Delegate Information

What is a delegate?
A delegate is a COSA group member who represents their meeting at the International Annual Delegate Meeting by voting the conscience of their group.


What do Delegates do?

  • Serve as a conduit for information between their group and the COSA board known as the ISO of COSA by forwarding Board communications to the group and relaying the group’s concerns to ISO. (All groups are encouraged to have a year-round delegate who is selected by the Group Conscience to serve their group).
  • Attend the Annual Delegate Meeting
  • Vote on items at the Annual Delegate Meeting

Who can be a Delegate?

  • It’s suggested that Delegates have a minimum of one year in the COSA program
  • If all of the group members who plan to represent your meeting and attend have less than one year, a group conscience decision may waive that requirement.

How long do delegates serve?
Delegates serve a two year term. There is a maximum of three consecutive terms. This maximum provides for rotation of service that is so crucial to our program and our recovery.

How do delegates prepare for the Annual Delegate Meeting?

  • Register as their group’s Delegate by following the registration link below

  • Read the Delegate Meeting Guide Documents found on the Annual Delegate Meeting page.

  • Attend a number of informal, online, hour-long meetings throughout the year to learn what the COSA Board and Board committees are thinking about and working on for the benefit of the fellowship. These meetings give delegates an opportunity to ask the Board questions and to offer feedback from their groups. This exchange of information keeps our fellowship connected throughout the year. Meetings help delegates understand what occurs before, during, and after the Annual Delegate Meeting. Delegates learn from the experience, strength and hope shared by other delegates.

  • Become familiar with items to be voted on at the Annual Delegate Meeting. This usually includes Literature in Development, Budget related Items, new and returning Board Candidates and sometimes a business proposal. This information is available on the Annual Delegate Meeting page of the website.

Q. When do the one-hour informal delegate meetings take place and what will be covered?  
A. Here is the 2023 online meeting schedule:

Saturday, August 26, 2023 -OR- Thursday, August 31, 2023 Topic: Convention & Outreach (Audio link)

Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 9:00pm Eastern / 8:00pm Central / 7:00pm Mountain / 6:00pm Pacific / 3:00pm Hawaiian / 1:00am UTC
Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 2:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central / 12:00pm noon Mountain / 11:00am Pacific / 6:00pm UTC  Topic: TBD

Q. How do I join in?
A. All delegate meetings will be online. The specific times and link are available by emailing

Q. Can I come to the meetings even if I’m not a delegate?

A. Yes, everyone is welcome at the update delegate meetings. Only delegates and alternate delegates may attend the Annual Delegate Meetings in the past. We are working towards permitting additional COSAs to attend in the future.


The next 2023 Delegate Meeting will occur on November 19, 2023 at

7am to noon in Hawaii
10am to 3pm Pacific
11am to 4pm Mountain
Noon to 5pm Central
1pm to 6pm Eastern
6pm to 11pm UTC

Registration will open on October 9, 2023 and closes on November 5, 2023.

Annual Delegate Meeting information and submitted business items will be available at:

Thank you all for your service!  I look forward to serving alongside you at the Annual Delegate Meeting.

Grateful in service,

Kymberlee D