How Does Intergroup Operate?
All groups in the Charlotte area are encouraged to have an Intergroup Representative to express the group’s conscience, views, and desires at the BI-monthly Intergroup meeting.
Intergroup Represenative meetings are held at the Metrolina Intergroup Office the third Saturday of the odd month at 10:00 am. Intergroup meetings are an open forum for all AA members and you are cordially invited to attend.
Financial support of Metrolina Intergroup is purely voluntary and is not required from any group to have a representative and a vote.
At the July meeting, the Intergroup Nominating Committee members solicit for nominations to serve on the next year’s Steering Committee. Elections are held at the November meeting for the next year’s Co-Chair members.
The above individuals, plus the Metrolina Intergroup Executive Secretary, become the Administrative Committee for the following year.
It is the Committee’s responsibility to outline and monitor the Metrolina Intergroup Office operations and activities in accordance with the By-laws of the Metrolina Intergroup Area and the desires of the member groups.
How is Intergroup financed?
Individual contributions from Alcoholics
Sale of AAWS literature
A brief financial statement is published bi-monthly in the 20/20 Newsletter and list all group contributions. Detailed financial reports are presented at the BI-monthly Intergroup meeting.
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 meets the last Sunday of every month at 4:00 pm
The Corrections Facilities Committee carries the AA message to individuals incarcerated in jails and prisons. CFC meets the last Sunday of even months at 5:00 pm
The Treatment Facilities committee offer similar service to individuals in treatment and Detox centers, hospitals, shelters, and half-way houses. TFC (formerly H&I) meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 am
Intergroup also supports the following special Committees/Events:
The Unity Committee is responsible for the Christmas Alkathon, New Year’s Alkathon, The Intercity Birthday of AA, and the Intercity Picnic. These special events are provided for the benefit of the Greater Charlotte AA community. All AA members, their families, and friends are welcome to attend these events.
What happens at the Intergroup Office?
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.
Home Answering Service
When the Intergroup Office is closed, individual AA members take calls at their homes through the use of a call switching device (call forwarding, remote access) or the answering service after hours operators.
Intergroup’s AA Newsletter is published by Intergroup with the help of volunteers. It contains Intergroup financial reports, committee reports, and other local AA news of interest.
Metrolina Intergroup Office maintains records of AA groups and meetings in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. A meeting list is published several times a year by the staff. There is also a meeting list of the corrections and treatment facilities meetings and information at Intergroup.
AA Books and Literature
The Intergroup Office maintains an inventory of AA books and pamphlets for sale to AA members and the general public.
The Intergroup Office provides space for AA Committee meetings and some AA meeting space.
The Intergroup Office sponsors workshops on topics of interest to AA members such as Big Book studies.
The Intergroup Office provides a form for recording historical information on AA Groups at the request of those groups. If your group would like to submit information for inclusion in the Area 51 Historical Archives please fill the Group History Adobe Acrobat PDF Form and follow the submission instructions.
Special Note: Metrolina Intergroup is wheelchair accessible.