Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
WEWA SERENITY GROUP
As previously mentioned, meeting location distances presented a major problem for the recovering alcoholic in the District 15 area. People living on the outer fringes of the area needed, and deserved, a meeting place close to their home and work. Being about thirty miles from the nearest AA meeting was indeed difficult, and expensive, for those wanting to maintain their sobriety. In addition, there were “active” alcoholics in these outlying areas who could benefit from a nearby AA meeting.
Thus it was, in the spring of 1973, that Red B. and his wife, Hazel B. decided to form an AA group in Wewahitchka, which is located in Gulf County, Florida. Red and Hazel obtained permission from the pastor of the First United Methodist Church, located on Highway 71 in Wewahitchka, to hold AA meetings in the church facilities. Early members included Red & Hazel B., Luther C. and E-C H. Meetings were held each Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The original group in Wewahitchka was known as the “WEWA Group” of AA Even though a dire need of an AA group existed in that locality, the Wewa Group did not attract a large number of members. What few members the group had, after two years, started moving out of town and by early 1975 the group ceased being active.
In April, 1986, Mary P. of Wewahitchka, took steps to reactivate the Wewa Group. Its name was changed to the “Wewa Serenity Group.” This new group held its first meeting at the Wewa Medical Center and continued meeting there for the next nine months.
Mary P. assumed the duties of General Service Representative (GSR), Secretary, and Treasurer of the new Wewa Serenity Group until others could be found and elected.
On September 2, 1986, the Wewa Serenity Group of AA was formally registered by the General Service Office of AA.
On January 21, 1987, the Wewa Serenity Group moved back to the First United Methodist Church located on Highway 71 in Wewa, where the group continues to meet.
While small in membership, the Wewa Serenity Group actively sought ways to develop itself into a worthy example of a solid AA group. Among these ways was the procurement of its own post office box (P.O. Box 1113, Wewahitchka, FL 32465), and the establishment of its own AA and Al-Anon library. Donations of AA books and AA literature were made by Mary P., Joel J., Jerry P., an Al-Anon named Marge P., and anonymous other donors.
The Wewa Serenity Group currently meets on THURSDAY evenings at 7:00 p.m. with an open discussion meeting.
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