The World Service Conference (WSC) is S-Anon’s annual business meeting where representatives from throughout S-Anon convene to make decisions on matters affecting our fellowship as a whole. Some frequently asked questions about the WSC are outlined below.  For more information about the World Service Conference, refer to Part 3 of the S-Anon/S-Ateen Service Manual, or contact the World Service Conference Committee Chairperson at [email protected].

View the World Service Conference Charter, a document that outlines the relationship of the World Service Conference to S-Anon.

Download the S-Anon Service Structure document to read more about the two groups of trusted servants that make up the Traditional and Legal service structures.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the World Service Conference held?

Who can attend?

Which form of parliamentary procedure is used to conduct the meetings?

What is discussed?

Who can make a motion?

What motions are being considered this year?

What has the World Service Conference done in previous years?

Q. When is the World Service Conference held?

A. The World Service Conference typically occurs the Friday afternoon before the summer S-Anon Convention.

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Q. Who can attend?

A. Only members of the World Service Conference (Board of Trustees, Area Delegates and Executive Director of the S-Anon World Service Office) are permitted to participate in the discussion and vote on motions. Anyone from the S-Anon fellowship may attend the meeting as an observer to watch the proceedings when the WSC is an in-person event, but technical requirements currently do not allow for observers when the WSC is virtual.

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Q. Which form of parliamentary procedure is used to conduct the meetings?

Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules for conduct at meetings that allows everyone to be heard and to make decisions without confusion.  During the meetings of the World Service Conference, the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order is recognized as the parliamentary authority.  Read an overview of Robert’s Rules of Order.  Because the Conference is Traditional, the rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern this conference in all cases where they are applicable except when they are inconsistent with this Charter, the Twelve Traditions and Concepts, or any special rules of order this conference may adopt. (WSC Charter, VIII. I.)

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Q. What is discussed?

A. In addition to reports from the Board of Trustees and its committees, the Area Delegates and others, members of the World Service Conference discuss and vote on motions that are submitted by members of the fellowship well in advance of the WSC meeting and considered by S-Anon groups throughout North America.  The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order is recognized as the authority governing the meetings of the World Service Conference, except where noted above.  Read an overview of Robert’s Rules of Order.

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Q. Who can make a motion?

A. Any member of S-Anon can make a motion on any topic that affects S-Anon as a whole. Motions must be submitted via a member of the World Service Conference, preferably an Area Delegate. If there is no Area Delegate, the motion is submitted via a Regional Trustee, and if there is no Regional Trustee, then the motion is submitted via another World Service Conference member.

If you are interested in submitting a motion but aren’t sure how to contact a member of the World Service Conference, please contact the World Service Office. The motion form must be completed and submitted to the World Service Conference Committee no later than February 1 in order to be considered at the World Service Conference that July. Anyone considering submitting a motion is encouraged to work with their Area Delegate or Regional Trustee, and to ensure that the motion is in order.  The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order is recognized as the authority governing the meetings of the World Service Conference.  Read an overview of Robert’s Rules of Order.

Download the motion form.

View a sample of well written motion.

To read more about how to submit a motion and how motions are considered, refer to Part 3 (Fellowship-Wide Decision-Making) of the S-Anon/S-Ateen Service Manual.

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Q. What motions are being considered this year?

A. No motions are being presented at the 2024 World Service Conference.  

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Q. What has the World Service Conference done in past years?

A. To view minutes from past World Service Conferences, click on the links below.

2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 |20192018 | 20172016 2015 | 2014 

201320122011 | 2010 | 20092008 | 20072006 | 2005 | 2004

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