Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
How Does Intergroup Operate?All groups in the Piedmont area are encouraged to have an Intergroup Representative to express the group's conscience, views, and desires at the regularly scheduled Intergroup meeting.
Intergroup Represenative meetings are held at the Western Piedmont Intergroup Office, usually on the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm (or as announced). Intergroup meetings are an open forum for all AA members and you are cordially invited to attend.
Financial support of Western Piedmont Intergroup is purely voluntary and is not required from any group to have a representative and a vote. Donations are much appreciated to continue reaching the Alcoholic who still suffers.
It is the Committee's responsibility to outline and monitor the Western Piedmont Intergroup Office operations and activities in accordance with the By-laws of the Western Piedmont Intergroup Area and the desires of the member groups.
How is Intergroup financed?
- Group contributions
- Individual contributions from Alcoholics
- Sponsored activities
How does Intergroup help carry the AA message?Intergroup supports the following AA service Committees:
- Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) and Public Information (PI) Committees
- Provide information about AA to individuals, media groups, government, educational, religious, medical and other organizations. CPC/PI is working toward a regularly scheduled meeting. Contact information can be found on Service Work Page.
- The Corrections Facilities Committee
- Carries the AA message to individuals incarcerated in jails and prisons. CFC is in process of formalizing a group to go into Gaston County Jail.
What happens at the Intergroup Office?
- Twelfth-Step Calls
- The Intergroup Office maintains a listing for AA in the local telephone directory, AA volunteers answer the phones, and when calls come in from individuals looking for help, the volunteers contact AA members from a twelfth-step list maintained in the office and arrange for AA members to call on individuals seeking help from problems with alcohol. Individuals seeking help for other problems are referred to the appropriate programs or agencies.
- The Intergroup Office is the clearinghouse for information and logistical support between individual AA members, groups, local and state committees, General Service Office in New York, and the community at large.
- Answering Service
- When the Intergroup Office is closed, the answering service takes calls and directs inquiries appropriately.
- Western Piedmont Intergroup is in the process of developing a newsletter for our area 'The Daily Reprieve' to keep the community apprised of events and special articles of interest.
- Directories and Schedules
- Western Piedmont Intergroup Office maintains records of AA groups and meetings in the Gaston and surrounding areas. A meeting list is published several times a year by the staff, as well as updates to the website.
- AA Books and Literature
- The Intergroup Office maintains an inventory of AA books and pamphlets for sale to AA members and the general public.
- Tapes / CD's
- Intergroup maintains an a library of speaker tapes, both AA and Alanon, to lend to members. There is no fee. We simply ask that you return the tapes when you are finished listening to them.
- The Intergroup Office provides space for Intergroup and related meetings.
The Intergroup Office sponsors workshops on topics of interest to AA members such as Big Book studies, Group History, etc.
The Western Piedmont Intergroup also sponsors Unity events with good food and fellowship.
See Service Work Page to become involved.