Sharing Sessions and Committees

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I.  Sharing Sessions

Sharing Sessions and Standing Committees meet on the 4th Saturday (3rd Sat in December) at the Petaluma Community Center, Petaluma California with the Sharing Sessions at 10:00 AM and the Standing Committees meeting at 11:00 AM.  Most of these meetings are interpreted in Spanish and English, so please bring your FM radios. The actual Area Committee Meeting (which is also interpreted) will convene in the same location at 12:30 PM. and adjourn about 3:30 pm.

Location: Petaluma Community Center (Directions and Map)

320 N. McDowell Boulevard; Petaluma, CA

We have four Sharing Sessions at 10:00 A.M.:  DCMC (closed), DCM (open), Literature/ Grapevine/ La Vina (open), and Accessibilities (open).  The Area Officer for Literature chairs the Lit/GV/La Vina Sharing Session.  The Assembly Coordinator chairs the DCM Sharing Session.

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AA Members are welcome to attend any open meeting of a Sharing Session, Standing Committee, or Area Committee Meeting. Voting members at the Area Committee Meeting are Area Officers, DCMCs, and DCMs.  Voting members at the Area Assemblies are GSRs, DCMCs, DCMs, and Area Officers (or their alternates).  Map and location information is above.

The DCMC Sharing Session meets at 10:00 AM as a Closed Meeting of the District Committee Meeting Chairs of each District and/or their Alternate DCMC.

The DCM Sharing Session, which meets at 10:00 AM, is facilitated by an Area Officer, usually by the Assembly Coordinator. Meetings are open to all AA Members, and anyone may participate. Most of the attendees have been elected to serve for a panel as a District Committee Member in their home Districts, but GSRs and other trusted servants also enjoy attending.  Topics pertain to helping the GSR help their group.  Therefore this meeting is useful to the DCMs, with ideas for supporting the GSRs in their home District. Minutes and some of the topics of the DCM Sharing Sessions can be found listed as a menu item in the About CNCA tab on the website.

The Literature/Grapevine/La Viña “Sharing Session” meets at 10:00 AM as an Open Meeting for any AA member who wishes to attend. It is facilitated by the Literature/Grapevine/La Viña Chair of the Area Committee. Attendees often hold a Literature/Grapevine/La Viña position in their home District or home group.  This meeting is interpreted in Spanish and English, so please bring your FM radios.

II  Standing Committees

Standing Committees are those committees not having a similarly related District component. Their focus is more directly on serving the Area as a whole. Positions on these committees are appointed by the incoming Area officers of each panel.  These Committees meet at 11:00 AM., in the same location as the Area Meeting, at the Petaluma Community Center.

The Finance Committee is appointed, and those wishing to serve have been a DCM or DCMC. While the Area Treasurer does attend, the Treasurer is not the Chair. The Chair is elected by the members of the committee. This is a closed meeting and those non-members attending are by invitation, if it relates to any topic on the agenda for the day.  The Finance Committee reports back to the Area as a whole.  Chair email: See Contact Us Page.

The Interpretation and Translation Committee (I&T Committee) has two components: verbal interpretation and written translation.  The verbal interpretation services are provided at Area Committee Meetings, Area Assemblies and other events, and is provided in both Spanish and English.  This is why everyone is encouraged to bring FM radios with ear buds or headphones to these events. (Sign language interpretation is also provided during the Delegate’s Report at the Post Conference assembly, on request.) The other component is for the translation of written documents, which is also provided in English and Spanish.  Committee members are appointed by the incoming officers of the new panel.  They meet at 11:00 A.M. on the same day as the Area Meeting, (and at the same location.) They elect their chair. This is an Open meeting, meaning any AA member may attend.  Chair email: See Contact Us Page.

The Website Committee is appointed and meets at 11:00 AM at the location of the Area Committee Meeting. The Website committee sometimes holds Ad Hoc meetings at other times, in addition to the 11:00 A.M. meeting, while working on projects that need more time.  They elect their chair. This is an Open meeting, meaning any AA member may attend.

Website Chair email: See Contact Us page.

III.  Sub-Committees

The members of the Sub-Committees are not appointed by Area Officers but are usually connected to District Committees with the same purpose. These members serving in the related position make up the composition of the Sub-Committees.  Meetings are open to all AA members. They meet at 11:00 A.M. Please bring your FM radios for interpretation in Spanish and English.

The Area Archives Committee is composed of Committee Officers (elected by the committee), District Archivists (who serve their district in an archives position), and other A.A. members who participate in its work on a regular basis.

The Bridging the Gap Committee is attended by the District Bridging the Gap Chairs. Any interested member of AA may attend, as the meetings are open.

The PI/CPC Committee is attended by people in the Districts doing the work of the Public Information and Cooperation with the Professional Community. The meeting is facilitated by the Alternate Delegate of the Area.  It is an open meeting which may be attended by any AA member. Interpretation is provided, so please bring your FM radios.