Excerpt from 67th GSC Final Report

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The following excerpt is from the Presentations section of the 67th General Service Conference Final Report. The sub-title Communication — Today and Tomorrow is under the Growth heading.

With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, A.A. has adapted by adding the use of the Internet to its own methods of communication and by developing guidelines to mark our presence on the web and to define ways in which our members can make use of social media. Yes, the times have changed, and, yes, our movement has kept on top of these changes and has adapted to them with caution. Social media in particular has opened new frontiers to explore and utilize to efficiently extend the hand of A.A. to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Bill and the pioneers of A.A. would probably be shocked by Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and Skype, and without a doubt by the phenomenon of the universality of the smartphone. At the same time, they would have surely seen the huge potential of assuring, and possibly increasing, the importance and recognition of our association. And so, based on our past experience, they would have been the first to encourage a thoughtful approach.

Over the years, different aspects of our movement have faced turning points in regard to all of these new channels of communication and the behaviors they have generated.

The ways in which people get informed and communicate have changed. The number of options — instant messaging, texting and email, constant searching online — has made us talk less and less in person and amongst ourselves. We “like” and we “poke” and we text from one room to another, or from one end of the world to the other. Amongst us, within our own structure, we are seeing symptoms of communication that leave much to be desired. There is a large gap between the General Service Conference and the individual members of A.A. Is there a breakdown in communication between groups, G.S.R.s, D.C.M.s and the area steering committees?

How do we remedy this? And what can we say about the distance between the Conference and the alcoholic still suffering on the street corner?

We can surely say that the 21st century is well underway, and that we must jump into all of the modern and current modes of communication at our disposal to carry the message and make people aware of A.A. But, most importantly, our thoughts and this jump into modern times should be done through the structure that has served us so well until now: the inverted triangle.

—end of excerpt—

Thomas G., Southwest Québec

 

For continuation of this, and other complete presentations, see your GSR. Every Group should have a single Hard Copy of the Final Report. They should be available for pick-up at the October District 11 meeting.
Online Continuations are planned to become available as they are uploaded. Note that the Online Versions are ‘Anonymity Protected’ and are permissible for Online use.

Selected 2017 Agenda Items results…

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CONFERENCE ADVISORY ACTIONS
OF THE 67th GENERAL SERVICE CONFERENCE

NOTE: These are Selected 2017 Agenda Items that are most relevant to most Members.

 The following recommendations were approved by the 67th General Service Conference:

Floor Actions

It was recommended that:

  1. The pamphlet “Too Young?” be revised to reflect more current collective experiences of young alcoholics and their welcome to A.A.
  2. A.A. Grapevine create a Google for Nonprofits account, with use of the account limited to the YouTube Nonprofit Program and with a guarantee that comments not be shown on the A.A. Grapevine YouTube pages. The A.A. Grapevine Board will track its effectiveness through website metrics.

Archives

It was recommended that:

  1. A draft or a progress report of Unity in Action: Bill W.’s General Service Conference Talks, 1951 – 1970 (working title) be brought back to the 2018 Conference Committee on Archives for review.

 Cooperation with the Professional Community

It was recommended that:

  1. The pamphlet “Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W.” be retired.
  2. The title of the pamphlet “Is There an Alcoholic in the Workplace?” be changed to “Is There a Problem Drinker in the Workplace?”

Finance

It was recommended that:

  1. The following text be added to the pamphlet: “Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix”: “Question: Can an individual or group make a recurring online contribution? Answer: Yes, online at aa.org.”

Literature

It was recommended that:

  1. The following two bullet points in the section “What procedures can a group set up to sponsor new members?” in the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship” be removed:
  • A file of names, addresses, and phone numbers of newcomers (who wish to volunteer the information), with notations showing sponsor or sponsors for each one.
  • Review of newcomers list by steering committee (or Twelfth Step or sponsorship committee) – with follow-up activity where it seems needed.
  1. The following text about young people’s conferences be added to the pamphlet “Young People and A.A.” in the section “Where do I find A.A.?”: Young people’s conferences are held in the United States and Canada and around the world. For information, consult your local A.A. area, intergroup office, or search online for YPAA.
  1. Question 10 in the pamphlet “The A.A. Group” in the section “A.A. Group Inventory” that currently reads, “Are we doing all we can to provide an attractive and accessible meeting place?” be revised to read: Are we doing all we can to provide a safe, attractive and accessible meeting place?
  1. The pamphlet “The A.A. Group” be revised to add the following text from “Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare” to the section “Principles Before Personalities”:

Safety and A.A.: Suggestions to Consider

“Safety is an important issue within A.A. – one that all groups and members can address to develop workable solutions and help keep our meetings safe based on the fundamental principles of the Fellowship.

“’Each member of Alcoholics Anonymous is but a small part of a great whole. A.A. must continue to live or most of us will surely die. Hence our common welfare comes first. But individual welfare follows close afterward. (Tradition One, Long Form)’

“A.A. groups are spiritual entities made up of alcoholics who gather for the sole purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Yet, we are not immune to the difficulties that affect the rest of humanity.

“Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society within which we exist. Problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms of A.A. As we strive to share in a spirit of trust, both at meetings and individually with sponsors and friends, it is reasonable for each member to expect a meaningful level of safety. Those attending A.A. meetings derive a benefit by providing a safe environment in which alcoholics can focus on gaining and maintaining sobriety. The group can then fulfill its primary purpose – to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety.”

For more information see “Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare” (SMF-209) www.aa.org.

  1. The trustees’ Literature Committee develop language regarding safety to be incorporated in current and new recovery literature, where appropriate, along with a plan for implementation. The committee requested that the draft language and proposed plan or progress report be brought back to the 2018 General Service Conference.

Public Information

It was recommended that:

  1. The pamphlet “Understanding Anonymity” be rewritten to include material from G.S.O. literature covering Tradition Eleven and to expand the discussion of humility in Tradition Twelve as it relates to anonymity and that a progress report or draft language be brought back to the 2018 Conference Committee on Public Information.
  2. A.A. World Services, Inc. create a Google for Nonprofits account, with use of the account limited to the YouTube Nonprofit Program and with a guarantee that comments not be shown on A.A.W.S. YouTube pages. The committee requested that a report including information from website analytics and the usefulness and effectiveness of the A.A.W.S. YouTube account be brought back to the 2018 Conference Committee on Public Information.

Treatment and Accessibilities

It was recommended that:

  1. The pamphlet “A.A. for the Alcoholic with Special Needs” be approved with suggested editorial changes and be re-titled “Accessibility for All Alcoholics.”

 

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2017 GSC Agenda Topics

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2017 General Service Conference Committees
Agenda Items

I. Agenda
A. Review suggestions for the theme of the 2018 General Service Conference.
B. Conference presentation/discussion topics:
1. Review presentation/discussion topic ideas for the 2018 General Service Conference.
2. Consider request that for 2018, presentation/discussion topics not be placed on the Conference Week schedule.
3. Consider request that the total number of presentation/discussions at the Conference be limited to no more than six.
C. Discuss workshop topic ideas for the 2018 General Service Conference.
D. Conference Evaluation:
1. Review summary of the 2016 General Service Conference evaluations.
2. Review General Service Conference Evaluation Form.
E. Discuss report on the Conference Agenda Process from the trustees’ Committee on the General Service Conference.
F. Discuss the process of posting the grid of proposed Conference agenda items on the Dashboard.
G. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
II. Cooperation With the Professional Community
A. Consider retiring the pamphlet “Three Talks to Medical Societies by Bill W.”
B. Consider adding a footnote to the pamphlet “Problems Other Than Alcohol.”
C. Consider development of a LinkedIn page for C.P.C. committees.
D. Consider request that the title of the pamphlet “Is There an Alcoholic in the Workplace?” be changed to “Is There a Problem Drinker in the Workplace?”
E. Discuss ways of improving communication about A.A. with professionals who come in contact with Armed Services veterans and men and women in theArmed Services.
F. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
G. Review C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.
III. Corrections
A. Discuss the Corrections Correspondence Service (C.C.S.) in the U.S. andCanada.
B. Discuss carrying the A.A. message to incarcerated Native American/First Nations/Inuit People.
C. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
D. Review Corrections Kit and Workbook.
IV. Finance
A. Consider request to change the committee’s current annual review of the suggested Area contribution for delegate expense for the Conference to every other year.
B. Consider request to change the committee’s current annual review of the Conference-approved level of $5,000 for bequests to the General Service Board from A.A. members to every other year.
C. Consider request to change the committee’s current annual review of the Conference-approved maximum annual contribution of $3,000 to the General Service Board from an individual A.A. member to every other year.
D. Consider request to add text to the pamphlet “Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix” indicating there is no dollar limit to the amount a group may contribute.
E. Consider request to add text to the committees’ Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
F. Review Self-Support Packet.
V. Grapevine
A. Discuss the spiritual value of Grapevine and La Viña in carrying the message
of Alcoholics Anonymous.
B. Reconsider the 2010 Advisory Action regarding La Viña.
C. Reconsider the 2004 Conference Advisory Action on outside sales.
D. Discuss AA Grapevine, Inc.’s continued exploration of an Instagram account.
E. Discuss AA Grapevine, Inc.’s. continued exploration of a Facebook page.
F. Discuss AA Grapevine, Inc.’s continued exploration of a Google for Non-Profits account.
G. Discuss ways groups can be kept informed about Grapevine and La Viña when they don’t have a GVR or RLV.
H. Consider list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2018 or later.
I. Review Audio Strategy status update.
J. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
K. Review Grapevine Workbook.
VI. Literature
A. Consider request for revisions to the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”
B. Consider request to retire the pamphlet “Too Young.”
C. Discuss proposed plan for the annual review of recovery literature.
D. Pamphlet “Young People and A.A.”
1. Review progress report on the update to the pamphlet.
2. Review draft language about young people’s conferences, for inclusion in the pamphlet.
E. Review revised draft pamphlet “A.A. for the Woman.”
F. Review revised draft pamphlet “Finding Acceptance: A.A. for the LGBTQ Alcoholic” (formerly titled “A.A. and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic”).
G. Review progress report on the development of literature for alcoholics with mental health issues and those who sponsor them.
H. Review draft sample illustrations and corresponding revised text for the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated.”
I. Review progress report on the revision to “Inside A.A.: Understanding the Fellowship and its Services.”
J. Consider requests for literature and/or language regarding safety.
K. Discuss request for a revision to the pamphlet “The A.A. Group.”
L. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
VII. Policy/Admissions
A. Review final report on electronic voting at Conference.
B. Review final report on the translation of Conference background.
C. Consider request to create a plan for the equitable distribution of the workload of Conference committees by combining and/or creating committees.
D. Consider request that an anonymity-protected, digital Final Conference Report be published, starting with the 67th General Service Conference.
E. Review dates for the 2020 General Service Conference.
F. Consider proposing the dates of future General Service Conferences as committee considerations rather than requiring that the dates be considered as Advisory Actions.
G. Consider a request that the General Service Conference be held in New York City every other year.
H. Consider a request to allow regional service committees to bid to host the General Service Conference.
I. Consider a request that the Advisory Action delegating site selection for the General Service Conference to G.S.O. management be rescinded.
J. Consider a request to add a “YPAA Subcommittee” to the service structure.
K. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
VIII. Public Information
A. Review 2016 annual report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee
regarding aa.org and aagrapevine.org.
B. Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan:
1. Review the trustees’ Public Information Committee report on the Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan.
2. Review 2017 Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan.
3. Discuss suggestion to update the pamphlet “Understanding Anonymity.”
C. Review the distribution and tracking information for the video P.S.A. “I Have Hope.”
D. Review 2016 report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee on the Usefulness and Relevance of Public Service Announcements.
E. Review report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee on the Implementation of a Google for Nonprofits account.
F. Review report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee on the Implementation of a Twitter account.
G. Review report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee on the 2017 A.A. Membership Survey.
H. Review revised text for inclusion in the pamphlet “Speaking at Non-A.A. Meetings.”
I. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
J. Review P.I. Kit and Workbook.
IX. Report and Charter
A. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
B. The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service, 2018-2020 Edition:
1. Review list of editorial updates.
2. Consider request to add text regarding area websites to Chapter Four of The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service.
3. Review request to add the bylaws of A.A. World Services, Inc. and AA Grapevine, Inc. as appendices.
4. Review request to add a footnote to Concept VIII to accurately reflect the current ownership of the service corporations.
C. Consider request that changes to The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service be made available to the Fellowship in years that a revised edition is not published.
D. Discuss A.A. Directories (Canada, Eastern U.S. and Western U.S.)
E. Discuss General Service Conference Final Report.
X. Treatment and Accessibilities
A. Review the revised draft pamphlet “A.A. for the Alcoholic with Special Needs.”
B. Discuss the accessibility of the A.A. message for Armed Services veterans.
C. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
D. Review Treatment Kit and Workbook.
E. Review Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.
XI. Trustees
A. Review resumes of candidates for:
1. East Central Regional Trustee
2. Southeast Regional Trustee
3. Trustee-at-large/U.S.
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. Discuss voting procedures for electing trustee-at-large/U.S.
F. Consider request regarding the number of regions and number of regional trustees serving on the General Service Board.
G. Review revisions to the General Service Board bylaws.
H. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
XII. Archives
A. Consider proposal for a new publication, Unity in Action: Bill W.’s General Service Conference Talks, 1951 – 1970 (working title).
B. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.
C. Review Archives Workbook.
XIII. International Conventions/Regional Forums
A. Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.
B. Review 2030 International Convention Site-Selection Procedures.
C. Consider request to add text to the committee’s Composition, Scope and Procedure regarding the option to meet by conference call prior to the Annual Meeting of the General Service Conference.

 

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Conference Actions and Considerations…

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2016 Conference Advisory Actions
and Additional Considerations

Conference Advisory Actions represent recommendations made by the standing committees and approved by the Conference body as a whole; or recommendations discussed and voted upon by all Conference members during general sessions. Some Advisory Actions and a few additional committee considerations appear below in condensed form. A complete list will be published in the Final Conference Report.

Advisory Actions

Agendathat the theme for the 2017 General Service Conference be: “Supporting Our Future”; that the presentation/discussion topics be: Growth, Participation, Contributions.

Cooperation With the Professional Communitythat a new section on A.A. and medication be added to the pamphlet “If You Are a Professional”; that text be added to the pamphlet “Is There An Alcoholic in the Workplace?”; that an introductory paragraph for professionals be added to the pamphlet “Problems Other Than Alcohol.”

Correctionsthat the video to replace “It Sure Beats Sitting in a Cell” be titled “A New Freedom.”

Grapevinethat the delegate chair for the Grapevine Conference Committee be allowed the same participation at the January A.A. Grapevine Board meeting as all other delegate chairs at their corresponding trustees’ committees.

Literaturethat the trustees’ Literature Committee develop a plan that includes a systematic schedule for the annual review of recovery literature items; that the pamphlet “Young People and A.A.” be updated; that there be a comprehensive revision of the pamphlet “The Twelve Traditions Illustrated.”

Policy/Admissionsthat two A.A. members from the Ukraine be admitted to the 66th General Service Conference as observers; that the 69th General Service Conference be held April 28-May 4, 2019.

Public Informationthat the English- and French-language versions of the video public service announcement “Tengo Esperanza” be centrally distributed, tracked and evaluated; that the video public service announcement “I Thought” be discontinued.

Report and Charterthat various copy changes and information be made to The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service; that a new edition of The A.A. Service Manual be published biannually (i.e., every two years) beginning in 2018.

Treatment/Accessibilitiesthat the term “Special Needs” be removed from the name of the Conference Committee on Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities.

Trusteesthat the slate of trustees be elected at the annual meeting of the members of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. in April 2016.

Additional Considerations

Archivesthe committee discussed ways of encouraging A.A. groups to write or update their group histories.

Financethe committee discussed information from the A.A.W.S. Self-Support Subcommittee and considered the format and use of the flyer “The Seventh Tradition Fact Sheet” (F-203).

International Conventions/Regional Forumsthe committee discussed ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and how to attract first-time attendees.

A Brief History…

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A Brief History of the Conference

From the Summer 2016 issue of Box 459

It’s been with us for so long now, providing guidance and stability throughout the Fellowship, that there may be some within the A.A. universe who have forgotten — or never knew — that not everyone thought creation of the General Service Conference was a good idea. It could be said that nothing comes easy in A.A. — not the price many have paid to get here, the sacrifices necessary in keeping our groups together, or the ongoing maintenance of the very services that hold us in unity today. So, it should be no surprise that getting the Conference up and running as “the actual voice and the effective conscience for our whole Society” itself took some doing.

A.A. had grown tremendously in the years since the Alcoholic Foundation had been created in 1938, when there were barely 100 A.A. members. In 1946, when membership had reached about 30,000, Bill had begun formulating a plan for some kind of conference with delegates from A.A. groups around the country.

In the beginning, though, there was little enthusiasm for the project. As almost all the 15 trustees on the board of the Alcoholic Foundation saw it, the Alcoholics Anonymous movement had flourished in the 10 years since the Foundation had been created, and they saw no reason to endorse what looked like a radical change. Bernard Smith, who joined the board as a nonalcoholic trustee in 1946, was alone in supporting the plan. A businessman and a lawyer, Smith’s backing over the next few years was to prove crucial.

One angry faction that opposed the conference called itself the Orthodox Group, and included Henrietta Seiberling among its few members. In a letter she wrote at the time she charged that Bill was motivated by greed and suffering from delusions of grandeur, and that, “we want the people in the Groups to know just what the dangers are.”

One nonalcoholic trustee, Leonard Harrison, resigned over the issue, saying in a February 1948 letter to Bill: “I have felt that a degree of isolation of the Foundation from the main currents of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement has been, and would continue to be, a stabilizing factor in dealing with the necessary ‘housekeeping,’ legal, and financial affairs of the A.A. headquarters. The somewhat intricate relationships envisaged in your plans… will invite more troubles than solutions, I believe.”

Harrison later rejoined the board and was credited by Bill with being a calming influence that helped the Foundation weather the controversy.

Essentially, Bill feared that after he and Dr. Bob passed on, the Alcoholic Foundation would eventually suffer a loss of legitimacy. As Bill saw it, such a development would hurt A.A. in various ways, including diminished financial support from A.A. groups for the New York office.

Writing to an A.A. member in San Diego at the end of 1947, Bill said: “We shall have to do something… about the New York Headquarters. A self-perpetuating Board of Trustees unknown to most A.A. members could never stand up over the long future. So we shall have to have some kind of annual conference in which out-of-towners delegated for the purpose would sit down and talk things over with the Trustees, the office, and the Grapevine, and make a joint annual report to the Groups.”

As Bill noted, however, in a July 1955 article from The Language of the Heart (p. 162), “It was one thing to say that we ought to have a General Service Conference, but it was quite another to devise a plan which would bring it into successful existence. The cost of holding such a Conference was easily dismissed. Even though the outlay might be $20,000 for each yearly session, this would be only fifteen cents apiece extra for each A.A. member, and mighty well worth it. What member wouldn’t give that much to be sure that A.A. didn’t collapse at its center in some future day of great need or crisis?

“But how on earth were we going to cut down destructive politics with all its usual struggles for prestige and vainglory? How many delegates would be required and from where should they come? Arrived at New York, how could they be related to the Board of Trustees? What would be their actual powers and duties? Whatever the plan, it had to be sound enough to work well on the first trial. No blunders big enough to create a fiasco could be allowed.”

And work well it did. Like other not-so-popular-at-first ideas (think Big Book and Twelve Traditions), in the 66 years since its “experimental” appearance on the A.A. landscape, the General Service Conference has proven to be an indispensable thread woven firmly into the fabric of A.A., a worthy successor to the Fellowship’s founders and early members.

You can download this issue at:
http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/box-4-5-9-news-and-notes-from-gso

Other articles include: A call for resumes; Openings for various non-trustee Directors and Class A Trustees; Budget Highlights; and the Bulletin Board — Items and Ideas on Area Gatherings for AAs.

Background Page Numbers

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For those that want to research Backgrounds on their own. Note: Separated Background Items are available for emailing. Except for the Agenda Item D, all Background topics are available in email-size.

  I      Agenda Starts on page 17. Item D Discuss report starts on page 50.

II      CPC Starts on page 404. Item A starts on page 408; B is 409; C is 410.

III      Corrections (our Delegates Committee) starts on page 423. Item B starts on page 429.

IV     Finance starts on page 442. Item D starts on page 451.

V      Grapevine starts on page 456. Item B starts on page 479.

VI      Literature starts on page 506. Item A starts on 511; H is 550; I is 598.

VII    Policy/Admissions starts on page 616. Item C is 654.

VIII    Public Information starts on page 659. Item E is 705.

IX     Report and Charter starts on page 717. Item A follows a few pages later. Item B starts on 746; Item C is 747; Item D is 752.

X       Treatment starts on page 753. Item A is on page 757.

XI      Trustees starts on page 796. Item F is 796.

XII     Archives starts on page 802. Item A is 805.

XIII    International/Regional starts on 810. A & B follow.

 

2016 GSC Agenda Studies…

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The following dates/times have been reserved in the Fireside Room of the main Shasta County Library at 1100 Parkview Ave,
Redding, CA 96001

  • Thursday March 3 at 6 pm.

  • Saturday March 5 at 2 pm.

  • Monday March 7 at 6 pm.

  • Tuesday March 8 at 6 pm.

  • Tuesday March 15 at 6 pm

 

Note: All reservations are under PI/CPC, so that is what the sign placards are labeled (so don’t turn away). To get these reservation we had to use an organization that we had access to, and felt PI/CPC was closer to our needs. It does take some time to be approved as an organization (next step is to register as District 11).

Whew! We were lucky to get these dates at such short notice.

Please try to attend one or more of these dates. We want to emphasize that the studies are restricted to those items labeled Explore, Discuss, Consider. As interesting as some of the Review topics are, we can’t review them because the materials are not available before the 66th General Service Conference in April.

For those who have yet to get the Background CDs, they will be available.

PS… We will also have CDs/Final Agenda Items available at the Mock Conference, 10 am to 3 pm, in Chico this Saturday; New Vision Church, 1600 Mangrove, Suite 175, Chico, CA 95926.

 

 

2016 GSC Preliminary Agenda Items

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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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