I was honored to represent Area 53 Central and Southeastern Ohio in New York at the January 31 – February 3 General Service Board (GSB) Weekend. As you know I will represent the feelings of AAs in Area 53 at the 64th General Service Conference (GSC) where AA decides how to best carry the message as a whole.
I was chosen at the 63rd General Service Conference(GSC) to be the Delegate Chair for this year’s GSC Committee on Cooperation with the Professional Community(CPC). That meant I would be a guest of the General Service Board (GSB) and the General Service Office(GSO) the weekend of January 31 – February 3, 2014.
That weekend was a combination orientation to the chair’s role and a weekend of sharing and learning more about our AA yearly Conference to be held April 27 – May 3, 2014. I got to meet and share with the other twelve 64th GSC delegate chairs and with the Trustees of the GSB and staff at GSO and, do other special things like attend AA meetings at GSO and at a local group Sunday night called Young and 164. I also attended and shared the Area 53 experience at several group dining and sharing sessions and, I saw the play Bill W. and Dr. Bob at the SoHo Playhouse.
The Saturday night formal dinner and AA meeting was just great. There were three great AA leads and one of them was Racy J. the GSO staff member of the CPC Conference Committee. There was a great meal and the company at my table was great. They included your East Central Regional Trustee Bill F., Marietta, OH, Area 53 Mini-Conference Treasurer Kelly C., and we were joined by two non-alcoholics who love AA They were Dr. John F. and Robin, his wife. John is the GSB Class A Trustee and chairman of the Trustees Committee on Cooperation with the Professional Community/Treatment/Special Needs-Accessibilities.
If I see you at the mini-conference at Salt Fork or at a meeting or at a workshop please ask me about the GSB meeting February 3 or the Trustees committee meetings or the play Bill W. and Dr. Bob. I’d love to tell you more.
One last note. AA might not have survived were it not for the contributions made by non-alcoholics. Look up AA history and you’ll be amazed by the contributions of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Jack Alexander, Ruth Hock, Lois Wilson, Anne Smith and in Central Ohio Rev. Floyd Faust, who got the first AA group started in Columbus in 1941. Countless lives have been saved by non-AAs who directed many a suffering alcoholic to the rooms so that drunks like you and me could greet them at their first AA meeting.
Hope to see you at the 2014 Area 53 Mini-Conference, March 7-9 at Salt Fork.