PI/CPC Training

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The Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional Community Committee frequently receives requests for presentations on AA to our friends in the medical, legal, religious, and educational communities who find themselves in contact with alcoholics.

This form of AA service requires a bit more than just telling our stories (although we do that, too!). If you like public speaking and are passionate about educating interested others on what AA is (and is not), what it does (and does not do), then please attend this hands-on workshop.

Highlights include:

  • The origin & purpose of CPC
  •  The importance of the Traditions and Anonymity
  • The role of the local PI/CPC Committee
  • Basic guidelines for C.P.C. presentations
    1:1 and panel presentations
    Handling potentially awkward situations
  • Role play practice
  • Question & Answer

Saturday, May 30, 1-3 PM at Alano Club, 1050 State Street, Redding.

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Message from DCM…

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Hello all GSRs & other trusted servants.

Nancy Mc, our CNIA 07 Alternate Chair, will be with us for our May 24th District Meeting.  She has requested to be there to “kick-off” our Winter Assembly Committee for January 16-17, 2016.

Please consider bringing along any AA member from your groups you think would be willing to work on this Committee. The Senior Citizen Center has been reserved, now we need to get all the other parts dialed in. Keep in mind this not a District GSR only committee.

This should include anyone in our fellowship who wants to be of service. Please, please make every effort to attend this District meeting on Sunday, the 24th of May at 3:30 (doors open at 3). We can all work together to make the first Assembly of the new 2016-17 Panel a huge success.

In Love & Service, Maureen

75 years of Brotherly Love

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Alcoholics Anonymous began in Philadelphia on March 6, 1940, started by traveling salesman Jimmy B. (whose Big Book story is “The Vicious Circle” and who had been instrumental in convincing Bill W. to tone down the “God” references in the Big Book). In mid-February of that year, Jimmy B. had gone to Philadelphia to take a new job. Once there, he contacted Charlie B., whom he had known in New York, and together they hooked in two Oxford Group alcoholics whom Charlie knew, Bayard B. and Edmund P. Next came George S., who had written to the New York office seeking help (George S. had sobered himself up after reading the September 1939 article in Liberty magazine entitled “Alcoholics and God”).

All of these men needed, as Jimmy B. put it, “a few fellow alcoholics around…to stay sober. [And] thus I found myself in the middle of a brand-new group.” The first open meeting of the Philadelphia Group of Alcoholics Anonymous was held March 6, 1940, in George S.’s house. Bill and Lois W. were present (among an automobile load of alcoholics who had come down from New York) and coffee and donuts were served.

The newly formed A.A. group attracted the attention of two Philadelphia physicians, Dr. C. Dudley Saul and Dr. A. Weise Hammer. Saul, who had lost two sons to alcoholism, was chief of staff at St. Luke’s hospital, and began allowing the Philadelphia A.A.s to hold their meetings there. Even more importantly, Saul and Hammer were friends of Judge Curtis Bok, the owner of Curtis Publications, which was the parent company for The Saturday Evening Post. Bok was impressed with A.A. and by December of 1940 he was writing a letter of support to the Philadelphia Group that read in part: “My interest in A.A. is very sincere and you can count on me for as many good words and good deeds in connection with it as I can give.”

True to his word, Judge Bok called in a reporter named Jack Alexander and asked him to investigate this new program for an article for the Post. To aid Alexander, Drs. Saul and Hammer wrote a list of the first names and last initials of 28 alcoholics who had stayed sober through the program. When the Post article appeared on March 1, 1941, A.A. in Philadelphia exploded, as it did in New York and the Midwest. A bigger clubhouse was needed and the Philadelphia Group contacted Ruth Hock, Bill’s secretary, at the Central Office in New York to order 10,000 reprints of Alexander’s piece (at a cost of $175.00).

Only a year had passed since Jimmy B.’s arrival in the City of Brotherly Love, but already A.A. had firmly taken hold.

From the Spring of 2015 issue of Markings, Your Archives Newsletter.