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Here are some frequently asked questions about AA and/or the Western Club.
 
Q. What does "Open meeting:", "Closed meeting", and "Open Speaker meeting" mean on the meeting schedule.
 
A.  Open meetings are for anyone interested in coming to a meeting.
A   Closed meetings are generally for AA members only-"The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking" People who think they may have a problem with alcohol and may want to stop drinking are also welcome at closed meetings.
A. Open Speaker Meetings are open meetings with a speaker. Which means anyone seeking information on Alcoholism may attend. Attendees usually do not participate or share in the meeting.
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Q. What are meetings like?
A. Meetings other than speaker meetings are called discussion meetings and usually have a chairperson who opens the meeting, shares on a topic based on recovery for a few minutes and then calls on other attendees to share on the subject. Some people share and others simply say they would rather listen.
 
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Q How long do meetings last?
A Meetings last for one hour.
 
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Q Can you come late or leave early.
A Yes-People frequently arrive late and sometimes leave early,but please be respectful.
 
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Q What do people wear.
A There is no dress code,but be respectful of yourself and others.
 
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Q What about "Drug Addicts"
A  Experience has shown that many people are dually addicted to drugs and alcohol. Anyone is welcome who "Has a desire to stop drinking".