DISTRICT 11 INVITES YOU
2019 Agenda Items Workshop
Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Alano Club 1050 State St. Redding, CA
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Presentations by CNIA Area 07 Past Delegates
Panel 44 Delegate, Inez Y.; Panel 58 Delegate, Lee W.
COME FIND OUT WHAT SUGGESTED CHANGES TO AA ARE ON THIS YEAR’S AGENDA.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
2019 General Service Conference Committees
A. Review suggestions for the theme of the 2020 General Service Conference.
B. Review presentation/discussion topic ideas for the 2020 General Service Conference.
C. Discuss workshop topic ideas for the 2020 General Service Conference.
D. Review the General Service Conference Evaluation Form, process and 2018 Evaluation Summary.
E. Discuss report on the Conference Agenda Process from the trustees’ Committee on the General Service Conference.
II. Cooperation with the Professional Community
A. Discuss progress on implementation of A.A.W.S. LinkedIn page.
B. Consider request to remove text “They may help arrange hospitalization” from the pamphlet “Alcoholics Anonymous in Your Community.”
C. Review contents of C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.
A. Consider request for a review of all corrections related literature in order to make the language more modern and inclusive.
B. Consider request that the General Service Office establish and help maintain a database of Correctional Facilities in each service area in the U.S. and Canada and the status of meetings held therein.
C. Review contents of Corrections Kit and Workbook.
A. Review suggested area contribution for delegate expense for the Conference.
B. Review the Conference-approved level of $5,000 for individual bequests to the General Service Board from A.A. members.
C. Review the Conference-approved maximum annual contribution of $5,000 to the General Service Board from an individual A.A. member.
D. Review Self-Support Packet.
A. Consider the list of suggested AA Grapevine book topics for 2020 and later.
B. Consider request to remove the “Alcoholism at Large” section from AA Grapevine.
C. Review progress report on AA Grapevine Workbook revisions.
D. Review AA Grapevine Fellowship Feedback Survey and summary.
A. Review progress report on the development of the pamphlet for Spanish-speaking women in A.A.
B. Review progress report on the development of the pamphlet on A.A.’s Three Legacies.
C. Consider requests to develop a Fifth Edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous
D. Review progress report regarding updating the video “Your General Service Office, the Grapevine and the General Service Structure.”
E. Review progress report on the update regarding text on anonymity to the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”
F. Consider the development of a Literature Committee Workbook.
G. Review progress report on the update to the pamphlet “Too Young?”
H. Review progress report on the update to the pamphlet “Young People and A.A.”
I. Review proposed revision to A.A. World Services’ “Policy on Publication of Literature: Updating Pamphlets and Other A.A. Materials.”
J. Consider request to revise the pamphlet “The A.A. Group.”
K. Review progress report regarding the update to the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated.”
L. Review progress report regarding language on safety and A.A. for inclusion in Living Sober and “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”
M. Consider revising the Foreword to the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
N. Consider suggestion to add “Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers” to the end of the open meeting side of the Primary Purpose (blue) card.
O. Consider request to update the pamphlet “The Twelve Steps Illustrated.”
P. Review matrix of A.A. recovery literature.
A. Review dates for the 2022 General Service Conference.
B. Review report from G.S.O.’s general manager on General Service Conference site selection.
C. Consider a process for how a Conference committee could review, discuss and act on proposed agenda items not forwarded to a Conference committee.
D. Discuss the process of approving qualified representatives from other A.A. service structures to observe the U.S. and Canada General Service Conference.
E. Discuss a request to “develop a procedure to deal with special requests/agenda items.”
F. Consider revising the “Process for Polling the General Service Conference Between Annual Meetings.”
G. Reconsider the 1986 Advisory Action regarding a simple majority vote by the full Conference.
VIII. Public Information
A. Review 2018 annual reports from the trustees’ Public Information Committee regarding aa.org and aagrapevine.org.
B. Review a report regarding the 2019 Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan.
C. Public Service Announcements (PSAs):
- Review the distribution and tracking information for the video PSA “Changes.”
- Review the 2018 Report on the Relevance and Usefulness of Video Public Service Announcements.
- Consider request that the video PSA “My World” be discontinued.
- Consider request to approve the development of a new PSA in video format that utilizes full-face actors (not members of A.A.).
D. Review draft language addressing anonymity and safety proposed for the pamphlet “Understanding Anonymity.”
E. Consider request to update language in the flyer “A.A. at a Glance.”
F. Review the 2018 trustees’ Public Information Committee progress report on the usefulness and effectiveness of the A.A.W.S. YouTube account.
G. Review the 2018 trustees’ Public Information progress report on the use of Google AdWords and Google Grants to carry the A.A. message.
H. Review contents of P.I. Kit and Workbook.
IX. Report and Charter
A. Discuss General Service Conference Final Report.
B. The A.A. Service Manual, 2018 – 2020 • Review progress report from A.A.W.S. Publishing Department on the redesign of The A.A. Service Manual.
C. Discuss A.A. Directories (Canada, Eastern U.S., and Western U.S.)
X. Treatment and Accessibilities
A. Consider revising the pamphlet “Bridging the Gap” to include related corrections activities.
B. Consider adding a story from an A.A. member who is deaf to the pamphlet “Access to A.A.: Members Share on Overcoming Barriers.”
C. Consider updating the pamphlet “A.A. for the Older Alcoholic – Never too Late.”
D. Discuss the concept of posting anonymity-protected interviews on aa.org with military professionals about their experience with A.A.
E. Review draft of proposed Remote Communities Kit.
F. Review contents of Treatment Committee Kit and Workbook.
G. Review contents of Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.
A. Review resumes of candidates for:
- Northeast Regional Trustee
- Southwest Regional Trustee
B. Review slates of trustees and officers of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc.
C. Review slate of directors of A.A. World Services, Inc.
D. Review slate of directors of AA Grapevine, Inc.
E. Review draft procedures for partial or complete reorganization of the General Service Board.
A. Consider request to add the 1940s home movie of the co-founders and their wives to the video “Markings on the Journey.”
B. Review Archives Workbook.
XIII. International Conventions/Regional Forums
A. Discuss an anonymity-protected photograph of the flag ceremony to be taken at the 2020 International Convention.
B. Consider a broadcast of the 2020 International Convention Opening Flag Ceremony, similar to the anonymity-protected delayed Internet broadcast of the 2015 International Convention Opening Flag Ceremony.
C. Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.
Available in original format at https://wp.me/a3ta1W-lQ
At the Area Planning Committee in December they chose the locations for the 2020 assemblies. There were a number of district willing to host assemblies, but they can only choose four. Thank you to all of the districts who put in a bid. For 2020, the host districts are:
- Winter Assembly – District 53 (Sacramento)
- Pre-Conference – District 21 (Roseville)
- Post-Conference – District 53 (Fresno)
- Election Assembly – District 19 (Marysville)
PS: The 2019 Assemblies are:
- Jan 19–20 Winter Assembly Selma (D53)
- Apr 13–14 Pre-Conference Assembly Nevada City (D20)
- June 22–23 Post-Conference Assembly Woodland (D17) *** Normally May
- Nov 15–17 Election Assembly Visalia (D55)
Frequently Asked Questions about the
A.A.W.S./G.S.O. YouTube Channel
Q. Why YouTube?
A. The YouTube Nonprofit Program is a powerful tool that will allow Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. to accomplish three goals:
a. Share A.A. video content more broadly in a contemporary medium while improving our search engine optimization; making A.A. easier to find.
b. House A.A.W.S. video content in a location which gives local service structures and Intergroups the ability to embed this video content directly into their websites.
c. Measure and improve engagement with the general public, professional community, those seeking help, and local service structures.
Excerpt from BOX 459 for Holiday 2018, A.A.’s Quarterly Newsletter. For more of this article (total 12 Q/A’s), or other articles from this issue, visit https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/box-4-5-9-news-and-notes-from-gso
The CNIA Mini-PRAASA, held in non-election years,
is when the Area holds their Inventory. This is a guide.
Greetings Trusted Servants,
It’s that time of the panel again for taking the Area’s Inventory. A committee of DCMs have submitted five questions that will be used for the discussion at the Mini-PRAASA, in October. I wanted to give the GSRs the opportunity to share the questions with their perspective groups and come prepared to share with us at the assembly.
They are as follows:
Are we doing enough at district level to encourage and attract the newcomer/members? Are we having enough workshops/Unity Day gatherings?
How do we create a positive atmosphere with the GSRs to do outreach to groups? How do we get at least a phone contact so the groups can be better informed from the district, area, and GSO? Creating a consciousness of unity within the district.
In what ways can CNIA 07 help DCMs encourage non-participating groups to become more active in the service structure?
Are the area officers doing enough to help and encourage the DCMs to have these much needed workshops/ panels, etc. to carry the message to the alcoholic still suffering?
How can the Area better carry the message of our Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service?
GSRs please bring an extra copy of your groups conscience on the inventory questions to the Mini PRAASA. This way we can get all answers collected and put into the Area notes for the inventory. Thank you for your service to your groups and the Area.
Matthew L. CNIA Alt-Chair, Panel 68
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Participation in All of A.A. — Is My Triangle Balanced?
In A.A., this symbol represents the three parts of our program (recovery, unity, service), which are the solutions to the three-part disease of alcoholism (physical, mental and spiritual). The circle surrounding the triangle represents Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. The equilateral triangle is the strongest construction structure known to us. Because all three sides are equal, the triangle represents the balance required among all 36 principles in order for us to stay sober. The body should be triangular, stable — the mind, circular, open.
The triangle represents the means for generation of good energy, and is the most stable physical posture. The circle symbolizes serenity and perfection, and is the source of unlimited potential. Together they represent the perfect union of mind and body.
Recovery (bottom of the triangle): The Twelve Steps are known as recovery, and it is the entire foundation of our program. Consequently, it is the bottom of the triangle, holding up unity and service. There are three basic principles of our spiritual program of action that can be summed up in a formula of three words: awareness, honesty and responsibility. I realize that for this formula to work, I have to apply it to my entire life. There is no compartment of my life that can be immune to the application of these concepts. They are to be applied equally to my inner life, my outer life, to my personal life and my public life, to my work life, my social life, to my family relationships, to my business relationships and my personal friendships. Recovery is absorbed rather than learned, caught rather than taught. For me this is my recovery foundation.
Unity (left side of triangle): The concept of unity first suggests joining a home group and actually participating in the meetings (not just sitting in a chair). The group and its members are responsible for making sure that the door to the meeting is open and there for the newcomer. Tradition One (long form): “Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward.”
Joining the home group and actually participating in the group conscience meetings does not mean we will agree on everything. That is when I understood that agreeing to disagree is acknowledging another person’s opinion. This is Tradition Two: “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.” For me, this is a practice of acceptance. Tradition Four also plays a big part in unity — “Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.” This helps us not to lose our group individuality. However, in order to follow the Twelve Traditions, our group should not do things that will affect A.A. as a whole. In following these traditions, we will remain unified.
While A.A. structure is important and can be identified as a result of, or reflect, our unity, even when A.A. is not structured and seems to be completely fractious, our principles and common interests can and do unite us. Therefore, we have the A.A. Declaration of Unity: “This we owe to A.A.’s future: To place our common welfare first; To keep our fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives, And the lives of those to come.”
Service (right side of triangle): “Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a phone call or sitting down for a cup of coffee and listening to another alcoholic. The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service. Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship. Vital to A.A.’s growth, these services, whether performed by individuals, groups, areas, or A.A. as a whole, are utterly vital to our existence and growth.”
In order for A.A. to continue to grow and keep the doors open for the newcomer, I have to take the responsibility of carrying the message of A.A. Alcoholics Anonymous will always need people to explain the A.A. structure to all who wish to be informed or helped. This means answering inquiries, fostering new groups, and distributing our standard books and publications. We shall also need others who can research important questions about our general policy or A.A. Traditions. (“Third Legacy Pamphlet,” October 1950).
I have a responsibility if I want to stay sober and give back what was so freely given to me. This is where I apply the Responsibility Declaration: “I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible” Jamie B., Northeast Ohio
The Final Conference Report is available. The Print Version will be disseminated later on, but for those eager to explore more than what CNIA Delegate reported, the digital anonymity-protected version is available to download at the CNIA Website on the Delegate’s Page. Note that it is the first item on the page, titled: 68th GSC Final Rpoert
Also, while this is the “scrubbed” version, it still should be treated as “restricted access” for AA member’s eyes only.
It is also available here (on the District Website) under the 2018 Conference Results Menu. This is a Pass-word Protected Area. For those that don’t remember, or even have, the PW for 2018, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For ease of use, it is recommended that members use the CNIA Website that is not PW Protected.
CNIA Chair Report for September Accents
Our Finance Committee has been hard at work preparing the spending plan for 2019. Thanks to Herminia, Julie, Brad, Barb and Vikki for all of their hard work. Herminia presented the draft at the August ACM and I hope that a copy has made its way to your homegroup. We will be discussing the spending plan at the ACM again this month. The Finance Committee will be presenting the spending plan at the Assembly in October and I’m confident that we should be able to get it approved. I’m so grateful to all of your groups for your 7th Tradition support.
September starts the busy season in General Service. In addition to the Assembly in October, the Pacific Region Forum was September 7–9 and the 17th Local Hispanic General Service Forum (Foro) is December 2 in Lindsay, and District 53 has won the bid to host the La Viña Anniversary Regional Event celebrating the 23rd anniversary of La Viña next year. I’m also pleased to announce that CNIA is supporting the 3rd Annual Hispanic Women’s Workshop on December 1 in San Francisco.
Finally, at the August ACM, we discussed the date change for the 2019 General Service Conference. Because of some scheduling issues at the General Service Office, the Conference is being moved to May 19–25, necessitating changes to the Post Conference Assembly. The Pre-Conference Assembly can’t be rescheduled, but the Post Conference Assembly is moving to June 22-23 in District 17. Thanks to Barb for making this happen.
Thanks, as always, for your service to AA.
In service, Jenn D. CNIA Chair Panel 68
For complete Accents, see CNIA Website this and past issues.