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Australian AA Group Handbook – proposed section on Service Sponsorship.

Invitation for submissions.

An Advisory Action from the Australian General Service Conference (021/2015) resolved that a section be included in the Australian AA Group Handbook, on Service Sponsorship.

As part of completing this task, the General Service Trustees Committee invites members to submit articles to GSO, giving details of their ideas and experience of sponsoring other members in participating in the wide range of AA service initiatives and activities.

Please contribute by submitting your article to GSO, by email to tony@aa.org.au or post to:
48 Firth Street, Arncliffe, NSW 2205


Seeking The Assistance Of Indigenous Members

A special committee, consisting of indigenous members, will be set up to discuss the production of a booklet/pamphlet on the Twelve Steps for indigenous Australians.

If you are interested in being part of this committee, please email gso@aa.org.au


Plea for Experienced AA Sponsors to Travel to the Northern Territory

The Tennant Creek Group in the Northern Territory opened on 15 March 2016 and was promptly swamped by patients from the local rehab. Matt K, the only member of the Group who is not a rehab patient, has recently had to leave Tennant Creek for a work opportunity, leaving all of the rehab patients without anyone to sponsor them or run the Group's meeting.

The Group seeks experienced AA sponsors, male and female, to travel to Tennant Creek to expedite some of the members of the Group through the 12 Steps. It is envisaged that, once some of the members of the Group are working on Step 9, they will be able to sponsor the remaining members of the Group.

Most of the rehab patients are Indigenous for whom English is a second language. Consequently, a talk-based method rather than a reading and writing based method may be more effective. Unless you are able to spend weeks in Tennant Creek, an expedited journey through the Big Book and the 12 Steps will be needed.

Male and female AA members interested in this 12-Step opportunity may call Matt K on 0409 543 165. Funding for your expenses may be available through the Remote Communities fund.

Marg M
Chair, Central Service Office, Darwin


VACANCY

National Correctional Facilities National Co-Ordinator

THE POSITION

The term of office is four years, taking effect as soon as a successful applicant is appointed.

The new Co-ordinator is appointed by the Chairman of the Trustees’ Correctional Facilities Committee, in consultation with the General Service Board.

The responsibilities of the Co-ordinator are:

  • To actively encourage and promote the growth of Correctional Facilities activities throughout Australia.
  • To act as a positive communication link, through reporting, writing, email, the Service website, displays and the National T&CF Forum, between all parts of the Fellowship with an interest in relevant Service work;
  • Be in regular contact with the Chairperson of the Trustees’ Correctional Facilities Committee in order to be apprised of Service opportunities;
  • Liaise with the Board and General Service Office in seeking or conveying requested Forum-related information, and in implementing national scale projects;
  • Send short Reports on main activities and Forum progress (dot points) to the February & July Board meetings via the General Service Office with cc to the Chair of the relevant Trustees’ Committee, and report fully to the Board and annual GS Conference in November.
  • Publish and distribute a regular newsletter sharing information on AA activities in Correctional Facilities.

NATIONAL FORUM

  • Actively encourage Areas to have Forum hosting bids in for Conference approval two years ahead, to ensure continuity and certainty for maximum benefit to the Fellowship;
  • Be a functioning ex officio member of the relevant National Forum Host Planning Committee (HPC): co-ordinate, attend where feasible, receive all minutes, keep in active touch with the HPC and report to the Board;
  • Ensure that the Forum is relevant and attractive to the Fellowship in its content and activities;
  • See that the Forum as a whole is recorded for posterity;
  • Attend the Forum and deliver a report to the Service Fellowship on the past two years’ activities in Correctional Facilities, including both successes and shortcomings as seen by the officebearer;
  • Act on and follow up any requests of the Forum;
  • Ensure that the Forum Program includes a slot for a short explanation and questions on the role of the Co-ordinator; ensure nomination forms for the next Co-ordinator position are available and participants are aware of the this and the deadline of the end of the Forum; convey completed forms to National Office as soon as possible after the Forum.

Aussie Big Book Journeys

Aussie Big Book Journeys


Vacancies: Various Voluntary Co-ordinator Positions

NATIONAL REMOTE COMMUNITIES CO-ORDINATOR

The term of office is four years, ttaking effect immediately from appointment.
The new Co-ordinator is appointed by the Chairman of the Trustees’ Remote Communities Committee, in consultation with the General Service Board.
The responsibilities of the Co-ordinator are:

  • To actively encourage and promote the growth of Remote Communities activities throughout Australia. Remote communities are defined as those separated from the programme and Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous by language, geography, culture, impairment of sight, hearing, mental health and other permanent or temporary disabilities.
  • To act as a positive communication link, through reporting, writing, email, the Service website and displays between all parts of the Fellowship with an interest in relevant Service work;
  • Be in regular contact with the Chairperson of the Trustees’ Remote Communities Committee in order to be apprised of Service opportunities;
  • Liaise with the Board and General Service Office in seeking or conveying requested information, and in implementing national scale projects;
  • Send short Reports on main activities (dot points) to the February & July Board meetings via the General Service Office with cc to the Chair of the relevant Trustees’ Committee, and report fully to the Board and annual GS Conference in November.
  • Publish and distribute a monthly newsletter sharing information on AA activities in Remote Communities.
  • Share information regarding activities in Remote Communities on the service website.
REGIONAL REMOTE COMMUNITIES CO-ORDINATORS

We are seeking a co-ordinator in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Central Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The term will be for the duration of the term of the National Remote Communities Co-ordinator (usually 4 years). This will leave the Regional Co-ordinators free to apply for the National Co-ordinator position when it becomes vacant.
The co-ordinators will be the contact point for the National Co-ordinator and will assist in all relevant projects.

REGIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION & CO-OPERATION WITH THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY CO-ORDINATORS

We are seeking a co-ordinator in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Central Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The term will be for the duration of the term of the National PI&CPC Co-ordinator (usually 4 years). This will leave the Regional Co-ordinators free to apply for the National Co-ordinator position when it becomes vacant.
The co-ordinators will be the contact point for the National Co-ordinator and will assist in all relevant projects.

REGIONAL TREATMENT FACILITIES CO-ORDINATORS

We are seeking a co-ordinator in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Central Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The term will be for the duration of the term of the National Treatment Facilities Co-ordinator (usually 4 years). This will leave the Regional Co-ordinators free to apply for the National Co-ordinator position when it becomes vacant.
The co-ordinators will be the contact point for the National Co-ordinator and will assist in all relevant projects.

REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES CO-ORDINATORS
We are seeking a co-ordinator in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Central Australia, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The term will be for the duration of the term of the National Correctional Facilities Co-ordinator (usually 4 years). This will leave the Regional Co-ordinators free to apply for the National Co-ordinator position when it becomes vacant.
The co-ordinators will be the contact point for the National Co-ordinator and will assist in all relevant projects.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please contact tony@aa.org.au or (02) 9599 8866 for an application form.


Vacancy: National Archivist

A voluntary position is available for a suitable AA member as Australian National Archivist

The role of the Archivist is concerned with preserving and organising records of AA history already to hand and also with seeking out further material.

Archives of our Australian Fellowship are housed at the General Service Office, Arncliffe

Duration of appointment: 4 years

Weekly visits to GSO Arncliffe are envisaged

Please contact tony@aa.org.au for an application form

Submission for applications are open now.

Key Skills:

  • inquisitive, methodical and logical approach
  • excellent administrative skills
  • a high level of computer literacy is mandatory
  • able to relate well to a wide range of personal sources
  • an excellent verbal communicator
  • able to carry out independent research
  • forward-thinking, with an ability to anticipate and prepare for changing demands for archived information