Service


Service Meeting Schedule:

There are numerous ways you can be of service to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Harbor Area.

First and foremost is the Harbor Area Service Committee (Service Committee). Every group should be concerned with how the principles and traditions of the fellowship are adhered to in our area, as well as the way matters affecting A.A. are conducted nationally. Each group is autonomous, yet they are closely interrelated by cooperation for the good of all groups and for A.A. as a whole.

In the Harbor Area this is accomplished through the  Service Committee. The Service Committee is comprised of delegates elected from their respective groups or meetings to serve for a period of time on the Committee. Each delegate has a vote in the affairs of the Committee and is eligible to serve in any additional capacity that they desire upon approval by the Committee.

Within the Service Committee there are a number offices and sub-committees designated to perform certain functions for the successful operation of Alcoholics Anonymous throughout the Harbor Area.

Elections for the offices and subcommittees are held every December at the Harbor Area Service Committee meeting. For an complete explanation and description of the elections click here.


OFFICES

THE HARBOR AREA SERVICE BOARD – The Harbor Area Service Board; (Board) members, are Trusted Servants of the Harbor Area Service Committee. They provide the liaisons between the Service Committee and the Harbor Area Central Office (Central Office) and keeps the Service Committees informed of any office needs. Their services include the staffing of the Central Office and the general administration and operations of the office. The Board consists of five members who serve on a rotating basis for a period of five years. On January first of each year, the Chairman (Chair One) is retired, the remaining chairmen then move up one chair (chair two becomes chair one, etc.) and a new Chair Five is elected by the delegates to the Service Committee in December of each year.

  • CHAIR 1 – Chairman of the Board. For the complete job description with the duties and responsibilities please click here.
  • CHAIR 2 – Board Member, Administrative and Advisory. For the complete job description please click here.
  • CHAIR 3 – Board Member, Administrative and Advisory. For the complete job description please click here.
  • CHAIR 4 – Board Member, Administrative and Advisory. For the complete job description please click here.
  • CHAIR 5 – Board Member and Service Committee Chairman. For the complete job description with the duties and responsibilities please click here.
  • TREASURER – The Harbor Area Service Committee Treasurer is elected to administer the funds of the Committee and provides guidance and counsel regarding the fiduciary responsibilities of the Committee. His/her service is in being the custodian and disburser of the money contributed to our Central Office. For the complete job description please click here.
  • SECRETARY – Responsible for taking the minutes of the Harbor Area Board Meetings and the Harbor Area Service Committee Meeting. For the complete job description please click here

SUB-COMMITTEES

  • ACTION AND RESPONSIBILITY – The Action and Responsibility Chair is an elected position which visit with registered groups and discusses the importance of participating on the Service Committee. For the complete job description and duties please click here.
  • AFTER HOURS PHONE The Harbor Area Service Committee After Hours Telephone Committee Chairman is elected each year to select and chair a committee whose responsibility is to answer calls coming in to Alcoholics Anonymous during the hours the Central Office is closed. For the complete job description click here.
  • ARCHIVES – The Harbor Area Archives Committee Chairman is elected each year to select and chair a committee whose responsibility is to promote the importance of, acquire new material for and maintain the Archives for Alcoholics Anonymous in the Harbor Area. The Harbor Area Archives Committee actively seeks historical information regarding the beginnings of A.A. in the Harbor Area and background information of the various groups and meetings that are, or have been, in existence. For the complete job description click here.
  • DELEGATE REGISTRATION CHAIRMAN – The Harbor Area Service Delegate serves as the liaison to the group delegates. For the complete description please click here.
  • HARBOR LIGHT EDITOR – The Harbor Area Service Committee Harbor Light Editor is elected each year to select and chair a committee whose responsibility it is to prepare and publish the monthly Harbor Light Bulletin. See HARBOR LIGHT pages).For the complete job description click here
  • HOSPITAL & INSTITUTION – A standing committee of the Harbor Area Service Committee and is self-regulating. Administers and conducts panels for all of the hospitals and institutions that desire meetings. Conduct an annual fundraising event to raise money to purchase literature. (See HOSPITAL & INSTITUTION page). This is not an elected position but if you would like to be of service please click on the link above.
  • PROGRAM – The Harbor Area Service Committee Program Committee Chairman is elected to select and chair a committee whose responsibility is to conduct fund raising events to help raise funds to finance the operation of the Harbor Area Central Office. For the complete description please click here.
  • PUBLIC INFORMATION – The Harbor Area Service Committee Public Information Committee Chairman is elected to select and chair a committee whose responsibility entails informing the “non-Alcoholics Anonymous community” in regard to A.A.’s purpose on behalf of the Harbor Area Service Committee. For the detailed job description please click here. .
  • TWELVE STEP (IN OFFICE) – The Harbor Area Service Committee Twelve Step Work Committee Chairman is elected each year to assist in the operation of the Harbor Area Central Office. To obtain scheduled volunteers to answer phones at Harbor Area Central Office. For a complete job description please click here.
  • WEBSITE – The Harbor Area Website Chairman is elected each year to select the committee whose responsibility is for the content of the Central Office website, subject to review by the Harbor Area Service Board and the Harbor Area Service Committee. For a complete and detailed job description please click here.

HARBOR AREA CENTRAL OFFICE

The Harbor Area Central Office is the public business office of the Service Committee. The paid staff address a constant influx of service requests from groups, individual members and the interested public, maintains a stock of A.A. literature for sale to groups and individuals, receives contributions, mails out literature and other material, maintains a list of speakers for both A.A. meetings and non-AA groups, keeps records of groups and their secretaries and treasurers,  and periodically publishes the local meeting directory. 

In accord with the Twelve Traditions, calls for help received by telephone or in person from members of A.A. and alcoholics who are still suffering are handled by Central Office volunteers  who work in three hour shifts during the normal office hours of  9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. When the office is closed  incoming calls are forwarded directly to local volunteer’s telephones, thus providing 24 hour a day telephone coverage. The volunteers answer questions about alcoholism, recovery, meeting times or locations and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous that are received from alcoholics that are still suffering and from members of their family and concerned friends.  In some cases it may become necessary for the volunteers at arrange for a sober alcoholic to visit a wet drunk who requests help. In addition the volunteers assist non-alcoholics who have other living problems find an organization that may be of help.

To become a volunteer, serve on a sub-committee or begin serving as a delegate please

Contact Central Office in person, by phone, e-Mail, or snail mail.