• Group Conscience Meeting Change Notice!

    Monday 13th of September 2021

    Our September GC meeting will be on the second Monday and not the first due to Labor Day. This year that is Monday 9/13/2021 at 7:05 pm. 
    meeting will be held both in person and online. 

  • Hope Group Steering Committee Elections!

    Sunday 26th of September 2021

    The Hope Group Steering Committee elections will be held onsite and online, on Sept. 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM.  We need help for the upcoming year and it's a great opportunity for service work if people are looking for something to do. 

     

    The current SC positions and the Hope Guidelines for each that are currently open at the moment are listed below:

    • Literature Representative/Assistant Treasurer - Suggested length of sobriety 1 year
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Literature report in verbal form.
    2. Collects and counts 7th tradition monies with Treasurer.
    3. Signatory on bank account.
    4. Keeps one of two keys required to be used simultaneously to open the safe.  The Treasurer holds the second key.
    5. The group’s literature representative makes certain that A.A. Conference approved books and pamphlets, and chips ordered from the General Service Office, online, or purchased from the local intergroup (central office) and are on hand for meetings or properly displayed.
    6. Each month, prepare an envelope for the Birthday Night Chair with chips for birthday night recipients
    • Correctional Facilities/Treatment Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 1 year
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide C.F.T. report in verbal form.
    2. Arranges members to serve at Treatment Centers and Correctional Facility meetings.
    3. Arranges new members to receive appropriate training if required by institutions.
    • Grapevine Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 6 months
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Grapevine report in verbal form.
    2. The job of the Grapevine Representative is to familiarize members with the Fellowship’s international journal, The A.A. Grapevine, and its bi-monthly Spanish-language magazine La Viña.
    3. Participate in the activities of their District and Area’s Grapevine committee, announce the arrival of new magazines at the group each month, encourage members to submit articles and illustrations, and explain how members can order their own subscriptions. 

     

    Additionally, All Group A Positions will be open this year: These positions will end December 31, 2021

    To ensure continuity as well as spirit of rotation. Group A Service Positions’ terms start in January of even years and run through December of odd years.

    • Chairman - Suggested length of sobriety 1 year
    1. Attend and preside over all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings using the Roberts Rules of Order Modified for AA business meetings as a guideline for format and procedures.
    2. Collect agenda items from Steering Committee and Hope Group members and condense into an Agenda for business meetings.
    3. The chairperson coordinates activities with other group officers—and with those members who assume the responsibility for other vital functions
    • Treasurer - Suggested length of sobriety 2 year. Suggested to have familiarity with the Twelve Traditions and be familiar with the principles and practices of the group itself.
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Treasurer’s Report in verbal and written form.  Report to be emailed to Steering Committee members.
    2. Manages monthly accounts payables/receivables: Produces reports, Pays bills, Makes deposits, Maintains bank account and Collects and counts 7th tradition monies with Literature Representative/Asst. Treasurer.
    3. Signature on bank account.
    4. Responsible for drafting and proposing monthly operating budget for approval by Steering Committee and Group Conscience.
    5. Responsible for filing and maintaining tax records and correspondences regarding taxes  May hire professional tax preparer to ensure timely filing of taxes.
    6. Treasurer is authorized to pay all expenses within the monthly operating budget or identified in the Guidelines without Steering Committee approval.  All expenditures should be supported by an invoice or receipt.  Any expenses not yet identified in the Guidelines requiring withdrawal from Prudent Reserve must have the approval of the Steering Committee or Group Conscience, as appropriate.
    7. Keeps one of two keys required to be used simultaneously to open the safe.  The Literature Representative/Assistant Treasurer holds the second key. If the Treasurer resigns or vacates the office, then the Alternate Treasurer automatically becomes the acting Treasurer until an election can be held to fill the vacancy.
    8. Responsible for distributing monthly, to the AA entities any funds left over after paying operating expenses and retaining prudent reserve. Distribution as approved by Group
    9. Conscience.
    • General Service Representative (GSR) - Suggested length of sobriety 2 years
    1. Working via the district and area committees, the G.S.R. is the group’s link with the General Service Conference, through which U.S. and Canadian groups share their experience and voice A.A.’s collective conscience. Sometimes called “the guardians of the Traditions,” G.S.R.s become familiar with A.A.’s Third Legacy— our spiritual responsibility to give service freely.
    2. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide G.S.R. report in
      verbal form.
    3. Attends all District 22 meetings, Representing the Hope Group, and report back to Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings.
    4. Attends all SWTA68 Area Assemblies and Workshops, representing the Hope Group, and report back to Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings.
      1. When attending Area Assemblies and Workshops, the group will cover the expenses of the G.S.R. for hotel room up to the SWTA68 conference room rate, up to $20 per diem for food with receipt and travel mileage at the District 22 mileage calculation method and reimbursement rate.  The Group will pay for lodging and mileage for attendance, whether by advance or reimbursement as needed.
    5. In the event that they cannot represent the Hope Group at the District and Area level, they are responsible for ensuring the Hope Group is represented, working first with the Alternate G.S.R.
    6. Keep group members informed about general service activities in their local areas.
    7. Serve as the Group Contact and receive and share with their groups all mail from District, Area and the General Service Office, including the newsletter Box 4-5-9, which is G.S.O.’s primary tool for communicating with the Fellowship.
    8. G.S.R.s also may assist their groups in solving a variety of problems, especially those related to the Traditions. In serving their groups, they can draw on all the services offered by G.S.O.  They should possess the character qualities that mark a good trusted servant of any sort (and a good A.A.): patience, understanding, and a firm determination “to place principles before personalities.”
    9. If the GSR resigns or vacates the office, then the Alternate G.S.R. automatically becomes the Group G.S.R.
    10. The G.S.R. should hold no other offices in any group at any level.
    11. Upon completion of term or upon resignation of position provide replacement G.S.R. with registration form.
    • Alternate General Service Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 2 years
    1. An alternate G.S.R. is elected at the same time in the event that the G.S.R. may be unable to attend all district and area meetings. Alternate G.S.R. is encouraged to share the responsibilities of the G.S.R. at the group, district and area levels.
    2. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Alternate G.S.R. report in verbal form.
    3. Alternate G.S.R. is responsible for representing the Hope Group at the District and Area level when notified by the G.S.R. that the G.S.R. cannot attend.
    4. Attends all SWTA68 Area Assemblies and Workshops when GSR is unable to attend, representing the Hope Group, and Report back to Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings.
      1. When attending Area Assemblies and Workshops, the group will cover the expenses of the G.S.R. for hotel room up to the SWTA68 conference room rate, up to $20 per diem for food with receipt and travel mileage at the District 22 mileage calculation method and reimbursement rate.  The Group will pay for lodging and mileage for attendance, whether by advance or reimbursement as needed.
    5. Serve as Vice-Chairman at Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings in Chairman’s absence.
    6. Upon completion of term or upon resignation of position provide replacement Alternate G.S.R. with registration form.
    • Correctional Facilities/Treatment Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 1 year
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide C.F.T. report in verbal form.
    2. Arranges members to serve at Treatment Centers and Correctional Facility meetings.
    3. Arranges new members to receive appropriate training if required by institutions.
    • PI/CPC - Suggested length of sobriety 6 months
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide PI/CPC report in verbal form.
    2. Work with District and Area PI/CPC Representatives regarding Public Information and coordinating with the Professional Community.
    • Intergroup Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 6 months
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Intergroup report in verbal form.
    2. Attends all Intergroup meetings and reports back to Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings.
    3. Provide Intergroup with any updates to meeting schedule for Hope Group.
    4. Notify Intergroup of any events happening at Hope Group.
    • Grapevine Representative - Suggested length of sobriety 6 months
    1. Attend all Steering Committee and Group Conscience meetings and provide Grapevine report in verbal form.
    2. The job of the Grapevine Representative is to familiarize members with the Fellowship’s international journal, The A.A. Grapevine, and its bi-monthly Spanish-language magazine La Viña.
    3. Participate in the activities of their District and Area’s Grapevine committee, announce the arrival of new magazines at the group each month, encourage members to submit articles and illustrations, and explain how members can order their own subscriptions.
    • Archives- Suggested length of sobriety 6 months
    1. Responsible to set up Group archives and engaging in the work of setting up archives.
    2. Responsible to collect and preserve Group history. Written materials (books, pamphlets, newsletters, written histories, and interviews), photographs, and audiotapes are the foundations of a collection. Group A.A. historical material is sought out from newcomers, old timers, past home group members, district committee members, and others with experience to share.

     

    PLEASE ATTEND A STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. SC MEETINGS ARE HELD IN PERSON AN ONLINE AT 7:05 PM THE 3rd THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH!