Im just sitting here tonight after looking at some of the discussions and thinking about when i came into aa over 12 years ago and how i felt and what made me feel welcomed and how we should make the newcomer feel in aa. The first thing we should do is always remeber to put the hand of friendship out as for a lot of people god knows if they were like me when the last time someone held there hand out to them also the cup of tea and make them feel really welcome at the meeting and i think the meeting agenda should always be changed and members should talk about their drinking and what it is like now so the newcomer as something to identify with because i know my first meeting i thought someone had told them about me, and by doing this they will know they are no longer on their own and there is hope. I do not think we should bombard them too much with the big book at first as you can frighten people away as they think it is all to do with god but the message should be stay away from the first drink and you cant get drunk and also take your life a day at a time, they should also get peoples phone numbers and a list of all aa meetings and either the twelve stepper or other frineds offer to take them round for the first while and for me all the rest can happen after that but i think if we give to much about steps, big book, traditions etc at first you will frighten the newcomer away and i know today if that had happened at first to me i dont think i would have stayed. I love aa the people,and the power behind it and it saved my life but lets keep it simple at least for the first few weeks what does everyone else think?
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