The Fourth Tradition says each group should be autonomous, except in matters affecting Crystal Meth Anonymous as a whole. That is where our Intergroup comes in. In New York City, NYCMA is the Intergroup.
What does the Intergroup do?
NYCMA does things that any one group really can’t do effectively on its own:
- Generates meeting lists for all of New York City
- Creates CMA literature such as a newsletter and pamphlets
- Maintains the hotline
- Operates the NYCMA Website
- Keeps a clearinghouse of recovery literature and chips
- Provides information to hospitals and institutions
- Represents NYCMA at the CMA General Service Organization, the worldwide Intergroup
What does the Intergroup not do?
Going along with the Fourth Tradition, NYCMA does not make decisions for individual meetings, which are autonomous.
Why have an Intergroup?
- To carry the message to the addict who still suffers through public information and hospitals and institutions
- To help groups with any questions and problems relating to the Twelve Traditions
- To avoid duplication of services
- To provide services such as the Web site, the literature clearinghouse, and the meeting list
- To provide groups with resources such as pamphlets, newsletters, and chips
- To represent New York City CMA at the General Service Organization
Who can attend an NYCMA meeting?
All CMA members are welcome at NYCMA meetings. Only officers and GSRs may vote on business matters.
Who are the NYCMA officers?
NYCMA has a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. There are also other officers, including committee Chairs and Cochairs, a Public Information Officer, a General Service Representative, a GSR Coordinator, and a Literature Clearinghouse Coordinator. These officers are elected by the voting body of NYCMA and serve for one year. Any NYCMA member meeting the sobriety requirement can be an officer.
What happens at the monthly NYCMA meeting?
The Secretary calls the roll to see if there is a quorum. The Treasurer reports on our finances. The members hear old business. The committee chairs give their reports. The group discusses any new business.
What are the NYCMA committees?
There are four committees: Structure and Finance, Literature, Public Information, and Hospitals and Institutions.
Basic Structure of the Intergroup
We must have a quorum at our meetings in order to conduct business. That means fifty percent of currently held voting positions must be present. Motions require a two-thirds majority to pass.