New to the Tri-County Intergroup, or just curious about what's happening? Welcome! The following FAQs and documents are intended to help inform you about this vital AA service body.
There are many ways to serve at the intergroup. Each month, participation at the intergroup meeting on the second Thursday at 6;30 pm, is a great place to start. Also, volunteers are always needed to answer the phones, help with our newsletter, and participate with the activities committee. Normally, an IR/secretary from your group would attend the intergroup meeting, sharing information between the intergroup and your meeting, financial reports, literature reports, and events from throughout our districts.
No. While adhering to AA’s 12 traditions and 12 concepts and primarily serving AA groups in our area, the Tri-County Intergroup is an independent 501C3 non-profit organization (requiring substantial revenue to operate), and is not an AA group, nor part of AAWS, or GSO.
The intergroup is a body whose mission is to serve the AA groups of our area, and the public at large, by providing a local phone number for AA, 636-970-0013, maintaining our website, www.tricountyaa.org, inventorying and selling literature, newcomer packets, etc, publishing a monthly newsletter, the Sobriety Sentinel, hosting annual activities, and fulfilling 12-step calls and service. The intergroup can generally be described as the clearing house of information and service between your group, our three districts, and the intergroup itself.
Here are links to the AA guidelines for an intergroup or central office, and the Tri-County Intergroup bylaws.
The guidelines for a clubhouse or meeting hall and intergroup or central office make clear distinctions between the two. Feel freed to browse these guildelines to help further understand the difference. While some central offices double as meeting halls, the Tri-County Intergroup office was specifically formed to avoid blurring these lines and does not host regular AA meetings.
The history of the Tri-County Intergroup office can be found on this site by clicking here.
In accord with Tradition Two, the ultimate authority is a well informed group conscience. The Tri-County Intergroup has a Steering Committee comprised of five Officers, a chairperson, co-chair, secretary, treasurer, and office manager. The Steering Committee is an elected body responsible for managing the intergroup office and subcommittees and is accountable to the member group representatives.
Our primary means of support comes directly from group donations and literature revenue. Our annual activities also help support the intergroup.
Our office hosts District meetings and provides support to our three districts.
No. Subject to the AA guidelines, tradition five, and the Tri-County Intergroup bylaws, the member groups decided only conference approved literature, and other material, as voted on by the member groups, would be sold at the Tri-County Intergroup office.
While we hope you do, the services of the intergroup are offered to your group regardless of your participation.