Hello Keith! In my book, there is nothing wrong with long-distance sponsoring -- if you're hooked up with a good sponsor. For many years, alkies had nothing other than snail mail that took several weeks to get to New York and back to them. They had no meetings. No sponsors. All they had was their Big Book. They followed the instructions in the book and then 12 Stepped others... and eventually a Fellowship with meetings and sponsors sprung up around them. Chapter 11, of the BB, addresses this.
That may spark some discord with some AA's today. But, they can always put me on their resentment list. That's the way they did it back when this deal was just starting. And, today -- we still have many areas, even here in the USA, that have no meetings, no fellowship and no sponsors. A guy or girl gets a book, get's sober and then 12 Steps and sponsors others, that eventually sponsor others.
It is a nice luxury that some experience -- some like I did -- I was able to get sober in AA where there were many good AA's and meetings and groups. I could have easily picked out at least a hundred guys that would have made a great sponsor for me.
In regards to a forum topic on Step 12 ... look here in the "12 Steps" section of the forum for a title that will be on a topic of Step 12. I think we have at least one of them. Then, either add on to it, if you like, or just start a new topic and title it Step 12, here in the "12 Steps" section.
We have a long-standing rule here in the forum: If you don't find what you're looking for -- grab yourself a cup of coffee -- pull yourself up to the keyboard... and start whatever it is you can't find! And, we'll just follow you!