Purpose


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The District 6 Corrections Committee’s purpose is to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members who are interested in carrying the message of recovery to alcoholics behind the walls in the jails and prisons of our District (Please see links below for Martin & St Lucie County Jail applications).


We also coordinate smoothing the way from the facility to the larger A.A. community through prerelease contacts (Please see the link to “AA Corrections Prerelease Contact Information” pamphlet below).


Detailed committee responsibilities are in the Legacy of Service.



Bowling For Big Books Event


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The District 6 Corrections Committee hosts an annual event called “Bowling for Big Books”. The proceeds from this event are used for purchasing Big Books and other AA approved literature to be distributed to the inmates of the jails and prisons in our District. This event is traditionally held in February or March.




Annual Corrections BBQ


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The District 6 Corrections Committee hosts a free BBQ annually for AA members who are interested in getting involved in this great area of service as well as those currently taking the message of recovery behind the walls of the jails and prisons in our District. The main objective of this event is to involve new volunteers and to share and learn from each other through our experience with corrections work. County jail and State prison applications are available at this event along with literature on Corrections work. Information and volunteer sign up for AA Corrections Prerelease program is also provided (Please see link to “AA Corrections Prerelease Contact Information” pamphlet below).


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The Pink Can is set out for contributions and a raffle is held to offset the cost of the BBQ. Raffle items are AA literature and tickets to District events only – never is there to be a 50/50. Proceeds above the cost of the event are used to purchase Big Books and other AA approved literature to be distributed to the inmates of the jails and prisons in our District. This event is traditionally held in July or August.




AA Corrections Prerelease Contact Information Pamphlet


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The prerelease program connects the AA member being released from jail or prison with Alcoholics Anonymous in their community. To learn more please open the link to the pamphlet, For AA’s on the Outside


For information about the Prerelease Program, contact Prerelease@District6AA.org




Corrections Correspondence Form – a special kind of AA Service


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The Corrections Correspondence Service is a Twelfth Step opportunity which links A.A. members on the “outside” with A.A. members in correctional facilities to provide a source of experience as it relates to problems with alcohol. Men are linked with men and women with women. To learn more, see the Corrections Correspondence Form




Applications to Visit County Jails

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Application for the Martin County Jail

Application for the St. Lucie County Jail


For more information on:

  • Service commitments
  • Applications to volunteer in Florida state prisons
  • Submitting the county jail applications

Please email Corrections@District6AA.org




CORRECTIONS COMMITTEE SCOPE AND PROCEDURE


SCOPE:


The District 6 Corrections Committee's purpose is to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members who are interested in carrying the message of recovery to alcoholics behind the walls in the jails and prisons of our District (Please see links below for Martin & St Lucie County Jail applications) We also coordinate smoothing the way from the facility to the larger A.A. community through pre-release contacts.


PROCEDURE:


The Corrections Committee hosts an annual event called "Bowling for Big Books". The proceeds from this event are used for purchasing Big Books and other AA approved literature to be distributed to the inmates of the jails and prisons in our District. This event is traditionally held in February or March.


The Corrections Committee hosts a free BBQ annually for AA members who are interested in getting involved in this great area of service as well as those currently taking the message of recovery behind the walls of the jails and prisons in our District. The main objective of this event is to involve new volunteers and to share and team from each other through our experience with corrections work. County jail and State prison applications are available at this event along with literature on Corrections work.


A raffle is held to offset the cost of the BBQ. Raffle items are AA literature and tickets to District events only — never is there to be a 50/50. Proceeds above the cost of the event are used to purchase Big Books and other AA approved literature to be distributed to the inmates of the jails and prisons in our District. This event is traditionally held in July or August


The Corrections committee sponsors a pre-release program. Information and volunteer sign up for AA Corrections Prerelease program is available on the website. AA CORRECTIONS PRE-RELEASE CONTACT INFORMATION AND PAMPHLET IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE


The Corrections Committee places a "Pink Can" at various events for contributions.


The Corrections Correspondence Service (a special kind of AA Service) is a Twelfth Step opportunity which links A.A. members on the "outside" with A.A. members in correctional facilities to provide a source of experience as it relates to problems with alcohol. Men are linked with men and women with women. CORRECTIONS CORRESPONDENCE FORM IS AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE


The Chairperson or the alternate chairperson in their stead attends an annual National Corrections Conference supported by District 6 via motion # 606


To contact the District 6 Corrections Committee for more information on service commitments or submitting the following county jail applications please email Corrections@District6aa.org or contact the individual chairperson whose information is on the current District 6 agenda.




GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS AND ALTERNATE CHAIRPERSONS


This page is all of the general guidelines that the committee chairpersons have in common. This page will be in the legacy of service once only and the succeeding pages will be the selective scope/procedures for each chairperson position.


QUALIFICATIONS


The qualifications for chairperson for these committees, per resolution (# 517 02/2014). Individuals must have a minimum of two years of continuous sobriety and one year as a past or present General Service Representative GSR) in any of our ninety three (93) areas within the United States and Canada. An alternate chairperson be appointed as a member of all the District 6 standing committees. The chairperson of these committees will appoint this person pe resolution (# 603 07/2019). The alternate chairperson must meet the same requirements set by resolution as standing district committee chairpersons and be defrayed at the rate set by resolution for attending area quarterly assemblies in the absence of the committee chairperson unless otherwise defrayed. The term of the DCM is two years and generally coincides with the South Florida Area election of officers. Elections are held in even years at the November District Meeting with service to begin the following January.


There will be no waived requirements/qualifications for any of the district officers, committee chairpersons, DCMs and ACMs


COMPOSITION


All of the district standing committees are composed of a chairperson that has been elected by the District 6 body per requirement resolutions. The Current Practice Committee Chairperson position, by resolution, is automatically filled by the immediate past District 6 chairperson when willing and able to serve. If this individual is not available to serve then the Current Practice Chairperson is selected as above. The Finance Committee chairperson is appointed by the current District 6 chairperson. The Finance Committee Chairperson appoints two members from the General Service body with financial backgrounds. An alternate chairperson is appointed by the chairperson also as per requirement resolutions, Other members of the committee are DCM's, ACM's, GSR's and AGSRs. Also, anyone from any of our groups, may be a member of these committees and they do not have to be participating in general service with District 6. The Finance Committee does not utilize volunteers


SCOPE AND PROCEDURE


These two items will be the responsibility of the current serving chairperson for evaluating the committee's business and functioning for the two year panel of service. This reflects the overall duties and activities of each service entity in District 6, Area 15. All of the currently serving District 6 Officers, Committee Chairpersons and the overall DCM Coordinator (alternate district 6 chairperson)


The following items pertain in general to all the above mentioned people


The committee holds a scheduled meeting, when necessary for members. Most communication and work distribution is done via computer

The Chairperson, or Alternate Chairperson in their stead, attends all District 6 business meetings and presents an oral report of no more than 4 minutes, providing a written copy to the Recording Secretary for inclusion in the district 6 business meeting minutes

The Chairperson, or Alternate Chairperson in their stead, attends the quarterly Area 15 committee meeting and the Area Assembly.

Receives defrayed funding, from the district treasurer, for the cost of attending the Area 15 quarterly weekends. This is usually one nights lodging at the agreed quarterly room rate. Or may receive defrayment to and from the quarterly, if they have not stayed overnight as above, at the current IRS reimbursement on mileage

Expenses incurred performing duties of this office must be submitted to the Treasurer, including items, which, you, individually, are absorbing as a contribution. These must be itemized to enable annual budgeting for the district as a whole.

All voting members of district 6, plus the chairperson (a non voter, who casts a vote only in the event to break a tie) have a right to put forth a motion to the body

All district 6 trusted servants refrain from standing on election day for the same position unless they are fulfilling an unexpired term. However after the election day is over they may stand for the same position if they so desire at any time when requests are done to fill empty positions

All District 6 officers, and committee chairpersons will provide, at the October business meeting during their report time, a description of what their position is and what has been done in the past two years This will give anybody a general idea of what each position entails in a general preview of the job description so as to let those interested make an informed decision about standing for the positions

Reviews the scope/procedure of the position listed in the Legacy of Service document and provides a notation of no changes or makes changes and submits the information to the Current Practice Committee Chairperson at the October business meeting at the two (2) year rotation time. In addition, changes needed to be added to the scope/procedure due to motions passed or committee decisions may be submitted, at any time, to the Current Practice Committee Chairperson. The Current Practice Committee Chairperson will be responsible for submitting the changes to the Legacy of Service document and to the Website Committee Chairperson for inclusion in the District 6 Website. These changes will be designed to guide the next chairperson selected for the position.

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