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Bob's farewell talk*
good friends in AA and of AA. I feel I would be very remiss
if I didn't take this opportunity to welcome you here to
Cleveland not only to this meeting but those that have already
transpired. I hope very much that the presence of so many
people and the words that you have heard will prove an inspiration
to you - not only to you, but may you be able to impart
that inspiration to the boys and girls back home who were
not fortunate enough to be able to come. In other words,
we hope that your visit here has been both enjoyable and
get a big thrill out of looking over a vast sea of faces
like this with a feeling that possibly some small thing
that I did a number of years ago, played an infinitely small
part in making this meeting possible. I also get quite a
thrill when I think that we all had the same problem. We
all did the same things. We all get the same results in
proportion to our zeal and enthusiasm and stick-to-itiveness.
If you will pardon the injection of a personal note at this
time, let me say that I have been in bed five of the last
seven months and my strength hasn't returned as I would
like, so my remarks of necessity will be very brief.
there are two or three things that flashed into my mind
on which it would be fitting to lay a little emphasis; one
is the simplicity of our Program. Let's not louse it all
up with Freudian complexes and things that are interesting
to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with
our actual AA work. Our 12 Steps, when simmered down to
the last, resolve themselves into the words love and service.
We understand what love is and we understand what service
is. So let's bear those two things in mind.
us also remember to guard that erring member - the tongue,
and if we must use it, let's use it with kindness and consideration
one more thing; none of us would be here today if somebody
hadn't taken time to explain things to us, to give us a
little pat on the back, to take us to a meeting or two,
to have done numerous little kind and thoughtful acts in
our behalf. So let us never get the degree of smug complacency
so that we're not willing to extend or attempt to, that
help which has been so beneficial to us, to our less fortunate
you very much.
From Dr. Bob's brief remarks on Sunday, July 30, 1950, at
the First International A.A. Convention, in Cleveland, Ohio
note: The posters purchased from AAWS, Inc with Dr.
Bob's farewell talk above has a typo in the date of Dr.
Bob's Farewell talk at the First International A.A. Convention,
in Cleveland, Ohio. After researching a bit more, the actual
date of Dr. Bobs farewell talk was July 30th, 1950. The
poster purchased from AAWS states that his farewell talk
was on July 3, 1950. The convention took place July 28th
to July 30th, 1950.
for the correction thus far include:
from the Columbia, S.C. A.A. Intergroup archives
- An actual (authentic) program of events written for
the convention in which it indicates Dr. Bob and Bill
W. speaking on July 30th, 1950.
'PASS IT ON' - page 338, 4th paragraph.