Any meeting of area G.S.R.s and the area committee (Chapter Five, A.A. Service Manual) is an assembly. The area assembly is the mainspring of the Conference structure — the democratic voice of the movement expressing itself. Assemblies are the responsibility of the area committee, and are conducted by its chairperson.
In the beginning, general service assemblies were held only to elect committee officers and the delegate to the Conference meeting, and without such meetings, there might be no area service structure today. Now, assembly meetings consider a variety of issues, from General Service Conference business to area problems and solutions and financial affairs, while sharing sessions, public information programs, workshops, and video programs keep A.A. strong and participation in service growing.
An election assembly is held at least once every two years to choose a delegate and committee officers. It is usually scheduled in the fall of the year, prior to November 1. (Generally, the newly elected delegate and officers take office as of January 1.)
Nonelection assemblies or meetings may be held at any interval the area wishes. In some areas they may be called “workshops” or “general sharing sessions.” However, most areas call them assemblies and include workshops and other activities; and the election meeting is always called an “assembly.”
Reprinted from (A.A. Service Manual, page S36), with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.