Inter-Group Association of
Alcoholics Anonymous of New York, Inc.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is an “Inter-Group” and what does an Inter-Group do?
An “Inter-Group” is a local A.A. service office, established and supported by A.A. groups and members, to help carry the A.A. message within a specific geographic area; it is a partnership of A.A. groups just as an A.A. group is a partnership of individuals. In Mid-Western and Western States Inter-Groups are sometimes referred to as “Central Offices.” The terms are interchangeable. Usually the Inter-Group maintains a telephone help-line available to the public; to anyone in the community who may have a problem with alcohol.
The Inter-Group service office relies on A.A. group members to perform Twelfth-Step service. Service at an Inter-Group office usually consists of answering the Inter-Group’s phones, arranging A.A. member Twelfth-Step contacts for newcomers, helping callers to get to meetings and/or serving on Public Information or on Hospital and Institutions Committees. Inter-Groups usually publish local A.A. meeting lists and newsletters.
2. How many A.A. Inter-Groups are there?
Currently there are 757 Inter-Groups or Central Offices registered with A.A.’s General Service Office; 514 are located in the United States and Canada.
3. When was New York Inter-Group founded?
4. Who started New York Inter-Group?
23 of the groups that were in existence in 1946 founded New York Inter-Group. The founding groups were from: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County, The Bronx and Westchester County.
5. Is New York Inter-Group Incorporated?
Yes, New York Inter-Group is incorporated pursuant to the Membership Corporation Laws of the state of New York.
6. How can I find out more about New York Inter-Group’s service structure?
New York Inter-Group’s service structure is explained in its by-laws, which are operating guidelines required by the laws of the State of New York for incorporated not-for-profit organizations. The detailed by-laws were last revised in 1995 and last amended in 1997. Group delegates at a quarterly meeting must approve revisions and amendments to Inter-Group’s by-laws. Copies of Inter-Group’s by-laws are available at the quarterly delegates meeting and in the Inter-Group office.
The by-laws may be amended at any time by a two-thirds vote of the delegates present at any regular meeting of the delegates, provided a copy of the proposed amendment was submitted to each Inter-Group Delegate and Alternate Inter-Group Delegate at least thirty days before the meeting considering action on the proposed amendment.
7. What is New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee?
The Steering Committee is responsible for oversight of the Inter-Group office and its functions. It is similar to, what, in the business community, would be called a “Board of Directors”.
8. How many members serve on New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee?
9. How long is the term of a New York Inter-Group Steering Committee member?
Two years. Seven members of Inter-Group’s Steering Committee rotate every year on June 30.
10. Is there a sobriety requirement for Steering Committee service?
Yes, three years.
11. How are New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee members elected?
Members of the Steering Committee are elected in several ways. Two of the officers of the Inter-Group Association, Chairperson and Secretary, are elected by group representatives meeting quarterly. Notices of availability of the service opportunities are published eight months in advance. Nominations for the offices are screened by a Nominating Committee that presents no more than three nominees to the membership at a quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ meeting for election. An Alternate Chairperson is elected in the same way.
Inter-Group’s Treasurer, the third officer of the Inter-Group Association, is nominated by the Finance Committee, ratified by the Steering Committee and by the membership at a quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ (group representatives) meeting.
The Chairs of Inter-Group’s Service Committees; Group Relations, Phone Volunteers, Corrections & Treatment Facilities and Public Information are nominated by their respective Service Committees and ratified by the Steering Committee and by the membership at a quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ meeting.
Six Area Representatives, representing the five Boroughs of New York City and Westchester County, are elected by Inter-Group Delegates (group representatives) at Forums in their respective areas. Since Area Representatives are elected directly by area members, their elections do not need to be ratified by a quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ meeting.
12. What are the duties of members of New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee?
Suggested duties and qualifications are described in Inter-Group’s by-laws. In addition to responsibility, as a body, to oversee the functioning of the Inter-Group office, most Steering Committee members have local Area or service committee suggested duties. Steering Committee members attend monthly meetings in the Inter-Group office and report quarterly to the Inter-Group Delegates.
Six Area Representatives, one for each New York City Borough and Westchester County, are responsible for hosting bi-monthly Forums in their respective Areas. Area Representatives act as liaison between area groups and Inter-Group’s Steering Committee. See #13 for a description of an Area Forum.
Inter-Group’s Chair and Alternate Chair are responsible for presiding at monthly Steering Committee and quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ meetings. Both the Chair and Alternate can also be assigned specific responsibilities by the Steering Committee.
Inter-Group’s Treasurer, as the title implies, is responsible for the financial well being of the Inter-Group office. The Treasurer presides at monthly Finance Committee meetings. The Finance Committee is comprised of no more than three Steering Committee members and no more than three non-Steering Committee members.
Chairs of Inter-Group’s Service Committees: Group Relations, Phone Volunteers, Corrections & Treatment Facilities and Public Information, each preside at regular meetings of their respective committees, usually monthly. Committee Chairs are responsible for assuring that service committees function in accordance with A.A.’s Traditions, Inter-Group’s by-laws and any guidelines adopted for the functioning of the committees.
13. What’s an Area Forum?
Area Forums, meetings of group Inter-Group Delegates and other members sponsored by New York Inter-Group are held regularly in each New York City Borough and Westchester County. Area Representatives serving on Inter-Group’s Steering Committee preside at the meetings usually held bi-monthly.
The Forums provide opportunity for group representatives to remain informed about Inter-Group activities in between the more formal quarterly Delegates’ meetings. They also provide a means by which Area Representatives can keep informed about group concerns as they relate to Inter-Group. Area Representatives inform Inter-Group about Area concerns at monthly Steering Committee meetings.
14. How many people does New York Inter-Group employ?
Currently there are four employees, three full-time and one part-time. In accordance with its by-laws, only A.A. members can be employed at Inter-Group.
15. What are the duties of New York Inter-Group’s employees?
The Executive Secretary manages the office; supervises two full-time and one part-time employees, prepares the annual budget and monthly financial statements, monitors literature inventory levels and preparation of semi-annual Meeting List Books, provides administrative support to the Public Information Committee and attends monthly Finance and Steering Committee meetings as well as quarterly Inter-Group Delegates’ meetings. The Executive Secretary also provides administrative support to the annual Bill W. Dinner Committee, the annual Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance Committee and The Big Meeting Committee.
The Office Assistant/Committee Coordinator, prepares and mails announcements of Inter-Group events, recruits and supervises volunteer mailers, does word processing for the Steering Committee, coordinates quarterly Delegates’ meetings, and serves literature customers. She also maintains monthly Cash Receipts and literature sales records and provides administrative support to the All-Areas and individual Area Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committees.
The Data Entry Office Assistant maintains Inter-Group’s Meeting List Book database, group officer database and maintains a database of all contributions to Inter-Group. He/she also prepares and mails receipts and acknowledgements for all contributions to New York Inter-Group.
The Staff Associate, Literature Sales & Office Operations is responsible for the routine maintenance of the Inter-Group office, the inventory of A.A. literature. Orders needed books and pamphlets from GSO, and prepares literature orders for sale.
16. What is the amount of New York Inter-Group’s annual operating expense budget?
The total operating expense budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 was $442,100.00
17. What service opportunities are available at New York Inter-Group?
Answering Inter-Group’s phones in the office or via call-forwarding at home, Chairing meetings in institutions (rehabs, detoxes, shelters or prisons), speaking about alcoholism and the A.A. program to non-A.A. groups (Public Information), packing A.A. literature for distribution at institutional meetings and serving on the Steering Committee.
There is a frequent need for assistance in preparing mailings to groups. Service opportunities are also available on the annual Bill W. Dinner Committee, the Big Meeting, and the annual Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance Committee.
18. How do I become a New York Inter-Group office phone or call-forwarding volunteer?
Please call (212) 647-1680 or stop by the office today between 10:00am and 9:00pm for an Orientation if you would like to answer phone calls.
No appointment is necessary during these hours. An orientation takes approximately 30 minutes. Members who want to answer Inter-Group’s phones in their homes via call-forwarding are also required to receive an orientation. New York Inter-Group also has many Volunteer positions available with no sobriety time requirement such as: stuffing envelopes, updating the website, inventory count, filing, archiving, etc.
19. Are there any requirements for becoming a New York Inter-Group office phone or call-forwarding volunteer?
One year of continuous sobriety is required to answer New York Inter-Group’s telephones.
20. How much of a commitment do I have to make to answer Inter-Group’s phones?
There is no commitment required. After orientation members wishing to answer phones in the Inter-Group office have the opportunity to sign-up for phone answering shift(s). There are three daily phone-answering shifts in the office:
9:00am to 1:30pm ~ 1:30pm to 6:00pm ~ 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Call-forwarding shifts are from 10:00pm to 2:00am, seven days a week. A cell-phone may be used to receive calls at your home; so long as the area code is within the United States (Including Alaska and Hawaii).
The scheduling of call-forwarding shifts is different from scheduling office phone service.
Nevertheless, there is no commitment requirement. Call-forwarding shifts are scheduled by other call-forwarding volunteers, called Captains. There is a call-forwarding Captain for each 10:00pm to 2:00am shift seven nights of the week. Captains schedule call-forwarding volunteers for service, monthly, in advance.
21. Why doesn’t New York Inter-Group have a 24-hour phone answering service?
Inter-Group will have a 24-hour phone answering service when there are enough A.A. member volunteers to perform the service.
22. How can I become involved in carrying the A.A. message to detoxes, rehabs, shelters and prisons?
Attend a monthly Inter-Group Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee meeting in your Borough/Area. The following is a schedule of the local monthly Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee meetings:
The 3rd Friday of every month, 7:00pm, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, (@Fordham Road & Andrews Avenue), University Heights group meeting place), Bronx, NY 10468.
The last Saturday of every month, 1:00pm, 103 Quincy Street, (between Franklin & Classon Avenues, basement), (@Daily Reflection Workshop group meeting place), Brooklyn, NY 11238.
The 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30pm, N.Y. Inter-Group office, 307 Seventh Avenue (@27th and 28th Streets), 2nd floor, New York, NY 10001.
The 3rd Thursday of every month, 7:00pm, Christ Congregational Church, 85-27 91st Street (@ 85th Road), church hall on ground floor. Richmond Hill, NY11418.
The 2nd Saturday of every month, 3:00pm, Spanish Intergroup Office, (Oficina Central Hispania de A.A.), 2234 First Avenue @ 120th Street, New York, NY 10029.
The 4th Monday of every month, 7:00pm, How Club, 552 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302. Orientation at 6:30pm, the meeting starts at 7:00pm.
The 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, Grace Baptist Church, 52 South 6th Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
23. What does it mean for a group to “adopt” an institutional A.A. meeting?
When an A.A. group “adopts” an institutional meeting the group assumes responsibility for taking the meeting to the detox, rehab, outpatient program or shelter. Usually through a “Group Corrections & Treatment Facilities Representative”, group members carry the A.A. message to those in the institution who may be still- suffering alcoholics. Attend a monthly Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee meeting in your Borough/Area to learn more about group adoption of institutional meetings and for a list of institutional meetings available for adoption.
24. What is the Bill W. Dinner?
The Bill W. Dinner is an annual celebration of the sobriety anniversary of A.A. co-founder, Bill W. Proceeds of the event benefit New York Inter-Group. The Dinner was started by several of Bill’s friends who were accustomed to celebrating Bill’s anniversary by taking him to dinner. Hearing that the newly formed New York Inter-Group needed financial support, Bill’s friends suggested an annual dinner in his honor to benefit New York Inter-Group. Bill agreed and spoke at the dinner every year until illness prevented his participation. Bill’s wife, Lois, also participated in the event annually until her death in 1988. For more information, contact New York Inter-Group at (212) 647-1680.
25. How can I become involved in service with New York Inter-Group’s Bill W. Dinner Committee?
Contact New York Inter-Group at (212) 647-1680 and ask for a member of the staff. The staff member will give your name and phone number to the Chair of the Bill W. Dinner Committee.
26. Who chooses the Chair of the Bill W. Dinner?
Responsibility for Chairing the Bill W. Dinner rotates annually among the five New York City Boroughs and Westchester County. Each year, usually in December, the Area Forum responsible for the Dinner in the following year nominates a candidate to Chair. Nominations must be ratified by the Steering Committee and by Inter-Group Delegates (group representatives) at a quarterly meeting.
27. What is the process for choosing Bill W. Dinner speakers?
Any A.A. member can nominate a speaker for the 2012 Bill W. Dinner. Members of the Speaker Selection Committee will schedule meetings at which they will hear each candidate speak. The Committee will then vote for their choice of three speakers. The Speaker Selection Committee’s choices are subject to ratification by New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee and by group representatives at the September, 2012 Quarterly Delegates meeting.
Nominees must be a member of an A.A. group located in one of the five New York City Boroughs or in Westchester County. The closing date for nominating a speaker for the 2013 Bill W. Dinner is Wednesday - May 15th, 2013.
Mail or fax (212-647-1648) nominations to the New York Inter-Group office. Nomination forms are located on the website.
28. What is the date and time of the 2013 Bill W. Dinner and where will the Dinner be held?
The 2013 Bill W. Dinner will be held at the New York Hilton Hotel on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The doors of the Grand Ballroom open at 6:45pm and dinner is served promptly at 7:00pm
29. Why and when was the Bill W. Dinner ticket price raised from $100 to $125?
At the March 2011 quarterly Delegates’ meeting, the Steering Committee recommended that the ticket price be increased. A motion supporting the recommendation and increasing the ticket price from $100 to $125 was seconded and passed.
The Bill W. Dinner ticket price was last increased in 2004 from $90 to $100. Since 2004 dinner costs have increased steadily. Since 2003 the cost per plate charged by the hotel alone has increased over 30% and has increased every year since.
30. What events take place on the evening of the Bill W. Dinner besides dinner?
Dinner is served promptly at 7:00pm. A three-speaker Open meeting starts at 8:30pm; ending at 10:00pm. At 10:30pm, there is a showing of several videos, including “Bill’s Own Story.” Dancing starts at 10:00pm and ends at 2:00am. There are two separate rooms for dancing; one has a live orchestra and the other a DJ.
31. Are there any free events on the afternoon of the Bill W. Dinner?
On the afternoon of the Bill W. Dinner there is an Old Timers Meeting that starts at 1:00pm. There is also a showing of “Bill’s Own Story” video. No tickets are necessary for the afternoon events. The events are free. A Seventh Tradition collection will be taken.
32. If I serve on the Bill W. Dinner Hospitality Committee, will I receive a free Dinner ticket?
Unfortunately, no volunteer receives a free Bill W. Dinner ticket for performing A.A. service.
33. Can I pay to attend the dance only without paying the full $125 Bill W. Dinner ticket cost?
No, as NY Inter-Group rents from the hotel only enough space for a specific number of people based on dinner ticket sales. New York City Fire Department laws limit occupancy of the space provided for dancing.
34. Is there a dress code for the Bill W. Dinner?
There is no dress code for the Bill W. Dinner. Our experience is that most people wear semi-formal to formal evening clothes.
35. What portion of each 2012 Bill W. Dinner $125 ticket went to New York Inter-Group?
The actual net proceeds to New York Inter-Group per ticket sold for the 11/03/2012 Bill W. Dinner was $27.44 (deductible for income tax purposes). The difference of $97.56 represents the actual cost of the dinner, entertainment and miscellaneous costs.
36. Can I buy Bill W. Dinner tickets at the door?
No. Our contract with the hotel requires that we provide their Catering Department guaranteed quantities of dinners to be served beginning three days prior to the event date.
37. Can I buy tickets on the day of the Bill W. Dinner?
If the Dinner isn’t sold out there is a limited quantity of tickets available until 3:00pm on the day of the Dinner. Email Committee@NYIntergroup.org to buy tickets.
38. How do I go about buying Bill W. Dinner tickets at the New York Inter-Group office?
Mail your check, payable to New York Inter-Group, $125 per ticket (a table seats 10 and costs $1,250), to the office. Please clearly identify the check payment for Bill W. Dinner tickets. Include with your check your name, telephone number, full address (including apartment number) and zip code. The office will mail your tickets and receipt. Tickets are also available for purchase at the office, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm or Email Committee@NYIntergroup.org for more information.
39. Can single tickets be purchased for the Bill W. Dinner?
Yes, if your group doesn’t have tickets available you can purchase a ticket through the Inter-Group office.
40. What is the date and time of the 2013 Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance?
Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at 8:00pm
41. Where will the 2013 Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance be held?
Antun’s Restaurant, located at 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village.
42. What’s the cost of tickets for the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance?
Tickets are $85.00/each.
43. How do purchase tickets to the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner?
Tickets can be bought at the Inter-Group office weekdays between 9:00am and 6:00pm or by mail by sending your check to the Inter-Group office. Make checks payable to New York Inter-Group and include name, address (with apartment number), zip code and telephone number. The ticket(s) and a receipt will be mailed to you or email Committee@NYIntergroup.org for more information.
44. Can I buy tickets to the Literature Fund Dinner/Dance at the door?
No. Our contract with the restaurant requires that we provide an attendance quantity guarantee several days prior to the event.
45. How can I become involved in service with the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance?
Phone an Inter-Group staff member to inform of your interest. The staff member will give your name and phone number to the Chair of the Literature Fund Dinner/Dance Committee or email CTFC@NYIntergroup.org
46. What is Inter-Group’s Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund?
The Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund is made up of contributions received from groups and individual members designated by the donors to pay for A.A. pamphlets and New York area Meeting Books, to be distributed by the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee at institutional meetings. The net proceeds of the annual Literature Fund Dinner/Dance are also put into this fund.
47. Can groups and members contribute to the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund directly?
Yes, make your check payable to New York Inter-Group and indicate in the reference section on the check or money order that the contribution is for the CTFC Literature Fund. Mail the check or money order to the New York Inter-Group office.
48. What’s The Big Meeting?
Annually in June, New York Inter-Group sponsors a three-speaker open meeting honoring the founding date (June 10th, 1935) of Alcoholics Anonymous. The event is free; no tickets are required. The 2013 Big Meeting will be held at the New York Hilton (in the Grand Ballroom) on Sunday, June 19, 2013. For information, please contact New York Inter-Group at (212) 647-1680 or (914) 949-1200 or email Committee@NYIntergroup.org for more information. New York Inter-Group sponsored its first Big Meeting in 1989.
49. How are The Big Meeting speakers chosen?
Any A.A. member can nominate a speaker for the 2013 Big Meeting. Members of the Speakers’ Committee will schedule meetings at which they will hear each candidate speak. The Committee will then vote for their choice of three speakers. The Speaker Committee’s choices are subject to ratification by New York Inter-Group’s Steering Committee and by group representatives at the June, 2013 Quarterly Delegates meeting.
Nominees must be a member of an A.A. group located in one of the five New York City Boroughs or in Westchester County. The closing date for nominating a speaker for the 2013 Big Meeting is Monday – April 29, 2013. Mail or fax (212-647-1648) nominations to the New York Inter-Group office.
50. How is the Chair of The Big Meeting chosen?
Responsibility for chairing The Big Meeting rotates among members of groups in New York City’s five boroughs and Westchester County. Annually, usually in December, the responsible Area Forum nominates a candidate to Chair the event. Selection of a Big Meeting Chair is subject to ratification by the Steering Committee and by the membership at a Quarterly Inter-Group Delegates meeting.
51. How do I go about serving on New York Inter-Group’s Public Information Committee to speak to non-A.A. groups (schools and senior citizen centers)?
Fill out a Public Information Volunteer Questionnaire and mail the completed form to the New York Inter-Group office. If you do not have access to the form, phone the Inter-Group office and request that a form is mailed to you. Local Public Information Committee chairpersons assign Public Information speaking commitments to schools and senior citizen centers. There is a Public Information Committee chairperson in each New York City Borough and in Westchester County. Email Committee@NYIntergroup.org for more information.
52. What are New York Inter-Group’s office hours?
The Inter-Group office is open every day of the year from 9:00am to 10:00pm. Staff hours are weekdays from 9:00am to 6:30pm; and Saturday from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
53. What are the hours during which I can buy A.A. Conference Approved literature at the New York Inter-Group office?
Inter-Group’s Literature Room is open weekdays from 9:00am to 6:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. There are no literature sales on Sundays or legal holidays. New York Inter-Group does not sell chips or medallions. For more information email Literature@NYIntergroup.org
54. What are the hours during which I can buy Meeting Books at the New York Inter-Group office?
Meeting Books are available for sale, in limited quantities, at $1.50 each – anytime the Inter-Group office is open. Large quantities of Meeting List Books are best purchased during the Literature Room hours. For more information email Literature@NYIntergroup.org
55. Do I have to go to the New York Inter-Group office in order to purchase literature and Meeting Books?
No. Inter-Group will ship your order of literature and/or Meeting Books via United Parcel Service. Please note shipping costs along with New York State Sales Tax will be added to your order. If you want your order shipped, phone or email the Literature Room at the Inter-Group office weekdays between 9:00am and 6:30pm or Saturdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm to place your order. The Inter-Group staff member will give you the total cost of your order including shipping and sales tax. When your check or money order is received, the order will be shipped via United Parcel Service. Literature orders cannot be shipped to Post Office Boxes. For more information or to place an order please email Literature@NYIntergroup.org
56. Can I fax my literature and/or Meeting Book order to New York Inter-Group?
Yes, New York Inter-Group’s fax number is (212) 647-1648. The literature order will be shipped via United Parcel Service once your check or money order has been received.
57. Does New York Inter-Group accept credit cards for literature and Meeting Book purchases?
Not at this time.
58. What are the sources of New York Inter-Group’s income?
New York Inter-Group receives most of its income from A.A. Group contributions. Other income is derived from Anniversary Club and personal contributions, Meeting Book and literature sales and the net proceeds from the Bill W. Dinner.
59. What is the Anniversary Club?
The Anniversary Club is a way for individual A.A. members to support New York Inter-Group by contributing each year on their sobriety anniversary. The suggested contribution is $1.00 or $2.00 for each year of sobriety. Anniversary Club members receive anniversary cards from New York Inter-Group during the month of their anniversary celebrations. For more information email ExecutiveSecretary@NYIntergroup.org
60. How can my home group keep informed about New York Inter-Group’s finances?
Detailed monthly financial statements are available by contacting the Executive Secretary at ExecutiveSecretary@NYIntergroup.org and are distributed at quarterly Inter-Group Delegate meetings.
61. What is the maximum annual amount an A.A. member can donate to New York Inter-Group?
Currently the maximum annual personal contribution from an individual A.A. member is $5,000. The maximum also applies to a one-time-only bequest from an A.A. member.
62. How can my home group be kept informed about New York Inter-Group and its activities?
Groups with elected Inter-Group Delegates are informed by mail about all New York Inter-Group events. In addition, minutes of Inter-Group’s monthly Steering Committee meetings are mailed to Inter-Group Delegates. Inter-Group Delegates also receive New York Inter-Group’s newsletter, “Sober News.”
63. My home group does not receive information about New York Inter-Group’s activities. What should I do?
At your home group’s next business meeting suggest that an Inter-Group Delegate be elected. Once this is done, complete and mail an updated Group Information form, with the name, address and phone number of your group’s Inter-Group Delegate to the New York Inter-Group office. Your group’s Inter-Group Delegate will then be added to New York Inter-Group’s mailing list. If you not have a Inter-Group Delegate, please call the office and speak to a staff member or email GroupsAndMeetings@NYIntergroup.org with your request.
64. What is a A.A. Group and Meeting Information Form and 12 Step Contact Form?
It is a form by which groups regularly inform New York Inter-Group of their meeting address and meeting schedule. The form also provides Inter-Group with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of group officers and group Twelfth-Step contacts.
Forms are available at the Quarterly Delegates meetings, Area Forums and at the New York Inter-Group office. They are also available on the website. Twice each year Inter-Group mails pre-printed Group Information forms to each group. The pre-printed forms contain the group name, meeting address, meeting schedule and space for names, addresses and phone numbers of current group officers and Twelfth-Step contacts.
65. Why is the Group Information form important?
The information about group meeting addresses and meeting schedules is used to keep the Meeting Book current so that members and newcomers can find A.A. meetings. The names, addresses and phone numbers of group officers assure that the group’s trusted servants will receive information about New York Inter-Group and its events. In addition, since group officers are also group Twelfth-Step contacts, they can be called on to assist newcomers who phone New York Inter-Group for help with an alcohol problem.
66. How can I find out when my group last provided Inter-Group with current group meeting, officer and Twelfth-Step contact information?
The Meeting Book includes the date that New York Inter-Group received each group’s most recent information. The date appears in the group’s meeting listing entry. Or you can phone an Inter-Group staff member.
67. How often is New York Inter-Group’s Meeting Book published?
The Meeting Book is published bi-annually, in June and December.
68. What is the cutoff date for updating group meeting information in New York Inter-Group’s Meeting Book?
The cutoff date for the June edition of the Meeting Book is April 30. The cutoff date for the December edition is October 30. However, we suggest that anytime groups change their meeting place address, schedule of meeting times or types of meetings, to inform the New York Inter-Group office as soon as possible since updated meeting information is made available to office phone volunteers regularly so that those calling can receive accurate meeting places and times.
69. Does New York Inter-Group have a web site and e-mail addresses?
Yes, New York Inter-Group’s web site consists of a home page as well as the Meeting List, information about New York Inter-Group events including Area Forums, Quarterly Exchange and Delegates’ meetings, Westchester Quarterly Booking meetings, The Big Meeting, the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee Literature Fund Dinner/Dance, and the Bill W. Dinner.
The web site also contains New York Inter-Group’s newsletter, “Sober News,” a Calendar of Events and several service pieces including Group Officers’ Suggested Duties as well as Service Activity Charts for the Public Information and Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committees. Inter-Group’s web site address is www.nyintergroup.org
New York Inter-Group has e-mail addresses which can be used to voice your comments, questions and concerns to the Steering Committee, staff and or the various sub-committees of New York Inter-Group.
The e-mail addresses are listed below with a brief description of each. Please note all correspondence via e-mail will be held in the strictest confidence. No information will be shared unless New York Inter-Group is given prior permission.
Questions or suggestions regarding the NY Inter-Group Office
To order A.A. Literature
Questions or updates for the Meeting List, Group Officers, Inter-Group Delegates, and Twelve Step Contacts
Questions regarding NY Inter-Group Committees:
CTFC: Corrections & Treatment Facilities — Group Relations — Public Information — Volunteer
Questions and comments about The Big Meeting, New York Inter-Group’s annual celebration of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous
Questions and comments about The Bill W. Dinner, New York Inter-Group’s annual celebration of co-founder Bill W.’s sobriety date
Questions and comments about “Bridging the Gap” Committee
Questions and comments about the Corrections & Treatment Facilities Committee
Questions and comments about the Group Relations Committee
Questions and submission of articles to Sober News, NY Inter-Group’s newsletter
70. When are Westchester County’s Booking (Exchange) meetings held?
Inter-Group sponsors quarterly Westchester Booking Exchange meetings on the third Saturday in February, May, August and November.
71. What other services does New York Inter-Group provide to Westchester County groups?
Inter-Group maintains a 914 area code phone number so that members and potential members can reach Alcoholics Anonymous without being charged for a long distance call, etc. The number, (914) 949-1200, is a remote call-forwarding number, which connects the caller directly to New York Inter-Group’s main phone number, (212) 647-1680.
72. How do I go about listing a new A.A. group in New York Inter-Group’s Meeting Book?
Phone a New York Inter-Group staff member and ask that a “New Group” package be mailed to you.