Each Group belongs to an Intergroup (IG) based on its geographic location or time slot if it is a Phone Bridge meeting.
Each Group elects one Group Service Representative (GSR) to form an Intergroup. GSRs are the voting delegates to the Intergroup. Each group has one voting delegate.
Each Intergroup elects one Intergroup Service Representative (ISR) to form the World Service Conference. The ISRs are the voting delegates at the WSC. Each Intergroup has one voting delegate.
NOTE: The WSC 2013 adopted a transitional structure until the majority of Intergroups were formed and ISRs elected. During the transition, the WSC consists of ISRs AND GSRs. Each group is encouraged to send its GSR to the annual WSC during this transition.
Forming an Intergroup
Groups or Intergroups may propose new configurations for Intergroups. For example,
- Intergroup areas with many meetings may propose that they divide into two or more Intergroups.
- Areas with fewer meetings may propose that they combine with other Areas to form one Intergroup.
- Groups may propose different configurations that better meet the criteria for forming an Intergroup.
To propose an alternative to the approved Intergroup structure, please submit your proposal to the WSC Structure Committee. The Structure Committee will work with you to bring these proposals to the World Service Conference.
Following the suggestions contained in the Alcoholics Anonymous Service Manual, an Intergroup Area consists of a geographic region with anywhere from five to twenty registered GSA meetings or a time slot with five to twenty phone bridge meetings.
- The size of the Intergroup Area is determined by communication and service needs, including the:
- Ease with which GSRs may travel to the Intergroup meeting
- Efficiency with which the Intergroup can conduct its meetings
- Types of issues shared by the groups in the Intergroup Area
- Languages spoken by the groups
- An Intergroup Area may be a small geographic region, such as Manhattan, because there are many meetings in the Area and efficient meetings typically require less than 20 voting members.
An Intergroup Area may be a large geographic region, such as Europe, because there are fewer meetings in the Area and the groups share common issues.