Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
What is my Home Group?
Traditionally, most A.A. members through the years have found it important to belong to one group which they call their “Home Group.” This is the group where they accept service responsibilities and try to sustain friendships. And although all A.A. members are usually welcome at all groups and feel at home at any of these meetings, the concept of the “Home Group” has still remained the strongest bond between the A.A. member and the Fellowship. You can read more about a home group by clicking here to see the The A.A. Group pamphlet on the G.S.O. website. You can see how many groups we have by clicking here to see a map with all the meetings of all the groups in Area 25 Kansas.
What is a “District” and how many of them are in Area 25?
Area 25 Kansas is made up of 28 Districts. Two of these are Spanish Language Districts, 27 and 31. Click here to see a map of the Districts in Area 25 Kansas.
The geographical units known as districts link A.A. groups in local areas to each other and to A.A. groups across the country. The term “district” was mentioned during early General Service Conferences, and both “district” and “district committee member” were used informally in the 1950s. The term “district” was included in the 1955 draft of The Third Legacy Manual of World Service (now called The A.A. Service Manual). A 1975 supplement to The A.A. Service Manual formalized use of the term “district.” The current edition of the Service Manual defines a District as “containing the right number of groups—right in terms of the committee member’s ability to keep in frequent touch with them, to learn their problems, and to find ways to contribute to their growth and well-being. In the majority of areas, a district includes six to 20 groups. In metropolitan districts, the number is generally 15 to 20, while in rural or suburban districts the number can be as small as five.”
What is an “Area” and is Area 51 in Nevada?
No, not the A.A. Area 51. The Areas were first assigned in alphabetical order. It just so happens that the entire state of North Carolina is assigned to Area 51. The entire state of Kansas is assigned to Area 25. You can see a map of all the Areas in North America by clicking here.
What is a “Region” in A.A.?
You can see a map of all the Regions in North America by clicking here. Area 25 belongs to the Southwest Region. A.A. Regional and Local Forums Started in 1975, these weekend A.A. Forums are held four times a year—each in a region of the U.S. or Canada that has extended an invitation. Representatives of the General Service Board and G.S.O. and GV staffs participate in each Forum with A.A. members living or visiting in the region. The purpose of the meetings is to provide better communication among all levels of service for the region concerned. You can learn more about this in the pamphlet titled “Your A.A. General Service Office” on the G.S.O. website by clicking here.
How do I contribute to A.A.?
First of all, you have to be a member of A.A. in order to contribute. Our Seventh Tradition states that we will not accept any outside contributions so if you are not a member of A.A. please do not contribute. The G.S.O. guidelines suggest that an individual member contribute anywhere from one dollar per year up to a penny per day ($3.65 / yr.) of sobriety be donated on your A.A. birthday. If you’d like to contribute to Area 25 Kansas, click here to go to our online contribution page. Please keep in mind that the guideline from G.S.O. is a maximum contribution of no more than $3,000.00 per year. Click here to see the A.A. Guidelines covering finance.
Where are those maps I’m looking for?
We have placed links to the maps within the context of some other questions where they are appropriate. We have also created a “Maps” page in the Meetings section. For your convenience, here is a list of links to all those maps. They are in high resolution PDF files that might take several seconds to display on your screen.
- Map of Area 25 Kansas showing Districts.
- Map of North America showing Areas.
- Map of North America showing Regions.