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Dear Friends,

Service in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous has an incredibly broad and vast range of opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved. From being a door greeter at your home group to being a delegate of your area, and everything that comes in between; whether you’re answering phones at central offices, volunteering at institutional facilities, being on any kind of committee, participating in workshops and assemblies, going on Twelfth Step calls, buying subscriptions of the Grapevine/La Vina—whether for yourself  or to give to homebound members, or to leave in your Dr.’s offices—all of these are vital and important acts in the effort to extend the hand of AA and its life saving program to the still suffering alcoholic.

I remember the first time I volunteered for service in AA. I was 18 months sober and a two year secretary position became available at a meeting I was regularly attending. I remember being quite intimidated by the prospect of making that long of a commitment. No one seemed to be interested in filling the position, and so it was left open for about a month. I thought about it even harder when I had sort of a light bulb go on in my head that—if I committed to the position, I’d certainly have to show up to the meeting every week—and I’d surely have to stay sober in order to keep it. So, what do I have I to lose? Nothing, right?! By the end of that commitment, which seemed to fly by so fast, I realized that I had 2 more years of sobriety than I did when I first started as secretary! Wow! At that point I said to myself, what’s next? Then the flood gates were opened and I was searching for another “job” in AA.  I had learned by now that the time commitment involved in filling any service needed in AA, is still only a “one day at a time” gig. And with that understanding, I have been involved in General Service to Alcoholics Anonymous for a while now. I often wonder if I would still be sober today had not my “Higher Power” given me the courage to raise my hand back then.

So…here’s what’s happening in my service journey at present:

Area 69 held its 2014 Fall “General Service Elections” Assembly September 26th – 28th. This is such an exciting yet humbling experience for AA members getting involved in the General Service structure. Elections of Area 69 Officers are conducted by ballot using the “Third Legacy Procedure”, as described in the “A.A. Service Manual Combined With Twelve Concepts for World Service” by Bill W., and is found on pages S21-S22.  Area Standing Committee Chairs are elected either by ballot or by raise of hands of all eligible voting members of the Area Assembly. Area 69 elections are held every 2 years (in even years), and the rotation of the new panel begins January 1st (of odd years). As with most service positions in AA, these commitments are 2 year terms.

Some of you may have already heard about the results of the Fall Assembly Elections through your GSR’s reports and through the “grapevine” word of mouth. The Area 69 “Pass the Gavel” December Committee Meeting, being hosted by District 10 on December 6, 2014, is when and where the currently serving Panel 63 Committee Members will graciously “Pass the Gavel” to the newly elected Panel 65 Committee Members, and we’ll get to hear them share about the gift of sobriety through their personal service journeys. Everyone and anyone in the fellowship is welcomed and encourage to attend this one day event  to meet the incoming “trusted servants”, and to thank the rotating-out “trusted servants”. This is a great opportunity to check out general service if you’re interested in learning more about it. “There is always a job to do in A.A.!” as a very good friend mine always told me. Please join us—I look forward to meeting you there!

In Gratitude, Love, and Service,

Renae H.

Utah Delegate Elect (2015-2017)

Area 69/Panel 65

 

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The end of my term as Area 69 Delegate for Panel 63 is quickly approaching; I remember feeling joy and fear when I was elected like it was yesterday.

The joy of knowing that being elected meant that Area 69 AA members and God believed that I could do this job.  At the same time, I was so impressed with the job that my predecessor had done that I wondered if I could do as good a job as he did.  I want to thank Keith (Delegate, Panel 61) for all the help that he gave me along this journey.

I will always be thankful that I was given the opportunity to see the Conference process up-close and personnel.  I love the idea of the Conference buddy who is a Delegate that attended the General Service Conference the previous year.  The conference buddy is there to guide you through the conference process.  This meant that I was a conference buddy to someone my second year at the conference and I really enjoyed being a conference buddy.

Meeting the GSO staff and touring GSO is something that I would recommend to everyone.  Getting to know the Area 69 Districts and passing along information to and from them has allowed me to grow in ways that I could never have imagined.  The best thing that happened to me along this journey is that I made friends that I will always treasure.

The one thing that I know for sure is that I did not do this thing alone.  Working with Panel 63 (Area 69) has been a growing experience that will be with me forever.  As Delegate, I relied on the panel to help me with the process of passing along information.

Finally I would pass along the following to the new Delegate:

  1. Enjoy your time as Delegate.
  2. Make it your own (i.e., don’t try to be like your predecessor).
  3. Track and organize the paper work that you receive from GSO and others.
  4. Rely on Panel 65 members for help.
  5. Know your role as Delegate in order to pass along information effectively.

It has been my pleasure to serve as Area 69 Delegate for Panel 63.  Thank you Area 69 for allowing me to serve.

Walter Curry

Delegate, Area 69 Panel 63

 

 

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The central office is hosting a workshop on Saturday December 14th from 10am – 2pm. Representatives from Districts 2, 10, 11, Area 69, and the Central Office will be present to answer questions, explain positions and help those interested in doing service.

 

District 2 is hosting a workshop and BBQ on Saturday, September 7th.  There will be speakers, games, food and music.  The workshop begins at 9am at 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Sugarhouse.  See the attached flyer for more information.

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All Grapevine Group Representatives, please plan to attend this quarterly meeting. Please bring your questions and ideas. We will discuss ideas from the website and ideas to help us better carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers, both inside the rooms and in remote locations.  We will also talk about “What is the Grapevine?”

Who: All Grapevine Reps

Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Alano Club—big room

Address: 5056 South 300 West – Murray

PLEASE JOIN US – BE AN INFORMED AND EFFECTIVE GRAPEVINE REP.

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Welcome the Area 69 Delegates Walter and Doug, they will present the General Service Conference Agenda items 2013.  March 23rd, 11am – 4pm at the Central Office (80 West Louise).  Lunch will be served at 12:30.

District 2 currently has several available positions available, including: 3 District Committee Members, 5 alternate DCMs, Newsletter chair, Treasurer, Cooperation with the Professional Community chair, Public Information chair, and a Bridging the Gap coordinator.  District guidelines with descriptions and requirements are here.  District 2 meets on the last Thursday of every month at 7 PM, 1694 South 1700 East, Salt Lake.  Click here for a map.

For more information about some of the positions see the following pamphlets from AA World Services

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