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.
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.
The 2018 Budget was presented to the Conference members by the Treasurer of Al‐Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. The 2018 Budget shows expenses are expected to be $2,772 less than revenue for the year: Expenses are estimated to be $5,501,028 and revenues to be $5,503,800.
A discussion centered around the “mega‐issue” of how best to address Spanish and French translation needs across the worldwide fellowship.
During the 2018 World Service Conference, six motions were made. They all carried.