After two years of holding the World Service Conference virtually, the 62nd WSC was held April 26‑30, 2022, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. The theme of the Conference, “Enhancing Our Recovery through Abundance, Unity, and Understanding,” was our spiritual compass guiding us throughout the week. It was amazing to finally be able to meet the Delegates in person! Conference members were able to do all the things we can’t do when we meet virtually, such as share hugs, have one on one conversations, have meals together, and make heart‑level connections with each other.
I am excited and honored to share with you a truly pioneering decision that was made at this year’s WSC. In true Al‑Anon style, we “made our circle bigger.” One of the first orders of business was for the Conference to pass the motion to make the Global Electronic Area (GEA) part of the WSC Conference Structure and allow their Delegate, Ozzie A., to become a voting member, joining the Panel 62 Delegates. After the vote was taken, Ozzie was welcomed with a standing ovation and an abundance of Al‑Anon love. I felt honored to be part of the historic day. Based on the geographic location of the GEA Delegate, the GEA will participate as part of the Southeast Region during this panel for the purpose of electing a Regional Trustee and attending the Regional Delegates Meeting.
Another highlight of the 2022 WSC was the trip to Stepping Stones, which is the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, Cofounders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al‑Anon Family Groups respectively. If you are not familiar with Al‑Anon’s history, it was on the second floor of the house at Stepping Stones where Lois and Anne wrote to the first 87 groups and started what was then known as the Clearing House. It is inspiring to think how far Al‑Anon Family Groups has come from that small office on the second floor.
Some other highlights from this year’s Conference Agenda are:
- Outgoing Panel 60 Delegate three‑minute talks
- Presentation on “Electronic Meetings Becoming Al‑Anon Family Groups”
- Open Policy Committee meeting Approval of changes to the “Public Outreach—Social Networking” section of the “Digest of Al‑Anon and Alateen Policies” section of the 2022‑2025 Al‑Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P‑24/27) v1
- Delegate‑led Thought and Task Force presentations, which included the Diversity Today Thought Force, the Encourage Service Participation Task Force, and the Maintaining a Sustainable Future Using Abundant Thinking Thought Force
(See the CLT Update and the Policy Update attached to this letter for more information.)
For a more detailed report of the 2022 World Service Conference, please look for the free online 2022 Conference Summary (P‑46), which is scheduled for posting in July. A printed version will be made available for purchase in September.