the C.A. World Service Manual (Revised July 20, 2003);
May not reflect changes made at 2003 World Service Conference.
Relation to C.A.: The Conference will act for
C.A. in the perpetuation and guidance of its world services,
and it will also be the vehicle by which the C.A. movement
can express its view upon all matters of vital C.A. policy
and all hazardous deviations from C.A. Tradition. Delegates
should be free to vote as their conscience dictates; they
should also be free to decide what questions should be
taken to the Group level, whether for information, discussion,
or their own direct instruction.
But no change in Article 10 of the Charter or in the Twelve
Traditions of C.A., or in the Twelve Steps of C.A. may be made
with less than the written consent of three-quarters of the
Relation to the World Service Board of Trustees and its
Corporate Services: It will be understood, as
a matter of tradition, that a two-thirds vote of a Conference
quorum shall be considered binding upon the World Service
Board of Trustees and its related corporate services. A
quorum shall consist of two-thirds of all the voting Conference
members registered and present.
But no such vote ought to impair the legal rights of the World
Service Board of Trustees and the service corporation to conduct
routine business and make ordinary contracts relating thereto.
It will be further understood, regardless of the legal prerogatives
of the World Service Board of Trustees, as a matter of tradition,
that a three-quarters vote of all the voting Conference members
registered and present may bring about a reorganization of
the World Service Board of Trustees and the Directors and staff
members of its corporate services, if or when such reorganization
is deemed essential.
Under such a proceeding, the Conference may request resignations,
may nominate new Trustees, and may make all other necessary
arrangements regardless of the legal prerogatives of the World
Service Board of Trustees.
Delegate Elections: Area
Delegate elections are
held by Area service committee meetings or assemblies composed
of elected General Service Representatives of all C.A.
Groups desiring to participate, District Officers, Area
Officers, Service Committee Chairpersons, and other members
who are involved in C.A. service. Area Delegate elections
may be held as needed 120 days prior to the next World
of Office of Delegates: The Area Delegates are
to be elected for a term of four (4) Conferences. It is
suggested that the spirit of rotation be followed. (WSC
Meeting: The Conference will meet at least once
a year within 50 miles of the World Service Office, unless
otherwise agreed upon by voting Conference members. Special
meetings may be called as necessary by voting Conference
members. The Conference may also render advisory opinions
at any time by mail or telephone poll in aid of the World
Service Board of Trustees or its related services.
World Service Board of Trustees: Composition, Jurisdiction
and Responsibilities: The World
Service Board of Trustees of Cocaine Anonymous shall be an incorporated
trusteeship, composed of addicts and non-addicts who’s
successors are elected by the Trustee Election Committee,
these choices being subject, however, to the approval of
the Conference. The World Service Board of Trustees is
the chief service arm of the Conference and is essentially
custodial in its character. (WSC Amendment, 1992)
Except for decisions upon matters of policy, finance, or C.A.
Tradition, liable seriously to affect C.A. as a whole, the
World Service Board of Trustees has entire freedom of action
in the routine conduct of the policy and business affairs of
the C.A. service corporations and may name suitable committees
and elect Directors to its subsidiary corporate service entities
in pursuance of this purpose.
Except in great emergency, neither the World Service Board
of Trustees nor any of its related services ought ever to take
any action liable greatly to affect C.A. as a whole without
first consulting the Conference.
World Service Conference: Its General Procedures: The
Conference will hear the financial and policy reports of
the World Service Board of Trustees and its related
corporate services. The Conference will advise the Trustees, Directors,
and staff members upon all matters presented as affecting
C.A. as a whole, engage in debate, appoint necessary committees,
and pass suitable resolutions by a two-thirds majority
of voting members present for the advice or direction of
the World Service Board of Trustees and its related services.
World Service Conference Charter, the Bylaws
of Cocaine Anonymous World Services, Inc., and the World Service Conference
Standing Rules, or any amendments thereto, should always
be subject to the approval of the World Service Conference
by a two-thirds vote of all its voting Conference members
Conference may also discuss and recommend appropriate
action respecting serious deviations from C.A. Tradition
or harmful misuse of the name "Cocaine Anonymous."
Conference may draft any needed Bylaws and will name
its own officers and committees by any method of its
Conference at the close of each yearly session will
draft a report of its proceedings, to be supplied
to all Delegates and committee members; and also
a condensation thereof, which will be sent to C.A.
Areas throughout the world.
Warranties of the Conference: In all its proceedings,
the World Service Conference shall observe the spirit of
the C.A. Tradition, taking great care that the Conference
never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that
sufficient operating funds, plus an ample reserve, be its
prudent financial principle; that none of the Conference
members shall ever be placed in a position of unqualified
authority over any of the others; that all important decisions
be reached by discussion, vote, and whenever possible,
by substantial unanimity; that no Conference action ever
be personally punitive or an incitement to public controversy;
that though the Conference may act for the service of Cocaine
Anonymous, it shall never perform any acts of government;
and that, like the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous which
it serves, the Conference itself will always remain democratic
in thought and action.
November 15, 1987; Passed by the Fourth WSC)
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