First and foremost let me say that I am a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m also a part of a nonprofit women’s recovery organization (A2WG). I am anonymous in this blog so I will not be breaking tradition 11. Alcoholics Anonymous has the 12 traditions and the Ann Arbor Women’s Group has bylaws.
The Differences in Governance
Here’s where it gets a little dry, but bear with me, I promise it will get interesting soon.
The Ann Arbor Women’s Group has a board of directors and is ruled through its bylaws. Note that “rules” is a synonym for bylaw.
- a rule made by a company or society to control the actions of its members.
- a regulation made by a local authority; an ordinance.
Synonyms: rule, regulation, ordinance
Alcoholics Anonymous is guided by a set of principles. On a personal level the principles are the 12 steps and to preserve the AA group there are the 12 traditions. Note how different a bylaw is from a principle.