I. The meeting was held at Central Office, 1515 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV prior to the SAGSC meeting. It was chaired by Marty. He opened with the serenity prayer and the GSR Preamble.
II Minutes (Colleen D.) Colleen emailed the minutes from the last meeting and received no corrections or additions. Motion was made and seconded. Motion approved.
III Treasurer (Louis P.)
Lou reported: October’s beginning balance: checking, $5,769.17 plus contributions/deposits, $990.67, less expense of $1654.92, ending balance, $5,104.92.
Savings account $854.5. No interest was earned this month.
IV DCM report (Marty B.) Marty reported that he and Lou attended a meeting online for DCMs. There was very little participation from the South. He learned that the DCM should be an educator and a facilitator. Communication is the primary goal. He attended Tonopah. He and Claudia are his relocating to Washington State. Jake will conduct the December meeting which includes D1 elections.
V No ADCM report (Ruthie B.)
VI Intros and Group reports. Present were Carol H., Marty B. Lou P., Diane O., Claudia B., Diana M., Kimberly W., Mike L., Bobby F., Karinda R., Ralph W., Libby, Colleen D., (Online) Gloria W., Peggy L., Paul H., Tom H., Beverly.
VII Committee reports
- Picnic report – (Claudia) (DaNella-Co-Chair)
District 1 Picnic was held on Oct 8, 2022 with approximately 50-75 people in attendance.
The majority were adults and about 10 kids in total, including teens.
Total Expenses $1577.92, which Lou has provided already with contributions of $543.
Details available upon request.
The contributions were generously supported by the raffle winner Joe Engle, donating it back to the picnic. Thanks Joe
The food turnout was wonderful with a lot of tasty treats. BBQ was manned by Craig/Bobby. Plenty of drinks on hand.
Bouncy House-unfortunately the bouncy house, cornhole, connect four were not utilized as we had hoped due to the lack of children in attendance.
Popcorn- no one, but Claudia enjoyed the tasty snack.
Pinata- once again, we elected to save it for another event.
Our speaker Eric did an amazing share, it seems everyone enjoyed it and I heard nothing but compliments.
Notes for next year-
Prepare burgers and hotdogs earlier, as in the beginning people were waiting at BBQ
It was noticed that the majority of people showed up about speaker time, and BBQ was already down.
Some people told me that I cut the cake up too soon.
Workshops – (Craig) Craig has arranged a workshop for December 11. Hamburgers and hotdogs at 1:00 pm, speaker at 2:00. The speaker is Billy N and the topic is #Keeping Unity in AA”. Lou presented two different flyers and a compromise was suggested between the two.
Archives Liaison – (Diana M) Diana reported that Ronny works every Saturday in the Archives room at Central Office. He will be giving a more detailed report this afternoon at the SAGSC meeting.
H & I (Kevin L.) – No report.
Grapevine (Janey) – No report.
Hotline (Paul H.) – Still no word from Central Office on filling in for the hotline. Ralph W reported that there is a critical need for hotline volunteers. Claudia asked Paul to contact Central Office to see if we could have our old time slot back.
PI/CPC – (Bob V) – No report
Intergroup – (Craig C.) No report. Ralph reported that everything is running smoothly.
VIII Tradition Summary
Lou P. presented Tradition 11. Bobby F. will present Tradition 12 next month.
IX Concept Summary
Tom H. presented Concept 11. Claudia B will present Concept 12 next month.
X Old Business –.
XI New Business – Translation Committee. Diana M reported the following to the group:
- My name is Diana and I’m an alcoholic.
I wanted to let you all know that our Area 42 has a very large Hispanic AA community. Maybe some of you are not aware of this but our Latinos have their own Central Offices, Intergroup Representatives, DCMs and GSRs. They have their own linguistic Districts – one up in the North and one right here in the South.
We have hundreds of Hispanic AA members who are attending meetings, doing service on the group level, and on the District & Area level. And they all pertain to Area 42 just like yourselves.
I serve as the Area 42 Co-chair of the Translation and Interpretation Committee. This committee is providing the ability for our Hispanic colleagues to receive and approach information at the same time as our English-speaking members. Through viable communication we get to embrace our Latinos in all matters relating to AA.
This committee has three bilingual members, one member who is just learning Spanish, and one who only speaks English. Yes, we do rely on our language ability to translate and edit but we also rely on computer generated translation which is making it possible for our Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish speaking members to become the translating superstars they are today. I am deeply grateful to have them working on this committee. But we can use more volunteers. I am happy to share our experience and resources for anyone interested.
I like to believe that my purpose as translator is to connect across differences and build a sense of camaraderie so that everyone feels an integral part of the group. And as a member of AA, it’s a blessed opportunity to exercise and share what this program has taught me; the values of respect, tolerance, and love as well as the study and practice of AA’s principles which play such a vital role in perpetuating the life of AA “…so that all people for all time who have an alcoholic problem may enter these halls unasked and feel welcome.”. (From pg. 40, The A.A. Service Manual, 2021-2023 Edition)
If you would like more information and would like to volunteer for this Area committee, I can be reached at 914-364-1326. Our business meeting takes place once a month via Zoom the third Thursday of the month at 5:30. Zoom ID: 474 938 3601 Passcode: Rule62 (Report also available in Spanish.)
Carol H suggested that it would be helpful if the district had a specific service position for the Website. An ad hoc committee was formed to research the matter. It consists of Lou P, Peggy L., and Diane O.
Lou brought up the changes to the guidelines and the budget that had been discussed at the last meeting. The changes are as follows:
ADCM expenses to the spring and fall Area Assemblies will be funded through the budget. If the ADCM is replacing the DCM at PRAASA, expenses will be paid, funds permitting.
And included In the budget:
Alternate District Committee Member (ADCM) Expenses (Area Assemblies)
The changes were voted on and accepted.
Meeting closed at 11:25 a.m.
Next meeting: December18, 10:15 a.m. at the Lost and Found Meeting Room, 544 Avenue H, Boulder City, NV.89005.