Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Panama City, Florida
It is well documented that any two or three alcoholics may, for the purposes of sobriety, form their own new AA group. So it was in the Fall of 1974 that a new AA group emerged in Panama City, Florida.
Alfred D., Jack H., Paul L., and Charles R. were the first members of this new group and they chose to name it the “Central Group” of Panama City. This new group held its first meeting in the facilities of a newly-formed AA club at 523 East 6th Street in Panama City.
From the very start, the Central Group ambitiously held three meetings a week -at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Membership continued to grow throughout this group’s history.
The Central Group experienced many “moving” woes, having to relocate its meeting place several times. Some of its previous locations were: East 6th Street, East 9th Street, Jenks Avenue, West15th street, Grace Avenue, and 24th Plaza -all in Panama City. Since April 15, 1988, the Central Group has been meeting at 922 Jenks Avenue in Panama City.
On February 6, 1976, the Central Group of AA was formally registered by the General Service Office of AA.
In 1986, the Central Group formed a non-registered noon meeting group known as the “Nooner’s Lunch Bunch.” The purpose of this meeting was to provide some good and solid AA for those members who could break away and bring their lunch with them. In February of 1989, the Nooner’s Lunch Bunch was formally incorporated into the Central Group and became known as the “Central Lunch Bunch.”
Current meetings of the Central Group follow:
DAILY, 12:00 noon
Central Lunch Bunch Open Discussion Meeting (Except Sun)
SUNDAY, 9:30 a.m.
Big Book Open Meeting
SUNDAY, 8:00 p.m.
Open Step Discussion
TUESDAY, 8:00 p.m.
Open Speaker Meeting
THURSDAY, 8:00 p.m.
Closed Discussion Meeting and Al-Anon Meeting
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