WEST CENTRAL AREA WEBSITES


(Group and memberships statistics taken from pages 122-123 of the 2021 General Service Conference Report)

Area 24 – Iowa

679 A.A. Groups / 15,389 Members

Area 24 has 23 Districts with over 670 A.A. Groups. Many folks drive 15-30 miles to attend an AA meeting. The Area holds five functions each year, which include a Spring Assembly in June and a Fall Assembly in October. The assemblies rotate across the state through a district bidding process. Each assembly holds Sharing Sessions for G.S.R.s, D.C.M.s and area officers/chairs. Area 24 also holds three additional meetings in centrally located Marshalltown, Iowa. Meeting are held in January, March, and August. During odd years, in January, we welcome newly elected G.S.R.s, D.C.M.s, area officers and area committee chairs. There are various workshops and presentations during even years in January. Area 24’s website is at www.aa-iowa.org. During 2020 the Spring and Fall assemblies were successfully held virtually.

Area 35 – Northern Minnesota

572 A.A. Groups / 8,446 Members

Area 35 encompasses the northern half of Minnesota with 19 active districts. Area meetings are held four time per year – February, June, August and December. There are five area officers and 14 area committee chairs. An annual service workshop is held in January where half the D.C.M.s present on various topics relating to service. The following year, the other half of the D.C.M.s present. A Spring Assembly is held the first full weekend in April during which the General Service Conference agenda items are discussed. The Fall Assembly is the first full weekend in October. Every odd year we hold elections with some presentations. In even years the agenda is presentations. Correctional meetings are held in 10 different correctional facilities, from county to federal institutions. The bi-monthly publication that communicates within the area is the Northern Light.

Area 36 – Southern Minnesota

1,237 A.A. Groups / 29,748 Members

Area 36, which is the southern half of Minnesota, is divided into 26 geographic and one linguistic district. Topographically, we are mostly rural. The average attendance at the area event is between 120 and 130 people. All area events moved online in March of 2020 with considerable ease thanks to the dedicated efforts of the technology chair and area officers. The committee structure of the area follows that of the General Service Conference structure, with the exception of five committees. The last Trusted Servant Leadership Training was held virtually, and it was decided to record it so that it will be available for use on the area website. In January there is a Recovery, Unity and Service Conference. The most recent was the 40th. There were 152 people in attendance, which included sixteen past delegates (nine from Area 36), three past trustees and the current trustee.

Area 40 – Montana

289 A.A. Groups / 5,492 Members

The Area encompasses the State of Montana, except for two towns in the northwest and two towns in the northeast corner. They joined other areas due to travel considerations. The Area consists of 14 districts. The Area Assembly meets twice a year – once in the Spring before the General Service Conference, and again in the Fall. The use of virtual platforms has created the ability to reach more groups and members who would normally have trouble being involved in service work due to the geography. Doing service in a different way, Montana learned a lot of valuable lessons about how to reach more of the groups in the less populated portions of Area 40. What was originally thought to be a problem has opended doors to a new and meaningful way of living an being useful.

Area 41 – Nebraska

707 A.A. Groups / 14,959 Members

A new archivist has begun the duties of the role. There is an monumental effort to digitize all the cassette tapes that have been gathering dust. The is hope to keep the links to the past available for the future. The corrections committee has gathered a list of all the facilities in the state and is sending a letter and a copy of the Grapevine to each of them to determine if they would like a Grapevine subscription or have an AA meeting brought in. The website committee has completed the work necessary to add the Area 41 meetings to the Meeting Guide. Don’t forget to visit Nebraska in 2023 for the West Central Regional Conference (WCRAASC). We are waiting to greet you!

Area 52 – North Dakota

179 A.A. Groups / 3,556 Members

North Dakota has 179 Groups in nine districts. There is also an Intergroup Office in Fargo/Moorhead. The area holds three assemblies per year, in March, June & September. Part of the March Assembly is reserved to discuss the General Service Conference agenda items and to collect a group conscience for the delegate. On the odd years, the Regional Trustee is welcomed. The June assembly is held in a city usually not large enough to host a larger service assembly. It is rotated between the west side and the east side of the state each year. The September assembly is held in conjunction with the Area 52 State Roundup. Area 52 holds a G.S.R. school and P.I./C.P.C. workshop annually on the first weekend in February in the west, and third weekend in February in the east. The Area 52 officers and committee chairs hold a monthly committee call that has allowed for continuity between assemblies.

Area 63 – South Dakota

175 A.A. Groups / 4,583 Members

     Area 63 has 14 districts. In previous years it had 15 districts, but recently combined two districts for better service experiences. Two conferences ae conducted each year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall. In addition, it holds two Area Assemblies. The business is done as an Area Committee at all four gatherings. At the Spring Conference, General Service Conference items are reviewed to help inform the delegate. In 2019 an AdHoc Committee was formed to consider several questions. It recommended three annual assemblies and two conferences. Under this plan the Area Committee would be responsible to host workshops and panels to help educate new servants. Area 63 has a strong foundation in Unity, Recovery and Service and continues to grow in its effort to be of service.

Area 76 – Wyoming

111 A.A. Groups / 1,889 Members

Area 76 encompasses the entire state of Wyoming – all 97,818 square miles of open space, mountain ranges, high deserts, river valleys, prairies and plains. AA members participate in the service structure by electing G.S.R.s to represent them at Area Assemblies held twice a year, rotating locations around small towns in the state. About 50% of these 110+ groups contribute to the Area, district or G.S.O. In the last two years, eleven out of twelve districts in Wyoming have attended a G.S.R. School presented by area officers. This has resulted in a desire for more information and participation. The committee structure in Wyoming generally mirrors that of the General Service Conference. Area Guidelines have been completely updated and approved. These are now posted on the website (area76aawyoming.org)  Wyoming has been called one small town connected by very long streets. This is never more true than when talking about service in Area 76 A.A. You are invited to fellowship with Wyoming A.A.’s whenever you are in the state.