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Bill W., Memorandum - January 1961
been asked to venture some opinions on the questions of
new Delegates to the General Service Conference.
we know, representation is now based on one Delegate from
each State or Province, regardless of population. Then,
in large areas, we have extra Delegates, representing large
populations. And in a few cases, where the areas are huge
but sparsely populated, we have a few extra Delegates, these
based on geographical considerations.
the operation of the Conference itself, this is a sufficiently
representative cross-section of A.A. The actual conference
meetings would not be hurt if we had ten less Delegates,
nor appreciably helped if we had twenty more. For this particular
purpose we have enough for the present. More Delegates would
just mean more expense.
this isnt the whole story. On his return home it is
not fair to burden a Delegate with too great a population
of groups, even though he has plenty of committeemen. Nor
is it fair to burden him with a huge and sparsely populated
area, too big for him and his committee to manage. If we
dont make adjustments of these conditions, then our
local communications will suffer.
the Conference Committee on Admissions should weigh each
new application for a new Delegate on its own merit, taking
into consideration the primary factors of population, geography
- and also expense. But this process of adding delegates
ought to be gradual, aiming at the remedy of obvious and
marked flaws in local communications. We should, our budget
allowing, continue to remedy obvious flaws in local communications
and that is all.
should be re-emphasized that the Conference is not a political
body demanding a completely rigid formula of representation.
What we shall need will always be enough Delegates at New
York to afford a reliable cross-section of A.A. plus enough
more to make sure of good local communication.
is my understanding that Ontario has applied for an extra
Delegate. Here I would prefer to express no specific opinion,
this being the function of the Committee on Admissions and
the General Service Board.
only suggesting that the frame of reference described above
may be a suitable one within which to make each specific