What is A.A. General Service?

What is an A.A. District?

A District is a collection of A.A. Groups. Several groups make up a District. These groups send their General Service Representatives to the monthly District meeting. The monthly District Meeting is chaired by a District Committee Member (DCM) who is elected by the local group General Service Representatives to serve a two year term.

A.A. Districts serve three vital functions:

  • Two-Way Communication - Provide a two-way link between the groups, as represented by their General Service Representatives and the Area Delegate.

  • Local Services A.A. Groups and Members - These may include hosting local A.A. workshops, local A.A. unity-building events (e.g. Annual Ice Cream Social and Speakers Meeting, Annual District Picnic, Staying Sober Through Holidays Workshop, Applying the Traditions to Relationships, etc).

  • Carry The Message - Local Districts operate the following:

    • District Bridging the Gap Committees

    • District Cooperating with Professional Community Committees

    • District Grapevine Committees

    • District Public Information Committees

    • Etc.


The District Committee Member's role is maintain a thriving local A.A. General Service culture in their District. Ensure information is communicated to the groups, and share their feedback on local and national issues with the Area Committee.

What is a Delegate Area?

A Delegate Area is comprised of several A.A. Districts. A.A. Districts are in turn made up of several Groups which are represented by General Service Representatives.

Every two years, the Group General Service Representatives, District Committee Members, and Committee Chairs of the Area, and existing Officers vote for the Area Delegate.

The Area Delegate talks to local groups about major issue potentially impacting A.A. as a whole and then along with Delegates in the United States and Canada vote to decide on these issues every year at the annual A.A. General Service Conference.

What is the difference between an Area Committee Meeting and an Assembly?

Area Committee Meetings are for making reports, and preparing agendas for upcoming Assemblies. It may provide a forum for additional training for local District Committee Members (DCMs), Committee Chairs of the Area. Some Area Committee Meetings simply provide a sharing session on important topic impacting the local General Service culture. These discussions assist the Area with problem solving and help inform the Area before making motions.

At Area Committee Meetings, only District Committee Members, Committee Chairs, and Area Officers or their alternates may vote.

Area Assemblies are to vote on local policy impacting the Area as well as the budget. At Area Assemblies there are opportunities for GSRs, DCMs, and Committee Chairs to receive additional training. Committees meet during Assembly Weekend to discuss policy and make amendments before recommending them during the business session of the Assembly for a discussion by members of the Assembly before a vote.

At Area Assemblies, only General Service Representatives (GSRs), District Committee Members (DCM), Committee Chairs, Officers, or their alternates may vote.

If you are a member that contributes money to the Area, District, or to the General Service Office, it is important you vote in a General Service Representative to voice the conscience of your group on how you want your group's contributions spent to better carry the message.

Who decides updates to our A.A. pamphlets or other literature?

Per Concept I, the groups decide all A.A. policy. Do you have a suggestion for a piece of A.A. literature? Fill out our contact page form.

What is the difference between what an intergroup and what General Service does?

General Service concern 

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