"As a traditional means of creating and maintaining a clearly defined working
relation between the groups, the Conference, the A.A. General Service Board and
its several service corporations, staffs, committees and executives, and of thus
insuring their effective leadership, it is here suggested that we endow each of
these elements of world service with a traditional "Right of Decision" The A.A.
Service Manual combined with Twleve Concepts for World Service, p. 13-16
The First Concept established that the responsibility and authority for AA world
services resided in the collective membership of AA. The Second Concept
established that the membership through the groups delegated that authority to
the AA General Service Conference. In this Third Concept, the various Boards,
corporations (e.g., Grapevine), staffs, and committees are given the right to
decide which problems they will dispose of themselves and upon which matters
they will report, consult, or ask specific directions.
In practice this concept means that AA's "trusted servants" ought to carefully
weigh the wishes of the members, but that they are also trusted to exercise
their own judgment in the light of all circumstances, facts and arguments that
become known to them during the voting or deliberation process.
Do we understand that when we elect GSR's or DCM's we are electing more than
"messengers," that they have and are expected to exercise a Right of Decision?
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