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Panama City, Florida
PANAMA CITY GROUP
The oldest of Panama City's AA groups, the "Panama
City Group," was formed in 1941. Two AA members from
Akron, Ohio, were then working at the Wainwright Shipyard,
an area presently known as Port Panama City. A desire and
need to continue in their sobriety led these men to form
the first AA group in Panama City. AA was then only six
years old and the first publication of the Big Book had
come out a mere two years earlier.
it is generally discouraged, the meeting place of this new
group was to be found in the private homes of its members.
The first meeting outside of a home was held in 1958 at
Carpenters Hall on 4th Street. Story has it that the members
of AA complained about beer being left in the hall by others.
This complaint resulted in AA being asked to leave. The
group then moved to the old City Hall. Membership was growing.
next meeting place for the Panama City Group was at the
Presbyterian Church Sunday School room at 7th and Magnolia
Streets with about nine members.
1964, the group moved to 39 East Beach Drive and had grown
to about 15 members. This location was a vacant, very old
and a very "Gulf Coast" type large home which
has fondly remained in the memory of many "sobered-up"
alcoholics. The group was to use this meeting place for
about nine years.
the fall of 1973, the meeting place of the Panama City Group
changed from 39 East Beach Drive to the Fellowship Hall
of the First United Methodist Church on 4th Street. This
location was utilized for about a year, after which the
group moved to the Trinity Lutheran Church at 11th and Balboa
streets where it continued to meet for the next ten years.
May 10, 1979, the Panama City Group of AA was formally registered
by the General Service Office of AA.
in 1983, the group moved its meeting place from the Trinity
Lutheran Church to the Oakland Terrace Club House and continued
to meet there until 1986. It was at this time that other
users of the club house complained about smoking. Since
state smoking laws had just been changed, the group was
told that the meetings had to be non-smoking meetings or
else the group would have to change its meeting place. The
group elected to move.
1986, meetings of the Panama city Group have been held at
the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 14th street and Beck
Avenue. There are three meetings held each week at this
location, all of which begin at 8:00 p.m.
meetings consist of a closed discussion meeting; a 1st,
2nd, and 3rd Step meeting in the kitchen; a non-smoking
meeting in another room; an Al-Anon meeting; an Al-Ateen,
and an Al-Atots meeting.
meetings are always Open Speaker meetings.
meetings are Open Discussion Candlelight meetings (Saturday
Night Alive meeting). This meeting can be open-ended if
the chairman is so inclined and others wish to continue.
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