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CMIA32

Central Michigan Intra-Area 32

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Intergroup Liaison Committee

October 5, 2014
No report.
August 3, 2014
No report.
June 1, 2014
No report.
April 6, 2014
There has been much interest in how the Intergroups/Unity Councils/Central Offices relate and communicate with the district and area organizations of AA. As the Laison Committee becomes more of a fixture at area assemblies we hope to fulfill more service as outlined in the CMIA guidelines.
February 2, 2014
No meeting or report.
December 1, 2013
No meeting or report this assembly.
October 6, 2013
No meeting or report this assembly.
August 4, 2013
No meeting or report this assembly.
June 2, @013
No report.
April 7, 2013
Local Intergroups (or Central Offices) are independent of A.A.’s worldwide service structure [i.e, the Groups , the District Committees, the Area Assemblies and the General Service Conference ], but they are a vital part of the Fellowship. A local Intergroup is supported by voluntary contributions from its member groups. Most Intergroups and Central offices function with only one or two paid workers; they rely heavily on A.A. volunteers for help. Many A.A.s have found that serving at Intergroup or Central offices -- answering calls from alcoholics and doing what else needs to be done -- greatly enriches their sobriety and broadens their circle of friends. *From AA pamphlet P-16, "The A.A. Group...Where it all begins": -Opened with moment of silence followed by serenity prayer. Attendance: Christopher L., Linda K., Casey L., Vicki, Jim M., Dave F., John K. -Read page “S-41” out of the Service Manual “Working with Local Intergroups & Central offices” _____________________________________________________________________________________ John K. gave a presentation about his position as Lansing Central Office’s Liaison Representative: • Reaching out to local groups to activate their I.R. (Intergroup Representative) and invite them to participate in the Intergroup • Visit the South, East and West Alano Clubs • Lansing services groups from Districts, 10, 8, 2, 16 and ships literature to the Upper Peninsula. • Discuss group contributions and how the Intergroup depends on group contributions. Linda K. the special worker from HVAI contributed the following: • HVAI services groups form Area 33, Districts 4, 8. • If an Intergroup receives less than a certain percentage of income from contributions the IRS questions the 501c3 non-profit classification. • Currently the Intergroup operates on about a 50-50 percent income from literature sales and group contributions. Discussed the pamphlets “Where Money and Spirituality Mix” and “The A.A. Group....Where it all Begins”. Questions: Do Intergroups and Central Offices have geographic boundaries? Can a group outside of the District that the Intergroup or Central Office is located contribute per the pamphlet “Where Money and Spirituality Mix” in the suggested contribution of 50% Intergroup, 30% GSO, 10% District, 10% Area. Answer: Following a lengthy and thoughtful discussion related to how groups determine if they have an Intergroup and if they can contribute to an Intergroup outside of their district, the committee decided to defer to the pamphlet “The A.A. Group Where It all Begins” and the A.A. guidelines where it states that “any group who wishes can belong to the local Intergroup, which is supported by contributions from its member groups. These contributions are purely voluntary”. Thus it is the opinion of this committee that a group can belong if they say they belong and can contribute what they want to contribute. Intergroups survive on both group contributions and literature sales. Both HVAI(Huron Valley Area Intergroup)and Lansing Central Office report that the income from literature and contributions are about 50%/50%. Bill W. wrote “these service agencies are absolutely essential to our continued expansion – to our survival as a Fellowship. Their costs are a collective obligation that rests squarely upon all of us. Our support of services actually amounts to a recognition on our part that A.A. must everywhere function in full strength – and that, under our Tradition of self-support, we are all going to foot the bill”. Group contributions make more and better Twelfth Step work possible through help-lines, websites, public outreach, and service committees. www.cmia32.org 3 Every dollar contributed is accounted for by A.A. members and used solely and judiciously for the betterment of A.A. as a whole. The spirit or austerity and responsibility to the groups steer every decision regarding budgets and expenditures. A group that utilizes the services of an Intergroup inside or outside of their district should review their group contribution policy at their steering committee meetings. The individual group conscience should ultimately decide whether support beyond the purchase of literature is prudent. Individuals can also contribute to an Intergroup (up to the amount of $3,000.00 per year)and often times Intergroups will hold fundraisers asking A.A. members to personally contribute to help meet the yearly operating expenses. Time is also an important contribution and every group is encouraged to appoint an IR (Intergroup Representative) to serve on the Intergroup Board of Directors and the standing committees. Individual volunteers are also a vital resource without which the Intergroup could not function. In Service Christopher L.District 18, Saginaw area TC Chair, Keith. DOT meetings 2x per week. Pathways Detox 2x per week. Need help to write proposal about hos to begin Bridging the Gap work with Debbie. Area 6 Jim I, Lansing Area. Two meetings per week at Detox Center. Central office does 12-Step calls. Discussed 12-Step work and how to facilitate Bridging the Gap between treatment and society. Marc has written a proposal to finance committee to attend conference in Chicago September 6-8, 2013.Talked about challenges to help carry the message to alcoholics.
December 2, 2012
No report.
October 7, 2012
New committee formation meeting; no reports yet.
Purpose

The Intergroup, Unity Council, Central Office Committee (IUCC) at CMIA assemblies is for the express purpose of exchanging information, enhancement of the lines of communication, and to assist in the cooperation between all who are active in Alcoholics Anonymous' Third Legacy—Service. Individual members of the IUCC shall be selected by their respective Unity Councils, Central Office and Intergroup Offices throughout the CMIA service area. The chair person of the IUCC shall be a member of the CMIA assembly and will serve as the liaison between the IUCC and the assembly.

Liaison

The CMIA IUCC liaison chairperson is an A.A. member who regularly attends the CMIA Assembly. The liaisons' function is to receive information from the various representatives at, or prior to, each assembly and pass on the pertinent information to the assembly. In turn, attendees from the Unity Councils, Central Offices and Intergroup Offices are provided opportunity to gather information learned at the CMIA assembly for sharing with their constituent membership.

Election Assembly, December (Even Years)

CMIA service committee chair elections are held in December of the even numbered years (2012, 2014, 2016, etc.). The liaison committee chairperson will be elected in conjunction with the conference committee service chairs. The liaison chair begins his/her term on January 1st in the following odd numbered year (2013, 2015, and 2017) and serves in that capacity for two (2) years.

Intergroup Offices, Unity Councils and Central Offices Attendees

Each Central Office, Unity Council and Intergroup is encouraged to send a representative from their respective office and/or council to attend each CMIA assembly and participate at the IUCC liaison table. The person, or persons, each Unity Council, Intergroup Office or Central Office sends to participate at the liaison table is the choice of that council or office. It is suggested, but not required, that whoever is sent to represent the council or office be a member of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. The chairperson of the council or office steering committee would be an appropriate choice.

Voting Privileges

Generally, members of the liaison committee are non-voting members of the assembly. Members of the liaison committee do not, by virtue of their participation at the liaison table, earn, nor do they have, voting privileges. However, if an attendee/participant at the liaison table already has a right to vote at the assembly then that voting privilege remains intact. Past practices have conferred a vote at the assembly to: current GSRs, DCMs, Delegate, Alt. Delegate, Past Delegate, Trustee, Past Trustee, Area Officers, Area service committee chairs (NOTE: alternate GSRs and alternate DCMs vote only if the GSR or DCM is absent).

Liaison Committee Report to the Assembly

How and what is reported to the assembly is important. The liaison committee chair is responsible for formulating a brief and concise report to the assembly. Items the report might contain (but not limited to):

  • Number of councils and office representatives in attendance at today's meeting.
  • Workshops/seminars planned and reported.
    • Subject, when, where, times, activities planned.
  • Anniversaries, celebrations, etc.
    • Subject, when, where, times, activities planned.
  • Other items of interest to the Assembly (new address, phone numbers, office hours, office/council meeting locations, times etc.).
  • Problems the assembly should be made aware of.
  • Solutions the assembly should be made aware of.

This page last revised 04/26/17