The purpose of the public information committee is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Utilizing literature and service material available on the A.A. World Services Website and working together, the members of the committee convey information to the general public, schools, students and media professionals. Questions pertaining to anonymity of AA members at the public level, what AA does and does not do, and how we can be found are our prime focus. The public information chair also works closely with the website committee overseeing our Area 79 Website and maintains the content of the "About AA" pages. It is also important to be in contact and available to DCM’s and District PI Committee Chairs for matters concerning PI at a district level.
As our co-founder, Bill W., wrote: Public Information takes many forms—the simple sign outside a meeting place that says “A.A. meeting tonight;” listing in local phone directories; distribution of A.A. literature; and radio and television shows using sophisticated media techniques. Whatever the form, it comes down to “one drunk carrying the message to another drunk,” whether through personal contact or through the use of third parties and the media.
The Public Information Committee Chair is an appointed position on the General Service Committee. For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson, please see the following Job Description.
For more information email Area 79 Public Information (PI) Committe Chair
To register your District Public Information Committee Chair, email Area 79 Registrar
The Public Information Committee (formed in 1956) very often overlaps with the Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee (CPC) and vice versa. We work very closely in Area 79, but are separate Committees. Many Districts join the two and find this works very well for them. These two Committees used to be one at the General Service Office and were separated as a result of an advisory action at the 1971 General Service Conference. For more information email Area 79 Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Committee Chair
For those wishing to submit their resumes for either an elected or appointed position on the Area 79 General Service Committee, please download the suggested service resume form Service Resume . The link will reroute you to our elections section of our website. The use of the resume form is not mandatory for either elected positions or appointed positions. However, its use does assist both the candidate and the Fellowship in several ways. These include the provision of consistent information in an organized way and assisting candidates in adhering to time limits for presentation of resumes.
To let your name stand for an appointed position please see: Elections Page
The following links are to pages on A.A.'s World Services Website (www.aa.org) from which the indicated resources may be accessed: