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Fort Worth Texas
From the archives of the Fort Worth A.A.
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history, as well as the source material, is digitally archived
into the Northeast Texas Area Archives for permanent retention.
(written December 6, 1986)
the late summer of 1977, representatives from some of the
Groups in District 6 began to meet together with the hope
of providing our District with a Central Office. Some were
not too enthusiastic as two previous attempts to have a
Central Office here had failed. However, a committee was
formed in September 1977 to start looking for a location
and to start setting up for the basic needs and functions
of the Central Office. Some of the Groups and individual
members had begun making contributions to this end. Some
of the A.A. members involved in this beginning effort were
Bill G George L., Roy D., Buddy R.,
Al T., and Bob H.
It was decided by the majority of Groups that we simply
name the office, the Fort Worth A.A. Central Office. The
original plan was to work with volunteers only, with the
Central Office to be open 9AM to 5PM week days, with the
office phone number transferred to a member of the Fellowship
each evening and weekends so that we would have a recovered
alcoholic answer our phone around the clock The volunteers
taking home-phone coverage were to be supplied with a confidential
l2th Step list, meeting schedules and general reference
information. We are pleased to state that this part of our
service is still intact and hundreds of volunteers through
the years have helped. From the start of the office the
Groups decided that the Fort Worth A.A. Central Office would
sell only A.A. World Services and Grapevine Inc. literature.
No change has been made in this concept as we feel we are
here to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous.
the late fall of 1977, a small office space was located,
phones installed, etc., and we opened our Central Office
in November 1977. The first few weeks George L. stayed in
the office daily with a great deal of help from Bobbie H.
and other volunteers in setting up files, volunteer lists
and helping the new volunteers understand their duties.
The Central Office was to be guided by a six person (rotating)
Steering Committee. The goal of the Central Office was to
furnish our District with all (or most) of the services
outlined in the GSO Guidelines for Central or Intergroup
Offices. Betty G., a very active supporter of the Central
Office, helped with getting the first literature into the
office (a small amount) for the convenience of our Groups.
The Central Office was instrumental in helping to form committees,
such as Public Information. Institutions and Treatment Centers.
The Central Office still cooperates fully with the four
action committees that serve District 6.
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Worth, Texas A.A. Central Office
six months of straight volunteer coverage some problems
began to arise as it took at least 16 volunteers per week
to keep the Central Office open and phones covered. Only
one volunteer “Doyle” has covered half of every weekend
on the phone since the Central Office opened. In March 1978
the Steering Committee approached Jean S., one of the original
volunteers, about taking on the responsibility of setting
up the Volunteer Schedules and other office needs by spending
at least one day a week in the Central Office. She accepted
the proposal and over nine years later is the full time
Office Coordinator/Secretary. As some indication as to the
growth of the services provided by the Central Office, the
first few months we were open we received from 250 to 300
calls a month for help and information and sold a few hundred
dollars worth of literature. We now’ receive about 1,200
calls for help and information monthly and sell approximately
$3,000 of literature.
March 1976 we realized it was impossible to carry on in
our very tiny office space and we moved to larger quarters
(across the street) into our present location at 316 Bailey
Avenue: Suite 108-A, Fort worth, TX 76107. We now have almost
enough space to accommodate our literature and the many
people who come by the Central Office. We still operate
the Central Office with a six person rotating Steering Committee,
with the Office Secretary as a permanent member. Each group
is asked to have a Central Office Representative to serve
as a liaison between their Group and the Central Office.
The Steering Committee meets monthly and then meets with
all the group Central Office Representatives on a quarterly
basis. They figure greatly in any changes or decision making
pertaining to the Central Office. All interested members
are invited to attend this quarterly meeting. Our only financial
support comes from Group and individual member contributions,
with a small profit made on the sale of literature. Our
office mails a monthly, very brief Newsletter, The Coffee
Break. The Newsletter is prepared by Bill C. and the Central
Office mails it along with all Group flyers” brought into
the Central Office We keep the operation of our Central
Office as simple as possible and still furnish all the needed
services to District 6 Groups (about 60) always remembering
our primary purpose of having the hand of A. A. ready to
help the still suffering alcoholic.
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