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© The A.A.
Grapevine, Inc., December 1948
than 2,000 members of Alcoholics Anonymous and guests jampacked
the main ballroom of the Hotel Commodore, New York City,
recently to celebrate the organizations 14th anniversary.
event, an annual banquet, was sponsored by the New York
Intergroup Association of A.A.
For the first time in A.A.s history many of its earliest
friends and supporters met under one roof with Bill W. and
Bob S., founders of the movement.
the early friends were Dr. W.D. Silkworth, formerly of Towns
Hospital, Manhattan, and now in charge of the alcoholic
ward of Knickerbocker Hospital, Manhattan; Dr. Harry M.
Tiebout, well known psychiatrist of Blythewood, Greenwich,
Conn.; and Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, pastor of the Calvary
Episcopal Church, Manhattan.
MacCormick, former commissioner of correction for New York
City, and now the director of the Osborne Association, Manhattan,
was the principal speaker. Mr. MacCormick spoke of the good
A.A. had done and also of the excellent work the organization
is doing in many penal institutions throughout the nation.
speakers were members who told personal stories of experiences
in living before and after joining A.A.
NONAS Group of Richmond, Calif., started off the Fall season
recently with a buffet dinner and bingo-party. They are
now planning for a High Jinx party on New Years Eve.
and folk dancing (no one can say A.A.s arent
versatile) featured a picnic held recently by the West Palm
Beach, Fla., Group. At about the same time the Arlington,
Calif., Group was eating chicken, playing baseball and generally
having fun at a picnic given at, of all places, the Merry-go-round
Kansas City, Mo., A.A.s have started the fall season
by renewing their enthusiasm for travel. Sixty attended
the fourth anniversary party of the Jeffereson City, Mo.,
group and 75 heard Bill at Des Moines, Ia., on successive
week-ends. Several plan to attend the third anniversary
at Columbia, Mo., and the fourth anniversary of the Wichita,
Kans., group in November. Continuing last years plan
of having monthly parties the Womens Auxiliary opened
the fall season with a Halloween tacky party which was well
attended by the members and their families. The parties
were so well attended and enjoyed last year that the ladies
feel that it is time and effort well spend in 12th Step
work and have planned a series of such parties for this
may sound like a blend of irresponsible reporting and alcoholic
exaggeration, but the young Metuchen, N.J., Group has an
average attendance of better than 500%. Founded by Claude
L., Lew R. and Johnny G. six months ago, the group now has
a membership of seven and an average weekly attendance of
39. Good programs and a central location are credited with
this unusual attendance record - Frank.
200 members and friends of Alcoholics Anonymous recently
attended the fourth anniversary dinner of the Montpelier,
Vt. Group. Guests were present from all parts of New England
are now two large hospitals in the Philadelphia area where
alcoholics are accepted in the wards of semi-private rooms
if sponsored by A.A. They take no alcoholic patients in
single private rooms and the hospital treatment is physical
only, mental rehabilitation is A.A.s responsibility.
potato empire of the world, Houlton, Me., Aroostock County
now has its third group of organized 24 hour plan men and
women. In six months time, membership in the Houlton Group
has grown to 43 solid senders in the A.A. way
of life. The boys and girls from the potato country extend
a cordial invitation to all A.A.s who may be traveling
in the territory.
in Anchorage, Alaska reports splendid progress in the last
year. The group meets every Thursday night and for the past
month has had one or more newcomers at each meeting.
January the State Hospital for the Insane, Jamestown, N.
Dak., has been working with the Jamestown A.A. Group. Patients
from the alcoholic ward are taken to the groups weekly
meetings. Hospital authorities feel that they have been
doubly repaid for this effort in the continued sobriety
of many of the patients.
© The A.A.
Grapevine, Inc., December 1948
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