“Without doubt the groups would have to elect numerous delegates and send them to New York each year, where they could sit with and guide the trustees.  Only by doing so could the increasing isolation of the trustees from the movement itself be halted.  Only such a body could take binding decisions in any future crisis… So we called in some seventy-five delegates from the United States and Canada.  Together with the trustees and the Headquarters and Grapevine staff, those delegates formed themselves into the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous.  By then, it was 1951.”

From the “Guardian of AA: Our General Service Conference” Bill W., Grapevine, April 1958. Reprinted with permission of A.A. Grapevine, Inc.