Join District 3b3c as we host a workshop on the service structure from Group to GSO highlighting available positions and opportunities. Workshop will be hosted by Any Lengths Group September 22 from 2 to 4 pm located at 5700 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745 (Cherry Creek Plaza).
Join District 3b3c Accessibilities Committee as we host a workshop to explore how AA Groups can make the message available to all in need. Special guests: Kim R., SWTA Area 68 Accessibilities Chair; Gay N., San Antonio; Ben F., New Freedom Group; Beau B., Primary Purpose Group. Workshop will be hosted by Western Trails September 29 from 2 to 4 pm located at 1800 Fortview Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (Western Trails).
The mail-in ballots for redistricting were opened and counted today at the 3B/3C District Meeting. The redistricting proposal did not pass . The vote was 21 Yes and 24 No, from a total of 45 ballots mailed in to District. The District mailed ballots to all 83 Groups Registered in 3B/3C, only 45 were returned.
“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…
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