District 61 Service Meeting
October 27, 2017
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church
227 East Side Drive
Geneva, IL 60134
The Principle of Rotation
Traditionally, rotation ensures that service positions, like nearly everything else in A.A., are passed around for all to share. Many positions have alternates who can step into service positions if needed.
To step out of an A.A. office we love can be hard. If we have been doing a good job, if we honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with time to do it, and if our friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth – a step into the humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence if anonymity.
Among other things, anonymity in the Fellowship means that we forgo personal prestige for any A.A. work we do to help alcoholics. And, in the spirit of Tradition Twelve, it ever reminds us to “place principles before personalities.”
Many outgoing service position holders find it rewarding to take time to share their experience with the incoming person. Rotation helps to bring us spiritual rewards far more enduring than any fame. With no A.A. “status” at stake, we needn’t compete for titles or praise – we have complete freedom to serve as we are needed.