ABC 2015

ACA 2015 ABC Meeting Minutes


2015 ABC

April 24-25, 2015

Meeting Minutes

St. David's Hospitality Ministry, 301 E. 8th St., Austin, TX 78701    

                       Hosted by Texas LoneStar Intergoup


A. Called to Order: The 2015 Annual Business Conference of the ACA fellowship and WSO was called to order at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 24th by being welcomed and reciting the Serenity Prayer, led by Larry A., Chairman of the Board of ACA WSO Trustees

          1. Al E., West Great Lakes Intergroup (IG070) read our ACA 12 Traditions

          2. Shiloh E., (TX136) read our ACA Commitment to Service

          3. Mary Jo L., (IL212) read the reading of the day from Strengthening My Recovery

B. Facility Announcements and review of agenda given byBonnie K M, Co-Chair of City Hosting Committee (TX081)

          1. Gratitude to all service committees and volunteers who helped bring this ABC together

          2. Greg R, Co-Chair of Hosting Committee (TX081), was nominated and elected as Chairman for the conference.

C. Introductions

            1. ACA WSO Board Members:Larry A., Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Joan B., Vice Chair; Mary Jo L., Treasurer; Karen R., Secretary; Vonnie G., Trustee; Majbrit M., Trustee; Ines Z., Trustee, and historically the first dial-in through electronic communications of Skype, Martin C., Trustee

          2. Committee Chairpersons and Committee Members in attendance: Larry A., Chairman of the Literature and Website/Database Committees; Joan B., H & I Committee Chair; Mary Jo L., Finance Committee Chair; Karen R., OPPM Review and Revision Chair; Vonnie G., MPS Committee Chair; Majbrit M., European Committee Chair; Ines Z., Spanish Liaison Subcommittee Chair; Martin C., Chair of Intergroup Liaison Sub-Committee and member of the Finance Committee. Also introduced Robin R, a special worker with the WSO in charge of editorial layouts.

          3. Host Committee Chair and Committee Members

          4. ACA Group and Intergroup Voting Delegates (list available through ABC Chair, Mary Jo L.)

          5. Non-voting attendees  

          6. Charlie H (DA092), Guest Speaker

D. Quorum established   24 eligible voting ABC Delegates present for morning session

E. 12 Concepts of ACA World Service read by Shannon W (TX141)

F. Presentations of the ACA WSO Annual Reports

            1. 2014 ABC Minutes--Karen R., Secretary

          Motion was made by Bob B., and 2nd, to approve the minutes of the 2014 ABC.

            This motion was discussed. The following amendments were made

                   a. Amend the list of attendees (attached to the minutes) that Vonnie G. was present to represent ACA meeting # TEL173 as a delegate and  that historically, this was the first representation of an ACA Telephone meeting at an ABC.

                   b. Amend to show objection of Bonnie K M to the wording of item #8 of the minutes.

                   c. Amend to remove wordings of "brought forward to motion by (name)" on 2014 ABC proposals 1-5 as the motions were brought forward by the groups as documented, not by the people who read them.

                   d. Amend to correct the spelling of the name of the speaker mentioned under item #7., b. from "Nate" to Nayt.

            The minutes of the 2014 ABC as amended were approved by majority vote.

          Motion 0424151/abc           

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Thank you to the Lone Star Intergroup

The Board wishes to thank the Lone Star Intergroup for all of their hard work in hosting this year's ABC.  It was remarkable - the Committee members, the Venue, the Food, and the Fellowship throughout and on Saturday night.  Great job!!!

Mary Jo

2015 ABC Board Liaison

Results of the 2015 ABC Ballots

There were 128 ballots cast this year.  Out of the 14 unique proposals presented, the following eight (8) received a 2/3 majority vote of Yes and will be placed on the agenda for the ABC in Austin. 

Proposal 2015-3    Submitted by Central Coast Intergroup (IG076); Grover Beach (CA915 and CA1006):  That WSO institute a program of planned, phased-in, on-going Public Service Announcements (TV, internet, radio, periodicals) to let the general public know ACA exists, who we are, that we work on personal recovery from growing up in alcoholic and dysfunctional homes, and give a phone number and web address to find meetings in local areas. No faces are to be on the announcements and no promises of outcomes are to be made.    Motion Carried:   108 Yes, 17 No, 3 No Opinion  (128)

Read more: Results of the 2015 ABC Ballots

ABC 2015 Social Media Vote

The link for your meeting's group conscience vote is: 

Social Media Report Written and Submitted by Martin C., Trustee

After discussion at 2013 ABC, and in the year before ABC 2014, the Social Media Working Party agreed, and proposed to the WSO Board of Trustees, that there be an amendment to the wording of Tradition 11. This is to further protect the principle of anonymity in respect of Soclai Media (facebook, twitter etc)

We proposed that the words “and all public media of communication” be added after "Press, Radio, TV, and Films”, in respect to the preservation of the principle of anonymity. 

Read more: ABC 2015 Social Media Vote

ABC Registration for Austin

April 24-25, 2015 in Austin, Texas

Venue: St. David's Episcopal Church 301 East 8th Street Austin, Texas 78201      All ACAs are welcome at this business meeting.  Although only one person may be the official voting delegate from a meeting or Intergroup, all attendees will be able to participate in the dialog.  If you're planning to attend, fill out this Registration Form:   The registration deadline is April 15, 2015.   

Dates and Times:   April 24th and 25th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Message from the Lone Star Intergroup - the Host Committee: Lodging in downtown Austin can be quite expensive, but Capital Metro Transit puts many more moderately priced hotels within easy reach.   The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau's website has links to other ground transportation options.  

Read more: ABC Registration for Austin