How many areas are there?
There are 93 delegate areas in the U.S./Canada General Service Conference.
How are areas defined?
Each delegate area of the U.S./Canada General Service Conference is defined geographically: it may be part of a state or province, or all of it, or may include parts of more than one state or province, depending on the size and needs of the A.A. population.
What is the difference between substantial unanimity and simple majority?
Substantial unanimity typically means a two-thirds (more more) majority. In some situations, this might even be a three-fourths (or more) majority. This standard is typically employed for issues that are controversial or complex and for the elections of some positions in general service. This can help to promote unity in the area body. Simple majority is typically defined as one-half of the body plus one. This standard is generally employed for simple or routing matters.
May any A.A. member who is not part of the area body attend an assembly meeting?
In answering this question, an area may want to consider the words of Bill W., writing about our Fellowship as a whole in the pamphlet, A.A. Tradition, How It Developed: “We wish to be just as inclusive as we can, never exclusive.” In recognition of Concept IV and the right of participation, most areas do welcome any A.A. member to attend Assembly meetings.
May an A.A. member who is not a member of an area body go to the mic during an assembly meeting to share their experience or speak their mind?
An A.A. member attending an assembly meeting will likely have a GSR there from their home group in attendance as well, so the member already has a voice. But perhaps the A.A. member’s home group does not have an elected GSR or perhaps the member feels only they can convey what’s on their mind to the body. Each area is autonomous in how they handle such situations. Some have an established conscience or guidelines, taking into account Concept V and respect for the minority opinion, so that the member’s request to speak is acknowledged and the meeting can still ge through its agenda.
How are proposals handled on defining or redefining area boundaries or adding new areas to the Conference?
Such proposals come from many places within the Fellowship: an individual A.A. member, a GSR, a district, an area, or one or more areas acting together. Such proposals accepted for the Conference agenda typically are assigned to the appropriate Conference committee or committees, where they are explored in depth before coming to the full Conference body. Delegates will have had access to extensive background documents and time to discuss specific proposals with their areas in advance of the Conference meeting.
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