Ever Wonder… Is There a Difference Between a Meeting and a Group?

It’s in there.   The A.A. Group… Where It All Begins

Designed for easy reference, the pamphlet covers four main areas:

  • What an A.A. group is.
  • How a group functions.
  • Group relations with others in the community.
  • How the group fits into the structure of A.A. as a whole.

    Is There a Difference Between a Meeting and a Group?

Most A.A. members meet in A.A. groups as defined by the long form of our Third Tradition (see page 44). However, some A.A. members hold A.A. meetings that differ from the common understanding of a group. These members simply gather at a set time and place for a meeting, perhaps for convenience or other special situations. The main difference between meetings and groups is that A.A. groups generally continue to exist outside the prescribed meeting hours, ready to provide Twelfth Step help when needed.

A.A. groups are encouraged to register with G.S.O., as well as with their local offices: area, district, Intergroup or central office. A.A. meetings can be listed in local meeting lists.

This pamphlet is designed as a handy information tool and suggested guide for an A.A. group. Pamphlet ID p-16 can be purchased from the Mid-Island Intergroup Office in Nanaimo.