Well, no more! You now how the information necessary to start an ACA group in your area. Here’s how…
Before you get started, check here to be sure there really isn’t a meeting near you:
No meeting? Now try this:
#1 Order Paperwork for Starting a Meeting.
The first step to starting a meeting is sending in for paperwork. Use this link to select and order your materials (WSO sends the meeting materials via Priority mail, so you’ll receive the kit in less than a week).
The New Meeting Packet costs $7.00 and includes one of each of the WSO ACA pamphlets (history, banking/accounting practices, literature policy, and meeting issues and guidelines). You can buy this online with a credit card, or you can download and print their form, and mail the forms request in, with a check.
#2 Complete Contact Information Form Online.
So that people seeking a meeting can find you, complete this form with your contact information. The WSO keeps it confidential and gives your information only to individuals seeking a local ACA meeting.
#3 Register Your Meeting.
Make your meeting real by listing it with the WSO on their website, here:
#4 Advertise Your Meeting.
I suggest that you spread the word in additional, creative ways. How? You can put up fliers at colleges, cafes, banks, or community centers advertising the meeting; you could also put a posting on craigslist.com.
#5 Find & Reserve a Meeting Location.
Check with a local institution such as a school, hospital, or church – where a regular meeting can be held for free, or for a small donation. Try, if you can, to be sure that the location isn’t far from public transportation for those coming by foot.
Be sure that you understand what an ACA meeting is, and is not, and read the materials carefully. While you’re starting up the meeting yourself, it’s not “yours” exactly. In order for it to be a true ACA-approved meeting, you need to follow the guidelines and adhere to what the WHO stipulates.
And, if you don’t like the guidelines, definitely consider starting your own, unique support group (just don’t call it an ACA twelve step meeting!)
I’d love to know what kind of success you have starting your own meetings, so please report back and let us all know how it goes!