Our Primary Purpose is to Stay Sober and to Help Other Alcoholics Achieve Sobriety
To serve our associated groups in carrying the A.A. message to the still suffering alcoholic according to the principles of the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts of A.A., always remembering that our common welfare comes first.
This is our statement of purpose.
We serve our associated groups through various committees at Intergroup. We are always looking for volunteers to help serve on these committees. If you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and would like to help, click here for more information.
So many want to stop but cannot.
There is a solution.
Millions have solved the drink problem by following suggestions outlined in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Attending a meeting is a great first step.
You are going to meet new friends in your own community. Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey.
Alcoholics Anonymous, The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism (a.k.a. “The Big Book”) page 152
This we owe to A.A.’s future: to place our common welfare first; to keep our fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives and the lives of those to come.
Important Note about Meeting Changes
Please be sure to contact the Intergroup Office with any meeting changes. This includes:
Meetings being discontinued (in-person or virtual)
Meeting time being changed
Meeting location being changed
Meetings changed to hybrid meeting (in-person or zoom)
Virtual meeting ID or passcode changes
Intergroup wants to help you keep your meeting details as current as possible. The best way to do this is to have your Intergroup Representative email the Intergroup office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your updated meeting information. Please be sure to provide the information requested on the Group Change Form, found here if you click this link.
If your group does not have an Intergroup Representative, consider the position for yourself! It is a wonderful way to be of service, as each group deserves to have a voice in how Intergroup is run. It is also a great way to meet new people in sobriety. Representatives are generally elected by their group at the group’s business meeting. Once elected, come to the Intergroup Business Meeting on the second Wednesday of the month. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. and typically lasts less than an hour.
Looking for District 8? Straight from their website, “District 8 carries the collective conscious for the groups meeting in Palm Beach County Florida into the General Service structure of Alcoholics Anonymous.” District 8 covers both Palm Beach County Intergroup and South Palm Beach County Intergroup. There are 18 areas (12 areas and 6 clubs) within District 8. Area 15 also posts communication on the District 8 website, located at https://district8area15aa.org.
Have you joined the Birthday Club?
Send in one dollar for every year of sobriety, and on your A.A. birthday Palm Beach County Intergroup will send you a special Bill and Bob anniversary coin. Of course, you are free to send in more, and if you can, what a wonderful way to support Intergroup. (With today’s prices, it is amazing that they can still do this for only $1 per year of sobriety!)
As a member of the Birthday Club, your name will be printed in the Today newsletter in the month of your anniversary. Send your donation via Zelle or mail a check to Intergroup. Remember to do this each year to keep getting your special anniversary coin. Click here for further instructions.
Having been dubbed, “A.A.’s Meeting in Print,” the Grapevine is a great resource to have on hand for getting through a rough spot in sobriety. With a different theme every month, this International Journal of Alcoholics Anonymous has something for everyone. Click here to go to aagrapevine.org to check it out.
More Resources for Seeking Serenity
God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
When it comes to buying your literature, cards and medallions, please support your local Intergroup and purchase these items whenever you can, directly from Intergroup. All items are competitively and fairly priced. Best of all, supporting Intergroup supports local A.A.
We understand the attraction of simplicity and ordering online, however, supporting local groups, is simply more attractive. So until we get an online store set up, head on down and say Hi to the friendly folks at Intergroup. You will be glad you did!
I am responsible… When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
101 Things To Do Instead of Drink
Go to a meeting
Phone a friend
Talk to your Higher Power
Read, watch or listen to the “Big Book”
Write a gratitude list
Read from “The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
Make a sobriety scrapbook
Journal about working a step
Discover all the reading materials available at Intergroup
Volunteer at Intergroup
Take a walk
Work on a puzzle
Make a puzzle
Take a nap
Read the daily reading from “Twenty-Four Hours a Day”
Read the daily reading from “Reflections Meditation”
Journal thoughts about the daily reading
Prepare a healthy snack
Read a non-fiction book
Go to the library
Wash the car
Wash the dog
Play with the cat
Challenge a friend to text with you daily 3 things of gratitude
Knit a scarf or learn how to knit
Clean out a messy drawer
Do a crossword puzzle
Listen to a relaxation tape on YouTube
Treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure
Try out a new hair-do
Go to the gym
Run in place
Do jumping jacks
Write a letter
Plant some flowers
Clean your closet
Go to the movies
Make a friendship bracelet
Give to a friend the above bracelet
Do some deep breathing exercises
Give someone you love a hug
Mow the lawn
Trim the trees
Take a bath
Turn your bathroom into a spa
Organize the nightstand
Play with Play-Doh
Brush and floss your teeth
Kiss your special someone with fresh breath
Practice smiling in the mirror
Play with Silly Putty
Take pictures of nature
Start a blog about things in nature
Go bird watching
Start a new YouTube channel for bird watchers
Write a poem
Paint a room
Go play mini-golf
Whistle “Don’t Worry – Be Happy”
Wax the car
Watch the sunrise
Watch the sunset
Make a list of your favorite things heard in recovery
Take a walk on the beach
While at the beach, build a sand castle
Collect shells from the beach
Make a windchime with shells from the beach
Treat yourself to a massage
Pick a bouquet of wild flowers
Decorate a vase from the Dollar Tree for the flowers
Give the above flowers to a friend
Color in a coloring book
Sweep the porch
Donate a box of stuff to your favorite charity
Tie-dye an old t-shirt
Make jewelry with beads and things from the Dollar Tree
Give the above jewelry to someone special
Make a collage with pictures cut-out of a magazine
Pin craft paper on the wall and make it a vision board
Join a book club
Join a poetry reading club
Go swimming or snorkeling
Learn how to play an instrument
Write your story – what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now
Share your story with someone in the program
Cook a gourmet meal
Invite someone over to share in the above meal
Take a scuba-diving class
Visit a museum
Go for a bike ride
Eat some ice cream
Freeze grapes to eat
Write your own list of things to do instead of drink