Area officers serve to assure that certain essential functions are met and to help guide and represent the Area. These officers are of course not "bosses," but "trusted servants" consistent with AA experience as outlined in AA's "Tradition Two."
In accordance with the Area's Articles of Association, SENY's officers (Article IV) are elected following the Third Legacy Procedure for a two year term of service to begin in January of every odd numbered year (Article IX and X). A brief description of each position is given below.
The principal responsibility of an area delegate is to serve as the link between the members and groups in the home area and the General Service Conference. The delegate is not a simple messenger, but actively represents the voice and conscience of his/her area to the greater Fellowship. In that role, the delegate enjoys a "right of decision" in matters before the Conference. See also, the Delegate's Reports.
The alternate delegate's principal responsibility is to support the delegate in his/her activities and to be prepared to step in should the area's delegate be unable to serve. He/she also carries other specific responsibilities as designated by the area.
The area chair serves as the principal business manager for the area. In that role he/she arranges the agenda and venue for area business meetings in consultation with the other area officers and other local trusted servants, and chairs those meetings.
The area registrar serves to keep up the area's records of currently active GSRs, DCMs, DCMCs, standing and ad hoc/special committee chairs and officers. He/she is the liaison with the General Service Office in these matters.
The area treasurer is responsible for receiving and managing area funds, paying area obligations, and for making accurate and timely reports to the area on matters of area finance. He/she leads the area in developing its budget, and helping participating trusted servants in managing their service activities within the allocated budget amounts.
For more information, position duties and qualifications are suggested in The AA Service Manual. Job descriptions are given in the SENY Service Handbook. The SENY Budget Guidelines also provide some information on how the area supports its officers' activities. More on SENY's officer election process is available on the Elections page.