A year ago my home group moved locations.
No issue with that..
Prior to moving some members of our home group and others formed a non AA specific "foundation for recovery." The purpose of the "foundation" is to provide a meeting facility for AA and other 12 step programs at a reduced charge. The "foundation" will accept voluntary donations from sources outside and in additionn to the AA membership. The "foundations board of directors will manage those funds for 1)" the betterment of the facilities, 2) furthering the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, as the board may see fit." The "foundation" will DBA or operate as "The _____CLUB." The club will solicit dues paying members.
The issue that I have with the above purpose statement is a "foundation" or "club" stating that it will further the work of A.A. What? Since our A.A. group is not able to enter into a long term lease for better meeting facilities the individuals of "foundation" have stepped up to be accountable to a landlord for rent. For that I am truely grateful!
Here is where I am conflicted:
The "foundation" or "The Club" worked the group conscience into accepting a rent of 80% of our A.A. Groups Seventh Tradition Basket. A majority of our A.A. members who were present at the Group Conscience Meeting and voted for the 80% arrangement were "foundation or club" members" and mostly its board of directors. The "foundation" is now our A.A> groups landlord.
Thus far our AA group is the only "recovery" group meeting in the facility. OUR A.A. group provides the MAJORITY financial support to the "foundation DBA The _____Club".
The "foundation" has positioned itself with it's board of directors not the A.A. group for "furthering the work of Alcoholics Anonymous, as the board of directors may see fit."
While I have made the decision to vote with my feet and not be involved in any way with the "foundation DBA as the Club"- The Landlord. I love the A.A. fellowship and our A.A. group.
An A.A group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise,....."