From the July 2009 magazine.

Why nonalcoholic trustees?

Nonalcoholic trustees make up seven of the 20 trustees currently serving on the General Service Board. Since they do not need to maintain anonymity, they are available to appear in public on behalf of AA. The chair of the General Service Board serves for no more than four consecutive years.

Board members make an effort to choose Class A trustees from a variety of professional backgrounds, and the board has included doctors, lawyers, clergy, sociologists, business people, and financial experts among its members. Whatever their backgrounds, the bylaws make one key provision for nonalcoholic trustees: they "shall be persons who are not and have not been afflicted by the disease of alcoholism and who express a profound faith in the recovery program upon which the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous is founded."

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