Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Panama City, Florida
The fifth oldest AA group in the Panama City area, the “Eastside Group,” was founded in September 1971, by Cliff S. and George W.
The Eastside Group was created out of a necessity to expand due to an increase in AA membership. Facilities at the other AA groups were becoming crowded as more and more alcoholics sought relief from their malady.
Early members of the Eastside Group included Alfred B., Robbie R., Roy B., Paul A., Cliff C., Cliff S., George W., and June W.
George W. had arranged a meeting with the pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located on South Tyndall Parkway. In order to request a meeting place for this new group. With enthusiasm, the pastor granted permission to use the ground floor facilities of this church. The first meetings of the Eastside Group were held each Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m.
On December 27, 1971, the Eastside Group of AA was formally registered by the General Service Office of AA.
What has become a tradition in the Eastside Group -a once a month Saturday night open “eatin’-meetin'” -was established early on. This get-together proved to be immensely popular and has lived a long life.
As many of the District 15 AA groups did, the Eastside Group encountered smoking problems at its meeting place. Wishing to maintain harmonious relationships, the Eastside Group elected to move.
On August 15, 1985, fourteen years after its founding, the Eastside Group moved to new meeting facilities at the Parkway Presbyterian Church on the corner of South Tyndall Parkway and Hickory street. With a current membership of 34, this group continues to meet at this location.
Current meetings of the Eastside Group follow:
Closed Discussion & AI-Anon
Open Speaker Meeting
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