Group Representatives

Any Al-Anon or Alateen member who is willing to represent the group at the district and area assembly, and who is not also a member of AA, is eligible to serve as Group Representative or GR. GR’s should have a basic knowledge of Al-Anon and Alateen Traditions and Concepts of Service and how they work.


GRs are elected by the group for a three year term (see the AL-Anon/Alateen Service Manual, pages 24-27, for information about electing group representatives.)


  • Attends district meetings and area assemblies.
  • Keeps members informed about information from the area delegate and the World Service Conference.
  • Encourages members to subscribe and submit articles for The Forum.
  • Suggests participation in public outreach (public information [PI], cooperating with the professional community [CPC] and institutions) and Alateen service projects.
  • Informs members of the need to become Alateen sponsors.
  • Asks the alternate GR to attend district meetings and assemblies.
  • Assists the alternate GR in serving as the area information service representative (ISR).
  • Keeps the alternate GR informed to ensure the group is represented if unable to attend district and area assembly meetings.
  • Explains the need for self-support at the group, district, area and world service levels.
  • Consults with a service sponsor or trusted servants.

Dates to Remember

  • Group Business Meetings
  • District Meetings
  • Area Assembly meetings

Group Rep Checklist

Tips on Reporting Back to Your Group

  • Take notes at district and assembly meetings.
  • Request time from your group to offer a report.
  • Be brief.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Focus on group needs.

As a Group Representative, you are the first link in a chain that leads to our World Service Conference. You elect a district representative from all the groups in your district. You elect a new delegate to our World Service Conference at the area assembly from among the district representatives and eligible officers once every three years.


Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA