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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Glenview Group at 55
it has changed rooms...the same southeast stairs have been
used for 55 years."
after the North Toronto Group was started, members felt
a need for a formal discussion meeting. They found a church
basement nearby and the Glenview Discussion Meeting was
born in 1946. This was a closed discussion meeting to which
an alcoholic had to be sponsored. In those days, only the
open meetings were published.
a long-timer remembers their early days at the Glenview
meeting has always been an open topic discussion, based
on the meetings described in the Big Book. Indeed, the preamble
to the meeting is taken directly from the Big Book.
meeting has always gathered in Glenview Presbyterian Church.
While it has changed rooms occasionally, the same southeast
stairs have been used for 55 years.
visitors to Glenview are surprised to find tablecloths and
the tradition of coffee being served to members. Fine china
was used in the early days. These days the group has downgraded
to mugs, but still serves the coffee caf and de-caf
tea, and herbal tea. Being served is heartening to
the down and out alcoholic.
along the line, the meeting became a group probably
around the time Intergroup was born. The group/meeting has
never had a historian, so while various stories have been
passed along, many things have been lost in time
including the actual start-up date. Betty D. remembers that
it was started in 1946 ten years before she came
Glenview has few members, but has a large roster of regular
attendees who gladly participate in the service needed to
put on the meeting. It seems to be the tradition that someone
takes on the job of opening up for long periods of time.Earl
set the meeting up for 15 years even at times when
attendence was small, indeed. "Some nights," he
told us recently, "I'd drive in from Brampton or somewhere,
open and make the coffee, then sit and read my Big Book
until it was time to pour the coffee out and go home."
Others have taken on the job for five or more years at a
stretch. Currently, Gregg H.,Welcome Group, has opened up
the meeting for three years. "It's an important part
of my sobriety," says Gregg.
was an important part of my getting sober in the sixties,"
says Dan McK., Half Century of AA Group. He remembers coming
for the sandwiches at first. Today, cookies are served.
Monday, September 17, the Glenview Discussion Group is celebrating
55 years of continuous service to the still suffering alcoholic.
In keeping with 55 years of tradition, the meeting will
be an open topic discussion meeting with a suggested topic
of gratitude. Members and regular attendees are planning
a big spread, hoping that all those who found sobriety at
Glenview over the years will attend.
Discussion Group, 8:00 pm, Glenview Presbyterian Church,
1 Glenview Avenue, corner of Yonge and Glengrove, two lights
south of Lawrence. Come and join the fun!
© Sept 2001, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,