Group Information

Group Information

This page has information about how your group or meeting may join NYIG and get listed with us, how to update your group or meeting information, group officers, Inter-Group Delegate and Twelfth Step Contacts, or how to let NYIG know if a group or meeting is discontinued. In addition, NYIG’s By-Laws, Suggested Duties for Inter-Group Delegates and Suggested Duties for Group Officers are available for review, download or print.

If you have questions about how to complete a form or the group resources available on this page, please email committee@nyintergroup.org or call during business hours and ask for a staff member.

Starting a New Group

Please choose the link to the Start a New Group page and closely review its contents, then complete and submit a Start a New Group form as the form instructs and we will gladly start the process of accomplishing that for you!

Adding a meeting or changing information for an existing meeting;
Reporting a discontinued meeting or group

Groups and Meetings are responsible for keeping their information current with NYIG. Please choose the link to the action you want to take, and review, complete and submit that form as the form instructs and we will gladly start the process of accomplishing that for you!

How NYIG is structured and what are its operating principles?

Besides being guided by the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, NYIG as an incorporated not-for-profit organization operates pursuant to written By-Laws. The By-Laws set out the privileges and responsibilities of the groups that are members of NYIG, and explain the roles and duties of committees, service positions and staff members.

What an Inter-Group Delegates Meeting is and when they are held?

Quarterly, on the second Saturday of March, June, September and December, the group conscience of NYIG is expressed at Inter-Group Delegates’ Meetings. At Delegates Meetings, members of the Steering Committee report to the groups on the Twelfth-Step activities of the Committees and Areas of NYIG. In addition, financial and special event reports are provided. Please visit the Calendar page to find the date and details regarding the next Delegate Meeting.

What is an Inter-Group Delegate?

An Inter-Group Delegate represents their A.A. Group and helps form the group conscious of NYIG by attending and voting at Delegates Meetings and by attending Area Forums. Each group commits to having an Inter-Group Delegate when it joins NYIG and the delegate acts as the liaison between the group, NYIG and other member groups. The responsibilities of the Inter-Group Delegate are set out in the Suggested Duties for Inter-Group Delegates.

What is Area Forum?

Area Forums are bimonthly meetings of Inter-group Delegates of each Area (the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester). An Area Representative, elected at their respective forum, presides at forums and serves on Inter-Group’s Steering Committee. Area Forums provide the opportunity for Inter-group Delegates to stay informed about NYIG activities between Delegates Meetings and provide a means by which Area Representatives become informed about group concerns to relay to the Steering Committee. Please visit the Calendar page to find the date and details regarding your Area’s next Forum.

Getting speakers and/or taking outgoing speaking commitments for my group

Exchange Meetings (also referred to as “Booking Meetings”) provide A.A. groups with the opportunity to “exchange” speaker commitments. Two Exchange Meetings are held each quarter, one in Manhattan on the second Saturday of March, June, September and December, and another in Westchester on the third Saturday of February, May, August and November. Please visit the Calendar page to find the date and details regarding the next Exchange Meeting.

The Roles of Group Officers

Quarterly in Manhattan, on the second Saturday of March, June, September and December, NYIG conducts workshops on the suggested duties of group officers. Please visit the Calendar page to find the date and details regarding the next Workshop. In addition, NYIG publishes Suggested Duties for Group Officers that is available for review, download or print (available in Spanish here).

How to help my group learn more about NYIG and service opportunities it has

To help A.A. groups better understand what NYIG is and does, NYIG Steering Committee members provide Inter-Group Presentations to closed or business meetings of requesting A.A. Groups to speak on NYIG, the Steering Committee, special events and the service opportunities available to A.A. members and groups. Once your group has agreed to invite NYIG, to schedule presentation, please email groupsandmeetings@nyintergroup.org or call NYIG and ask for a staff member. Please have your group’s information and dates and times it could host a presentation. Presentations require four to six weeks lead time to schedule. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Announcements to make at a meeting’s secretary break or business meetings

Bulletins or Flyers are NYIG announcements of items of interest to local groups; they are generally recited at a meetings secretary break or business meeting. Bulletins keep the fellowship informed about the various committee activities, special events and A.A. happenings in the area. Current bulletins are available for review, download or print here. They also can be picked up at NYIG or mail to you, simply call and ask for a staff member.