| I am responsible
. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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Copyright © The A.A. Grapevine, Inc., June 1944
A. A. GOES ISLAND
HOPPING BY MAIL
Oct. 8, 1943
Naval Cantonment, Honolulu, Hawaii
I have been an alcoholic for 10 years. Three
months ago, on July 8th, I went to the hospi-
tal for alcoholism. It was the third time in
that same hospital . . . While there a nurse
told me of your organization. I went to the
Public Library and found your address . . .
I have since talked it over with a number of
alcoholic patients in this same hospital, and
also with the doctors and nurses there, and
I have decided that we have the material to
form a branch of your organization in Hono-
lulu . . . I am assured of the co-operation of
the Mental Health Bureau of the Territory
of Hawaii, and I'm sure we can make a suc-
cess of it. I am enclosing postage. Will you
please send me all the information you can
on the organization.
On October 19th the Central Office received
and answered the above letter. The answer
covered one sheet of typewriting paper,
single-space, on both sides, in order that it
might be light-weight enough to go Air Mail
with a pamphlet enclosed. That one sheet of
paper constituted as clear, as concise, and as
comprehensible a picture of A.A.: what it is,
how it works, and what kind of people make
it the amazing thing it is, as the Editors have
ever seen. Now we know how the Central
Office creates groups!
Nov. 16, 1943
Shop , Pearl Harbor
Received your Air Mail letter enclosing one
pamphlet 4 weeks ago, and your package of
literature today . . . We have not yet had a
meeting. I have been visiting the prospects
armed with only one pamphlet and a handful
of bus tokens. There are some problems pe-
culiar to this place . . . in dealing with
permanent residents and transient workers.
Although I believe that alcoholics are usually
more broadminded than others, we are taking
precautions to see that the effort we are mak-
ing is not isolated to either group. There are
6 who have promised to make the effort.
Three of them are permanent residents and
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May 1st was moving day for the Central office
into larger quarters on Lexington Avenue
near Grand Central Terminal, a much more
accessible spot to out-of-town visitors. (New
addressP.O. Box 459, Grand Central Annex,
New York 17, N. Y.) We are already national
in scope and certain to become world-wide.
Hence this seems a most appropriate time to
explain what the Central Office has been do-
ing and how well the Trustees and its staff
have managed. Being somewhat responsible
for the creation of the Central Office, I feel
I have never made enough effort to let every-
one know just how much it does.
Actually the Central Office belongs to all
Groups everywhere; it is your good-will and
financial support which makes it possible;
it is one of your main contacts with the gen-
eral public and it is one of your principal
means of carrying the 12th step of the A.A.
program to untold thousands of alcoholic sick
people who don't yet know they can get well.
In matters pertaining to the office, the
Trustees are your Service Committee; its Sec-
retary is your National Secretary.
In the month of March alone, for example,
the work turned out by the secretary and her
three assistants (including some overtime)
was as follows: 1They wrote 2,695 personal
letters. Approximately 2,000 of these were
answers to first inquiries of alcoholics and
their families averaging 100 words each.
letters were written to the groups,
DO YOU KNOW . . . . . . ?
What the Purpose of the Foundation Is:
Alcoholic Foundation is com-
prised of seven trustees, four of whom (a
majority) are non-alcoholics but keenly in-
terested in the problem of alcoholism, and
three of whom are members of A.A. These
trustees maintain the Central Office, our Na-
tional Headquarters, where inquiries concern-
ing A.A. from all parts of the world are
answered and from which office our literature
is mailed. Besides maintaining this Central
Office, the trustees of the Foundation have
charge of all national publicity, and consult
with the A.A. group on matters of national
policy. None of the trustees receives any
compensation for his or her services.
The Non-alcoholic trustees are :
Leonard V. Harrison, Chairman.
(Mr. Harrison is identified with Commun-
ity Servicethe combined charities of
New York City.)
Mr. Willard S. Richardson, Treasurer.
(Before his retirement, religious secretary
to Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.)
Mrs. Livingston Farrand
(Distinguished wife of Livingston Farrand,
former President of Cornell University.)
Dr. Leonard V. Strong, Jr.
(A physician most helpful to A.A. from its
Two of the present A.A. members of the
board are from the New York Metropolitan
area, the third from Akron, Ohio.
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