Panel Participant Guidelines
Panel Participants may well represent the first exposure to Alcoholic Anonymous for facility staff, clients or inmates. We serve our fellowship well when we project a positive image and conduct ourselves appropriately. “That which experience has taught us” suggest the following:
• We are guests in the facility and we conduct ourselves accordingly. Unfavorable commentary regarding the facility, the staff or the members is unproductive and discouraged.
• Appropriate attire is important. Knowledge of facility dress code is mandatory, if there is one. If unsure of guidelines, consult with panel leader. If in doubt, take the high road. Revealing attire or clothing depicting alcohol, drugs or vulgarity is not allowed. Jewelry and/or cash will often prevent entry to facility.
• There is a suggested minimum requirement of 90 days sobriety for panel participation. The facility may well have sobriety requirements of their own. Clearance application and orientation are often required as well.
• Please share your experience, strength and hope. Qualification and identification may be best balanced with recovery and sobriety. This is our attraction.
• There is nothing to be gained by talking down to any group. The use of profanity or vulgarity is discouraged.
• There is no need to exchange personal information with those attending the panel. Promises of jobs, favors, financial assistance and sponsorship are undesirable.
• Often, the only thing that you will be allowed to take into or out of the facility is approved AA literature.
• If you have a friend or relative at the facility, please refrain from participation. Often we are required to step aside, sometimes temporarily, when personal relations may conflict.
• Always keep your commitment. Maintain communication with the Panel Leader and notify of any difficulties.