About Grand Strand Intergroup
The Grand Strand Intergroup was formed in the fall of 1982 by George E. and Bill H. The main purpose of Intergroup was to obtain an answering service to better carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous. For a long time Alcoholics Anonymous would ring into a members home and they would take the calls and disburse them. As AA grew, so did the need for a professional answering service. A small group of alcoholics met and contacted the AA groups which agreed the service was needed, and Intergroup began. It began with five groups, Primary Purpose Group, Myrtle Beach Group, Midway Group, Murrells Inlet Group and Sun Fun Group. The first Answering Service was Palmetto Answering Service and the cost was $45.00 per month and Intergroup paid the small phone bill. According to the oldest minutes found, (dated 12/1/1983) Intergroup met at St Phillips Church, 62nd Ave., on the 1st Thursday of each month. Intergroup opened their first checking account January 20th, 1983. The December 1983 minutes stated Intergroup would begin selling literature as a service to the groups, instead of the groups going directly through GSO.
Guidelines from the Greater Columbia Intergroup and Greenville Intergroup were obtained as a guide.
Literature packages were distributed at the Old Prison Farm, and the Horry County Jail along with old grapevines. The Clergy was given literature along with physicians and various employment agencies. Ads ran in the newspaper 7 days a week in the personal column. (“If you want to drink that is your business if you want to stop, it’s ours”.)
A stamp was made and all literature stamped with Intergroup’s phone number before being handed out.
Intergroup’s first big fundraiser was the New Year’s Eve dance held at St. Andrews Church. According to the minutes it went very well and at that time they hoped to make it a yearly event.
Before any decision was made regarding the work of Intergroup, the question was always asked, are we abiding within the Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.