“The term ‘informed group conscience’ implies that pertinent information has been studied and all views have been heard before the group votes.” The A.A. Group Pamphlet, P-16, pg 29
Concerns with the proposed solution
The Redistricting Committee was charged with researching redistricting solutions. Past inventories suggested the groups needed to be better served, that there were “too many groups for the DCMs to visit” so we need to redistrict.
However, redistricting is just one solution to the problem. Instead of creating a committee to research various solutions to the problem, the committee was charged with finding only redistricting solutions. According to the current proposal, splitting districts without anything to bind them does not create unity…
There were several women, some alcoholic, some non-alcoholic who each played important roles in the early days of AA’s beginnings. Below are a few we remember with gratitude for their love and service to our fellowship!
Lois Wilson, Bill W.’a wife and founder of Alanon. She sacrificed much, personally and otherwise, to help Bill W. and his new fledging venture in helping others like him. She was with Bill and AA from beginning to end. AA,perhaps, may have been less successful and strong without her loyalty and love.
Sister Ignatia was the nun who admitted the first alcoholic patient to the ward at St. Thomas hospital and worked with Dr. Bob, saving countless lives over the next many years. A great friend of AA!
Ruth Hock was Bill’s secretary and typed the Big Book, as well as gave needed input to it’s editing, along with a number of other professional friends who helped make the Big Book what it is today.She was awarded the five millionth copy of the Big Book in gratitude for her service to AA.
Sylvia K., who wrote the story “Keys of the Kingdom,” was one of the first women in AA to achieve long term sobriety in AA, leading the way for women to sponsor women!!
Henrietta Sieberling was the Oxford Group member who became the go- between connection of the historic meeting of Bill W. and Dr. Bob. She also helped Bill out with his financial difficulties around that time.She was the one who helped Anne Smith and Lois Wilson meet as well.
Marty M. joined AA when there were only two meetings in all of the US and Canada, and wrote the story,”Women Suffer Too.” She later became active on the National Council on Alcoholism and was very influential in changing the public’s perception of alcoholics from that of a moral issue to that alcoholism as a disease.
Anne Smith, Dr. Bob’s wife, was often called “The Mother of AA,” because she always welcomed new people and helped the new wives to love and accept their husbands as men with sick with an illness and to be patient and compassionate. She contributed much to the spiritual influence of AA, and was often quoted a saying,”Faith without works is dead ” which Bill referred to in his story in the Big Book. … In our early days, women coming into recovery faced challenges, due to the fact that AA was predominantly men,some with condescending attitudes toward them, and when women took their seat in the chair, the wives of these alcoholic men were quite jealous as well. When Alanon women started meeting together in, the men begin to wonder what they were saying about them, and some even spied on them!! But due to our spiritual principles and our traditions, women did find and maintain sobriety and continue to carry the message to others who suffer, too!!
Districts 3B and 3C Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee hosting Sharing Sessions to discuss proposal to redistrict 3B/3C.
What is a Sharing Session?
“The purpose of a Sharing Session is to fill a need for improved communication among Area committee, Districts, and Groups, thereby strengthening services in A.A. through cooperation …”
Our task is to determine how to redistrict groups in Austin geographically containing the right number of groups— right in terms of the committee member’s ability to keep in frequent touch with them, to learn their problems, and to find ways to contribute to their growth and well-being.
How we got here
Our districts 3b & 3c mission statement posted on our website— “To carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. We do this by fostering the Austin area AA Groups by providing and informing the AA Community of service opportunities. We are the essential link between the group GSR and the area delegate to the GSC.”
We have 84+ groups registered in 3b and 3c. Currently we have an average of 25 GSR’s representing their groups at district meetings. The issues/problems:
Limited Service Committee work occurs at the district level due to the overwhelming task of communicating with the 84+ groups.
Tried to be two districts functioning as one and it no longer works for the size that we are.
Running out of time at district meetings for GSR’s to give reports and to collaborate on problems & solutions. Concerns regarding the number of groups and how difficult it is for DCM’s to visit often enough to involve in district activities.
Lack of communication and participation due to growth in the Austin Fellowship.
November, 2013—District Inventory revealed appearance of arising problems
September 2015—Sharing Session; shared experience & ideas to consider the possible need to redistrict
November 2015—District Inventory with overwhelming response for a needed change
January 2016—District appoints ADHOC committee to provide a proposal for redistricting
September 2016—Committee presents proposal for GSR’s to take to groups
October – November, 2016—Sharing sessions to be held at 5 group locations around Austin
December 2016—Ballots mailed to GSR’s or primary contact from all registered groups in 3B & 3C
February 2017— District meeting, count ballots for approval on proposed new districts