Upcoming Fellowship-Wide Ballots
Re-Registration of Groups
Our new Registration form is ready for use:
ANNUAL GROUP REGISTRATION/MEETING UPDATE FORM
We ask ALL Groups to fill this out before December 31, 2023.
There are two important reasons why this needs to be done now.
1) A.A. has given us permission to change the Steps and Traditions to reflect Gender Neutrality and to expand Tradition 11, if the Fellowship so chooses. So D.A. will be holding a ballot in the New Year for all registered groups to vote on whether to accept changes that were proposed at the Conference in 2023, or not. (Summary of the relevant Conference Motions below.)
Also, there will be a ballot to decide whether to update Tradition 11 to include additional forms of public media.
The Conference Charter, Article 3 ( DAMS 2023 – page 83) requires 75% of registered groups to agree to any change in the Steps and Traditions – not just 75% of the groups that actually vote.
2) The GSB and GSO want to clean up the database so that we are sure the meetings on our list are active, and welcoming, for all D.A. members. Recently it’s been difficult when newcomers call the office, to know if some meetings are still functioning. Some of this is due to the pandemic and the shift to video platforms. But some groups have simply not re-registered in several years. When we are helping members who call the office, we want to be able to say where and when, what focus, and how to access a meeting, without worrying that we are sending someone to a non-existent location or a meeting that is not following the Traditions.
Earlier this year we wrote about this in the Focus. D.A. Focus – First Half 2023. For the first time we are asking you, when you register, to accept the Traditions that keep our meetings healthy.
Summary: Re-Registration is crucial by the end of the year. Please re-register, and encourage your Group and Intergroup to actively seek out other groups who may have let their registration lapse, and encourage them to update via the new form.