East Central Regional Trustee Report

I just receive Bill F.’s Trustees report from the July General Service Board(GSB) business meeting held last weekend. Bill has been assigned to three committees on the GSB they are Archives, Literature and Finance.

Hope to see many of you 57th Ohio State Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous, this weekend, Aug. 2-4, at the Double Tree in Worthington.

In Service,
Dave C., Delegate Central and SE Ohio Area 53


Trustee Report

Bill F. – July 2013

Finances/AAWS

2013 gross sales to date for the first six months to date (through June)are $6,484,189 which is $45,331 over the budgeted amount for the period. We are behind last years gross sales by $56,300. After subtracting warehousing costs, production costs and distribution costs, gross profit was $4,023,055. Gross profit was $166,5000 greater than budgeted but less than the first six months of 2012.

Group and member contributions are $25,049 over the budgeted amount for the first six months of2013 and $90,966 over the first six months of 2012.

Our net revenue adding contributions and gross profit from literature sales for the period of the first six months of 2013 is $7,636,443. This amount is approximately $194,000 greater than budgeted and $52,000 more than the first six months of 2012.

The total operating expenses of the first six months were $7,636,443 approximately $36,000 over the budgeted amount. Our expenses were $664,773 greater than the first six months of 2012.

The reserve fund has a balance of $16,279,256 and represents 10.8 months of 2013 combined operating expenses at present budget.

Grapevine

The YTD Grapevine sales figures are ahead of budget projections. Sales were $1,574,340; budgeted sales were $1,488,823. Magazine sales were ahead by $88,000. Circulation was 78,449; budgeted circulation 80,266.

During the first six months of 2013 Grapevine had a net income of $129,592. The budgeted net income was $2,155. La Vina had a net loss for the first six months of 2103 of $71,172. The budgeted loss was projected at $65,240. The circulation for the first six months of 2013 was 9,602,(3 issues).

Literature/Publications

A subcommittee was appointed to work on the pamphlet “Questions and Answers on Sponsorship” due to the scope of the committees suggestions made by the committee.

The Literature Committee reviewed the 2013 Conference Literature Committee’s suggestions for the pamphlet “Circles of Love and Service” and agreed to forward its suggestions to the Publishing Department for a revised draft to be brought to the November 2013 meeting.

In addition the Literature Committee continued its discussion on the proposed pamphlet on spirituality and agreed to forward its suggestions to the Publishing Department for a draft or progress report at the November 2013 meeting.

The publishing department is proceeding with the editorial production requirements for the facsimile edition of the first printing of the First Edition of the Big Book to be published in April 2014. The AAWS Board approved the Publishing Committee recommendation of the 75th Anniversary Edition be priced at $12.00.

E-Books

During the first six months of 2013, 1,234 “Big Books” were sold and 1,167 “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” were sold in e-book format.

Commemorative Stamp

Outside organizations have proposed that a full face photo of Bill Wilson be placed on a postage stamp to commemorate the 75TH anniversary of AA. The organizations suggested in error that the stamp would be introduced at the 2015 International AA Convention. Letters have been sent to Conference members, the US Postal Service to inform them we do not support this proposal nor does it come from AAWS, Inc.

A.A.’s 100th Anniversary

The Trustees’ Committee on International Conventions/Regional Forums reviewed a request for the Conference to form a committee to begin planning the A.A. 100th anniversary but took no action. The committee also discussed with concern anonymity breaks in a documentary produced by an outside independent film producer during the 2010 International Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The committee agreed with a request that the Trustees’ Committee on PI begin discussing ways to ensure that A.A’.s Traditions on Anonymity are followed during the 2015 International Convention.

In Service,
Bill F., ECR Trustee