About Outreach Committee
COMPOSITION: The seven-member Outreach Committee, to include a Chairperson to be appointed by the incoming Area 15 Chairperson), and six area committee members who are already funded for the Area assembly selected by the incoming Area Chairperson and the incoming Outreach Committee Chairperson, 3-6 of whom would be DCMs, 1 of whom would be a past Delegate, 1 of whom could be an Area officer (Chair, Treasurer, Registrar or Secretary) and 1 of whom could be a standing committee chair. It is suggested that each member have a minimum of 5 years of continuous sobriety. The Committee will elect a Secretary/Treasurer from among Committee members in January.
SCOPE: The scope of the Area 15 Outreach Committee shall be to select acceptable outreach opportunities within Area 15 using guidance from A.A.’s 36 principles, relevant shared experience from other Areas, and Area 15’s Current Practices. Outreach opportunities should be selected with consideration of expressed need, frequency of other outreach in the same locale, availability of members to fulfill the outreach opportunity, and available funds. Examples of such outreach include, but are not limited to, assisting districts or district standing committees with Concepts, Traditions, and Service Manual workshops; and participating in local district forums to provide an overview and/or details of Area 15 purpose, activities, and services, et al. Outreach opportunities can be presented through in person events and/or virtual platforms. The Committee is responsible for making the outreach opportunities known to the Area Committee and for selecting one or more Area Committee members, and optionally, a Past Delegate, to fulfill the outreach opportunity.
The Committee should attempt to offer the outreach opportunities to a wide range of Area Committee members over time. One additional person to assist with the outreach may be chosen by the selected Area Committee member(s) for any given outreach opportunity.
PROCEDURE: The Outreach Committee shall meet at least four times a year on Area Committee meeting dates, if and when they occur, and Area Assembly weekends. The Committee may also meet via conference call or other remote methods.
FINANCES: The Outreach Committee shall be fiscally responsible for the outreach budgeting and spiritually accountable to Area 15 for outreach activities. Area 15 members and invited Past Delegates who fulfill an outreach opportunity shall be funded for travel and lodging expenses, if incurred, to conduct selected outreach efforts within Area 15 unless otherwise funded. Mileage funding will be at the IRS rate for standard travel. Airfare will be funded for coach seating and tickets must be booked at least 30 days in advance for financial prudence. A.A. Literature or other related materials for outreach workshops shall be funded within reason, but shall not exceed $75 per workshop. Outreach funding for the first year as a standing committee shall not exceed $4500. Annual funding in subsequent years will be determined through standard Area 15 budgeting procedures. Outreach Committee members are expected to have funding to attend Area Assemblies and/or Area Committee meetings through their districts or other Area 15-specified current practice with the exception of the Committee Chair. The Committee Chair shall be funded as per motion #215.