Our District officer elections will be held at our District meeting November 20, 2022.
Nominations will be during our District meeting October 16, 2022.
Elected Positions are:
- The district committee member, or DCM
- The alternate district committee member.
- District treasurer
- District secretary
Experience of the Fellowship suggests that a DCM ought to:
• Have served as a GSR
• Have at least four or five years of sobriety
• Be familiar with both the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts
• Have the time and energy to serve the district well
• Be able to lead a district while respecting the conscience of the district
• Have an email address or other easy way of maintaining contact with GSRs and other members
• Be familiar with the G.S.O. and area websites
Each district decides how to weigh these considerations when voting for DCM and alternate DCM.
Term Of Office
DCMs serve a term of two years. Alternate DCMs also serve two years. In many areas DCM terms coincide with those of the “panel” covering the area delegate’s term of service. (See Glossary for a definition of “Panel.”)
Duties & Responsibilities
Every district is different, but the following are relatively common service activities undertaken by DCMs:
- Regularly hold district meetings. DCMs are asked to give reports to the GSRs on news, issues, proposals and future events from the area and G.S.O. It is also important for DCMs to keep the GSRs informed about Conference activities, perhaps even assisting the delegate in reporting the proceedings of the General Service Conference, either by organizing report-backs or delivering
the reports to their districts in lieu of the delegate. GSRs are typically asked to report on what’s happening in their groups, and DCMs can make sure that GSRs have what they need in order to assure good communication across the service structure. (See the section titled “Making Reports” in Chapter 1 for a list of publications that can be helpful to DCMs in making reports to the district.)
- Regularly attend area assemblies. The number of assemblies during the year varies by area. All DCMs (and GSRs) from around the area are asked to attend. DCMs (and GSRs) are voting members of these assemblies. (See Chapter 3 for more information on the area and assemblies.)
- Reach out to groups in the district that do not have GSRs. Some groups may have little or no history of electing GSRs. Some may have had active GSRs in the past, but no longer. The DCM is asked to open a line of communication with these groups. The purpose is not to badger them into electing GSRs, but to begin to connect them to A.A. as a whole.
- Organize workshops and/or sharing sessions on service activities.
- Bring Traditions problems to the attention of the delegate.
- Help GSRs become acquainted with The A.A. Service Manual/Twelve Concepts for World Service. DCMs can also be helpful by introducing the GSRs to Box 4-5-9 and service material from G.S.O., which includes workbooks and guidelines on an array of topics.
- Alert the district’s GSRs to new literature, service materials and technology applications from G.S.O. and Grapevine. This includes new books published by A.A. World Services and the Grapevine. The literature catalogs of the two corporations are an excellent resource. DCMs often hear about new literature before it appears in the catalog, and it can be helpful to alert GSRs on what’s coming. The groups may have questions and comments on these. The DCM can help the GSRs address these while also passing them along to the area and the delegate.
- Assist the delegate in obtaining group contact information for A.A. Regional Directories. These directories are used for A.A. purposes only. They include information on individual groups by city within each province or territory, with contact information on group contacts.
- In many areas, DCMs attend area committee meetings in addition to area assemblies. The purpose and scheduling of these meetings varies by area. (For more information, see Chapter 4 of this manual on the area committee.)
(Treasurer and Secretary listed are for area positions for reference)
The duties of the treasurer vary by the needs and conscience of the area; these may include:
- Keeping financial records for the area
- Reporting regularly to the assembly
- Receiving and managing the area’s Seventh Tradition funds
- Encouraging contribution support for area and G.S.O. services
- Staying abreast of any tax or legal considerations
- A solid period of sobriety
- Organizational skills for good record-keeping; accounting or bookkeeping experience
- Computer skills appropriate for the duties of the position
- Ability to speak about financial matters to an audience that does not have the same financial skills
- Records and distributes minutes of area meetings
- Keeps mailing lists up to date and sends out area mailings
- Prepares lively bulletins that will encourage attendance at committee meetings and assemblies, assuming the area conscience has asked for this
- Can act as a liaison between officers and committee members
Candidates for the position of secretary typically have:
- Some service in group, intergroup/central office or general service affairs; some background in general office work
- A level of computer knowledge and information technology skills that reflect the area’s needs
- Ability to create a record of a meeting that captures the essentials of what happened
- A solid period of sobriety