Alcoholics Anonymous History In Your Area
Panama City Beach, Florida
During the period of late 1974 to January 1983, no new AA groups were formed in District 15. However, Jack H., who in 1981 had moved to Panama City Beach from Frankfort, Kentucky, felt there were enough AA members living in the East end of Panama City Beach to warrant forming a new group to meet on Sunday afternoons. Jack made numerous inquiries which resulted in a positive consensus. Jack then presented a meeting plan to the pastor of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church on Carolyn Avenue, Panama City Beach. The pastor, in turn, presented the proposal to the Church Board which resulted in immediate approval. Thus, on January 8, 1983, the “Woodlawn Group” of AA was born.
First members of the new Woodlawn Group included Jack M., Jane G., Harry P., Chuck B., Charlie W., Ray Henry S., Paul A., Wayne S., and Harry S. The first GSR elected for the Woodlawn Group was Jack M.
The Woodlawn Group approved an intimate approach to their meetings with an emphasis on the personalized needs of its members. No limitation was placed on discussion topics.
On March 19, 1984, the Woodlawn Group of AA was formally registered by the General Service Office of AA.
Membership in the Woodlawn Group is currently holding at eight members with numerous visitors in attendance. Open discussion meetings are still being held at the Woodlawn United Methodist Church every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
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