WHO RUNS CENTRAL OFFICE?
Each group elects a representative to be a Central Office Delegate or Intergroup Representative. The representative serves a term decided by each group. The KC Central Office holds its monthly meetings on second Sunday of each month. The meetings are usually at 10am and travels to different group locations voluntarily hosted by that group. The Office has an eleven member Board of Directors. It is a 3 year service position. The Board Members are elected every April by the group’s Central Office Delegate. The Board Members oversee the running of the Office. CENTRAL OFFICE Delegates also serve as a link between the local groups and functions of the office by:
- Reporting the group happenings.
- Sharing the group problems/or solutions
- Developing support for each other to keep the fellowship communications going
- Coordinating with each other and area service committees to help the still suffering alcoholic.
CENTRAL OFFICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Each Board Member is available to speak at your group or visit your business meeting. They can be contacted by calling the office at 816-471-7229 or by email to the office firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE HAND OF AA IS EXTENDED 24 HOURS A DAY…. between the office calls and the calls that come through the Afterhours Hotline, listed below are the kinds of calls that come to this office.
- 12 STEP CALLS
- BRIDGE THE GAP
- MEETING LOCATION & TIMES
- GENERAL INFO ABOUT AA
- WEBSITE INFO
- CONTACT INFO FOR AL-ANON and OTHER PROGRAMS
CREATE LOCAL MEETING DIRECTORY
The Directory is created and produced in the Office. It covers two states of group listings, Kansas and Missouri. We have listings for forty-four counties. We up-date this as soon as we get corrections, we do not want to send anyone to a dark door. They may not live long enough to ask for help again. The KC Area Central Office has a website: www.kc-aa.org. This is up-dated with group information, calendar of events and articles for the fellowship. The website averages over 140,000+ hits per month.
CREATE AND MAIL OUT MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
We have a mailing of 400+ newsletters per month. This is to keep the groups informed of events, finances of the office, articles pertaining to the fellowship and information from the General Service Office in New York. If we have a mailing address for your group, we send a newsletter at no charge.
SALE OF LITERATURE
The Office is here to be of service to the Groups and Individuals by having literature available for sale locally.
Of our total income 40% of our total income is from AAWS literature sales. 10% is from non-AA literature.
BEING FRIENDLY WITH OTHERS
We at the Office try to cooperate with other entities such as: Al-anon; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Gamblers Anonymous, etc. We refer people who are asking for help to whatever resources are available without affiliation.
DIRECT PEOPLE TO MEETINGS
The Office averages 1,500 to 2000 calls per month. The majority of those are people asking where the nearest meeting location is. We have over 200 groups in the metro area alone. Some of these are requesting treatment info. The Office maintains a listing of Treatment Centers, Halfway Houses, and Detox Centers.
The KC Area Central Office serves groups in two Areas. We have Liaisons to both Areas. We cooperate with the Group, District and the Area committees to continue to maintain the Fellowship’s primary purpose: “To carry the message to the still suffering Alcoholic.”