January 7th, 2024
Area 15 Assembly – Sarasota, FL – District 9 Chairperson Report
District 9 Chair’s Report
Happy New Year, Area 15, I am an alcoholic, member of the East Naple’s Men’s Group (which is neither
East or near Naples) and my name is Steve Ballinger.
Our Former Chair, Sharon G. resigned in December, and as the elected Alternate Chair, I will serve as District Chair
for the remainder of this Panel per District Guidelines. We thank Sharon for her service.
Thank you to District 4 for doing an outstanding job hosting this assembly and thank you to Dillon, Angie
and Bob for sharing their inspiring stories at the Friday and Saturday meetings.
Since the October Assembly our PI/CPC Committee presented to the Nurse Students at the North
Campus of Broward College. They also continue to hand out A.A. literature at the DUI Victim Impact
course hosted monthly by the Broward Safety Counsel. The District elected Gayle K. to the position of Treasurer in October.
Also elected in October was Oscar R. to serve as our new PI/CPC Chair, and Marcy H. to serve as the Chair of our
2024 Carry the Message Day event. Our Archives Chair John. S. was reelected for another one-year term and Trish C-K was
appointed to the position of GSR Coordinator for a second year.
In November, District 9 held, for the first time in three years, our Gratitude Dinner at First Baptist Fort
Lauderdale. It was a terrific event of 500 attendees, and many thanks to Debbie C., the co-chair, Kim C.,
the Secretary, Trish C-K., the program chair, as well as the 21 Committee Chairs and over 125 additional
volunteers. The event raised 0ver $6.050.00 for the General Service Board. We also had the pleasure of
visits from officers of Districts 8, 10 and 17.
In November, we elected a new Literature Chair, Jason E. and a Founder’s Day Picnic Chair, Roy W.
During this quarter, we have elected 5 new ADCMs, including Trish C-K, Melissa B., Kim C., Colin D. and
Shannon R. We elected one new DCM, Yvonne L. Our Website Committee, chaired by Micah K,
has set up the Google workspace for the District, including creating a safe storage space for important
documents. They have also prepared a six-video series on how to use Google Drive and Google Workspace,
to train us on this platform. Thank you to all the area officers and the district 9 trusted servants for all their
hard work in 2023, I am truly humbled by you all.
As my favorite former District 9 Chair Leslie B. used to say at this Mic, the sun always shines in District nine.
In love and Service,