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From the C.A. World Service Manual (Revised July 20, 2003); May not reflect changes made at 2003 World Service Conference.

Description

The World Services Board of Trustees (WSBT) has the broadest scope of any branch of our service structure. The responsibility of this Board is to help deal with anything that affects C.A. as a whole, either internally or externally. All things that may endanger the existence of our Fellowship or limit our growth are of concern to WSBT.

The WSBT does NOT govern. Its nature is that of custodian only, providing guidance.

The WSBT may consist of both addicts and non-addicts as may be needed for professional areas of expertise and to broaden our perspective. Its members are known as Trustees.

The only interest of the Trustees is to serve the best interest of our Fellowship. They are given such authority by and through the World Service Conference.

The WSBT, like the World Service Office, functions as an entity apart from the program. All actions by the WSBT are guided by the Traditions.

The World Service Office is responsible to the WSBT. In order to perform their various functions, the WSBT utilizes a subcommittee system.

STANDING SUBCOMMITTEES

  1. Public Information
  2. Literature and Publications
  3. Hospitals and Institutions
  4. Finance
  5. World Service Conference
  6. Legal
  7. Trustee Negotiating
  8. Trustee Election

These committees are composed of Trustees, Fellowship members, and if needed, a nonaddict. Members are selected on a “what they have to offer” basis.

Internal structure of the WSBT is different from the rest of the service branches. The Trustees do not represent; they serve.

The Officers of the WSBT are:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary

The World Service Board of Trustees Service Structure

PURPOSE: To ensure the continuation and growth of C.A.

FUNCTIONS:

  1. To deal with matters, both inside and outside the Fellowship, which affect the continuation of C.A. growth.
  2. The guardians of the Twelve Traditions.
  3. To actively seek and encourage ways of carrying the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers.

MEMBERSHIP:

All Trustees serve the fellowship as a whole. The number of Trustees serving at any time is limited to a maximum of 12 active Trustees serving the World Service Conference. At least three-quarters are to be addict Trustees.

There are five types of Trustees: (1) World Service Trustee; (2) Regional Trustee; (3) World Service Office Trustee; (4) Trustee-at-Large; and (5) Non-Addict Trustee.

Regional Trustee: Regional Trustees are from the various designated regions. While no Trustee can be said to represent a geographical section of the country or world, Regional Trustees bring an invaluable regional point of view to the WSBT.
World Service Trustee: World Service Trustees are from an area within 125 miles of the World Service Office in California.
World Service Office Trustee: The WSO Trustee is an active volunteer director, who is not already a Trustee, on the WSO Board of Directors.
Non-Addict Trustee: Non-Addict Trustees are from the various designated Regions.
Trustee-at-Large: The Trustee will be chosen from the six regions of Cocaine Anonymous. Trustees at Large are chosen for their special experience, talents or background. They should: have the ability to be versatile, fill in positions where needed on various committees, attend regional caucuses/conventions, and be,
in the purest sense, a servant to the entire Fellowship.
At This Time: The WSBT consists of the following:
Regional Trustee (6)
World Service Trustee (1)
World Service Office Trustee (1)
Trustee-at-Large (2)
Non-Addict Trustee (1)

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications of Addict Trustees:

  1. Willingness to serve.
  2. A commitment to service as shown by experience; working as a member of other C.A. service committees; and contributions to the continuation and growth of the Fellowship.
  3. The time and resources necessary for active trusteeship.
  4. A minimum of five years of continuous abstinence from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances at the time of the election to the Regional slate.
  5. A good working knowledge of the Twelve Traditions.
  6. Has to have served as a voting member or committee chair at a prior WSC.
  7. A working knowledge of the 12 Concepts and the Conference Charter.

Qualifications of Non-Addict Trustees:

  1. Willingness to serve
  2. The time and resources necessary for active Trusteeship.
  3. A knowledge of the Twelve Traditions.
  4. A good understanding of the disease of addiction and the Twelve Step Program of Recovery.

WSBT MEETINGS

  1. The Trustees shall hold regular meetings up to four times per year at the discretion of the WSBT
  2. Additional special meetings are held upon 60 percent of WSBT approval, whenever needed. Trustees will be notified by the Chairperson.
  3. Attendance of at least 60 percent of the Trustees constitutes a quorum.
  4. Each Trustee is expected to attend three out of four regular meetings. A Trustee who is unable to attend may be asked to resign.
  5. Minutes are kept of all meetings.
  6. A copy of the minutes is sent to:
    1. Each Trustee;
    2. The World Service Office;
    3. Each Delegate and Area central office;
    4. All Conference committee chairpersons;
    5. All Conference officers.

The WSBT is an advisory board rather than a directive board. It is their responsibility to offer guidance to members, Groups, and service committees in matters concerning the Traditions or matters, which affect C.A. as a whole.

The Trustees do not have the authority to control C.A. or to change the nature of the Fellowship. Our Second Concept ensures that major policy decisions can only be made by the group conscience of the World Service Conference.

TRUSTEE NOMINEE SELECTION AND ELECTION PROCESS AND TRUSTEE TERM


VACANCY, REPLACEMENT, AND TERM
All Trustee positions, except that of the World Service Office Trustee, shall be selected during the regular Trustee elections at the next Conference, using the existing Approved Slate. The term of such Trustee position shall commence immediately following the close of the WSC at which that position is filled, and shall end at the close of the fourth successive WSC.

In the event of a vacancy in any Trustee position, except that of the WSO Trustee, with one or more years remaining in the term of office, the position shall be filled by the prescribed process:

  1. Should the remaining term be one year, the individual elected to fill the position shall be included in the slate for the next regular term.
  2. In the event the remaining term is two years or more, the individual elected to fill the position will be ineligible for election for the next regular term.

With the exception already noted, no Trustee shall serve two (2) consecutive terms.

REGIONAL SLATE
The Regional Slate of Trustee candidates shall be those candidates elected at the Regional Assembly but not yet submitted to WSC for ratification. If a Region has followed the Regional Election process and at the time of the Conference does not have a minimum slate, then the Delegates at the Conference from the Region can select sufficient candidates to satisfy the minimum slate.

CONFERENCE APPROVED SLATE
The candidates nominated from each Region shall be submitted to WSC for ratification by two-thirds vote of the WSC. All Regional candidates who complete the WSC ratification process successfully shall then be considered the Conference Approved Slate of Trustee candidates until the opening of the next World Service Conference. Except in the case of an unexpected vacancy, upon the opening of the next WSC, the previous Conference Approved Slate expires.

The various Trustee Slates shall be submitted to the Conference for ratification as one of the first substantive orders of business. Each Regional Slate, Non-Addict Trustee Slate, WSO Trustee Slate, shall be presented for approval by a single vote of the Conference. The ratification of the Regional Slate also constitutes the ratification of the Trustee-at-Large designees and the WS Trustee from the Pacific South Region. If there is an objection to the slate or any individual on the slate then each individual on the slate will be considered separately.

TRUSTEE ELECTION COMMITTEE
Final selection of a Trustee shall be made by a Trustee Election Committee consisting of the following:

Full Board of Trustees
One WSC Delegate from each Region (currently six)

All Trustees, except the WSO Trustee, shall be selected from the Conference Approved Slate pursuant to the procedures outlined in this Manual. The WSO Trustee shall be selected from the candidates selected by the WSO Board not already a Trustee. In order to be elected Trustee, a candidate must receive a vote of two-thirds of the Trustee Election Committee.

Duties, Responsibilities and Qualifications of WSC Delegates Serving on the Trustee Election Committee:

  1. One current WSC Delegate from each Region shall be selected to serve as Trustee Election Delegate by a Regional caucus conducted at the WSC. An alternate shall also be selected.
  2. It is recommended that each Delegate have previous WSC experience.
  3. During the Delegate's term on this committee, that Delegate may not be included in any slate of nominee candidates.
  4. During the Delegates term on this committee, a Delegate may not serve as a WSC Committee Chair.
  5. A Delegate's term on this committee shall commence the day following the WSC and continue until the closing of the following WSC.
  6. A Delegate serving the final year of his or her term at the WSC is not eligible for this position.
  7. If a Delegate cannot fulfill his or her term for any reason, the Region must replace the Delegate for the balance of the term.

TRUSTEE SELECTION AND ELECTIONS PROCESS SUMMARY

Regional and World Service Trustees:

  1. After approval by each Area, one or more nominee candidates may be submitted from each Area within a Region. Each Area through its Chair or Delegates is responsible for submitting the service resumes of its nominees in writing prior to the voting at the Regional Assembly to either the Regional Trustee or Regional Assembly Chair.
  2. The Pacific South Region shall annually elect up to six but not less than four candidates to fill Trustee positions as needed. The remaining five regions shall annually elect up to four but not less than two candidates to fill Trustee positions as needed.
  3. The candidates will be submitted to the Trustee Election Committee for qualification.
  4. The Trustee Election Committee will submit the candidates to the World Service Conference for ratification by two-thirds vote of the WSC.
  5. The Trustee Election Committee will make its selection from the Conference Approved Slate.

World Service Office Trustee:

  1. All volunteer Directors not already a Trustee serving on the CAWSO Board may be considered as candidates for any World Service Office Trustee vacancy.
  2. The candidates are submitted to the Trustee Election Committee.
  3. The Trustee Election Committee will submit the candidates to the World Service Conference for ratification by two-thirds vote of the WSC.
  4. The Trustee Election Committee will make its selection from the candidates ratified by two-thirds vote of the WSC.

Trustee-at-Large:

  1. At the Regional meeting, up to four nominees will be elected for the position of Regional Trustee.
  2. The two Regional nominees receiving the highest number of votes at the various Regional Assembly shall be considered the Region's nominees for Trustee-At-Large.
  3. The two candidates will be submitted to the Trustee Election Committee for qualification.
  4. The Trustee Election Committee will submit the candidates to the World Service Conference for ratification by two-thirds vote of the WSC.
  5. The Trustee Election Committee will make its selection from the Conference Approved

Non-Addict Trustee:

  1. One or more nominee candidates may be submitted from each Area within a Region.
  2. At the various Regional meetings, nominees will be elected.
  3. The candidates will be submitted to the Trustee Election Committee for qualification.
  4. The Trustee Election Committee will submit the candidates to the World Service Conference for ratification by two-thirds vote of the WSC.
  5. The Trustee Election Committee will make its selection from the Conference Approved Slate.

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