District Committee Member (D.C.M.)

The DCM provides the solution to the practical problem of ensuring that each group has a voice in AA as the Fellowship grows. According to the 1997-98 AA Service Manual, “The DCM also acts as a safety valve for the Fellowship in this period of rapid growth. Were it not for adding committee members to take care of new groups as AA grows, the General Service Conference might soon become unwieldy.  As the number of AA groups grows, more districts are needed, rather than more areas. Thereby, more committee members can be added, rather than more delegates.

“AA will have gone far into its future before there are too many DCMs to be heard in assemblies. Co-founder Bill W., when he conceived our general service structure, felt that the answer to growth could always be found in the setting up of more districts (and subdivisions of districts) within an Area. The problem is the same today, and so is the answer.”
Reprinted from 1997-98 AA Service Manual, p. S52 with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc.

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Just as the GSR is the two-way link between the group conscience and A.A. as a whole, the DCM is the two-way link between the GSRs in a district and the Area Committee and Area Officers. The non-existent or inactive DCM severs that link: a district without an active DCM loses its voice at the Area Committee meetings and is deprived of the information which an active DCM could have reported back to the district’s GSRs for their reports to the groups. The active DCM acts as the liaison among the groups in a district, and between the district and the worldwide fellowship, sharing the district’s experience of “carrying the message” at the District and Area levels.

The spiritual principles which apply to GSRs apply equally to DCMs: just as GSRs are in a sense the service sponsors of their groups, an experienced DCM is able to serve as the service sponsor of his or her district. The DCM is in a unique position, able to bring important issues regarding A.A. as a whole to the groups in the district. The DCM can visit groups in his or her district which do not have active GSRs, informing those groups of current issues in Maryland General Service and A.A. service worldwide, and perhaps encourage those groups to register with the General Service Office, to elect an active GSR, and to exercise their right to participate in the affairs of A.A. worldwide. The DCM is also able to encourage the groups within a district to examine ways to carry the message of A.A. through activities, such as workshops, which would be difficult or impossible for a single group or individual to do alone.

The DCM is an essential link between the groups’ GSRs and the Area’s Delegate. As leader of the district committee, made up of all the GSRs in the district, the DCM is exposed to the group conscience of that district. As a member of the Area Committee, he or she is able to pass on this thinking to the Area Delegate and Area Committee and is able to keep the groups, through their GSRs, informed about the issues that could affect the unity, health, and growth of A.A. How capably this is done is a measure of the DCM’s effectiveness.

A District Committee Member job description appears in bulleted form in the A.A. Service Manual, 2008-2009 Edition, page S32. Area 29 Area Assembly Handbook, December 2009, P. 15

District Information

It is important that the district send information to the are, G.S.O. and to the local intergroup/central office, if applicable. While local, area and national offices communicate regularly, they have different purtposes and different mailing lists.

There may be one person in the area, frequently the area secretary or the area registrar, who is responsible for transmitting district contact information changes to G.S.O. One simple form has been developed to facilitate this, the District Information Change Form (F-43). The form is used whenever a district elects a new D.C.M., D.C.M.C., or alternate D.C.M., or when any contact information for the D.C.M., D.C.M.C., or alternate D.C.M. changes. When filling out the form, it is important to fill the sections in for the old information and for the new information, and to note at the top of the form the area and the date when the new information will become effective.
Reprinted from the AA Service Manual, 2008-2009 Edition, p. S34 with permission from A.A. World Services, Inc.