Districts of Lancaster County

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The purpose and function

Districts within Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) serve as essential geographical divisions within larger Areas, providing a platform for local groups to have a voice in matters affecting other groups and AA as a whole. The purpose and function of districts can be summarized as follows:

  1. Representation and Communication: Districts allow local AA groups to have representation and a voice in broader AA matters. Each district typically has a District Committee made up of representatives from its many AA groups, known as General Service Representatives (G.S.R.s). These representatives attend district meetings and Area assemblies to represent their groups and communicate their collective conscience.

  2. Link to Area Delegate: The District Committee elects a District Committee Member (D.C.M.), an experienced G.S.R., to serve as a crucial link between the group G.S.R.s and the Area Delegate. The D.C.M. conveys the district’s perspectives and decisions to the Area Delegate and the committee, ensuring effective communication and representation.

  3. Service Coordination: Districts play a role in coordinating various service activities and initiatives within their geographical area, ensuring that the needs and voices of local groups are heard and addressed.

  4. Support and Resource Hub: Districts often serve as a resource hub for AA groups within their vicinity, providing support, information, and coordination for local activities, meetings, and events.

  5. Geographical Unit for Service: A district is a geographical unit containing the right number of groups, enabling effective communication and coordination among the committee members to support the local AA community.