From the July 1971 magazine.

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First Conference Without Bill?

The 21st General Service Conference was held the week of April 19 at the New Yorker Hotel in New York, N.Y., and for the first time a beloved face was missing. But one of the 90 Delegates said, "Those of us who have learned to see and to hear with our hearts know that Hill is still present."

The theme of this Conference was "Communications: Key to AA Growth." and among its advisory actions was this word on anonymity: "The use of full names and addresses, where indicated, could improve communications within AA" The 129 members of the Conference (Delegates plus General Service Board Trustees and General Service Office and Grapevine directors and staff members) agreed on other recommendations, including: an end to the two-year moratorium on area applications for additional Delegates; establishment of an Institutions Correspondence Service; formation of a Conference Committee on Professional Relations, to work with the new Trustees committee set up for that purpose.

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