What does Intergroup do?
The purpose of INTERGROUP is to administrate and coordinate AA services common to the various groups comprising its membership. The services include, carrying the message of the AA program in accordance with the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous by providing such services as:
- Maintaining a Telephone Answering Service for AA on the Island of Hawaii.
- Maintaining a Central Office for East Hawaii INTERGROUP. One year of continuous sobriety required for office volunteers.
- Receiving, arranging, and following up Twelve Step calls.
- Answering inquiries about AA.
- Interacting with local public information committees.
- Maintaining information about local hospitals and recovery facilities for alcoholics.
- Maintaining a website.
- Promoting unity and cooperation among AA groups on the Island of Hawaii.
- Publishing a schedule of current AA meetings for East Hawaii.
- Ordering, selling and distributing AA Conference-approved literature.
- Sponsoring Alkathons and Fellowship activities.
Can anyone go to an Intergroup meeting?
All INTERGROUP meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend.
What happens at an Intergroup meeting?
East Hawaii INTERGROUP meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm, at the Keaau Community Center located at 16-186 Pili Mua Street, Keaau, HI (behind the Police Station and Health Clinic). View Map and Directions
The meeting agenda:
- Open with the Serenity Prayer – Introductions
- Review agenda; add any items
- Approval of minutes of the preceding INTERGROUP meeting with corrections and
amendments, if necessary
- Review and approval of the Treasurer’s report
- Committee reports
- One-minute Group reports
- Old business
- New business
- At the December meeting, the election of officers
- The “I am responsible” statement
How do I become a member?
All INTERGROUP meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend. The voting membership of INTERGROUP shall consist of an INTERGROUP Representative (IGR) or an alternate representative from each AA group, provided that such group has been registered with INTERGROUP for thirty days prior to the date of the initial meeting to which the representative is sent. Each IGR shall serve until replaced by their group, shall be entitled to one vote in the meeting of INTERGROUP, and shall vote their group’s conscience. No single person may act as representative of more than one group for the purposes of a vote.
What are the Intergroup Committees?
Committees handle the services offered by Intergroup. Any member of AA may serve on an INTERGROUP committee, with the recommended length of sobriety for a committee chair being 2 years. Following is a list of these committees.
Budget Committee: will annually propose a budget for INTERGROUP based on the previous years’ expenditures and goals of the groups via their IGRs; will monitor INTERGROUP income and adjust budget targets accordingly; and the INTERGROUP Treasurer will serve on this committee.
ByLaws Committee: will annually review bylaws in effect; will assess if current bylaws reflect group conscience votes as recorded in INTERGROUP minutes; will present to IGRs all potential amendments to the bylaws for review and approval. (AA Service Manual, Concept III, The Right of Decision)
Activities/Events Committee: will oversee any request for assistance for an event brought forward from an AA group; will assist any group in developing an event budget; will determine if financial assistance from INTERGROUP is appropriate. INTERGROUP Alternate Chair will chair this Committee which will be composed of AA members.
Tele-Service Committee: will recruit and organize Tele-Service (Hotline) volunteers to ensure all phone shifts are staffed; will keep volunteers informed of changes; will provide updated 12-Step Call Lists as needed.
Website Committee: will maintain the East Hawaii Intergroup website; will assist groups in determining appropriate content on website; assist committee chairs in developing guidelines for email committee meetings.
Literature Committee: will order AA Conference-approved literature and Grapevine literature to ensure that adequate inventory at Central Office is available in stock for the groups.
Newsletter Committee: will provide a forum for information exchange for AA members.
Schedules Committee: will publish schedule with current meetings; will bring any concerns to INTERGROUP regarding inclusion of a meeting in the schedule.