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Panama City Beach, Florida
FRANTIC SERENITY GROUP
fourth oldest AA group in the Panama City area, the "Frantic
Serenity Group," was formed in February, 1971, by JimR.,
Mike R. and Bill K. A native Canadian "snowbird"
and an old time AA member, Bill K. spent the winter months
here in the area. The "Frantic Serenity Group"
was born out of a necessity to expand AA from Panama City
to Panama City Beach.
first meeting of this expansion group was held at the home
of Jim R. in Laguna Beach, which is a part of Panama City
Beach. Meeting time was 8:00 p.m.
a meeting at the home of Jim & Mike R. in early 1972,
a discussion revealed the need for a larger meeting place
for the Frantic Serenity Group if AA was indeed to expand
from Panama City to Panama City Beach. The Gulf Beach Presbyterian
Church on Highway 79 in Panama City Beach was contacted
and shortly thereafter, approval was given for the use of
a large meeting room in the church building. The group was
to meet at 8:00 p.m. every Monday and Friday. An appropriate
rental was mutually agreed upon. After 18 years, the group
still meets at this location.
Frantic Serenity Group was successful from the start. This
was in no small part due to attendance by Canadian AA members
on winter vacation and by vacationers from surrounding Southern
states. By November and December, 1973, attendance and membership
had reached to 35-40 AA members.
May 10, 1979, the Frantic Serenity Group of AA was formally
registered by the General Service Office of AA.
February, 1983, Jane and Joe G., members of the Frantic
Serenity Group, formed a study group within the framework
of the Frantic Serenity Group. The purpose of this group
was to offer a forum of AA members who could establish a
study group on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of AA This
group would furnish fresh ideas and interpretations to the
meanings of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. This group was
open to any member who wished to participate.
and Joe G. contacted the pastor of St. Bernadette's Catholic
Church, located on West Hwy 98 in Panama City Beach, and
received permission to use the church's recreational hall
as a meeting place for this new study group. Meetings were
to be held onWednesdayeveningsfrom8:00 -9:00p.m. The recreational
hall subsequently became the property of the St. Thomas
East Episcopal Church in Panama City Beach. "12 &
12" study meetings are still being held at this location.
Initial membership in this study group was 10 members of
the Frantic Serenity Group. The group presently flourishes
with a membership of 25.
members who have served as General Service Representatives
-Present Mike D.
1977 -1978 Katherine F.
1987 -1988 Anne P.
1975 -1976 Joe W.
1985 -1986 Joe H.
1973 -1974 Paul L.
1983 -1984 George B.
1972 -1973 Jack H.
1981 -1982 Jane G.
1971 -1972 Jim R.
1979 -1980 Charles W.
Current meetings of the Frantic serenity Group follow:
8:00 p.m. -Open Speaker (Meets at Gulf Beach Presbyterian
8:00 p.m. -Closed Step Discussion (Meets at St. Thomas East
8:00 p.m. -Closed Discussion (Meets at Gulf Beach Presbyterian
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