2016 GSC Preliminary Agenda Items


Note: These are preliminary. In February the Final Agenda Items and the corresponding Background Information (anywhere from 400 to 600 PDF pages) CD will be published. As in years past, the Background CD will be broken down by topics to email-able sizes for those that want a head start on presenting to groups.

2016 General Service Conference Committees Preliminary Agenda Items

Below are the preliminary agenda items for the 66th General Service Conference committees as of November 3, 2015. During the February meetings of the trustees’ committees, additional items received by the December 15th deadline may be assigned to appropriate Conference committees. Please keep in mind that this is a preliminary list and agenda items may be added or subject to change by the trustees’ committees at the February board weekend.

I. Agenda

II. Archives

  • Explore ways to encourage groups to write or update their histories.
  • Review the Archives workbook.

III. Cooperation with the Professional Community

  • Review contents of C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.
  • Consider retiring the pamphlet “Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W.”

IV. Corrections

  • Review contents of Corrections Kit and Workbook.

V. Finance

VI. Grapevine

  • Review Audio Strategy status update.
  • Consider list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2017 or later.
  • Review Grapevine Workbook.

VII. International Conventions/Regional Forums

  • Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.

VIII. Literature

  • Consider the development of a plain language version of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Review a report on the lack of corresponding pagination between Conference-approved digital and print books.

IX. Policy/Admissions

  • Review report from the trustees’ Committee on the General Service Conference regarding Conference observers from other fellowships.
  • Consider request that all Conference members be sent the same background
    material, with the exception of digital media and works in progress.
  • Review dates for the 2019 General Service Conference.

X. Public Information

  • Review contents of P .1. Kit and Workbook.

XI. Report and Charter

  • The AA Service Manual, 2016-2017 Edition:
  1. Review list of editorial updates.
  2. Consider draft text for a new section on “Local Forums” to be added to Chapter 9.
  3. Review report on alternative publishing schedules.
  • Consider removing “Endnote #4” of Concept XII on page 73 of Twelve Concepts for World Service.
  • Discuss AA Directories (Canada, Eastern U.S., Western U.S., and International).
  • Discuss General Service Conference Final Report.
  1. Review report from the Publishing Department on the feasibility of producing a large print format.

XII. Treatment/Special Needs—Accessibilities

  • Consider removing “Special Needs” from the committee name, Cooperation with the Professional Community/Treatment/Special Needs—Accessibilities and throughout their Composition, Scope and Procedure.
  • Review contents of Treatment Committee Kit and Workbook.
  • Review contents of Special Needs-Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.

XIII. Trustees

  • Review resumes of candidates for:
  1. West Central trustee
  2. Western Canada trustee
  • Review slates of trustees and officers of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Review slate of directors of AA World Services, Inc.
  • Review slate of directors of AA Grapevine, Inc.

XIV. International Conventions/Regional Forums

  • Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.

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District Meeting probable change…


We feel a clarification is needed.

The next District 11 meeting will be this Sunday, Jan. 24.

On the agenda is:

Proposal: District 11 GSR meetings revert to Second Sunday of the Month

History: Up until 3 years ago, district meetings were held the second Sunday. They were changed to fourth Sunday to follow CNIA ACMs. At that time there was no conflict with CNIA schedule since the only times the fourth Sunday followed the third Saturday were on ACM weekends.

However, last November the fourth Sunday conflicted with an Assembly. It will conflict again this year in May, the Post-Conference Assembly, and again in 2017 with the Winter Assembly. These conflicts necessitated, or will necessitate, a change to the last Sunday. Another conflict is with Christmas. This year it fell on the Holiday weekend, and in 2016 Christmas falls on the fourth Sunday.

By reverting to second Sunday, we don’t have to reschedule. It also allows more participation by REDYPAA that has their business meeting on the 4th Sunday at 4 pm.

It was discussed last meeting with what appeared to be overwhelming support; however, it needs a motion to be approved (which was put off until the January meeting). It is a housekeeping issue, so only needs a simple majority. If approved, February’s meeting will be the second Sunday, Feb. 14. The Club has already had a head’s up.

Also, since we pay for the 30 minutes before convening at 3:30, that time can be used (as it was some years ago) for questions, answers, about GSR responsibilities. Again, a straw poll reveals a desire by newbies for this time.

Program for Winter Assembly


This is the Schedule of Events for the CNIA Winter Assembly

Saturday, January 16, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm Registration
12:00pm (Noon)
Assembly Convenes
GSR Preamble
Traditions and Concepts
Roll Call
12:30pm – 12:45pm
Weekend Overview
Welcome to General Service in CNIA
Kelley M. – Past Delegate Panel 64
12:45pm – 1:15pm
Consideration of Minutes
7th Tradition
Liaison Reports
Appointed Chair Reports
Officer Reports
1:15pm – 1:45pm Delegate Report
1:45pm – 2:45pm DCM reports
2:45 pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm GSR School
4:00pm – 4:15pm Break
4:15pm – 5:15pm
Panel 1: So, You’re a New GSR…
• New GSR Experience
• Service Sponsorship
• The Right of Decision (Concept 3)
• Universal Respect is the Key (Tradition 9)
5:15pm – 6:45pm Dinner
6:45pm – 7:45pm
Panel 2: GSRs and the Conference
• What is the Conference?
• Sharing the Agenda Items with your Group
• The Ultimate Authority (Concept 1)
• The Active Voice (Concept 2)
7:45pm – 8:45 Breakout Sessions
DCM School – Jenn D. & Written Translation Chair
GSRs – Vikki R., Lance V., Jeff P. &
Verbal Translation Chairs
Secretaries/Registrars – Matthew L. & Betsy L.
Treasurers – Jon C. & Finance Chair
PI/CPC – Mike K. & Cindy A.
BTG – Ken M. & Tom A.
Grapevine/Literature – Judy B. & Maureen R.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Assembly Reconvenes
Breakout Session Reports
9:30am – 10:30am
Panel 3: Conference Agenda Items
• FAQ’s About the Agenda Items
• Plain Language Big Book
• Mental Health Literature
• Three Talks by Bill W.
10:30am – 11:15am
Old Business
New Business
11:15 am – 12:00pm
“Ask – it” Basket
What’s on your Mind
Assembly Closes

Glitch with Internet Explorer…


To all users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

A recent upgrade to IE seemingly, on certain platforms, refuses to recognize Google’s Calendar of Events.

But if you use F5 or Ctrl-R to refresh, it seems to clear the glitch.

Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Silk are not affected.

We are still diagnosing the glitch. If you have problems with the Calendar, and can’t clear it, please let us know by either a reply to this posting, or emailing cniadistrict11 at gmail dot com. Note: Use @ and . symbols in the address (fools the robots by spelling it out).

Again, the glitch only seems to affect IE on Windows-based processors (not sure exactly what versions… 7 for sure). Or use a different browser.