A reader asks: I … have a question about when would a meeting evolve to no longer be an AA meeting?
Page 563 of the Big Book answers:
Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A.group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation.
My personal feelings about it are that I’m glad it’s broad, and accepting. I don’t think that these “special” meeting threaten AA in a serious way. I don’t think that meetings that part from the traditions last long, or thrive or survive over time.