Ad Hoc Committee About the Books

June 2020 update from Kristina F., Chair of the AHCAB

So it’s been a busy couple of months at the AHCAB and I have fallen behind on informing you here on the website. If you are ever frustrated by not getting enough info here, please take a look at the ElF AHCAB section for monthly updates. Your DCM should also be getting minutes of our monthly meetings once they are approved.

To date we have had 3 full meetings, two subcommittee meetings and one Area Assembly Committee meeting. We are learning how to use Zoom and Drop Box to keep track of our work and to communicate as best we can with the Area fellowship. Many thanks to Teresa J our techno member and to Kerri our Area website chair. Also to Ana G who is actively and rapidly translating all materials to Spanish.

As you are aware, there were 5 options the last book committee recommended we study. We are using a subcommittee structure to review each recommendation between full committee meetings. Our first emphasis is to see where each of the options support or challenge AA Tradition. Once we have a sense of this we can move to more practical considerations. We may also find there are other options than the ones recommended.

As a reminder, here are the 5 Options:

  1. Divide the books between the Area Corrections and Area Treatment Committees for distribution to correctional, treatment and sober living facilities in Area 46
  2. Distribute the books among the Area committees that express a need for them..
  3. Distribute the books equally among the Districts
  4. Distribute the books only to Districts that are not supported by a Central Office so as not to financially disadvantage the Central Offices.
  5. Distribute the books proportionately among the Districts

We are not bound by these options only, and other may come up as a result of our work.

In service, Kristina F.

Greetings from Kristina F., Chair of the AHCAB!

As you may be aware, Area 46 is now in possession of over 6000 pieces of literature sent to us by an A.A. employee of the Bernalillo County Detention Center, rather than sending them to the dump. This committee is charged with making recommendations to the Area for what might be done with these books. We will meet at least monthly, often via a video conferencing platform. All DCMs, all Area Officers, two former delegates, the CPC chair (acting as secretary), the Literature Chair and the Central Office manager are part of this committee if they want to be. All GSRs are invited to participate at Assemblies when we convene there.

The Committee will study AA Tradition as it applies to the many questions our handling of these books brings up. We will take our time as there is no financial burden to the Area (the books are being stored free of charge by a former delegate) and there is a burden that we follow all A.A. principles, Traditions and Concepts in making our recommendations. Willingness, Honesty and Open Mindedness will guide us.

You will receive a monthly report from this column of the ElF, minutes and other relevant documents will be posted at the Website, and DCM’s will receive minutes as well, whether they attend the committee meetings or not.

I request your prayers that we always be guided by the loving God of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Tradition Two in all of our deliberations.

In service, Kristina F.

Here is a link to the committee’s charter: AHCAB Charter (by Kurt K.)

Here is a link to a One Page Summaryon what has been done to date.