Tradition 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole.
Tradition 9. AA, as such, ought never be organised; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
Tradition 5 is important: structures and formats are often chosen to promote Tradition 5 above all else. This is not bad. It is a group's prerogative.
Tradition 1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.
Concept IV. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional 'Right of Participation,' allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge.
Tradition 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.