Résumés for Trustees Election due January 1, 2018
Two new Class B (alcoholic) trustees, from the Eastern Canada and Pacific regions, will be nominated at the General Service Conference in April 2018. Résumés must be received at G.S.O. no later than January 1, 2018, and must be submitted by U.S./Canada area delegates only.
In seeking applications for vacancies in Alcoholics Anonymous, the Fellowship is committed to creating a large file of qualified applicants that reflect the inclusiveness and diversity of A.A. itself. Please submit your candidates’ résumés to the secretary, trustees’ Committee on Nominating, G.S.O.
The new Eastern Canada regional trustee will fill the position currently held by Richard B., Terrebonne, Québec. The next trustee from the Pacific Region will follow Joel C. of San Diego, California.
A sound A.A. background is a basic qualification for Class B trustees. Ten years of continuous sobriety is desirable but not mandatory. Candidates should be active in both local and area A.A. affairs, and, because trustees serve the entire Fellowship, they require the background and the willingness to make decisions on matters of broad policy that affect A.A. as a whole. Since much is asked of the trustees with respect to their time, it is important that trustee candidates understand the commitment of time required. Trustees are expected to attend: three quarterly board weekends, with meetings running from Saturday morning through Monday noon; a quarterly meeting combined with the General Service Conference (seven days) in April; and any special meetings of the board. Regional trustees also serve in rotation for attendance at Regional Forums other than in their own regions. In addition, regional trustees are usually asked to serve two years on either the A.A.W.S. or Grapevine Corporate Boards, which meet more frequently than the General Service Board. Trustees serve on committees of the General Service Board and may also serve on trustees’ subcommittees or corporate board subcommittees whose work often involves conference calls. They are often invited to participate in regional or area activities, such as service conferences, area assemblies, etc.
Trusteeship is for four years. Applicants are encouraged to discuss this time commitment with their family and employer. Trustees are reimbursed for travel, hotel and meal expenses.