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1 2013 Delegate’s Conference Report by Steve O., Delegate Eastern Pennsylvania General Service Assembly Mini-Assembly I June 2, 2013

2 63 rd General Service Conference “The General Service Conference Takes Its Inventory – Our Solution In Action” April 21 – 27, 2013 Crowne Plaza Hotel, New York, NY

3 GRATITUDE I am deeply grateful to our Eastern PA General Service Assembly members for the opportunity to participate on your behalf – Thank You!

4 The AA Service Manual, pS16

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6 Conference Membership Area Delegates – from US & Canada 93 = 71% Trustees, A.A.W.S. & Grapevine Directors 25 = 19% General Service & Grapevine Staff 13 = 10% Total 131

7 Delegate Statistics Avg. Age57yrs. Oldest 75 Youngest36 Avg. Sobriety21 Longest Sobriety37 Shortest Sobriety 7 Avg. Sobriety16 Longest Service37 Shortest Service 3

8 I. Agenda Theme for 2014 General Service Conference: “Communicating Our Legacies – Vital In A Changing World”

9 II. Cooperation with Professional Community Revised pamphlet “If You Area A Professional” – in section Referrals from Court & Treatment Facilities: “Some groups at the request of the prospective member, have the A.A. Group Secretary sign or stamp the court slip.”

10 III. Corrections Recommendation that, revised pamphlet, “A Message To Corrections Professionals” be approved.

11 IV. Finance No recommendations or actions Mirrors Area 59 pre-Conference Sharing

12 V. Grapevine No Recommendations – as in Area 59 One Floor Action: – Discontinue current La Vina formatting requirements Motion failed

13 VI. Literature Draft pamphlet “AA Spiritual Not Religious” – Motion to re-commit to Trustees Literature committee; Passed Discussion about mention of any specific religion Some “atheist” versus “agnostic” discussion

14 VI. Literature, cont’d. Recommendation: The 2 nd paragraph on inside, front flap of the dust jacket be revised. Failed Recommendation: The Primary Purpose (blue card) be revised. Failed

15 VII. Report & Charter Recommendation: that a typo in AA Service Manual be corrected. Passed. – From “”uniformed” to “uninformed” Recommendation: Duty description for the G.S.B. Chairperson be included in the AA Service Manual – Passed Recommendation: A paragraph “The Principle of Rotation” be added to the AA Service Manual - Passed

16 VIII. Treatment/Special Needs - Accessibilities No Recommendations Expressed the need for translations of existing AV material into Spanish & French Need for better sound production for some materials

17 IX. Trustees All slates of candidates for boards & directors (AAWS & Grapevine, Inc.) approved Reviewed G.S.B. Plan for proposed “inter-locking directorate” – Took No Action

18 X. Archives Recommendation: “Marking On The Journey” be revised – Passed Recommendation: A 75 th Anniversary Edition of the original “Big Book” be published in April 2014 – Passed Recommendation: posting of freely accessible, anonymity-protected archival audio clips on GSO’s AA web site - Passed

19 XI. International Convention/Regional Forums Recommended 3 cities as possible sites for 2025 International Convention – Montreal – St. Louis – Vancouver, B.C. Recommended: up to 21 non-AA speakers be invited attend the 2015 International Convention

20 XII. Public Information Recommendation: Short form of the Eleventh Tradition implicit includes internet, social media and all forms of public communications. Passed AAWS be permitted to use commissionable digital channels & third party stores to sell literature – passed

21 XIII. Policy/Admissions Recommendation: change deadline to submit Conference Agenda Items – From January 15 th to December 15 th – Passed

22 Floor Actions All 6 failed Discussion about 75 th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Big Book in French & Spanish – failed “The Plan” any vote on reorganizing be decided by three-quarters - Failed

23 Summary Area 59 Delegate voted consistent with all Pre-Conference sharing Trust Committee Process – Especially with regard to the “Plan” All participants well prepared – Discussion deliberative and informed – I worked to keep an open mind

24 Questions?


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