The Sixth Concept of the Twelve Concepts for World Service is that:
"The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility
in most world service matters should be executed by the trustee members of the
Conference acting as the General Service Board."
Just as the groups must as a practical matter delegate much of their authority
to the Conference, so the Conference must delegate much of its authority to the
Trustees; otherwise the Trustees would be unable to act in the absence of the
Conference. In essense, AA operates like a corporation with the groups
being stockholders who elect Delegates who act on their behalf at the "Annual
Meeting" or Conference. The General Service Board Trustees are essentially the
directors of the "holding company" that owns and controls the subsidiaries that
actually carry on much of the work of AA.
Do we appreciate the great responsibility and authority we are exercising when
we elect GSR's and DCM's?
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