ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION AND BY-LAWS OF THE
STATEN ISLAND GENERAL SERVICE
The name of the organization shall be Staten Island General Service of
Alcoholics Anonymous, within the constituent part of South Eastern New York
Committee and Assembly of Alcoholics Anonymous. (Hereinafter referred to as
The purpose of the organization is to serve the needs of the A.A. groups within
its geographical area and to function as a constituent part of South Eastern
New York Area of Alcoholics Anonymous, and function within the guidelines and
spirit of the A.A. Service Manual, the A.A. Twelve Concepts for World Service,
the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the General
Warranties of the conference of Alcoholics Anonymous which state:
In all its proceedings, the General Service conference shall observe the spirit
of the A.A. Tradition, taking great care that the conference never becomes the
seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds, plus an
ample reserve, be its prudent financial principle; that none of the conference
members shall ever be placed in a position of unqualified authority over any of
the others; that all important decisions be reached by discussion, vote and
whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that no conference action shall
ever be personally punitive or an incitement to public controversy; that though
the conference may act for the service of Alcoholics Anonymous, it shall never
perform any acts of government; and that, like the society of Alcoholics
Anonymous which it serves, the conference itself will always remain democratic
in thought and action.
The area served by S.I.G.S. is Richmond County, in the state of New York.
The members of S.I.G.S. shall be:
1) District Committee Member Chair (D.C.M.C.)
2) Alternate District Committee Member Chair (Alt. D.C.M.C.)
5) District Committee Member (D.C.M.)
6) General Service Representatives (G.S.R.)7) Standing Committee Chairs
Qualifications:Committee Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Standing Committee
Chairs, Sub Committee Chairs suggested four years of sobriety or S.I.G.S.A.A.
The Standing Committees shall be:
1. Accessibility/Special Needs2. Archives3. Cooperation with the Professional Community
(CPC)4. Corrections5. Grapevine / La Vina6. Intergroup
Liason7. Literature8. Public Information (PI)9. Treatment
Facilities10. Website chair 11. Meeting List Chair (4/10/2015)
Sub Committees: Share-A-Day
Group Officers Workshop
Spiritual Breakfast In the event that a Sub-Committee Chair is
vacant or vacated, the DCMC has the ability to appoint a new Chair.
The County shall be divided into geographical districts, consisting of varying
numbers of A.A. groups. Each district is entitled to be represented by a
District Committee Member, elected by the General Service Representatives of
the district. The D.C.M. shall serve as a link between the area and the county
to the G.S.R. If the D.C.M. is not active in the area and county, the G.S.R.'s
in the district may elect another on their own initiative or by request
of the SIGS DCMC
The General Service Representatives are to be elected by their A.A. group to
serve as a link between the group and A.A. as a whole. The G.S.R. represents
the group conscience, reporting the group's wishes to the committee members and
to the delegate, who passes them on to the A.A. General Service Conference. The
G.S.R.'s shall represent their group at the assembly and elect new committee
members and delegate. The
General Service Representatives are to be elected by their A.A. group to serve
as a link between the group and A.A. as a whole. The G.S.R. represents the
group conscience, reporting the group's wishes to the committee members and to
SIGS, and to the Delegate, who passes them on to the A.A. General Service
Conference. The G.S.R.'s shall represent their group at the assembly and elect
new committee members and delegate.
The county of Richmond, S.I.G.S. shall meet twelve times a year, second Sunday
of the month, and if the D.C.M. Chair deems it necessary for other meetings.
Every even numbered year, at the October meeting, S.I.G.S. shall elect its
D.C.M.C. and Officers for a term to commence January 1 following the election.
Every A.A. group in the South East Area of New York is entitled to choose a
G.S.R. to be sent to the S.E.N.Y. Assemblies for the purpose of representing
their group and elect new committee members. Unless otherwise amended in the
by-laws, the area committee elections and officer qualifications shall be as
outlined in "Chapter IV" of the A.A. Service Manual.Article XI
A quorum for a S.IG.S. meeting shall consist of 2/3 of 18 S.I.G.S. members, (12
members) or greater, two Officers and one should be D.C.M. Chair or alt. D.C.M.
If for any reason the organization shall cease to function (exist), all monies,
records, and other property held in its name shall become the property of South
Eastern New York General Service Area 49 Committee and Assembly of A.A. In the
event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the organization
shall after necessary expenses thereof be distributed to such AA organizations
as shall qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws; or to a state or
local government for a public purpose.
No part of the net earnings
of the organization shall become beneficial or advantageous to any member,
trustee, director, officer of the origination, or any private individual,
(except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to, or
for the organization). Nor shall any of the aforementioned be entitled to share
in the distribution of any assets upon dissolution of the organization.
RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION PROVISION
No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on
propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, any political
campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
The General Service Representatives and District Committee Members of Richmond
shall constitute the county General Service Meeting, and shall elect a County
District Committee Member Chairperson, and Alternate County District Committee
Member Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Qualification for General Service Representative is suggested, two years of
sobriety; or group conscience.
Qualification for District Committee Member is suggested, four fears of
sobriety or S.I.G.S. conscience.
Qualification for District Committee Member Chair, Alternate District
Committee Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, suggested four years of sobriety or
S.I.G.S.A.A. conscience.Standing Committee Chairs From the Twelve Concepts of
traditional means of creating and maintaining a clearly defined working
relation between the groups, the conference, the A.A. General Service Board and
it's several service corporations, staffs, committees and executives, and of
this insuring their effective leadership, it is suggested that we endow each of
these elements of the world service with a traditional "Right Of
our world conference structure, we ought to maintain at all responsible levels
a traditional "Right of Participation" taking care that each
classification or group of our world servants shall be allowing a voting
representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must
Concept V .
Right of Appeal
our world service structure, a traditional "Right Of Appeal" ought to
prevail, thus assuring us the minority opinion will be heard and that petitions
for the redress of personal grievances will be carefully considered. From the S.E.N.Y. Service Handbook
job duties and responsibility for the following;
G.S.R., Alternate G.S.R., D.C.M., Alternate D.C.M., D.C.M.C., Alternate
D.C.M.C., Secretary, Treasurer, Archives Chair, CPC Chair, Correctional
Facilities Chair, Literature Chair, PI Chair, Grapevine/La Vina Chair,
Intergroup Liaison Chair, Special Needs Chair, Treatment Facilities Chair,
Website Chair. General Service Representative (G.S.R.)The G.S.R. is the link
between an informed group conscience and A.A. as a whole. The non-existent or
inactive G.S.R. deactivates the check and balance system for group
self-honesty. Experience seems to indicate, especially in our area, that the
good intentions of the group were often the enemy of what was the best for the
fellowship as expressed in the Traditions and Concepts. The active G.S.R.
ensures the liaison between the group and the worldwide fellowship starting
with group discussions that share the group's experience of carrying the
message at the district and area levels.
The G.S.R.'s in a sense are the service sponsors of their groups. They are as
kind, nonjudgmental and willing to share as they would be with a newcomer.
Group sponsorship is the best example of the relationship of the G.S.R. to the
group in matters of service and unity.
Because the G.S.R.'s enjoy the trust of the group, they learn to listen and
listen to learn. Their role is often reversed. They return to the group with
the results of problems and solutions that could affect the unity, health and
growth of A.A. How well the G.S.R.'s do their job can be measured by the way
they listen to the group conscience and keep the group informed.
Active sponsorship experience is one of the most powerful experiences a G.S.R.
can bring to service responsibility. It indicates the ability to reach out and
carry the message by working with others as suggested in chapter seven in the
Big book. The G.S.R. needs to develop courage, emotional maturity and thick
skin to carry the message of service. Experience and A.A. history provide this
A sense of self-humor is most important to our service commitment and sobriety.
We take our program of recovery and our sobriety seriously; we do not take our
personal hurts or the rejection of our opinions too seriously. As Dr. Bob said,
"let us also remember to guard that erring member the tongue. And we must
use it; let's use it with kindness and consideration and tolerance."
As a Preliminary Matter :
OF OPERATION AND ACTIVITIES:
opening of the first Staten Island General Service meeting on May 1,1983, the
approximately 100 groups registered at the present time, keep the doors open
and hold Alcoholic Anonymous (A.A.) meetings every day of the week throughout
the county of Richmond, offering our experience strength and hope to those
suffering from the disease of alcoholism.
In the spirit of cooperation without any kind of affiliation with the judicial
system, S.I.G.S. welcome to our (A.A.) meetings those individuals with judicial
orders to attend meetings.
In cooperation with the professional community S.I.G.S. offer its presence to
health fairs on request, by providing literature and non-professional open
discussion about alcoholism.
In cooperation with Detoxification and Rehabilitation centers S.I.G.S. brings
(A.A.) meetings, by providing literature and non-professional open discussion
Every year S.I.G.S. has an annual Share-A-Day, by organizing a full
day of the Twelve Steps of recovery (A.A.) workshops, usually held in public
facilities such as schools or parochial venues, this event is open to the
public and is totally free of charge. Every year in November we S.I.G.S. HAS an annual Spiritual Breakfast in the morning for
three to four hours, S.I.G.S. HAS a suggested donation price for admittance,
which will cover the price of the food, and the venue, AND OTHER ASSOCIATED
COSTS. This event is paid for by donations only, and no profits are made. This
event is open to the public.
Every year in November we have an annual
Spiritual Breakfast in the morning for three to four hours, S.I.G.S. have a
suggested donation price for admittance, which will cover the price of the food
and the venue. This event is paid for by donations only, and no profits are
made. This event is open to the public.
Every year on December 25th S.I.G.S. organize a Holiday Marathon, by providing
all day and evening A. A. meetings, usually held in public facilities such as
schools or parochial venues; this event is totally free of charge.
There are no dues or fees for membership. All these activities and events are
100% volunteer service, and are funded by voluntary contributions from A. A.
groups and A. A. members.A.A. Preamble
Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength
and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help
others recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no
dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organizations, or
institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor
opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help another alcoholic to achieve
sobriety.A Declaration of Unity
owe to A.A.'s future; to place our common welfare first; to keep our Fellowship
united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives, and the lives of those to come.I am
anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be
there for. And for that: I am responsible.¹
These Articles of Association and By-Laws of Staten Island General Service of
Alcoholics Anonymous Richmond county, New York were amended and revised adopted
unanimously at the committee meeting of September 10, 2006.
¹Copyright by the A.A. Grapevine
Inc. Reprinted with permission