About the Group

Spirit of the Big Book (SBB) Constitution

What do we believe in?

  • We believe in the AA program of recovery as described in the Big Book.
  • We believe in one-on-one Big Book sponsorship.
  • We believe in the Steps.
  • We believe in a Higher Power and will not shy away from talking about a Higher Power.
  • We believe in responsible sponsorship.
  • We believe that the group needs to be reasonable and flexible in dealing with issues as they arise. 

Voting powers (how to get them and how to lose them)

  • Your third of the most recent six business meetings entitles you to voting power.
  • You maintain voting power UNLESS you miss three business meetings in a row (unless you are seriously ill or otherwise incapacitated, as will be determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • To remove someone’s voting powers requires 2/3 majority of all voting members 

Regular votes (non-fundamental changes)

  • Simple quorum: 20% of voting members must be present
  • Simple majority (50% + 1) voting members 

Fundamental changes to the constitution of the meeting (example: changes to business meeting, changes to standard meeting format or any other format)

  • Special quorum 50% of voting members must be present
  • Special resolution: 2/3 majority voting members

Elections

Process:

  • Persons can volunteer or be nominated
  • Election vote is a special resolution of 2/3 majority voting members

Continuous Sobriety Time Recommendation for service position:

Treasurer: 1 year

GSR: 6 months

Secretary: 3 months