November 2016 Assembly Report

Good Morning, Oregon Area 58! My name is Sarah, and I am an alcoholic.  My sobriety date is July 29, 1991 and my home group is Sober First, which meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 in downtown Portland.  

Small but mighty District 9 stepped up to our Delegate’s 7/14 Challenge with 7 groups contributing a total of $1,021.98!! We have awesome GSRs with a deep passion for service to their groups who continue to show up at District Business Meetings and Area Assemblies. A number of new GSRs and Alternates have joined us (including Ciara from Sunday Serenity Sisters, Carol from Wednesday Night Lesbians, Robin G. from Eye Openers, Nazlie from Thursday Night Candlelight, and Garrett from Young At Heart), and our energetic Secretary, Kelly, stepped up as our Intergroup Representative (after we sadly said goodbye to Kristi and are grateful for her dedicated service in that position).  Unfortunately Molly was not able to continue serving as Alternate DCM so I hope we will fill that position at our Business Meeting in December.

In August our webservant, Cole, organized a panel on service sponsorship, gathering 4 panelists with extensive service and experience in Oregon Area: Newsletter Chair Teresa B., Portland Intergroup Hotline Chair Paul K. and former Delegates Anne M. and Eric K. I was honored to facilitate their thoughtful and entertaining answers to a wide range of questions commonly asked by AA members on this topic. You can listen to the audio recording on our District 9 website (http://www.nwpdx-aa-district9.org).

Thanks to the financial well-being and support of the District, we were able to send GSR Carol M. to represent us at the Pacific Regional Forum in September. She came back on fire with renewed passion for service that was evident in her report sharing her incredible experience.

We had the pleasure of a visit by Linda H., Oregon Area CPC Chair, at our November Business Meeting. Linda shared her enthusiasm for carrying the AA message to the professional community, gave us ideas on how the District can be active in CPC work, and left us with a workbook and pamphlets to ponder. Many thanks from District 9 to Linda for making time to visit with us.

There are currently 55 groups in District 9 (after losing Night Owls to another District, finding out a few groups no longer meet, and adding 3 new groups: Love and Tolerance, Why it Works, and Newcomers At Noon). Only 18 have GSRs and 31 are not registered with GSO, so we continue to have our work cut out for us in reaching out to these groups.

Gratefully Yours In Love and Service,

Sarah M.

District 9 DCM