Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Port St. Joe, Florida
PORT St. JOE SERENITY GROUP
Port St. Joe, Florida
As was the case in most outlying areas of District 15, AA members in the Pt. St. Joe vicinity found it more and more difficult to travel long distances for their “AA”.
The exact month cannot be determined, but in the year 1962 John W. and Doris s. decided that Port St. Joe needed its own AA group to better help members maintain their sobriety. And so it was that the Port St. Joe Serenity Group was formed by John and Doris. The first meetings were held in the Port St. Joe High School. Early members of this group were John W., Doris S., Luther C., Minnie, and Jason.
The Port St. Joe serenity Group had several meeting location changes since its beginning. In 1965 the group moved from the Port St. Joe High School to St. James Episcopal Church on 6th Street in Port St. Joe. Between 1974-75, the group moved to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 20th and Monument Streets. The group later moved back to St. James Episcopal Church where it continues to meet.
On November 22, 1974, the Port St. Joe serenity Group of AA was formally registered by the General Service Office of AA.
The Port St. Joe Serenity Group experienced growing pains during the first few years of its formation. Attendance was up and down periodically and the group almost ceased, but then some good AA’s would arrive on the scene and attendance would pick up. In 1981, Chester and Mary G. were highly instrumental in putting life back into the group and membership grew quite well. Current membership now totals 20 active members.
On July 1, 1987, the Port St. Joe Serenity Group instituted an AA meeting to be held each Tuesday in the Gulf County Jail. The meeting time was later changed to Thursdays and then in 1989, the location was changed to the Howard’s Creek Work Camp. The work camp meeting is now held on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Noteworthy in 1989 was the passing away of one of the original founders of the Port St. Joe Serenity Group -John W. -who could lay claim to 29 years of sobriety.
Current meeting times of the Port St. Joe Serenity Group follow:
SUNDAY, 4:00 p.m. (Eastern) -Open Discussion & Al-Anon
TUESDAY, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) -Open Discussion & Al-Anon
THURSDAY, 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) -Closed step
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