Area 53 Guidelines


Guideline Changes

Preamble from the Area 53 Guidelines

The Area 53 Assembly of Alcoholics Anonymous shall always be a service body and shall respect the autonomy and privilege of dissent of any or all AA Groups in the Area 53 General Service Conference Area. In the course of its deliberations and discussions, the Area Assembly shall be ever mindful of the ideals expressed in the Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts, and The AA Service Manual and shall strive to be the true voice and group conscience of Area 53 AA Unity.

Service shall be the Area Assembly’s primary purpose. The Area Assembly shall encourage all Area 53 AA Groups to participate in the business of the Area Assembly and to support the Area Assembly in its efforts to cooperate with Alcoholics Anonymous at all levels.

The Area Assembly is specifically charged with the duties of electing a Delegate to the General Service Conference, giving the Delegate financial support so that he or she may serve the Area and assisting the Delegate in the course of the duties of the office. The Area Assembly is also to elect an Alternate Delegate and Area Officers and Alternates as outlined in Article V of the Guidelines.

Operating Principles from the Area 53 Guidelines

(Adapted from Concept XII of “The Twelve Concepts of World Service”)

In all of its proceedings, the Area 53 Assembly shall observe the spirit of the A.A. Traditions.

Great care shall be taken:

  • That the Assembly never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power;
  • That sufficiency of operating funds be its guiding financial principle;
  • That none of the Assembly members shall ever be placed in a position of unqualified authority over any of the others; and
  • That all important decisions be reached by discussion, vote and whenever possible, by substantial unanimity.

No Assembly action shall ever be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy. Though the assembly may act for the service of Alcoholics Anonymous, it shall never perform any acts of government. Like the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, which it serves, the Assembly itself shall always strive to maintain unity in thought and action.

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