Panel—A panel consists of one-third of the Delegates attending the World Service Conference. A panel is elected every year for a three-year term. The elections of the three panels are staggered so that a Conference always includes one panel of Delegates with two years’ experience. A non-panel Area is one that has not yet joined the Conference.
Region—A geographical grouping of Areas. There are nine Regions in the World Service Conference Structure; six in the US and three in Canada.
— “World Service Handbook” section of the 2018-2021 Al‑Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27), page 139