Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
King City Group Celebrates 30 years
It all started in early March 1971, when a sober member of the Richmond Hill Group wouldn’t give the key to the meeting place at their church to a chronic “slipper.”
Chronic or not, Lincoln took matters into his own hands, went to King City, and started his own group. As the old saying goes, “…with a resentment and a coffeepot…”
With another “slipper” and a sober member by the name of Jack T., the King City Group took shape in a little meeting room at the top of the stairs in All Saint’s Anglican Church on Keele Street.
Bill S., long time member of King City says: “I was just coming around at the end of ’71 or ’72. Keith S. and I were, as they say, kicking the tires and slamming the doors to see what it was all about. Jack and his friend Alex were the foundation. The rest of us took turns staying sober. There were only a few meetings in the area – Keswick, Newmarket, and Bolton. We needed a meeting and those first members, drunk or sober, kept the doors open for the rest of us.”
The first woman to join the King City group was Marie B. who recently celebrated 20 years in AA.
Keith S., Danny C., and Bill S. are original members who are still active in carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Today, King City Group is alive and thriving with about 75 members. All meetings are well attended and a Tradition meeting is held once a month to keep members abreast of why AA works.
In recognition of 30 years of AA in King City, the group would like to invite everyone to celebrate with us on Monday evening at 8 p.m. on March 19. The group has invited Father Leo B. to speak.
With God’s help, we’ll still be chugging along 30 years from now.
Copyright © March 2001, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto, Canada