Orange County, CA — May 26–29, 2017
The planning has begun! The twenty-seventh annual Marijuana Anonymous World Service Conference is hosted by District 5 and will be held over Memorial Day weekend. All of the information you will need will be available on this site as soon as it becomes available.
Each year prior to the MAWS Conference, every MA group is asked to review the Agenda containing the action items Members have submitted for consideration. Please read them, consider them, discuss them and arrive at a group conscience. Group Service Representatives will then carry their group's conscience to the District Service Committee where further deliberation takes place. The DSC's group conscience is then carried to the MAWS Conference by the district's duly elected Delegates.
The Delegate's primary responsibility is to serve as liaison between the District and MAWS throughout the year that begins with each Conference. This begins with Delegates attending the MAWS Conference and voting on all matters that are to be decided according to the conscience of the District's groups. The Delegate votes on policies affecting MA as a whole and participates in the selection of Trustees and Service Committee chairs.
Making a commitment to service work helps us stay clean and sober, and to "keep coming back." It gives us the opportunity to practice loving unselfishness and benefits our own recovery, as well as the recovery of every member in our group.
The MAWS Conference provides many opportunities for service both before and during the Conference. Regardless of how much time you have, there is undoubtedly a way for you to contribute.
Each district elects two Delegates and an alternate(s) whose primary responsibility is to represent the conscience of the district's groups to MA World Services. Delegates shall be elected by the Third Legacy Procedure. Delegates should be elected at least 90 days prior to the Conference to allow them sufficient time to become familiar with the Conference Agenda. Outgoing Delegates are strongly encouraged to act as "service sponsors" to the incoming Delegates.
Marijuana Anonymous World Services currently has eight Conference Committees: Literature, Hospitals and Institutions, Public Information, Policies and Procedures, Finance, Conferences and Conventions, Outreach and Internet. All Members are assigned to a Committee, except for the MAWS President who is an ex-officio member of all Committees. Members are expected to continue their Committee participation throughout the following year.
Delegates prepare a District Report for presentation at the Conference. Reports review the preceding year's efforts to carry the MA message, challenges, opportunities and whatever else the members of the District feel that they want to share with the worldwide Fellowship. District reports are included in the Conference Minutes and Delegates may find it helpful to review the minutes from prior years. Reading reports from the various Districts will provide ideas about what you may want to include.