Chairperson’s Report March 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. Today, we will have only a few key verbal Committee reports with the bulk of the meeting spent reviewing the General Service Conference Agenda items. Rest assure all reports will be included in the minutes. We will concentrate mostly on those GSC Final Agenda Items that have been designated as “Consider” or “Reconsider”. At the Conference these are of the highest priority followed by “Review” then as many of the “Discuss” items the Delegates have time to talk about. The GSC is the closest thing AA has to a government. It is where the collective group consciences of the groups passionately gather so that the general services of AA will continue now and into the future. Our meeting may stretch on a bit long, so please be patient with our presenters. For those of you who are new, GS Conference review is something do every year before the April Assembly. The GS Conference review at this meeting is the first step in helping you be aware of the various topics our Delegate will be voting on at the yearly General Service Conference in late April in New York. The recommendations made by the Delegates at the General Service Conference are called Conference Advisory Actions and will be published in the Final Report to the members. There will be more review at the Saturday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm session at the April Assembly in Boca Raton. On Sunday afternoon of the Assembly, the Area body will have the opportunity to share the collective voice of Area 15 with our Delegate so that she can carry our educated group conscience to the Conference. It may be a late day on the Sunday of the Assembly, so be prepared to have plenty of coffee and energy beverages.  Earlier that day, we have a full slate of area reports and two motions.  If you cannot attend the Assembly, please be sure to share your group’s votes with your ACM or DCM.  If you need info on lodging or rides for the Assembly, Anne is the one to see. We are lucky that this Assembly is local so that everyone may experience the excitement of seeing the General Service trusted servants at work so I’m hoping that we have a good turnout to represent District 9. The dates are April 7th – 9th at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Town Center. Please remember to be in your seats at 8:30 am the morning of the Business Meeting so Jackie can ensure that you are registered to vote. Many thanks to Joey B and the entire Support Your Services team for a wonderful Spring Fling Event, the first of what looks to be an exciting year of District 9 events. Thank you to all the Committees that setup tables to carry the message and to everyone who attended for your participation and support. I hope you had fun, Also, please remember to check the District website www.district9aa.org for upcoming events.  Thanks to each of you here that are representing your Groups and the District for your willingness as we continue to work together to carry our message to the still sick and suffering alcoholic. In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email: