Listed are the Service Objectives for each Standing Committee:

Archives Committee

The Archives Committee gathers and preserves material and historical data about A.A. of interest to SCAA for display and use by A.A. groups, A.A. Conventions, districts, other Area Standing Service Committees, and other interested people as appropriate. The Committee maintains these archives and makes acquisitions for these archives in order to enlighten and fulfill the ongoing continuity of the history of A.A. in Southern California.

Audio-Visual Committee

The Audio-Visual Committee provides and coordinates the presentation of A.A. audio-visual materials to A.A. groups, A.A. Conventions, districts, other committees such as Public Information, Cooperation with the Professional Community, Hospitals and Institutions, and other interested people as appropriate.

Cooperation with the Elder Community Committee (CEC)

The CEC Committee provides information about A.A. to senior citizens at locations where seniors congregate. These locations include, but are not limited to, senior citizen centers, senior health fairs, retirement homes, assisted living facilities and the offices of geriatric physicians. The information includes A.A. literature, audio visual presentations, flyers, posters, displays and other materials which support carrying the message of recovery to seniors, professionals who work predominately with seniors and A.A. members interested in outreach to the elderly.

Cooperation with the Young Community (CYC)

The purpose of the Area 05 CYC committee is to bring the A.A. message to spaces where young people are – and to those who work with them – to help them understand how and why A.A. works, and that they are not “too young” to find recovery in A.A. We meet this aim by liaising with existing Area committees such as Corrections to establish youth-related projects, working with organizations outside A.A. that serve young people, and utilizing the engagement and experience of A.A. members who have gotten sober young (YPAA) as a resource for volunteer efforts and identifying youth-related sober events.

Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee (CPC)

The Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Committee provides information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their professions. This group includes physicians and other healthcare professionals, educators, members of the clergy, lawyers, law-enforcement personnel, and social workers. Such information includes what A.A. is and is not, as well as what it does and does not do.

Corrections Committee 

The Corrections Committee encourages A.A. members to assume responsibility for carrying the message to alcoholics behind the walls, reviews all aspects of service to A.A. groups in correctional facilities, and makes recommendations for changes and/or improvements. It is also concerned with clarifying what A.A. can and cannot do, within the Traditions, to help inmate alcoholics both inside and upon release. The A.A. Service Manual page S60

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee develops the annual Area budget and the upper and lower cash balance limits, and, based on analysis of Area finances, assists SCAA in making financial decisions. Specific details are given in Section IX below (SCAA Finances).

Grapevine | La Viña Committee

The Grapevine & La Viña Committee informs groups and individuals of the benefits of using the A.A. Grapevine and La Viña magazines. The committee encourages groups and individuals to subscribe to our “meeting in print,” urges A.A. members to contribute articles for publication, and provides a structure for the group Grapevine Representatives (GvRs). SCAA Guidelines and Policies Revised 9 January 24, 2009

Guidelines & Policies Committee

The Guidelines & Policies Committee drafts amendments to SCAA guidelines in response to policies approved by the Area in concert with others. The committee reviews proposed policy changes for possible conflicts with SCAA Guidelines and/or the A.A. Service Manual. The committee assists in reviewing other SCAA documents for possible conflicts with the SCAA Guidelines & Policies and/or the A.A. Service Manual.

Literature Committee

The Literature Committee informs SCAA of the status of new and revised A.A. literature and of proposals for the printing of new literature. The committee provides current information to literature chairs at the group level, makes presentations, and displays literature at Area Assemblies and other A.A. functions.

Public Information Committee (PI)

The Public Information (PI) Committee carries the message of Alcoholics Anonymous through use of the media to the public and to the fellowship.

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee maintains records of registered groups, GSRs, Area Committee members, and all alternates; registers attendance at Area assemblies and Area Committee meetings; maintains descriptions and maps of Area boundaries and district boundaries; studies proposals for formation of new districts and modification of district boundaries; and makes impact reports to the Area Committee.

SCAAN Committee

The SCAAN Committee publishes the Southern California Area Assembly Newsletter (SCAAN) including Area assembly and Area Committee meeting minutes, a Delegate’s Report, and articles and items of general interest to SCAA. The SCAAN is published in English and Spanish, and is distributed to the districts 30 days prior to the next Area assembly.

Translation Committee

The Translation Committee provides translations of Area documents and voluntary interpretation services for Area meetings in a timely manner. The Translation Committee Chair works with the Secretary and the SCAAN Editor to produce minutes of the Area assemblies and the Area Committee meetings for distribution to the districts 30 days prior to the next Area assembly. The committee also advises the Area Chair as needed on professional interpretation presentation services.

Treatment Facilities Committee

The Treatment Facilities Committee makes presentations to administrators and alcoholic participants in treatment facilities to familiarize them with what A.A. has to offer them upon discharge.

Website Committee

The Website Committee manages the Area’s Internet website: The primary purpose of the website is to facilitate communication within SCAA and between SCAA and A.A. members. The website is published in English and Spanish. A webmaster, selected or hired by the Area Chair with the approval of the officers, develops and maintains the website at the direction of the Website Chair, with input from the Website Committee. SCAA Guidelines and Policies Revised 10 January 24, 2009


Ad-hoc Committees are temporary committees formed by the Area Chair with approval of the Officers for a specific purpose, situation, or question which is not normally dealt with by a Standing Committee. An Ad-hoc committee remains in existence until its purpose is accomplished or until it is dissolved by the Area Chair with approval of the Officers. Recommendations and/or conclusions are reported at Area assemblies and Area Committee meetings. The service objectives of each SCAA Ad-Hoc Committee are:

Accessibilities/Interpretation Ad-Hoc Committee

The Accessibilities/Interpretation Ad Hoc Committee will help serve the needs of the Area and improve communication and inclusivity for members of the deaf community, Spanish speaking community, and the English community. This committee will facilitate communication and serve other communities with language barriers interested in General Service as our needs grow and different languages are introduced. With this ad hoc committee, we will create more service opportunities for the fellowship, attract remote communities to General Service, and help prepare our area to meet their needs when they get to AA

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