For GSRs, their home group members and others interested in service
Directory of information on this page:
Panel 1 - Delegate's Report
Panel 2 - Box 4-5-9
Panel 3 – The AA Service Manual
Panel 4 – AA in digital/virtual formats and applications
Panel 5- Digital, Anonymity protected 71st General Service Conference Report
Panel 6- a. GSR kits/information from GSO and b. GSR School
Panel 7- GSO document – Online Anonymity
Panel 8 – Area 12’s Election Process
Panel 1 - Delegate's Report
REPORT FROM THE AREA 12 DELEGATE, August 1, 2022
News & Notes plus Opportunities to Participate
#1 - An invitation to a Town Hall on Online Groups on 8/6 at 2pm EST. The 3 Legacies Study Group from Area 08 in San Diego has formed a Get Into Action committee which is hosting this workshop as a follow-on to two workshops that were held in March to gather information concerning online groups. There is much that we still need to figure out and discuss with relation to online groups and their involvement in the General Service structure. Please come join us and be part of that dialogue.
#2 - Join in a workshop for writing for the 4th Edition Spanish Big Book. The Workshop will be August 7, 2022 7 P.M eastern daylight savings time.
Looking for stories for Fourth Edition of the Big Book Alcoholicos Anonimos – Due Dec 15, 202. Email 4LGHistorias@aa.org subject line Fourth Edition Spanish. We will be looking for stories outside the US and Canada as well since the Spanish population is largely outside of the 93 Areas.
#3 - The principles of Alcoholics Anonymous encourage the ideals of participation, inclusion, and unity for members and groups. In this press release LGBTQ+ members share their stories of recovery and finding support and acceptance in A.A. meetings.
#4 - "Review of Fellowship Experiences Using Virtual Baskets.” This subject, our Seventh Tradition, has long been discussed at Conference and in the covid era; however, it is notable that these past two-three years our AA Groups have responded in an innovative manner. Shared experience to the Self-Support Sub-Committee can be forwarded to: Eileen A., Corrections Coordinator, General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, 475 Riverside Drive, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10115, (212) 870-3085
#5 - The following note from G.S.O.’s CFO, Paul Konigstein:
Q: A delegate asked the per item basis cost for processing mailed versus online contributions (another delegate noted that bank fees of online credit card transactions should be included in costs).
A: The answer is that the average cost of processing a mailed contribution is $5.60 compared to an average cost of $2.93 for an online contribution. (The online figure does include credit card transaction fees.) The primary reason for the difference is that the annual labor cost for processing mailed contributions is about $218.5K compared to an annual labor cost of only $12.3K for online contributions.
#6 - From the General Service Office:
A. The newly updated (July, 2022) GSO Staff Assignment Sheet (F-15) (item 1)
B. The timelines for the availability of 2022 Conference Final Report, in English, Spanish and French, are adjusted as follows:
• Digital, anonymity-protected version: mid- to late September 2022
• Print version: December 2022/January 2023
C. Printing error in the 12 & 12 press release (item 2)
#7 - Proposed Agenda Items: Have an idea or suggestion to benefit all of AA? Please talk to your DCM and see the attached form. Remember, these forms are due by September 15, 2022.
#8 - Update on the International Convention, 2025: see the Q&A sheet (below) for information about traveling to the Convention.
#9 - The passing of Morgan J., Past Delegate in Area 29, came as sad news to his friends in DE. There is a memorial service on August 20th in Severna Park, MD.
#10 - From the July Box 4-5-9:
Insider Sponsorship – Shared Experience – A.A. Members with experience on sponsorship in correctional facilities are asked to share their experience for the benefit of developing service material. Email firstname.lastname@example.org The subject line should read: Insider sponsorship – shared experience.
Stories for the Fifth Edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Due by October 31, 2022 – Email 5BBStory@aa.org In the spirit of the 2021 GSC recommendation that the “Fifth Edition of the Big Book be developed including an update of stories to better reflect the current membership, keeping in mind the 1995 advisory action: “The first 164 pages of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Preface, the Forwards, The Doctors Opinion, Dr Bobs Nightmare, and the Appendices remain as is.” Please email p72d if you are interested in hosting a workshop.
Stories for the pamphlet “A.A. for the Black & African American Alcoholic.” A 71st GSC Advisory Action is to update the pamphlet. The revitalization of the pamphlet will not only reflect the deep desire to have an identity rooted in black culture in Alcoholics Anonymous but is also coupled with the knowledge of Alcoholism: a spectrum of stories that dispels the stigmatic frequencies to give a collective perspective of the Black Alcoholic. Due October 31, 2022 Email email@example.com Subject line A.A. for the Black & African American Alcoholic
#11 - Area 06, District 2 presents "Bringing the AA Service Manual to Life."
The attached report includes recommendations for discussion and consideration by Area 12's GSR's and others elected or appointed to service in the Area 12 Assembly.
Scheduled for distribution on September 8, 2018, this downloadable document allowed a full three months of group and district discussion. Presentation and discussion for acceptance (by substantial unanimity) took place on December 8, 2018 at the Area 12 Assembly.