“Since intergroup/central offices are established and supported by local groups, they have no authority of their own. Each intergroup/central office is unique, reflecting the needs and wishes of its own community, and is responsible to the groups it serves. Typically each participating group has an intergroup representative. These reps meet periodically to elect a steering committee, or board of directors, responsible for administering the office. They also keep their groups informed. A continuing flow of communication is vital, because the groups are completely responsible for the financial support of the office that services them, and the local group members provide the volunteers to do the necessary Twelfth Step work.
Unity is the glue that holds the intergroup/central offices and general services together, but it is communication that jumpstarts mutual cooperation and harmony – vital both in reaching suffering alcoholics and in being attuned to the needs of those who are recovering in A.A. Many local intergroups produce their own flyers or information pieces. Also, the general Service Office publishes Guidelines and other service materials that share the accumulated experience of intergroups and central offices in the US/Canada and worldwide. These define an intergroup as ‘an A.A service office that involves partnership among groups in a community – just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals. It is established to carry out functions which are best handled by a centralized office…. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the Alcoholics Anonymous message to the alcoholic who still suffers.’ “
Reprinted from Box 4-5-9 August/September 2007, page 2, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc
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