ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS -
AREA D COMMITTEE
AREA ASSEMBLY MINUTES – May 18th 2008
Nowra Youth Centre, 123 Kinghorne St, Nowra
1.15pm – Workshop on Service Structure by Wayne P.
The assembly started at 2.30pm with the Serenity Prayer and the Traditions and Concepts
ATTENDANCE – ROLL CALL:
Tim O’S – Tempe – Chairperson
Kevin D – Bardwell Park – Area D Delegate
Al C – Tempe –Secretary
Paul F - Treasurer
Wayne P – Earlwood – Eastern Region Trustee
Milton R – Lewisham Sunday - GSR
Wayne – Lewisham Sunday – Observer
Mick M - Earlwood GSR
Nick – Warrawong BBS – GSR
Dave – Warrawong BBS – Observer
Tony – Bega BBS – Observer
Graham – Bawley Point GSR
Joe – Batemans Bay Steps & Traditions GSR
Jennifer P, Kogarah Spiritual Concept
CONFIRMATION OF LAST MEETINGS MINUTES (amendments to minutes?)
“2011 National Convention” to be amended to read “2010 National Convention”
Milton R confirmed the minutes and Kevin D seconded.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM LAST MEETINGS MINUTES.
Chairman – The chairman welcomed new attendees to the assembly and thanked
Wayne P. for doing the service workshop.
Secretary - Nil
Treasurer Paul tabled the Treasurer’s report (see appendix I)
He has secured a quantity of deposit books for groups
Paul requested that groups put there group name and meeting day as
a reference on bank deposit slips when making donations to the Area
so as to be better able to ascertain where money coming from
Delegate Kevin tabled delegate’s report. (see appendix II)
GSR Earlwood – Thursday: Mick M. reported fluctuating attendance at
GSR Warrawong BBS: Nick reported this is a newly formed group only
in existence for 5-6 weeks and experiencing normal growing pains
associated with a new meeting, but is a structured group.
The meeting follows a Big Book study guide format
The y will also have a guest speaker every 6 weeks
GSR Bawley Point – Tuesday: Graham reported Bawley Point is a small
group but has been structured for the last 12 months.
GSR Bateman’s Bay: Joe reported that he is the DCM for Far South
Coast District and that the district is still functioning. Joe said he had
attended the Assembly in Canberra but that he was the only
representative in attendance. So he has attended the Area D
GSR Lewisham (Ashfield) Spiritual Concept - Sunday: Milton R.
reported that meeting has successfully moved from Lewisham to
The group has a new secretary and have a regular monthly business
meeting of the steering committee.
60/30/10 donation plan instigated at group conscience
The group has a full complement of service positions
As a result of holding the meeting in the Wesley Hospital the group
has seen an increase in new members from the rehab.
Attendees are asked to not park in hospital grounds
The group has produced a phone/birthday list which has been good
for unity and newcomers.
GSR Tempe Steps- Monday: Al C. reported that the group is small
though 7th tradition is strong and is the largest contributor to Area
donations. There is not a full complement of service positions held at
Tempe and need more members to be able to rotate service positions.
GSR Bardwell Park- Tuesday: Kevin D. reported that the group has
been in existence for a long time and has successfully made the
move to the Senior Citizens Centre at Earlwood. The group is
gradually becoming more involved in GSO structure.
Cooks River District The inaugural meeting of the Cooks River District committee was
held on April 12th 2008 attended by 6 representatives from groups in
It was agreed at that meeting to extend the boundaries of the District
(see attached map) from an area that took in 3 groups originally to an
area that now encompasses 14 groups so as to assist with local PI,
TCF and Fundraising activities.
Groups will be asked if they wish to be involved in the district and
attend district committee meetings.
Area D Website Al C. tabled an expense report for the Area D website ranging from
September 2007 to May 2008 - the total cost being $45.55 – as well
as a Hit Statistics Report outlining website activity for the last 30
days (see appendix III)
Groups were reminded that they can have their own web page on the
site so as to put more of a face on their meeting and to contact Al to
obtain a Group Home Page Questionnaire for approval at their group
It was proposed that we might offer MP3 downloads of speakers
from the web site and that this was feasible within budget restraints
and bandwidth allowances.
T&CF Clients from Foundation House at Rozelle continue to attend
Bardwell Park meeting
The roster for the H&I at Wesley Hospital, Ashfield continues well
though needs more volunteers to go on the roster.
PI Milton R. From Lewisham Sunday was nominated by Kevin as the
PI co-ordinator for Area D; seconded by Al.
Cooks River District has been involved in stocking local doctor’s
surgeries, hospitals with a card that has local meeting information
attached to the “AA at a Glance” pamphlet.
Kevin said he would approach Kogarah District about doing the
Milton proposed the NEWYPAA committee be contacted regarding
putting pamphlets in local hospitals/health professionals in Area D
notifying the m about NEWYPAA.
It was proposed that Area D follow suit with Area G’s campaign of
making sure every public library in the Area has a copy of the AA
big book; Milton will first research which libraries do not have a
copy - and that groups could finance the purchase of the Big Books
if they were open to the idea.
MATTERS ARISING FROM REPORTS
1. Election of positions
Alt. Delegate – Wayne from Lewisham was nominated for the position of Alternate
Delegate by Tim O; Seconded by Kevin D.
It was flagged that Kevin D’s delegate position would be up for rotation in
It was agreed that other positions would come up for rotation in 2nd week of October,
if due, before conference.
2. South Coast District Folding
Graham brought it to the attention of the Assembly that representatives
from Croydon CSO had attended a meeting of the South Coast District in
Moruya and were said to have been asking them not to support the GSO
structure by not sending donations and to send money to CSO only. The
district has since folded.
Graham has said that he has written a letter to the Board of Alcoholics
Anonymous Australia expressing concern.
Milton moved that the Area D committee write a letter to the NSWSC
Graham is to pass on all the relevant facts to Tim O so a response might be
drafted for approval
Though in Area B, it was felt that Area D should express its feelings about
such matters to the NSWSC.
3. Milton handed out GSO service structure document
It was agreed that we should try to inform groups in the Area of the need for them
to vote on conference topics at their group conscience meetings in time for
lodging their vote at the Area Assembly prior to conference.
5. Next Assembly
It was agreed that we should reschedule the assemblies to fall in line with conference so
we have brought forward the next meeting. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday 27th July 2008
Wollongong (Venue TBA)
Sunday 26th October 2008
Multi Purpose Centre
123 Flora St
The meeting closed with the Serenity Prayer.
Appendix I – Treasurer’s Report
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS -
AREA D COMMITTEE
Treasurer Paul F
First priority was for the Bank to waive; account-keeping fees, resulting in an immediate
saving of $10 monthly. Second, was to arrange deposit books, which will go out to Groups
wanting to assist our funding.
Thirdly, we could all try to encourage any neighbouring Group or meeting to participate in the
Group Donation Plan.
At present the number of deposits appearing on the Bank statements suggest very few of the
128 listed meetings in Area D contribute financially. Having visited and spoken to many
Secretaries the conclusion may be that after expenses, many meetings do not have surplus fund.
This is not an uncommon experience within our Area. Our challenge is to approach meetings that
appear to be well supported and appeal for assistance, as per our Traditions.
Good luck, I'm trying to find an approach, which works, without getting
punched in the head. Snapshot of Alcoholics Anonymous
Area D. ANZ BANK BSB 012-310 Acc No. 2260 43492
Credits received from Beverly Hills $20, Wollongong Friday Night $40, Bardwell Park $30,
Earlwood $50 and Tempe $100. Sales of tote bags $140. Anonymous $200. Many
thanks to these.
Debits were a dishonor fee of $37.70 for overdraw on the last levy cheque on 26 Feb, of $539.00. This
was before my time as Treasurer.
Balance as at 9a' May is $571.03.
Our 3`d quarter levy $539.00 is outstanding.
Appendix II – Delegate’s Report
Area D is gradually making its presence felt right through the area with a energetic committee
starting and completing a variety of jobs.
Our website is up and running and attracting new people. Our new treasurer is ensuring that our
levy for the delegate is being met.
Wollongong CSO has sent $48.00..This is a first & Phil from CSO said that we can expect more
money in the future. Money also sent from the Berry Group, they have been a regular
contributor for last 12 months.
We are also making some progress with the Kogarah District with pamphlets being made
available for distribution to the district.
We have also distributed pamphlets through the present Cooks River district.
The Area D committee has held a meeting at Big Al’s place to formulate plans to enlarge the
number of groups in the Cooks River district.
I am satisfied that we have a well educated committee to carry out the huge challenge in the
future to assimilate the entire Area D area.
Area D. Delegate..
Appendix III – Area D Website Report
Alcoholics Anonymous NSW Area D Eastern Region
Website Report to the Area D Committee
Date Time Name Type Currency Amount
22/04/2008 4:18:59 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/04/2008 4:18:59 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/04/2008 4:18:59 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.4
22/03/2008 4:21:22 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/03/2008 4:21:22 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/03/2008 4:18:59 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.4
22/02/2008 4:32:29 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/02/2008 4:32:29 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/02/2008 4:32:29 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.52
22/01/2008 5:25:26 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/01/2008 5:25:26 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/01/2008 5:25:26 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.97
22/12/2007 3:50:22 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/12/2007 3:50:22 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/12/2007 3:50:22 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.86
22/11/2007 3:49:12 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/11/2007 3:49:12 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/11/2007 3:49:12 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.8
22/10/2007 4:02:36 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/10/2007 4:02:36 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/10/2007 4:02:36 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.72
22/09/2007 3:03:55 FreeWebs.com Sent USD -4.95
22/09/2007 3:03:55 From Australian Dollar Currency Conversion USD 4.95
22/09/2007 3:03:55 To US Dollars Currency Conversion AUD -5.88
TOTAL EXPENSES $45.55
Website Activity Report
Website Activity Last 30 Days (18 April - 18 May 2008)
Summary Visitors Uniques Actions Time
Visitors 90 +3%
Actions 261 +31%
Average actions/visit 2.9 +26%
Total time spent 10h 28m +178%
Average time/visit 6m 58.4s +168%
Searches 46 0%
Direct / Bookmark 10 0%
Links 3 0%
Incoming Domains Outgoing Recent Unique
http://aagroup.org.au/ 4 0%
http://fw.members.freewebs.com/Me... 1 0%
http://fw.members.freewebs.com/Me... 1 0%
http://translate.google.com/trans... 1 0%
http://stats.freewebs.com/stats/h... 1 0%
Searches Keywords Recent Unique
alcoholic anonymous 11 +120%
alcoholics anonymous logo 5 0%
alcoholics anonymous logos 4 +100%
wayne butler aa 3 −40%
alcoholics anonymous meeting form... 2 0%
"wayne butler" 1 0%
"al anon" "attendance down" 1 0%
pi/cpc 1 0%
alcoholics anonymous filterui:col... 1 0%
aa group conscience 1 0%
Area D Assembly
Cooks River District
/ 10 +900%
News & Events
Links & Resources
Treatment & Correctional Fac
Page Title Total
http://www.aanswaread.org/ 403 23 62
http://www.aanswaread.org/603010.htm 63 3 6
http://www.aanswaread.org/areadassembly.htm 131 10 25
http://www.aanswaread.org/areadforum.htm 99 0 9
36 0 3
25 0 2
7 0 0
2 0 0
10 0 2
1 1 0
12 0 0
11 0 0
35 0 0
15 0 0
15 0 0
http://www.aanswaread.org/bardwellpark.htm 1 1 0
http://www.aanswaread.org/conferencetopics.htm 42 0 0
http://www.aanswaread.org/contact.htm 63 0 6
http://www.aanswaread.org/cooksriverdistrict.htm 165 4 20
http://www.aanswaread.org/districts.htm 25 4 10
http://www.aanswaread.org/earlwood.htm 1 1 0
http://www.aanswaread.org/forums.htm 4 2 2
3 0 3
1 1 0
2 2 0
1 1 0
http://www.aanswaread.org/guestbook.htm 47 2 4
http://www.aanswaread.org/index.htm 212 6 35
16 1 4
http://www.aanswaread.org/kogarahdistrict.htm 12 0 4
http://www.aanswaread.org/linksresources.htm 79 2 3
http://www.aanswaread.org/meetings.htm 200 9 29
http://www.aanswaread.org/newsevents.htm 98 3 13
http://www.aanswaread.org/picpc.htm 17 2 1
http://www.aanswaread.org/tempesteps.htm 10 5 5
17 3 3
http://www.aanswaread.org/twelvestepstradtions.htm 2 0 2
aanswaread/ 4 0 1
Totals 1887 86 254
Appendix IV – Cook River District Map
The Cooks River District encompasses the area as shown in the map below and contains
the following AA Groups:
Ashfield 1.30pm Kingsgrove 6.30pm
Bexley Nth 3.30pm Thursday
Lewisham (Ashfield) 10.00am Ashfield 12.30pm
Monday Ashfield 7.00pm
Bexley 12.30pm Earlwood 6.30pm
Tempe Steps 6.30pm Friday
Tuesday Beverly Hills 7.00pm
Ashfield 7.00p m Saturday
Bardwell Park 8.00pm Campsie 10.00am