Timeline Facts of Historical A.A. Events

Timeline Facts of Historical AA Events

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A.A. Timeline Begins with Frank Buchman and the Oxford Group
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Rowland Hazard III visits Swiss Psychoanalyst Carl Jung
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Bill Wilson meets Dr.Bob Smith at Henrietta Seiberlings' Gatehouse
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Bill Dotson 'The Man on The Bed' - A.K.A. 'A.A.'s Number Three'
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Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous FIRST DRAFT
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Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous FIRST EDITION
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The Passing of Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder Bill Wilson
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'Alcoholics Anonymous Origins' Explore: 'Alcoholics Anonymous Origins'

 William G. Wilson or better known in the A.A. society as Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and in 1999 TIME listed him as "Bill W.: The Healer" and included him in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century."

 Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force and the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.


Welcome...Friends of Bill W. and Dr. Bob

  Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson (also known as Bill W.) and Dr. Robert Smith (also known as Dr. Bob) in Akron, Ohio. The history of A.A. events and the unprecedented timeline of culminating facts that followed, the realization of spirtual support that comes from one alcoholic helping another, and the concept of staying sober for just 'One Day' subsequently, is how Alcoholics Anonymous meetings were derived. 

 What was seemingly an unplanned meeting in Akron, Ohio in 1935 between the future founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, both of whom were termed "hopeless alcoholics", Bill W. and Dr. Bob began a program of recovery that has since helped millions find sobriety. The 'Primary Purpose of A.A.' is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.
  The Friends of Bill and Bob website is a privately owned website which has no professional affiliation with Alcoholics Anonymous, and was built entirely to the dedication of Bill W. and Dr.Bob for all their efforts in creating the our wonderful Fellowship. And the continuation of the Declaration of Unity, bringing together the most comprehensive collection of Alcoholics Anonymous literature, and Alcoholics Anonymous Audio Books, available on the web (see our mission).
  Our website contains the most versatile collection of menus to search for A.A. meetings in Eastern MA Area 30. (Locate A.A. meetings by day of the week. Search for A.A. meetings by town. Find A.A. meetings by meeting type. Browse A.A. meetings by Area 30 Districts, District 3 A.A. meetings list in Eastern MA is included An A.A. Personal Stories page if you would like to share your story with other A.A. members. An A.A. Forum for "Whats on your mind?" and much more! Men sponsorship and Women sponsorship forms those who are willing to become temporary or full time sponsors as well as a Sponsee form for those who are looking for a sponsor. This website also has the most influential information available to reach out to the Newcomer as well as valuable information for the Old-timer. Knowledgeable information for Young People in A.A. and everyone in between. Alcoholics Anonymous Literature and related content is constantly being added daily so please check back in again. If you haven't found the information you were seeking chances are it will be added to our website soon.

Serenity Prayer

Declaration of Unity

This we owe to A.A.'s future:
To place our common welfare first;
To keep our fellowship united.
For on A.A. unity depend our lives,
And the lives of those to come

Reprinted from The A.A. Service Manual, (c)1999, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


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 A.A. membership;
we are self supporting through our own contributions.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics,
organization, or institution;
does not wish to engage in any controversy,
neither endorses or opposes any causes.
Our Primary Purpose is to stay sober
and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

From the October, 2001 Grapevine. Reprinted with permission of The A.A. Grapevine, Inc.

Responsibility Pledge

"I am responsible ...
When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help,
I want the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that, I am responsible."

Reprinted from Pamphlet P-1, This Is A.A., page 24, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Singleness of Purpose

 There are those who predict that alcoholics anonymous may well become a new spearhead for a spiritual awakening throughout the world. When our friends say these things they are both generous and sincere. But we of A.A. must reflect that such a tribute and such a prophecy could well prove to be a heady drink for most of us-that is, if we really came to believe this to be the real purpose of A.A., and if we commenced to behave accordingly. Our society, therefore, will prudently cleave to its single purpose: the carrying of the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Let us resist the proud assumption that since God has enabled us to do well in one area we are destined to be a channel of saving grace for everybody.

(A.A. Comes of Age p.232) 

An A.A. Group

  The Long Form of Tradition Three and a section of Warranty Six, Concept Twelve aptly describe what an AA Group is:

Tradition Three:

  "Our membership ought to include all who suffer from alcoholism. Hence we may refuse none who wish to recover. Nor ought AA membership ever depend upon money or conformity. Any two or three alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an AA group, provided that, as a group, they have no other affiliation."

Warranty Six:

  "...much attention has been drawn to the extraordinary liberties which the AA Traditions accord to the individual member and to his group; no penalties to be inflicted for nonconformity to AA principles; no fees or dues to be levied-voluntary contributions only; no member to be expelled from AA-membership always to be the choice of the individual; each AA group to conduct its internal affairs as it wishes-it being merely requested to abstain from acts that might injure AA as a whole; and finally that any group of alcoholics gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an AA group provided that, as a group, they have no other purpose or affiliation."


  Central Service Committee had its beginning in informal luncheon meetings of various Alcoholics Anonymous groups in and around Greater Boston in 1945.

  They saw the need of establishing a Central Office to coordinate the work of A.A. in this area as had been done in other parts of the country.

  As a result of the first meeting of the Delegates of the original 13 Groups, an office was established at 30 Huntington Avenue. From the 13 original Groups in 1945, membership has grown to over 2200 meetings a week in the Eastern Massachusetts Area.


  Central Service is NOT a “governing body”. It does not attempt to, nor can it, rule any A.A. Group. Central Service is a committee of A.A. members delegated by the member groups to act as a clearinghouse.

  The Central Office is supported by contributions from groups and members. Successful continuance of our services, and perhaps added services, can be assured only by the financial cooperation of the member groups through ­ donations.

  All A.A. literature and books published by World Services, New York, are available for sale at your Central Office.

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Some Typical Misconceptions

 Here is a list of things that A.A. IS NOT and   DOES NOT...

  • IS NOT a religious movement
  • IS NOT a temperance movement
  • IS NOT a social service organization (it has no paid social workers or professional field workers)
  • IS NOT an educational agency
  • IS NOT a cure or "cure-all"
  • IS NOT an employment agency
  • DOES NOT solicit or accept funds from outside sources; voluntary contributions from members and groups support A.A. services
  • DOES NOT run hospitals, rest homes, clubhouses, or any outside enterprises
  • DOES NOT prescribe treatment for alcoholics
  • DOES NOT pay for treatment of alcoholics

The sole purpose of A.A. is to help the alcoholic who wants to stop drinking and stay stopped.

Friendly Reminder

  Our best continuing source of good relations is the “OPEN A.A. MEETING” at which any and all visitors are welcome.
  It is here that outsiders and potential members form their first opinions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Often we encourage newcomers to bring their spouses and/or family to these meetings so that they can learn a little about the recovery of the alcoholic through the program of A.A.

  For this reason, it is suggested that all speakers make every effort to deliver their message without the use of profanity or off-color material.

  We believe that the speaker who does use profanity serves only to give the listeners an untrue picture of A.A’s spiritual program. Our Second Tradition states there is but one ultimate authority ... a loving God. Our message, when consistent with this spirit, conforms with the 12 Traditions which are suggested for the general good, both for members and groups. 

  The primary purpose at the A.A. podium at OPEN A.A. MEETINGS is to carry the message of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  With this in mind, unity and service will preserve the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous as it was given to us.
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