The "Plain and
Straight" is the newsletter of Pinellas County Intergroup. It
contains articles of interest, upcoming events, group contributions,
anniversaries and much more.
For an insightful look into
the Steps, be sure to read the column by the Pinellas County Intergroup
Chairperson, Virginia M., the Chair for 2013.
To find out if your group is supporting Central Office, check out the
Group Contributions page. Take the time to read the entire newsletter as it will
keep you up to date on happenings in Pinellas County AA! The
as well as past issues from our archives, are listed below for viewing or
Here are some suggestions
to help spread the word about the "Plain and
Be sure to make an
announcement to your group each month when the new issue is delivered by
briefly explaining that it is the official newsletter of AA in Pinellas
County. It's helpful to highlight an article you found interesting or
site some of the events coming up.
newsletter around your group - place it on chairs and tables so people
can read it before the meeting starts.
Assign someone to
personally hand out the newsletter to each newcomer and explain what it
If you have a
"newcomer" section at your meeting, be sure the P&S is readily available
Donate your old copies
to rehabs, detox centers, and even other meetings that might not be
getting them each month.
If you hand out
newcomer packets, include it along with the other literature in the
The Plain and Straight
Committee is always looking for articles, so please email anything you have
by using our
Email Contact Form.
"There are no requirements" for writing articles. They can be anything
from a couple of lines to several paragraphs and can be on any topic
relating to AA. Here are some ideas for articles:
If you're a founding
member of your group, or it's just been around for a long time, write
about its history and any hardships it's had to overcome along the way.
Write an article about
your recovery for the issue of your anniversary month.
What was the easiest
step for you? The hardest? Why?
Tell us about meetings
you've attended in other states and/or other countries. How were they
the same? How were they different?
Explain why a certain
slogan or saying in AA is your favorite.
How did you come to
choose your home group? How did you choose your sponsor - or did s/he
If you've had a
spiritual experience, when and what was it?
What has the program
given you that you never had before?
Tell us about the
service work you've done and how it enriched your recovery.
If your submission is
accepted by the Committee, it will be printed in the next issue of the Plain
and Straight, so don't be shy. Submit something today!