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.
World Service Conference 2015
August 5 - 9, 2015
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon, USA
World Service Conference 2016
August 17-21, 2016
Radisson Hotel Fossil Creek
Ft. Worth, Texas USA
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DA WORLD SERVICE CONFERENCES
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 grou 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
needs of BDA meetings. BDA meetings are registered DA meetings that deal with
of interest to DA members who own their own businesses, are otherwise
or desire to own their own businesses or be self-employed. The BDA Committee is
open to all GSRs, not just those who represent BDA meetings. Current BDA issues
revolve around the creation of BDA Literature and providing assistance to
struggling BDA meetings. The 2007-08 BDA
Committee is developing a book of BDA-related stories.
To submit a
story for the BDA book, please download
and fill out the release form and email it with your story to email@example.com.
Conference Committee (CC)
The Conference Committee is
concerned with the general nature of the World Service Conference.
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
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.
Let the Conference Hear From You: Do
you have an issue, concern, or question
that you would like the next Conference to address? Please fill out this form
email or mail it to the DA General Service Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here to fill out an online version.
The Diversity Caucus is a new caucus that
began at the 2007 WSC.
The mission of the Diversity Caucus is to carry the message of
Debtors Anonymous to the debtor in underserved populations and locations.
The Diversity Caucus is developing a collection of stories from DA members,
which may be compiled into a DA book, pamphlet, or other literature project.
To submit a story to the Diversity Caucus, please download
and fill out the release form and email it with your story to email@example.com.
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.
Link to Spring 2007 W&M article
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
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.
Link to list
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
Board Office Liaison and the Office Manager to support the ongoing work of the
Meeting update form -
Meeting update form
Literature Committee (LIT)
DA Conference-approved literature begins with the
Members participate in all levels of the literature creative process, including
for new DA literature, working closely with members of Literature Services,
drafts of literature in process (given to them at the Conference by Literature
approving final drafts of DA literature, and bringing motions to approve draft
to Convocation to become Conference-Approved Literature.
Writer release form
Public Information Committee (PI)
The Public Information Committee interfaces with the media,
and the general public in person, on the telephone and through written
The Public Information Committee has produced a Public Information Manual and
created sample Public Service Announcements.
Public Information Manual
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:
1. Create a mailing list of community centers or places of worship that
serve any of the following communities in your area:
b) undocumented or resident aliens
c) gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender
d) the disabled
2. Mail a complimentary copy of the DA pamphlet “Debtors Anonymous.”
3. Provide a cover letter with local contact information and identify DA
members in recovery who are willing to respond to requests for more
(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
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.)
Debtors Anonymous World Service Conference 1997-2012 Summary of Motions and Recommendations
Past WSC Conference
2014 WSC Report
2013 WSC Report
2012 WSC Report
2011 WSC Report
2010 WSC Report
2009 WSC Report
2008 WSC Report
2007 WSC Report
2006 WSC Report
2005 WSC Report
2000 WSC Report
1999 WSC Report
1996 WSC Report
1995 WSC Report
1994 WSC Report
1993 WSC Report
1992 WSC Report
1991 WSC Report
1990 WSC Report
1987 WSC Report
1st Annual Meeting 1982
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 e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only one issue is permitted per e-mail, and e-mails should include the name, city, and if possible, the registration number of the group.
- 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.
Issues & Concerns Submission Form
Issues & Concerns From Previous Years