View from the Pavilion, Sunday Morning, 8:00 am Inner Peace Group Meeting in Punta Gorda, FL

District 5 General Service Committee
South Florida Area 15

District 5 is made up of 130 Groups that created the District years ago to coordinate 12th Step Work or General Service Work. Each group elects a General Service Representative (GSR) who carries the informed group conscience to District 5 meetings and links the group to AA as a whole.


Throughout the world, individuals like you help AA Groups carry the message of AA’s 12 Steps to sick and suffering alcoholics, offering hope, help, and a new way of life.  This site is for those interested in learning how the message of each individual in each AA group has a voice on the direction of AA.

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS© is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

  • The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.
  • A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
  • Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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Is A.A. for You?

Twelve questions only you can answer.

We who are in A.A. came because we finally gave up trying to control our drinking. We still hated to admit that we could never drink safely. Then we heard from other A.A. members that we were sick. (We thought so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the disease of alcoholism.

12 questions only you can answer.
Is AA for you?

We decided to try and face up to what alcohol had done to us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly. If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep trouble with our drinking. See how you do. Remember, there is no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.

Only you can decide whether you want to give A.A. a try — whether you think it can help you.   Click here for the 12 questions.

Find Out More at AA.org

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Like other illnesses, alcoholism strikes all kinds of people. So the men and women in A.A. are of all races and nationalities, all religions and no religion at all. They are rich and poor and just average. They work at all occupations, as lawyers and housewives, teachers and truck drivers, waitresses and members of the clergy.


We are all different. We are all pretty special people. But we are also all alcoholics and all sober in A.A. together. In this, we are more like each other than different. Here in A.A., we find the shared humanity that enables us to live out our widely different lives and pursue our separate and individual destinies. You are welcome to join us.