Area 78

Alberta / Northwest Territories

The Area 78 delegate and alternate delegate are available by email using the addresses on the Area Service Positions page. Your trusted servants are always glad to hear from you. Please remember they have heavy workloads; when possible refer to your GSR and/or DCM first.

They are available and willing to speak or serve districts in any way, particularly workshops on:

  • Traditions
  • Concepts
  • Unity
  • Sponsorship
  • Conference Workshops
  • General Service Structure
All Area 78 Committee Officers are available for presentations or workshop facilitations


[Extracted from ECO NEWS - May 2018]

 

Six Reasons to Chair A Meeting

If you haven’t had the pleasure of raising your hand or voice to offer to chair a meeting in your home group, you are missing something spectacular.  Most meetings suggest 6 months to a year of sobriety before chairing….find out what your home group suggests.  Just asking about the ‘criteria for chairing a meeting’ will mean something. The following are just a few reasons to try chairing:

  1. It’ll keep you sober – I was so afraid that I was going to relapse when I first came into A.A., I wanted to do anything to increase my chances of not drinking.  I heard things like “if you stay in the middle of the boat, you won’t get tossed back into the ocean – the middle is service”  and “if you stay in the middle of the herd, you won’t get picked off – the middle is where service is at”
  2.  You finally get to be the boss/chief honcho/top banana – The buck stops with you.  They say there are “no bosses” in AA, however when it comes to our A.A. meeting time, someone must ensure that members adhere to the meeting structure.  This structure is decided in your home group’s business meeting.  If cross talk is accepted in your meetings, then the Chair may be responsible to make sure people are not jumping on the tables when they take their turn to speak if the discussion gets heated.  Whether it’s to advise members of the time (“Only 5 minutes left….does anyone have a burning desire to share?”) or to gently remind members that answering cellphone calls during the meeting is frowned upon….the chair ensures the ‘rules’ are followed
  3. Great Opportunity to Listen:  You don’t have to share if you don’t want to – originally, this is what drew me to wanting to chair.  I didn’t know what my story was for the first few years, but my ego wanted to “run the show”…..chairing felt like the natural choice.  Again, different home group business meetings decide whether or not their Chairs will be able to share, and if so, do they wait until everyone else has shared, or does the Chair begin by sharing first; the beauty of Tradition 4 shows up here [page S13 The A.A. Service Manual]
  4. It Gets Less Scary – The idea of chairing a meeting may sound scary if you are a newcomer.  I was asked to make coffee for six months before they asked me to chair.  For me, as soon as I started to volunteer I began to feel like I belonged, instead of feeling “apart from”…and it was easier to go to more meetings.
  5. Your Hand Will Get Lighter - You’re honing your leadership qualities for moving down the tree/triangle of our service structure.  Once you are comfortable chairing meetings at your home group, then the leap to considering a General Service Rep position doesn’t seem so daunting.  ‘Same for positions of District Committee Member and on to a Committee Chair position.  All these positions require people at the helm who are comfortable “conducting the orchestra”.  Experience in chairing builds confidence to move on down the triangle of service
  6.  You Will Be Amazed Before You Are Halfway Through – Just as our Promises  in Chapter 6 of our Big Book describe (p.83-88), amazing things will begin to happen when you chair a meeting.  Insights, intuition, learning, laughter and the sunlight of the spirit will begin to present themselves…it’s just about guaranteed
  • Get A Format – You’ll want to ensure that as Chair, you have a Format of some type to help you navigate through the 60 or so minutes of your A.A. meeting.  The format outlines your home group’s decisions as to the structure of your meeting:  Open or Closed meeting, 60 minutes or longer, what policy does your group follow regarding disruptive members,  people attending drunk and/or disorderly….what prayers or phrases do you use to Open  and to Close the meeting…these are all decisions that you get to make as a member of your home group

 

If you have a chance to try this, and want to share how it turned out for you, I would love to hear about it.  Feel free to contact me at delegate.68@area78.org