Reminder! Block Island Meetings Are On The Summer Schedule

Who:          Off Shore Group

What:         Summer meeting schedule

      • Monday, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
      • Tuesday, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
      • Wednesday, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
      • Thursday, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
      • Friday, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
      • Saturday, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
      • Saturday, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Where:      Harbor Church

21 Water St.

New Shoreham, RI 02807

“In the summah, meeting is on the front porch”

2024-07-18T14:26:46-04:00District 7, News|

Latest News From The General Services Manager Of GSO

June 26, 2024

Dear A.A. Friends,

Warm summer greetings from the General Service Office!

I’m grateful to share some updates from GSO. Since the 74th General Service Conference (GSC) in April, the office has been engaged in the process of organizing the actions of the Conference and planning for their implementation.

Of significance was the election of a new Chair of the General Service Board (GSB), Scott H. Previously, Scott served as trustee-at-large/Canada from 2015-2019. He is the first Class B (A.A. member) chair to serve the GSB. Scott and I served together on the GSB, both as trustees-at-large, and he is a very dear friend. I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with him again.

Also significant is the passing by substantial unanimity of the Plain Language Big Book. This project began as the result of discussion during the 66th GSC (2016). Since that time, the project was discussed at each subsequent Conference. It received approval by Advisory Action to move forward from the 71st GSC (2021). The Publishing Department in collaboration with the Trustees Literature Committee of the General Service Board worked diligently together over the last three years and prepared a draft. At both the 73rd and 74th Conferences, reading rooms and sharing sessions were arranged to offer all Conference delegates the opportunity to spend time privately reviewing the draft and to share feedback. This allowed for a fully informed group conscience. Serving as a co-chair of the Conference, I presided over much of the discussion and can attest that it was robust and thorough. This timeline of discussion and development is one of the best examples of how the group conscience of the Fellowship is exercised through the General Service Conference.

I also want to take this opportunity to provide an update on A.A.’s finances. The response to the initial call for contributions last November continues to be strong and very heartwarming. I have expressed over the last several months that the solution to ensure our financial needs are met in the long term is embodied in Tradition Seven and the principle of participation. That is, it is important that contributions come from a larger representation of our groups and members and that they be more frequent and sustained.

For the period of January to May 2024, we received contributions from more than 32,000 groups and members, which is an increase of a little over 4% of what we typically receive during this period. This increased participation has resulted in an increase in contributions received of about $738,000 compared with this time period in 2023. Net literature sales (literature income) for the same period decreased by about $200,000.

Expenses are trending under budget, and we are current with our accounts payable and have no past due balances.

The Reserve Fund is measured in the number of months of operating expenses and stands at 6.29 months as of March of this year. The target range is 9 to 12 months. As reported at the General Service Conference: “at its January meeting the General Service Board authorized the withdrawal of $1,064,652 from the Reserve Fund. This was based on 2024 budgets and cash flow projections for the GSB, AAWS, and AAGV. Of this amount $500,000 was allocated to GSO to ensure sufficient cash on hand for services and address cash deficiencies which have been carried over since 2022. The remaining $564,652 was allocated to the Grapevine.”

You can find further financial information in the latest GSO Quarterly Report available here. This report is published three times each year and contains details of the work of the General Service Board and its committees, which they carry out during their work sessions at the Board Weekends held in January, July, and October.

Overall, finances have improved. This was possible in large part because of your increased participation and contributions. Your continued support is much appreciated and necessary to reach a more sustained balance to effectively deliver services and to rebuild the Reserve Fund.

If you’re interested in making a contribution to the General Service Board, you can do so through our online contributions site, which can be accessed through aa.org or by clicking here.

Thank you again for your participation not only with our Seventh Tradition but with all each and every one of you do for our beloved Fellowship.

With gratitude for all each of you do for A.A.,

Bob W.
General Manager, G.S.O.

2024-07-11T15:30:34-04:00News|

Reminder! Meeting Temporary Closure – Redhead

Who:          Redhead

What:        Temporary Closure

      • no meetings 7/28/2024 and 8/2/2024 for annual Church Carnival

Where:      Holy Trinity Church

1409 Park Ave.

Woonsocket, RI 02895

2024-07-11T15:29:54-04:00District 1, News|

Meeting Time Update – Entirely Ready Step

Who:          Entirely Ready Step

      • In-person
      • Open
      • Step meeting

What:        Time update to 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

When:       Sundays

Where:      Westerly Senior Center

39 State St.

Westerly, RI 02891

2024-07-11T15:29:15-04:00District 7, News|

Corrected Response Details! New Service Opportunity

Download Service Opportunity Flyer

Attention All Members! Exciting New Service Opportunity!

Please Post This Flyer At Your Meeting

Download Service Opportunity Flyer

New Meeting – Women Step Into Happy Hour

Who:          Women Step Into Happy Hour

What:        New meeting

      • Online only
      • Open
      • Step study
      • Women

When:       Fridays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, starting July 5th

Where:      Zoom ID 926 020 8895  Password 405189

2024-07-04T15:54:25-04:00District 6, News|

Meeting Location Change – Sought Through Prayer And Meditation

Who:          Sought Through Prayer And Meditation

What:        Meeting location change to:

Hope Recovery Center (downstairs)

12 High Street

Westerly, RI 02891

When:       Mondays, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, effective immediately

2024-07-04T15:53:46-04:00District 7, News|

Tomorrow! Rhode Island Area 61 Assembly – Report Back

Who:          Area 61 Rhode Island Area Assembly

What:        Area Assembly

      • Report back from the 74th General Service Conference by our Delegate, Tricia D.
      • Bring your favorite chowder dish!

When:       Saturday, June 29th, 2024, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where:     Hybrid Meeting

In Person

Saint Kevin Parish Hall

333 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI 02889

On Line

Zoom ID 912 640 0169

Password  Area61

Download Area Assembly Agenda
2024-06-27T20:01:52-04:00Area Assembly, News|
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