inner strength. These are the hours when practice of these
principles in all
his affairs must cease to be a conventional, superficial acceptance
and become a master of the heart and the will.
Sackville also wasn't fond of celebrity speakers. He urged that we
every speaker, silver-tongued or tongue-tied, at his real value of
another alcoholic who is doing his best to stay recovered himself and
to help us to do the same. And he thought that the increasing
conventions and the like were diverting time and effort from our
purpose. He added, however, that these dislikes of his were "very
ripples in a sea of contentment."
Sackville died in 1979.
Special thanks to Louise H. of Belfast, and Ann P. of Spokane,
for information on Sackville and A.A. in Ireland.
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++++Message 3624. . . . . . . . . . . . Rockefeller Dinner Transcript
From: Bill Lash . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/1/2006 11:00:00 PM
DIGEST OF PROCEEDINGS AT DINNER GIVEN BY MR. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER JR., IN THE
INTEREST OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, AT UNION CLUB, NEW YORK CITY, FEBRUARY 8,
Mr. Nelson Rockefeller, after the dinner, called the meeting to order and
expressed regret that his father would be unable to be present, but that Mr.
Scott, president of Lockwood Greene Engineers, Inc., would take over the
meeting at this point,
Mr. SCOTT: "It is a very difficult situation to pinch hit for Mr.
Rockefeller, but Nelson and I have agreed between us that we are going to do
the best we can. Mr. Rockefeller asked me particularly to say how much
interested he was in the work that is being done and how very sorry he is
that he cannot be here, and how much he appreciates the fact that you
gentlemen have come out to hear what is to be said.
My own experience with this group dates back to December 1937. I was asked
to attend a meeting in Rockefeller Center and I met some fifteen or eighteen
men there and I heard a story that thrilled me from the start. Mr. Wilson,
Dr. Smith, Mr. Mayo and some of the others who are here tonight told of
their experience in getting control over alcoholism. The thing that
particularly impressed me as a businessman was that this was done without