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The 1st Concept

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The First Concept of  The Twelve Concepts is that:

Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship."
    ---The A.A. Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service by Bill W.

The structure for AA is all designed to provide that the direction taken by AA is that of the group conscience of the whole fellowship, not the dictates of a few.  

Individual AA members come together to form Groups.  Groups are arranged in Districts, and Districts are arranged in Areas.  There are generally several Areas in a State.  Several states are arranged in each Region.  AA in the United States and Canada is under the General Service Boad.  The United States and Canada send two delegates to the World Service Board that has world-wide responsibility.

Groups elect GSR's (General Service Representatives) which attend District meetings.   The GSR's in a District elect a DCM (District Committee Member) to lead the District meetings and to represent the District at meetings of the Area Committees.    Meetings of GSRs in an Area are called Assemblies.  Area Assemblies send delegates to the AA-wide General Service Conferences that are held every two years. The General Service Conference determines matters of AA policy, and the General Service Board operates the day-to-day business of AA.


Do we know who the GSR is for our Group?  Would we be able to describe how AA functions to someone interested in performing service work?

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