Have you ever noticed that some identify the initials GSR as Group Service Representatives and others use General Service Representatives. I thought I’d check out why.
I found a quote from an AA GSR Handbook (pg. 74) which I believe gives the answer:
All “Group Service Representatives” were entitled to one vote each. (That is what GSR’s were called at that time, and the change to General Service Representatives did not evolve until sometime later.)
That probably explains why it is that when I did a search on the AA website for the phrase “General Service Representatives”, it yielded 163 results, whereas when I entered “Group Service Representatives”, it yielded only 3 results, two of which also defined GSR as General Service Representatives.
But could it be that UA has decided to opt for the original term (where G=Group)? Maybe so that it is not confused with GSB or the GSO, for which the “G” is for General? Not according to the following quotes from UA resources, where the “G” in GSR is for General:
In our 2016 UA By-Laws it reads on pg. 5:
Candidates for Class A Trustee will whenever possible be drawn from UA members who have attended at least one UA World Service Conference as a group’s General Service Representative.
More recently (in the Oct 2021 Motion to Approve the WSC Charter of UA), it reads on page 1:
“The Term of Office of General Service Representatives (GSRs): The recommended term of
office for a General Service Representative is one to two years duration. The GSR may be
reelected and serve for up to six years total.”
And on page 6, it again reads:
“After the close of the World Service Conference or Special Convocation, the Recording Secretary(s) will draft the Minutes of the proceedings, to be supplied to all General Service Representatives and Trustees for their review and suggested corrections.”
There are more references I could cite, but these are sufficient to show why the GSRC Website Subcommittee decided to stick with having the “G” stand for General rather than Group on our website, although you may still find the term “Group Service Representatives” in some of our PDF documents, such as our Fundraising Strategies Packet v9.
- Posted by John N (Arizona) – GSRC Webmaster