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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Grapevine Annual Photo Contest

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Enter the Grapevine Annual Photo Contest

Each year, Grapevine holds a competition for photographers to be featured in our Wall Calendar. We’d love to see your most striking photographs that reflect the joy of living, serenity, and other sobriety themes. Contributors of selected photos will receive a complimentary copy of the new Wall Calendar in which their photo appears and a Grapevine Pocket Planner.

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68th Conference Report available…

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The Final Conference Report is available. The Print Version will be disseminated later on, but for those eager to explore more than what CNIA Delegate reported, the digital anonymity-protected version is available to download at the CNIA Website on the Delegate’s Page. Note that it is the first item on the page, titled: 68th GSC Final Rpoert

Also, while this is the “scrubbed” version, it still should be treated as “restricted access” for AA member’s eyes only.

It is also available here (on the District Website) under the 2018 Conference Results Menu. This is a Pass-word Protected Area. For those that don’t remember, or even have, the PW for 2018, please email cniadistrict11@gmail.com. For ease of use, it is recommended that members use the CNIA Website that is not PW Protected.

A.A. and the Service Member

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Alcoholics Anonymous has had a close relationship with the armed services almost since the Fellowship’s inception in 1935. A.A. co-founder Bill W. was a second lieutenant in the field artillery during World War I (where he developed a love of French wine while serving overseas). When World War II broke out, A.A. requested and was granted extra gasoline rations in order to continue with the important work of carrying the A.A. message to alcoholics across the U.S. and Canada, known in A.A. vernacular as “Twelfth Step work.” The Grapevine, A.A.’s monthly magazine — often referred to as “A.A.’s meeting in print” — was first published in June 1944, in part to help connect alcoholics on the world’s far-flung battlefields; and post-war, A.A. groups sprang up on military bases and in surrounding towns from Okinawa to Munich, growth that has continued ever since.

For more on this topic, see or download About A.A. … A Newsletter for Professionals (Fall of 2017)

The Future is “All Year Long”

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Below is the last paragraph of an article in the Summer Edition of BOX 459, the Quarterly News Bulletin of A.A.’s General Service Office recapping the 2018 68th Conference. One can download directly this with other articles from AA.org.

While the efforts of the General Service Conference are felt year-round, the annual meeting held each spring is the culmination of a year’s worth of activity, a time when the collective conscience of A.A. in the U.S./Canada emerges to highlight a pathway forward that will help groups and members carry the A.A. message today and in the years to come. In this way, the Conference is a window to the future of the Fellowship, and as the 68th Conference receded, Conference members began to turn their attention toward the ongoing impact of our A.A. literature and the 2019 Conference with its theme: “Our Big Book — 80 Years, 71 Languages.”

Other articles of interest include a history of getting the Big Book to the verbal-only Navajo Nation, Myths and Misconceptions around the relationship of AA and the professional community, the A.A. practice of Fiscal PrudenceA.A.W.S./G.S.O. launching an YouTube Channel, and this one, the results of the recent conference.

68th General Service Conference Preliminary Agenda Items

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68th General Service Conference Committees

Preliminary Agenda Items

Below are the preliminary agenda items for the 68th General Service Conference committees as of November 7, 2017. During the January 2018 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 January board weekend.

I.   Agenda

  • Review suggestions for the theme of the 2019 General Service Conference.
  • Review presentation/discussion topic ideas for the 2019 General Service Conference
  • Review workshop topic ideas for the 2019 General Service Conference.
  • Review the General Service Conference Evaluation Form and 2017 Evaluation Summary.

II. Archives

  • Review Archives Workbook.

III.    Cooperation with the Professional Community

  • Review contents of C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.

IV. Corrections

  • Consider development of a new pamphlet focused on long-term incarcerated alcoholics soon to be released.
  • Review contents of Corrections Kit and Workbook.

V. Finance

  • Review Self-Support Packet.

VI Grapevine

  • Review Audio Strategy status update.
  • Consider list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2019 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 request to add an appendix to Alcoholics Anonymous reflecting “recognition received from the Library of Congress.”
  • Consider request to add the A.A. Preamble and Responsibility Statement to Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Review annual matrix of recovery literature.
  • Consider request that A.A. World Services, Inc. publish “The God Word” (a pamphlet currently published by The General Service Board Great Britain).
  • Consider request for the development of a pamphlet for atheist/agnostic members.
  • Consider request for the development of a pamphlet based upon A.A.’s Three Legacies.
  • Review report and suggestions on the inclusion of language regarding safety in recovery literature.

IX.  Policy/Admissions

  • Review draft process of polling the General Service Conference between annual Conference meetings.
  • Review dates for the 2021 General Service Conference.

X. Public Information

  • Review 2017 annual report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee regarding aa.org and aagrapevine.org.
  • Review Young People’s Video submission.
  • Review 2018 Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan.
  • Review contents of P.I. Kit and Workbook.

XI.  Report and Charter

  • The A.A. Service Manual.. 2018-2020 Edition:
  1. Review list of editorial updates.
  2. Consider request for changes to chapters 2, 3, and 5 in The A.A. Service Manual.
  • Consider developing a plan with a revised editorial review proccsc for The A.A. Service Manual.
  • Discuss A.A. Directories.
  • Discuss General Service Conference Final Report.

XII.  Treatment and Accessibilities

  • Review contents of Treatment Committee Kit and Workbook.
  • Review contents of Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.

XIII. Trustees

  • Review resumes of candidates for:
  1. Eastern Canada Regional Trustee
  2. Pacific Regional Trustee
  • Review slates of trustees and officers of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc.
  • Review slate of directors of A.A. World Services, Inc.
  • Review slate of directors of A.A. Grapevine, Inc.
  • Review proposal to censure the General Service Board.
  • Review proposal to reorganize the A.A. World Services and General Service Boards.

 

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New Service Material explained…

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From Box 459 for Fall of 2017

New Service Material Available

“The General Service Office has developed a new service piece that is now available to the
Fellowship upon request.

“Service material differs from Conference approved literature in that it has not come about through C o n f e r e n c e Advisory Action.

“Service material reflects A.A. group experience as well as specific and timely information that is subject to change.

“The new item (F-211) is titled Safety Card for A.A. Groups and offers statements that can be used at the group level regarding the safety of the group and its members. As noted on the card, ‘Alcoholics Anonymous is a microcosm of the larger society we exist in. As such, problems found in the outside world can also make their way into the rooms. For this reason, groups and members discuss the topic of safety — to raise awareness in the
Fellowship and to seek through sponsorship, workshops and meetings, to create as safe an environment as possible to carry A.A.’s message of hope and recovery to the still-suffering alcoholic.’
“Printed on yellow paper, the six-by-four-inch card has been made available as an optional service piece for those groups who wish to use it, and is available in English, French and Spanish. To obtain service material, including this item, please contact the General Service Office.”

 

Or contact District 11 or Intergroup for Northern California for your copy.

 

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