New Zealand Al-Anon General Service Board Newsletter

June 2020

Dear Al-Anon members

Please enjoy and share these highlights from our June 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 by Zoom on 18 June 2020, then joined the NZ Al-Anon Service Conference later in the day, with the Conference concluding on 21 June 2020.  All Board members and Delegates were in attendance.

This was my 9th Conference as a member of the Board, I must say that I missed the Friary and being able to meet personally with the members attending. However having a virtual Conference worked for the fellowship and we were able to effectively deal with the business of the Board and Conference.

Virtual meetings allowed Al-Anon meetings to operate during the lockdown and now we are at Level 1 and many meetings are back face to face.  The Board noted that these meetings will need to be registered with the WSO if they wish to continue as virtual meetings, when the face to face meeting they represent re-open.  Once a meeting is registered with the WSO it is an international meeting and will not be registered at NZGSO but will be listed on the NZAGSO website as an Online meeting.  Meetings registered on the WSO website are not represented in the local Area with Group Representatives. There are currently two New Zealand Electronic meetings registered with WSO.

The Board would like to thank the fellowship for its continuing financial support during the lockdown, together with the cancellation of the IAGSM, Cutting Edge, and the A-Anon Service Conference and Board meeting virtual has substantially reduced the Board’s current costs. As a result we have been able to increase our donation this year to WSO to $3,500.00.

The Board sincerely thanks and has appreciated the retiring Board members for their consistent commitment and knowledgeable input into the service positions they held. The following appointments were made to the Board: Julie W – Board Chair, Conference Chair, IAGSM Y1; Sarah R – Alternate Board Chair, SRBM; Liz A-S – Treasurer; John B – General Secretary, Tracy – National Public Outreach, NRBM; Sam Mc – Executive Budget Chair; Chris W (non-Board) Archives, Melda B (non Board) – Editorial. The following positions are vacant on the Board: CRBM, Website, Literature Chair, IAGSM 2, Alateen Co-ordinator.

The Board needs more members to fill the existing vacancies on the Board, see page 81, New Zealand Al-Anon-Alateen Handbook 2020. No member can volunteer for a seat on the NZAGSB. Interested members are encouraged to fill out a Profile Form and send to GSO for consideration by the NZAGSB.

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

In service

John B
General Secretary