The Finance Committee discusses Area 79 self-support and the Seventh Tradition.
Basic Committee Functions
Look for methods to improve carrying the message to groups.
Review all literature relating to finance and make suggestions on improving it.
The Finance Committee Chair is an appointed position on the General Service Committee. For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson, please see the Job Description below.
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Finance Committee Chair: Job Description
(Position usually assigned to the Area 79 Treasurer)
The finance committee discusses self-support and the Seventh Tradition. We look for methods to improve carrying the message to groups and provide information on how to make contributions to BC/Yukon Area 79. We also review related literature and make suggestions on improving it.
- Assist all members to become familiar with our Seventh Tradition of self-support.
- Encourage groups to fulfill the duties of self-support to all levels of service, including district, area, the General Service Office and intergroup or central office.
- Provide a display at Area 79 assemblies and quarterlies and other A.A. events as requested, including pamphlets on self-support and information for group treasurers.
- Review the Area 79 financial position, as shown in current financial statements, with members of the committee.
- Encourage all committee members to review the Conference final report, especially the sections on finances and associated reports.
- Encourage members to ask questions on self-support and budgets for our area.
- Conduct workshops on finances and self-support as requested.
Duties Common to all GSC Members
- Attend and participate in all regularly scheduled General Service Committee (GSC) meetings (held in Vancouver on the first Wednesday of each month). Meetings could also be held virtually when necessary.
- Reply to email, telephone and written questions. Willingness to learn and develop computer/technical skills as necessary.
- Attend and participate in all quarterlies and assemblies in-person or virtually as required.
- At each quarterly, assembly and GSC meeting, provide reports on activities since the previous event.
- Chair appropriate committee at quarterlies and assemblies. Assist with venue set up and tear down.
- Maintain contact with district and local committee chairs.
- Maintain contact with district committee members (DCMs) assigned to GSC member’s committee.
- Submit regular monthly expense reports to the treasurer.
- Participate in preparation for the General Service Conference by reviewing and summarizing the assigned agenda background material, providing information to DCMs, chairing the committee meeting at the Pre-conference Assembly, and providing the committee’s recommendations to the assembly and delegate.
- Facilitate workshops.
- Participate on Ad Hoc committees as required.
- Be available for travel assignments, including taking Area 79 archives and/or Grapevine kits to A.A. events.
- Review www.bcyukonaa.org content as it relates to the member’s position, providing updates and new materials to the website chair as needed.
- Prepare and assist for transition of your position at end of your rotation. Ensure flash drive is updated regularly and provided to Secretary annually.
- Maintaining blue boards/display boards and literature supplies for travel events.
- The time commitment required is substantial and will vary from position to position, and also with the particular skills possessed by the member. Generally, some time will be spent every day to check and respond to emails and phone messages. Some jobs have workloads that are heavier at certain times than at others.
- It is encouraged that you speak with members of the GSC (current or past) to ask more specific questions if you wish to put your name forward for a position.
- General Service Committee membership may sound demanding, but, as we so often find in A.A., the rewards are far greater than time and effort put in.