How Do You Do Service?


From latest Grapevine

“Most AA members are well aware of Twelfth Step calls, chairing meetings, sponsorship and coffee crews. But many may not know about all the service opportunities beyond the home group. In 1951, our cofounder Bill W. wrote that these services “enable us to function as a whole,” they are “the most vital, yet least understood group of services that AA has.” This month, our special section features inspiring stories by members involved in the wonderful world of general service.

“In the story “Why We Do It,” a member sits grumbling in a Concepts workshop, yet soon hears the very words that will change his tune. Fun and service is the motto for a group of women near Kansas City as they hit the road to help out at workshops, assemblies and forums in “What Happens in the Van … .” Ever try to read The A.A. Service Manual all by yourself? One group has a great idea in “It Takes a Village.” And the writer of “The Perfect Scheme” thought that becoming a GSR was a great way to meet a man. She found love alright—for the Fellowship.

“In 2016, Grapevine invites you and your group, group of groups, district and/or area to join in the new Grow Your Grapevine effort throughout the year. For details, see page 7. Get involved! And while you’re at it, please send us your stories of experience, strength and hope at We’re especially looking for you or your group’s experience with a particular Tradition. And don’t forget to send us your jokes and cartoons. Have a wonderful, sober May!

“In fellowship,
The Editor” (of the Grapevine)


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CNIA Treasurer needed…


The Current CNIA Treasurer has stepped down. There will be a quick election during the Post-Conference Assembly May 21 & 22 in Mt. Shasta. District 11 can nominate one (1) individual who is not otherwise eligible.

Area Treasurer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To remind and encourage the A.A. Groups of their financial responsibility to support District, Area, and GSO, and the spiritual significance of self-support.
  • To receive, record, deposit, and report all income received by the Area, acknowledging each in writing.
  • Check the PO Box or arrange to receive mail regularly.
  • Contributions received should be deposited and recorded in a timely manner.
  • To maintain a list of contributions to be submitted quarterly to the DCMs.
  • To make timely disbursements for such purposes as determined by the approved Area
  • Budget and to maintain records thereof.
  • To maintain bank accounts with other Area Officers as signatories.
  • To submit monthly operating statements to include a summary of the Area’s receipts for publication in the Accents/Acentos, so that they are available for review at Area Assemblies and ACMs.
  • To prepare and present the proposed Annual Area Budget with assistance from the Area Officers and the Area Finance Committee following the Budget Preparation Schedule.
  • To assure that proper tax reporting is performed as required with the assistance of a CPA. This includes updating the 501C3 form on an annual basis.
  • Other responsibilities are available at:

Resume forms are available at:
If interested, please let the DCM know so you can be nominated (Again, the DCM can only nominate one).

Reminder: There is a Finance Committee that has its own Chair. This committee has a task of assisting the Treasurer in developing the annual budget.