ACA Massachusetts Intergroup

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What is an ACA Intergroup or Regional Service Committee? 

[Extracted excerpt from the ACA Fellowship Text/BRB pgs. 603-606 and the ACA WSO website]

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. When an Intergroup is formed, each ACA group elects an Intergroup representative, who attends a monthly or quarterly Intergroup meeting.*

*Please note that ACA WSO has made no determination or set guidelines on how many intergroup representatives an individual group can have.

The ACA Massachusetts Intergroup is in alignment with ACA WSO guidelines, as set forth above, by:

  • Creating, maintaining, and adding content to the ACA Massachusetts Intergroup website to perform public information efforts (including our mission statement, resources, and local meeting and event info);
  • Creating and maintaining an electronic newsletter and event update, and hard copy materials for distribution;
  • Developing opportunities for fellowship and service through quarterly ACA Massachusetts Intergroup in-person meetings throughout the state.

The Suggested Commitment to Service

ACA Fellowship Text

Page 601

I perform service so that my program will be available for myself, and through those efforts, others may benefit.  I will perform service and practice my recovery by:

1.  Affirming that the true power of our program rests in the membership of the meetings and is expressed through our Higher Power and through group conscience.

2.  Confirming that our process is one of inclusion and not exclusion; showing special sensitivity to the viewpoint of the minority in the process of formulating the group conscience so that any decision is reflective of the spirit of the group and not merely the vote of the majority.

3.  Placing principles before personalities.

4.  Keeping myself fit for service by working my recovery as a member of the program.

5.  Striving to facilitate the sharing of experience, strength, and hope at all levels; meetings, Intergroups, Regional committees, service boards, and World Services.

6.  Accepting the different forms and levels of service and allowing those around me to each function according to their own abilities.

7.  Remaining willing to forgive myself and others for not performing perfectly.

8.  Being willing to surrender the position in which I serve in the interest of unity and to provide the opportunity for others to serve; to avoid problems of money, property, and prestige; and to avoid losing my own recovery through the use of service to act out my old behavior, especially in taking care of others, controlling, rescuing, being a victim, etc.

9.  Remembering I am a trusted servant; I do not govern.