The latest news from our Delegate to the World Service Conference. Jeffrey F. is serving a three-year term on Panel 58. He represents our Area, Pennsylvania (Area 48) at the World Service Conference and is our focal point for information to and from the World Service Office, the Board, and the Trustees of Al-Anon Family Groups.
Jeffrey writes his last post on the Conference. He says goodbye to his fellow Delegates and prepares to relax for a few days in Virginia Beach. Here’s his story on how the Conference wrapped up.
The last day of the Conference is here. While I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal schedule, I know I’m going to miss the important work we’ve been doing here.
Frustration, Tiredness, Sadness. Those are the words that come to mind when I reflect on Monday. Being at Conference can be grueling, but it also demonstrates that the process works.
I’ve been so busy at the Conference, that I’m beginning to lose track of the days. Today is going to be another busy day, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t moments of serenity, like a beautiful sunrise — or moments of joy, like sharing ice cream with my fellow Delegates.
It’s Sunday and I’m already feeling the pressure of being on time to the opening session, but I wanted to get my latest post to you. There’s an excitement in the air here as we get ready to do the business of Al-Anon and I’m honored to be a part of it. Thanks to all of you for your support.
It’s Saturday, the first day of the conference. I’m all set for the day and for the conference. Yesterday, I even had a chance to stick my toes in the water.
In a few days, I’ll be leaving for Virginia Beach, where I’m honored to represent our Area at the 59th World Service Conference, serving as Pennsylvania’s Delegate. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed these past few weeks as I prepared my inch-thick binder with all the materials I’ll need, but I am excited, too — anxious to meet the friends I made last year and inspired to be serving the fellowship of Al-Anon.
Al-Anon – There is no standing still! The 2018 World Service Conference (WSC) was held April 16-20, 2018 in West Harrison, New York. The week was long, with 12-13 hour days, but the work done was worth the time invested. It’s difficult to explain what I personally experienced at the conference, but I can say that I have a lot of new friends and to witness our program in this setting was incredible. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to experience just a few hours of the WSC. I am truly honored to be able to represent Pennsylvania at this level.
In January, I and the rest of the incoming Delegates were invited to submit topics of discussion for the Conference, which are called Chosen Agenda Items (CAIs). 36 CAIs were submitted, and after combining like items, a condensed list of 16 CAIs was submitted to the Conference for voting. The top two CAIs were discussed in the General Session, and the next three CAIs were discussed in breakout sessions at the Conference.
The 2018 World Service Conference give conceptual approval to develop a bookmark based on an August 2016 Forum article titled “Just for Tonight” using inclusive language.