|January Events in Local A.A. History
The Alconon Group of Ft. Wayne, Ind., had its first anniversary banquet at the
YMCA. Seating space being limited, invitations were confined to those groups who had
cooperated in an exchange of speakers and visitors. The speaker of the evening was a
member from Indianapolis. Among those present were members of the Defiance, O.,
Warsaw, Lagro, Logansport, Muncie, Kendallville and Albion Groups.
PERSONS who attain sobriety through the A.A. principles, do so only after a
thoughtful application of the 12 Suggested Steps to recovery. They happily find
themselves on a level plateau of sanity after ascending these steps, one after
another, and they maintain their sobriety by a continuing application of these
Those unfortunates who lose their sobriety are said to be having a "slip." I
believe this is a misnomer, for it suggests only a momentary adversity that
unexpectedly pounces on its unwary victim. A more apt term would be a
"glissade," for a slip is the result of a gradual process, beginning long before its
logical termination, and progressing through a series of wrong steps, to a drink,
and for us, a drunk.
A slip cannot be said to occur only when it culminates in a drink, for many of
us, in our failure to apply the 12 Steps to our living, frequently have slips, which
are none the less slips merely because we do not slip as far as a drink.
As one must ascend the 12 Steps gradually, I feel the "slip" is the result of
unconsciously descending these Steps. And as descending steps is always
accompanied with less effort than ascending them, the steps soon assume the
behavior of an escalator.
As the "bottom" is reached it invariably results in taking that "one drink," which
leads, for us, only to all the remorse, terror and unhappiness that follows a binge.
These, then, are in my opinion the "12 Steps to a slip," and are the direct
result of failure to consciously apply to our lives the 12 Suggested Steps to
1. We neglect 12th Step work.
2. We omit contact with the Higher Power.
3. We forget personal inventory.
4. We assume grudges against others.
5. We miss A.A. meetings, and avoid A.A. friends.
6. We gradually lose humility.
7. We fall into self pity.
8. We worry about unalterables.
9. Our thinkin' really starts stinkin'.
10. We become "cocky" and overconfident.
11. We neglect to ask help from the Higher Power, and take "just one."
12. We become a "social drinker." (Temporarily.)
R. H. Dunkirk, Indiana, Jan. 1949, Grapevine
|From the Forward of "A Brief History of Alcoholics Anonymous in Richmond, Indiana":
"On January 20, 1947, the Palladium-Item commenced a series of Alcoholics Anonymous
advertisements. They revealed a P.O. Box number and stressed confidentiality. On the
next day the paper announced that A.A. would hold its first local event, a Breakfast
Meeting on the following Sunday. The gala event took place at a popular Main Street
Italian restaurant and cocktail lounge, the Blue Note (The bar was closed on Sundays)
The speaker came from Ft. Wayne, Indiana to share with twenty-one A.A. members
and their families. Only twelve were local, the others came from Indianapolis and
Cincinnati. The seeds of Richmond A.A. had sprouted."
Interestingly, our first known meeting took place in the back room of Pike's Liquor
Store at 16th & Main Street sometime in 1946. There were four in attendance of which
Bill M. finally obtained permanent sobriety on May 15, 1947. He was Tom R.'s sponsor
who recently celebrated 55 years! Thanks, to Bob S., for this information.
|A.A.'s Country-wide News Circuit, January 1948, Grapevine
|1943 Cleveland's Central Bulletin
"May I compliment you on the three issues of Central Bulletin
I have seen and particularly on the December issue, just received?
I should like to subscribe for Central Bulletin for our four Indianapolis
Groups as a Christmas gift from me. I was greatly impressed, when
in Cleveland last week, with the progress Cleveland has made with
its problem. I think the more the rest of the Groups know of it, the
better able they will be to cope with their own." D.S., Indianapolis, Ind."