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Intergroup Guidelines


These guidelines have been created to outline best practices for intergroups.

The Purpose of an Intergroup is:

  • To come together to share the responsibility of reaching the still suffering food addict.
  • To further the FA program in accordance with the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts of FA.
  • To promote unity through service.
  • To maintain a communication hub for all affiliated FA Meeting Groups, Local Service Groups and Chapters in order to gain a sense of being part of a greater whole.

Intergroup (IG) Essentials Checklist for Establishing an FA Intergroup:

As the FA fellowship continues to grow around the world and across time zones, new intergroups may be established. This checklist is designed to assist in the process by identifying key components and WSI Bylaw requirements when forming a new intergroup.

Are there FA members willing to do service at an Intergroup level?

Establishing a new intergroup begins with members willing to do the service work of an intergroup.

  • Four or more committed FA members with at least five years of abstinence who have completed a minimum of one, and continue to be actively involved in, an in-depth study of the Twelve Steps relating to food addiction (as referenced in the FA WSI Bylaws) and are willing to serve as IG interim Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer.
  • Five or more committed FA members with at least three years of abstinence who have completed a minimum of one, and continue to be actively involved in, an in-depth study of the Twelve Steps relating to food addiction (as referenced in the FA WSI Bylaws) and are willing to serve as IG Committee Chairs.
  • FA members with 90 days of abstinence willing to participate in IG service work and attend monthly IG meetings.

Is there a commitment at the meeting level?

  • A sufficient number of FA meetings committed to affiliate with the intergroup whose members are willing to attend monthly IG meetings and participate in IG service work.

What are the next steps?

  • Contact the WSI Service Group Support Committee (SGSC) Chair sgsc@foodaddicts.org for assistance and resources. 
  • Liaise with the SGSC Chair for help with the application process to appoint interim IG Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer). 
    • Once appointed, the Interim Officers:
      • Appoint IG Committee Chairs to the following committees: Bylaws, Information Technology (IT), Office, Public Information and 12th Step.
      • Consider the option of establishing additional committees such as: Convention Resource, Service Group Support Committee (SGSC) and Teens and Twenties.
  • Contact the WSI Treasurer for assistance regarding finances necessary for incorporating the IG and for purchasing a platform for IG meetings. WSI supplies any intergroup, which has a demonstrable need, with money for start up.
  • Register as a legal nonprofit entity under the applicable local law.
  • Establish a bank account for the IG.
  • Purchase Directors and Officers Insurance for the IG.
  • Schedule IG meetings, accessible by video-conference, at a time that is conducive for participation by the majority of affiliated meetings.
  • Draft Intergroup Bylaws. 
  • Review the Draft Intergroup Bylaws to ensure they meet the requirements outlined in Article IV Section 2 of the FA WSI Bylaws
  • Submit Draft Intergroup Bylaws, to the WSI Chair, Vice-Chair and Bylaws Chair, for approval by the FA World Service Board (WSB) prior to intergroup registration. 
  • Create a Continuing Effects Motion (CEM) Manual to guide the intergroup’s day to day operations and record the IG’s organizational history  
  • Hold an election for IG Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) within 12 months of the IG interim Officers being appointed.

Inventory Checklist for an Established FA Intergroup:

The objective of this simple inventory checklist is to review best practices and provide an opportunity for the IG to evaluate its effectiveness in meeting “The Purpose of an Intergroup” as stated above. It includes key components and WSI Bylaw requirements. 

Key Components:

  • Are IG meetings accessible by video-conference at a time that is conducive for participation by the majority of affiliated meetings?
  • Are all intergroup voting members committed to a registered FA meeting affiliated with the intergroup? 
  • Is there a process in place for remote voting?
  • Are service opportunities available to all members of the IG with 90 days or more of continuous abstinence? 
  • Do committee procedures allow for regular rotation of service positions?
  • Is the intergroup self-supporting through Seventh Tradition donations?
  • Is all legal documentation and financial reporting in order and up to date? 
  • Is the Continuing Effects Motion (CEM) Manual up to date? 

WSI Bylaws Requirements:

  • Do the Intergroup Bylaws meet the requirements outlined in Article IV Section 2 of the FA WSI Bylaws
  • Does the intergroup submit the IG Bylaw amendments for review and approval by the WSB to ensure they are in compliance with FA Twelve Traditions, Twelve Concepts and WSI Policies? 
  • Does the intergroup submit their Bylaws to the WSI Bylaws Committee for review every two years?