I'm sure we've all heard "If you don't like what's going on here -- go get your own coffee pot and start your own meeting, or group, or program!"
Today, I got an email from AA's in Croatia.
For several years, they have been having a very successful AA Convention in Croatia. Their conventions were so good -- that NA's and people from other 12 Step Programs would go to hear the speakers.... and enjoy the Fellowship and activities. Then, I guess they wanted to participate in the convention and in the AA meetings at the convention.
When the Croatia AA's explained to them that it would go against AA Traditions... and the importance of AA's Primary Purpose and Singleness of Purpose -- the NA's evidently got a resentment -- and rented facilities at the same Hotel, at the same time, to have an NA Convention and NA Meetings while the AA Convention is going on!
The Croatia AA's want to be sure that everyone understands and knows that "Hey! This is NOT our idea! We didn't do it!"
So, if you're an AA that is going to attend the AA Convention in Croatia, beware! You could end up in an NA meeting -- and they might try to convince you that "it's okay -- you're in the right place! We don't care what you are... just come and join us!"