This is the official web site for the District 15/ Intergroup located within Area 1  (Alabama/Northwest Florida). District 15 is located in the Florida Panhandle and covers both Bay and Gulf counties. The primary purpose of this web site is to carry the message of A.A. For those seeking a meeting, we have provided our schedule and meeting locations. There is information for those new to A.A. or those that think they might have a drinking problem. We have also provided a link to the A.A. General Service Office web site where additional information on the program of A.A. can be found. If you're a family  member or friend of an alcoholic and their drinking is having an adverse affect on your life then Al-Anon can help; their primary purpose is to help the families of alcoholics.

 

Central Group would like to invite everyone to their Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm, Open Discussion meetings. We also have a Big Book meeting on Sunday mornings at 9am. Please come share with us! Serenity Junction 922 Jenks Ave, Panama City

 
   
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AA Birthdays in January

Myrl J 37 23 Jan 1983 Port St Joe Serenity
Jim A 32 6 Jan 1988 Port St Joe Serenity
Iain B 23 12 Jan 1997 Port St Joe Serenity
Vickie R 5 20 Jan 2015 Port St Joe Serenity
Jolene O 5 23 Jan 2015 Port St Joe Serenity
Kerry E 38 7 Jan 1982 Beach Unity Group
Alexis B 8 14 Jan 2012 Beach Unity Group
Michelle A 5 23 Jan 2015 Beach Unity Group
Mark C 12 Jan 2008 Frantic Serenity Group
Amanda N 3 Jan 2017 Frantic Serenity Group
George W 44 Jan 1976 Frantic Serenity Group
Michael G 7 Jan 2013 Frantic Serenity Group
Dick F 46 Jan 1974 Frantic Serenity Group
Saylem H 2 Jan 2018 Frantic Serenity Group
Jared R 2 Jan 2018 Frantic Serenity Group
Thom H 2 Jan 2018 Frantic Serenity Group
Gene S 19 Jan 2001 Frantic Serenity Group
Kin H 31 1 Jan 1989 Lynn Haven Group
Bobby B 22 30 Jan 1998 Lynn Haven Group
Brad T 1 8 Jan 2019 Lynn Haven Group
John B 25 2 Jan 1995 Nooner's Group
Mike 7 1 Jan 2013 Nooner's Group
Diana F 38 19 Jan 1982 Surfside Serenity Group
Ed M 31 5 Jan 1989 Surfside Serenity Group
Debbie B 18 1 Jan 2002 Surfside Serenity Group
   
 
Significant January Dates in AA History
Jan 3, 1939 - First sale of Works Publishing Co stock is recorded.
Jan 8, 1938 - New York AA splits from the Oxford Group.
Jan 10, 1940 - 1st AA meeting not in a home meets at King School, Akron, Ohio.
Jan 15, 1937 - Fitz M brings AA meetings to Washington DC.
Jan 21, 1954 - Hank P, who helped Bill start NY office, dies in Pennington, New Jersey.
Jan 24, 1918 - Bill marries Lois Burnham in the Swedenborgen Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Jan 24, 1918 - Bill marries Lois Burnham in the Swedenborgen Church in Brooklyn Heights.
Jan 24, 1945 - 1st black group St. Louis
Jan. 24, 1971 - Bill W dies at Miami Beach, FL.
Jan 25, 1915 - Dr. Bob marries Anne Ripley.
Jan 26,1971 - N.Y. Times publishes Bill's obituary on page 1.
End of Jan 1939 - 400 copies of manuscript of Big Book circulated for comment, evaluation and sale.
 

Surfside Serenity Group has a new home and would like to welcome everyone to come out! We are now meeting in the Gulf County Beaches Fire Station in Port St Joe, 7912 Alabama Ave, Port St Joe, Fl 32456 on Fridays at 6 PM Central Time [ 7 PM Eastern Time]. Please come out and visit with us!

 
     
 

Meeting Guide App - Our District is now listed in AA's Meeting Guide App. The app is used to find meetings anywhere in the United States. It is a great tool when you are traveling and many visitors to our area have requested that we get listed.

The app can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. The icon is afolding chair with a blue background. Information about the app may be found on AA's website: https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/meeting-guide

Many thanks to Ron S. for typing it up in the required format!

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More About Alcoholism

MOST OF us have been unwilling to admit we were real alcoholics. No person likes to think he is bodily and mentally different from his fellows. Therefore, it is not surprising that our drinking careers have been characterized by countless vain attempts to prove we could drink like other people. The idea that somehow,  someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.
  We learned that we had to fully concede to our innermost selves that we were alcoholics. This is the first step in recovery. The delusion that we are like other people, or presently may be, has to be smashed.
  We alcoholics are men and women who have lost the ability to control our drinking. We know that no real alcoholic ever recovers control. All of us felt at times that we were regaining control, but such intervals—usually brief—were inevitably followedby still less control, which led in time to pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization. We are convinced to a man that alcoholics of our type are in the grip of a progressive illness. Over any considerable period we get worse, never better.
  We are like men who have lost their legs; they never grow new ones. Neither does there appear to be any kind of treatment which will make alcoholics of our kind like other men. We have tried every imaginable remedy. In some instances there has been brief recovery, followed always by a still worse relapse. Physicians who are familiar with alcoholism agree there is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. Science may one day accomplish this, but it hasn’t done so yet.  
   Despite all we can say, many who are real alcoholics are not going to believe they are in that class. By every form of self-deception and experimentation, they will try to prove themselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If anyone who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right- about-face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to him. Heaven knows, we have tried hard enough and long enough to drink like other people!  
   Here are some of the methods we have tried: Drinking beer only, limiting the number of drinks, never drinking alone, never drinking in the morning, drinking only at home, never having it in the house, never drinking during business hours, drinking only at parties, switching from scotch to brandy, drinking only natural wines, agreeing to resign if ever drunk on the job, taking a trip, not taking a trip, swearing off forever (with and without a solemn oath), taking more physical exercise, reading inspirational books, going to health farms and sanitariums, accepting voluntary commitment to asylums—we could increase the list ad infinitum.

p.30-31, Alcoholics Anonymous, Reprinted with permission of AA World Services