Groups & GSR Resources

Why Register Your Group With GSO? Is Your Group Linked to A.A. As a Whole?

Here is what the AA Service Manual says about registering your group or meeting with GSO

In the spirit of our Twelve Concepts of World Service, each group linked to the local general service structure has the opportunity to participate via District meetings and Area Assemblies in the collective conscience of A.A. in the U.S. and Canada. Each G.S.R. communicates their group’s “conscience” on important matters of policy considered by the District and Area Assembly. By attending Area Assemblies and District meetings, they are expressing their group’s thinking on local matters and those of the entire U.S. and Canada General Service Conference structure. This in turn helps the Area delegate at the Annual General Service Conference meeting to represent the Area’s groups and take part in decisions that affect A.A. as a whole. 

The following forms should be used to update your group information or register a new group with Area 28 General Service. Send the forms to our Area 28 Registrar. We will register your group with the General Service Office allowing both records to be updated with one form, saving us both time.   Send the form to Area 28 Registrar, 499 Broadway #225, Bangor, ME 04401.  

  • Use this form to change your meeting location, time, or GSR contact or additional contact information – Group change form
  • Use this form to register a new group or register a group that has been in existence but never received a group id number from GSO – New group registration form
  • This form is used to update the DCM and is here for convenience only; it has a very limited audience – DCM Change Form

Resources for our GSRs

What is a G.S.R.

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 a new GSR

If your group is brand new, please complete a new group form that is then sent to GSO. Otherwise complete a GSR Change Form and send it to the Area registrar via email at [email protected].

One of our first recommendations is to return to this website so you can view agendas, minutes and reports from the Area 28 committee.

Here are some helpful reading material that may be helpful.

Attend the District meeting where your group is located.

Attend various Area events to learn more about what is happening in Area 28!