A Thank You from the Pacific Region Trustee

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From an email to CNIA 07 Delegates

Dear Delegates of the Pacific Region,

I am most grateful to all of you for the gracious hospitality I received from you and your areas. Each visit was very special; it is hard to find words to express my gratitude. There are so many blessings from visiting all the areas in the Pacific Region. My last visits involved attending election assemblies which is one of the most amazing events to participate in as a Regional Trustee. Every area has a different way of running their elections and each election taught me about the value of the group conscience. Although there were differences, one of the constants was the love, respect and devotion that all of the participants showed for each other, their Area and Alcoholics Anonymous. All of our 3 legacies are evident in this process. The first legacy of recovery is evident simply because service positions require a length of sobriety. The second legacy of unity is evident because everyone agrees on the process, such as and especially the hat. I have heard some class A trustees express astonishment when told about the hat, “how can you leave such an important decision to chance?” they ask. Of course the answer is trust and unity. AND the third legacy of service is evident because we are voting on filling general service positions to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic.

Area elections are very exciting for everyone involved as we go from ballot to ballot, exciting for the candidates, the voters and the counters. The excitement is the opportunity to participate by carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic in a newly elected service position. There are many important lessons for all of us in the 3rd legacy procedure. The lessons are invaluable to the growth of the group, district, area and not least but perhaps most important, the individual AA member. Going through my years of AA service, the lessons of grace, acceptance, serenity, courtesy, and tolerance came as result of seeing how my fellow AAs handled the results of an election. Whenever I lost anything, my usual reaction was to hit something, slash car tires or throw rocks, not very mature. I had no idea of how to be gracious in losing anything. I saw many times, over and over, AAs congratulate with compassion and grace those who were elected instead of them or do the same when another person’s name came out of the hat. They were able to make the transition I wasn’t able to, they showed me how to do it and by their example, I saw my capacity. I have heard some AAs say that some of our decisions are too important to let the hat decide for us.  I hope and pray our 3rd legacy procedure never leaves Alcoholics Anonymous.

As my 4 year rocket ride into a 4th dimension of existence I had not even dreamed of slowly ends, I am so indebted to Alcoholics Anonymous, to your Areas, to each of you and to a Higher Power beyond my comprehension. Like all of you I am sure, I looked back at what it was like, what happened and what it is like now and became truly awestruck, truly grateful and truly blessed.

Probable Agenda for CNIA 07 Election Assembly, Nov. 15-17

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For those asking what the agenda is so they can plan, it will be in the November Accents, but if it goes as years past, this is close.

FRIDAY

7:00 p.m. Call to Order
Serenity Prayer
Housekeeping
7:15 p.m. Weekend Overview
7:30 p.m. DCM Reports
9:00 p.m. Round Tables

SATURDAY

9:00 a.m. Call to Order
GSR Preamble
12 Traditions
12 Concepts
Announcements
Introductions
Housekeeping
Assembly Reports
Business Reports
Appointed Chair and Committee Reports
Consideration of the May Minutes
7th Tradition
Old Business
Delegate Report

12 p.m. RESUMES DUE for CNIA Area Officer Positions and LUNCH

1:00 p.m. Officer Elections for Delegate, Alternate Delegate, Chair, Alternate Chair, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar.
Reading of Resumes
Elections
Pacific Region Trustee Report
Delegate Report
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Speaker (Rod B.??? Pacific Regional Trustee)
8:30 p.m. Ice Cream Social
9:00 p.m. Close

SUNDAY

9:00 a.m. Call to Order
DCM / Officer Reports
9:45 a.m. Roundtable Report Backs
10:00 a.m. New Business:
11:30 a.m. Ask-it Basket with New and Rotating Officers / What’s on your mind?
12 p.m. Close

Being Available

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The following commentary was prepared by a past CNIA Delegate for the 1991 Election Assembly.

In a very short time we will be gathered together at the election assembly. This assembly will consist of the outgoing and incoming Panel District Committee Members and General Service Representatives. Some of you have either already been elected or are in the process of being elected by the districts and groups.

At this assembly you will have the privilege of carrying out one of your most important responsibilities to the group and district you represent and to AA as a whole. That is to participate in the election of the next Panel’s area officers and delegate who will serve CNIA for the next two years.

This is one of the few times we get to take the inventory of others and then act on it. This is basically what you are doing when considering how you will vote. I ask myself the following questions before I vote.

  • Do they have the leadership qualifications described in Concept IX?
  • Do they have the time available to give what is necessary to do the job? (All jobs are different, some very demanding.)
  • What have they demonstrated in the past regarding willingness, dedication, promptness, commitment and reliability?
  • Do they listen, are they teachable or do they already know everything?
  • Are they a good example of the AA fellowship and sobriety?

As I look back over the last four years and take my own inventory (which I won’t publish), I have been one of your elected servants and it has been up to me to learn how to serve through reading, listening, and, of course, sharing. It has been up to the DCMs and GSRs to teach me what the area needs, doesn’t need and what it feels. Also, what it likes and what it dislikes.

It takes all of us working together to serve our area and the fellowship as a whole. It takes a commitment to participate.

An assembly would not go well with only half of the area officers present. At the same time, it doesn’t go well with only a quarter of the GSRs present, but thank God for those who are present.

The election assembly is the time and place for all Groups and Districts to speak and participate. The choice for leadership for the next two years is theirs.

There is a question I hear frequently: I don’t know if I should make myself available for election or not? For me the answer is simple.

IF I AM GRATEFUL, I AM AVAILABLE- THE REST CAN BE LEFT TO THE FELLOWSHIP AND GOD. 

Results of Conference That Passed

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CONFERENCE ADVISORY ACTIONS OF THE 63rd GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE

 

The following could be of interest to most: (details of all on the Abridged Version)

4.      A commemorative 75th Anniversary Edition of the first edition, first printing of Alcoholics Anonymous be published in April 2014.

6.      The statement in the section Referrals From Court and Treatment Facilities in the pamphlet “If You Are a Professional…,” is revised as follows (AKA Court Cards):

“Each group is autonomous.  Some groups, at the request of the prospective member, have the A.A. group secretary sign, initial or stamp a slip that has been furnished by the court.  The referred person provides the slip to the court as proof of attendance.”

12.    The draft pamphlet “A.A—Spiritual not Religious” is a go. The trustees’ Literature Committee will further discuss and it will be brought back next year.

17.    The 63rd General Service Conference affirmed that Internet, Social Media and all forms of Public Communications are implicit in the Short Form of Tradition Eleven, which reads: “….at the level of press, radio and films.”

18.    A.A. World Services is permitted to utilize commissionable support and distribution technologies for the sale and distribution of digital A.A. literature. Yep, that is e-books; no longer will Apple users be the only ones (if they so chose). Developing an App proved so costly for Apple users that other platforms weren’t considered.

19.    Correct typos in the article “Leadership in A.A.:  Ever a Vital Need,” “…badly disturbed or uniformed…” be corrected to “…badly disturbed or uninformed…” in the next printing (noting that this typo has existed since the first printing [‘60s] of Twelve Concepts for World Service).

21.    Added the rotation issue in The A.A. Service Manual, after the section entitled “Stimulating Interest in General Service”:

“The Principle of Rotation

“Traditionally, rotation ensures that service positions, like nearly everything else in A.A., are passed around for all to share. Many positions have alternates who can step into the service positions if needed.

“To step out of an A.A. office we love can be hard.  If we have been doing a good job, if we honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if our friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth—a step into the humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of anonymity.

“Among other things, anonymity in the Fellowship means that we forgo personal prestige for any A.A. work we do to help alcoholics. And, in the spirit of Tradition Twelve, it ever reminds us ‘to place principles before personalities.’

“Many outgoing service position holders find it rewarding to take time to share their experience with the incoming person. Rotation helps to bring us spiritual rewards far more enduring than any fame.  With no A.A. ‘status’ at stake, we needn’t compete for titles or praise—we have complete freedom to serve as we are needed.”