Central Office of Southwest Missouri
The Central Office of Southwest Missouri was founded in November, 1986.
In the past it has mainly been supported by groups from Springfield and neighboring areas, but has since expanded its area to include all of Southwest Missouri.
Purpose of the Central Office
“Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. This is the primary purpose of the Central Office/ Intergroup and the volunteers, as well as:
1. Establish and maintain a Central Office.
2. Elect a Board of Directors for the Central Office to administer policies and responsibilities of Central Office/Intergroup.
3. Provide a 24-hour answering service.
4. Provide A.A. meeting information for the A.A. community and the public.
5. Provide an adequate inventory of A.A. literature and books for the needs of A.A. members and the community.
6. Provide A.A. members with special event information such as workshops, speaker meetings and conventions.
7. Work with groups and districts exchanging ideas and assisting members in carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
8. Publish a local newsletter through volunteer subscriptions to carry information and articles concerning A.A. in southwest Missouri.
12 Step Volunteer Service
Incoming calls from the suffering alcoholic (and for meeting information) come into the Central Office during business hours, or go to our answering service when the office is closed. Office volunteers are all capable of talking with anyone who has a problem with alcohol however, they may need assistance, according to gender. After business hours when the calls go to our answering service, the service takes a first name and phone number and calls a 12 Step Volunteer. A list of volunteers is maintained by the Central Office Volunteer Coordinator and is kept at both the Central Office and the answering service. Calls are directed according to gender and we need your help 24/7.
Other types of calls may include requests for rides to meetings, on call visitations to treatment centers or nursing homes or help for alcoholics with special needs and confinements. These calls are referred to the appropriate district and district committees.
Being a Central Office 12 Step Volunteer is very rewarding and every A.A. member will be glad to tell you the benefits from this type of service.
If you would like to be on the 12 Step Call list or would like to volunteer for a shift, contact the Central Office today. It is important to note that we also need A.A.’s from outside the Springfield calling area. Our calls range from District 11 to 16.
Office volunteers keep the Central Office open and take care of our daily duties to our local A.A. groups and A.A. members, anyone with an alcohol problem and to our communities where alcoholism is concerned.
When someone reaches out for help our A.A. volunteers are there to share their experience, strength, and hope. Again, this is our main duty at the Central Office.
Local A.A. groups conduct business at the Central Office purchasing books and pamphlets, medallions and other recovery items, dropping off or calling with changes in meetings, copying group flyers, and picking up information from the Central Office. Each group can request a mail box at the Central Office.
Members from out of town frequently call the Central Office for information about meeting times and events in our area. Giving them a warm Southwest Missouri welcome and the information they desire gives them that feeling of a common bond when away from home.
The Central Office stocks A.A. books and pamphlets. The Grapevine® is also on hand. Any A.A. literature
Grapevine materials may be ordered through the Central Office and are sold at the current list price as set by G.S.O. and there is no markup.
Funding for Central Office
Funding for the Central Office comes mainly from groups in southwest Missouri who support our common interests. Groups may donate on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or yearly basis, or as funds allow.
Other contributions come from the Faithful Fiver Club (individuals who send in $5.00 per month), individual contributions, fundraisers, or memorial funds.
Funds are used to pay for rent, phone, answering services, the periodic updating of the Meeting Directories, postage and office supplies.
The General Service Conference pamphlet F-3, Self-Supporting through Our Own Contributions lists several suggested contribution methods a group may adopt.
Quarterly meeting directories are published by the Central Office for District 14 and the surrounding area.
Thank you for visiting the Alcoholics Anonymous Central Office of Southwest Missouri website. Please do not hesitate to call our 24/7 hotline for help in finding meetings in Springfield and southwest Missouri. We are here to help. The number to call is: 417-823-7125
We are physically located at 1031 E. Battlefield Road, Suite 124C, Springfield, Missouri 65807. Our office hours are 8-5 Monday through Friday and 11-2 Saturday.
Visitor, Meeting and
Administrative information email can be addressed to:
PLEASE NOTE: the email is not a hotline and it may take up to 48 hours for someone to respond.
This is an open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. We are glad you are all here-especially the newcomers. In keeping with our singleness of purpose and our Third Tradition which states that "The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking, "we ask that all who participate confine their discussion to their problems with alcohol.
(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)
This is a closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.'s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meeting is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as the relate to alcoholism.
(The 1987 General Service Conference Made this statement available as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)
HOW DO I FIND A MEETING?
Go to the MEETING SCHEDULE PAGE. Then, you can sort/filter for the specific area, day of the week and/or type of meeting. The resulting list will show Group names. Click on the Group name for more information.