Chairperson’s Report Jan 2017

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al. My sobriety date is March 2, 2004. I am honored to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. Firstly, a big thanks to our outgoing Chair John A for his leadership over the past 2 years. District 9 was amazing at the Assembly in Sarasota this past weekend. Everyone was enthusiastic, involved, and the unity was evident everywhere with 35 votes representing District 9. Thank you all for you incredible support. My knees were shaking going up to the mic to deliver our report but all went well and I made the 3 minute time limit. What a relief. You should all be very gratified of the great example our District sets. As soon as I receive the Preliminary Agenda items for the General Service Conference from our Delegate, I will send the summary to Sherri to email out. When the background material is received, the Officers will split it into sections and pass it on to some Trusted Servants to review and present to this body well before the April Assembly. There are flyers on the table for the April Assembly in Boca Raton hosted by District 6. The dates are April 7th – 9th at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center. The link to print out a copy of the Assembly Flyer is http://area15aa.org/2017/01/08/april-7th-9th-2017-area-quarterly-in-boca-raton-hosted-bydistrict-6/. Today, we have some motions that we will be voting on to update our Guidelines. One of the motions regarding the Assembly Chair/Assembly Bid Chair had to be amended to ensure that there are qualifications in our guidelines for the position. We will also be filling the position of Assembly Chair today for the Assembly we will be hosting October 6th – 8th at the Marriott North in Fort Lauderdale. Please note that the election today for our 2017 Gratitude Dinner Chairperson is being postponed until February to allow everyone that wants to stand for the position the ability to stand. I have appointed Karen V. GSR Workshop Coordinator, Dana R ACM/DCM Workshop Coordinator. Both are always available to answer any questions the GSRs, Alt GSRs, ACMs and DCMs might have. Congrats to Karen for being selected to the Area 15 Quarterly Coordinators Committee. How awesome is that. I wish to extend a special welcome to all new GSRs and Alternate GSRs. You will soon see that we have an exciting and busy District that is always working to help carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. We are a Service orientated District for sure. As you listen to the committee reports today, please consider joining one of these committees. We also have a position open for a PI/CPC Standing Committee Chair that elections will be held later today. Our first event of the year will be a Spring Fling 50’s Dance that Joey will tell us more about a little later. You will soon see it is fun and yummy to get active in District service right away. My hope is that you all keep your electric enthusiasm and attitude of willingness as we start the New Year in service together. Let us remember that our Higher Power is in charge and that we have all come here to serve for the greater good of District 9 and AA. We know not what the future holds but if we rely on a Power greater than ourselves and be united in love and service we cannot fail. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or any other District officer, with your questions. In closing, I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Joyous New Year. I am thrilled and thankful for this opportunity to serve. In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. Email: