Service Center


AIS Meeting Information

The Syracuse AIS is a source for the suffering families and friends of alcoholics by helping them find local meeting information. The AIS updates and publishes meeting schedules, maintains a 24-hour answering service, serves as a clearinghouse for public information, publishes a newsletter, maintains a web site, and houses the local Literature Distribution Center.

What is Syracuse AIS?

The Syracuse Al-Anon Information Service (AIS) is a local service center established by Districts 3, 15, 18, 21, & 28 to coordinate outreach activities and facilitate communication. The Syracuse AIS performs (but not limited to) the following services:
  • Maintains a listing in the local telephone directory, providing a telephone number for those seeking information about Al-Anon and Alateen.
  • Maintains an office address for listing with the World Service Office. In this way, potential members may be referred without revealing the name, address, or telephone number of any Al-Anon/Alateen member or individual.
  • Channels inquiries to the nearest group.
  • Serves as an avenue for public outreach.
  • Maintains a stock of Conference Approved Literature (CAL) and is registered as a Literature Distribution Center (LDC).
  • Holds periodic meetings attended by all the Information Service Representatives where activity reports are made and notes are taken on matters affecting groups. Group problems are discussed in the light of the Twelve Traditions.
  • Prints and distributes its own newsletter (AFYI - Al-Anon for Your Information) of local Al-Anon/Alateen activities of interest.

How Does It Work?

All interested Al-Anon members are invited to attend Syracuse AIS meetings with voice. However, AIS voting member shall consist of AIS Officers/Coordinators and one representative from each group in Districts 3, 15, 18, 21, & 28. The AIS Chairperson services as the communication link between the AIS and the New York North Area Assembly (NYN). Experience has shown that the AIS can be a function of districts, providing a network of communication and by supporting local groups.

What Can I Do?

  • Volunteer to work at the Service Center answering phones.
  • Volunteering to serve on a committee.
  • Place orders for literature with the local LDC.
  • Local meeting schedules.
  • Monetary individual and/or group donations.
  • Anyone can contribute in the Service Center by sharing your experience, strength, hope and love of the program by participating in monthly AIS meetings at the Service Center.