Opening Flag Ceremony


One can view the Opening Flag Ceremony

One of the highlights of each International Convention is the parade of flags of those countries represented at the Convention, which takes place at the Opening Meeting on Friday evening. For the 2015 International Convention the General Service Conference has approved an encrypted, anonymity-protected Internet broadcast of the 2015 International Convention Opening Flag Ceremony. Access to the broadcast, which will be available through G.S.O.’s A.A. website (, will begin on Saturday, July 4 and end on Monday, July 6, 2015, at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.


From BOX 459 Summer Issue


2015 Conference Advisory Actions and Additional Considerations

Conference Advisory Actions represent recommendations made by the standing committees and approved by the Conference body as a whole; or recommendations discussed and voted upon by all Conference members during general sessions. Some Advisory Actions and a few additional committee considerations appear below in condensed form. A complete list will be published in the Final Conference Report.

Advisory Actions

Agendathat the theme for the 2016 General Service Conference be: “Our Spiritual Way of Life: Steps, Traditions and Concepts;” that the presentation/discussion topics for the 2016 Conference be: Connecting With the Newcomer, Connecting With Each Other, Connecting With A.A. as a Whole.

Financethat Phase 1 of the G.S.O. proposed plan to translate pre-Conference and Conference material into Spanish and French be implemented beginning with the 2016, 66th General Service Conference.

Grapevinethat the revised pamphlet “A.A. Grapevine and La Viña: Our Meeting in Print” be approved.

Literaturethat the revised pamphlet “Your A.A. General Service Office” be approved with minor changes; that the pamphlet “A.A. and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic” be updated to include recovery experiences of bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming A.A.s; that literature be developed for the alcoholic with mental health issues; that the pamphlet “A.A. for the Woman” be revised.

Policy/Admisionsthat the 68th General Service Conference be held April 22–28, 2018; that the policy regarding General Service Conference audio recordings be revised.

Public Informationthat the A.A. Membership Survey pamphlet and display be updated to reflect the findings of the 2014 Membership Survey; that the proposed video public service announcement, “Doors,” be approved with changes; that the public service announcements “A Force of Nature” and “Testimonials” be discontinued.

Report and Charterthat various copy changes and information be made to The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service; that a limited run of the A.A. Regional Directories (Eastern U.S., Western U.S. and Canada) be printed annually for purchase upon request.

Trusteesthat the slate of trustees be elected at the annual meeting of the members of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. in April 2015.

Additional Considerations

Archivesthe committee reviewed the Archives Workbook noting minor changes and a new section “Sharing on Digital Archives.”

Cooperation With the Professional Communitythe committee asked that the trustees’ committee continue to read and review the selection of pamphlets included in the C.P.C. Kit.

Correctionsthe committee discussed the Corrections Correspondence Service (C.C.S.) and requested that the trustees’ Corrections Committee review the effectiveness of the criteria for linking alcoholics behind the walls with outside A.A.s.; the committee discussed ways to engage members in Corrections service.

International Conventions/Regional Forumsthe committee heard information and updates on the upcoming 2015 International Convention; the committee discussed ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and how to attract first-time attendees.

Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilitiesthe committee supports the trustees’ committee’s request for the A.A.W.S. Board to consider posting contents of A.A. literature items, produced in audio format and G.S.O.’s website.

Estimates of Groups and Members as of January 1, 20151

                                                                              Groups        Members

United States                                                      60,143       1,283,704

Canada                                                                  5,079            89,793

Sub-Total                                                       65,222        1,373,497

Correctional facilities2                                                  1,440                   35,349

Internationalists                                                         2                    20

Lone Members                                                            0                    59

Total                                                                66,664       1,408,925

Outside U.S. & Canada3                                             48,662               631,704

Grand Total                                                      115,326      2,040,629


  1. The General Service Office does not keep membership records. The information shown here is based on reports given by groups listed with G.S.O., and does not represent an actual count of those who consider themselves A.A. members.
  2. U.S. and Canada only.
  3. We are aware of A.A. activity in more than 170 countries, including 61 autonomous general service offices in other lands. Annually we attempt to contact those G.S.O.s and groups that request to be listed in our records. Where current data is lacking we use an earlier year’s figure.

Box 4-5-9, Summer 2015

In Service to AA as a Whole


On January 16 and 17, 2016, District 11 is hosting the California Northern Interior Area 07 Winter Assembly, part of the General Service structure. This assembly serves an area stretching from the Oregon border to below Fresno and more than two hundred service-minded attendees are expected.

If you want to be of Service beyond the group level, this is an opportunity to serve Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. There are several committee chairs that need to be filled with associated volunteers. At the District meeting on June 28 there will be a kick-off session. Alano Club main meeting room at 3:30; doors open before 3 for questions and answers.

Below are descriptions of suggested committees.


HOST  CHAIRoversees all operations, is the contact for the venue, directs and assists committee chairs, updates and informs CNIA 07 Alternate chair, makes housekeeping announcements at event.

LODGING CHAIRcreates flyer with info and dates, AA Guidelines indicate no personal phone numbers or addresses. Arranges nearby hotels within close mileage of venue. Works with local hotels to get a package or large party “deal”.  Recruits volunteers and rooms for back-to-basic housing.  Be willing to make contact and arrangements for those wishing to participate in back-to-basic-housing.

REGISTRATION CHAIRoversees all incoming registration online, in person, us mail; maintains spreadsheet of registrants.  Creates badges, forms a team of 5-7 people for day of assembly. Ensures that registration forms are available for onsite registration and takes registrations at each assembly prior to and during the event.

TREASURER-handles all financial transactions including purchases, down payments and deposits.  The Treasurer assists and works directly with Registration Chair. The Treasurer sets up possibly a separate bank account for assembly also PO Box and or uses district PO Box for incoming registrations.

BANQUET CHAIRworks directly with caterer or in-house team- oversees menu, works with treasurer for down payments, does meal counts, set-up, clean-up, and serving.

SUGGESTED MENU:  1-2 meat dishes, and 1 vegetarian dish, Starch and vegetable side, roll with butter


COFFEE:  Fully in charge of all coffee services. This includes the service for regular, decaf, tea, hot chocolate, and accompanying supplies. Maintains coffee bins and receptacles. Takes inventory of coffee and supplies and makes list to purchase enough to serve 400 cups of coffee. Keeps coffee purchases separate from snack bar income.

SNACK BAR: Purchases all water, soda, and snacks for snack bar. May accept home baked goods, hot dogs, fruit cups, etc. This is separate and of no concern of CNIA 07, all proceeds to go back to district.


SET UPand SIGN PLACEMENT   Team of 5-7 volunteers for Friday night or Saturday morning venue set up with Alternate chair. Team to go off site to post signs 1/2 mile leading to venue.

SATURDAY NIGHT CLEAN UP– 1-2 persons to empty garbage and clear tables after dinner and service at ice cream social.

SUNDAY CLEAN-UP- and INVENTORY EXCHANGE – tear off paper on tables, remove banners and signs from walls, gather crayons and candy from tables, pack bins neatly and ensure all CNIA 07 items are packed. Retrieves off sites signs, returns to venue to make exchange with next incoming host committee, completes inventory checklist, provides copy to incoming host committee chair and Area Alt chair.

14th Annual Red Bluff Recovery Roundup


Veterans Memorial Hall
735 Oak St.
Red Bluff, California

Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 20

Registration opens 8:00am
(onsite registration $15, meals may still be available for $$$ extra)

Marathon Meetings begin 8:00am and run all day

Old Timers Panel 9:00am-10:00am

Morning Speaker Meeting: Cynthia D from Cottonwood, CA. 10:30am-12:00pm

Lunch 12:00pm-1:00pm

Early-Afternoon Speaker Meeting: Linda from Dixon, CA. 1:00pm-2:30pm

Afternoon Speaker Meeting: Will R. from Martinez, CA. 3:00pm-4:30pm

Dinner 5:00pm-6:00pm

Young Peoples Panel 6:00pm-7:00pm

Evening Speaker Meeting: Troy W. from El Sobrante, CA. 7:30pm- 9:00pm