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The

A.A. SERVICE MANUAL

Combined With

TWELVE CONCEPTS for WORLD SERVICE

by Bill W.

2012-2013 Edition

reflecting actions of the 2012 general service conference

THE A.A. SERVICE MANUAL

combined with

TWELVE CONCEPTS FOR WORLD SERVICE

by Bill W.

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THE

A.A. SERVICE MANUAL

Table of Contents

Note: Vertical lines in outer margins (like that at left) indicate changes made in the 2012- 2013 edition.

AA’s Legacy of Service (Foreword and historical background by co-founder Bill W.)

 

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The Twelve Traditions (long form)

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Chapter One:

Introduction to General Service

The Conference Structure: An Overview

 

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An Upside-Down Communication Through the Structure

 

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(group–district–area–Conference–trustees)

 

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Chart of the General Service Conference Structure

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The Conference Charter (see Appendices A, C)

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Glossary of General Service Terms

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Why Do We Need a Conference? by Bernard B.

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Third Legacy Procedure

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Stimulating Interest in General Service

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Chapter Two:

The Group and Its G.S.R.

The importance of a home group

 

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The General Service Representative (qualifications, duties, financial support)

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Service Structure Inside the A.A. Group

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Term and Method of Election

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Inactive General Service

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Chapter Three:

The District and the D.C.M.

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The Area Assembly

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A Typical Election Assembly

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Working with Local Intergroups and Central Offices

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Forming a New Delegate Area

 

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Requesting a Change of Region

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Guidelines for Changing Regional Boundaries

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Chapter Five:

The Area Committee

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Secretary and Registrar (duties, qualifications)

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Treasurer (duties, qualifications)

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Alternate Committee Officers

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Chapter Six:

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Geographical Rotation within the Area

 

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“Leadership in A.A.: Ever a Vital Need” (excerpts), by Bill

 

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Chapter Seven: The Annual Conference Meeting

 

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Chapter Eight:

Conference Committees

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Chapter Nine:

The General Service Board

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Qualifications of an Effective

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. General Service Board Committees (names and functions)

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Chapter Ten:

The Board’s Operating Corporations

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