Service Committees

What is a Service Committee?

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.

– Bill W.

Conference Committees


Archives service work is more than mere custodial activity; it is the means by which we collect, preserve and share the rich and meaningful heritage of our Fellowship..

Cooperation with Professional Communities (C.P.C)

Members of this committee provide information about A.A. to those who have contact with alcoholics through their profession.

Correctional Facilities

The purpose of a Correctional Facilities Committee is to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics behind the walls.


The purpose of the Grapevine Committee is to heighten the awareness at the Area, District, Group and individual member level of the spiritual value of the Grapevine and its specialty items as sobriety tools.


Reviews A.A. literature, both conference-approved and local service materials from Districts, Conference and Standing Committees, and Central Office/Intergroups.

Public Information (P.I.)

The purpose of P.I. service work is to provide accurate A.A. information to the public when requested.

Treatment Facilities

The Treatment Facilities Committee is formed to coordinate the work of individual A.A. members and groups who are interested in carrying our message of recovery to alcoholics in treatment facilities, and to set up means of “bridging the gap” from the facility to an A.A. group in the individual’s community.

Standing Committees

Mass. State Convention

Serves as the link to the Massachusetts State A.A. Convention. Co-hosted by members from Eastern Massachusetts (Area 30) and Western Massachusetts (Area 31) the weekend-long event is held in November.


The Messenger Committee is responsible for the Area 30 newsletter, which is published for each of the Area Assemblies and is distributed through the Service Structure.


Responsible for maintaining Confidential Area List. Coordinates with GSO, Delegate and Districts regarding group updates. Manages registration desk at area assemblies.

Service Seminar

The Service Seminar Committee provides outreach and introduction of service structure as outlined in Area 30 Handbook and A.A.W.S. Service Manual.


Accessibilities Committee

This committee endeavors to work toward a future where all who want to participate in AA meetings (and other AA services) in Eastern Massachusetts are in fact able to fully participate. Please visit

Website Committee

This committee maintains the Area 30 website per assembly action and develops recommendations on the future maintenance of the site.

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