From the September 2010 magazine.

An air of unity

A delegate shares about the 60th General Service Conference

EVERY year, policy and direction for AA are discussed at a week-long meeting of trustees, directors, key staff members and 93 elected area delegates from around the U.S. and Canada. This year, instead of New York City, the delegates met in quiet Rye Brook, N.Y. This was my second such General Service Conference. Delegates serve only two years, and the second year for me has definitely been easier because I had a sense of what to expect, what's most important and how to budget my energy to get through the long, difficult week. The official, detailed report is available every fall through your group's GSR, but here are some of the highlights.

A lot of what we do at the conference is about our literature. This year, among other things, we approved minor updates to the pamphlet "Questions and Answers on Sponsorship," but rejected some proposed updates to the "The AA Member--Medications and Other Drugs" pamphlet, sending it back to the Trustees' Committee on Literature for a more extensive review. And we agreed that it's time to update "AA and the Armed Services," a pamphlet that features brief personal stories about AA's in the military. AAs who have served in the military during the last few years were encouraged to read the current pamphlet and send similar, more recent experiences for possible inclusion in the update.

-- JIM F.

St. Louis, Mo.

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