New Zealand Al-Anon General Service Board Newsletter

March 2020

Dear Al-Anon members

Please enjoy and share these highlights from our March Board meeting. It is important for the democracy of Al-Anon that our fellow members know what we are working on and we rely on our service structure for this to happen. Thank you for taking the time to be informed.

The Board met in Auckland on 7-8 March 2020, all Board members were in attendance.

NZAFG will be attending Cutting Edge in Dunedin to be held during September 2020, the date and the venue is still to be finalised by their co-ordinating committee. This is another opportunity to raise the recognition of Al-Anon within the professional addiction practitioners’ sector.

We are delighted to see there was another successful Alcoholics Anonymous Convention with Al-Anon Participation in Christchurch 2020, with over 50 Al-Anon registrations.  It was a great event celebrating recovery.  The Board have started the planning for Alcoholics Anonymous Convention with Al-Anon Participation 2021 in Palmerston North.

The NZ Al-Anon Service Conference is to be held on 18-21 June 2020 at the Friary, Auckland, when the Area Delegates and Board members will meet. The Theme of this year’s Conference is “Let it Begin with Me”.  The Conference is the voice of Al-Anon and enables our fellowship to act as a whole upon important matters. The Delegates and Board members who attend enjoy receiving cards from the groups in their Areas while they are at the Conference. If you decide to write a card for your Delegate or Board member please address it as follows and plan to have it arrive 18-19 June.  C/- The Friary, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1042.

It has been necessary to change the dates for the TEAM events that are proposed for Areas 1 and 3, the General Secretary will be in contact with these areas re the proposed changes.

The Regional Board Members positions for the Central Region, Southern Region and the Northern Region will be vacant following the Conference in 2020. It is important to have these positions filled for the Board and for the representation of our members. Nominations for these positions need to have the approval of their Area Assembly (pages 48-40 New Zealand Al-Anon-Alateen Service Handbook 2019).

The Serenity Prayer in Te Reo Māori is now available as a banner and can be purchased from Alcoholics Anonymous website for $55.00

If you would like to know any more about these highlights or have any questions please contact your Regional Board Member who will be happy to assist.

In service

John Bansgrove
General Secretary (trial)