WHAT I LEARNED: 1. This guideline mentioned a phrase that was very curious to me: “sponsoring a professional.” I had never thought of it that way before, but I guess a professional that isn’t aware of the program would be similar to a newcomer & would need a “go-to” person for guidance that was committed & knowledgeable…
2. Another thing that struck me was that Al-Anon is described as a credible community resource. This got me thinking about the importance of integrity not just within the rooms, but outside as well & how we (as a fellowship) are perceived by others. Traditions #6, 10, & 11 anyone???
3. Last but not least, according to this guideline, a professional subscription of The Forum magazine is available at a discounted rate. I’m going to look into this because I’m not sure if this info is still accurate. I’ll post an update to this entry on what I find so stay tuned…
**BONUS: An electronic version of this guideline can now be downloaded directly from the World Service Office website by clicking this link: G-29 Guideline
***UPDATE (9/15/14): Here’s the answer I just got back from the World Service Office regarding the discounted professional subscription to The Forum magazine: “Thank you for your email regarding the Guideline G-29. To answer your question, the information on the Guideline is incorrect and hasn’t been revised in a very long time. The price for all Forum subscriptions in US is $11.00 USD and overseas/Canada the price is $23.00. We have brought this information to the attention of the appropriate department for correction.”