Historical Timeline

Date Milestone
1940 1940— The first group in Nassau County started in a member’s home in Garden City, Manhasset, or Freeport. Sources agree as to about when, but not where. Many early groups met in group members’ homes. At this time AA was five years old.
1946 The first meeting list printed by New York Intergroup listed 5 meetings here in Nassau County. The Baldwin Group met in the Girl Scout Building on Park Avenue in Baldwin on Sunday and Thursday, the Mineola Group met in the Old Courthouse on Old Country Road on Monday and Friday and the North Shore Group met on Plandome Road in Manhasset on Wednesday. While not listed in NY’s printed list, there were also meetings in Freeport, Glen Head and Valley Stream.
1948 – 1969 The Manhasset-Roslyn Telephone Service fulfilled a need at a time when there were relatively few groups on Long Island and membership was small. The Manhasset-Roslyn Group undertook this service and effort, unassisted financially by any other group or by New York Intergroup. The vast growth in population on Long Island brought with it a greater demand for A.A. information and a constant increase in activity for the telephone answering service. The burden of handling the service became excessive, more trying, and more than any one group could sustain, no matter how highly dedicated they were.
1970 (June 24) The members of the A.A. groups in Nassau County voted overwhelmingly at the Church of the Advent, Westbury to assume the burden of providing a telephone answering service to help the suffering alcoholic in Nassau County. This service was called the Nassau Answering Service of Alcoholics Anonymous. There were 53 groups in Nassau at this time. With the help of our non-alcoholic clergy friends of the Church of the Advent, this telephone answering service was set up in the basement of Winthrop Hall, Advent Street, Westbury. It was the intention of this volunteer group to establish better communication for Twelve Step calls, for assistance between all the local Nassau groups and the suffering alcoholic.
1971 (January) Volume 1, Number 1 of the Nassau Newsletter distributed to the groups. This newsletter has been published every month since that time.
1977 (February) The Nassau Answering Service moved to its own office in Hempstead.
1977 (September) The name changed to Central Office for Nassau County and a proposal was presented to the groups to form an intergroup. Twenty-four hour phone service was provided.
1980 The Central Office of Nassau moved to a new office in West Hempstead. The groups at that time having the “courage to change,” followed their Higher Power’s guidance and became Nassau Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous. Nassau Intergroup was serving 153 groups and answering 1000 calls a month by volunteer group members.
1983 Nassau InterGroup incorporated under the laws of NY State as a non profit organization.
1989 Nassau Intergroup outgrew the office they occupied in West Hempstead. With continued use of the Serenity Prayer, Nassau Intergroup moved to a larger office in the same building.
1994 (October) The Institutions Committee serving Nassau left New York Intergroup and became Nassau Intergroup’s largest standing committee. The Nassau Intergroup Institutions Committee brings A.A. meetings to hospitals, detox facilities, rehabs, and the jail in Nassau County every day of the week.
1996 (December 5) The Ad Hoc Special Needs Committee became a permanent standing committee at Nassau Intergroup.
1998 As of this writing, (February 1998) Nassau Intergroup serves over 300 groups. We are all volunteer, fully self-supported through our groups’ contributions. We continue to maintain a 24 hour hotline staffed by volunteer group members since 1977. We distributed 100,000 meeting lists in the last year at no additional charge to our members. We publish a monthly newsletter. We have an active Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) committee, Public Information (PI) committee and Speakers Bureau.
1998 (June) After much discussion, the representatives of Nassau InterGroup agreed to post its meeting list on-line for all to access. This fledgling website also included copies of the monthly newsletter and the calendar of events.
1998 (August) Once again, turning things over, Nassau InterGroup moved the office. A very short trip, downstairs and next door, but a move to expanded quarters that were finally handicapped accessible.
2004 (August) A major revision of the ByLaws was undertaken that finally upgraded the Ad Hoc Archives, Corrections and WebSite committees to full standing positions in Nassau InterGroup.
2005-2006 Intergroup office is renovated. These few years the Dinner Dance, sometimes combined with Share A Day is discontinued, and the Big Meeting underwent a hiatus.
2007-2008 Our meeting lists were continually updated and by now included almost 300 meetings. In 2007- 2008 the Reps voted to have an AA group meet in the office once a week. It soon overtook that approval and had grown to three meetings a week. Even though the production costs of printing were rising the Reps voted to continue to publish and provide them free of charge. Different formats were used to save cost. In June of 2008 the Big Meeting was revived by Nassau General Service. Nassau Intergroup did not participate.
2010-2012 Big Meeting continued to be cohosted by both service entities.
2012 Super Storm Sandy hit LI and brutalized both the North and South shores. Many groups were devastated; however, AA’s resilience was on full display, and within a short time many groups were able to reopen.
2014-2015 The AA meeting held in the office was discontinued. That was voted on by the Reps.
2019 Nassau Intergroup is renamed Intergroup Association of Nassau Inc. We successfully become a 501 C4 with the IRS which allows us to sell our literature and collect NYS tax.
2020 AA would have one of the greatest challenges in March of 2020 in the form of a pandemic -Covid19. As we remember, everything was shut down that winter including local AA meetings.

Our loyal trusted servants with dedication moved to get us up on virtual platforms like zoom.

Our website and our phone volunteers were crucial in making that vital information available.

In the summer and fall of 2020 , slowly some groups were able to come back and meet live.
2023 We remember all the love and energy that went into creating our original website from the 1990’s and the same went into creating and launching this site July 27, 2023. Thanks to all.