About West Riding Intergroup
Intergroup and Intergroup Officers
The explanations below are a rough guide to Intergroup and Intergroup Officer posts. More specific and detailed guidelines are found in The AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain and The AA Service Handbook for Great Britain. For details on how to obtain a copy of these handbooks or read a section from the handbook please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and help will be given.
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What is Intergroup?
The aims of an Intergroup is to aid the groups within the Intergroup area in their common purpose of carrying the AA message to the still suffering alcoholic and improving and maintaining good relations with all organisations in the community.
Intergroup meetings in West Riding are every 3 months.
Group Service Representative (GSR)
Each AA group can appoint a General Service Representative (GSR) who attends Intergroup meetings. Working via the Intergroup the GSR is the AA meeting groups' link with the General Service Conference through which groups share experiences and voice AA's collective conscience. The GSR represents the voice of the group conscience, reporting the groups' wishes to the committee member and to the delegate, who passes them on to the Conference and to the movement of AA. The suggested responsibilities are sharing with their group all fellowship mail, communication and news items, keeping members informed about local service activities, contacts of referral to carry the AA message, can help their group solve problems, can see up to date group information for the directory is sent promptly to the ECLO/GSO, communicate between the group and intergroup, discuss intergroup agenda items with their group, represent and express the group's conscience at intergroup meetings, following intergroup report back to the group, encourage observers to attend intergroup, vote at intergroup meetings and know their group so well that if unexpected matters arise at intergroup he or she will have a fair idea of their group's conscience.
The Chair has responsibility for arranging and conducting the Intergroup meetings. Sometimes discussing and agreeing the agenda at a pre-arranged meeting with the other Intergroup Officers before they are published.
Following the meetings the Chair liaises with the secretary to approve the minutes prior to distribution. Support is provided to the officers and the Chair will carry the executive authority of Intergroup but should account for any action taken at the next meeting.
The Vice-Chair has the responsibility of conducting the meetings in the absence of the Chair and assisting the Chair with all of the above.
The Secretary has the responsibility with the Chair for preparing the agenda and minutes of meetings and for distributing these documents to the groups well before meetings so that there is ample time to discuss the contents. The Secretary deals with all correspondence and keeps in touch with GSO making sure it promptly has a copy of minutes and notice of any change of officer.
The Treasurer has the responsibility of keeping a proper account of all Intergroup finances and ensuring that funds are available for its essential requirements. The Treasurer reports to Intergroup against the budget and surplus funds are transferred promptly to GSO.