What is an ACA Intergroup or Regional Service Committee?
(Extracted from the ACA Fellowship Text)
In areas where many ACA meetings exist, an Intergroup is generally formed to provide a forum for conducting ACA business within a given geographical area. The individual groups continue to conduct their own group business; however, the groups can select a meeting representative to represent the group at an Intergroup meeting. The Intergroup, therefore, is composed of members from the various ACA groups. The Intergroup helps coordinate helpline functions, public information efforts, hospitals and institutions meetings, and ACA events in a given area. An ACA Regional Service Committee serves a similar function by helping coordinate ACA functions and fellowship business among Intergroups in a geographical area.
When an Intergroup is formed, each ACA group elects an Intergroup representative, who attends a monthly or quarterly Intergroup meeting. If there is no Intergroup in your area, your group can elect a Group Service Representative, who can attend the Annual Business Conference. A Regional Service Committee serves as a coordinating point for several Intergroups in a geographical area. Intergroup Representatives attend Regional Service Committee meetings as well.
Pages 603 thru 606 of the ACA Fellowship text provide additional information on how to start an Intergroup or Regional Service Committee that is directly responsible to those they serve.
We welcome all help from Intergroups, especially with getting meetings registered with the new (meeting) registration form. If your Intergroup has not registered within the past year or does not have an email listed on the website, please update your information with the Intergroup Registration form below. Thanks much! See the list of intergroups for ACA (Adult Children of Alcoholics).
Get the List of registered ACA Intergroups here.
Regional Service Committees
Regional Service Committees are part of the Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families service structure that support the membership. This ACA service structure includes meetings, Intergroups, Regions, and the World Service Organization (WSO). Information on Regions can be found in the Big Red Book, pages 604-605. Regions consist of members of Intergroups and meetings in a specific geographic areas. See the ACA Regions here.
What is Intergroup, and why should we support it?
To appreciate what Intergroup is, it sometimes helps to start with what Intergroup is not. Intergroup is not an authority figure. We are not here to tell you what to do, what to think, how to run your meetings, or what to do with your meetings’ funds. Intergroup is an ACA WSO sanctioned assembly of unpaid local Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois area meeting volunteers, devoting their time to help ensure ACA thrives in the Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois area. By members, for members. Ideally, every Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois meeting should have an active Intergroup Representative (IR) that attends the quarterly Intergroup meetings and participates. Your Intergroup is funded thru donations by individuals and meetings from around Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois area. Intergroup in turn services the various meetings and community through the following:
- Serve as a comprehensive news and information source for the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Area.
- Carry the message to those who still suffer.
- Fund and support new meetings and meeting development.
- Fund and maintain this website: The Greater St. Louis Intergroup.
- Help bring in speakers from around the country.
- Develop and distribute materials that help ACA’s spread the word.
- Represent the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Area to the ACA World Services Organization (WSO) and help shape policy.
- Pursue other events that benefit ACA and recovery around the state.
- Coordinate and distribute the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Area meeting list
- Network and exchange ideas with other Intergroups for ideas and the betterment of the program
- Circulate news between meetings
- Remind meetings of their expired or defaulted WSO meeting listings
- Provide resources to meetings
- Help unify meetings in the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Area
- Help people find meetings
- Donate books and literature to libraries, hospitals and correctional facilities
- Ensure ACA is represented in statewide recovery publications
- Help other Intergroups, and participate in communication between Intergroups
- and much more…..
Does your meeting participate or support Intergroup in any form? In addition to the need for attendance, these important tasks have costs and can function much more effectively with your help. Your help can take the form of communication, participation, and or support. As the ACA program experiences its resurgence, it is more important than ever that your group participates, and we provide a unified front in our effort to grow the program in Greater St. Louis & Southern Illinois .
Thank you for your consideration.
Yours in service,
The Greater St. Louis Intergroup