FA WSI Organizational Chart
The Organization of FA at a Glance
An FA member is an individual who desires to stop eating addictively and chooses to be part of the fellowship of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Members are guided by the Twelve Steps of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous.
Meetings are formed when two or more food addicts come together to share experience, strength, and hope. Each meeting is registered with an intergroup. Meetings uphold the 12 Traditions of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous.
Local Service Groups (LSG)
A local service group is formed when two or more meetings gather on an informal basis to do service in their area. Usually, the service focuses on getting the word out that FA is a solution for still-suffering food addicts in their community. LSGs have no formal officers, and leadership typically rotates monthly.
Chapters are formed when a group of meetings within a geographical area (such as within a state or several states) would like to do service for the meetings in their area on an informal basis. Chapters are not incorporated. They affiliate with an intergroup (see below) and follow the bylaws of the intergroup. A chapter carries the message of FA recovery to food addicts in the local vicinity. A chapter comes under the umbrella of the incorporation and tax-exempt status of its intergroup. Chapters have their own elected officers and committee chairs.
Local meetings and other interested meetings can combine to form an intergroup, which works together with and is supported by FA World Service, Inc. (WSI). Intergroups have elected officers and committees. FA intergroups are separately incorporated, non-profit organizations. An intergroup supports its affiliated meetings, helping them carry the message of recovery and giving them opportunities to do service at a more global level. An intergroup serves as a model and as a source of guidance and information for affiliated chapters. An intergroup must be established as a legal non-profit entity, under applicable local laws.
WSI (World Service, Inc.)
WSI is a non-profit corporation. The day-to-day management of FA's world service operations is housed at the World Service Office (WSO). The board of trustees, also called the World Service Board (WSB), is made up of elected officers and the chairs of the WSI committees. WSI is a service organization. Its primary purpose is to serve the fellowship. The FA groups are the main voice of the fellowship, and choose members to vote at the FA annual business convention. All major decisions for FA-WSI are made at the annual business meeting, also known as the World Service Business Convention (WSBC). Decisions are made at the WSBC by the voting body of FA, the World Service Conference Members (WSC).
Chapters, intergroups, and the WSI itself exist only to serve the groups and FA as a whole. All FA groups are registered with an intergroup.