Chairperson’s Report April 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. We had a great Assembly earlier this Month that was hosted by District 6. There was good voter turnout to represent District 9 with 1 District Chair, 3 DCMs, 11 ACMs, 3 ALT GSRs, and 22 GSRs for a total of 40 votes. For those that were not with us, Motion A to allow the GSRs the right to make motions at the Area Level failed after considerable discussion. Many GSRs just felt they were just not ready due to their limited amount of General Service Experience on how to write motions or how that motion might affect the way we conduct our business or whether the motion would be good for AA as a whole. In any event, it might be a good idea for us to hold a few workshops pertaining to writing motions in order to better prepare our GSRs for continued service. Motion B was to form an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate whether we should petition GSO to create a new Area taking our current Area from Tampa to Key West and the Islands and splitting it east and west. This motion failed by a large margin.  My own experience was that the motion may have been too wordy and restrictive as to what the Committee would be studying. The other consideration was that there would be an additional cost to the Area upwards to $1440. I got the impression that if the motion was just to create an Ad Hoc Committee to study the feasibility of splitting our current Area into 2 smaller Areas it might have passed. The next Assembly will be at the Hyatt Sarasota, July 21st thru the 23rd. Flyers are available on the table or can be printed from the District or Area websites. Our next event will be the Old Timer’s Meeting to be held on Saturday, May 13th here at Nova in the Morris Auditorium. More will be revealed by our Archives Committee in just a bit. Support Your Services is gearing up for the Founders Day picnic on June 4th, so please listen carefully to Joey B’s report to find out how you can get involved.  Additionally, we are having planning meetings for the Unity Breakfast, Gratitude Dinner, the Assembly we are hosting in October, and Carry the Message Day. All committees are accepting volunteers so don’t be afraid to grow and learn. We are in immediate need of a PI/CPC Chair so if you have the qualifications and time please pray on it. I’ve also been approached by a GSR who wants to be Webmaster (Web Chair) but he is unavailable to be here this month. Please listen to see what interests you when your trusted servants are giving their reports today and feel free to get involved. We can’t keep it without giving it away. Thank you all for your participation and support. Remember to check the District website district9aa.org for details of all upcoming events.  Thanks to each of you here for your willingness that are representing your Groups and are the heart of the District as we work together to carry the message.

In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email: