HELPFUL SERVICE ACRONYMS
WSA – World Service Area; each area is represented by a delegate at the WSC.
WSC – World Service Conference, Al-Anon’s Annual meeting in April attended by our current Delegate.
WSO – World Service Office; AI-Anon Family Groups worldwide headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. www.al-anon.org/
NCWSA – Northern California World Service Area/Assembly; Our area as identified by WSO who refers to us as Nor Cal Area 3. We are one of 68 WSAs in the USA and Canada. We are the 2nd largest Area as well. Southern California is the largest.
NCWSC – Northern California World Service Committee: The body who meet regularly to serve and keep meetings in touch with our worldwide fellowship and is comprised of all of the following:
- District Representatives & Alternates (We are in District 4.)
- Area Coordinators & Alternates
- Liaisons & Alternates
- Intergroup Chairpersons
- Past Delegates
- Current Officers- Alt. Delegate, Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, AAPP
KBDM – Knowledge-Based Decision Making, a process for reaching group conscience. This process is used as opposed to Robert’s Rules of Order.
PRAASA – Pacific Regional Alcoholics Anonymous Service Assembly, happens once per year and usually has AI-Anon Participation.
SWRDM – Southwest Regional Delegates Meeting – Occurs once per year on the 2nd weekend in March. This is open to all Al-Anon Members, however only Delegates, Alt. Delegates, Past Delegates and Area Chairpersons have voice and vote. It’s worthwhile attending at least once to get a sense of the even larger picture of Al-Anon Family Groups worldwide.
TEAM – Together Empowering Al-Anon Members; every area is allowed to bid for TEAM events presented by the WSO. All members are welcome to attend and it is generally a workshop oriented event.
KBDM – Knowledge Based Decision Making – Using the knowledge based decision making model to reach an informed group conscience. Why do we think it is a good model for Al-Anon?
- Allows thorough examination of mega issues It takes the personality out of the decision
- It is a process for ongoing strategic thinking
- Allows us to develop a reputation for value and being nimble
- It allows us to build a culture on trust and open communication
Five Elements of KBDM
- Open communication between leadership and membership
- Dialogue before deliberation
- All those involved in the decision will have full access to all information
- We have confidence in the competency of our partners. “Presume Goodwill”
- We exist in a culture of trust
The KBDM Questions
- What do we know about our membership’s needs, wants and preferences that are relevant to this discussion?
- What do we know about our “capacity” (resources) and strategic position of our fellowship that is relevant to this discussion?
- What do we know about the current realities and evolving dynamics of our fellowship’s environment that is relevant to this discussion?
- What are the ethical implications of our choices? (Pros and Cons)
- What do we wish we knew but don’t?
- What is your part in the process?
- Participate in the dialogue
- Practice the principles
- Let it begin with me
- Allow as much time as it takes