2020 Assemblies


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)



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.
Applying Love,
Matthew L. CNIA Alt-Chair, Panel 68

Post-Conference for Panel 68 2018


Time is still left to attend the California Northern Interior Area 07 Post-Conference Assembly. Even if you are not part of General Service as a GSR, this is a way to hear the latest-and-greatest from the 68th General Service Conference results, and experience, from CNIA’s Delegate who spent almost 10 days in New York City in the latter part of April.

For more information, click here for the Flyer with registration and recommended lodging.

CNIA conducts biannual Inventory


At the 2016 CNIA Fall Assembly, Area 07 will be conducting their every other year inventory.

California Northern Interior Area 07
Inventory Questions

  • Is Area 07 being fiscally responsible and a good custodian of the 7th Tradition monies entrusted to us? How are the groups informed about the financial obligations of CNIA?
  • What is the role of CNIA? Are all members given the opportunity to speak at assemblies and to participate in Area activities?
  • Mindful that holding office is a great responsibility, not to be viewed as the outcome of a popularity contest, are we choosing our officers with care? Do we practice principles before personalities throughout our election and appoint-ing processes?
  • Do new GSRs stick with General Service, or does the turnover seem excessive? If so, why? What can the Area do to help retain trusted servants?
  • What can the Area do to better serve the Districts? How can we engage new GSRs and help support DCMs?
  • Do we emphasize the importance of service sponsorship? How effectively? How can we do it better?

How We Do Business…


This was a review of policies by the Alternate Chair at recent ACM.
Spawned by recent activities at the Area level,
the presentation was a good reminder for all levels of service,
beginning with the Groups; Don’t Be “Motion” Happy!!!

How We Conduct Business*

The Panel 64 officers would like to reiterate some guidelines for conducting area business that we think will best serve us now and in the coming years. These ideas have been discussed at length by your trusted servants, and lean heavily on our area’s past experience as well as that of the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The first is that we need to feel free to discuss anything, and to become comfortable in sharing openly with one another. If any member of the Area wishes to have a topic discussed bring it up during one our Assemblies or ACMs., or contact an Area Officer. If time allows we will begin discussion immediately, or it will be on the Agenda as New Business at our next gathering. Discussion should follow the general format suggested in our Service Manual for Sharing Sessions (pg. S40 of the 2014-15 edition). Once it’s discussed it now becomes Old Business. When discussion is completed, further action may be taken.

The second is that we all support the idea that most of our business does not require a motion. If a motion is required, it can only be brought up during “New Business”, and it must be submitted in writing: two copies, one to the Chair and one to the Recording Secretary.

General Rules of Debate:

  • People who wish to speak line up at the microphones and are called on in order.
  • Each person may speak for two (2) minutes.
  • No one may speak for a second time on a topic until all who wish to have spoken for the first time.
  • Voting is by show of hands.

Substantial Unanimity: All matters of policy require substantial unanimity, that is, a two-thirds majority.

Because the number of members present during our meetings varies from time to time, the phrase “two-thirds vote” is taken to mean two-thirds vote of those who are present, eligible, and have either voted for or against a motion.

Reconsideration: After voting on a motion, the losing side will always be give an opportunity to speak their position. A motion to Reconsider a vote must be made by a member who voted with the prevailing side. If the motion receives a majority vote, but fails to pass for lack of a two-thirds vote, the majority may speak to their position, and the motion to Reconsider must be made by someone who voted on the prevailing side. Only a simple majority is required for the motion to be reconsidered. No motion may be reconsidered twice. If the majority votes to reconsider, full debate, pro and con, resumes. Members are urged to limit discussion to new considerations of the motion under debate.

Tips, Hints, and Words of Caution: Full discussion of a motion should take place Before the vote. Premature actions (such as amending motions early in the discussion or hastily calling the question) can divert attention from the subject at hand, thus confusing and/or delaying Area business.

Everyone is entitled to, and should, express his or her opinion. However, if your perspective has already been stated by someone else, it is not necessary to go to the microphone and say it again.

Remember, too, that saving “minority opinions” for after the vote, when there is no rebuttal, is another time-waster, for it can force the Area to reconsider a motion that might well have been decided the first time around if it had been thoroughly examined from all sides. An informed group conscience is the result of discussion covering ALL points of view.

Friendly Amendments: It is possible that someone may wish to propose an amendment to the motion. This requires a second, and must be accepted by the member who originally made the motion. If accepted debate resumes on the amended motion.

Calling the Question: Calling the question brings debate to a halt while members decide whether to proceed directly to a vote (on the motion) or go on with the debate. A motion to call the question must be made in order at the microphone without comment, requires a second, is not debatable, and requires a two-thirds vote.

Tabling a Motion: Tabling a motion (postponing discussion to a future ACM or Assembly) requires a motion and a second, is not debatable, and needs only a simple majority to pass.

*From the CNIA Service Material Handbook. Note: This and other informative material are available as PDFs to download, including the GSR Handbook.

Agenda for Pre-Conference


April 9‐10, 2016
Pre‐Conference Assembly Agenda
Saturday, April 9th

9:00 a.m. ‐ Registration Opens

12:00 p.m. ‐ Call to Order
GSR Preamble
12 Concepts
12 Traditions
Announcements and Introductions
Housekeeping Announcements
Roll call

12:15 p.m. ‐ Weekend Overview
Past Delegate Marianne H. ‐ Pre‐Conference Assembly–Why are we here?
7th Tradition

12:30 p.m. ‐ Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
2:15 p.m. ‐ Break
2:30 p.m. ‐ Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
4:15 p.m. ‐ Break
4:30 p.m. ‐ Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
6:00 p.m. ‐ Dinner
7:00 p.m.. ‐ Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
8:30 p.m. ‐ Break
8:45 p.m. ‐ Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
10:00 p.m. ‐ Close

Sunday, April 10th

9:00 a.m. Assembly Reconvenes
Housekeeping Announcements
Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Sharing with the Delegate on Agenda Items

Time permitting:
Approval of Winter Assembly Minutes
Assembly Reports
Liaison Reports
DCM Reports
Appointed Chair Reports
Officer Reports
Delegate Report
Old Business/New Business
Ask‐it Basket
What’s on your mind?
12:00 p.m.. ‐ Close

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

District Meeting is the LAST Sunday of November


Due to the conflict with the CNIA Election Assembly this month (November), the District 11 meeting has been rescheduled to the LAST Sunday, November 29.

In the past (since the district meeting was changed), when the 4th Sunday followed the 3rd Saturday, it has been on ACM weekends. But this November, and again in May of 2016 it conflicts with CNIA Assemblies. It will also happen January of 2017.

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.

Message from DCM…


Hello all GSRs & other trusted servants.

Nancy Mc, our CNIA 07 Alternate Chair, will be with us for our May 24th District Meeting.  She has requested to be there to “kick-off” our Winter Assembly Committee for January 16-17, 2016.

Please consider bringing along any AA member from your groups you think would be willing to work on this Committee. The Senior Citizen Center has been reserved, now we need to get all the other parts dialed in. Keep in mind this not a District GSR only committee.

This should include anyone in our fellowship who wants to be of service. Please, please make every effort to attend this District meeting on Sunday, the 24th of May at 3:30 (doors open at 3). We can all work together to make the first Assembly of the new 2016-17 Panel a huge success.

In Love & Service, Maureen