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:

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

Service Opportunities in SIA

Committee / Email Available Service Positions
Visit the Share-A-Thon Page
  • Your group is needed to host a workshop!! Please submit your Workshop Topic Ideas by the Aug 24th deadline.
  • We need Tech Savvy volunteers to help run the Fellowship Room and the Workshops.
Please join us for the Committee Planning Meeting held on the last Tues of the month at 7pm.

Treatment / Institutions (H&I)


See Institutions Section on this page for more info

We are looking for an INSTITUTIONS CHAIR!!

Institutions are starting to let meetings back in. We need Meeting Chairs and Speakers

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

Always looking for volunteers to help us save our history.
  • We are in desperate need of a tech savvy volunteer to maintain the Archives Website
  • Archives is currently collecting stories about staying sober during the time of COVID
  • Attention: all Suffolk AAs with 30 or more years of sobriety — We would like to interview you to preserve your memories

Bulletin is looking for stories, poems, announcements and other content to go into future issues.

We are also looking for stories about “your sobriety during the coronavirus”.

Visit the Bulletin Page for more info


We are in dire need of Hotline Volunteers and especially GROUPS to cover the AA HOTLINE in SUFFOLK

Visit the Hotline Page

Correctional Facilities
We are looking for speakers to bring meetings into county jails and other similar facilities. If you have already gotten clearance in the past or would like to start this process, contact the Corrections Chair.

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.


We are looking for an INSTITUTIONS CHAIR!!
Email to learn more

Institutions are starting to let meetings back in. They need Chairs and Speakers to bring in the message of hope.

Port JeffSt. Charles
BohemiaTalbot House
BrentwoodMental Health Brentwood

Commitments vary and change frequently. Email Institutions to inquire about current openings.

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

We are also taking contributions of gently used AA approved literature. Please drop off at the SIA Office, or email Institutions to schedule pick up.

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

2020 Unity & Service Conference

The 2020 Unity & Service Conference was held Labor Day Weekend. You can download the the Audio Recordings below:

Day # Session Title
Sat 9/51Memoirs of A Judge That Nudged
Sat 9/52Service Panels
  • Panel 1 – Young People
  • Panel 2 – Bridge the Gap
  • Panel 3 – Corrections (H&I)
  • Q&A
Sat 9/53Finance & Romance in Digital Age
Sat 9/54.1The Three Legacies and Relationships – Part 1
Sat 9/54.2The Three Legacies and Relationships – Part 2
Sat 9/55Unity vs. Conformity in the Home Group
Sun 9/66aVignette – Tradition 5
Sun 9/66Contempt Prior to Investigation? — The 12 Concepts — “A Spiritual Experience”
Sun 9/67Service Panels
  • Panel 1 – Public Info & Cooperation w/Professionals
  • Panel 2 – Intergroup / Hotline
  • Panel 3 – General Service
  • Panel 4 – Sponsorship
  • Q&A
Sun 9/68Anonymity and Outside Issues:
Rights vs. Responsibilities
Sun 9/69Ask It Basket w/ ALL Speakers