Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Panama City Beach, Florida
Sunday Morning Big Book Study Group
The Group started in May 1988 in a rehab center called Crossroads. George and Jean Rash started the meeting in which they provided coffee and donuts and the patients were invited to attend a real A.A. meeting.
As the name of the group indicates it was a study of the book Alcoholics Anonymous.
Jean was still working for the airlines and was gone for weeks at a time so George traveled from Vernon to Panama City every Sunday to make the coffee. George would grab someone coming in the meeting and ask them to chair the meeting and everyone read a paragraph or two just as we do today.
In December 1997 Crossroads closed their doors and the group moved to the CAYA Club in January 1998. The first meeting was on January 11, 1998 in unit 35 of the Promenade Mall.
I started chairing the meetings at that time as I had a key to the place and knew how the format had been:
A simple start With a Quiet Time
Start the reading where we left off the Sunday before.
There were no chips or other reading and we have kept to that format.
When the CAYA Club moved in 2002 the meeting went with them.
The group pays the CAYA Club 75% of the basket each month for rent and coffee. Donuts are furnished by the group. The group sends $30.00 or $40.00 each month to the Intergroup in Panama City and $40.00 when we accumulate it to New York.
I am looking for someone who would like to chair the meeting on a weekly basis. Or if not chair opens up the club and get the donuts and see that someone chairs the meeting. This also entails keeping the books of the group and making out the checks to mail to InterGroup and New York.
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