Western Washington Area 72
Pandemic 2020: Challenge and Response
An Archives Project
We are living in a time when fundamental changes have occurred within and outside of Area 72. Rather than wait 10 or 20 years to ask the question, “How has the pandemic changed our Area?”, it might be valuable to gather some of that history now, as it unfolds. A summary of the research could make one or more very informative articles for our newsletter (or not). The body of this work will be valuable to future researchers.
One way to approach this question might be to survey members of the Area. There should be questions seeking quantifiable information, like the number of home groups before the pandemic and the number of zoom meetings now. Other lines of inquiry might reveal the heart of AA: how have we helped each other cope with this?
Below is a survey for members of the Area. We already know that shutdown responses may not have been optimal by everyone all the time. We are members from all walks of life dealing with an unfolding crisis. It must be stated up front that this survey is not going to be used to blame or shame anyone or raise them to hero status either. We just want to gather facts and catch the “spirit of the moment” be it full of fear, or hell-bent to save the world, or more likely a trudge down the middle of the road more-or-less together.
The goals of this survey are to:
- Inform a future historical document concerning Area 72 and the pandemic.
- Possibly identify some areas of strength and weakness for consideration by current and future servants.
- Provide members with a view of our area, our strengths, the challenges we face and our common ongoing effort to keep the hand of AA available to all who may need it.
- Inspire new members into deeper levels of service.
This survey is not intended to make a lot of work for you. However, if you can better answer a question by looking back at notes or making a phone call, the extra effort will help us understand what has happened and where things stand in our area at the time of the survey.
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