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Area 14 Committee Reports
Archivist Report - Apr 2021
April 12, 2021
LOOKING FOR DOCUMENTS FOR AREA 14 ARCHIVES!!!
Back in the day, every time Area 14 created a new District or a District split, closed or boundaries moved, a new map of the Area was created. I am looking for copies of those maps that were done. These maps were included with the minutes in the late 1970’s and the 1980’s. In addition, we are missing the April 1975 minutes. This quarter is very important to the area. At that time, the Area went from 17 Districts to 22 Districts, but we have no documentation. If you know someone that has kept old documents and are just in a closet somewhere, I would be glad to scan in and return the documents. I would like to thank District 18 for their high participation on the Area Wednesday Service Event presented by the Past Delegates. It was fun looking up all the information and learning about your district. In July, the Archives Service Coordinator will be presenting our Archive Road Show at the Florida State Convention in Jacksonville. Make sure to get registered so you can visit the Archive Room. If your district or group needs any research about your past or other information about the area, please contact me at email@example.com.
March 2, 2021
Suggestions for Updating your District/Group History
- Begin from your last history and move forward.
- Trace the changes in your District/Group with trusted servants new and old, how long in their position, committee chairs and items they worked on or completed during their term.
- Districts – new groups or groups that left or merger or just went extinct
- Groups – New- the struggle of the beginning, Old- the struggle to keep up. Is it a struggle, maybe not
- Contributions – up, down, non-existence; how were these handled
- Expenses- what was still necessary, did you still need to pay rent, were you able to maintain your expenses
Some ideas since Covid:
- Did you group go virtual? When was the decision made?
- If Virtual, what benefits have you found? Also, what issues have you found?
- How has this affected your groups ability to have a regular business meeting?
- How has your group been able to continue to do service?
- Have you gone back to face to face meetings? If so, do you have any restrictions?
- Did you have to change up your format when you went virtual?
- Have you been able to reach the newcomer?
With member’s consent, you should include their full names and sobriety dates in an original history. Note any nicknames. The use of full names helps the researchers and historian’s separate members with similar or the same first name and follow the history.
If you speak with old-timers or characters, remember to keep anecdotes that are shared. These are of particular interest to your group and A.A. history in the future.
I hope this helps with your new group or district history. If you have questions or need help, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be most happy to help you.
Area 14 Officer Reports
Area Chair Report - Jun 2021
Area Chair Update – June 2021
Open the doors and make ready the coffee we will meet in person in July at the Southbank Hotel in Jacksonville the weekend of July 9-11. It’s certainly seems as it’s been a long stretch of virtual meetings, but it appears as though we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
A few things to be aware of for July’s Assembly:
We will be following the recommendation of the latest CDC Guidelines when we meet. If this recommends a mask for those not having a vaccine, please bring your mask. If this recommends spaced seating, please go with the flow. We ask for your patience as meeting rooms are sanitized and readied for the next group as we move in and out of workshop rooms. Our Alt Chair has spent much time in preparation, please do what you can to be helpful. Bring your common sense and willingness to be a good fellow amongst your fellows and we’ll all get through this together.
Have you heard that in honor of our founders the Grapevine is being made available on-line in June at no charge? Need more info? Contract our Area Grapevine Service Coordinator Linda G. or consult aagrapevine.org for more details. There is a story in June’s issue you won’t want to miss. A member from Area 14 is a contributor. Check it out!
In addition, news from the General Service Board – our DCMs now have “read only” access to Fellowship Connection. Fellowship Connection is the system which is used to identify new A.A. groups for DCM reach out or to provide various reports on group contacts, service positions or even groups by district. Further, quarterly contribution reporting is being considered. This is a great opportunity to help improve accuracy and overall data stewardship within our structure. Ask your DCM or our Registrar Mary P. to tell you more about it.
On-line Groups – Discussed during the 71st. General Service Conference with a resulting Advisory Action for on-line groups to be recognized and their participation encouraged. As an Area, our Growth Committee will be exploring how this might fit within the Structure of Area 14 and how we may need to adapt for these changes. Touch base with our Alt. Delegate Mary A. or attend the Growth Committee meeting to be part of this discussion in July.
Safe travels to all as we venture out to Jacksonville next month. I’ll look forward to seeing one and all. And for those unable to attend, we will host our Administrative Committees, Delegate’s Post Conference Report and July Business meeting both on-site as well as by Zoom. Check out the aanorthflorida.org website for more meeting details.
Thank you for the opportunity to service the best Area in A.A.
Chairperson – Panel 71
Area 14 - North Florida
Ad-hoc Committee Reports
Advisory Actions/Structures & Guidelines - Apr 2021
The Ad Hoc for Advisory Actions and Structures and Guidelines has been meeting twice a month and we have begun to review the Advisory Actions for correct verbiage. We are making sure that the Advisory Actions is exactly as the motion in the minutes as printed. If you have any questions, comments or find discrepancies please contact me at the following email address: email@example.com.