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++++Message 3594. . . . . . . . . . . . The 12 Rewards Of Sobriety

From: Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/21/2006 11:16:00 AM

I, too, have often wondered about the origin of the

"12 Rewards Of Sobriety".

I first encountered these when I visited Syracuse, New

York. Many of the AA meeting places and clubrooms in

the Syracuse area have these same 12 Rewards printed

on windowshades or on small wallet cards.

In my years of traveling, the only places I've ever

seen these are within a certain radius of Syracuse in

central New York State, and a small area of North

Central Pennsylvania, close to the New York border

along U.S. Route 6.
There is also mention of them in various places on the

Internet, but no definitive account of their origin

that I can find.
Jan S.

Burlington, Vermont


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++++Message 3595. . . . . . . . . . . . We Come of Age

From: Fiona Dodd . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/20/2006 5:22:00 PM

We Come of Age

Cleveland, Ohio, July 28-30, 1950

On A.A.'s 15th Anniversary everybody knew that we had grown up. There


be any doubt about it. Members, families and friends -- seven thousand of

them -- spent three inspiring, almost awesome days with our good hosts at


The theme song of our Conference was gratitude; its keynote was the sure

realization that we are now welded as one, the world over. As never before,

we dedicated ourselves to the single purpose of carrying good news of A.A.

to those millions who still don't know. Mid, as we affirmed the

Tradition of

Alcoholics Anonymous, we asked that we might remain in perfect unity under

the Grace of God for so long as he may need us.

Just what did we do? Well, we had meetings, lots of them. The medical

meeting, for instance. Our first and greatest friend Dr. Silkworth


get there. But his associate at Knickerbocker Hospital, New York, Dr. Meyer

Texon, most ably filled the gap, telling how best the general hospital could

relate itself to us. He clinched his points by a careful description how,

during the past four years at Knickerbocker, 5000 drunks had been sponsored,

processed and turned loose in A. A.; and this to the great satisfaction of

everybody concerned, including the hospital, whose Board was delighted with

the results and specially liked the fact that its modest charges were

invariably paid, money on the line. Who had ever heard of 5000 drunks who

really paid their bills? Then Dr. Texon brought us up to the minute on the

malady of alcoholism as they see it at Knickerbocker; he said it was a

definite personality disorder hooked to a physical craving. That certainly

made sense to most of us. Dr. Texon threw a heavy scare into prospective

"slippees." It was that little matter of one's liver. This

patient organ, he

said, would surely develop hob nails or maybe galloping cirrhosis, if more

guzzling went on. He had a brand new one too, about salt water, claiming

that every alcoholic on the loose had a big saltdeficiency. Fill the victim

with salt water, he said, and you'd quiet him right down. Of course we

thought, "Why not put all drunks on salt water instead of gin? Then the

world alcohol problem might be solved overnight." But that was our

idea, not

Dr. Texon's. To him, many thanks.
About the industrial meeting: Jake H., U.S. Steel, and Dave M., Dupont, both

A.A.'s, led it. Mr. Louis Selser, Editor of the Cleveland Press,

rounded out

the session and brought down the house. Jake, as an officer of Steel, told

what the company really thought about A.A. - and it was all good. Jake noted

A.A.s huge collective earning power -- somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2

billion of

dollars annually. Instead of being a nerve-wracking drag on society's

collective pocket book, we were now, for the most part, top grade

employables who could contribute a yearly average of $4,000 apiece to our

country's well being. Dave M., personnel man at Dupont who has a

special eye

to the company' s alcohol problem, related what the "New

Look" on serious

drinking had meant to Dupont and its workers of all grades. According to

Dave, his company believes mightily in A.A. By all odds the most stirring

testimony at the industrial seminar was given by Editor Louis Selser. Mr.

Selser spoke to us from the viewpoint of an employer, citizen and veteran

newspaper man. It was about the most moving expression of utter confidence

in Alcoholics Anonymous we had ever heard. It was almost too good; its

implications brought us a little dismay. How could we fallible A.A's


measure up to Mr. Selser's high hope for our future? We began to

wonder if

the A.A. reputation wasn't getting far better than its actual


Next came that wonderful session on prisons. Our great friend, Warden Duffy

told the startling story of our original group at San Quentin. His account

of A.A.’s 5-year history there had a moving prelude. We heard a


soon for radio release, that thrillingly dramatized an actual incident of

A.A. life within the walls. An alcoholic prisoner reacts bitterly to his

confinement and develops amazing ingenuity in finding and drinking alcohol.

Soon he becomes too ingenious. In the prison paint shop he discovers a

promising fluid which he shares with his fellow alcoholics. It was deadly

poison. Harrowing hours followed, during which several of them died. The

whole prison was tense as the fatalities continued to mount. Nothing but

quick blood transfusions could save those still living. The San Quentin A.A.

Group volunteered instantly and spent the rest of that long night giving of

themselves as they had never given before. A.A. hadn't been any too


but now prison morale hit an all time high and stayed there. Many of the

survivors joined up. The first Prison Group had made its mark; A.A. had come

to San Quentin to stay.

Warden Duffy then spoke. Apparently we folks on the outside know nothing of

prison sales resistance. The skepticism of San Quentin prisoners and keepers

alike had been tremendous. They thought A.A. must be a racket. Or maybe a

crackpot religion. Then, objected the prison board, why tempt providence by

freely mixing prisoners with outsiders, alcoholic women especially. Bedlam

would be unloosed. But our friend the Warden, somehow deeply convinced,

insisted on A.A. To this day, he said, not a single prison rule has ever

been broken at an A.A. meeting though hundreds of gatherings have been

attended by hundreds of prisoners with almost no watching at all. Hardly

needed is that solitary, sympathetic guard who sits in the back row.

The Warden added that most prison authorities throughout the United States

and Canada today share his views of Alcoholics Anonymous. Hitherto 8O% of

paroled alcoholic prisoners had to be scooped up and taken back to jail.

Many institutions now report that this percentage has dropped to one-half,

even one third of what it used to be. Warden Duffy had traveled 2000 miles

to be with us at Cleveland. We soon saw why. He came because he is a great

human being. Once again, we A.A. ‘s sat and wondered how far our


had got ahead of our character.
Naturally we men folk couldn't go to the meeting of the alcoholic


But we make no doubt they devised ways to combat the crushing stigma that

still rests on those poor gals who hit the bottle. Perhaps, too, our ladies

had debated how to keep the big bad wolf at a respectful distance. But no,

the A.A. sister transcribing this piece crisply assures me nothing of the

sort was discussed. A wonderfully constructive meeting, she says it was. And

about 500 girls attended. Just think of it, A.A. was four years old before

we could sober up even one. Life for the alcoholic woman is no sinecure.
Nor were other special sufferers overlooked, such as paid Intergroup

secretaries, plain everyday secretaries, our newspaper editors and the wives

and husbands of alcoholics, sometimes known as our "forgotten

people." I'm

sure the secretaries concluded that though sometimes unappreciated, they

still love every moment of their work. What the editors decided, I


learned. Judging from their telling efforts over the years, it is altogether

possible they came up with many an ingenious idea.
Everybody agreed that the wives (and husbands) meeting was an eye opener.

Some recalled how Anne S. in the Akron early days, had been boon companion

and advisor to distraught wives. She clearly saw alcoholism as a family

problem. Meanwhile we A. A.’s went all out on the work of sobering up

incoming alkies by the thousands. Our good wives seemed entirely lost in

that prodigious shuffle. Lots of the newer localities held closed meetings

only, it looked like A.A. was going exclusive. But of late this trend has

whipped about. More and more our partners have been taking the Twelve Steps

into their own lives. As proof of this, witness the 12th step work they are

doing with the wives and husbands of newcomers, and note well those


meetings now springing up everywhere. At their Cleveland gathering they

invited us alcoholics to listen. Many an A.A. skeptic left that session

convinced that our "forgotten ones" really had something. As one

alkie put

it - "The deep understanding and spirituality I felt in that

wives' meeting

was something out of the world."

Far from it, the Cleveland Conference wasn't all meetings. Take that

banquet, for example. Or should I say banquets? The original blueprint

called for enough diners to fill the Rainbow Room of Hotel Carter. But the

diners did much better. Gay banqueteers quickly overflowed the Ballroom.

Finally the Carter Coffee Shop and Petit Cafe had to be cleared for the

surging celebrants. Two orchestras were drafted and our fine entertainers

found they had to play their acts twice, both upstairs and down. Though

nobody turned up tight, you should have heard those A.A. ‘s sing.

Slap-happy, they were. And why not? Yet a serious undertone crept in as we

toasted the absent ones. We were first reminded of the absent by that A.A.

from the Marshall Islands who, though all alone out there, still claimed his

group had three members, to wit: "God, the book ‘Alcoholics

Anonymous' and

me." The first of his 7,000 mile journey to Cleveland had finished at


whence with great care and refrigeration he had brought in a cluster of

floral tributes, those leis for which the Islands are famous. One of these

was sent by the A.A. lepers at Molokai - those isolated A.A.'s who


always be of us, yet never with us. We swallowed hard, too, when we thought

of Dr. Bob, alone at home, gravely ill. Another toast of the evening was to

that A.A. who, more than anything, wanted to be at Cleveland when we came of

age. Unhappily he never got to the Tradition meeting, he had been carried of

f by a heart attack. His widow came in his place and she cheerfully sat out

that great event with us. How well her quiet courage will be remembered. But

at length gaiety took over; we danced till midnight. We knew the absent ones

would want it that way.
Several thousand of us crowded into the Cleveland Music Hall for the

Tradition meeting, which was thought by most A.A.'s to be the high

point of

our Conference. Six old time stalwarts, coming from places as far flung as

Boston and San Diego, beautifully reviewed the years of A.A. experience

which had led to the writing of our Tradition. Then I was asked to sum up,

which I did, saying:
"That, touching all matters affecting A.A. unity, our common welfare


come first; that A.A. has now human authority -- only God as He may speak


our Group Conscience; that our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not

govern; that any alcoholic may become an A.A. member if he says so -- we

exclude no one; that every A.A. Group may manage its own affairs as it

likes, provided surrounding groups are not harmed thereby; that we


have but a single aim -- the carrying of our message to the alcoholic who


suffers; that in consequence we cannot finance, endorse or otherwise lend

the name ‘Alcoholics Anonymous' to any other enterprise, however


that A.A., as such, ought to remain poor, lest problems of property,

management and money divert us from our sole aim; that we ought to be

self-supporting, gladly paying our small expenses ourselves; that A.A.

should forever remain non-professional, ordinary 12th step work never to be

paid for; that, as a Fellowship, we should never be organized but may

nevertheless create responsible Service Boards or Committees to insure us

better propagation and sponsorship and that these agencies may engage full

time workers for special tasks; that our public relations ought to proceed

upon the principle of attraction rather than promotion, it being better to

let our friends recommend us; that personal anonymity at the level of press,

radio and pictures ought to be strictly maintained as our best protection

against the temptations of power or personal ambition; and finally, that

anonymity before the general public is the spiritual key to all our

traditions, ever reminding us we are always to place principles before

personalities, that we are actually to practice a genuine humility. This to

the end that our great blessings may never spoil us; that we shall forever

live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all."

So summing up, I then inquired if those present had any objections to the

Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous as they stood. Hearing none, I

offered our Tradition for adoption. Impressively unanimous, the crowd stood

up. So ended that fine hour in which we of Alcoholics Anonymous took our

destiny by the hand.
On Saturday morning we listened to a panel of four A. A. ‘s who


the spiritual side of Alcoholics Anonymous -- as they understood it. What


churchgoers and late-rising banqueteers, the Conference Committee had never

guessed this would be a heavy duty session. But churchgoers had already

returned from their devotions and hardly a soul stayed abed. Hotel


ballroom was filled an hour before hand. People who have fear that A.A. is

losing interest in things of the spirit should have been there.

A hush fell upon the crowd as we paused for a moment of silence. Then came

the speakers, earnest and carefully prepared, all of them. I cannot recall

an A.A. gathering where the attention was more complete, or the devotion

deeper. Yet some thought that those truly excellent speakers had, in their

enthusiasm, unintentionally created a bit of a problem. It was felt the

meeting had gone over far in the direction of religious comparison,

philosophy and interpretation, when by firm long standing tradition we


had always left such questions strictly to the chosen faith of each

individual. One member rose with a word of caution. As I heard him, I

thought, "What a fortunate occurrence. How well we shall always


that A.A. is never to be thought of as a religion. How firmly we shall

insist that A.A. membership cannot depend upon any particular belief

whatever; that our twelve steps contain no article of religious faith except

faith in God -- as each of us understands Him. How carefully we shall

henceforth avoid any situation which could possibly lead us to debate

matters of personal religious belief." It was, we felt, a great Sunday

That afternoon we filed into the Cleveland Auditorium. The big event was the

appearance of Dr. Bob. Earlier we thought he'd never make it, his


had continued so severe. Seeing him once again was an experience we seven

thousand shall always treasure. He spoke in a strong, sure voice for ten

minutes, and he left us a great heritage, a heritage by which we A. A.


can surely grow. It was the legacy of one who had been sober since June 10,

1935, who saw our first Group to success, and one who, in the fifteen years

since, had given both medical help and vital A.A. to 4,000 of our afflicted

ones at good St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, the birthplace of Alcoholics

Anonymous. Simplicity, devotion, steadfastness and loyalty; these, we

remembered, were the hallmarks of that character which Dr. Bob had well

implanted in so many of us. I, too, could gratefully recall that in all the

years of our association
there had never been an angry word between us. Such were our thoughts as we

looked at Dr. Bob.

Then for an hour I tried to sum up. Yet how could one add much to what we

had all seen, heard and felt in those three wonderful days? With relief and

certainty we had seen that A.A. could never become exhibitionistic or big

business; that its early humility and simplicity is very much with us, that

we are still mindful our beloved Fellowship is really God's

success -- not

ours. As evidence I shared a vision of A.A. as Lois and I saw it unfold on a

distant beach head in far Norway. The vision began with one A.A. who

listened to a voice in his conscience, and then said all he had.
George, a Norwegian-American, came to us at Greenwich, Connecticut, five

years ago. His parents back home hadn't heard from him in twenty. He


to send letters telling them of his new freedom. Back came very disquieting

news. The family reported his only brother in desperate condition, about to

lose all through alcohol. What could be done? The A.A. from Greenwich had a

long talk with his wife. Together they took a decision to sell their little

restaurant, all they had. They would go to Norway to help the brother. A few

weeks later an airliner landed them at Oslo. They hastened from field to

town and thence 25 mile down the fjord where the ailing brother lived. He

was in a bad state all right. Unfortunately, though, everybody saw it but

him. He'd have no A.A., no American nonsense. He an alcoholic? Why


not! Of course the man from Greenwich had heard such objections before. But

now this familiar argument was hard to take. Maybe he had sold all he had

for no profit to anybody. George persisted every bit he dared, but finally

surmised it was no use. Determined to start an A.A. Group in Norway, anyhow,

he began a round of Oslo's clergy and physicians. Nothing happened,

not one

of them offered him a single prospect. Greatly cast down, he and his wife

thought it high time they got back to Connecticut.
But Providence took a hand. The rebellious Norwegian obligingly tore off on

one of his fantastic periodics. In the final anguish of his hangover he

cried out to the man from Greenwich, "Tell me again of the


Anonymous', What, oh my brother, shall I do?" With perfect

simplicity George

retold the A.A. story. When he had done, he wrote out, in his all but

forgotten Norwegian, a longhand translation of a little pamphlet published

by the White Plains, N.Y. Group. It contained, of course, our Twelve Steps

of recovery. The family from Connecticut then flew away home. The Norwegian

brother, himself a typesetter,
commenced to place tiny ads in the Oslo newspapers. He explained he was a

recovered alcoholic who wished to help others. At last a prospect appeared.

When the newcomer was told the story and shown the White Plains pamphlet,

he, too, sobered instantly. The founders to be then placed more ads.

Three years after, Lois and I alighted upon that same airfield. We then

learned that Norway has hundreds of A.A.'s. And good ones. The men of


had already carried the life -- giving news to other Norwegian cities and


beacons burned brightly. It had all been just as simple, but just as

mysterious as that.
In the final moments of our historic Conference it seemed fitting to read

from the last chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous. These were the words we took

home with us:
"Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to

Him and

your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you

find, and join us. We shall be with you, in the Fellowship of The Spirit,

and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the road of happy destiny.

May God bless you and keep you -until then."

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++++Message 3596. . . . . . . . . . . . What Happened to Those Who Left?

From: Fiona Dodd . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/20/2006 5:24:00 PM

What Happened to Those Who Left?

By Bill W., General Service Conference, 1965

A.A. members can soberly ask themselves what became of the

600,000 alcoholics who approached the Fellowship during the past 30 years

but "who did not stay," Bill W., surviving co-founder, suggested

in a moving

address to the Conference at its closing session.

"How much and how often did we fail all these?" Bill asked.

"When we remember that in the 30 years of A.A. existence we have


less than ten per cent of those who might of been willing to approach us, we

began to get an idea of the immensity of our task, and of the

responsibilities with which we will always be confronted."
In no circumstances should members feel that the Alcoholics

Anonymous is the know-all and do-all of alcoholism, Bill noted, citing the

"perhaps one hundred agencies" in the United States and Canada

alone that

are engaged in "research, alcohol education and rehabilitation."
"We should very seriously ask ourselves how many alcoholics have

gone on drinking because we have failed to cooperate in good spirit with

these many agencies - whether they be good, bad or indifferent," the

co-founder remarked. "No alcoholic should go mad or die merely because


did not come straight to A.A. at the beginning."

"All of the basic components of A.A. were supplied by others,

Bill pointed out, "although we drunks certainly did put A.A. together.


especially, our maxim should be ‘Let's be friendly with our

Bill said that at certain great turning points in A.A. history,

members have backed away from what should have been "clearly visible

responsibilities." He cited the old-timers who almost prevented


of the Big Book "because some avowed we did not need it," while


shrank from the risks involved.
There was "a great outcry" against formation of the General

Service Conference, he recalled. "There was almost no belief that such


linkage could be effectively forged; even an attempt at such a project would

ruin us, many thought." The spiritual assets of A.A. have "in

God's time"

invariably come to exceed even such large liabilities, Bill said, "A.A.

recovery goes forward on a large scale. Practice of A.A.'s Twelve


has amazingly cemented our unity. Our General Service Office and General

Service Conference have made possible a wide spreading of our message at

home and abroad. Our pains and our necessities first called us reluctantly

to responsibility. But in the latter years a joyous willingness and a

confident faith have more and more permeated all the affairs of our

Fear of negative factors should not deceive members into absurd

rationalizations, Bill suggested. "In the fear of accumulated wealth


bureaucracy, we should not discover an alibi for failure to pay A.A.’s

legitimate service expenses. For fear of controversy, our leadership should

not go timid when lively debate and forthright action is a necessity. And

for fear of accumulating prestige and power, we should never fail to endow

our trusted leaders with proper authority to act for us."

"Let us never fear needed change," Bill urged. "Once a need

becomes clearly apparent in an individual, a Group, or in A.A. as a whole,

it has long since been found out that we cannot stand still and look the

other way."

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++++Message 3597. . . . . . . . . . . . Alcoholics Anonymous in a Postwar


From: Fiona Dodd . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/20/2006 5:19:00 PM
Alcoholics Anonymous in a Postwar Emergency
By W.W. - One of the Founders
From the Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol

Vol. 6, No. 2, (c) Sept. 1945

What is the picture of alcoholism in the days ahead? The opinion of one of

my friends indicates what the possibilities may be. With the emphasis

characteristic of true alcoholics he said, "It looks like hell to

me." I

asked why. "Practically the whole world has gone neurotic," he


"Mankind is on an emotional jag. Nation against nation, class against

class - all clamoring for security, all crying that if only other people

were different how happy we would be. Hate, fear, envy, boredom, insecurity,

acquisitiveness - all the negatives - running riot as never before, breeding

neurotics as a malarial' swamp does mosquitoes. Conflict - national,


personal - conflict that gets nowhere, that never gets settled. This is our

modern world."

"Now, I ask you," he continued, "under these appalling

conditions what will

sensitive, frustrated people do? Aren't they going to drink - and not for

fun, either? Aren't they going to use alcohol as an emotional pain killer?

Yes, they will try to get away from themselves and their problems --

not for

temporary release but for keeps. Even as you and I once did, they will try

to find release in alcohol. Many of them will become alcoholics - you and I

ought to know!"
Since the Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol is primarily a scientific

journal, my friend's statement may seem somewhat out of place here. It


not too accurately forecast the future. But this one opinion does reflect

what most members of Alcoholics Anonymous think they see coming.
The question then arises: What can our 17,000 members do that will alleviate

this picture? Although our contribution to recovery from alcoholism has been

described by friends as significant and encouraging, no one is more aware

than we that what has been done is but a start. Our work so far is but a

beginning in helping to overcome an extensive malady to which the recent war

gave fresh and ominous import.

The average member of Alcoholics Anonymous does not suppose that we have a

cure all. What we promise for the future, however, is that we shall offer

unstinted aid to those alcoholics who wish to recover.
We members of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that we shall be able to handle

almost any number of alcoholic cases -- tens of thousands if necessary


which may be referred to us in the postwar. period. Nor is this statement

purely surmise. Today some 500 groups comprising 17,000 members are to be

found in America. We have groups in nearly every state of the Union and in

several Canadian Provinces. This means that most cases of alcoholism are

within easy reach of Alcoholics Anonymous groups.

The question is often asked, "Wouldn't too rapid growth be bad, both

for new

alcoholics and for Alcoholics Anonymous itself?" Some of us used to


so, but several experiences of quick expansion have largely dissipated that

fear. We had a striking experience at Cleveland, Ohio. In the fall of 1939

Cleveland had, perhaps, 30 members. Most of. them had become Alcoholics

Anonymous by traveling to the nearby city of Akron where our very first

group had taken root in the summer of 1935.
At this juncture the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a striking and

forceful series of articles about us. Placed on the editorial page, these

pieces told the people of Cleveland that Alcoholics Anonymous worked; that

it cost nothing; that it stood ready to help any alcoholic in town who

really wanted to get well. Cleveland quickly became Alcoholics Anonymous

conscious. Hundreds of inquiries by phone and mail descended upon the Plain

Dealer and the expectant but nervous members of Alcoholics Anonymous. The

rush was so great that new members, sober themselves but a week or two, had

to be used to instruct the still newer arrivals. Several private hospitals

threw open their doors to cope with the emergency and were so pleased with

the result that they have cooperated with us ever since. To the great

surprise of everyone, this rapid growth, hectic though it was, did prove

very successful. Within 90 days the original group of 30 had expanded to

300; in 6 months we had about 500; and within 2 years we had mushroomed to

about 1,000 members distributed among a score of groups in the Cleveland

area. Although we have no precise figures, it is probably fair to say that 3

out of 4 who came during this period, and who have since remained with the

groups, have recovered from their alcoholism.

Growth so spectacular as this sometimes does cause a certain amount of

internal confusion. And it may be, during such periods, that some of the

more difficult alcoholics cannot be helped adequately. We know, however,

that most of these seeming failures receive enough indoctrination to come

back later on. In any case we are sure that the net benefits of even the

most rapid growth far outweigh any possible liability. Most of us are

satisfied, from this and like experiences, that any Alcoholics Anonymous

group could double its membership every few months if put to the test. This

is why we believe that with some 500 active centers we have the basis for

taking care of practically any number of alcoholics as fast as they may come

to us.
We have been able to give so many groups their start with little or no

personal contact that we do not anticipate any great difficulty in foreign

countries. It was discovered several years ago that the "A.A." job

could be

done solely through correspondence and our literature. At New York we

maintain a Central Office. Writing from this point our national secretary

has often been able to bring together groups of alcoholics in distant

communities who had previously responded to our publicity. By sending our

literature and writing them as their problems arose our secretary has

fostered many successful groups of Alcoholics Anonymous. Besides those so

started in this country, there are now conspicuous examples in Hawaii and

Australia. Sooner or later, of course, such "mail order" groups

are reached

by our traveling members whose business or pleasure takes them to distant

Now that our methods and results are better known we are receiving splendid

cooperation everywhere from clergymen, doctors, employers, editors -


fact, from whole communities. While there is still a well understood

reluctance on the part of city and private hospitals to admit alcoholic

patients, we are pleased to report a great improvement in this direction.

But we are still very far, in most places, from having anything like

adequate hospital accommodations.

Over and above this traditional activity, we may give some counsel to those

who work upon various aspects of the total problem. It may be possible that

our experience fits us for a special task. Writing of Alcoholics Anonymous,

Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick once said: "Gothic cathedral windows are not


sole things which can be truly seem only from within. Alcoholism is another.

All outside views are clouded and unsure." Thus, with our inside view

- one

best seen by those drinkers who have suffered from alcoholism - we


help those working on alcohol problems who have not had our first-hand


While we members of Alcoholics Anonymous are not scientists, our special

insight may help science; while we are of all religions and sometimes none,

we can assist clergymen; although not educators, we shall, perhaps, aid in

clearing away unsure views; not penologists, we do help in prison work; not

a business or organization, we nevertheless advise employers; not

sociologists, we constantly serve families, friends and communities; not

prosecutors or judges, we try to promote understanding and justice;

emphatically not doctors, we do minister to the sick. Taking no sides on

controversial questions, we may sometimes mediate fruitless antagonism which

have so often blocked effective cooperation among those who would solve the

riddle of the alcoholic.
These are the activities and aspirations of thousands of the members of

Alcoholics Anonymous. While our organization as a whole has but one aim

- to

help the alcoholic who wishes to recover - there are few of us,

indeed, who

as individuals do not wish to meet some of the broader responsibilities for

which we may be especially fitted.
That alcoholism, compulsive drinking, is becoming recognized as the illness

which it really is - as not only a moral problem but our fourth


public health problem; and that so many constructive forces are being

assembled to cope with it - notably those stemming just now from Yale


these are the things for which we Alcoholics Anonymous are deeply grateful.

If alcoholism should increase in the postwar period, the hope of its

ultimate control seems possible. Brighter pages ought soon to relieve the

long, dark annals which record the problems of this baffling malady. Of that

increasing knowledge and guidance, we of Alcoholics Anonymous are supremely

confident. Our collaboration will be available to all individuals and

agencies who may engage in helping the problem drinker in the postwar world.

From the Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol

Vol. 6, No. 2, (c) Sept. 1945

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
++++Message 3598. . . . . . . . . . . . "Over to God" vs. "over to the care

of God"

From: trixiebellaa . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/26/2006 9:23:00 AM
Hi History lovers,
On page 60 of the Big Book it says "we decided to turn our will and our


over to God as we understood Him."
But on page 59, the Third Step itself says "Made a decision to turn our

will and

our lives over to THE CARE OF God as we understood Him."
One of our group asked why the wording was different.
Did the word care come after any thought to change the meaning in any

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

the big book study group

++++Message 3599. . . . . . . . . . . . Herbert Wallace

From: hjfree2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/26/2006 7:46:00 AM

The PBS Show History's Detectives is showing this next week

ANyone have a preview ?

alcoholics anonymous letter

AIRED: Season 4, Episode 7


THE PLACE: Laurel, Maryland


A man from Laurel, Maryland owns a mysterious letter that was

written in 1942. It's a tribute addressed to his grandmother on the

occasion of his grandfather, Herbert Wallace's death, acknowledging

Wallace's support for the organization Alcoholics Anonymous.
The letter makes it sound as if Herbert Wallace was deeply involved

in A.A. Yet our amateur History Detective wants to know how his

supposedly sober attorney grandfather was being so lavishly praised

by the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous: "We of the A.A. Group have

never had a better friend, nor a stauncher one, than Herb when the

going was hard," the note states.

History Detectives searches New York's Westchester County, Brooklyn

and Manhattan for personal insight into a movement that has changed

the lives of millions worldwide and helped shape society's attitudes

about alcoholism

++++Message 3600. . . . . . . . . . . . Re: Re: The Rewards and Ann Croft

From: Jocelyn . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/25/2006 7:10:00 PM

According to the Akron OH Archives http://www.akronaaarchives.org/annC.htm
Ann C. from Niles OH wrote this "a number of years before" the


Internation Convention in Montreal, Canada where she set it to tape at the

Oldtimers Meeting. She wrote it to show the contrast that can take place in


of our lives if we will try to follow the AA principles.

The Twelve Rewards of the Twelve Step Program We can all have Hope, instead

of desperation;

Faith, instead of despair;

Courage, instead of fear;

Peace of Mind, instead of confusion;

Self-respect, instead of self-contempt;

Self-confidence, instead of helplessness;

The respect of others, instead of their pity and contempt;

A clean conscience, instead of a sense of guilt;

Real friendships, instead of loneliness;

A clean pattern of life, instead of a purposeless existence;

the love and understanding of our families, instead of their doubts and


and the freedom of a happy life, instead of the bondage of an alcoholic


All this and more through AA, are we grateful enough?

Gratitude will continue the miracle of your sobriety, I found that out.

--as written by Ann C. of Niles, Ohio

She shares her rememberances of early Akron A.A. in "Dr. Bob and the


Oldtimers" on pgs. 34, 245, 333, 342.

Pittsburgh PA

John Lee wrote:

The Rewards are a personal reworking of the 9th step promises. Ann

Croft of Akron composed the 12 Rewards. She was the first woman in Akron AA


stay sober. Ann is referenced twice in Doctor Bob and the Good Oldtimers.

Ann wrote the Rewards to indicate how some of the Promises had come true in


life. Ann never intended that the Rewards would come true generally for


of the Fellowship. We may not get back the love and understanding of our

families, for instance.


john lee



robin_foote wrote:

Hi AA history lovers,

I recently heard the following on a track recorded by Searcy W. I have heard

various forms of this over the years and find it follows on from the

I have seen something similar in the Big Book but cannot find it.
Was Searcy the originator or is it from another source? Anyone know?
By Searcy W., 55 years sober as at 2001 aged 90.
o Faith instead of despair.
o Courage instead of fear.
o Hope instead of desperation.
o Peace of mind instead of confusion.
o Real friendships instead of loneliness.
o Self-respect instead of self-contempt.
o Self-confidence instead of helplessness.
o A clean conscious instead of a sense of guilt.
o The respect of others instead of their pity and contempt.
o A clean pattern of living instead of a hopeless existence.
o The love and understanding of our families instead of their doubts and

o The freedom of a happy life instead of the bondage of an alcoholic

A great source of AA tracks in MP3 format is at http://www.xa-speakers.org/

located in Iceland with over 800 tracks including AA Founders. Perfect for

my iPod.
Robin F.
Caloundra, Australia.
Page 55 of the Big Book awoke my spirit.

Download 14.05 Mb.

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