Airing the Message

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Public Service Announcements reach many…

Excerpts from Spring Edition of BOX 459,
the Quarterly Newsletter of General Service Office of A.A

…PSAs that are made for the public are very carefully produced in the spirit of attraction rather than promotion. Everyday words spoken by regular people (in many cases portrayed by professional actors) make the process of identification easier for the prospect as he or she listens in the privacy of a living or work space, on a car radio, or on earphones just about anywhere. Since our experience shows that most alcoholics rarely talk about their drinking problems, PSAs, like A.A. literature, are a way of reaching those who are isolated and isolating from their families and communities. They are a non-invasive and effective way for problem drinkers to learn that they are not alone.

…Putting PSAs out into the public arena has its challenges. There are a host of nonprofit organizations who create PSAs for their own purposes and getting them aired is very competitive. A.A. Public Information Committees throughout North America regularly contact local broadcasters to offer PSAs to their stations. The creation of A.A.’s download page has certainly made the final process easier, but getting the PSA physically on the air is where the challenge lies. Teddy W. has found it easier when district committees have some crossover with the professional community, like a personal contact at the station. (“It’s who you know.”) When that connection is not there, A.A.’s PSA requests often land in a stack along with countless others. As luck or providence would have it, there is sometimes a recovering alcoholic working at the broadcast site who may be able to help nudge A.A.’s request toward the top of the pile, but doing that without breaking anonymity requires great resourcefulness and delicacy. However, persistence, tact, the desire to help, and trust in the greater good continue to bring about positive results.
Most published PSAs are developed by G.S.O. and all are approved by the General Service Conference prior to distribution. If a member, group, or area has an idea for a PSA, they should send that idea to the Public Information assignment at G.S.O., something Clay R. welcomes enthusiastically: “We are always looking for new ideas… and if a group or community would like to create a PSA for local use, they are free to do so… and while G.S.O. stands ready to share A.A. experience with local committees, their group conscience can determine the type and content of a local PSA.” The General Service Board’s policy of not showing an actor’s full face is used for G.S.O.’s videos and many local entities follow this guidance, too. The only other guidelines are those contained in the Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and G.S.O.’s mission to share consistent and accurate information on A.A.

For more, see this, and past, issues available at:
https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/box-4-5-9-news-and-notes-from-gso

Final 2018 Agenda Items

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68th General Service Conference Committees Agenda Items

I.      Agenda

  • Review suggestions for the theme of the 2019 General Service Conference.
  • Review presentation/discussion topic  ideas  for the  2019  General  Service Conference.
  • Discuss workshop topic ideas for the 2019 General Service Conference.
  • Conference Evaluation:
  1. Review summary of the 2017 General Service Conference evaluations.
  2. Review General Service Conference Evaluation Form.
  • Discuss report on the Conference Agenda Process from the trustees’ Committee on the General Service Conference.

II.    Cooperation with the Professional Community

  • Review the trustees’ committee report regarding Linkedin as a platform for reaching professionals.
  • Consider revisions to the pamphlet “A.A. as a Resource for the Health Care Professional.”
  • Consider revisions  to  the   pamphlet  “Members   of the  Clergy  Ask  About Alcoholics Anonymous.”
  • Consider revisions to the pamphlet “If You Are a Professional…”
  • Review contents of C.P.C. Kit and Workbook.

III.       Corrections

  • Consider request to create a pamphlet for inmates who are to be released after long term incarceration.
  • Review contents of Corrections Kit and Workbook.

IV.   Finance

  • Consider developing a method to standardize increases to the limits on individual contributions and bequests to the General Service Board.
  • Review Self-Support Packet.

V.     Grapevine

  • Review social media report regarding Instagram, Facebook and Google for Nonprofits.
  • Review Audio Strategy status update.
  • Review report on 2004 Conference Advisory Action on Outside Sales.
  • Reconsider the 2014 Conference Advisory Action regarding La Vina.
  • Review revised text of the pamphlet “A.A. Grapevine and La Vina: Our Meetings in Print.”
  • Consider list of suggested Grapevine book topics for 2019 and later.
  • Review Grapevine Workbook.

VI.    Literature

  • Consider proposed revisions to Alcoholics Anonymous.
  1. Request to add an appendix reflecting recognition received from the Library of Congress.
  2. Request to add the A.A. Preamble and Responsibility Statement.
  3. Request to add an endnote to Bill W.’s story acknowledging co-founder, Bob S.
  • Consider request that A.A. (U.S./Canada) publish “The God Word1‘ (a pamphlet currently published by the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Great Britain).
  • Consider request for the development of a pamphlet for atheist and 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 related to safety in A.A. literature.
  • Review revised draft pamphlet ‘A.A. for the Woman.”
  • Review revised draft pamphlet ‘A.A. and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic/’
  • Review draft pamphlet “A.A. for Alcoholics with Mental Health Issues.”
  • Review revised draft pamphlet “Inside A.A.: Understanding the Fellowship and its Services.”
  • Review progress report and draft revised text for the pamphlet The Twelve Traditions Illustrated.”
  • Review progress report on the update to the pamphlet “Too Young?”
  • Review progress report on the update to the pamphlet ‘Young People and A.A.”
  • Consider request for revision to Living Sober.
  • Consider request for the development of a new book combining Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions with Twelve Concepts for World Service.
  • Consider request to update the video “Your A.A. General Service Office, the Grapevine and the General Service Structure.”
  • Consider request to change the subtitle of the pamphlet “G.S.R. General Service Representative: May Be the Most Important Job in A.A.”
  • Consider request for the development of a new pamphlet for Spanish-speaking women alcoholics.
  • Consider request to add a section on anonymity to the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship.”
  • Review matrix of A.A. recovery literature.

VII.     Policy/Admissions

  • Approve request for one observer from A.A. in India to attend the 2018 General Service Conference.
  • Review dates for the 2021 General Service Conference.
  • Review report on the process, implementation and status on the site selection of the General Service Conference.
  • Review draft process for polling the General Service Conference between annual Conference meetings.
  • Review progress report on options for equitable distribution of the workload of Conference committees.
  • Consider request to develop a policy for the use of the Conference dashboard.
  • Discuss the following question from the trustees’ International Committee: “Does the US/Canada have a role/responsibility in assisting in the development of A.A. structures around the world through sponsoring other countries via direct invitations to observe our General Service Conference.”

VIII.  Public Information

  • Review 2017 annual report from the trustees’ Public Information Committee regarding aa.org and aagrapevine.org.
  • Review 2018 Public Information Comprehensive Media Plan
  • Public Service Announcements (PSAs):
  1. Consider approving the proposed video PSA “Changes.”
  2. Consider centralized distribution, tracking and evaluation of the proposed video PSA “Changes,” at a cost not to exceed $42,000, in addition to the work of local public information committees.
  3. Review the 2017 Report on the Relevance and Usefulness of Video Public Service Announcements.
  • Consider approving a Young Peoples Video submission.
  • Consider revisions to the pamphlet “Understanding Anonymity” which expand content on Traditions Eleven and Twelve and adds information related to safety in A.A.
  • Consider revisions to the pamphlet “A Brief Guide to Alcoholics Anonymous” which update language, contact information and information on the prevalence and severity of alcoholism and add information related to safety in A.A.
  • Review a progress report on the A.A.W.S. Google for Nonprofit YouTube channel.
  • Review the 2018 trustees’ Public Information Committee Report on the use of Google AdWords and Google Grants to carry the A.A. message.
  • Review contents of P.I. Kit and Workbook.

 IX.   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.
  3. Consider adding “Panel” to the Glossary of General Service Terms.
  4. Consider adding graphics on page S75, above the section A.A. World Services, Inc., that visually display the positions on each of the three corporate boards.
  5. Consider adding text regarding standing committees from “The A.A. Group” pamphlet.
  6. Consider removing the following statement from the section Area Newsletters or Bulletins: “Any group or district of the Fellowship is free to use the symbol of a circle and triangle on newsletters, meeting schedules or other A.A. material.”
  7. Consider developing a plan for a revised editorial review process.
  • Discuss A.A. Directories (Canada, Eastern U.S., Western U.S., and International).
  • General Service Conference Final Report.
  1. Consider request that Conference committee additional considerations be published in their entirety both in the printed Conference Final Report and the anonymity-protected digital version.

X.     Treatment and Accessibilities

  • Review the trustees’ committee report on Cooperation with Armed Services Exploration Strategies.
  • Review proposed revisions to the pamphlet “Accessibility for All Alcoholics.”
  • Discuss ways that remote communities concerns might be addressed by the Conference.
  • Review summary of the Fellowship sharing on the need for additional material to support carrying the A.A. message to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing A.A. members.
  • Review contents of Treatment Kit and Workbook.
  • Review contents of Accessibilities Kit and Workbook.

XI.   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 AA Grapevine, Inc.
  • Review proposal to censure the General Service Board.
  • Review proposal to reorganize the A.A. World Services and General Service Boards.
  • Review report on the regional geographic service structure.

XII.     Archives

  • Review draft of proposed publication, Our Great Responsibility: Selections of Bill W.’s General Service Conference Talks, 1951-1970.
  • Consider request from the AA Grapevine Board to post the 2017 General Service Conference presentation, A.A. Grapevine and La Vina” on AA Grapevine’s YouTube channel.
  • Consider developing a policy on distribution of audio recordings of General Service Conference presentations.
  • Review Archives Workbook.

XIII.    International Conventions/Regional Forums

  • Discuss selection of cities to be considered as a site for the International Convention in 2030.
  • Discuss inviting up to twenty-one non-A.A. speakers to participate in the 2020 International Convention at A.A.’s expense.
  • Discuss ways to encourage interest in Regional Forums and attract first-time attendees.

 

 

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D11 Meeting Change

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In order to get a jump on the Agenda Items for 2018 AKA 68th General Service Conference, the District 11 meeting will be held Sunday, February 18th, at the usual location of FUMC, Room 12. Final Agenda Items will be disseminated.

Results of CNIA Panel 68 Elections

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Results of CNIA Panel 68 Officer Elections

Final tally:

  • Delegate          Mike K
  • Alt. Delegate   Tom A
  • Chair               Jenn D
  • Alt.  Chair       Matthew L
  • Treasurer         Herminia V
  • Secretary         Celia B*
  • Registrar          Margie J

*This went to the Hat

Results of District Elections for Panel 68

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The Election Results for District 11 Officers for Panel 68 held November 12 to commence January of 2018 were:

  • DCM                Stacey W
  • Alt. DCM          Rhonda W
  • Secretary         DeAnna W
  • Treasurer         Peggy L
  • Registrar          Fran C

District 11 Elections are November 12

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District 11 Elections for Elected Officers are November 12
Descriptions are below

Elected Officers

District Committee Member (DCM)

Responsibilities include: Conduct monthly District meetings and provide agenda; carry the collective conscience of District Groups to Area Committee Meetings (ACMs); participate in all District workshops; keep District informed of all motions and/or recommendations made by Area Committee and Area Assemblies; forward all emails/communication/flyers from Area officers as pertinent; attend the four Area Assemblies; attend yearly PRAASA and Regional Forum if District budget supports; attend ACMs, normally 8 per year; acquaint GSRs with The A.A. Service Manual, Box 4-5-9, and other A.A. literature; maintain close liaison with Intergroup; try to make a regular practice of talking to Groups (new and old) on the responsibilities of general service work, particularly carrying the message of the 7th tradition to non-supporting AA Groups; hold sharing sessions on just about any service subject.

Alternate District Committee Member (Alt. DCM)

Responsibilities include: To perform the duties of the DCM when absent; oversee all District workshops; if requested, attend other community events; be familiar with the Service Manual; attend all District meetings.

Recording Secretary

Responsibilities include: Take minutes and maintain corrected minutes of all business at District 11 meetings (note: reports/status/etc are submitted digitally for minimum transcribing); assure that the minutes are sent to District officers and GSRs on time; be familiar with the Service Manual; attend all District meetings.

Treasurer

Responsibilities include: Receive, record, deposit, and report all income received by the District, acknowledging each in writing; to make disbursements for such purposes as determined by the approved District spending plan; maintain bank account; submit monthly operating statements; be familiar with the Service Manual; attend all District meetings.

Registrar
Responsibilities include: Maintain a data base of all District GSR’s Contact information; maintain the District 11 Welcome Packet; maintain close liaison with Area Registrar to ensure submitted change request are processed; be familiar with the Service Manual; attend all District meetings.

Appointed Chairs

Bridging the Gap (BTG)

Responsibilities include: Serves as District 11 resource for providing contact information for transitioning from treatment facilities and institutions, jails and prisons; maintains a District BTG Kit; forms a committee if desired; encourage and support BTG; if requested, attend other community events; maintain close liaison with Area BTG Chair; attend all District meetings.

Grapevine Representative (GVR)

Responsibilities include: Promote subscriptions; set up displays at District workshops; keep supply of related Grapevine material for sale; assist Group GVRs; forms a committee if desired; if requested, attend other community events; maintain close liaison with Area Grapevine Chair; attend all District meetings.

Other Tasks

Webmaster

Maintain District 11 Website and Calendar with timely information about events in the North State; important events in Area 07; posting of recent Service Material or excerpts from any and all publications with links; and anything for the greater good of Alcoholics Anonymous. Note: Volunteer position exempt from rotation; may form committee.

All Elected Officers and Appointed Chairs require the time and energy to serve the District well;
terms are geared to CNIA Panels duration (if possible, but not required).
Must make themselves available (no nominations).
Required travel expenses are reimbursed.

Yellow Safety Card available

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The Yellow Safety Card for AA meetings is available.

It is planned that District 11 and NorCal Intergroup will have them available.

Meanwhile, you can download f-211_SafetyCardforAAGroups from the What’s New on AA.org tab.

Both Sides of the Card are below:

Service Material from the General Service Office
SAFETY CARD FOR A.A. GROUPS
Suggested Statement on Safety
Our group endeavors to provide a safe meeting place for all attendees and encourages
each person here to contribute to fostering a secure and welcoming
environment in which our meetings can take place. As our Traditions remind us,
the formation and operation of an A.A. group resides with the group conscience.
Therefore, we ask that group members and others refrain from any behavior which
might compromise another person’s safety.
Also, please take the precautions you feel are necessary to ensure your own
personal safety, for example, walking to your car in a group after a meeting. If a
situation should arise where someone feels their safety is in jeopardy, or the situation
breaches the law, the individuals involved should take appropriate action.
Calling the proper authorities does not go against any A.A. Traditions and is recommended
when someone may have broken the law or endangered the safety
of another person.

Our Common Welfare
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)
It is hoped that our common suffering as alcoholics and our common solution in A.A. will transcend most issues and curtail negative behaviors that could jeopardize the safety of anyone attending an A.A. meeting. Nevertheless, 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 of A.A. 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.

 

 

Safety Card to be available

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A Safety Card containing the following
will soon be available from GSO

Suggested Statement on Safety*

“Our group endeavors to provide a safe meeting place for all attendees and encourages each person here to contribute to fostering a secure and welcoming environment in which our meetings can take place.

“As our Traditions remind us, the formation and operation of an AA group resides with the group conscience. Therefore, it is our individual and collective responsibility to maintain the welfare of the group, and we request that members and others refrain from any behavior which might compromise another person’s safety. Also, please take the precautions you feel are necessary to ensure your own personal safety, for example, walking to your car in a group after a meeting.

“If a situation should arise where someone feels their safety is in jeopardy, or the situation breaches the law, the individuals involved should take appropriate action. Calling the proper authorities does not go against any AA Traditions and is recommended when someone may have broken the law or endangered the safety of another person.

“The Tradition of Anonymity is not a shield to conceal wrongdoing and AA membership does not grant immunity from applicable laws.”

— Service Material from the General Service Office

*To be read at each meeting if so desired.

Note: Beyond the immediate plans for a Yellow Card, there could be poster and/or wall hanging sizes available.

Still P.O. Box 990274

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Due to a glitch, our Mail Box was not renewed in time, so some mail was returned. That has been rectified. Though late, we managed to retain the same box number. If returned, please try again.

Thanks for your patience.

 

New doc from Intergroup…

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This should be posted to the Northern California Intergroup site, but they do have delays; posting an advance copy.

Many of you have asked, “What is Intergroup?”

The “A.A. Guidelines for Central or Intergroup Offices” states that “A central office (or Intergroup) is an A.A. service office that involves partnerships among groups in a community—just as A.A groups themselves are partnerships of individuals.”

Our Intergroup Office was established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups—functions which are best handled by a centralized office—and is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

A.A.’ s Tradition Five states: “Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.” Many groups do not have the resources to reach the alcoholic who still suffers that an Intergroup office does—with the support of groups. In order to accomplish this, Intergroup has a 24-hour hotline that handles calls 7 days per week and 365 days each year.

Our IG office handles approximately 15 twelve step calls, 60 calls for meeting information and 75 individuals visit the office for information, support, and A.A. literature (each month).