by the trustees of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous in the U.S. and Canada.


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Fellowship Connection (formerly My Portal) – Added December 2020

This message from the General Manager of the General Service Office provides important updates on Fellowship Connection.


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Announcing a limited-edition publication of new gift book: A Visual History of Alcoholics Anonymous – Added December 2020

Originally developed as the souvenir book for the 2020 International Convention, A Visual History of Alcoholics Anonymous: An Archival Journey is now available for pre-order, December 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, at the early-bird pre-order price of $11. To view the General Manager’s announcement and learn more about this book, click here.


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Tis the Season for Two Holiday Special Offers on A.A.W.S. Literature – Added December 2020

These Holiday Special Offers on A.A.W.S. literature are in effect December 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021: To view the General Manager’s announcement letter, click here.


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Living Sober, now an audiobook! – Added November 2020

You can now listen for free to professionally narrated and produced audio recordings of the booklet Living Sober.


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Eastern U.S. and Canada Regional Forums – December 5, 2020
Western U.S and Canada Regional Forums – December 19, 2020
– Added November 2020

2020: Experience, Strength & Hope: What it was like, what happened and what it is like now…

These one-day sharing and informational sessions will feature workshops, special presentations and much more, with the participation of your trusted servants in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Pacific, East Central, West Central, and Eastern and Western Canada Regions.


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Special Online Supplement for Box 4-5-9 – Added October 2020

This special supplement, available online only, highlights the many recent employee retirements at G.S.O. and Grapevine and takes a look at future plans for reopening the General Service Office in 2021. The supplement also includes information on G.S.O. staff openings and the opening for G.S.O. general manager.


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Letter to General Service Conference – Added October 2020

On Oct. 2, drawdown from the Reserve Fund by A.A.W.S., Inc. was approved by the General Service Board.


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New Online Contributions Experience – Added September 2020

This announcement contains a letter from the General Manager of the General Service Office regarding an update to the online contributions experience. Please Click here for more information.


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