EAI Thank-a-Thon Guidelines
EAI 12th Step Committee Guidelines for Thank-A-Thons
Description of a Thank-A-Thon: Meeting held every hour on the hour on US Thanksgiving Day with two or more speakers* focusing on the theme of gratitude and using the Thank-A-Thon Format.
Suggestions for a meeting that would like to host a Thank-a-Thon:
- Decide by the September business meeting
- Select two people to be Thank-a-Thon contacts
Job Description for Thank-a-Thon Contacts:
Must have 2 years of abstinence, completion of an AWOL and be working with an FA sponsor, willing to have their name and phone number on FA website.
- Obtain Speakers, or find a Speaker Seeker*
- Work with the PI Committee for help in obtaining media coverage
- Keep track of number of attendees, number of newcomers, and how many newcomers got a sponsor (if possible)
- Give time, location and contact info to Thank-a-thon Coordinator before October’s Intergroup at email@example.com.
*It is suggested that the Speakers and Speaker Seekers also have 2 years of abstinence, completion of an AWOL and be working with an FA sponsor.
Items to Consider:
- Determine the logistics of the Thank-a-Thon: Location and length of time (i.e. 8am-12pm). Length can also be 2hrs.
- Speaker Qualification: The length of the speaker’s qualification depends on the number of attendees able to share but it is suggested that it is at least 15 minutes. End the meeting 5 minutes before the hour to ensure a timely start for the next session.
- The 7th Tradition: is passed during each meeting, and the same basket is passed to the next hour. A designated person usually the last speaker collects the money and returns it to the hosting meetings treasurer. The 7th Tradition is handled as it would in a regular meeting.
- Meeting Closer: person with 6 months or more of continuous abstinence is designated to make sure the meeting place is locked and restored to order.
Please contact the FA-EAI 12th Step Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or for more detailed instructions.
Revised September 2018
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