Regional Officer Positions

Last updated 28 October 2021

December 2021 Elections:

The roles are also described in the document how it works

 

Webteam: Online Email Help Responder

Qualifications for online responder are:

  • Two years’ continuous sobriety
  • Experience of service within AA
  • Computer literacy, particularly with experience and familiarity of email across the Internet.

 

Webteam: Web Updater

Qualifications for Web Updater are:

  • Two years’ continuous sobriety
  • Experience of service within AA
  • Computer literacy, particularly with experience and familiarity with CMS (WordPress)

 

Trustee to the General Service Board AA GB and Continental Europe

The Trustee role is a four-year rotation and we hope to elect nominees for this role in September 2021. More detailed information on the Trustee role can be found in the following documents:

  • The General Service Board (GSB), the full title of which is “The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Limited”, consists of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic members. The Board is responsible to the General Service Conference for carrying into effect the decisions taken by the Conference on service matters and is required to give an account of its stewardship to the Conference annually. A pdf of the GSB presentation from the AAGB website is found here: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/Members/Document-Library#
  • A Trustee is an alcoholic member of the GSB and is appointed on the basis of one from each of the 16 Regions. Therefore, CER may have one Trustee on the board at any one time.
  • The GSB is the custodian of the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous in Great Britain. As such, they have a responsibility to ensure that the Traditions are preserved intact and that the Fellowship of AA in Great Britain acts in accordance with the Traditions.

A Trustee’s responsibilities as a GSB member are grouped into four distinct areas:

  1. Service responsibilities to the Fellowship
  2. Responsibilities under the Companies Acts
  3. Responsibilities under the Charities Acts
  4. Responsibilities as employers

The levels of time commitment and the personal responsibility demanded of General Service Board members far exceed those at any other level of service in Alcoholics Anonymous. Board members take on these responsibilities voluntarily on behalf of Alcoholics Anonymous in Great Britain.

Alternate Treasurer

The CER Alternate Treasurer performs all the duties of the Treasurer in their absence, and provides a second signature on all transactions where possible, or at a minimum a second pair of eyes. It is a non-reimbursable position.

  • To ensure that contributions (clearly marked as ‘Donations’/’Spende’ for statuary reasons) are properly received and acknowledged;
  • To verify expense claims and ensure that trusted servants are reimbursed promptly for service expenses;
  • To maintain an accurate record of the CER accounts (“the books”) for audit by an independent accountant; consequently, the CER Treasurer also becomes the Treasurer for CERES* to match accountability with responsibility (for information on CERES* please read Chapter 7 on CER Finances);
  • To prepare and report to the Region Assembly the Quarterly Accounts for approval by the Assembly. To prepare any other reports as seen fit (e.g., meeting costs, annual year-end report, annual budget);
  • To maintain a list of Intergroup Treasurers and to propose Treasury workshops as needed;
  • To serve as a member of the CER Steering Committee;
  • To attend the yearly Regional Treasury Liaison Officer meeting (currently 3rd weekend of January) in York and share experience, strength and hope;
  • To respond to emails/reimbursement requests in 72 hrs. The actual process to manage reimbursements is more elaborate since this process includes the CERES* Chair (because of the 4-eyes principle – see Chapter 7) and will usually include international transfers. For transfers to non-Euro accounts, the expected processing time is usually 10 to 15 working days.

Regional Armed Forces Liaison Officer

The RASLO is responsible for ensuring that information about the AA message and program of recovery is conveyed to Military Organizations within continental Europe. Additionally, the RASLO coordinates with PI and if available Military Liaison at intergroup level the best practices to liaise with Military Organization. Duties often overlap with those of the PILO.

The main responsibilities of the ASLO Officer are to:

  • Liaise with Military Organizations, offering resources and literature recommendations
  • Engage with Chaplain Offices to provide resources and summary of AA program
  • Attend quarterly Assembly CER Meetings and provide a written report of RASLO activities
  • Liaise with CER & GSO, York
  • Attend the annual meeting of Regional ASLO Officers in York
  • Work with other Officers, Committees & Sub-Committees when appropriate
  • The RASL Officer usually responds to emails within 72 hours.

 

Public Information Liaison Officer (PILO)

The PILO is responsible for ensuring that information about the AA message and program of recovery is conveyed to outside organizations to the best possible advantage. Additionally, the PILO encourages PI activities at the group and intergroup levels, sharing best practices and fostering collaboration among PI officers. As a two-fold service position, the PILO helps build relationships with the outside world while serving the needs of member groups and intergroups. Duties often overlap with those of the HLO, RASLO, YPLO, and RECLO, who might find it beneficial to work as a team.

An understanding of online analytics tools (such as Google Analytics) is recommended.

The main responsibilities of the PI Officer are to:

  • Liaise with Groups & Intergroups, offering suggestions when necessary;
  • Organize and conduct PI workshops and PI roadshows;
  • Liaise with CER & GSO, York;
  • Attend quarterly Assembly CER Meetings and provide a written report of PIO activities;
  • Attend the annual meeting of Regional PI Officers in York;
  • Attend Conferences and Conventions where and when appropriate; and
  • Work with other Officers, Committees & Sub-Committees when appropriate. The PI Officer usually responds to emails within 72 hours.

 

Alternate Delegate for Region to the General Service Conference

 

More Information:

The roles are described in the document how it works

More details on CER can be found online https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu/about-aa/about-cer/

Links

https://alcoholics-anonymous.eu/service

Young People’s Liaison Officer (YPLO)

 

The YPLO should have the following qualifications
Come into alcoholics anonymous at an age of thirty of younger
Have a minimum of 3 years of continuous sobriety
Have a strong AA service record
Have a good working knowledge of the Twelve Steps and Twelve traditions
Be willing and able to serve for 3 years

The main responsibilities of the YPLO are to:
Share experience, strength, and hope about getting sober at a young age;
Encourage young people in AA to enter into all aspects of service;
Maintain open communication with intergroup, groups, and individuals so that they may better
serve young alcoholics inside and outside of AA;
Assist the PILO in presentations where the audience is likely to include a signification amount of
young people;
Support AA activities aimed at young alcoholics both within and outside the Region;
Attend and participate in the General Service Board’s Young People’s project; and
Prepare and submit an annual report on the Region’s liaison activities to Board Trustee for
YPLOs.
The YPLO usually responds to emails within 72 hours.

Additional information can be found in the Chapter 11.

 

 

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Service Position Descriptions

The following guides contain descriptions & other important information about the service positions mentioned and about service in AA.