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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.


 
   

AA Birthdays in April

David L 19    April 26, 1996 Port St Joe Serenity
Cecil L 8    April 3, 2007 Port St Joe Serenity
Janice S 14    April 21, 2001 Surfside Serenity
Richard H 6    April 26, 2009 Surfside Serenity
Kevin K 3    April 4, 2012 Surfside Serenity
Judy D 5    April 7, 2009 Lynn Haven Group
Kate L 14    April 14, 2001 Nooners Group
Bun K 55    April 1960 Frantic Serenity
Bob F 28    April 1987 Frantic Serenity
Del M 23    April 1992 Frantic Serenity
Mike S 9    April  2006 Frantic Serenity
AJ 15    April 2000 Central Group
Cluadia G 22    April 23,1993 Beach Unity Group
Julianne D 3

   April 10, 2012

Beach Unity Group
Joey D 3    April 10, 2012 Beach Unity Group
Mike D 24    April 12. 1991 Beach Unity Group
Jim N 15    April 18, 2000 Beach Unity Group
Paul C 6    April 1, 2009 Beach Unity Group
Bill B 22    April 19,1993 Beach Unity Group
 
   

Significant April Dates in AA History

April 1, 1966 - Sister Ignatia died.
April 3, 1960 - Fr. Ed Dowling, S.J., died. He was Bill W's "spiritual sponsor."
April 3, 1941 - First AA meeting held in Florida.
April 7, 1941 - Ruth Hock reported there were 1,500 letters asking
for help as a result of the Saturday Evening Post Article by Jack
Alexander.
April 10, 1939 - Publication date of Alcoholics Anonymous. The first ten copies of the Big Book arrived at the office Bill and Hank P shared.
April 11, 1941 - Bill and Lois finally found a home in Bedford Hills, NY. They originally named it "Bill-Lo's Break" and later renamed it "Stepping Stones."
April 16, 1973 - Dr. Jack Norris presented President Nixon with the
one millionth copy of the Big Book.
April 20, 1951 - AA's first General Service Conference was held at the Hotel Commodore, New York City
April 24, 1940 - Bill and Hank transfer their Works Publishing stock to the Alcoholic Foundation
April 26 or May 1, 1939 - Bank forecloses on 182 Clinton Street; Bill and Lois' home-where Ebby brought Bill the message of recovery.
April 30, 1989 - Film "My Name is Bill W." a Hallmark presentation
was broadcast on ABC TV.
 
   
   
 
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Get information about the International Convention from the AA.org site.
 
 

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 followed by 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.              ..
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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.    
                                      
from page 30-31, of Alcoholics Anonymous,
reprinted with permission of AA World Services

 
 
   The minutes from the April 6, 2015 District/Intergroup
   meeting are now posted.
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AA Preamble

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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