Group Service Positions

Tradition Two

For our group purpose there is but one authority—a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants—they do not govern.

Suggested Duties of Group Officers/Leaders

Group officers rotate regularly. Rotation gives all members the privilege of serving. Officers/leaders are trusted servants; they do not govern the group. Groups may attain more participation by electing alternates to the group service positions.


  • Plans meetings in advance with the Program Chairperson.  (See “Meeting Ideas.”)
  • Opens the meeting by reading the Preamble or the Welcome and leads the group in reciting the Serenity Prayer; follows the group’s meeting format.
  • Introduces speakers or announces the subject of the meeting.
  • Invites members to take part..

Program Chairperson:

  • Asks a member to chair the meeting.
  • Plans meetings. (See “Meeting Ideas.”)


  • Handles group correspondence.
  • Notifies their Area Group Records Coordinator or the WSO of any changes of the group, GR, and/or CMA, as well as phone numbers of group contacts.
  • May pick up the mail from the post office box (if applicable) or serves as the CMA (Current Mailing Address).
  • Keeps an up-to-date list of members, and their phone numbers.
  • Makes necessary Al-Anon-related announcements at meetings.
  • Orders Conference Approved Literature in sufficient quantities to supply the group’s needs (if the group does not have a Literature Chairperson).  
  • Encourages support of Alateen by providing information regarding Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS) certification until the group elects a Group Representative.


  • Maintains the group’s financial records in a manner that reflects the group conscience. Some groups have an actual budget that includes periodic contributions to the district, local Al-Anon Information Service, Area Assembly, and World Service Office. (See “Group Finances/Budget.”)
  • Passes the collection basket at group meetings.
  • Asks another member to help count and record the collection.
  • Reads the Quarterly Appeal Letter, and passes around the accompanying collection envelope to the group at two consecutive meetings.
  • Submits a financial statement to the group at regular intervals.

CMA (Current Mailing Address):

  • Receives postal and electronic group mail.
  • Brings the mail to the group. (See “Things to Consider when Starting an Al-Anon or Alateen Group.”)

Group Phone Contact:

  • Receives calls from newcomers seeking Al-Anon’s help or others seeking directions or additional information about the meeting.

Group Representative* (GR):

  • Acts as liaison between the group and the district and between the group and the Assembly.
  • Familiarizes him/herself with the current copy of the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27), and encourages its use among group members.
  • Works through the district in helping to initiate public outreach projects.
  • Encourages Alateen sponsorship in accordance with Area Alateen Safety and Behavioral Requirements.
  • Serves as local representative of the Al-Anon/Alateen magazine, The Forum, by:
    • Acquainting members with its usefulness.
    • Suggesting personal subscriptions.
    • Submitting group subscriptions to the WSO.
    • Encouraging members to write articles.
    • Is elected for a three year term.
    • Encourages election of an Alternate GR.

  • Make sure that all attendees are welcomed, particularly those new to the group. 
  • Give literature and meeting schedules to all newcomers. 

  • Sets up refreshments if the group provides them. 
  • Makes sure meeting area is cleaned up after the meeting. 

Business or Steering Committee: 
  • Deals with questions of policy and local public outreach. 
  • Deals with any internal problems that arise between the group’s regular business meetings.

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