By-Laws

Young People’s Groups in Alcoholics Anonymous began appearing around 1945 in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and now they can be found all across North America. In 1958, a meeting of young AA’s from across the U.S. and Canada started what is now the International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ICYPAA), and it has met on an annual basis ever since. At the 1960 AA Convention, Bill W. noted that the age of new members was much lower than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. In a letter to ICYPAA dated June 15, 1969, Bill wrote “…in recent years I have found nothing for greater inspiration than the knowledge that AA of tomorrow will be safe, and certainly magnificent, in the keeping of you who are the younger generation of AA today.”

PREAMBLE AND MISSION STATEMENT:

Fresno County Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (FCYPAA) is a committee sprung out of our 5th and 9th Traditions having a primary spiritual aim, that of carrying the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. We have no governing body and we ought never to name boards to govern but we shall always need to authorize workers to serve our fellowship. Our hope is to unify young people in our area by practicing the principles of AA through meetings, events, and outreach animated by the spirit of service and the necessity of “absolutely insisting on enjoying life!”

MEMBERSHIP OF FCYPAA:

Only admitted alcoholics may be members of FCYPAA and all members of AA defined in our third Tradition are eligible for membership. ALL ELECTED SERVANTS SHALL SERVE ONE FULL COMMITTEE TERM. Failure to attend two consecutive FCYPAA business meetings or a total of four FCYPAA business meetings per term, without prior notice to the Chair or Co-Chair shall be considered a resignation of committee position. Any break in continuous sobriety is considered a resignation of committee position. No society can function without able leadership in all its levels, and AA can be no exception. It must be said, though, that we AA’s sometimes cherish the thought that we can do without much personal leadership at all. We are apt to warp the traditional idea of “principles before personalities” around to such a point that there would be no “personality” in leadership whatever. This would imply rather faceless automatons trying to please everybody, regardless. At other times we are quite as apt to demand that AA’s leaders must necessarily be people of the most sterling judgment, morals, and inspirations; big doers, prime examples of all, and practically infallible. Real leadership, of course, has to function in between these entirely imaginary poles of hoped-for excellence. “Our leaders do not drive by mandate, they lead by example.” In effect, we are saying to them, “Act for us, but don’t boss us.”

COMMITTEE POSITIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

REGULAR POSITIONS
CONFERENCE BID POSITIONS

ELECTIONS



FREQUENCY OF ELECTIONS:
ROTATING LEADERSHIP:
FCYPAA committee position elections shall be conducted using the Third Legacy Procedure as outlined in the AA Service Manual.

PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES:

  1. FCYPAA shall follow the 12 traditions and the 12 concepts for

WorldService.

  1. FCYPAA members shall not take any actions individually or collectively without the consent of FCYPAA on behalf of FCYPAA.
  2. Funds spent in the spirit of FCYPAA for FCYPAA events and co-hosted events must be approved by the group and, if approved by the group, shall be reimbursed to committee members.
  3. All FCYPAA financial transactions shall be made through its bank account at CitiBank. All reimbursements will be made by check from treasurer.
  4. FCYPAA shall maintain a PO Box for all correspondence. The treasurershall make sure that all the fees are paid on the post office box. Allcorrespondence shall be collected by the secretary.
  5. The post office box, bank accounts and FCYPAA material should not beused for anything other than FCYPAA business.
  6. Any amendments, deletions, or additions to the Bylaws shall be discussed in new business and voted upon by a 2/3rds majority vote by members present
  7. In case of an emergency when a vote cannot be called, the chairpersonhas the right of decision in the spirit of FCYPAA and the AA Service Manual.
  8. Two committee members at every event must count and sign off on themonies collected before handing it over to the treasurer.

MEETING PROCEDURES

AGENDA SHALL FOLLOW THIS FORMAT:
Meeting Opening /Attendance
Approval of Minutes
Committee Reports
Old Business
Open positions recognized and filled
New Business
7th Tradition
Announcements from the floor
Closing Prayer

MINUTES

The Secretary shall prepare minutes for each meeting, noting old business, motions, actions and other important items.
Copies of minutes are to be made available to every FCYPAA member at each meeting and upon request from any AA member.
Minutes are to be read, corrected as needed, and approved by majority vote. Minority rights do not apply to this procedure.
The chairperson shall conduct the meeting in such a manner as to allow the Secretary to take the most accurate notes possible. The group will honor all requests for clarification from the Secretary.

REPORTS

All reports shall be concise and well prepared. All reports shall be provided in writing to the Secretary by the end of every regularly scheduled business meeting.

MOTIONS

Any member, except the Chair, may make a motion by stating, “I make a motion.”
Motions must be seconded, discussed and voted upon. Automatically following vote, minority opinion is voiced. If one of the majority wishes to reconsider, a second vote must be taken.
Motions may be withdrawn or amended by the member making the motion anytime prior to the vote, provided the member who seconded agrees.
In discussion of the motions, the member making the motion has the right to speak first and last on that motion. The chair will always ask for further discussion before giving the floor to the member who made the motion to speak last.
If a second vote needs to be taken due to minority opinion, minority rights no longer apply.
If any vote does not show substantial unanimity, the chair has the right to entertain tabling the motion. If the motion is tabled it will be the priority in “Old Business” at the next regularly scheduled business meeting.

DISCUSSION OF MOTIONS

I. LISTENING

  1. Questions shall only be asked at the conclusion of any speaker’s remarks.
  2. The only member who may interrupt a speaker is the Chair.
  3. The Chair may only interrupt a speaker for these reasons:
  4. Speaking off topic
  5. Speaking too long
  6. Repeating the previous points at length

II. TALKING:
Any member may make a procedural motion at any appropriate break in discussion.
The chair will open discussion by asking, “Is there any discussion?” The member making the motion has the right to speak first and last on that motion.
The Chair will call on members or guests who raise their hands to speak.
The Chair will always ask for further discussion before giving the floor back to the member who made the motion.
If at any time the Chair decides the discussion has escalated beyond his/her ability to keep track of raised hands, the Co-chair will keep a list of all the people wishing to speak and follow the list until the Chair can keep track again.
Patience, Tolerance, Understanding, and Love are the “watchwords” so discussions shall be concise, courteous and dignified.
At the conclusion of discussion, the Chair will ask the Secretary to repeat the motion on the table and a vote will be taken.

VOTING

Each FCYPAA member has one vote. The Chair of FCYPAA can only vote to break ties. The Chair may not make motions. All officers must vote. Abstention voting is permitted.
All decision must be reached by a discussion with an informed group conscience and possible, substantial unanimity.
Automatically following a vote, minority opinions can be voiced. If one of the majority wishes to reconsider his or her position after minority opinions have been voiced, a second vote must be taken.

APPENDIX

In the event a situation or condition is not covered here, the Chair or any other member may suggest a method of proceeding that shall be temporarily adopted for that specific meeting upon acceptance by a majority of the members present.
The Chair of the meeting is responsible for being a guiding hand in implemented these guidelines for procedure. Should a participant persist on holding the floor, without adhering to the requirements of these procedures or should a participant persist in interrupting or otherwise disrupt the meeting, the Chair has a right to say, “Will you please come to order.” If the discussion continues, the Chair should declare the meeting adjourned.
The 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts of World Service precede all procedures covered here. It is not the intention of FCYPAA to violate any tradition or AA principle.

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