Legacy of Service

A Servants Heart

A Servants Heart

In the chapter, We Agnostics, we’ve all read about the bedevilments. I was reading that passage again recently with a new sponsee that I’m taking through the Steps and one of the eight (8) bedevilments listed, “we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people,” really stood out to me. I was reminded …

Someone Else

Someone Else

I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our Alcoholics Anonymous’s most valuable members, Someone Else. Someone Else’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. They had been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone Else …

Process of a Conference Agenda Item

Process of a Conference Agenda Item

How Do General Service Conference Agenda Items Happen? Who submits them? What is the process that gets an item to the floor of the Conference? The 71st General Service Conference is in full swing, and I created this easy to follow video to help A.A. members better understand how items make it to the floor ...

The Relationship Between General Service and Intergroups

The Relationship Between General Service and Intergroups

In a 2011 letter, former General Service Board Chair, Ward Ewing, sums up the relationship, “In some places, a reciprocal relationship exists between Intergroups/Central Offices and the Area structure. In these cases, an Intergroup may have a liaison to the Area and the Area may have a liaison to the Intergroup – in some instances …

The Service Sponsor

The Service Sponsor

The following was reprinted from pages 25-27 the pamphlet P-17: Questions and Answers on Sponsorship with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc. . . . A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of …

Who Decides What The Conference Votes On?

Who Decides What The Conference Votes On?

Have you ever wondered where conference agenda items come from? I have and luckily, our handy dandy A.A. Service Manual outlines exactly where agenda items come from and how they make it to the floor of the Conference.  I have pulled a passage from the Service Manual and have created a graphic that helps explain ...

The Inverted Triangle Expanded

The Inverted Triangle Expanded

Service Junkies Unite!!! Ok, that's a little tongue in cheek, but still - I had some more questions the first time I saw the inverted triangle of the service structure.  Some of those questions were: How many people actually attend (and are voting members) of the General Service Conference each year? How come one Area ...