District 9 General Service

Serving A.A. in Broward County, Florida


"... On its great floor we have inscribed our Twelve Steps of recovery. On the side walls, the buttresses of the A.A. Traditions have been set in place to contain us in unity for as long as God may will it so. Eager hearts and hands have lifted the spire of our Cathedral into its place. That spire bears the name of Service. May it ever point straight upward toward God." - Bill Wilson, Co-Founder A.A.


"...Our Twelve Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words “love” and “service.” We understand what love is, and we understand what service is. So let's bear those two things in mind..." - Dr Bob Smith, Co-Founder of A.A.


Alcoholics Anonymous has been called an upside organization because, as the structure chart shows the groups are on top and the trustees on the bottom.


“The A.A. Service Manual,” current version of the handbook first known as “The Third Legacy Manual,” may seem to be simply a guide to organization and procedure, and its approach is indeed practical. At the same time, it is based firmly upon spiritual principles, as Bill explains in his introduction to the manual..."

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About District 9

The purpose of District 9 is to engage in General Service activities within the Conference structure guided by the Twelve Traditions of AA, the AA Service Manual, and the Twelve Concepts for World Service. Service activities are anything that helps to reach a fellow alcoholic, ensures our own recovery, and safeguards the integrity of our Fellowship.

There is no authority except that expressed by the group conscience and communicated to the General Service Representative (GSR) whom the group has elected. The GSRs, in turn, communicate to the Area Conference by vote at the Area Quarterly Assemblies or through the District Committee Member (DCM). District 9 is a service body only; never a government for AA.

District 9 is an unincorporated body within Area 15 with boundaries the same as those of Broward County, Florida. District 9 is autonomous within its boundaries having no authority over any other District in South Florida Area 15; nor is District 9 subservient to any other District in the Area.

Alcoholics Anonymous Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

© The AA Grapevine, Inc. Reprinted with permission.

Responsibility Declaration


I am responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible. (source)

Unity Declaration

This we owe to A.A.’s future: To place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives and the lives to those who come.  (source)

Member Contributions

In accordance with our 7th Tradition, please send your Member Contributions to:

General Service District 9
P.O. Box 100126
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310-0126

Thank you for your generous support of District 9.

District 9 Treasurer

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