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Grapevine : August 2011
10 August 2011 Notes from the 61st General Service Conference A past General Service Board Trustee shares his experience e 61st General Service Conference met in Man- hattan, New York, at the Crowne Plaza from Sun- day, May 1, 2011, through Saturday, May 7, 2011, with the theme: "We are Responsible for AA's Future---Let It Begin With Us...." Picture a home group business meeting with 135 members show- ing up a er having each spent some 20-plus hours reading background mate- rials prior to the meeting, and you'll have some idea of what your General Service Conference looks and feels like. Following a group declaration of e Re- sponsibility Statement, the Conference began business in earnest. e Conference Committees spent two days of delib- eration discussing and debating agenda items. e entire Conference heard reports from the Chair of the General Ser- vice Board, Chair of AAWS (AA World Services), Chair of AA Grapevine, and the Treasurer of the General Service Board. e Chair of AAWS disclosed that while in good shape today, AAWS is concerned about future revenues. AAWS has begun a proposed project to assist in sales by making electronic books available as "apps" at a development cost of $400,000 over the next two years. e Chair of AA Grapevine also discussed that AA Grapevine is plan- ning to produce "apps" of their top six best sellers, including "Language of the Heart," "Best of Bill," etc., at a cost of not more than $6,000 for each title. From Wednesday through Friday each committee reported out their proposed Advisory items. ese were then discussed and voted on by the entire Conference. Some of the highlights from that process are: agreed to a thorough and comprehensive Confer- ence Inventory plan that will occur over three years; approved a Special Needs Pamphlet; and that we will continue to develop a pamphlet on spirituality that should be inclusive of our spiritual diversity. e 61st General Ser- vice Conference approved an Anonymity Policy that will make it di cult and unlikely, though not entirely impossible, to use full faces in any future vid- eo productions by actors depicting AA members or potential members. (Cur- rent videos that use full faces will be phased out as they are replaced with future videos.) e Grapevine welcomes reports on state conventions, workshops and other major AA events for AA News. We'd also like to hear about the di erent ways that your area, district or committee is doing service or carrying the message. Email stories, approximately 150-400 words long, to GVEditorial@aagrapevine.org, or mail them to AA Grapevine, attention Grapevine Editorial, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.