MANY OF YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE MANY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL SITES OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS.

I PLAN TO SHARE WITH YOU PHOTOS I HAVE TAKEN OF THEM AS WELL AS PHOTOS I HAVE TAKEN OF SPECIAL MEETING LOCATIONS THAT I HAVE VISITED.





Friday 28 June 2024

JUN 28, 24 .. FOUNDER'S DAY IN AKRON, OHIO..

Assumptions are so dangerous but I have to assume that everyone who visits this site knows full well what Founder's Day in early June, at Doctor Bob's Home, in Akron, Ohio, is all about.

Patti and I have attended Founder's Day. It truly was a "once in a lifetime" event for us. I want to emphasize the word once.

The crowds are simply stunning. Lines and more lines to view all of the absolute myriad of "don't miss seeing" A.A. attractions in Akron that truly are "beyond the beyond". 

In the below photo, Doctor Bob's Home is on the right and some A.A. Archives are in the home on the left.

So yes! Go to Akron. Return to Akron. Do this again and again and again. But one Founder's Day, and this includes the previous week, was quite enough for both of us. Almost any other day of the year, there are either no lines, or very minimal ones.

Doctor Bob's Home as you will see it "most of the year".

Three of our close friends, Tim, John and Martha, contributed many of the photos in this Post to us. 

Since I am "discussing the crowds", here are two more photos of crowds at a Founder's Day event at a local athletic field.


John and Martha in front of Doctor Bob's Home.

The Akron Intergroup Office MUST be visited. Their archives are amazing. 


Sister Ignatia's work at St. Thomas Hospital was so important during the early days of A.A.

Sad to say, the section of the former St. Thomas Hospital that honored the nation's first hospital-based unit dedicated to the treatment of alcoholism and its strong ties to Alcoholics Anonymous has closed. The items that were inside have new homes in Akron. 

The Mayflower Hotel, which no longer exists and is now an apartment complex, was another famous place in the development of A.A.

In the lobby of the present building are some A.A. related historical artifacts.


It was from a pay phone in the lobby that Bill Wilson made the call that led him to meeting Doctor Bob.

Tim at the pay phone.


Thanks again Tim, Martha and John for your photos. 

Wednesday 29 May 2024

MAY 29, 24 .. I WAS READING AN ARTICLE FROM THE A.A. GRAPEVINE..

I am stunned. 

I can not possibly imagine, after being active on this website for almost ten years, why I have never discussed the topic of A.A. members getting, and using, outside help and assistance from medical professionals.

We MUST begin with Tradition 5.

Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.

Sports Fans, THAT IS IT for us. We share our own experience, strength and hope with other alcoholics to help them stop drinking alcohol. 

If I fall down, and break a hip, please take me to a Medical Doctor NOT to an AA Meeting!

Just stopping drinking alcohol will NOT solve each and every single life issue that we all have. 

Now let's read what page 133 of the AA Big Book says..

God has abundantly supplied this world with fine doctors, psychologists, and practitioners of various kinds. Do not hesitate to take your health problems to such persons. Try to remember that though God has wrought miracles among us, we should never belittle a good doctor or psychiatrist. Their services are often indispensable in treating a newcomer and in following his case afterward.

The "Stage is now Set".

Just the other day..

I WAS READING AN ARTICLE FROM THE A.A. GRAPEVINE..

On line, on my smart phone's AAGRAPEVINE App, April 2024 issue, I continued the above article..





Back in the mid-1980's, Clancy I (who was a personal friend of mine) was saying from his speaker's podium that people who were using psychiatric medications were not working the AA Program. 

As a result of this flawed thinking, some people stopped taking prescribed medications and began successfully committing suicide!

Yes! Oh Yes! I know the above is "Old Stuff" that dates back into the mid-1980's. 

In the years since, I myself have openly shared my own issues in meetings and heard countless others do the same. The 12 Steps on the meeting wall will NOT cure physiological brain chemistry problems.

We also have (something like 349) AA pamphlets that address mental health and countless other 'outside' issues.


But I had not evenly "remotely" touched this very serious issue here on our website and wanted to "finally" do so.