AA Service, Our Third Legacy

Service is an important part of recovery!
It can help keep us sober.

There are a number of great ways to get involved with service in SIA and in our area.  To learn more:

  • Read up on the many service opportunities on this page.
  • Email the Committee Chair. Find email addresses on the
    Contact Us page.
  • Attend a Committee Meeting. Check the
    Committee Meeting Schedule
    for the where and when.

Be sure to also check the Events Calendar for service workshops and other events.

SIA General Meeting

Attend the next biz meeting to have your group's voice heard and jump into service
Visit the SIA General Meeting page

A.A.’s Legacy of Service
by Bill W.

Our Twelfth Step — carrying the message — is the basic service that the A.A. Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.

Hence, an A.A. service is anything whatever that helps us to reach a fellow sufferer — ranging all the way from the Twelfth Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A.A.’s General Service Office for national and international action.The sum total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service.

Services include meeting places, hospital cooperation, and intergroup offices; they mean pamphlets, books, and good publicity of almost every description. They call for committees, delegates, trustees, and conferences. And, not to be forgotten, they need voluntary money contributions from within the Fellowship.

Reprinted from A.A.’s Legacy of Service?, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Service Opportunities in SIA


Archives is always looking for volunteers to help us save our history. We are in desperate need of tech savvy volunteers to help maintain the Archives Website. Attention: all Suffolk AAs with 30 or more years of sobriety — We would like to interview you to preserve your memories

We invite everyone to write their experience, strength and hope about coronavirus.

  • How it affected your life, your recovery and your group.
  • What adjustments were necessary and what changes made.
We are saving these stories so future generations will know what it was like during these unprecedented times. Please email your written piece to Archives@suffolkny-aa.org
Archives Committee meets every 2nd Tuesday 7pm
Zoom Mtg ID 996 096 9365 Passcode 799633


AA meetings will be allowed back into Suffolk Country Correctional Facilities soon!



The inmates are in need of AA speakers as often as permissible and you are doing a huge service to these individuals by volunteering your time, strength, hope and experience. Thank you!

For instructions on applying for a Facility Pass, please visit the Corrections Section of the Group Forms page.

Corrections Committee next meeting TBA — email for more info


The Grapevine Chair would like to visit your meeting in person, and set up a table displaying the wide array of literature offerings available from AA Grapevine and AA La Viña. Email grapevine@suffolkny-aa.org to schedule your visit.

Schools / Public Information

There are several duties to be fulfilled within our committee, so we welcome those who are interested in doing service. Not sure what Public Information is and how it fits within AA? Curious to know more? Join us!

Schools / Public Information Committee
meets every 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 PM at the SIA Office

related material from General Service Office

Treatment Facilities

Group Reps, treatment meeting chairs, and ANYONE interested in service is welcome!  We NEED your help bringing The AA Message into Treatment Facilities!

We are always looking for AA members to do service chairing or speaking at our facilities. Please consider volunteering once a month. Does your group have a Treatment Rep?  Let them know about our committee! We are also asking for gently used or new AA literature for our facilities; please bring to the SIA Office or the next SIA meeting.

Facilities are taking the necessary steps to ensure visitors and patients are protected and can meet safely

to see upcoming open commitments, click here

to sign up for a commitment, click here

for more info, email treatment@suffolkny-aa.org

What's an Intergroup?

Intergroups are service entities that focus exclusively on local needs (e.g. maintaining meeting lists, organizing speaker exchanges) and are not part of A.A.’s larger decision-making/service structure. You’ll notice they don’t appear in the upside-down triangle. But there is a connection between the two as shown in the diagram.

Though an intergroup falls within the broader definition of “general service” (service below the group level), it should not to be confused with “General Service”, shorthand for A.A.’s larger decision-making/service structure.

Here in Suffolk County, Suffolk Intergroup (SIA) and Suffolk General Service (SGSO), which itself is part of the SENY General Service Office, coordinate with each other to complement and divide up the county’s service needs.

To learn more visit the SENY-Intergroup-Liaison Page

Related Links From AA World Services
MG-02 – A.A. Guidelines on Central or Intergroup Offices
Box 459 – Aug/Sep 2007 – IO/COs: AA’s Front Line
Box 459 – Fall 2017 – IO/COs: Then & Now