Panel 70 (2020-2021)
Conference Committee: Treatment and Accessibilities
71st Conference Committee Chair for the Conference Committee on Treatment and Accessibilities
SW Region Alternate Delegate Representative 2020
SW Region Delegate Representative 2021
I am very interested in hearing from members, groups, and districts! If you have any questions, suggestions, or need assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
71st General Service Conference
The 71st General Service Conference is now finished. As the first ever Conference to go all the way into Sunday, it is now recorded as the longest Conference ever. Much happened, and 49 Conference Advisory Actions came from this year’s Conference.
Total Final Agenda Items 110
Total Committee Recommendations 47
Total Floor Actions 6
Total Advisory Actions 49
Total Committee Considerations 89
Total Actions not Advisory 6
First ever Conference to last into Sunday
If you want more information than what is posted here, please plan to attend one of the Delegate Conference Reports listed below, or reach out to me directly with any specific questions.
DELEGATE CONFERENCE REPORTS
It is our custom in Area 46 for the delegate to give a report on what happened at the most recent General Service Conference in every district that wants one. This gives members, who might not otherwise have the chance, the opportunity to hear what happened and ask any questions they want. All A.A. members are welcome to attend these reports. I will make this Conference Report available either as a Virtual interactive event, or my preference is to still come out to each District “Live” as soon as we are able to gather again.
You can click here to see my current schedule:
Upcoming Delegate Conference Reports:
If you would like to attend one of the Zoom Reports, please contact the delegate at email@example.com and request meeting info.
May 13, 2021 6:30 PM District 2 Zoom May 15, 2021 1:00 PM District 15 Zoom May 22, 2021 12:00 PM District 1 In Person June 5, 2021 3:45 PM Area 46 State Convention Zoom
June 8, 2021 TBD District 16 RIPTAB Conversation Zoom
June 17, 2021 7:00 PM District 8 Zoom
July 17, 2021 10:30 AM District 18 Zoom
July 25, 2021 TBD District 12 & 13 Hybrid
July 31, 2021 TBD District 16 In person
August 21, 2021 1:00 PM District 7 In Person@ Dry Harbor
You will have an opportunity to discuss any of these matters in more detail when there is a Delegate’s Conference Report in your District, and I look forward to providing more detail at that time. For now, I simply wish to inform you of the top 6 items that were passed as Advisory Actions to the General Service Board. Please feel free to reach out to me if you want any additional details before any District Reports.
1. The committee recommended that a Fifth Edition of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, be developed, including an update of stories to better reflect current membership, keeping in mind the 1995 Advisory Action that: “The first 164 pages of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Preface, the Forewords, ‘The Doctor’s Opinion,’ ‘Dr. Bob’s Nightmare,’ and the Appendices remain as is,” and that a progress report be brought back to the 2022 Conference Committee on Literature.
2. Consider development of a draft Fourth Edition of the book Alcohólicos Anónimos. The committee recommended that a Fourth Edition of the book, Alcohólicos Anónimos, be developed, including an update of stories to better reflect current membership, and that a progress report be brought back to the 2022 Conference Committee on Literature.
3. Consider if proposed agenda items for plain language, simplified language, accessible translations and large print versions of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as workbooks to help study the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, can be addressed with a common solution. The committee recommended that a draft version of the book, Alcoholics Anonymous (Fourth Edition), be translated into plain and simple language and be developed in a way that is accessible and relatable to as wide of an audience as possible and that a progress report or draft be brought back to the 2022 Conference Committee on Literature.
4. The committee recommended a revision to page 117 in the book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, replacing the phrase “opposite sex” with the word “partner” as follows, and that a footnote be added to provide context to the change as it relates to inclusivity: The text on page 117 which currently reads: “Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a mate of the opposite sex with whom the fullest possible union can be made – spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. This mighty urge is the root of great human accomplishments, a creative energy that deeply influences our lives. God fashioned us that way. …” Be revised to read: “Nearly every sound human being experiences, at some time in life, a compelling desire to find a partner with whom the fullest possible union can be made – spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical. This mighty urge is the root of great human accomplishments, a creative energy that deeply influences our lives. God fashioned us that way. …”
5. The committee recommended that the sentence which includes the phrase “lustful enough to rape” in paragraph one on page 66 in the chapter “Step Six” of the book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, be revised to refer to the Seven Deadly Sins without specific mention of examples that are severe in nature as follows, and that a footnote be added to provide context as to the basis for the change: The text on page 66 which currently reads: “No one wants to be angry enough to murder, lustful enough to rape, gluttonous enough to ruin his health.” Be revised to read: “No one wants to commit the deadly sins of anger, lust, or gluttony.”
6. Floor Action #3: It was recommended that: The first sentence of the A.A. Preamble be revised with gender-neutral language by replacing the words “men and women” with the word “people” to read: “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.”
Getting Involved in the General Service Conference Process
Your input is requested!
Now is the time to begin to develop any agenda items that we want to submit for consideration at the 72nd General Service Conference. If you or your Group, or your District have any items that they would like to be presented for consideration at the 72nd General Service Conference, please let me know and we can work on the submittal.
Part of the Conference process is for the Delegate to report back to each District in Area 46. Perhaps something to do with “Directly responsible to those they Serve”. This is your opportunity to interact with your Delegate and hear what took place at this year’s Conference and let your Delegate know what you might want to see at the next Conference. This is a time when you can bring forward potential Agenda Items for future Conferences. You are a part of this process all year around. Please ask your DCM to schedule a Delegate’s Conference Report. I look forward to hearing from everyone in our Area.
The Year-Round General Service Conference Process
Area 46 created a pamphlet to explain how groups can get involved in the General Service Conference. You can link to this pamphlet by clicking on one of the following links:
Remote communities can be defined as those where individuals have difficulty accessing A.A. due to any of the following barriers:
- Geography (distance or isolating location (such as a military base, reservation, etc.))
- Language (linguistics or dialects)
- Culture (customs and/or beliefs)
The day before the official start of any General Service Conference, most of the delegates got together to share their experience, strength and hope in serving remote communities. This year, the theme of the remote communities meeting was “Cultural Challenges in Reaching Remote Communities.” The “Remote Communicator” includes some of the interesting ideas and experiences that were shared during this wonderful meeting. You can download and read the “Remote Communicator” here:
June 2021 Delegate Report
At 2:15 AM EDT, April 25, 2020 – History was made – Again. The 71st General Service Conference finally adjourned. For the first time ever, the General Service Conference went into the second Sunday. 132 Individuals across the US and Canada participated in AA History – again. And for the second year in a row, the Panel 70 Delegates were a part of something that had never happened in AA before. With the shortened Conference last year, nearly 40 Agenda items were forwarded to the 71st Conference. With the addition of the new agenda items, there were a total of 110 Agenda items to be considered by the 71st General Service Conference. The members of his year’s conference were determined to complete everything given to us, no matter how long it took.
When I was a GSR in 1997, I reported to my home group that the 47th General Service Conference approved the 4th Edition of the Big Book. I am thrilled to report to you as Delegate at the 71st General Service Conference 24 years later, that we approved the 5th Edition of the Big Book.
Many other things took place and were approved at this year’s Conference. I encourage all of you to consider attending the Delegate’s Conference Report when it comes to your district, or to attend one of the many Virtual presentations. My schedule is listed on the Delegate’s web page. In addition to the 5th Edition of the Big Book, also approved is a 4th Edition of the Spanish Big Book, a First Edition of a Plain Language Big Book, a change to the Preamble, and two changes to the 12 x 12. To learn more about all of this, please attend a Conference Report.
Thank you to the DCM’s who have scheduled their Conference Report. For those who have not yet scheduled, I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at any time. I have a Delegate’s Calendar posted on the Delegate’s page so you can see what time slots are available.
On June 4-5-6, we will have our Area 46 State Convention again on a Virtual Platform. Please register and attend as many of the sessions as you can.
I cannot fully express my Gratitude to Area 46 for the opportunity to serve during this historic rotation. You have given me the opportunity to be a part of AA History, and for that I will remain forever Grateful.
In Love and Service,
Bill L., Area 46 Delegate
A las 2:15 AM EDT, 25 de abril de 2020 – Se hizo Historia – de nuevo. La 71ª Conferencia de Servicios Generales finalmente se suspendió. Por primera vez en la historia, la Conferencia de Servicios Generales entró en el segundo domingo. 132 Individuos en los Estados Unidos y Canadá participaron en AA Historia – de nuevo. Y por segundo año consecutivo, los Delegados del Panel 70 formaban parte de algo que nunca había ocurrido en AA. Con la Conferencia acortada el año pasado, casi 40 puntos del orden del día fueron remitidos a la 71ª Conferencia. Con la adición de los nuevos artículos del orden del día,, la 71ª Conferencia de Servicios Generales había un total de 110 artículos del orden del día para ser considerados. Los miembros de la conferencia de este año estaban decididos a completar todo lo que se nos dio, sin importar cuánto tiempo tomara.
Cuando era GSR en 1997, informé a mi grupo local que la 47ª Conferencia de Servicios Generales aprobó la 4ª Edición del Libro Grande. Me complace informarle como Delegado en la 71ª Conferencia de Servicios Generales 24 años después, que aprobamos la 5ª Edición del Libro Grande.
Muchas otras cosas tuvieron lugar y fueron aprobadas en la Conferencia de este año. Les animo a todos ustedes a considerar asistir al Informe de la Conferencia del Delegado cuando se trate de su distrito, o a asistir a una de las muchas presentaciones virtuales. Mi horario aparece en la página web del Delegado. Además de la 5ª Edición del Libro Grande, también se aprueba una 4ª Edición del Libro Grande en Español, una Primera Edición de un Libro Grande de Lengua Llana, un cambio en el Preámbulo, y dos cambios en el 12 x 12. Para obtener más información sobre todo esto, asista a un informe de la Conferencia.
Gracias a los MCD’s que han programado su Informe de Conferencia. Para aquellos que aún no lo han programado, espero saber de usted. Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento. Tengo un calendario de delegados publicado en la página del Delegado para que pueda ver qué franjas horarias están disponibles.
Del 4 al 5 al 6 de junio, volveremos a tener nuestro Convenio Estatal de Área 46 en una Plataforma Virtual. Por favor, regístrese y asista a tantas sesiones como pueda.
No puedo expresar plenamente mi Gratitud al Área 46 por la oportunidad de servir durante esta rotación histórica. Ustedes me han dado la oportunidad de ser parte de la Historia de AA, y por eso permaneceré siempre Agradecido
En el amor y el servicio
Bill L., Delegado del Área 46