What is the Purpose of Al-Anon and MAIS?

What is Al-Anon?

"Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. 

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution: does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions. 

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic." 

The Suggested Preamble to the Twelve Steps

Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Groups Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA 

What is MAIS?

The Metro-Atlanta Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service (MAIS) is a local center established by groups in several adjoining Al-Anon/Alateen districts. Through MAIS, groups are able to share their insights and experiences with each other so that each group has the opportunity to become stronger and healthier. MAIS ensures that any person who needs Al-Anon has meeting information and literature available.

What does MAIS Do?

MAIS connects and serves Al-Anon and Alateen groups/districts in metro-Atlanta. Below are the primary activites MAIS oversees:

Maintains a Literature Distribution Center (LDC) of Conference Approved Literature (CAL).

Groups can order CAL for their members and take advantage of convenient local shipping or
the ability to pick up the items themselves.

Publishes a schedule of Al-Anon meetings for groups to distribute to their members.

Recruits and trains volunteers to answer the phone from any location, to provide meeting
schedule information to any one in need. Provides a 24/7 hotline for calls received when a
volunteer is not available.

Serves as an avenue for local Public Outreach.

Maintains a website containing Al-Anon conference approved events and a link to schedule

Publishes a newsletter, the CenterPoint, to communicate MAIS information to groups.

Holds bi-monthly meetings with representatives from Al-Anon and Alateen groups to encourage group cooperation and open communication. At these meetings, MAIS Representatives,
committee chairpersons, and officers a. give reports, b. discuss and vote on matters that affect the groups and districts, c. distribute the CenterPoint, and d. conduct all MAIS business.

Maintains a listing in the local telephone directory.

Receives mail, email, and phone calls and engages in other activities as an avenue for public
information, institutional work and Alateen activities.

Who can be a MAIS Representative?

Each group elects an experienced member as a MAIS Representative for a three (3) year term of office to coincide with the terms of Group Representative and Area World Service Delegate. If the MAIS Representative has to be replaced, a new MAIS Representative is elected to fill the unfinished term. If the group has an Alternate Group Rep, frequently that position also serves as the
MAIS Rep, but being an Alternate GR is not a requirement to be a MAIS Rep. Note that Al-Anon members who are also members of AA may not serve as Alternate GRs.Each district has a member on the MAIS Board, usually the Alternate District Representative (Alternate DR).

What is the role of a MAIS Representative?

MAIS Representatives represent their groups at MAIS business meetings where the groups share Al-Anon related information.

MAIS business meetings are held the second Wednesday of every odd-numbered month from 7:30 pm-9:00 pm at the NABA clubhouse, 1809 Briarwood Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

MAIS Representatives:

- Act as liaisons between their groups and MAIS
- Vote on all matters of MAIS business (each group has one vote)
- Report to their groups on motions passed at MAIS meetings
- Take announcements back to their groups, including:
- Updates on the financial status of MAIS, including group contributions
- News about Al-Anon literature (both new and discontinued literature)
- MAIS needs in filling vacant positions and phone volunteer openings
- Flyers for anniversaries, workshops and conventions
- Ensure their groups have copies of the CenterPoint
- Help plan and host the MAIS anniversary celebration

 For more information about MAIS (Metro Atlanta Al-Anon/Alateen Information Service): FAQs