The New York Inter-Group Association’s member groups have established the following guidelines for listing A.A. group meetings in the Meeting Book:
The group has been in existence for ninety (90) days.
Submission, in writing, of a listing of the group’s meeting location, meeting days, meeting times and types of meetings. Timely submission of subsequent changes to group meeting information to help insure an accurate Meeting Book.
Submission, in writing, of the group’s willingness to accept Twelfth-Step calls and a list of names/telephone numbers of the group’s Twelfth-Step contacts.
Observance of A.A.’s Twelve Traditions, in particular: The Third Tradition, “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking”.The Fifth Tradition, “Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers”. The Sixth Tradition, “An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose”.
Compliance with A.A. General Service Conference guidelines for naming an A.A. group. (Page 21 of the A.A. pamphlet, “The A.A. Group… Where it all begins”).
Special Interest Groups: Despite an A.A. group’s special interest, it is suggested that all meetings listed in Inter-Group’s Meeting Book be available to anyone with a desire not to drink.
“Some A.A.s come together as specialized A.A. groups-for men, women, young people, doctors, gays and others. If the members are all alcoholics, and if they open the door to all alcoholics who seek help, regardless of profession, gender or other distinction, and meet all the other aspects defining an A.A. group, they may call themselves an A.A. group.”
A Special Interest group’s listing in the Meeting Book can include a brief description of the “special interest”. It is suggested that such descriptions be consistent with A.A.’s Third and Fifth Traditions, namely; “that as a group, they have no other affiliation” and, that the A.A. group “has but one primary purpose – that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers”.
Awareness of A.A.’s single purpose, “There are those who predict that A.A. may well become a new spearhead for a spiritual awakening throughout the world. When our friends say these things, they are both generous and sincere. But we of A.A. must reflect that such a tribute and such a prophecy could well prove to be a heady drink for most of us – that is, if we really came to believe this to be the real purpose of A.A., and we commenced to behave accordingly. Our society, therefore, will prudently cleave to its singular purpose: The carrying of the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody.” Reprinted with the permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
Listing of a group in Inter-Group’s Meeting Book does not constitute or imply approval or endorsement of any group’s approach or practice of the Traditional A.A. program