Each District holds periodic meetings (bi-monthly, quarterly, etc.). Each group within the district is encouraged to elect a GR to attend these meetings. Many groups also elect an Alternate Group Representative (AGR) and/or an Information Service Representative (ISR). Each group may have one person vote on its behalf when a vote is taken on district issues or for district officers. Any member who wishes to attend district meetings is welcome to do so. The dates and location of district meetings are posted on the Area events page.
District officers are elected from among District Group Representatives and members. District officers may include:
- District Representative
- Alternate District Representative
- Public Outreach
- Alateen Coordinator
Our “Trusted Servants”
Al-Anon Tradition Two states, in part, “Our leaders are but trusted servants – they do not govern.” For comprehensive information about the responsibilities of various officers, we suggest referring to the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual.
Quoted Tradition Two excerpt is reprinted with permission of © Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.
It is required that the District Representative and the Alternate District Representative must be current or past Group Representatives (elected by their Al-Anon or Alateen group to represent the group at the district level.) Other district officers may be elected from the general Al-Anon/Alateen membership.
Al-Anon and Alateen members who are also members of A.A. may hold office within their own Al-Anon or Alateen group, but may not serve as Al-Anon Group Representatives or hold Al-Anon office beyond the group level, per decision of the Al-Anon World Service Conference. This was decided in order to avoid potential conflicts of interest if members of A.A. also become members of the World Service Conference.
We suggest referring to the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual for detailed information about the responsibilities of various officers at the group level, district level, and beyond the district level. The responsibilities of the Group and District Representatives, as suggested by the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual, follow. Groups may also elect an Alternate Group Representative (and/or an Information Service Representative) and districts may elect an Alternate District Representative to assist with these responsibilities.
The Group Representative is elected for a three year term. The Group Representative maintains communication between his or her group and the district, and the group and the Area Assembly. The Group Representative votes at the Area Assembly on behalf of the group. Responsibilities include:
- Attends District meetings
- Attends Area Assembly meetings
- Maintains an up-to-date current mailing address for his/her group with the World Service Office
- Represents the group’s views to the District Representative and at district meetings, and keeps the group informed of district news
- Assists with local public outreach
- Reminds the group of the seventh Tradition and encourages group-level support of the World Services Office
- Encourages use of Conference-Approved Literature at meetings
- Encourages subscriptions to the Forum (Al-Anon’s monthly magazine)
- More information
The District Representative must be elected from among incoming, outgoing, or active past Group Representatives from the district. The District Representative maintains communication between the district and the Area Assembly. Responsibilities include:
- Calls and chairs district meetings, at regular intervals
- Helps to disseminate Conference information and reports
- Keeps in touch with the Group Representatives in the district and represents their views to the Area World Service Committee (AWSC) or the Delegate.
- Helps groups in the district (especially new groups) receive necessary information and help
- Helps groups in the district understand and apply the Traditions
- Prepares a current mailing list of the district’s Group Representatives in the district for the Area World Service Committee
- Encourages groups in the district to return the group data sheets that are sent out by the World Service Office each year
- Checks with the Group Representatives to be sure the group mailing address is current
- Checks that the groups are receiving and sharing mail from the World Service Office
- Attends Area World Service Committee (AWSC) meetings and reports on activities within his/her district
- Notifies the Area World Service Committee and the World Service Office of groups that have disbanded
- The Alternate Group Rep and/or the Information Service Rep attend the AIS meetings
- Substitute for the Group Rep when they cannot attend District, Area Assemblies or other events
- Three-Year term is suggested