The group's central services office in New York has about 85 workers who keep in touch with localized groups throughout the world. The organization has two operating corporations, which report to a general-services board composed of 14 AA members and seven "nonalcoholic friends of the Fellowship." AA publishes literature about alcoholism and its approach to sobriety in a monthly international journal, books and information pamphlets.
An area is a geographical division within a state or province. A general service conference delegate comes from an area. In Massachusetts there are two areas – the Eastern Mass. Area (Area 30) and the Western Mass. Area (Area 31).
A district is a geographical division within an Area that provides an opportunity for the groups in that vicinity to have a voice in matters affecting other groups and A.A. as a whole. Each district has a District Committee that is made up of representatives from its many AA groups. These representatives are called General Service Representatives or G.S.R.s. Each group may elect a G.S.R. who will attend the district meetings and Area assemblies in order to represent the group and vote the group’s conscience.
Massachusetts District 3 of A.A. is located in Southeastern MA, within Bristol and Plymouth Counties, and stretches from Fall River to Bourne, along Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay. District 3 includes the following towns (in alphabetical order): Acushnet, Bourne, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Middleboro, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Wareham, and Westport.
"A central office (or intergroup) is an A.A. service office that involves partnership among groups in a community - just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals. A central office is established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups - functions which are best handled by a centralized office - and it is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers."
-Reprinted from A.A.
Guidelines, Central or Intergroup Offices
with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.