CHAIR REPORT – APRIL 2018

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. I attended the Assembly at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa on April 6th – 8th. It was a long day of going over the General Service Conference Agenda Items with our Delegate Annie C. We had 37 votes but District 8 had 50 votes. That was amazing. Since there were no motions on the Agenda it was mute. The next Assembly will be at the Tampa Airport Marriott, July 6th – 8th. Flyers are on the table and the District website for download. It is our first time there and should be exciting.

Planning is underway for the Old Timer’s event being held here on May 5th so come out and join us. This is a free event with 3 Speakers that have 35 years or more of Sobriety to share their experience, strength, and hope. The event is normally loaded with newcomers so come out and show your support. We hope that Committee Chairs will be there with their displays and DCMs/ACMs will be there to offer support to those sick and suffering who are the future of our Program. Please encourage your GSRs to attend. More from Thomas a little later in the meeting. The first Gratitude Dinner planning meeting was held on March 25th at the 101 Club at 1:00pm where we picked a theme for the event. More from Tracie a little later. Planning is also underway for the Founder’s Day Picnic. Joey will provide more details a little later. Flyers for all events are on the District Website and on the table to download and bring to your groups.

Later today we will be presenting and voting on the 2 motions from Milinda and the Website Committee. It is exciting to watch our District grow. 2018 is moving really fast so I pray that everyone start thinking and talking about what District positions you may want to hold when we have our October elections. All Officer Positons will be open. In addition the following positions should be available Finance, Grapevine, Institution Liaison, Intergroup Liaison, Room/Ride Coordinator, and Support Your Services. Officers, and Standing Committees such as Finance, and Grapevine are 2 year terms, all others are 1 year with the eligibility to stand for a second year. See your Guidelines or one of your Officers for details. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. We invite you to participate in the GSR Workshop where you will gain knowledge on how to be a valued GSR. Kindest regards in Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email:

CHAIR REPORT – MARCH 2018

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. The next Assembly is at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa April 6th – 8th. Flyers are available on the District website. The April Assembly is in our own backyard in Weston so come and get involved. There are plenty of Workshops to attend such as Traditions, Concepts, and GSR sharing session to name a few. Please find your passion and go to a Committee Meeting of your choice so you can get involved in District. Our Delegate Annie C will be going over the General Service Conference Agenda Items for you input.
As a reminder to District trusted servants that hold positions, “For attendance at South Florida Assemblies, District 9 will reimburse a flat rate of $200.00 (all inclusive) for one night’s lodging. If attendee holds a funded Area 15 position, he or she is funded according to Area 15 Current Practice, and District 9 reimburses the difference between the Area funding and the current District 9 flat rate, but not to exceed the current District 9 flat rate. Eligible to receive compensation are District Officers, DCMs, ACMs when there is no DCM or the DCM is unable to attend, Archives, Current Practice, Grapevine, PI/CPC, Accessibilities, Literature, Website and Finance Committee Chairpersons. In addition,“DCMs, ACMs and GSRs must attend their respective Saturday meetings including the Sunday morning business meeting in order to be reimbursed by District 9. What that means is if you are a District Committee Chair and a DCM/ACM you must attend your respective Area Committee Meeting, the DCM Sharing and Sunday Business Meeting. The same holds true for GSRs that are District Committee Chairs, you must attend your respective Area Committee Meeting, the GSR Sharing, and Sunday Business Meeting. Although this is an honest program we do check to ensure that we do our best in Carrying the Message and being responsible with 7th Tradition Contributions. Thank you all for your cooperation and service.
Today we will be having an abbreviated Agenda where only a select few will be giving their reports so that we can go over the General Service Conference Agenda items in preparation for our Delegate’s review at the Assembly in Bonaventure. It is important to understand the items being discussed so that we can tell our Delegate our group conscience at the Business Meeting on Sunday, April 8th. Please be assured that all Committee reports will go in the Minutes so please be responsible and get them to our Secretary quickly for the minutes.
Spring*Fling is over and I know that all in attendance had a great time and our speaker Jean did a real good job. Thanks to the Support Yours Services Committee for their hard work with this event. Joey B will let us know how we did later in the meeting. Planning is underway for the Old Timer’s event being held here on May 5th so come out and join us. This is a free event with 3 Speakers that have 35 years or more of Sobriety to share their experience, strength, and hope. The event is normally loaded with newcomers that need our help so we hope that Committee Chairs with their displays and DCMs/ACMs will be there to offer support to those sick and suffering who are the future of our Program. More from Thomas a little later in the meeting. The first Gratitude Dinner planning meeting will be March 25th at the 101 Club at 1:00pm so come get on the Committee of your choice and help pick the theme of the Gratitude Dinner. More from Tracie a little later.
2018 is moving really fast so now is the time for everyone to start thinking and talking to those rotating out about what District positions you may want to hold when we have our October elections. All Officer positions will be open. In addition the following positions should be available Finance, Grapevine, Institution Liaison, Intergroup Liaison, Room/Ride Coordinator, and Support Your Services. Officers, and Standing Committees such as Finance, and Grapevine are 2 year terms, all others are 1 year with the eligibility to stand for a second year. See your Guidelines or one of your Officers for details. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. We invite you to participate in the GSR Workshop where you will gain knowledge on how to be a valued GSR. Kindest regards in Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email:

CHAIR REPORT – FEBRUARY 2018

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al.  My sobriety date is March 2, 2004.  I am grateful to be honored to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. The next Assembly is at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa April 6th – 8th. Flyers are available on the District website. Remember, the April Assembly is in Weston so come, get involved, and give your Group a voice and be a part of. Your participation is very important as there will be several motions on the Agenda that could affect the Assemblies and possibly the GSRs right to vote. As I mentioned in January, our Delegate Annie C will be going over the General Conference Agenda Items for you input. Spring*Fling planning is well underway so come out and join us. Milinda, our Web Chair has a surprise for you today in her report. Great job. Welcome to all those who are new today or haven’t seen us for a while. Please listen carefully to the Reports to find an area of service you may like to become a part of and lend a hand. We can’t do it alone. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. We invite you to participate in the GSR Workshop where you will gain knowledge on how to be a valued GSR. We are one of the few Districts that have one, so please take advantage. Kindest regards in Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email:

CHAIR REPORT – JANUARY 2018

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.

The next Assembly is at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa April 6th – 8th. Flyers are available on the District website. There were 12 GSRs & 3 AGSRs voting in attendance for a total of 30 votes. Good news the April Assembly is local so we hope that you give your Group a voice and come to Weston to be a part of. We really would like to see a lot participation as there will be several motions on the Agenda that could affect the Assemblies and possibly the GSRs right to vote. Our Delegate Annie C will also be going over the General Conference Agenda Items for you input.

Back to the Sarasota Assembly, there were 2 motions that went forward one passed and one failed so please see you Subdistrict DCM/ACM for the details. The Area Budget was presented for Disapproval and was accepted. Details will also be in the Area minutes. Area15 will be making a Contribution to the General Service Board in the amount of $27,026. Due to the high level of contributions over the last few years, questions have been raised that the Area needs to do more to foster the coordination of information.

There is a wealth of experience in the Area that it could bring to the Districts with its past Delegates, Delegates, Officers, Committee Chairs and District Committee members but the impression is that the Area openly enjoys making big contributions to New York. Unfortunately, the Area, as per Current Practice, still expect Districts to foot the bill when Delegates or other Committee members travel within the Area to speak or help with issues. More will be revealed. Please attend the April Assembly and give your group a voice.

Spring*Fling planning is underway so come out and join us.

Today we will be voting on the motion to add a page to our District 9 website which will be designated as a resource center for our district. The motion was sent as an email blast to quickly bring to your groups for discussion and is listed on your agendas.

Welcome to all those who are new today or haven’t seen us for a while. As you listen to the Reports, the District would like to encourage everyone to find an area of service you may like so you can become a part of and lend a hand. We can’t do it alone. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support.

Our February meeting will be back into the Resnick Auditorium for the rest of the year. Remember to check the District for details on all upcoming events.

Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. Come to the GSR Workshop where you will gain insight on how to be a valued GSR.

Kindest regards in Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67.

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CHAIR REPORT – DECEMBER 2017

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al. My sobriety date is March 2, 2004. I am blessed to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. First and foremost is that I received an Email from our Delegate Annie C. who has informed us that the Manuscript Litigation had been dropped citing it not to be in our best interest. A copy of the letter is on the table for your review so you can inform your groups that A.A.W.S. has applied to the New York State Supreme Court to voluntarily dismiss its case.

The next Assembly is at the Sarasota Hyatt January 5-7, 2018. Flyers are available on the table as well as the Area Agenda with motions to bring back to your groups for discussion. Flyers and agendas are also available on the District or Area websites for printing. Please attend and give your group a voice.

The Winterfest Event which included “Spaghetti & Meatballs & Ice Cream” was delicious with a lovely mix of Holiday Music, contemporary music and an inspiring speaker. Thanks James K for being our speaker. Thank you Joey and your Support your Services Committee for putting on a fun event. More from Joey later in the meeting. Our attendance of District Trusted Servants was stellar with 2 Past Delegates in attendance. GSRs, we could use more participation as there were trays of Meatballs and Spaghetti left over. It was an ideal setting to get to know your ACM/DCM/Committee Chairs and Officers. I’m sure your ACM/DCMs will reach out to you to get involved. We had excellent displays from Literature, PI/CPC, Archives, and Grapevine. Even the State Convention had a table. So there was much to share and a time to grow as individuals. Now for the business at hand.

The District is in need of dedicated responsible individuals to fulfill the positions of Website, Intergroup Liaison, and Carry the Message Day. Thank you to Sharon G who stepped up and was appointed to be the 2018 GSR Workshop Coordinator starting in January. We know it will be a great year for the GSRs under her guidance. Also thanks to Joey B who stepped up for a 2nd year of Support your Services Chair. He needs a Co-Chair that is willing to learn the ropes to stand for 2019.

As always, I’d like to welcome all those who are new today and encourage you all to find an area of service you may like in our District and lend a hand. We can’t do it alone. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support.

Our January meeting will be taking place in Room 2103 AUDC then we will be back in the Resnick Auditorium in February. Remember to check the District for details on all upcoming events. But if things are not up to date, we can’t do a good job getting the message out without a Website Chair? Oh yes, training will be provided. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. Come to the GSR Workshop where you will gain an educated group conscience.

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

 

CHAIR REPORT – NOVEMBER 2017

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al. My sobriety date is March 2, 2004. I am blessed to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. The next Assembly is at the Sarasota Hyatt January 5-7, 2018. Flyers are available on the table as well as the Area Agenda with motions to bring back to your groups for discussion. Flyers and agendas are also available on the District or Area websites for printing. Just remember you are not being responsible if you don’t attend and give your group a voice.

Our Support your Services Chair Joey B is preparing for the Winterfest Event that includes you guessed it “Spaghetti & Meatballs & Ice Cream”. Don’t worry the meatballs are fresh. Ha Ha. If you would like to be involved in Support Your Services Joey is looking for a Secretary/Treasurer/Co-Chair. Briefly, please get the word out that (1) anyone who purchased a ticket to the Spaghetti Dinner will have that ticket honored at the Winterfest Event with our appreciation or (2) anyone who has a ticket and wants to have their money refunded just needs to present the ticket to Joey our Support your Services Chair before the Winterfest event being held on December 2, 2017.

Early Timers was hosted by the Archive Committee on October 21st and we had 3 great speakers that shared their experience, strength and hope. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that I was somewhat disappointed in the lack of attendance of District Trusted Servants as well as GSRs. This was a wonderful opportunity for ACMs, DCMs, and Standing Committee members to work one on one, face to face with GSRs and Alternate GSRs and to show by example and encourage participation in District Events. It takes every single one of you to help the District Carry the Message. No handful of members can do this alone. I say this with love for you continued sobriety and pray for continued support.

The Gratitude Dinner on November 10th was nothing short of amazing as our Speaker El N Past Southeast Regional Trustee from South Carolina was super and the food was wonderful. Thank you Sherri D and the Gratitude Dinner Committee for putting on a stellar performance. More will be revealed on these events later in the meeting.

The District is in need of dedicated responsible individuals to fulfill the positions of Website, Intergroup Liaison, Support Your Services, and Carry the Message Day. I am also looking for a past or present ACM/DCM to be the GSR Workshop Coordinator starting in January. If you would like to submit your name for this position to help mentor new minds in General Service please contact me for consideration.

I’d like to welcome all those who are new today and encourage you all – whether you are new or experienced veterans in service – to find an area of service you may like in our District and lend a hand. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support.

Speaking about Website I would like to thank our Web Chair Erika D who although has stepped down has continued to dedicate her time and also our Website Tech Guru Eric P who transparently migrated the website from Go Daddy to Dreamhost our new web hosting service. This included creating all new email accounts and moving messages over from one account to another. Thank you for the many sleepless hours and the job you did was nothing short of incredible. Eric will be available a little later to answer and questions you may have.

Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message.

Kindest regards in Unity thru Love & Service,
Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67.
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CHAIR REPORT – OCTOBER 2017

CHAIR REPORT – OCTOBER 2017

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al. My sobriety date is March 2, 2004. I am gifted to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. The Area Assembly was held October 6-8th right here in Fort Lauderdale at the Marriot North. Thank you Richard S, the committee, and all the other volunteers for putting in endless hours and dedication in support of District 9 and the Area. Many thanks to all that attended. Our Speakers were amazing. We had 18 GSRs & 7 Alt GSRs who fulfilled their responsibilities to their Home Group by attending the Sunday Business Meeting. District DCMs/ACMs were there in force doing the deal. Awesome…. We had a total of 40 votes. It truly added to an educated Group Conscience during a spirited business meeting. We had 3 motions and 3 time sensitive motions. We also voted for the remaining Assemblies from July 2018 to April 2020. The next Assembly is at the Sarasota Hyatt January 5-7, 2018. Flyers are available on the table and on the District or Area websites for printing. I will be asking our Website Committee to put them on the Calendar. They will also be posted in the Area Minutes and on the Area Website. Please see your Subdistrict DCM/ACM for what transpired, what passed, and what failed. Just remember you can’t be responsible if you don’t attend and give your group a voice. The Area is contributing to Hurricane Relief for those Areas that had facilities and resources destroyed. Please see our Literature Rep if you would like to be involved on a Group or Individual level. On that note we had to cancel our Spaghetti Dinner due to the Hurricane. Our Support your Services Chair Joey B is reconciling the costs and in need of a permanent Co-Chair so if you want to be a part of some great events by giving back please see Joey. Briefly, we have written a short statement that GSRs can read in their Home Group regarding the tickets that have been purchased. “We want to thank you all who purchased tickets to the Spaghetti Dinner in advance. We hope you are all safe and no one was injured. All life is sacred and should be cherished. Going forward, we would like to offer that (1) anyone who purchased a ticket to the Spaghetti Dinner will have that ticket honored at the Winterfest Event with our appreciation or (2) anyone who has a ticket and wants to have their money refunded just needs to present the ticket to Joey our Support your Services Chair prior to the Winterfest event being held on December 2, 2017. We thank you all for your support and participation. In Unity thru Love & Service, General Service District 9”. Our next event will be Early Timers hosted by the Archive Committee on October 21st and then the Gratitude Dinner on November 10th. More will be revealed later in the meeting. There are 2 District positions open. We are in need of a PI/CPC Chair and an Intergroup Liaison to help carry the message. We will hold these elections together with our October Elections during New Business, Don’t be afraid to try something new as you have the whole District behind you. Today we will be holding our District Elections for the following positions starting in January 2018; Archives, Literature, PI/CPC, Accessibilities, Website, Intergroup Liaison, Institutions Liaison, Room/Ride Coordinator, Support Your Services, and Carry the Message Day. If you are standing for either PI/CPC or Intergroup Liaison those positions start today and that time between now and the end of the year does not affect your term starting in January 2018. I’d like to welcome all who are new today and encourage you all – whether you are new or seasoned veterans in service – to find an area of service you may like in our District and lend a hand. We are blessed with an active and enthusiastic District here in Broward County. The last planning meeting for the Gratitude Dinner is October 29th at CRPC where we still have positions open for volunteers. Tickets will be available. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email:

Chairperson’s announcement – Hurricane Irma

With Florida being at a State of Emergency due to the coming of Hurricane Irma I would personally encourage everyone to do whatever they can to protect themselves and their love ones from this terrible storm. Y’all in the District keep us going in carrying the message so please prepare and be safe. Also keep an eye on Jose he seems to be tagging on Irma’s shirt tails. God Bless.

Nova University has stated that the Campus will be closed until further notice starting Thursday, September 7th and will not reopen until the threat from the Hurricane has passed.

It was not only prudent but necessary that our Spaghetti Dinner scheduled for this Saturday evening had to be canceled. The planning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th is also canceled to allow people time to prepare. More information will be available after the  Hurricane passes and the District meets to determine the best way to proceed and go forward.

In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K

CHAIR REPORT – AUGUST 2017

I’m an alcoholic, member of the Tamarac Group, and my name is Al. My sobriety date is March 2, 2004. I am gifted to serve as your District 9 Chairperson. Carry the Message Day was held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 right here at Nova. Thank you all that attended. Thomas put on a real good event with enthusiastic and informational messages given by Susan P of BCIC, Mary S from Intergroup Main Office, and our own Heather M. More from Thomas later in this meeting. We have a fun event coming up with the Spaghetti Dinner on September 9th. Who makes the best meatball? I hope to see everyone there. Joey B will tell us more about it a little later in his report. There are 2 District positions open. We are in need of a PI/CPC Chair and an Intergroup Liaison to help carry the message. If you have any interest in these positions, please talk to you sponsor, your service sponsor, and your higher power. Remember God doesn’t call the qualified God qualifies the called. Don’t be afraid to try something new as you have the whole District behind you. The next Assembly is at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott North right here in Broward County, October 6th thru the 9th. Flyers are available on the table and on the District or Area websites for printing. Also in October please remember we will be having District Elections for a few positons starting in January 2018 such as Archives, Literature, PI/CPC, Room/Ride Coordinator, Accessibilities, Support Your Services, Institutions Liaison, and Intergroup Liaison. Please give some thought and prayer to where you may be of service next year. If you are considering standing for a Committee Chair, feel free to ask the person currently in that position to see what is involved. I’d like to welcome all who are new today and encourage you all – whether you are new or seasoned veterans in service – to find an area of our District to lend a hand. We are blessed with an active and enthusiastic District here in Broward County. Planning meetings for the Gratitude Dinner and the October Assembly hosted by District 9 are still in progress and need volunteers. I’d like to personally encourage groups to volunteer at the October Assembly. We need people to help with Registration, Hospitality, and other areas. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. See you at the Spaghetti Dinner in September.

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

Chair Report – JULY 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 held our Unity XII Breakfast on Saturday, June 24th. The event was sold out, the food was great, and the Speaker our own Trish C-K was amazing. Thank you Karen with Copy Kat Audio for doing the taping at the event. All those who attended the Breakfast, I’d so would like to thank you for service. We are stilling having planning meetings for the Gratitude Dinner, the October Assembly hosted by District 9, and Carry the Message Day. Support your Services also started planning for the Spaghetti Dinner, more from Joey B in his report. All committees are in need of volunteers so please feel free to attend and get involved in all the fun. The next Assembly is next week at the Hyatt Sarasota, July 21st thru the 23rd. Flyers are available on the District or Area websites for printing. Don’t forget the 61st Florida State Convention being held in Jacksonville on July 27th – July 30th the following week. The theme is “Love in Action”. Hope to see you all there. We still need a PI/CPC Chair and an Intergroup Liaison. Prayers for Stu S who had to step down from Intergroup Liaison currently battling health issues. Please keep him in your thoughts. One last thing I would like to mention is that many of you are aware of the legal attention taken by the General Service Board (GSB) and AAWS regarding the return of the 1939 Printer’s Copy of the Manuscript (“the working manuscript” as it was called had many handwritten comments written by many members of AA). No one can deny that it is a very precious item of AA History that created the foundation of this program. I would like to encourage everyone to become as educated as possible as to why New York took legal action for the return of the Manuscript. This was not done lightly so please do not jump to any conclusions or opinions one way or the other until you have prayed after reading or hearing the facts regarding this action. As you know there are many ways to hurt AA and gossip is one of them. To make sure that you know why this was done Greg T our General Manager in New York has asked that you address any questions to Clay R, Public Information Coordinator. His direct line is 212-870-3119, and his email is I pray that more will be revealed as we move forward in the sunlight of the spirit. Thank you all for your understanding, participation, and support. Remember to check the District website @district9aa.org for details on all upcoming events. Thank you all for your willingness & dedication in representing your Groups and carrying the message. See you in Sarasota. In Unity thru Love & Service, Al K. District 9 Chairperson Area 15 Panel 67. Email: