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believe that people are good if you give them half a chance
and that good is more powerful than evil. The world seems
to me excruciatingly, almost painfully beautiful at times,
and the goodness and kindness of people often exceed that
which even I expect." -Lois W.
A Brief Timeline
1935 - Annie S. and Lois W. meet for the first time
in Akron, Ohio.
- Family groups begin to form.
1941 - Lois and Bill W. purchase Stepping Stones,
their home in New York State.
- ''One Wife's Story'', by Lois W. published in the AA
- Ruth G. starts publishing The Family For.
- Bill W. asks Lois to open a service office for Family
- Members with active alcoholics join Family Groups.
1951 - Lois W. asks AA Delegates' wives to lunch at
1951 - Lois W. makes a decision to open a service
office at Stepping Stones. She asks Anne B. to help her.
1951 - AA General Service Office gives Lois W. a list
of 87 Family Groups and individuals on record with AA.
- 1954 - Al-Anon gains acceptance as the name for
the Family Group movement.
17, 1951 - Lois W. and Anne B. call a meeting at Stepping
Stones with local chairmen and secretaries to discuss
9, 1952 - Clearing House established at 334 1/2 West
24th Street, New York City.
- Purpose and Suggestions written by Lois W.
- Al-Anon Traditions written by Lois W.
1952 - First Alanon literature price list published.
- First Al-Anon World Directory published.
Henrietta S. becomes first Clearing House paid part-time
- Al-Anon Literature, Budget and Publicity Committees
- Al-Anon Clearing House incorporates into Al-Anon Family
Group Headquarters, inc.
- The Al-Anon Family Groups, Al-Anon's first hardcorver
- Al-Anon Headquarters move to 125 East 23rd Street, New
- Alateen meetings begin in California.
1957 - It's a Teenaged Affair, published in
the AA Grapevine.
- Al-Anon plans own Conference at AA Long Beach Convention.
21, 1961 - First Al-Anon Trial Conference convenes.
Conference-Approved Literature (CAL) concept voted in.
- Ann Landers writes her first article on Al-Anon.
- The Stag Line, first pamphlet for men, published.
- First Alateen Conference held.
- One Day At A Time In Al-Anon (ODAT) published.
- World Service Office moves to 115 E. 23rd St., New York
- Lois's Story, motion picture, produced.
- World Service Office moves to 1 Park Ave., New York
- First General Services Meeting for overseas delegates
and World Service Office staff.
- Al-Anon first International Convention held in Montreal,
Canada, in conjunction with AA's International Convention.
- World Service Office moves to 1372 Broadway, New York
City as Al-Anon celebrates 35th Anniversary.
- Al-Anon's second International Convention held in Seattle,
Washington in conjunction with AA's International Convention.
- Al-Anon's third International Convention held in San
Diego, California in conjunction with AA's International
- Al-Anon's World Service Office moves to 1200 Corporate
Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia.