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CJI Intergroup Representative Handbook

I. Welcome to Central Jersey Intergroup

When Alcoholics Anonymous first started, the individual groups in our area handled all the twelfth-step work themselves. As our membership grew, it became impossible for individual groups to handle all the aspects of twelfth-step work alone.

 

These individual groups gathered together to form a centralized point of contact for all the member groups. Thus, Central Jersey Intergroup (CJI) was born.

 

CJl maintains a 24-hour hotline for alcoholics in need, arranges 12-step calls, publishes meeting lists, supplies literature and much more. CJl has committees for Archives, Answering Service, Computer, Correctional Facilities, Hospitals & Institutions, Literature, Meeting List, Newsletter, Public Information, Steering Committee, Unity and Web Site.

 

These committees are manned by volunteers and require support. Without the help of volunteering alcoholics, these committees and the much-needed services they offerwould cease to exist. Volunteering at Central Jersey Intergroup provides an opportunity to give back that which was freely given to you.

 

With our primary purpose foremost in our minds, this Intergroup Representative Handbook references what has worked for CJI in the past. It is subject to change and it is hoped that any changes will enhance our primary purpose, to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic.

 

 

II CJI Panel


Panel
  • Chair
  • Co-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Financial Secretary
  • Recording Secretary

CJI Committees
  • Archives
  • Answering Service
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals & Institutions
  • Literature
  • Meeting List
  • Newsletter
  • Public Information
  • Steering Committee
  • Unity
  • Web Site


III. Description of CJI Service

Intergroup Office

Your Intergroup, or central office, is often where the sick alcoholic first calls or shows up for A.A. help.

Although local Intergroup operate independently of A.A.'s worldwide service structure, they are a vital part of the Fellowship. In most areas, any group that so wishes can belong to the local Intergroup, which is supported by contributions from its member groups. These contributions are purely voluntary.
 
Duties/Functions
Methods and goals vary from one area to another, but generally Intergroups responsibility is to:
  • Respond to phone or walk-in requests for help from sick alcoholics and, when appropriate, arrange for A.A. volunteers (listed with Intergroup) to accompany them to an A.A. meeting.
  • Maintain "A.A." listings in local phone directories, handle mail inquiries, and route them to local groups, thus distributing Twelfth Step work on a geographical basis so that newcomers are assured of help.
  • Distribute up-to-date meeting lists.
  • Stock and sell A.A. literature.
  • Serve as a communications center for participating groups - often issuing regular newsletters or bulletins to keep groups informed about one another.
  • Arrange systems for groups to exchange speakers.
  • Coordinate the efforts of Intergroup committees.
  • Sometimes provide information on treatment facilities, hospitals and halfway houses.
  • Handle requests from local news media, arrange local radio or TV programs about A.A., and furnish speakers for schools and non-A.A. organizations.
  • Cooperate with local, district and area committees. (Some intergroups elect members to serve as area liaisons and welcome their participation in intergroup meetings.)
  • Maintain communication and cooperation - but not affiliation - with the community and helping professionals in the field of alcoholism.
  • From the A.A. pamphlet "The A.A. Group… where it all begins" Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115, pages 44 - 45. Used with permission.

What are intergroup representatives responsible for?
 
The intergroup representative is responsible to vote their group's conscience at intergroup body meetings and to inform intergroup about the concerns of their group. The intergroup representative tries to keep their group well informed about what the intergroup is doing. The intergroup representative is responsible for participating in intergroup body meetings with other such representatives monthly to share their group's experience in carrying the A.A. message through the services provided by CJI.
 
 


Panel

Chair
The chairperson presides at all intergroup meetings, except Steering Committee, and maintains general supervision of Intergroup affairs.
 

Co-Chair
The co-chairperson acts in the chairpersons absence, maintains the office and the day time phone commitments.

Treasurer
The treasurer collects all contributions from member groups and literature sales and reports donations received to the groups.

The Financial Secretary
The financial secretary's main function is to make sure all incoming monies are spent in accordance with the by-laws and budget voted on by the groups. The financial secretary keeps all financial records. With the cooperation of the officers and committee chairs, the financial secretary develops and proposes a yearly budget for approval by the groups.

Recording Secretary
The recording secretary takes minutes of all Intergroup business meetings and Steering Committee meetings and provides the minutes of business (body) meetings to the groups.

Committees 


Archives
The committee is responsible for acquiring and cataloging additional items directly related to Central Jersey Intergroup. Responsibilities of this committee include the preservation and protection of these items for future generations of A.A. members.

Answering Service
The Answering Service Committee maintains the "Twelve Step" response list and the scheduling of hot line phone commitments. This committee assures that when CJI receives a call for help that someone is there to give the needed help.

When a ride is needed to a detox or rehab or a meeting, when a drunk cries for help, CJI answers. A list of recovering alcoholics that are willing to provide assistance in various forms is kept at the CJI office. When a cry for help comes in, these people are contacted and given the information for follow-up.

The Answering Service Committee provides a necessary service to still suffering alcoholics by maintaining an accurate listing of volunteers and assuring that the hot line is always available when needed.
 
Correctional Facilities
The Correctional Facilities Committee "concern is the 'alcoholic behind-the-walls', whether in a long- or short-term institution". This committee schedules prison commitments and provides information and literature to prisons and other institutions.

Volunteers bring A.A. meetings to the prisons and give alcoholics an introduction to AA on the "outside."

Hospitals & Institutions
The Treatment Facilities Committee concern is the alcoholic in a rehab, whether in a long- or short-term institution. This committee schedules commitments and provides information and literature to rehabs and other institutions.

Literature
The Literature and Grapevine Committee assures that CJI is stocked with A.A. approved books and pamphlets. These are sold to groups or individuals at cost in order to provide the A.A. message to as many people as possible. This committee also helps make the Grapevine©, A.A.'s meeting in print, available to alcoholics.

The committee brings assorted literature to CJI functions for people who may not be able to make it to the office when supplies run low. As a service to groups, the committee will bring any ordered literature to the monthly CJI meeting. Just call the office and place your order and it will be waiting for you the first Wednesday of every month.

Meeting List
 The Meeting List Committee publishes and maintains the CJI Meeting List of Alcoholics Anonymous. Its responsibilities include maintaining an accurate listing of registered A.A. meetings in the CJI area. The meeting list is published and distributed to groups to provide everyone, newcomers and old-timers and those in between, with current information on the meetings in Trenton and surrounding areas.
 
Newsletter
The Newsletter Committee puts together and publishes the CJI Newsletter on a bi-monthly basis. Its mission is to provide information on A.A. related activities in the area. This includes announcements of personal and group anniversaries; listing the donations made to help keep CJI functioning, meeting list changes prior to the regular publishing of new lists and other information.

 

Public Information
 The purpose of Public Information Service is to provide accurate A.A. information to the public when requested. PI Committees visit schools, business and community meetings for this purpose. They also serve as resources for our friends in the local media emphasizing our traditions of anonymity, singleness of purpose and non-affiliation, as well as, offering A.A. public service announcements to radio and television statements.

Steering Committee
The Steering Committee is made up of the Panel and the Committee Chairs. It meets monthly to discuss issues concerning CJI and to set the agenda for the monthly CJI Representative meeting (the Body Meeting).

Unity
The Unity Committee schedules and books commitments for CJI representatives to "take a meeting" to groups in the area. The purpose is for one alcoholic to go to gourps to talk about what CJI does.
 
Web Site
The committee developed and maintains the CJI Web Site and the CJI computer equipment. This includes posting the current CJI meeting list on the Website. The Website in used to communicate what is going on with CJI, and A.A. as a whole.

The General Service area 45 Web Site Guidelines have been adopted to help ensure adherence to the Traditions of AA.

The CJI Web Site is your web site and as such, we hope to use it to carry the information that is important to you and your Group.

If your Group has an anniversary or event you would like published, please let us know. A month lead time is preferred because that gives us time to get it on the site and people time to find it.
 
Ad Hoc Committees
From time to time special committees may be appointed by the Chairperson, in order to handle special projects on an "As Needed" basis. These committee chairs are afforded the same rights and privileges as all other committee chairs.

These committees keep the Steering Committee and the Body fully informed, requesting support when needed. These committees dissolve when the special project has been completed.

Trustees

The Trustees serve as advisors to CJI. They must have at least ten years of continuous sobriety, a record of service in A.A. and previous experience and knowledge of intergroup.
 

IV. CJI Activities

The following activities are service events held. Each one offers the member an opportunity to participate in service outside their individual home group. Members are encouraged to ask questions and participate in these events … you never know, the life you may help save could be your own! These are the CJI activities:

  1. The Area 45 General Service Convention: This weekend get-together is held each spring and has well over one thousand (1000) participants! CJI is often asked to participate. This highly charged Convention serves as a vehicle to carry the message of hope to the still suffering alcoholics in need of our help.
  2. The Area 45 Correctional and Treatment Facilities Inter-Area Conference: This one-day event is held each all and has well over 100 participants! It serves as a visible reminder of the importance of carrying the message of A.A. into Institutions and Treatment Centers.
  3. The Day of Sharing: A one day event which brings together Area 45 and the three (3) Intergroups. This ensures continuity and unity in carrying the message.
  4. Gratitude Breakfast: A morning event that includes a service oriented speaker with service experience at the Intergroup level and a full breakfast.


Other Northeast Regional Events

 
  1. NERAASA: The purpose of the Northeast Regional Alcoholics Anonymous Assembly is for the G.S.R.s, D.C.M.s, Area Committee members and Intergroup representatives of the Northeast Region, to discuss General Service Conference related issues and concerns affecting A.A. as a whole, as well as pertinent aspects of recovery, unity and service common to the Areas of the Northeast Region. Area 45 has a tradition of holding the 'Mimi-Conference' planning session at this Assembly.
  2. NERF: The Northeast Regional Forum is a weekend long sharing session designed to improve communication and participation among A.A. service workers in the Northeast region. This weekend affords the opportunity to meet and get to know our trusted servants who work for us, i.e., the GSO Staff, General Service Board members, AAWS Directors, Grapevine Staff and Trustees.


Cooperation with Intergroups and Area 45

 

Traditionally, general service areas and Intergroups have performed different functions. Intergroups provide local services; general service areas maintain the link between the A.A. groups and A.A. as a whole. So these two separate but vital service structures coexist in many areas in mutual cooperation and harmony.

We strive to have a working relationship with all Intergroups and Area 45. An annual "Day of Sharing" is held, where service entities pool resources to ensure harmonious unity. The Intergroups are also invited to participate in the Area 45 Convention by holding a workshop and providing literature.

Methods of Support

The Conference Approved A.A. Pamphlet: "Self-support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix", suggests that after a group pays its basic expenses such as meeting room rent, A.A. literature, refreshments, and retains a prudent reserve, the group divides the remaining funds on a regular basis toward essential A.A. services.
Here is where your group; working through a group conscience, may decide to send their surplus monies:
A. Your local Intergroup
B. The General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous
C. Area 45 General Services
D. Your Local District
Addresses to send A.A. Contributions
General Service Office Central Jersey Intergroup
475 Riverside Drive P.O. Box 4096
New York, NY 10115 Trenton, NJ 08610

Area 45 General Services South Jersey Intergroup
P.O. Box 3724 P.O. Box 2514
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Cape Atlantic Intergroup District ____
32 E. Verona Ave _________________
Pleasantville, NJ 08232 _________________

 



 
CJI ELECTION
 
  1. THE ELECTION will have the sole purpose of electing CJI officers: Chair, Co-Chair, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recording Secretary. The Panel's term of office shall be for two years beginning January 1 immediately after the election.

  1. THE ELECTION IS HELD BIENNIALLY on the first Wednesday of November at the regular Body Meeting.

  1. THE ELECTION IS CONDUCTED by the Chairperson of CJI

  1. VOTING MEMBERS: Duly elected Intergroup Representatives, or their alternates, Committee Chairs, or their Co-Chairs, Panel members, except the Chair.

  1. THE LAST NAMES of persons standing for office will be used.

  1. ALL CURRENT CJI Officers, Committee Chairs and Intergroup Representatives are eligible for candidacy. Nominations from the floor will be accepted.

  1. EACH PERSON NOMINATED and present will either decline or accept the position. If the nomination is accepted, the person will address the Body, giving their sobriety date and service experience.
(Those accepting nomination are reminded that they will become the Trusted Servants. They are trusted to be responsible in the tasks which they accept. They serve as required. not as they may personally wish. They must place principles above personalities and perform in accordance with our Traditions and Concepts). Persons appointed to fill out a term in any office may stand for the same office in the following election.

  1. Each Voting member present has one vote. Absentee votes or proxies are not valid.

  1. ONLY THOSE BALLOTS provided by the Election Committee will be counted. Ballots will be retained until the First Body Meeting of the new Panel.

  1. EACH OFFICE IS ELECTED separately, starting with the Chair. The election is conducted in accordance with the A.A. Service Manual "Third Legacy Procedure" as described below:

A. A designated member of the Election Committee calls each member eligible to stand for election to that particular office. Each responds with "accept" or "decline". Floor nominations are requested at the discretion of the Election Committee. This discretion is based on the number of candidates accepting from the eligible list.

B. The names of those accepting are listed on the blackboard.

C. Each candidate accepting rises to give his sobriety date and service experience.

D. Written ballots are cast, collected and given to the Trustees to count.

E. Total number of votes for each candidate is written on the blackboard.

F. The first candidate to receive two-thirds vote is elected.

G. After the second ballot (assuming no candidate receives the necessary two-thirds on the first ballot),any candidate having less than one-fifth of the total vote will be withdrawn automatically, except that the two top candidates must remain. (For ties in second place, the top and tied second place candidates remain.) Any candidate may withdraw at any time.

H. After the third ballot, candidates with less than one-third of the total vote will be withdrawn automatically, except that the two top candidates must remain. (For ties in second place, the top and tied second place candidates remain.)

I. A fourth ballot is conducted.

J. After the fourth ballot, if no candidate has two-thirds of the total vote, the Election Chairperson asks for a motion, second, and majority of hands on taking the decision to "go to the hat." (If this motion carries, balloting is over and we go to the "hat" immediately. In case there are ties for second place, the top candidate and tied second place candidates remain. If not, the candidate with the smallest total is dropped. If the motion is defeated, a fifth and final ballot is conducted.)

K. The candidates remaining will have their names written on two lots to be placed in the hat.

L. Lots are then drawn by the designee of the Election Committee chairperson, and first one "out of the hat" is elected.

M. The procedure is repeated for the balance of the panel offices.

14) THE OFFICERS-ELECT of the new panel will assist the current officers at their respective positions from the time of election until fully impaneled at the beginning of the New Year. This will provide the new panel of officers with the opportunity for first hand experience and on-the-job training.

 

CENTRAL JERSEY INTERGROUP'S BY-LAWS
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
CENTRAL JERSEY INTERGROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
 
 

ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of the corporation shall be CENTRAL JERSEY INTERGROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS INC, hereinafter called Intergroup.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of the Corporation is to coordinate activities, solve common group problems, and maintain friendly group relations in the Central Jersey Area.

The Intergroup shall conduct itself as a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation. No part of the net earnings of the Intergroup shall be used for the benefit of, or be distributed to, its members, trustees, officers, or other persons, except the Intergroup shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered to the Intergroup and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purposes set forth herein.

The Intergroup shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on:

(a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1954 as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law), or
(b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under 179(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1954 as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Membership is open to all AA groups registered with Central Jersey Intergroup.

There are no dues or fees.

Each member group may have (1) one representative and (1) alternate representative, but only (1) vote per group will be allowed.

It is suggested that member groups register with the General Service Office.
 
ARTICLE IV: BOARD OF TRUSTEES
There shall be a Board of Trustees elected by the body of Intergroup Representatives. The Board of Trustees shall serve as advisors to Central Jersey Intergroup. The Board of Trustees shall consist of five (5) members elected to a term of three (3) years on a rotating basis.

To be eligible for election as a Trustee, an AA member must have (10) ten years of continuous sobriety, a record of service in AA, and previous experience and knowledge of Intergroup.

Trustees shall attend monthly Intergroup Steering Committee meetings, monthly Intergroup Body meetings, and other meetings as requested by the Chairperson. Trustees will have voting privileges at Steering Committee meetings only.

ARTICLE V OFFICERS
The Officers of Central Jersey Intergroup (CJI) shall consist of a Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Recording Secretary. These officers shall be elected from duly elected Intergroup representatives. Continuous sobriety requirements shall be two years for all officers. All officers of CJI shall hold office for two years.

Elections shall be held in November of the second year of their term. The newly elected Chairperson shall be immediately replaced as an Intergroup representative by their alternate Intergroup representative, but the other officers shall retain their full status as representatives. The newly elected officers shall assume their duties January 1st. All officers are expected to attend the monthly Body and Steering Committee meetings.

The Chairperson shall be present at all meetings, preside at the Body meeting and maintain general supervision of Intergroup's affairs. The Chairperson shall be entitled to vote only at the Intergroup Body meeting in the event of a tie. In addition, the Chairperson shall be the CJI representative at District and Area functions.

The Co-Chairperson shall maintain the office and daytime phone commitments as well as act in the Chairperson's absence.

The Financial Secretary shall pay all the CJI bills and keep related financial records.

The Treasurer shall collect and record all contributions from member groups and literature sales.

The Recording Secretary shall record the minutes of the CJI body meeting and the Steering meeting. These minutes shall be made available to all members upon request.

All officers may be subject to removal for neglect of duties or other misconduct if approved by a two-thirds vote of the Steering Committee.

ARTICLE VI: COMMITTEES
The committee chair positions shall be filled by the election process in December following the election of officers. In the event no person stands for the position, the Chairperson shall appoint a committee chair. Committee chairs or Co-Chair are expected to attend the monthly Body and Steering Committee meetings.

Continuous sobriety requirements shall be two years for all committee chairs.

Committees may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Archives

Answering Service

Correctional Facilities

Hospitals & Institutions

Literature

Meeting List

Newsletter

Public Information

Steering Committee

Unity

Web Site

The Chairperson may create ad hoc committees and appoint a chairperson as necessary.

It is required that the Steering Committee be a closed meeting. Voting members of the Steering Committee shall consist of the following: current and last term Officers, Committee Chairpersons, and the Board of Trustees. The office worker shall have a vote except in matters compensation or performance. The chairperson of the Steering Committee shall be entitled to vote in the event of a tie. Only voting members may have input. However the committee may request information from other parties on specific issues.

The Steering Committee may approve a one (1) time per year non-recurring expense of five hundred ($500) or less.

ARTICLE VII: FINANCE
The activities of Intergroup shall be financed primarily from contributions from member groups. Each member group may determine its own contribution, if any, but it is suggested that contributions be a group conscience based on what is suggested by the General Service Office.

All Intergroup funds will be maintained in one (1) checking account. All checks dispersed by Intergroup shall be signed by the Treasurer and/or the Financial Secretary. All checks in the amount of $3,000.00 or more require both the Treasurer and Financial Secretary signature.

Intergroup shall maintain a prudent reserve equal to one year operating expenses. The principal purpose of the prudent reserve is to provide the financial resources to continue the essential services in the event of unexpected and substantial reduction of the normal revenues within the organization. The funds of Intergroup shall be expended only for the purposes of Intergroup and the advancement of the AA program and no other purpose.
 
ARTICLE VIII: REPORTS
Full and complete reports will be made available to all member groups who are registered with Intergroup.

These reports will include Financial Secretary's and Treasurer's reports and minutes of the preceding Intergroup business meeting.

ARTICLE IX: OFFICE WORKER
Intergroup may employ, as needed, an Office Worker(s). The Office Worker(s) shall be hired by a committee of the Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, and the Financial Secretary. The Office Worker(s) may not hold an office in Intergroup. Selection of the Office Worker(s) will be made after a careful review of the qualifications of the candidates. Candidates shall make application in writing, stating qualifications, experience, and personal background.

Compensation and work hours of the Office Worker(s) shall be reviewed by all the elected officers, approved by the Steering Committee.

Termination of employment may occur when recommended by a majority of elected officers and approved by a two-thirds vote of the Steering Committee. However, a majority of elected officers may suspend the Office Worker(s) without compensation for gross infractions. Termination must still be approved by the Steering Committee.

ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to these Articles of Incorporation may be adopted by a majority vote at any regular membership meeting of Intergroup after the Intergroup representatives have had the opportunity to present the proposed amendment(s) to their groups.

ARTICLE XI: TWELVE TRADITIONS and TWELVE CONCEPTS
The Articles of Incorporation are based in the spirit of the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of Alcoholics Anonymous and will be adhered to as closely as possible in all situations. When these By-Laws are not specific, the CJI Handbook and the AA Service Manual are deemed to be authoritative.
 
ARTICLE XII: GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
All Intergroup business, except elections, shall be settled by a majority vote (abstentions shall not count as a vote). All A.A. members may attend an Intergroup business meeting. Intergroup business meetings will be held monthly at a time and place designated by Intergroup.

ARTICLE XIII: DISSOLUTION OF CORPORATION
Upon dissolution or other termination of the corporation, no part of the corporation, or any proceeds, shall be distributed to, or used for the benefit of any members, trustees, or other officers of the corporation. All such property and proceeds subject to the discharge of valid obligations of the corporation, shall be distributed to any such organization as the Board of Trustees may direct: provided however, that any transferee organization, at the time of distribution, shall qualify as an exempt organization under 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).

TRENTON NEW JERSEY, September 2011

AMENDMENTS CHANGES FROM SEPTEMBER 2011



Glossary of frequently used Terms
 
A.A.W.S.: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services is an operating corporation of the A.A. General Service Board. It primarily services and publishes A.A. Conference Approved literature.

Box 459: This is a bulletin from GSO. You will start receiving it once New York receives your information. Special sections cover: P.I., C.P.C., C.T.F., and other various entities within General Services.

Bylaws of Area 45: The Area 45 Bylaws reflect the scope and direction of Area 45 General Services. They have afforded our Service Area the opportunity to achieve a lower 'bulk mail' status with the U.S. Post Office.

Conference Advisory Actions: These actions represent recommendations of the Conference Committees, or floor actions that have been approved by the General Service Conference body as a whole, with substantial unanimity.

General Service Conference: This Conference is held annually in New York and is attended by the elected Delegates of the United States and Canada. The collective conscience of the entire Fellowship comes together during this spiritually charged week long Conference. The resulting Conference Advisory Actions will guide the groups of A.A. in the years to come. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become for nearly every practical purpose the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs.

General Service Office: The "GSO" is located at 475 Riverside Drive in New York City. GSO serves all the A.A. groups in the United States and Canada. GSO also offers services to A.A. overseas, especially in Countries where there is no service structure. It serves a s a clearinghouse and exchange point for the wealth of A.A. experience, accumulated over the years. Feel free to call GSO @ (212) 870-3400 or if you prefer you can check out their Web-Site @ www.aa.org

Intergroup: There are currently three (3) Intergroups carrying the message of A.A. in Area 45. These Intergroup structures are well organized and provide local services such as: A.A. hotlines, creation and distribution of A.A. meeting lists, and selling of A.A. Conference Approved literature.

Minority Opinion: This is the voice that is always heard in Alcoholics Anonymous. Once a vote has been taken and a majority has been garnered, the minority side is granted the opportunity to have its 'voice' heard. By carefully defining the relationship between the 'majority opinion' as well as the 'minority opinion', as outlined in Concept Five, we shall never be subjected to the tyranny of either. Area unity almost always prevails as we embrace this principle.

Point of Order: This term is taken from Robert's Rules of Order. Area 45 Assembly and Committee meetings are loosely run by this set of meeting order guidelines. When a member in attendance feels as though an improper rule or motion has been granted or not followed, they may rise, and clearly say, "Point of order!" The Chairperson will then determine a ruling on the point, and further discussion may ensue.

Service Sponsor: A service sponsor presents the various aspects of service: setting up a meeting; working on committees; participating in conferences, etc. The service sponsor begins by encouraging the member to become active in their home group - coffee, literature, attending business meetings, Intergroup meetings or Area Assemblies, etc. Eventually, the service sponsor encourages the individual member to read about the history and structure of Alcoholics Anonymous. The process of service sponsorship ensures the future of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Service Manual: The A.A. Service Manual Combined With Twelve Concepts for World Service by Bill W. - published by AAWS.

Sharing Session: In a sharing session, everyone has a chance to use their experience, strength and hope to contribute ideas about the welfare of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is especially useful for Area Assemblies. Its format is aimed at drawing out the ideas of even the shyest participant, and keeps the more articulate from dominating the meeting. Each person offers an opinion, and never needs to defend it. The Chairperson or leader functions more as a timekeeper than as a participant. Area 45 holds a 'Sharing Session' during each Area Committee meeting, keeping it to thirty (30) minutes.

Simple Majority: If there are one hundred (100) voting members, a simple majority would consist of fifty one (51) voting members.

Substantial Unanimity: This term means that at least two thirds of the voting members present agree with the motion or agenda item brought forward. This ideal is not always attainable, therefore, the Right of Appeal or minority opinion is heard which sometimes changes 'substantial unanimity' on one side of an issue to the complete opposite side.

Third Legacy Procedure: A.A.'s Third Legacy Procedure is a special type of electoral procedure, used primarily for the election of Delegates and Regional and At-Large Trustees. (Please refer to The A.A. Service Manual for more details)

Twelve Concepts for World Service: These sets of spiritual principles were written by Bill W. in 1962. They are an interpretation of A.A.'s world service structure. These Concepts aim to record the why of our service structure in such a fashion that the highly valuable experience of the past, and the lessons we have drawn from that experience, can never be forgotten or lost. (They can be found in their entirety in The A.A. Service Manual)

Warranties of A.A.: The 'warranties' contained in Concept Twelve are a series of solemn undertakings which guarantee that the Conference itself will conform to A.A.'s Twelve Traditions.
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