Member of 2 groups?

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Member of 2 groups?

Postby hughb315 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:42 pm

Hello:

I have a couple of questions on service.

1. For one group (my home group), I am the Treasurer. I also serve as Secretary for another group of which I am a member. Can I be a member of 2 groups? I only consider 1 group to be my home group and the other I do not. I am just a member.

2. I am interested in becoming the GSR for the meeting in which I currently serve as the Secretary, as my rotation will be over soon. This group wants to be involved and have a GSR but currently, no one is willing to do it. I am. Can one serve as GSR if they are just a group member, and the group is not their home group?

Thank you in advance for your time and input.
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Re: Member of 2 groups?

Postby Brock » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:29 pm

Welcome here and thanks for the question.

My own feelings are that you may be a member at more than one group, but only vote at one of those in the group conscience. Since you want to serve as GSR for the one in which you are Secretary presently, not your 'home group,' I think you have a problem, and would need to stop voting in one. As GSR you will have a say in that groups activities, so you will basically have to take a backseat at your home group. It's the old you can't serve two masters idea.

Perhaps you will get different views from others here, let's wait and see.
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Re: Member of 2 groups?

Postby Blue Moon » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:48 pm

Better the group has a GSR, than not. Is worth going to a GSR orientation, if your Area host them.

I guess the question is, if your Home Group votes one way on something, and the group for which you're the GSR vote the opposite way, which conscience are you going to carry?
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Re: Member of 2 groups?

Postby Patsy© » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:46 pm

hughb315 wrote:Hello:

I have a couple of questions on service.

1. For one group (my home group), I am the Treasurer. I also serve as Secretary for another group of which I am a member. Can I be a member of 2 groups? I only consider 1 group to be my home group and the other I do not. I am just a member.

2. I am interested in becoming the GSR for the meeting in which I currently serve as the Secretary, as my rotation will be over soon. This group wants to be involved and have a GSR but currently, no one is willing to do it. I am. Can one serve as GSR if they are just a group member, and the group is not their home group?

Thank you in advance for your time and input.


Hi Hugh,

You can join as many AA groups as you choose but be the GSR of only your AA home group.

The GSR needs to be qualified and is elected in their own Home Group, The GSR has a vital job to do, so you might do well to read the AA Service Manual also.

This is the pamphlet that can be most helpful to you Hugh regarding the General Service Representive, and it can be found at aa.org.

https://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/general ... -job-in-aa
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Re: Member of 2 groups?

Postby hughb315 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:41 am

Thank you all for your responses. I believe I found my answer in the GSR pamphlet:

"The makings of a good G.S.R.

7. Two or three years’ sobriety is generally the
required minimum. Active membership in a
home group—yours—is also important, and
your G.S.R. should hold no other offices in
any group."
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