District 20 Area 11

Guilford Connecticut Alcoholics Anonymous

GSR And Officer Guidelines

District 20, Area 11 GSR & Service Committees’ Guidelines 



 The General Service Representative (GSR) as well as Alternative GSR are elected by each A.A. Group to represent the group at the District level. As depicted in the A.A. Service Manual (pages 7-12), groups, each represented by a GSR, are at the apex of our service triangle. Indeed, GSRs provide the basis for our worldwide fellowship by representing their group’s informed conscience on A.A. matters. 

Unless stated otherwise for the respective representative positions:

 Length of Service: 

It is suggested that the GSR and Al tGSR position be for a duration of two years. Individuals may be nominated for an additional term at the end of their service.


1 year of continuous sobriety is suggested. The group should make the decision based on the quality of sobriety of the individual.


Votes at district meetings. If a GSR also serves on a Service Committee, the GSR may vote as a member of the Committee and the AltGSR may vote for the group.


The Responsibilities of the GSR: 

Attends the monthly district meetings and, if needed, presents the Group’s conscience on topics presented at the District meeting.

The GSR is responsible for holding regular business meetings with their group.

The GSR acts as a liaison between their group and the district.

Problems and suggestions from the group are brought to the attention of the District by the GSR, and information on service events and activities and other news from the district (or area) is brought to the group by the GSR. 

The GSR should encourage group members to participate in Standing and Event Committee activities.

GSRs are encouraged, like all service members, to choose a service sponsor. A service sponsor’s role is to mentor their sponsee on service matters.

The Responsibilities of the Alternate GSR: 

Attendance at the monthly district meetings is encouraged.

In the absence of the GSR the Alternate GSR, if needed, presents thew group’s conscience on topics presented at the District meeting.

Assists the GSR in fulfilling the responsibilities of the GSR as listed above.


District 20, Area 11 Service Committees’ Guidelines  

STANDING COMMITTEES.  All representatives are expected to attend the District 20 meetings and their associated Area level meetings. One of each meeting per month. Some are on-line.

Alki-Line Representative sits on the Area 11 Alki-Line editorial board and helps edit submissions.  He/she gets the newsletter to groups.  The Alki-Line is a statewide newsletter published every other month that provides personal experiences and viewpoints of recovery, and information on upcoming events. 

Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Representative - The purpose of this committee is to provide information about AA to professionals and future professionals who have or will have contact with problem drinkers during their work.   Gets appropriate AA literature in Hospitals and Doctors offices.  Recruits people to help them.

Corrections Representative.  This committee helps to carry the message of recovery to those in prison and transitional facilities.

Public Information (PI) Representative - The area Public Information committee provides a forum to communicate facts about AA and the experiences of AA members.  Contacts schools, libraries, police stations about having appropriate AA material.  Recruits people to help them.

 Schedules - This committee’s purpose is to maintain an accurate, up to date database of all AA meetings in Area 11.  Gathers information about groups and their meeting dates, places and times.  Sends information about new meeting, deleted meeting etc. to Area Schedules person.

Website Representative.  Aids in maintaining the District website and attends the Area 11 Website Committee members with the purpose of aiding that committee when possible and reporting to the district the Area 11 Website Committee activities.

 Treatment Representative.  This committee helps to carry the AA message of recovery to those in treatment centers, hospitals, and transitional facilities.