This section defines each of the Chicago Area committees and provides links further detailing each one. The content of each committee description is drawn directly from the Chicago AA structure manual entitled "Chicago AA (Area 19): How it works for you. Recovery, Unity & Service."


District committees consist of the GSR's for each meeting in that district plus the elected chair of the district (DCM - District Committee Member). DCM's sit on the area assembly. Most districts meet on the third Tuesday of the odd month. Check the district meeting schedule for more information.


This committee gathers historical data and other memorabilia pertinent to Chicago Area AA including, but not limited to, oral and written histories, correspondence, newspaper articles, literature, etc.

Chicago Area Service Office (CASO)

CASO handles the day-to day business dealings and maintains the member/group database as well as providing a retail store for Alcoholics Anonymous Literature and other recovery related merchandise.

Chicago Area Service Assembly (CASA)

The CASA guides and councils the affairs and services of Chicago Area Alcoholics in the spirit of The Twelve Traditions of AA.

Conferences (COC)

COC insures proper participation of Chicago Area AA in State and local conferences, including cooperation with other State Delegate Areas. COC also assists with the annual All Chicago Open Meeting and performs such other services as necessary to the Chicago Area.

Correctional Facilities (CFC)

CFC cooperates with all correctional institutions in the Chicago Area explaining AA's role with inmates who seek help, sponsoring and participating in AA meeting, groups and other activities within the scope of the Fellowship.

Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC)

CPC provides information about AA to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession. Examples are physicians, nurses, lawyers, judges, social workers, union leaders and industrial managers as well as those working in the field of alcoholism.

Public Information (PI)

PI carries the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to schools, colleges and various public agencies and other interested organizations utilizing all the available media in accordance with The Twelve Traditions and guidelines of CASA.


The Literature Committee is newly formed in 2003. Its purpose is to help the Office decide what literature to carry in the bookstore.

Off-Hour Phone Answering Committee

The purpose of this special committee is to recruit, train, and schedule AA volunteers to answer calls received by the Chicago Area Service Office when it is closed. The calls are routed to the volunteers' personal phones. Membership on this committee is open to any interested AA member.

Hospitals and Treatment Facilities (HTF)

HTF cooperates with hospitals, treatment and rehabilitation facilities in the Chicago Area regarding AA's relationship with such facilities, sponsorship of AA Meetings and groups in such facilities.


This committee acquaints members with the publication The Grapevine, and presents it as a tool in maintaining individual and group sobriety through its many attractions.


This committee is responsible for all matters relating to office management, records, personnel, finances and expenditures of Chicago Area Alcoholics Anonymous.


This special committee is responsible for providing information about AA to alcoholics who have physical disabilities or other special needs.

Sharing Session

This meeting allows The District Chairpersons and Committee Chairpersons to get acquainted, discuss and share problems occurring within the Districts, Standing and Ad Hoc Committees. Its other purpose is to present and discuss new ideas to improve service in The Chicago Area AA. Usually, the meeting is chaired by the alternate CASA Chair.

Here's How Editorial Board

The Board is responsible for our version of The Grapevine. Here's How is printed six times per year by CASO, under the auspices of CASA. Its function is to generate interest in a greater unity between the thousands of groups in the Chicagoland Area.


This committee is responsible for the review of and suggested modifications to the Area 19 service structure.


This committee is responsible for creating the website policy and for managing the area website.