Our service committees are created by, and responsible to, the Area Committee. These committees do not set policy or decide issues. Rather, they make recommendations by way of reports to the Area Committee and the Area Assembly at their regular meetings. Each committee may create ad-hoc committees, which are responsible to the committee. With the exception of the Convention committee, the Area Chair appoints committee chairpersons. The Convention committee Chairperson is the Immediate Past Delegate.
Although not necessarily verbatim, the following descriptions are based on the Area Service Manual and reflect the few changes that have taken place since then.
In most cases, the descriptions also assume that only the Area is involved in the activity. However, Delaware has three active Intergroups that have counterpart committees that are currently involved in this work in varying degrees. And, there is always the possibility that some activities have been taken on by Districts or Groups. It is not the purpose or intent of the Assembly to overlap or replace the work being done by the Intergroups, Districts or Groups. Therefore, the first priority for each committee chairperson is to determine what is already being done and by whom. The second is to appoint a committee that is representative of the entire Area, and which can then provide communications and support to those who are carrying the message. The third is to keep the Area Committee and Area Assembly informed as to the service being provide in the Area.
Because they are the basis for the functioning of the Area, it is suggested that committee chairpersons become familiar with The AA Service Manual, AA Comes of Age, GSO Guidelines and Delaware-Area 12 Service Manual.
Volunteers are always welcome to participate; contact the corresponding committee chair listed below to get involved.
Archives This committee receives and maintains historical information and artifacts pertaining to the Groups, Districts and the Area. Upon request, the Archivist provides a display for events within the Area and at the state convention. With permission from the Assembly, the Archivist may purchase items that are in keeping with the purposes of the Archives, and maintain other AA related information and materials of historical value. contact: email@example.com
Annual State Convention This committee makes all arrangements for the statewide convention. The chair of the committee appoints its membership, including the necessary ad-hoc committees as needed. This committee is self supporting and has its own bank account. The chair of this committee appoints a Treasurer who will receive all funds, pay all bills, maintain the financial records and submit monthly financial reports to the Area Treasurer. Upon completion of the convention, the chairperson of this committee will submit a report, including the financial results, at the next Area Committee and Assembly meetings. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) This committee makes contacts with the professional community to provide information and literature. The committee also makes specific suggestions to the Area Committee regarding sponsorship of professionals. The committee cooperates with other committees when communicating with professionals, and it staffs exhibit booths when appropriate. contact: email@example.com
Correctional Facilities This committee makes contact with the correctional facilities in the Area, helps set up meetings for inmates, and contacts them on their release to assist in their transition from the prison AA fellowship to the local AA fellowship. It secures other AA volunteers to assist in carrying the message to the alcoholics in prison. The committee acts as a liaison and maintains contact with the volunteers, Intergroups, Districts and Groups. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance This committee assists the Area Committee and Assembly in all financial matters, with the 7th Tradition being the primary guidance. The Finance committee compiles the budgets submitted by the officers and committee chairs and makes its recommendations based on maintaining a prudent reserve. The committee recommends financial management policies as needed; periodically reviews the financial statements and makes recommendations when they are called for. The chair of the committee maintains and republishes the Financial Management Guidelines as changes are made, and at the beginning of each year. In addition, the chair of the committee also reviews the financial records at the end for each year and submits a report of the results. The chair of the committee presents all reports to the Area Committee and then to the Assembly. contact: email@example.com
Grapevine This committee develops awareness of the spiritual benefits of reading the Grapevine as an aid to recovery and in 12-step work. The committee provides displays at the state Convention, assemblies and special events as requested, and keeps the area informed of ongoing Grapevine activities as well as encourage members to get and give subscriptions. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Literature This committee makes AA Conference approved literature available to the Area and the Districts, sets up literature a display at the state Convention, and other AA activities. It is self supporting, orders directly from GSO, and maintains its own records of purchases and sales. contact: email@example.com
Public Information (PI) This committee assists the Districts to inform the general public, professional communities and the AA Membership in ways to carry the AA message, such as workshops, literature kits, and radio and television public service announcements. The Area 12 Web-site and the Area 12 newsletter are included in this committee's work; special emphasis is given to Traditions 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treatment This committee communicates AA’s purpose and function to treatment facilities in the area, and establishes and maintains a list of AA volunteer contacts to assist in transition from the treatment facility to the local AA groups when discharged. contact: email@example.com
Newsletter (ad hoc) The purpose of the Area 12 Newsletter is to communicate information to the members of the Area and for the members to communicate their experience, strength, and hope. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This service material is considered confidential and ought to be used for A.A. purposes only. It is not to be used as a mailing list or for any form of solicitation or commercial venture. If you have questions, corrections, additions, or deletions, please contact email@example.com