STEVE G., BEGINNERS GROUP is the DCM.
The heart of A.A. is the group, which elects a General Service Representative (GSR).
The GSR attends district meetings that are made up of the groups in that district. The
GSRs elect a District Committee Member (DCM). Thus, the DCM is the vital link between
the group's GSR, and the area service structure, including the area's delegate to the
General Service Conference.
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Where does the DCM come from?
GSRs in each district usually elect their DCM. The qualifications for a good District
Committee Member are not complicated: background in A.A. service work that goes
with the GSR job, and perhaps some central office/intergroup service; enough sobriety
(say four to five years) to be eligible for election to area office; and the time and energy
to serve the groups and district well.
When is the DCM elected?
DCMs are usually elected before the area assembly meeting at which the delegate
is elected. Some areas, however, rotate half of their committee members each year.
How long does the DCM serve?
Most DCMs serve for a two-year period.
What does the DCM do?
The DCM carries the collective group conscience of the AA groups in the district to the
area committee. Among the two-way communication responsibilities of the DCM are:
* Holding regular meetings of all GSRs in the district.
* Assisting the delegate in obtaining group information in time to meet the deadline for
appropriate AA directories.
* Keeping GSRs informed about Conference activities.
* Acquainting GSRs with The AA Service Manual, Box 4-5-9, and other AA literature.
* Holding workshops on carrying the message of the Seventh Tradition to nonsupporting
* Holding sharing sessions on just about any service subject.
* And, of course, making a regular practice of talking to groups (new and old) on the
responsibilities of general service work.
Are there growing responsibilities for the D.C.M.?