Group Representative

Group Representatives: (GR) is a vital link in the continuing function, growth, and unity of worldwide Al-Anon. GRs should be members with experience, stability, and an understanding of the Traditions and how they work as applied in the Al-Anon/Alateen ServiceManual (P-24/27).

Any Al-Anon or Alateen member with a willingness to represent the group at the district meeting and Area Assembly in order to carry the message of Al-Anon’s/Alateen’s group conscience, and who is not also a member of A.A., is eligible to serve as GR. A GR should have a basic knowledge of Al-Anon and Alateen Traditions and Concepts of Service and how they are applied in our groups. 

Term of office  
GRs are elected by the group, generally for a three-year term. (See the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual [P-24/27] for information about electing Group Representatives.)

As a Group Representative 
  • You are the first link in the chain that leads to our World Service Conference. 
  • You elect a District Representative from among all the Group Representatives in your district. 
  • You elect a new Area Delegate to our World Service Conference at the Area Assembly from among the District Representatives and eligible officers once every three years.
  • Attends district meetings and Area Assemblies and reports back to the group; votes on behalf of the group. 
  • Can bring the group’s viewpoint on any situation or problem to the attention of the District Representative (DR). 
  • Keeps members informed about information from the district, Assembly, Area Delegate, World Service Conference (WSC), and the World Service Office (WSO). 
  • Works with the group Current Mailing Address (CMA) to share the monthly Group e-News (electronic newsletter for groups) with group members. 
  • Encourages members to subscribe to and submit articles for The Forum, Al-Anon’s monthly magazine. 
  • Suggests participation in Public Outreach and Alateen service projects. 
  • Informs members of the need for Alateen Group Sponsors. Becomes familiar with the Area process for certification of Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS). 
  • Keeps the Alternate GR informed to ensure the group is represented if unable to attend district and Area Assembly meetings. 
  • Assists the Alternate GR in serving as the Al-Anon Information Service Representative (ISR). 
  • Explains the need for self-support in the group, district, Area, Al-Anon Information Service (AIS), and World Service Office. 
  • Encourages group contributions to our service arms in keeping with Tradition Seven. 
  • Consults with a Service Sponsor or other trusted servants.