NETA 65 Trusted Servant Position Descriptions
Service positions of leadership, whether elected or appointed, are trusted servants. Each service position has responsibilities to area groups, districts and assemblies, and in some cases to the region and the Fellowship worldwide.
“Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.”Reprinted from Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 132 with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
Terms of Office and Minimum Service Position Qualifications
Terms of office: All terms of office are for two (2) years. Election occurs in even-numbered years at the Fall Assembly and Convention for assumption of office on January 1 of the following year (i.e. terms coincide with that of the Delegate).
Minimum qualifications: It is recommended that minimum qualifications for any area committee position be at least 3 years sobriety and prior service experience at group, Central Office, institutional, district and/or area affairs.
Qualifications for area officer’s positions are defined in the Service Manual. In addition, certain service positions may suggest different types of skills for various positions (e.g. fluency in English and Spanish for the Bi-Lingual Interpreter, computer skills for the Newsletter Editor, etc.).
Election Process: NETA65 Elected Officers & Committee Chairpersons are Trusted Servants who serve on a two-year rotation, or “Panel”, which begins on January 1 of odd-numbered years and ends December 31 of even-numbered years. Elections use the “3rd Legacy Procedure” and the description of duties for each position are taken from the NETA65 Handbook, which uses General Service Conference – approved literature (such as the AA Service Manual) as its source and spiritual guide.