Area Committee Overview
Perhaps more than any other group of people in AA, the Area Committee is responsible for the health of the Conference structure and as a result, the growth and harmony of the AA fellowship. An active committee deals with a variety of service issues. It is there for the committee member to turn to for assistance in answering questions such as:
- Are experiences being shared among groups?
- Is the AA message getting into hospitals, prisons, jails, and rehabilitation centers?
- Are news media and professionals who deal with suffering alcoholics well informed about AA?
- Are new Groups and loners being visited and helped?
- Is there a lack of harmony in a District?
The Area Committee is composed of all District Committee Members and Area Committee Officers (including the Past Delegate). All Standing Committee Chairs are appointed positions except for the Table Officer/Finance Committee (letter A, below).
Area 78 Standing Committees
A. Table Officer/Finance (Co-chaired by Chair & Treasurer)
B. Group Records/Registration
C. Public Information (PI)
D. Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)
E. Treatment & Accessibilities
G. Grapevine (GV)
I. Remote Communities
COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEES
- Each trusted servant (District Committee Member, General Service Representative) that registers at an Assembly or Area Committee Meeting is assigned to a committee, with a letter ranging from B to K. (Committee A is comprised of the Area 78 Table Officers).
- Trusted servant committee assignments are for a two-year period of service, or the remainder of the current panel rotation.
- A past District Committee Member is appointed as Chair of each committee for the two-year term coinciding with the current Area Committee Panel rotation.
- A recording Secretary is selected for each committee from its committee members.
- Committee members may also include alternates and visitors as assigned by the Registrar during registration.
- Each Committee shall be a service body only, reporting directly to the Assembly.
- The Committee makes recommendations (if any) pertinent to its responsibility, for approval or disapproval during their scheduled Committee report.
- Each Committee meets whenever they are scheduled (usually Friday night and Saturday) at both Area Assemblies and Area Committee Meetings.
- Annually, each Committee Chair receives (relative to their committee) a General Service Conference Agenda Information package from the Delegate, which they summarize for distribution to their committee.
Transition / Resignation
- It is imperative that each outgoing Committee Chair attends the Transition Meeting and brings all pertinent information and Area 78 inventory items for transfer to their respective incoming Chair.
- If a Committee Chair needs to resign their position, they should refer to the resignation procedures outlined in the Area 78 Guidelines on how to do so.