The World Service Conference (WSC) of Debtors Anonymous is the annual meeting of all worldwide General Service Representatives (GSR’s), Intergroup Service Representatives (ISR’s), and General Service Board Trustees (GSB) committed to providing service to Debtors Anonymous at the World Service Conference committee level in order to best advance the good of the fellowship of Debtors Anonymous.
August 23-27, 2017
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
Irving, Texas, USA
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DA WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCES
Proposed Conference Charter Amendment
The Conference Committee of the World Service Conference is proposing that Article 6 of the D.A. Conference Charter be amended to permit certain GSRs and ISRs to participate in the WSC remotely, via electronic means. This will allow implementation of the 2016 WSC decision to conduct, in 2018, a small-scale trial of remote participation by delegates from outside North America. The amendment would change Article 6 of the Conference Charter by adding the language italicized below.
- The General Service Conference Meetings: The Conference will meet yearly in a location selected by the Conference. The Conference may adopt a policy permitting some or all otherwise-eligible delegates who are unable to attend in person to participate remotely. The Board, in implementing the policy, may modify it if necessary to ensure its effectiveness. The site of the annual meeting will be selected yearly, at least two years in advance. Special meetings may be called should there be a grave emergency. The Conference may render advisory opinions at any time by mail, email, or telephone poll in aid of the General Service Board or its related services.
The text is being publicized now because a proposed amendment must be sent to GSRs of all registered groups and to all intergroups 180 days before the WSC, where it will be voted on.
World Service Conference Committees and Caucuses
Committee and Caucus Chairs: If you have DA world service-related information that you would like posted on this page or published in the DA Focus or the DA eNews, please email it to your GSB liaison.
Who can participate on a WSC Committee?
World Service Conference (WSC) committees are a formal extension of the Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference, the formal business meeting of the D.A. Fellowship. According to the Conference Charter, only registered delegates who attend the Conference have the right to vote at the Conference. Registered delegates (who attended the last WSC and served as members of a particular committee during the WSC) attend committee phone meetings throughout the remaining conference year as voting members of that committee.
On rare occasions, a committee may choose to invite a D.A. member who is not a member of the committee to serve as a valuable resource to the committee’s deliberations on an ad hoc basis because of his or her professional expertise or other special skills. For example, a committee might choose to invite a guest who has key information to help it with a project. Any such person would attend a meeting as a guest of the committee, without voting privileges, and should not participate in any other way as a committee member unless agreed to in advance by a vote of the committee. For example, a committee might vote to allow such person to attend a single meeting, but not others; or for only a portion of a meeting, etc. Any decision to invite a guest is made by a vote of the committee. The discussion and vote should be done before the potential guest is extended an invitation to join the committee and the potential guest should not be present for the committee’s discussion and vote about the guest’s presence.
Because the presence of guests may be distracting to some committee members or disruptive to a committee’s workflow, a committee should not invite a non-member to attend without advance notice and a unanimous vote to do so. If even one member objects, the committee, in the spirit of Unity, should respect and strongly consider this minority opinion in its deliberations.
D.A. members who wish to serve on a WSC committee are encouraged to do so through the normal process; become a GSR for your group or an ISR for your Intergroup. Since every group is autonomous and should be fully self-supporting through its own contributions, it is up to the group conscience to decide whether they will fully support their representative’s expenses to the WSC. John H. scholarship has supported many GSRs and ISRs to attend the WSC each year.
Business Debtors Anonymous Committee (BDAC)
The BDA (Business Debtors Anonymous) Committee focuses on issues specific to the
Conference Committee (CC)
The Conference Committee is concerned with the general nature of the World Service Conference. This includes the Charter of the World Service Conference and its relationship to the General Service Board and membership of DA as a whole; issues related to the format of the annual World Service Conference of Debtors Anonymous; and aid to the WSC Host Committee in their planning and logistics. The Conference Committee also makes recommendations to the WSC for future conference sites.
Fellowship Communications Committee (FCC)
The Fellowship Communications Committee facilitates communication and promotes collaboration among the debtor who still suffers, the Debtors Anonymous membership, the World Service Conference committees and caucuses, the General Service Office, and the General Service Board. (rev. 8/12).
Hospitals, Institutions, and Prisons (HIP)
The Hospitals, Institutions and Prisons Committee is composed of GSRs, ISRs and Trustees who would like to focus service efforts on carrying the message of DA to debtors behind bars, in treatment centers, in hospitals and/or in other institutions.
The Intergroup Caucus is composed primarily of ISRs but also includes GSRs and Trustees who have experience with their local Intergroups. The main function of this caucus is to create tools, resources and a better understanding of the role of an Intergroup in the overall organizational structure of DA. The Intergroup Caucus helps support both new and existing Intergroups. The Intergroup Caucus also contributes to the efforts to regionalize DA.
Internal Operations Committee (IOC)
The primary responsibility of the Internal Operations Committee (IOC) is to support the General Service Office (GSO) of Debtors Anonymous. The committee focuses on the overall office operations of the General Service Office and interacts with the Board Office Liaison and the Office Manager to support the ongoing work of the GSO.
International Caucus (IC)
Created by action of the 2011 WSC, the International Caucus’ mission is to exchange information and develop initiatives to support the growth of D.A. internationally.
Literature Committee (LIT)
DA Conference-approved literature begins with the Literature Committee.
Members participate in all levels of the literature creative process, including generating ideas for new DA literature, working closely with members of Literature Services, reviewing drafts of literature in process (given to them at the Conference by Literature Services), approving final drafts of DA literature, and bringing motions to approve draft of literature to Convocation to become Conference-Approved Literature.
Public Information Committee (PI)
The Public Information Committee interfaces with the media, helping professionals and the general public in person, on the telephone and through written information. The Public Information Committee has produced a Public Information Manual and created sample Public Service Announcements.
Diversity Outreach Recommendation
The General Service Board of Debtors Anonymous recommends the following as guidelines for Intergroups to reach out to the still-suffering debtor in under-served communities:
- Create a mailing list of community centers or places of worship that serve any of the following communities in your area:
- Undocumented or resident aliens
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
- The disabled
- Mail a complimentary copy of the DA pamphlet “Debtors Anonymous.”
- Provide a cover letter with local contact information and identify DA members in recovery who are willing to respond to requests for more information.
(Adopted by the GSB, June 2008)
Resource Development Committee (RDC)
Revenue for DA is the focus of the Resource Development Committee, including:
- Increasing 7th Tradition contributions and clarifying the use of 7th Tradition funds
- Encouraging member participation in service at all levels
- Increasing awareness about the concept of self-support in DA at the level of group, Intergroup and World Service
The Technology Committee is composed of delegates who have experience with and/or interest in leveraging technology to grow D.A. The Tech Committee focuses on harnessing technology to improve access to D.A.’s resources, facilitate communication within D.A. and reach out to the debtor who still suffers. The committee advises the Conference and the GSB, as well as providing hands-on technical expertise where applicable.
World Service Conference Reports
This is a summary of the motions and recommendations presented by the GSB, WSC committees, and WSC caucuses at the annual DA World Service Conferences, beginning with the 1997 Conference, organized by year and by committee.
Summary of WSC Motions and Recommendations 1997-present (pdf)
The following documents contain the full Conference minutes, as well as the GSB reports, committee, and caucus reports as well as past motions and recommendations. (These documents do not contain the contact information of WSC participants.)
Past WSC Conference Reports
Submitting World Service Conference Issues & Concerns
For many years, The Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference has addressed the issues and concerns of D.A. groups that affect D.A. as a whole. Prior to 2012, these could only be submitted on the registration form for each year’s Conference. Now, issues and concerns can be submitted year round, although the submissions will continue to be addressed only at that year’s Conference.
Individual issues and concerns are assigned to the committees of the General Service Board and committees and caucuses of the WSC best equipped to deal with the particular subject. Responses to the issues and concerns submitted at each year’s Conference will be published during the following year in either the WSC Report, the D.A. Focus, or on the World Service web site debtorsanonymous.org.
Issues and Concerns can be submitted in either of two different ways:
- By printing out and mailing in the form below to: Issues & Concerns, c/o D.A. General Service Office, PO Box 920888, Needham, Mass. 02492. A separate form is required for each issue submitted.
In order to be considered for that year, a submission must be received at least 30 days before the opening day of that year’s World Service Conference.