Area Standing Committee and Intergroup Liaison Reports
New GSR Workshop
Leader: Eddie S, Recorder: Cathy P
The leader discussed how it works for the GSR policies and procedures. Some questions were asked, “Why are you here?” and, “How do you qualify to lead meetings?” It was followed by open discussion They talked about how to service group conscious information. Several GSRs shared information on what tools work for their particular groups and how they try to keep the group informed on what is happening in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Advance GSR Workshop
Leader: Rafael E, Recorder: Ann P
people attended the meeting. Rafael opened the meeting with the Serenity
Prayer, then read out of the Service Manual. They talked about the
qualifications and duties of the GSR. Ann shared about her experience, strength
and hope of being a GSR in
The General Service Conference Structure
Leader: Beth R, Recorder: Patrick C
The conference structure begins and ends with the Groups. Beth read from Bernard Shaw’s talk on why we need the GSC structure. The main reasons for the creation of our GSC structure are to ensure communication between groups is healthy, that we maintain adherence to our principles, discuss and make decisions on issues, elect trusted servants. Our main goal is to remain healthy and to ensure recovery for those to come – to be a permanent haven for those still suffering.
It is suggested that all groups should elect a General Service Representative (GSR). The GSR should ensure that the opinions and views of each group are heard. This is accomplished beginning with the group conscience meetings, an opportunity for all members to have input. Each member belongs to one group and gets to have one vote. Our home group is where we grow up; we get to know each other, and more importantly, we have the opportunity to have input into the future state of Alcoholics Anonymous.
is the District Level. The Service Manual suggests that each District have
around 15 groups within a district. In the
next level of the GSC structure is the Area Assemblies where Area Officers,
DCMs, GSRs, and members at large come together to discuss/decide on the
business of Alcoholics Anonymous. The GSC is made up of 93 areas.
Each Delegate is randomly appointed to a Conference Committee. These committees are where the work of AA begins. The Chairperson of the Conference Committee, Staff Member and a Trustee draw the names from a hat to determine delegate assignments. The only way for a delegate to change the random assignment is if the selection drawn happens to be the same conference committee the previous delegate was assigned. The delegates receive all the background information to prepare themselves for serving the committee. Most delegates are game for the assignment and do the best they can.
The Area Standing Committees correspond to the Conference Committees. It is recommended that those of us involved in service also participate in an Area Committee. Why? It can help each of us learn more about the General Service structure, learn more about the work of Alcoholics in the area, and to help get our message out to the still-suffering alcoholic.
General Service Board is made up of 21 Trustees – 14 alcoholic and 7
non-alcoholic trustees. There are 8 Regional Trustees – 6 from the
Leader: David H
David presented the 2006 budget for viewing by the membership. Since there is a deficit of over $14,000, discussion, questions, and suggestions followed. Several comments and suggestions were made for increasing SETA’s income by deleting unnecessary spending by the Committees. The Districts possibly might take more responsibility for Committee expenses involved in their district, therefore lessening the burden on SETA’s budget. After an hour of questions/answers, and helpful suggestions, David closed the workshop with a reminder of the voting scheduled for Sunday at the assembly meeting.
We welcome our new Treasurer, Lena P. from the Good Times Group, which rounds out representative offices. Our Visitation Committee is driving District 10 participation. The Welcome Home Group is new to our district. They meet at the Men’s Center hosting 5 meetings per day, including weekends! We are attending meetings including group conscience to support GSR elections for District 10. We’re bringing dessert to the Gratitude Dinner. Thanks to District 52 we’re trudging the road of happy destiny.
I want to thank the district for the opportunity to service. I’m happy to report that the district now has a new Alternate DCM. Chris B. will be serving, and he is already asking how he can be of service. Thank you, Chris. The Visiting Committee is still very busy trying to get to all the meetings that don’t have GSRs or contacts; we’re taking it one meeting at a time with about 90 meetings in our district. We’re seeing results for our efforts with new GSRs and new monies from groups. Our plan for the next quarter is to contact more groups and to talk about the 7th Tradition.
Gene J, DCM
Dwayne P, Alternate DCM
We in District 31 are relaxing and serving through the summer, attending AA events and doing our service work. I want to thank all of our officers, GSRs and trusted servants who continue to service, learn and grow. Our meetings are held every 3rd Sunday at the Kingwood Club on
Russel Palmer Roadat .
Anniversaries were celebrated at Serenity in the Woodlands in May, Goodrich Serenity in May,
50th Anniversary in June. We congratulate our groups on their histories and keeping the meeting doors open. Past workshops have been the Sponsorship workshop hosted by the Kingwood Group in April and a Finance (Self-Support) Workshop hosted by the Spring Group in June. Huntsville Huntsvillewill host a Service Workshop 8/27 at the Huntsville Group, 1-4 PM. 1502 Club, Conroe, will host a CFC Workshop at 1502 the last Saturday in September. Conroe
Gary S. is helping us plan for our annual Old Timer’s Day November 5 at the Lamb of God Church. We’ve had a great time the last two years. We in District 31 are also committed to helping with registration and clean-up at the Gratitude Dinner in November. Never a dull moment in AA. Thanks for the privilege to serve.
Bart M, DCM
Lynn G, Alternate DCM
We’ve enjoyed a steady growth over the last few years, averaging 40-50 people at our district meetings. Of that number, 75-80% are GSRs and Alternate GSRs. We do insist on having fun in service, as demonstrated by the Traditions Play put on by members of District 32. In June Charles and Gus came to our meeting and discussed the General Service Conference. That was a treat. All of our committee positions are filled. District 32 will be hosting the Gratitude Dinner in November. Our DCM has been valiantly trying to find a facility. Hopefully we’ll have something finalized soon. As soon as we have the location, we’ll get out announcements.
Tim C, DCM
Robert W, Alternate DCM
round robins are still creating more involvement in service at the district
level. The next one will be at
Daryl H, DCM
Chuck W, Alternate DCM
John O, DCM
All is going well in the district. We have been going to groups that aren’t active and informing them about getting active and supporting AA. The district is also planning a workshop in September, “What You Don’t Know about AA – The Secret of Sobriety.” We hope to have all the details worked out next month; more will be revealed. Charles P, our Delegate, was at our last district meeting informing us about the conference and what changes are coming down the pipe.
We’ll get the Area committees represented soon. We’re growing slowly. At our last meeting we had a roomful. Our next meeting will be at the Delta Club the last Saturday of July. Hope to see you there. . . We had a blast at the last quarterly hosting the Assembly.
Bob B, DCM
Tom P, Alternate DCM
Greetings from District 52.
Hope you’re all enjoying our great
Plans for our annual Traditions Workshop have been finalized. The District Committee decided to move the date back a month and our chairperson has completed his work. We’re ready for a great day of fun, fellowship and food. The workshop will take place on July 30 at Our Common Journey from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Representation from several groups n our district as well as several districts in our area will be presenting the traditions through their own experience, strength and hope. The menu for the day will be a picnic-style theme so bring an appetite for fried chicken and all the fixin’s. This year’s Traditions Workshop chairperson, Craig V., GSR from Westchase Nooners, has done a fantastic job pulling all this together. Thanks again. Craig.
Speaking of Our Common
Journey, they have volunteered to host District 52’s inaugural General Service
Conference theme workshop. A “Home Group” workshop is being planned to take
place around September. The District committee is hoping for some inspiration
and experience from Charles and Gus when they visit next month. Speaking of
visitation, we’ve been blessed this past quarter with visits from the P.I.
Committee, our Area Chair and Alternate Chair, and the Literature Committee.
Many thanks and much love to Cynthia and Patrick; Betsy and Teri; and Ronald,
We’ve also recently been blessed with an influx of new representation from more groups. We’re excited about welcoming our new GSRs and the groups they represent to service in SETA. Through his own higher power’s guidance, I believe this added activity is due largely to our new Alternate DCM, Tom P. Tom gives a whole new meaning to “being on fire.” Thanks, Tom, for your willingness to go to any lengths to help carry the message of Recovery, Service and Unity.
District 52 hopes to see all of you and others at our upcoming events and we wish all of you all the things God has in store for you. Thanks again for the opportunity to serve.
Aldrinette C, DCM
Michael M, Alternate DCM
Participation at district 60’s monthly meetings continues to improve, with attendance and new trusted servants being elected at the group level. The DCM and myself continue to make ourselves available to offer support; encouragement and direction by attending regular meetings and group conscience meetings of the groups in the district. We have also been blessed by a number of visitors from our area, who have enlightened us with presentations related to the functions of their specific committees.
There are a number of events scheduled in the district which include the following:
v A Love & Service Workshop to be
held at on
September 2nd at the Solutions Club located at 7808
v The Third Tradition will be hosting
their Labor Day Marathon at their new location at the 610 Club, which is now
located at 5802
v The Industrial Group has added the following meetings: Candlelight Meetings on the first and third Saturdays at , following the regular 8:00 P.M. Speakers Meeting. Also, a Sunday morning meeting will be held at A. M. on Sundays.
Austroberto R, DCM
Vicente S, Alternate DCM
District 63 meets every Saturday from to . They have nine groups and 12 GSRs. They go to other groups in the district to motivate them to participate. They have a Corrections Committee of 4 people who go to corrections meetings.
Rodolfo C, DCM
Francisco G, Alternate DCM
District 64 has 10 groups work with 3 committees – La Viña,
Literature, and Corrections. We meet every Saturday at at its present location: 1550 Aldine Bender, Suite H,
four Hispanic Districts are having meetings every two months to share
information with the purpose of passing on the message of AA as a whole. Our
next meeting will be at District 65, 8256
Oscar T, DCM
Roberto V, Alternate DCM
Juan T, DCM
Lionel G, Alternate DCM
District 66 has 15 AA groups and 12 GSRs. We have a Corrections Committee who visit Jester I Unit, Jester III unit and Central Unit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. We have a hard-working La Viña Committee. District 66 meets every Saturday at .
Debra R, DCM
Raphael E, Alternate DCM
70 has been busy carrying the message. The LCMs Johnny T, Mark R, and Jason N
are putting together the Three Legacy Workshops. Recovery was held in
Al P, DCM
Bill H, Alternate DCM
District has been very busy since the last quarterly assembly with around thirty people at the district meetings. We are now in the process of setting up our website. With luck it should be in operation before the next quarterly.
In June Charles P and Gus H came to the meeting. Charles gave us the abbreviated Power Point presentation on the General Service Conference, which was enjoyed by everyone. Gus shared about the amount of donations being down and promoted the Gratitude Dinner in November. In July Betsy G and Terri V joined us to give some very helpful information about this assembly. This was followed by an active question and answer session.
down October 21-23 in your calendar. District 81 is hosting a smash up weekend
of Traditions and Concepts with David H (Past Delegate, Area 10) and Gary K
(Southwest Regional Trustee). This will be at the Ramada Inn in
Eileen P, DCM
Jes H, Alternate DCM
District 82 is going through changes. Existing GSRs and new GSRs are re-evaluating their priorities, that is, re-defining and re-committing their energies to the District. At each District meeting with the reading of the Service Manuel we are learning more about how we can be of better service to the groups in our area.
This second quarter featured several excellent area representatives. Betsy G., our area Chairperson, shared with us an instructive report on the financial disposition of the area. David H., Area Grapevine representative provided some interesting ways to utilize the Grapevine and David H., Area Finance chairperson, shared an interesting and informative report on the changes to the Area Budget.
David A., District 82 CPC chairperson reports that the AA meetings being taken to the Matagorda Jail each week are getting stronger. The incarcerated members of the jail seem to be very interested in the message we are brought. They have requested literature however it must be glued not stapled. We are looking at rebinding some old Grapevines to take to them.
We are all
looking forward to 12th annual "Mouth of the Brazos" conference
September 23-25, 2005 at the Lake
Jackson Civic Center, 333 Highway 332. The theme of the conference is "A
Spiritual Awakening." To get a registration/flyer call 979-415-2600. The
District monthly meetings are being held in the Conoco-Phillips building at
1002 Ashley Wilson road,
Karen Y, DCM
Harvey H, Alternate DCM
All committees are going strong and in need of volunteers. Our Treatment Facility Committee is currently in the process of implementing the Bridging the Gap program and we are real excited about that. Our website committee hosted the viewing of the opening flag ceremony of the International Convention. They did a great job putting this together in a short amount of time, and it was a real neat experience. We had Charles and Gus come and give the Delegate’s report in June. We will be having a PI/CPC Workshop at our August District meeting.
District Convention is August 19-21 at the Holiday Inn on I-10 & Walden
District Gratitude Dinner will be held the 1st Saturday in November.
We will have more details on this event at a later date. We meet the 1st Sunday
of each month at Avenue E & Franklin (
Sarah D, Chairperson
The Archives Committee meets monthly on the 1st and 2nd Thursday, , at Intergroup 4140 Directors Row. We discuss committee business at the first meeting and reserve the second meeting for a work session. Quarterly committee meetings are dedicated to a sharing session for the archivists on our committee, other committees and districts.
During the past quarterly period Area Archives was represented at the District 32 Service Workshop on May 7 and District 40 Traditions Dinner.
Our focus remains on developing a history for SETA. We’ve begun this project by working on histories for the individual committees. From there we intend to take the broader perspective of the Area as a whole but our main resource has been Area minutes and our minutes don’t go back any further than January 1973. This limitation is not very apparent in our research on the committees but presents a substantial stumbling block for any history on SETA as a whole. Please contact us if you know of any minutes from Area sharing sessions or quarterly meetings before 1973.
one of the Archives Committee members if you would like to know more about the
National Archives Workshop in September in
Zaz M, Chairperson
20 participants attend our monthly meeting, which is the 3rd
Wednesday of the month at
We’re working on the following projects: Recycling the Grapevine Special Prison Issue. Give a buck, sign an issue, pass it on. There is plenty for everyone. – Asking a commitment of one meeting per month in a jail or prison near you. Try this 12th-step just once. If you like it, have we got a deal for you! Maps of TDCJ units by district are available. – Contacting each county jail to get some books in the library and pamphlets in their hands. There are 31 counties in Area 67. – CF Conference Planning Meeting will be 7/10 at 2 pm. Come be a part of this area function. GSO CFC Staff, Mary Clare, is Saturday’s speaker. Eva P, Assistant Director of TDCJ-SATP is the honorary host. Larry N, District 31, and Rocco M, District 90, are also speakers. – We’re about half way through translating all information for future posting to the Area webpage. We want to utilize the webpage to better communicate to AA members of CFC opportunities.
The Cooperation with the Professional Community continues to meet the 1st Monday of each month (except when SETA is in session). Our meeting takes place at at The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, 303
Many of us attended the International Convention in
We’ve recently done several presentations: Houston Male
Summit which was very well attended, and the Texas Corrections in
David H, Chairperson
See Area Committee Report for Finance Report.
Tom K, Chairperson
April’s Area Assembly, we’ve visited the remainder of the SETA district
meetings and service committees (including 13 English speaking, 2 Spanish
speaking, CFC, Houston Intergroup, various treatment facilities, and district
workshops). Special thanks to David, Craig,
Results to date have increased
participation from 7 registered representatives to over 50 Gv Reps and
over 20 La Viña Reps as of
Our monthly Grapevine Committee meets
every 4th Thursday of the month (except November) at the Houston
Council on Alcohol and Drugs, 303
Ronald C, Chairperson
Well, it’s official; the Literature Committee puppet show is a HIT!!!! The puppet show was performed for District 60 in June and District 52 in July. Laughter definitely followed the performance. DCMs, has the puppet show been presented at your district yet? If not, please contact me or any member of the Literature Committee about scheduling a performance. It is definitely something you have to see to believe. Our rehearsals are held at our monthly meetings the last Saturday of each month at the Delta Club at AA pamphlets on different topics are reviewed and discussed at the meeting. So come out, grab a puppet, a pamphlet, or both! Let’s trudge the road together.
Martin M, Chairperson
John S, Chairperson
We mailed 637 newsletters in June at a cost of about $360. The Registrar and I have not figured out how to remove names from the Newsletter mailing list without also removing them from the mailing list for the minutes. That’s why some of you got the Newsletter in the mail after you requested to receive it by e-mail only. We’ll keep working on it. The deadline for the next newsletter is September 1. Thanks for keeping me sober.
Cynthia B, Chairperson
Patrick C, Alternate Chairperson
Since last SETA our committee has participated in four health fairs and five presentations. I’m happy to say that some of our most outlying districts were able to participate.
June we were invited by The Big Thicket newspaper in
Our Alternate, Patrick C., headed a subcommittee which came up with a generic letter outlining the services we offer. Our first target of opportunity is Retirement/Independent Living Homes. Remember, it’s never too late to get sober! We are in the process now of gathering names and addresses of appropriate facilities in each district to receive this letter.
I would like to thank each Traditions presenter we’ve had so far. They have helped to promote unity in our committee and assure that we are carrying the AA message.
I would also like to thank Tom K of the Grapevine for such an informative presentation of AA’s meeting in print.
Debi U, Chairperson
The State Convention Attendance Promotion Committee is a SETA standing committee completely funded by excess convention funds from the State Convention. No SETA budget goes to this committee. Our job is to spend that money promoting attendance at the State Convention in our area. We’re planning to host a hospitality suite at the convention. If anyone attending the convention volunteers some time in the hospitality suite, we’ll pay their registration fee. We’re also going to get a room for men and a room for women. If anyone wants to attend the convention but is prohibited by the room cost, they can stay in one of these rooms. We’re putting the labels from the SETA Convention list on the flyers and will be mailing them out next week. Please help us to promote the State Convention which is coming up August 19-22.
Jeff B, Chairperson
last quarter The Treatment Facilities Committee (TFC) has continued to give
Bridging the Gap (BTG) presentations at the Memorial Hermann Prevention and
Recovery Center (PARC), the
Efforts are being made to expand into more facilities and the outer portions of the Area. This can only be accomplished by locals on the ground being willing to serve. Members of the Committee gave a presentation at District 60. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and enjoy the privilege of speaking to districts. We look forward to other district’s invitations. We continue to have work to be done on the committee and are refining the process by which a willing volunteer becomes a trained committee member. Any help would be appreciated. Please send your pigeons.
Penny W, Chairperson
Marshall W, Alternate Chairperson
haven’t visited the website, it’s www.aa-seta.org.
It’s a good resource to find out any information you may need about the
The website for Brazos Valley Intergroup is www.bvig.org, and they are looking for a Secretary/Treasurer, so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact them.
Forty of 600 groups send delegates to meetings. All delegates are invited to the Communications Committee which meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, , at Intergroup. Current focus is on the 20-40 groups who do not contribute to Intergroup, whether financially or any other way. We’re also working on a phone script to encourage this.
P and Susan P have been involved in developing a list for group contacts. As of
June 16, they’ve been able to list 35-40% of the groups in District 52 and some
of District 40. Ultimately the aim is to list all Intergroup contacts in
Intergroup Corrections Facility Committee meets the 3rd Monday of
the month, , at
Intergroup. Chair is Carlos V. The annual Roundup will be
Special elections were held during the 6/16 Delegates meeting to find a replacement for Peter C. who left earlier this year. Chrystal H. was elected.
Speakers Bureau now has 60-70 speakers signed up. 200 speakers are needed in
The Treasurer reported a contribution from a functioning group was bounced. Recovery of funds is possible, but he did report an increase in bounced checks. Unfortunately, Intergroup is not quite “out of the hole” it’s been in, and needs as much support as possible.
Ninth District Intergroup