WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD SPONSOR,
AS MINNEAPOLIS SEES IT
July 1945 AA Grapevine
(Many groups have used to good advantage the
sponsor system, one of which is outlined below. Other
methods followed by other groups will be outlined in subsequent
1. Sincerity in A.A. and dry for certain length
2. Must have friendly attitude toward new member. If that is
not possible, do not accept the sponsorship.
3. Work on only one member at a time.
4. Come to all the classes with the new member.
5. Keep in close touch by telephone.
6. See that the new member comes to all the meetings and be there
7. See that he meets people.
8. Have older members talk to him.
9. Don't sell the club to new members.
10. Don't quote the big names in the group.
11. Uphold other members to the new member.
12. Do not encourage discussion of personalities.
13. Do not make things too easy, such as lending money, etc.
14. Help straighten out new member's financial and domestic
problems by pointing out what experience has shown to be the best
15. When drunk goes to another sponsor with
tales of persecution, if the second sponsor doesn't talk it over
with the first sponsor, the issue becomes one of personalities,
and the second sponsor will find that the slipper has outsmarted
16. Don't listen to a lot of gossip by slippers.
17. Second sponsor of same member should get in touch with the
first sponsor and find out what has been done - what were the
reactions of the slipper - so that he can't pull the same stuff on
the second sponsor.
18. If a new member alibis about coming to
classes and the Tuesday night meetings and the group meetings,
after a short while, the sponsor should impress on him the
importance of attendance at these meetings by both the husband and
the wife. If you can't get him to come, then he has put you
in a position where you cannot help him, as he will not let you.
So drop him. The seed has been planted; redirect your
energies elsewhere. Somewhere along the line he will be back
when he wants A.A.
19. A good sponsor will not have more than two
neophytes a year. But he will do a thorough job on those
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