Statement of Purpose of the Area 79 Website
The purposes of the Area 79 website are:
- To provide A.A. members, the still suffering alcoholic and the general public with:
- general information about Area 79 BC/Yukon;
- general information about Alcoholics Anonymous.
- To provide A.A. members with information about General Service in Area 79.
- To provide storage of and appropriate access to Area 79 materials such as minutes, reports, workshops, archival information, shared experience, Grassroots, etc.
- To provide contact information for our trusted servants involved in General Service in Area 79.
- To serve as a communication tool for those involved in General Service within Area 79 by providing information about current Area service activities and business. When appropriate, information will be located on a secure, password-protected section of the website.
The Website 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.
The Web Team
The web team carries out routine maintenance of the website and implements the changes and additions requested by the Website Committee. Web Volunteer members of the web team are appointed by the Website Chair and ratified by the G.S.C.
For more information about the development of the BC/Yukon Website, and the duties and responsibilities of the web team, please see the following Outline of Responsibilities .
For those wishing to submit their resumes for either an elected or appointed position on the Area 79 General Service Committee, please download the suggested service resume form Service Resume. The link will reroute you to our elections section of our website. The use of the resume form is not mandatory for either elected positions or appointed positions. However, its use does assist both the candidate and the Fellowship in several ways. These include the provision of consistent information in an organized way and assisting candidates in adhering to time limits for presentation of resumes.
To let your name stand for an appointed position please see: Elections Page
The following resources are available on A.A.’s World Services Website (www.aa.org):
Understanding Anonymity Pamphlet (P-47)
Includes discussions of anonymity at the personal and public levels, and anonymity in the digital age.
A.A. Guidelines on the Internet (MG-18)
Guidelines for Website Committees, compiled from the shared experience of A.A. Website Committees and A.A. members in various service areas who have been involved with setting up and maintaining A.A. websites.
The Twelve Traditions (Short Form)
Service Material from the General Service Office.
The Twelve Concepts (Short Form)
Service Material from the General Service Office.
The following links are to information pieces available elsewhere on the BC/Yukon Website:
To Post an Event Instructions for requesting that your A.A. event be posted in the BC/Yukon website’s Events section.
To Post a Meeting or Update your Meeting Information: Information on how to submit meeting information for listing in the BC/Yukon website’s Find a Meeting pages.
Website Committee Chair: Job Description
The website committee chair is the conduit between the web team volunteers and the rest of the fellowship.
- Work closely with the web team on matters relating to the Area 79 website.
- Review submissions for the events page for Tradition and anonymity breaks.
- Remind event hosts that Area 79 is available for presentations, archive displays, Grassroots ads and/or any other assistance we can provide.
- Receive all corrections and additions for the area “Find a Meeting” list and ensure they are submitted per “To Post a Meeting” guidelines before posting.
- Ensure DCM’s are cc’d on all communications regarding their Districts.
- Follow up to ensure that all postings have been completed within three days.
- Daily access to a computer and an email service is necessary to maintaining communication with the web team volunteers, the General Service Committee (GSC) and the members of Area 79.
- Ensure the blue board is kept updated and current.
- Coordinate and chair all web team meetings.
- Coordinate and chair District Website Chair meetings in between Quarterlies and Assemblies, to encourage sharing experience and working together. Scheduling dependent on District Website Chairs.
- Receive concerns and/or questions from the web team and report to GSC.
- Ensure that all updated and approved service documents are posted on the website.
- Contact and welcome new DCMs, providing trusted-servant login and password information.
- Review draft projects from other web team volunteers and provide feedback.
- Arrange and conduct interviews with prospective web team volunteers and notify applicants of the outcome. Have the selection of the new web team volunteer ratified by the GSC.
- Have a computer.
- Strong organizational abilities.
- Understand what is and what is not A.A. or A.A.-related material.
- Time: Varies depending on projects in progress — can be up to two hours a day at peak periods.
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.