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One Day At A Time
Group Inventory

ODAAT's group is taking inventory by examining our Twelve Traditions, one at a time, to determine how well we are living up to these principles. Here is a link to the TRADITIONS CHECKLIST which is found in Service Material from the General Service Office and can be used as a guide for the Group Inventory.

Inventory Meeting Notes
Tradition 1 Tradition 2 Tradition 3 Tradition 4
Tradition 5 Tradition 6 Tradition 7 Tradition 8
Tradition 9 Tradition 10 Tradition 11 Tradition 12


January 8, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 1
Tradition 1. Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward.


Eleven members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the First Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • We need to smash the tendency to form a hierarchy within our group. This Tradition is not just about getting along- it’s about having a unity of purpose. Do we currently feel any signs of disunity? (No)
  • We might want to consider using the Grapevine questions as they pertain to each of the Traditions for these discussions.
  • Who is the leader of our ODAAT Group? (There isn’t one.) We have had four chairmen and a good rotation of other members serving in various committee positions.
  • In the future, we may want to look at establishing a new committee position- that of Historian.
  • It is felt that we are currently doing a good job of welcoming newcomers with someone serving as a greeter each meeting.
  • When newcomers are in attendance, should we mostly concentrate on the first Three Steps in our discussion? We need to emphasize the importance of hearing about everyone’s experience, strength, and hope.
  • How else can we promote unity? Possibly at the next business meeting an agenda item could cover what came out of these group inventory meetings.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
January 15, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 2
Tradition 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority-a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.


Eleven members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Second Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • A loving God- are we, as the members of the One Day At A Time group of Alcoholics Anonymous, accepting of other people’s interpretations of a Loving God/Power Greater than themselves? (Yes)
  • One Ultimate Authority- Are our leaders serving only as trusted servants? (Yes. We are doing a good job of getting many people to volunteer in various capacities.)
  • Trusted servants- Are our officers successful in keeping a low profile? (Yes. Egos are checked at the door.)
  • We feel a good effort is being made to include everyone in group discussions. This is being done by varying the direction of who speaks when- sometimes randomly by raised hands, going row by row, back to front, etc.
  • Are we doing a good job of making contact with newcomers immediately after meetings to make them feel welcome and want to return? (Yes)
  • We feel that ODAAT has a lack of “cliques” that could alienate new attendees.
  • How is a group conscience determined? (by a substantial majority- 2/3 or 3/4)
  • An observation: ODAAT might have had a more loving feeling when we were able to move the chairs to sit in a circle rather than in rows.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
January 22, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 3
Tradition 3. Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought A.A. membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.


Nine members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • Inclusiveness:
    • Are we welcoming to newcomers? (Yes)
    • Do we refuse anyone from attending our meetings? (No)
    • We should promote having greeters assigned for each meeting- possibly more than one. It was agreed that this would be a good discussion topic for a Thursday meeting since it promotes 3rd and 12th Step work through service opportunities.
    • We should encourage more socializing after our meetings both on the premises and elsewhere.
  • Conformity:
    • Age is not an issue at ODAAT meetings. We strive to make younger people feel comfortable.
  • Affiliation:
    • Our group permits outsiders such as non- ODAAT group members, other support group members, etc. to participate at our business meetings, group inventories, etc.

Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
January 29, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 4
Tradition 4. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues our common welfare is paramount.


Seven members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Fourth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • We may be too lax in exercising The Traditions.
  • The Promises are pertinent to the Ninth Step and this fact needs to be mentioned at the time they are read at each meeting.
  • Does our group always consider the welfare of other A.A. groups? Yes. But we could improve our interaction with other area A.A. groups and Intergroup.
  • Are we willing to help newcomers go to any length to stay sober? More members of The One Day At A Time Group need to make themselves available to be sponsors.
  • We need to make it easier for newcomers to find a sponsor. The positive aspects of serving as a sponsor should be discussed as the topic of a Thursday meeting.
  • Do we share our knowledge of A.A. tools with other members who may not have heard of them? For the most part, yes. But we should have A.A. literature and Big Books more readily available for newcomers.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
February 5, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 5
Tradition 5. Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose-that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.


Seven members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Fifth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • As a group, we (The One Day At A Time Group) do not feel that we ignore this Tradition or its importance.
  • As a group, we feel that we explain well to newcomers what we can and cannot do to help them. (Examples: NO to offering to loan them money but YES to offering them rides to meetings)
  • We are willing to twelfth-step newcomers without regard to whom or what is in it for our group.
  • As a group, there may be areas in which we can better fulfill our primary purpose. (Example: Have a ‘Literature Person’ who keeps our group stocked with AA approved books, pamphlets, and newcomer packets; making them available to newcomers every week.)
  • We remember that old-timers may still need our help staying sober and that we can continue to learn from them.

Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
February 12, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 6
Tradition 6. Problems of money, property, and authority may easily divert us from our primary spiritual aim. We think, therefore, that any considerable property of genuine use to A.A. should be separately incorporated and managed, thus dividing the material from the spiritual. An A.A. group, as such, should never go into business. Secondary aids to A.A., such as clubs or hospitals which require much property or administration, ought to be incorporated and so set apart that, if necessary, they can be freely discarded by the groups. Hence such facilities ought not to use the A.A. name. Their management should be the sole responsibility of those people who financially support them. For clubs, A.A. managers are usually preferred. But hospitals, as well as other places of recuperation, ought to be well outside A.A.-and medically supervised. While an A.A. group may cooperate with anyone, such cooperation ought never to go so far as affiliation or endorsement, actual or implied. An A.A. group can bind itself to no one.


Six members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Sixth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • The One Day At A Time Group does a good job of delineating what AA is and is not.
  • The ODAAT officers should be made familiar with the “Guidelines for Clubs” available from GSO.
  • ODAAT cooperates (but is not affiliated) with outside agencies dealing with alcoholism by way of welcoming referrals from clinics and sponsoring AA groups in institutions.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
February 19, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 7
Tradition 7. The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise. Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.


Seven members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Seventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • Overall, we feel that the One Day At A Time Group does a good job of meeting the requirements of Tradition Seven.
  • Currently our General Service Office spends $1.37 for each AA member.
  • ODAAT contributions after expenses are distributed as follows:
    • 50% to Unity Church and 50% for our own expenses.
        Our own expenses are distributed as follows:
      • 30% Naples Intergroup
      • 25% Lee County Intergroup
      • 30% GSA (NY)
      • 10% District 20
      • 5% Area 15
  • It was suggested that we might encourage people celebrating anniversaries to donate $1 for each year of sobriety they have.
  • Most people attending ODAAT meetings probably don’t have a clear idea of how this group operates financially.
  • It was suggested that one day each month as a Thursday discussion tropic we study one of the Traditions.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
February 26, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 8
Tradition 8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional. We define professionalism as the occupation of counseling alcoholics for fees or hire. But we may employ alcoholics where they are going to perform those services for which we might otherwise have to engage nonalcoholics. Such special services may be well recompensed. But our usual A.A. Twelfth Step work is never to be paid for.


Nine members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Eighth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • Those in attendance feel that the One Day At A Time Group has no issue in violation of Tradition Eight.
  • No professional counseling has been brought into our group and no one has promoted any counseling/recovery institution through ODAAT.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
March 5, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 9
Tradition 9. Each A.A. group needs the least possible organization. Rotating leadership is the best. The small group may elect its secretary, the large group its rotating committee, and the groups of a large metropolitan area their central or intergroup committee, which often employs a full-time secretary. The trustees of the General Service Board are, in effect, our A.A. General Service Committee. They are the custodians of our A.A. Tradition and the receivers of voluntary A.A. contributions by which we maintain our A.A. General Service Office at New York. They are authorized by the groups to handle our overall public relations and they guarantee the integrity of our principal newspaper, the A.A. Grapevine. All such representatives are to be guided in the spirit of service, for true leaders in A.A. are but trusted and experienced servants of the whole. They derive no real authority from their titles; they do not govern. Universal respect is the key to their usefulness.


In attendance: Nine members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Ninth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • The ODAAT group does not have a committee to organize public speaking, or provide visitations to hospitals, rehab facilities, jails, etc.
  • There are, however, area groups which provide the above services. Women are especially needed for jail visitations.
  • ODAAT could probably do a better job of promoting and publicizing the need for these services.
  • We do have people who on occasion solicit speakers and promote our “Bozos On The Bus” project.
  • ODAAT will begin subscribing to The Grapevine and make copies available free of charge at each meeting. Donations by those receiving copies will be encouraged to cover the subscription cost
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
March 15, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 10
Tradition 10. No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues-particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever.


Nine members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Tenth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • Those attending this meeting felt that the One Day At A Time Group does not violate this Tradition.
  • Those present shared that other AA groups they attend could benefit from taking a group inventory of the Traditions such as ODAAT is doing, and that the Traditions could be emphasized more at meetings.
  • The suggestion was made that we read the one of the Traditions each month and use it as a discussion topic. This will be presented at the next ODAAT business meeting.
  • We will continue to report our comments and suggestions at the ODAAT business meetings for consideration.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
March 19, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 11
Tradition 11. Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.


Nine members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Eleventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • Dr. Bob and Bill W. concluded that adhering to this Tradition (attraction vs. promotion) is of utmost importance.
  • Promotion should be anonymous as a group. One-on-one promotion (among friends) is OK.
  • It is where promotion can lead that is dangerous- monetary windfalls for example.
  • Taking photos at ODAAT member attended social functions outside of regular A.A. meetings was discussed. Should this be allowed if those involved agree not to post them on social networking sites or distribute them in any way? It was agreed to take this item back for consideration at the next scheduled business meeting.
Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary
March 26, 2013 Meeting on Tradition 12
Tradition 12. And finally, we of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that the principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all.


Six members were in attendance.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the Twelfth Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, discuss it, and make recommendations as to how our group can make improvements putting this Tradition into practice. The following are comments made by the various group members present:
  • In general the One Day At A Time group of Alcoholics Anonymous does a good job of upholding this tradition.
  • Every ODAAT member is considered equal to all other members. We achieve this by alternating group officers.
  • We should first hold a group conscience when considering doing something special for a member. Examples would be holding a celebration for an exceptionally long length of sobriety, or circulating a card during an illness for member signatures.
  • How well do we relate our web site postings to the Twelfth Tradition’s plea for anonymity? From now on, all group meeting minutes will reflect the number of people in attendance and not specific names. Our web master will monitor the website to keep it in compliance with this Tradition.
This concluded the group inventory of the Twelve Traditions.

Respectfully submitted,
ODAAT Recording Secretary