What is a GSR?
A General Service Representative (GSR) is the link between an AA group and AA as a whole.
On page S26 of the AA Service Manual, we find: “The GSR represents the voice of the group conscience, reporting the group’s thoughts to the district committee member (DCM) and to the delegate, who passes them on to the Conference.”
It is recommended that GSRs have at least two years of sobriety, time to commit to meetings, and the ability to listen to differing points of view.
Suggestions for new GSRs
One of our first recommendations is to register for this website so you can view agenda, minutes and reports from Area 28 and perhaps from your district. Go to the home page of this site and click Register in the upper left of the page just below the blue menu bar.
- Read the pamphlet GSR – May Be the Most Important Job in AA
- Read Is Your Group Linked to AA as a Whole? on AA General Service Office Web site
- Familiarize yourself with Area 28, Maine & New Brunswick General Service by exploring this web site. In particular, read the Area 28 GSR workbook
- Attend the district meeting where your group is located. You may want to look at the AA Parliamentary procedure first.
- Attend the next Area 28 Assembly or other service activity listed on the Area schedule.
- Read more AA literature on General Service. Suggestions are:
Your AA General Service Office,
The AA Service Manual (Combined With Twelve Concepts for World Service),
Circles of Love and Service,
AAs Legacy of Service,
Service Material from the General Service Office
- There are also monthly handouts with the Tradition and Concept of each month.