The Assembly maintains special standing committees. These committees provide services through the assembly to facilitate the orderly conduct of A.A.activities and help spread the message of recovery in Area 43. The committees follow the general guidelines for special committees as provided by the General Service Office with the guidance of the New Hampshire Area Assembly and the Area Committee.
Committees at the Area level are intended to assist the committees at the District level, although the Area committees will provide direct assistance and services if there is no committee active at the District level or if requested.
Area Standing Committees are not intended to be strict managerial organizations, but are flexible so that they may assist in whatever way that the committee deems most effective, working closely together with each other, provided that they adhere to the Traditions and the guidance of the Assembly.
The Area Chairperson appoints the Chairperson of each of these committees—with the exception of the Handbook Committee, and the Service Office Committee. All appointments recommended by the Area Chairperson are presented to the Area Committee for approval. Chairpersons of all standing committees are voting members of the Area Committee.
The goal of the Accessibilities Committee is to help ensure every alcoholic can participate in AA meetings, Twelfth Step work, and AA service. Accessibility challenges apply to all alcoholics who have difficulties participating in Alcoholics Anonymous, whether those are mental, physical, geographic,
cultural, or other factors that vary among people. Some of these alcoholics may experience barriers to accessing the AA message, including the literature, meetings, Twelfth Step work and the service structure. (reprinted by permission of AAWS)
The purpose of the Archives Committee is to preserve the history of A.A. in Area 43. The committee maintains records, memorabilia, and other items from our past so that we as a fellowship remember our history, growth, successes,
and troubles. This helps A.A.’s in Area 43 better understand issues we may be currently considering because in all likelihood the issue has come up before and we can learn from our past experiences. The committee also maintains
records of district and group histories and provides information to any group or member who wishes to learn more about a group or district’s history. The committee gathers items of historical information to A.A. in Area 43 from all over the Area, preserves, catalogues, and stores these items so they will not deteriorate over time. Over the years, the committee has been able to acquire and preserve a number of significant items that are on display in the Area Service Office (including First and Second Edition Big Books, meeting schedules from the first years of A.A. in New Hampshire, etc.) The committee meets as necessary. Upon request, the Archives Committee is available to attend Area
and District functions and provide displays of A.A. history in New Hampshire. The committee is open to any interested A.A.
The purpose of the Corrections Committee is to coordinate the work of districts, groups, or individual A.A. members who are interested in carrying the message of recovery to alcoholics who are incarcerated. The committee works with districts and groups to coordinate A.A. meetings going into correctional facilities, works to encourage A.A. districts and groups to support these correctional facilities meetings, and coordinates the collection of conference approved literature for distribution to inmates. The G.S.O. Correctional Facilities
Workbook provides information about how to run successful meetings in correctional facilities and how to establish positive relations with correctional facilities administrators and staff. Membership is open to all interested A.A.’s.
The purpose of the Finance Committee is to serve as a fiscal oversight committee of the Area’s financial situation and to assist the Area Treasurer in the maintenance of sound accounting practices. The committee also drafts the annual area budget, which is presented to the Assembly for approval. The committee assists the Assembly in making sound financial decisions, such as maintaining a reasonable prudent reserve. The committee is governed by its by-laws, which are approved by the Assembly. The committee comprises no fewer than five and not more than seven members. Three members serve by virtue of their service
positions (Area Treasurer, Service Office Committee Chair, and Function Committee Treasurer). The remaining members are nominated by the Area Finance Committee Chairperson, subject to advice and consent of the Area Committee. The committee is open to all interested A.A.’s. A background in
accounting, finance, or bookkeeping, while helpful, is not a requirement. The committee meets as necessary, which means that the committee meets frequently (monthly or more) in the fall during the preparation of the budget and
then on an occasional basis throughout the year to address specific financial concerns as they arise.
The purpose of the Function Committee is to coordinate the Area’s various functions, including service workshops and the annual Area Convention. The committee coordinates the numerous tasks associated with these events, such as arranging facilities, hotel accommodations, registration, announcements, and speakers. Should the Area express interest in hosting a regional activity, the committee can, with the approval of the Assembly, draft a bid to host such an event. The Function Committee is governed by its by-laws that are approved by the Assembly.
The purpose of the Handbook Committee is to ensure that the Area Service Handbook continues to accurately reflect how business is conducted at the Area. The Committee is a biennially convened committee that meets to consider revisions and amendments to the Area Service Handbook. The Alternate Delegate chairs the committee. The committee meets at the discretion of the Alternate Delegate. Members should expect several meetings during the last few months of odd-numbered years. The committee is open to all interested A.A.’s who wish to participate.
The purpose of the Hotline Committee is to manage and maintain services related to our 24-hour hotline, in an effort to not only relay meeting information, but to provide twelfth-step assistance to those seeking help. The Hotline Committee fosters good relationships with our answering service provider while clearly communicating our needs; maintains current contact information for 12 Step calls; and monitors answering service billing. One representative from each district in Area 43 sits on the committee. The Area Chair appoints the Hotline Chair.
The purpose of the Literature–Grapevine Committee is to inform groups, districts, and individual A.A. members about A.A. conference approved literature and audiovisual materials, the A.A. Grapevine, and other items of A.A.
literature. Education about these materials is done through displays of the items and presentations at area and district functions, workshops, and meetings. Upon request, the Literature-Grapevine Committee is available to attend
Area and District functions and provide displays of A.A. literature. The committee encourages the purchase of A.A. literature from the New Hampshire Service Office, and sells A.A. and Grapevine literature at functions, and on request. The committee may also pass along to the Area Delegate suggestions regarding literature for possible consideration by the General Service Conference. The Literature Grapevine Chair also serves on the Service Office Committee since the Service Office’s primary task is to provide A.A. Conference
approved literature to groups in New Hampshire. Membership is open to all interested A.A.’s.
The purpose of the Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee is to convey information about Alcoholics Anonymous to the general public, including the media. Outreach to alcoholics is also done through the professional community, by informing members of the professional community (clergy, therapists, medical professionals, etc.) about A.A. The committee may participate in community activities to provide information to the general public about A.A. The committee also handles media requests, such as television and radio appearances, keeping in mind A.A.’s Twelve Traditions, most especially the tradition of anonymity at the level of press, radio, television, and film. On request, the committee provides speakers and information about A.A. to organizations such as schools or civic groups. Workbooks and numerous pamphlets are available to assist the committee. At the Area level, the committee is principally geared toward assisting District PI/
CPC Committees, but it may also provide direct service if the need arises. The committee meets on a regular basis. Membership is open to any A.A., though a solid understanding of A.A. and the Traditions is necessary to successfully convey to the public what AA is and what it is not.
The purpose of the Pipeline Committee is to maintain responsibility for the production and distribution of the Pipeline (New Hampshire Area 43’s monthly newsletter). Because the Pipeline provides a statewide A.A. forum, the Pipeline Committee solicits articles from A.A.’s, serves as a communication tool for other Area Committees, and publishes announcements on group/meeting changes as well as Area, District, and Group functions. The Pipeline Committee meets monthly. Membership is open to all interested A.A.’s. The Pipeline editor (sic Chair) may go to consult regularly with the Service Office Committee for guidance regarding any matters relating to the newsletter
The purpose of the Service Office Committee is to administer and coordinate the activities common to A.A. in Area 43, such as serving as a clearing house of information, as a communications center, and as a source of A.A. conference approved literature. The committee oversees the conduct of business in the office itself and the employment of the office staff. The committee sets pricing of A.A. conference approved literature, after consultation with the finance committee. The Service Office Committee is governed by by-laws approved by the Area Assembly. The by-laws provide for eleven members, five of whom are current members of the Area Committee (Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Literature/ Grapevine Chair and Technology Chair and Pipeline Chair) and six appointed members who rotate for three-year terms. Rotation is set so that the Area Chair appoints two new members each year to replace the two members who have rotated off the committee. The Chair of the Service Office
Committee is elected biennially by the current membership of the committee. The S.O.C. Chair serves on the Area Finance Committee. The Service Office Committee meets monthly at the Service Office. S.O.C. meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.
The purpose of the Technology (Tech) Committee is to maintain the Area 43 Website, Area 43 email and to be a resource for recommending, purchasing and installing computer and hardware and software for use by the Area
Service Office. The Tech. Committee Chair, Alternate Chair and Webmaster shall be elected biennially by the Tech Committee. The Tech Committee is governed by its by-laws
which were approved by the Area Assembly.
The purpose of the Treatment Facilities Committee is to coordinate the work of districts, groups, or individual A.A. members who are interested in carrying the message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment facilities and to set up a
means of “bridging the gap” from the treatment facility to an A.A. group in the individual’s home community. Committee members contact treatment facility administrators to discuss ways A.A. can cooperate with the facility, staying within the facility’s guidelines while adhering to A.A.’s Twelve Traditions. The G.S.O. Treatment Facilities Workbook provides information about how to run successful meetings in treatment facilities, how to establish positive relations with treatment facilities administrators and staff, and how to develop a Bridging the Gap Program. Membership on the Treatment Facilities Committee is open to all interested A.A.’s.
The purpose of the Young People’s Committee is to create unity among the young people’s A.A. community and A.A. in the Area as a whole. The committee will act as a voice for young people at the Area level including how to best
serve, support, and attract alcoholics who are young (under the age of 35) and young at heart through outreach to local YP groups, at the district level, and as a liaison for the YPAA conferences. The committee will also work to increase and encourage participation of young people in service at the Area level to ensure the future of A.A. The Chairperson will initially be appointed by the Area Chair and after that is elected biennially by the current membership of the committee. Members rotate for two-year terms and rotation is set so that two new members are elected each year to replace the two members who have rotated off of the committee. The committee will meet monthly or at the call of the Chair.