AA MINORITY REPORT 2013

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


28.
How can we improve the 12step list, making sure it’s regularly updated? Ensuring that Telephone Responders have current information so the telephone helpline operates efficiently and effectively. Also, due to lack of Telephone Liaison Officers and apathy of service, would Conference consider how we can encourage the Fellowship to be more proactive in the telephone service?

Background

When Bill W made his first 12‐step call to Dr. Bob he had been given a list of names to contact by telephone. This message should still be carried today. Would Conference consider revising and looking at the structure of the 12‐step list and how it is monitored, throughout the telephone service.

Terms of Reference No. 6/7 Lack of background material and a local issue.

Comment: Perennial problem with a perennial solution... 'Nuff said!

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Alcohol research


Controlling the sale and supply of alcohol, Gov UK













Reducing harmful drinking, Dept of Health

National Statistics Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2013 [NS], Health and Social Care Information Centre, May, 2013


Public Health England Business Plan 2014 to 2015, Public Health England, June, 2014

Statistics on Alcohol - England, 2014, Health and Social Care Information Centre, May, 2014


Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2013, Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2013





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Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Monday, 25 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


26 
Would Conference discuss whether the conscience of the group is properly represented when the current service structure in Great Britain does not allow GSRs a vote at regional level?

Background: 

With ever-increasing vacancies in the service structure at regional level, delegates are being elected by an ever-decreasing quorum. There is a risk that the "actual voice and effective conscience" of the AA groups is not being carried.

References:

The 48th General Service Conference 2013 Report, Committee 4, Question 1:
"The most successful methods were where groups have an active, well ‐ supported and enthusiastic GSR who forms a vital link between the individual member and the wider fellowship."
AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain 2013, pp.80‐81
AA World Service Manuel [sic], pp.s15‐s22
Concepts 1 & 9
Pamphlets: The Twelve Traditions Illustrated, The AA Group and Rewards of being a GSR.

Terms of Reference No. 7 Covered in existing literature.

Comment: God forbid that democracy should ever break out in AA! What on earth would we do? Why! That would be like treating AA members as adults..... who knows where it might end???

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous …. and particularly heavy on the irony today) 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Alcohol research



Chapter 2 - Drinking (General Lifestyle Survey Overview), Office for National Statistics, UK, March 2013

Rebalancing the Licensing Act, UK Gov, July, 2010


Alcohol strategy consultation, UK Gov, Nov, 2012


Late night levy, Home Office, UK, 2011


Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2012, Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK, July, 2015

Guidance on mandatory licensing conditions, Home Office, UK, Sept, 2014



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Saturday, 23 May 2015

The 13th Step




the13thstepfilm.com

Another perspective on AA ….. remember that bit about keeping an open-mind!

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Conference questions not quite up to par! (contd)


25.
There has been a growing prejudice and willingness to try and expel or punish certain individuals or groups over the last couple of years. Can Conference please discuss ways in which itself and the GSB can show more leadership in assisting unity in areas where this attitude is prevalent?

Background

In some Intergroups, it is known that some Groups are being excluded, or their members are being prevented from taking part in Service. Often, this is because nominations are actively blocked, often leaving a variety of Intergroup Service positions vacant, rather than allow the election of a capable and willing AA from the ‘disliked’ Group.

Conference or the GSB could offer practical advice on how Groups could act in a more unified way, or in certain circumstances advise how those AA Groups having genuine concerns could highlight them to Conference or the GSB and ask whether it / they would be prepared to make the ‘offer of mediation’ (AA Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service, 2004‐2005 edition, p.72).
Traditions 1, 4 and 10

Terms of Reference No. 5/6 Similar question at Conference 2013 (Comm 5, Question 2). Lack of background material.

Comment: Not them again! (see below). As for “capable and willing” ….. maybe willing but certainly not capable! But we like the idea of mediation ….. that's a new tack! On the other hand maybe they should just bugger off! How's that for a bit of mediation? Lacking in finesse a bit perhaps but hardly in concision ….

Cheers

The Fellas (Friends of Alcoholics Anonymous … and usually to the point!)

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