I signed up to do the Beginner's meeting next Thursday. I was hesitant because I thought that I would need more time in the program. But there is an Al-Anon guideline for conducting a Beginner's meeting that doesn't seem too daunting.
Basically, I'm supposed to introduce newcomers to the Al-Anon program as well as inform them about the disease of alcoholism. I also share the experience, strength and hope that I found in Al-Anon. I'm supposed to mention the steps with particular emphasis on Steps One through Three.
There is something about still being a Beginner myself that makes me identify so with them. I also like the idea of introducing others to this great program. I've heard griping from a friend about Beginner's and how they are a pain. I don't understand that. To my mind, the teachings of the program are a legacy--one that is passed down from the lineage of my sponsor to me and eventually from me to others. I see Beginner's as the reason for having this program. They are the most important people at a meeting. I'm looking forward to this opportunity to do some service.