There are a number of service opportunities for volunteers to help carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Area 61 Subcommittees:


The Archive committee is AA’s historians. This committee’s activities include seeking out and preserving items important to our Rhode Island AA history; preserving records of significant events and recording the long timer stories.

Convention Committee

The Convention committee is currently planning for the next Convention to be held at The Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina (Formerly The Hyatt Regency) on Goat Island in Newport.

Corrections Committee

Corrections sees that the AA message is carried to those in prison, many of whom have problems with alcohol and are seeking help from us.

CPC/PI Committee

The local bus carries a sober based ad, your car radio has a Public Service Announcement on AA, your high school class gets a presentation on the disease of alcoholism, a reporter has a good handle on a piece about sobriety – this is the CPC / PI committee in action.

Finance Committee

The Rhode Island Area Assembly has established a Budget and Finance Committee. The purpose of this Committee shall be to establish and maintain a sound fiscal policy for Rhode Island Area 61, keeping in mind our tradition of self-support.

Information Services Committee

The Information Services Committee (ISC) is primarily responsible for updating and maintaining the current Area 61 website and meeting list schedule.  Through the use of this website, it is the committees’ hope that more suffering alcoholics will find the halls of AA and a welcoming smile.

Grapevine Committee

The Grapevine committee spreads the AA message via the “Grapevine” our “Meeting in Print”.  This monthly magazine celebrated 50 years of spreading the message of recovery in 1994.


Rhode Island Service Committee of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous(RISCYPAA), have adopted AA’s primary purpose: to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. RISCYPAA is an AA committee comprised of AA members, directly responsible to the young alcoholics in the state of Rhode Island. All alcoholics are welcome and encouraged to participate. RISCYPAA’s practical goals are derived from AA’s three legacies.

Treatment and Accessibility

The Treatment and Accessibilities Committee sees that AA’s message of recovery is carried into detoxes, residential and outpatient programs, dual diagnosis/psychiatric units, halfway houses, and homeless shelters. These facilities have expressed a need for AA and graciously allow us to carry the message to those who suffer from alcoholism.