District 42 St. Lawrence International
A.A. — it works!

The A.A. Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.  Our primary purpose is to stay sober and to help others achieve sobriety.

(C) 2020 reprinted with the permission of the AA Grapevine, Inc.
Many meetings have re-opened subject to various guidelines as determined by their group conscience. It would be reasonable to assume that all groups will have considered any Government and other relevant health authority guidelines in making this decision however as per A.A. Tradition each group is guided by its own group conscience.
As of September 2, we are not aware of any groups meeting, in person, who do not strongly recommend or require the wearing of a mask and social distancing.

We are aware that the St Lawrence County has declared a state of emergency (see this link) and that some college campuses, such as St. Lawrence University in Canton, are reducing student exposure by asking students to remain on campus except for necessary outings (i.e. buying food and medical needs).
We advise ALL A.A. members to be aware of the potential risk of COVID 19 and possible steps they can take to reduce the chance of infection.
If your meeting is re-opening at its physical location please notify the webmaster (webmaster@aa- stlawrenceny.org) so he can update the website accordingly. 
    • Group name
    • date of re-opening
    • any special conditions, such as …
      • mask required
      • social distancing required
      • byo … Big Book, beverage, etc.
Further events will likely require facilities hosting A.A. meetings to close or otherwise restrict public access, per requests and mandates from governmental authorities. We recommend using the telephone and internet to maintain contact with and support for fellow A.A. members. You may also find information on electronic meetings at A.A. Online Intergroup.

District 42 recognizes that each group must make its own decision on whether or not to continue meeting during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In making your decisions, please consider the welfare of your members (and their families)  and the advice from our public health officials.  In addition, your meeting facility has the final say on whether or not your group will continue to use their space.

Should your group decide to suspend meetings please notify the webmaster so we can post notice on this website. Also please call Reachout at 315.268.0120 (the A.A. Hotline number) to let them know.
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The 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
    1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.

    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.

    3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.

    4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.

    5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

    6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise lest problems of money. property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

    7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self supporting, declining outside contributions.

    8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

    9. A.A. as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

    10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

    11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, and films.

    12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
    (C) reprinted with permission of AA World Services, Inc.

    To arrange to speak with an A.A. member or get more information on local A.A. meetings call:

    315.268.0120 for St. Lawrence County (except Massena)

    Call 518.481.4606 for Massena and Franklin County.

    Al-Anon / Alateen National Info at 1-888-425-2666