Reading-Berks Intergroup is the legacy of service in action for the 3 Districts that it serves. Intergroup is often where the alcoholic in need first reaches out for help. Although Intergroups operate independently of A.A.’s worldwide service structure, it is a vital part of the local Fellowship. Intergroup is supported by the voluntary contributions of local AA Groups.
A reading from our history………
“Cities and areas had their own special service problems. Unable to reach A.A. on the phone, alcoholics and their families got discouraged as they tried to contact us. This caused needless suffering and sometimes loss of life. Hospitals also became tired of slapdash, irresponsible admittance of patients into their institutions. This condition was not simplicity at all; it was complication. Sponsorship into these places and out of them became imperative; otherwise the hospitals might get fed up and quit. Ignoring the cries of “Let us keep it simple,” and goaded by the sheer necessity of the situation, responsible old-timers in such areas would often hire a small office and a paid secretary, and would then act as a management committee for the service center. Next, the old-timers would ask the surrounding groups for voluntary contributions.”
“When these failed to meet the needs of the simple and inexpensive setup, they often went into their own pockets. If the newly hired secretary happened to be an A.A. member, this was a sure-fire cause for trouble. The often-frightened little gal soon learned that she was considered a “professional A.A.,” making money out of it. Of course this was unfounded because primarily she was doing a secretarial job. Over the years the areas learned the same lessons the groups did. They found what was necessary to make an A.A. area function, and what was not. Out of this long travail and struggle, A.A.’s present Intergroup or area Central Offices have emerged. In scores of cities, they are doing a vitally necessary job.”
Reprinted from AA Comes of Age, Pages 142-3, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.