The Twelve Concepts of Service
S-Anon's Twelve Concepts of Service illustrate
that Twelfth Step work can be accomplished on a broad scale. The
Concepts are guidelines for the World Service Office staff, the
Board of Trustees, standing committees, and World Service Conference
members to relate to each other and to groups.
- The ultimate responsibility and authority for
S-Anon world services belongs to the S-Anon groups.
- The S-Anon Family Groups have delegated complete administrative
and operational authority to their Conference and its service
- The Right of Decision makes effective leadership possible.
- Participation is the key to harmony.
- The Rights of Appeal and Petition protect minorities and assure
that they be heard.
- The Conference acknowledges the primary administrative
responsibility of the trustees.
- The trustees have legal rights while the rights of the
Conference are traditional.
- The Board of Trustees delegates full authority for routine
management of the S-Anon Headquarters to its executive
- Good personal leadership at all service levels is a necessity.
In the field of world service the Board of Trustees assumes the
- Service responsibility is balanced by carefully defined service
authority and double-headed management is avoided.
- The World Service Office is composed of an executive director
and staff members.
- The spiritual foundation for S-Anon's world services is
contained in the General Warranties of the Conference, Article
12 of the Charter.
The General Warranties of the Conference
In all its proceedings the World Service Conference of S-Anon
shall observe the spirit of the Traditions:
- that only sufficient operating funds, including an ample
reserve, be its prudent financial principle;
- that no Conference member shall be placed in unqualified
authority over other members;
- that all decisions be reached by discussion, vote, and whenever
possible, by unanimity;
- that no Conference action ever be personally punitive or an
incitement to public controversy;
- that though the Conference serves S-Anon, it shall never perform
any act of government; and like the fellowship of S-Anon which
it serves, it shall always remain democratic in thought and
S-Anon's Twelve Concepts of Service were formally adopted and
approved at the first annual S-Anon World Service Conference
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