WA Area Delegate Shares Her Experiences
by Newsletter Columnist Allen L.
Julie P. has been our WA Area delegate for 3 years and has discovered some interesting things through attending the World Service Conference. At her first World Service Conference, Julie was surprised to feel like “a brand-new Group Representative attending my first Assembly”.
The World Service Conference encompasses the World Service Office’s (WSO) service structure which includes the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. The purpose of the World Service Conference is to conduct business on behalf of the Al-Anon fellowship. In contrast, the International Convention coming up in July is recovery-oriented and will be attended by members from all around the world.
Julie remarked that her understanding of some of Al-Anon’s challenges was broadened beyond the Area to the larger continental view. One particular area was the translating of Conference Approved Literature (CAL) into Spanish and French. Julie admits, “I hadn’t thought about the delays that occur in translating materials for non-English speakers. I now have a much clearer understanding of how important those books, pamphlets, and other materials are.”
During the translation of the new Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual 2018-2021 some variations between the printed copy and the online versions were noted. The translation effort was stopped until WSO could ensure the translators had the most accurate revision to work from. Those variations will be addressed in the English language version by corrected pages being made available on the website for downloading and pasting into printed manuals.
“One of the most valuable personal experiences has been the fellowship I experienced and the connections I have made” Julie commented. “Because of the meetings and the meetings-after-the-meetings, I have program friends from all over North America and I am looking forward to making new friends at the International Convention.”
Julie left me with this reminder of something she heard at this last World Service Conference::
Don’t build your program around your life.
Build your life around your program.