When you’re a G.S.R…
You are linking your home group with the whole of A.A. In 1950, a new type of trusted servant, “group representative,” was suggested to help in the selection of delegates to the newly-formed General Service Conference. By 1953, the job of ‘group representative’ was also seen as a good means of exchanging up-to-date information be-tween individual groups and “Headquarters” (now the General Service Office). That’s still an important side of your work. But now, as general service representative, you have an even bigger responsibility: You transmit ideas and opinions, as well as facts; through you, the group con-science becomes a part of “the collective con-science of our whole Fellowship,” as expressed in the General Service Conference. Like every-thing else in A.A., it works through a series of simple steps. (For the complete picture in detail, read The A.A. Service Manual.)- excerpt from G.S.R. Pamphlet
What you need to know
- This is a two year commitment
- You are fulfilling the third legacy of our program!
- In order to keep your group informed, you must be informed.- informed group conscience
- You link your group to AA as a whole.
The Responsibilities of the District 12 G.S.R.:
- Attend all District 12 Meetings- Held on the first Thursday of each month
- Encouraged to attend and participate in the Traditions & Concepts workshop held in the hour preceding the District 12 Meetings each month.
- This is an important opportunity to learn in more depth about the traditions and concepts we practice and try to up hold as GSRs.
- Attend the three (3) Area Assemblies per year.
- These are the Area level meetings in which you, as your groups’ general service representative, will vote on behalf of your groups’ conscience.
- Attend the six (6) Area Service Committee meetings per year.
- While these are not area level meetings in which you will vote, these are the meetings that will discuss the business that your group will need to be informed on in order to gather an informed group conscience.
- You will then take this information to your group to prepare your group and bring the informed groups’ conscience to the following Area Assembly.
- Familiarize yourself with the G.S.R. Kit you will be receiving from our General Service Office (GSO), as well as information from our Area (Area 9) and from our District (District 12) as well as the available websites.
- Make regular G.S.R. reports to your group.
- Relay information you have gathered from the above mentioned sources, most importantly issues which affect your group and A.A. as a whole.
- This becomes part of your group’s process in reaching an informed group conscience on these issues.
- Carry your group’s conscience to the District (DCMC) or to the Area (Delegate).
- This plays a part in resolution of issues at these levels.
- Concerning matters in which the delegate has asked for feedback, the group conscience becomes a part of the Delegate’s thinking at the General Service Conference (GSC) each year.
- Bring information from the GSC, Delegate, Area and District back to your group.
- Read! Read! Read!
If there are changes in your group, such as a new meeting address, new G.S.R., etc. please contact the District 12 Registrar with the updated information. Prepare your group change form.