Office, Conference, and Structure

Once upon a time, A.A.’s main service office was called the Foundation Headquarters. Then the name was changed to the General Service Office. When responsibility for running A.A. was turned over to its members, we needed a way to direct the operations of the General Service Office (G.S.O). Hence, the General Service Conference was created.

So how do A.A. members “run” A.A.? How do the groups make their voices heard on overall A.A. policies? In order for AA to run itself, we have to have a system for finding out how A.A. as a whole feels about its world affairs, and how it wants to operate.

AA+General+Service+Conference+StructureEach A.A. group has it’s say in worldwide A.A. affairs through its general service representative (GSR). A GSR is a member of a group and elected by the group members. If a group does not have a GSR it is isolated from the rest of the Fellowship and does not participate in the group conscience of A.A. as a whole.

For every district, the GSRs elect a district committee member (DCMs). DCMs hold regular district committee meetings with their GSRs.

Every group in an area can send its GSR to the area assembly. The DCMs are there, too, making up the area committee—a sort of steering committee for the assembly. Each group sends its own ideas or problems to the assembly and other groups can share their experience and help. From the assembly, each GSR can take back to the group the experience of other groups.

Every area elects a delegate to go to the General Service Conference in New York each April. The Conference represents a vast pool of A.A. experience gathered for decades from A.A.s all over the world. Every A.A. group can share its experience with other groups through its area delegate to the Conference.

The 93 elected area delegates make up over two-thirds of the Conference, but there are others at the annual Conference session, too: the 21 trustees of A.A.’s General Service Board; the directors of A.A. World Services, Inc. (the legal entity responsible for the business of the General Service Office) and the A.A. staff members at GSO; and the directors of The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., as well as the A.A. staff of the magazine.

Every A.A. group has a voice at the Conference if it has an active GSR! 

General Service Activities

At the Conference, various committees address specific aspects of A.A.’s interaction with the rest of the world: through literature, public media and information, correctional and treatment facilities, professionals (such as doctors, lawyers, and clergy) who come in contact with alcoholics, local A.A. offices (known as a central office or intergroup), etc. Not surprisingly, many of these same activities are conducted on a smaller scale to more effectively and appropriately respond to the needs within a community—thus the standing committees of areas and districts. These standing committees discuss, plan, and carry out their related service activities, relying on the direction and participation of the A.A. groups they serve.

The General Service Representative

The GSR, “May Be the Most Important Job in A.A.”. The general service representative has the job of linking his or her group with A.A. as a whole. The GSR represents the voice of the group conscience, reporting the group’s thoughts to the district committee member and to the delegate, who passes them on to the Conference. This communication is a two-way street, making the GSR responsible for bringing back to the group Conference Actions that affect AA unity, health, and growth. Only when a GSR keeps the group informed, and communicates the group conscience, can the Conference truly act for A.A. as a whole.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Current experience indicates that many groups provide financial support for their general service representatives to attend service functions.

–The A.A. Service Manual, page S26

For more information about linking your group to A.A. as a whole, see here.

District 01

Business Meeting Information 

Meets Every Thursday of month at 8:00 PM.
St. Luke’s Episcopal
99 Wells Ave S
RentonWA 98057 
 

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District 02

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Peace Lutheran
1717 Larson Rd
SilvanaWA 98287
 

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District 03

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
Monroe Covenant
202 S Sams St
MonroeWA 98272

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District 3
PO Box 157
MonroeWA 98272
 
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District 04

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Sunday of month at 5:00 PM.
PUD Bldg
1415 Freeway Dr
Mt. VernonWA 98273
 

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District 4
PO Box 608
Sedro WoolleyWA 98284
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District 07

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 4th Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
Vancouver Area Intergroup Office
2203 Fairmount Ave
VancouverWA 98661
(360) 694-3870 
 

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District 7
PO Box 504
VancouverWA 98666-0504
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District 08

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Sunday of month at 6:00 PM.
St. Mark’s Lutheran
2109 College St SE
LaceyWA 98503
 

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South Sound Service Ctr
344 Cleveland Ave SE
TumwaterWA 98501-3342
(360) 352-7344
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District 09

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
 

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Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
 
 
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District 10

Business Meeting Information 

Meets Last Sunday of month at 1:30 PM.
Location Rotates
Contact DCM for more information.
WA
 

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District 10
PO Box 1214
SilverdaleWA 98383
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District 11

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Dry Dock
100 E Pine St
BellinghamWA 98225
 

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District 11
PO Box 2268
BellinghamWA 98225
(360) 734-1688
 
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District 12

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Meets 1st Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
Baker Heights Comm Ctr
1401 Poplar St
EverettWA 98201
 

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District 12
PO Box 1387
EverettWA 98206-1387
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District 14

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Fauntleroy UCC
9140 California Ave SW
SeattleWA 98136
 

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District 14
6523 California Avenue SW #292
SeattleWA 98136
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District 15

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Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Greater Seattle Intergroup Office
5507 6th Ave S
SeattleWA 98108
(206) 587-2838
 

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District 15
PO Box 20083
SeattleWA 98112-9799
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District 16

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
University Lutheran
1604 NE 50th St
SeattleWA 98105
 

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District 16
PO Box 27791
SeattleWA 98165-2791
 
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District 17

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
St. Luke’s Episcopal
5710 22nd Ave NW
SeattleWA 98107
 

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District 17
PO Box 19365
SeattleWA 98109-1365
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District 18

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Thursday of month at 7:30 PM.
Renton Methodist
2201 NE 4th St
RentonWA 98056
 

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District 19

Business Meeting Information 

Meets Last Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
First Covenant
4502 Rucker Ave
EverettWA 98203
 

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District 19
PO Box 13023
EverettWA 98206-3023
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District 22

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Unity In The Olympics
2917 E Myrtle St
Port AngelesWA 98362
 

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District 22
PO Box 1646
Port AngelesWA 98362
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District 24

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 1st Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center
23000 Lakeview Dr
Mountlake TerraceWA 98043
 

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District 27

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Meets 3rd Saturday of month at 12:00 PM.
Location Rotates. Contact DCM for more information.
 

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District 27
PO Box 1422
LongviewWA 98632
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District 28

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Monday of month at 6:30 PM.
Jackson Prairie Assembly Of God
4224 Jackson Hwy
ChehalisWA 98532
 

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District 28
PO Box 593
ChehalisWA 98532
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District 29

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Puyallup Elks
314 27th St NE
PuyallupWA 98372
 

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District 29
PO Box 1439
PuyallupWA 98371
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District 31

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Cascade Behavioral Hospital
12844 Military Rd S
TukwilaWA 98168
 

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District 31
PO Box 48284
BurienWA 98148-0284
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District 32

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Monday of month at 7:00 PM.
Brooklake Comm Ch
629 S 356th St
Federal WayWA 98003
 

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District 32
PO Box 4722
Federal WayWA 98063-4722
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District 33

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 6:00 PM.
Maple Valley Presbyterian
22659 Sweeney Rd SE
Maple ValleyWA 98038 
 

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District 33
PO Box 11
Black DiamondWA 98010
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District 34

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 1st Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Grace Lutheran Church
9625 NE 8th Street
BellevueWA 98004
 

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District 34
PO Box 50081
BellevueWA 98015
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District 35

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Issaquah Valley Senior Ctr
75 NE Creek Way
IssaquahWA 98027
 

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District 35
PO Box 442
IssaquahWA 98027-0017
 
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District 36

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 1st Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Fall City Methodist
4326 337th Pl SE
Fall CityWA 98024
 

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District 36
PO Box 1963
North BendWA 98045
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District 37

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 4th Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Vancouver Area Intergroup Office
2203 Fairmount Ave
VancouverWA 98661
(360) 694-3870
 

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District 37
PO Box 5566
VancouverWA 98686
 
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District 38

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 7:30 PM.
Kirkland Congregational
106 5th Ave
KirklandWA 98033
 

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District 38
PO Box 322
KirklandWA 98083-3220
 
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District 39

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 1st Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Park Ridge Comm Ch
3805 Maltby Rd
BothellWA 98012
 

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District 39
PO Box 1695
BothellWA 98041-1695
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District 40

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Tuesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Capitol Hill Presbyterian
1729 Harvard Ave
SeattleWA 98122
 

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District 40
PO Box 12132
SeattleWA 98102
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District 41

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Wednesday of month at 6:00 PM.
Denny Park Lutheran
766 John St
SeattleWA 98109
 

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District 41
PO Box 99132
SeattleWA 98139-0132
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District 42

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
The Phoenix Club
15011 Aurora Ave N
ShorelineWA 98133
 

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District 42
PO Box 33022
ShorelineWA 98133
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District 43

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 1st Wednesday of month at 6:00 PM.
Givens Activity Bldg
1025 Tacoma Ave
Port OrchardWA 98366
 

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District 43
PO Box 186
BurleyWA 98322-0186
 
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District 44

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM.
Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
 

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Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
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District 45

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Thursday of month at 6:30 PM.
Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
 

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Pierce County Central Service Office
3640 S Cedar
TacomaWA 98409
(253) 474-8897
 
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District 46

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Meets 3rd Saturday of month at 9:30 AM.
Location Rotates
Contact DCM for more information.
 

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District 46

PO Box 484
AnacortesWA 98221
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District 54

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Thursday of month at 7:00 PM.
St. Aloysius Catholic
211 W Mason Ave
BuckleyWA 98321
 

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District 55

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Sunday of month at 5:00 PM.
St. Luke’s Episcopal
525 N 5th Ave
SequimWA 98382
 

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District 55
PO Box 1985
SequimWA 98382
 
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District 56

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Wednesday of month at 6:00 PM.
Tri-Area Community Center
10 W Valley Rd
ChimacumWA 98325
 

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District 55
PO Box 1985
SequimWA 98382
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District 57

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday of month at 8:00 AM.
Una Vision Para Ti
607 SE Everett Mall Way
EverettWA 98208
 

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District 22

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Wednesday of month at 7:00 PM.
Unity In The Olympics
2917 E Myrtle St
Port AngelesWA 98362

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District 22
PO Box 1646
Port AngelesWA 98362

 

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District 21

Business Meeting Information 

Meets the 3rd Sunday @ 5:30 PM
Aberdeen Alano Club
823 W Heron St
AberdeenWA 98520
 

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Contact Us

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District 28

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 2nd Monday of month at 6:30 PM.
Jackson Prairie Assembly Of God
4224 Jackson Hwy
ChehalisWA 98532
 

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District 28
PO Box 593
ChehalisWA 98532
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District 32

Business Meeting Information 

Meets 3rd Monday of month at 7:00 PM.
Brooklake Comm Ch
629 S 356th St
Federal WayWA 98003
 

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District 32
PO Box 4722
Federal WayWA 98063-4722
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