LOCAL SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
There is a lot of vital work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the still suffering alcoholic has a chance to hear about Alcoholics Anonymous and to ensure the conscience of the groups are represented at the General Service Conference.
Read the descriptions below to find new, unique, interesting service opportunities that are sure to make a positive impact on your sobriety, and the sobriety of those who have yet to enter A.A.
BRIDGING THE GAP
Bridging the Gap provides opportunities for local AAs to serve as a temporary contact to someone who is transitioning out of a treatment facility. Bridging the Gap activities can include
- Educating patients in a treatment facility about the A.A. program
- Taking alcoholics to an AA meeting within 24 hours of exiting a treatment facility
The role of the temporary AA contact is to help the newcomer leaving treatment feel comfortable attending meetings outside of treatment, introduces them to members of the program, take them to different meetings, and share their experiences about the benefits of having a sponsor and a home group.
COOPERATING WITH PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY (CPC)
"Members of C.P.C. committees inform professionals and future professionals about A.A.— what we are, where we are, what we can do, and what we cannot do. They attempt to establish better communication between A.A.s and professionals, and to find simple, effective ways of cooperating without affiliating."
Reprinted from (Cooperation With The Professional Community Workbook, page 5), with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
CPC Committee work includes but is not limited to any of the following:
Speaking to professionals about AA who, through their work, have regular contact with alcoholics such as clergy, doctors, judges, nurses, school counselors, social workers and more
Forming relationships with medical or mental health professionals and bringing them to an open AA meeting to help them better understand the AA program
PUBLIC INFORMATION (PI)
"Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with Public Information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information committees convey A.A. information to the general public through activities such as giving A.A. information talks at schools and civic organization meetings, providing A.A. literature to schools and offices, and insuring local media have accurate information and providing them with A.A. public service announcements."
PI work in District 2 may entail of the following:
Making AA literature available to local public and university libraries
Making AA literature available to local university or high school health centers
Providing meeting lists to hotel front desks
Speaking at local universities, high schools, health fairs, or public workshops
"We are not a glum lot. We absolutely insist on enjoying life."
Help us plan our next service event. Our events are either educational or fun social AA events provided as service to the groups in District 2.
Events may take the form of ice cream socials, service workshops, meditation workshops, etc. They may also take the form of sharing sessions on sensitive issues important to groups within District 2.
Want to get involved or have a fun idea for service event you'd like to see happen? Contact us here.
GENERAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
"The strength of our whole A.A. service structure starts with the group and with the general service representative (G.S.R.) the group elects. I cannot emphasize too strongly the G.S.R.’s importance."
“By choosing its most qualified man or woman as G.S.R., a group helps secure its own future—and the future of A.A. as a whole.”
- Bill W.
The General Service Representative may be the most important service position in all of A.A.
If your group does not have a General Service Representative please consider calling a group business meeting or group conscience and elect one.
The role of the GSR is absolutely vital to making sure AA as a whole is around for our lifetime, for the still suffering alcoholic in your community, and for the future preservation of Alcoholics Anonymous.
There is a lot of vital work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure the conscience of the groups are represented on important matters affecting them and AA as a whole, as well as vital work that carries the message to the still suffering alcoholic.
By the very nature of the work a GSR performs, they help ensure unity within their local AA community, and strengthen their group and the fellowship as a whole
ALTERNATE GENERAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
As important as it is for each group to elect a General Service Representative (GSR), it is equally important for the group to vote-in an Alternate General Service Representative.
Groups elect an Alternate General Service Representative usually in one of two ways at either a business meeting or group conscience
The group considers the runner-up (person with 2nd most votes) in an election to be the Alternate General Service Representative of the group
- The vote holds a separate election to elect an Alt-GSR. The person with the most votes wins this election.
- Collect and compile reports from the D.C.M., District Committee Chairs, flyers from groups in District 2, and send an email once or twice a month to the general distribution list
- Manage and maintain the District's general email distribution list
- Knowledge of email technologies such as MailChimp are a plus
- Graphic design background is a plus
- Experience with mass mail distribution is a plus
Takes attendance at the monthly district meeting
Records the minutes of the monthly district meeting
Shares meeting minutes no less than 7 days before the next district meeting
DISTRICT GRAPEVINE REPRESENTATIVE
Visits groups in District 2 in order to
Educate groups on the importance of the Grapevine
Encourage groups to adopt a Grapevine subscription for sober prison inmates and coordinates this with Area 13’s Grapevine Committee Chair
Encourages individual A.A.s in District 2 to subscribe to the Grapevine
Educate groups and individuals in District 2 about new Grapevine publications for purchase
Asks for a “table” at A.A. events in District 2 in order to do outreach for the Grapevine and increase Grapevine subscriptions
Attends District sponsored events in order to do outreach for the Grapevine and increase subscription
Has Grapevine literature or issues of the Grapevine available to sell or contribute to groups
Help us maintain and keep our website up to date
Must know SquareSpace and how to work with other relevant web technologies
Help with copy writing and graphic design
Work with the Public Information Committee Chair
Maintain the District Calendar to make sure all events are accurate and up to date