Area 53 Proposed 2019 Budget – Corrected

The document that was handed out at the December Assembly had some calculation errors. Below is the proposed 2019 area budget with correct values. The assembly attendees provisionally agreed to the budget and asked that after the corrected document was shared that further discussions about the area 2019 budget happen at the area planning committee … Read moreArea 53 Proposed 2019 Budget – Corrected

Principle of Rotation – Elections

Pamphlet The AA Group … where it all begins (P-16). Conference Approved Literature. New York: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc., 2005, page 26.

Traditionally, rotation ensures that group tasks, like nearly everything else in AA, are passed around for all to share. Many groups have alternates to each trusted servant who can step into the service positions if needed.

To step out of an AA office you love can be hard. If you have been doing a good job, if you honestly don’t see anyone else around willing, qualified, or with the time to do it, and if your friends agree, it’s especially tough. But it can be a real step forward in growth — a step into humility that is, for some people, the spiritual essence of rotation.

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Information Segment: Opening a Group Checking Account

At the June 1, 2014 assembly, Stephen S., Area Chair, Panel 63 (2013-14), presented on the topic “Opening a Checking Account.”

Background
Opening a checking account in the name of a group, district or standing committee is no longer a straight forward process. Federal regulations now require groups to supply an “ID number” before they can open a checking account. Area 53’s DCM Committee has expressed confusion and frustration over how to obtain an acceptable number, and requested that an Information Session on the subject be presented at an Area Assembly. Because there has been a range of group experiences trying to open checking accounts, we decided to add a Sharing Session once the information has been presented.

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Information Segment: How do we maintain singleness of purpose?

At the September 8, 2013 assembly, Peggy A., Alternate Delegate spoke on the topic of “How do we maintain singleness of purpose and still reach the newcomer (including the dually addicted)?” Below is her talk.

In the Language of the Heart: Bill W’S Grapevine Writings in the chapter “Problems Other Than Alcohol” on page 222 written in 1958 Bill W answers these questions.

While acknowledging that the withdrawal from drug addiction is horrible, and racks a person’s body and that it stirs our deep interest and sympathy, these are some important facts stated in this article.

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Information Segment: What is an informed group conscience?

At the June 2, 2013 assembly, Peggy A., Alternate Delegate spoke on the topic of “What is an informed group conscience? What is the importance of AA literature?” Below is her talk.

When I found my first home group and was told that I was expected to attend group conscience, my first question was, “What is that?”

That brings me to the subject the DCM’s ask me to research and report on: “What is a group conscience? What is a informed group conscience? What is the importance of AA literature?”

Tradition 2 tells us, “For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority a loving God as he may express his self in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted ,they do not govern.” The pamphlet The AA Group on page 26 states, “…the group conscience is the collective conscience of the group membership.”

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Information Segment: The Spirit of Rotation

At the December 11, 2011 assembly, Dave C., Alternate Delegate spoke on the topic of “Spirit of Rotation.” Below is his talk.

I tried to research this topic looking first at the history.

I found rotation, as a practice, was used in A.A.s early days. And those Cleveland A.A. groups are credited with the first practice of rotation, as we know it. The old timers in Cleveland relied on rotation to give newcomers jobs. The practice, along with sponsorship, was a feather in the cap of Cleveland A.A. and provided A.A. with an experience that contributes to how we function and work together today.

I found in my research that rotation is a practical, organizational and spiritual principle. It is tied especially to the 9th Tradition. Let me read how it is noted in the Twelve Steps and Twelve Tradition.

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Information Segment: Anonymity in the Digital Age

Like the Tradition states Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. I understand fairly well the anonymity part of the title of this information segment. But the digital age idea is far beyond my skills of comprehending.

To be honest, somebody with vision had to shake up my rigid 20th century paper, books, magazines and pamphlets world view. That person was General Service Board Trustee Don M. when he spoke at the Ohio State Convention in August. Don made a point of reminding everyone that books and magazines — that print communications itself, is gradually dying.

Don said the General Service Board’s responsibility is to bring vision to its responsibilities and roles in our inverted pyramid of the A.A. General Service structure. And he urged A.A.s in their groups and Area committees to talk about how to better carry the message in a digital age.

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Information Segment: How Concept 12 Relates to Our Service and Personal Life

At the June 12, 2011 assembly, Dave C., Alternate Delegate spoke on the topic of “How Concept 12 Relates to Our Service and Personal Life.” Below is his talk.

This report has been a privilege and a re-discovery process for me.

In re-reading A.A.s history of Service in the Service Manual and in A.A. Comes of Age I’ve learned there is more to treasure than I have ever before realized. I recommend all trusted servants invest more time reading about A.A. history.

Concept 12, The General Warranties were originally presented to A.A. in Article 12 of the Original Conference Charter. The original charter for the General Service conference is found on S94 of the A.A. Service Manual. Article 12 of the Charter, The General Warranties of the Conference, were presented to the A.A. International Convention in St. Louis in 1955. For details read pages 223–234 in A.A. Comes of Age.

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