I’d like to extend a big Mahalo to everyone who participated in our 2014 Area 17 Budget Assembly with a special thanks to Tri-Island District 13 for being such great hosts (and getting a room with air-conditioning). Here are the “What to Take Back” items as I saw them. Please remember these should not replace your own notes, thoughts, and remembrances when reporting to your group. We all find something different at assemblies and every group may have different interests. The best way I’ve found to report at my group is from the heart. What excites me is more likely to excite other members than a dry reading of a list written by someone else.
- 2015 Budget – The 2015 budget passed unanimously. Let’s all give thanks to our treasurer and hardworking finance committee members who worked so hard on both the budget and budget presentations at District and home group meetings across Area 17.
- Asking the General Service Office to investigate the possibility of the holding the General Service Conference on the west coast every other year – This proposal from the Hang Loose Group on Oahu, brought up through the home group, the district, our Area Committee Meeting, and our Area Assembly passed with substantial unanimity. Our delegate will now draft a letter to GSO with the full weight of our Area’s decision behind it. Keep in mind we are not asking GSO to move the GSC, we are simply inquiring if it is possible. Let’s give ourselves a big hand for the excellent discussion of this topic at our assembly. We were able to see a motion brought forth, discussed, a friendly amendment made, and hear minority opinion. For those who haven’t participated in this process, you’ve now seen it done and done well, regardless the outcome.
- 2014 Area 17 Elections Assembly – Our final assembly of Panel 63 will be held in Puna District 12 on Hawaii Island, October 18-19, 2014 at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3011 Kauhale St, Pahoa, HI 96778. I know my heart went out to everyone on Hawaii Island, especially Puna, when Iselle struck the weekend before our assembly. I’m grateful that everyone is not only safe, but still willing to host our last assembly. I encourage everyone to send their representatives to this very important assembly and consider standing for Area Officer positions or volunteering themselves for Area Standing Committee Chair positions. The larger the pool of candidates our area has to choose from, the better off our area will be during our upcoming 2015-16 Panel 65. For more information on the duties and qualifications for these positions, please see our Area 17 Structures and Guidelines and The A.A. Service Manual combined with Twelve Concepts for World Service, both available online. In addition, feel free to contact any officer or standing committee chair for specific information about that position.
- 2015 Panel 65 Orientation Assembly – The first assembly of Panel 65 will be held January 17-18, 2015 in the Windward District at the Kokokahi YWCA, 45-035 Kāne’ohe Bay Drive, Kāne’ohe, HI 96744. Registration information should be available at the Elections Assembly. Everyone currently serving in Panel 63 should remember to help inform all the incoming GSRS and DCMS in their groups and districts as many will have no experience at the Area level and may not know how to register for an Assembly. Please encourage them to attend as this best assembly for us to inform new members how Area works and what the Fellowship expects of them in their new position. In addition, Joel, our new Pacific Regional Trustee will be in attendance and this is a great time to meet him and learn more about what he does and how he serves AA as a whole, the Pacific Region, and our own Area 17.
- 2015 Events – Currently the list of 2015 Area events and locations can be found on the front page of our Area 17 Website. Specific information will be available as soon as it available and submitted to the webmaster. Please note that design of the website is fluid and may change with time.
- 2015 International Convention – The International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous will be held July 2-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. with the theme “80 Years – Happy, Joyous and Free.” Information has been mailed to DCMS, GSRS and others (one reason to keep our contact information current). There is a form available for group hotel requests (10 rooms or more): IC2015 Group Housing Instruction Packet. This must be returned by August 22nd so be quick (instructions are included). This is not registration for the Convention, just a request for a block of rooms. Online registration at aa.org goes live September 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM HST.
- Registrar– Our registrar informed us that there are 228 active groups in Hawaii currently listed with GSO (and we’d certainly like to see GSRS from all of them at our Elections Assembly). However there are also 93 groups with an unknown status, 29 groups who have merged, and 246 inactive groups (1 pending). Please keep our registrar informed about the status of your group and let him know about changes. Keeping our directory up to date is one way we can insure that we can be found by the still suffering alcoholic (and those of us not suffering so much but needing a meeting).
- Treasurer – Our treasurer and finance committee would like everyone to thank their home group for supporting the work of Hawaii Area 17. Without your financial and service support we would be hard pressed to continue bringing our vibrant voice to AA as a whole and supporting the work of caring our message of hope throughout the islands.
- Archives – The Archives Committee is looking for material specific to Hawaii Area 17, it’s districts and groups, as well as long timer histories. Other material, specific to island wide events (not specific to the areas mentioned) should go to the archives maintained by each Intergroup.
- Convention – The Annual Hawaii Convention is still looking for neighbor island members to participate at this year’s convention. The steering committee is gratified at the level of neighbor island participation this year, but more is always welcome. In addition, entertainers are still being sought, if you are one, or know one, please contact the Convention Chair or the Steering Committee Chair. The cutoff for regular priced registrations is October 1, 2014 after which prices will go up, the meal cutoff date is October 8, 2014 and at this time meal purchases will not be available onsite. The AHC is encouraging everyone to purchase a meal as it helps offset the cost of the convention rooms and helps keep the convention affordable, besides it’s a great way to join in the fun and fellowship.
- Corrections – The Corrections Committee is always looking for volunteers across our islands. For specific needs please contact the Corrections Committee Chair.
- Website – The Website Committee is looking for the use of a large screen monitor as well as volunteers who are registered for the Annual Hawaii Convention and willing to help out at the convention committee display.
- Delegate Report Back – There are still two Delegate Report Backs scheduled on Oahu. Our delegate will sharing is 2014 GSC experience for the combined Leeward, Waianae, and Central North Shore Districts at the Sts. Peter and Paul Mission at 11:30 AM on September 21st. The Windward district report back will be the following weekend. Please contact the DCMS of those districts for more information.
- Oahu Intergroup – The Oahu Intergroup Central Office is moving to: Century Square, 1188 Bishop St. #3406, Honolulu, HI 96813. Their phone number, 808-946-4138 will not change. Currently they are still operating at their Palama Settlement location but will completing the move shortly. Please see their website for more information: Oahu AA Intergroup of Hawaii.
- WACYPAA 18 – The 18th Annual Western Area Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous will be held in West Hawaii this coming December. Check out their website for more information.
That’s a lot of information to take back and I encourage everyone to check back in a week or so in case I’ve missed anything. If I have, please send me an email at my chair email address.
Once more, thanks to everyone who participated and served at this, our penultimate Panel 63 Assembly. Let’s all carry the message of service and share with your home group how important, not to mention how much fun, General Service work can be. Hopefully we’ll see many of you, and many others, standing or volunteering for Area positions at our elections assembly.
And finally, the work of Area 17 Panel 63 will continue through to the last hour of 2014. While it might seem that our last assembly in Puna marks the end of the panel, our regular work will continue and we all need to consider how we can make the transition to the new panel as smooth as possible. I ask everyone to remember what they would have wanted to know at the beginning of our Panel 63 journey and pass that one to the next trusted servant who will be taking over in Panel 65.
Yours in gratitude and service,
Bob H. – Area 17 Panel 63 Chair