2019 Agenda Items

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2019 General Service Conference Committees

Agenda Items

I. Agenda

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.

 

III. Corrections

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.

 

IV. Finance

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.

 

V. Grapevine

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.

 

VI. Literature

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.

 

VII. Policy/Admissions

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):

  1. Review the distribution and tracking information for the video PSA “Changes.”
  2. Review the 2018 Report on the Relevance and Usefulness of Video Public Service Announcements.
  3. Consider request that the video PSA “My World” be discontinued.
  4. 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.

 

XI. Trustees

A. Review resumes of candidates for:

  1. Northeast Regional Trustee
  2. Southwest Regional Trustee
  3. Trustee-at-Large/Canada

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.

 

XII. Archives

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.

 

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