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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
East York Group Celebrates 30 Years
I was travelling through the east end of the city to attend
this particular meeting, I found that I had arrived a good
hour early. Scanning the area for a coffee shop (a familiar
refuge for any recovering alcoholic), I heard laughter coming
from around the corner .... So I followed the sound and
discovered that members of the East York Group were already
there, with the doors open, ready to greet any newcomers
or fellow AAs at their weekly speaker meeting. Needless
to say I didn't need to go to that coffee shop.
passage in the 'Grapevine' book, "The Home Group: Heartbeat
of AA", says "The home gorup is where the AA member
takes the first tiny step into making the support system
of Alcoholics Anonymous work ... home groups become the
spokes in the big wheel of Alcoholics Anonymous."
July 18, 1972, this group, originally called the New East
York Group, has adhered to these sentiments by opening its
doors to many members over the years. The group will be
celebrating 30 years of service on Tuesday, July 23 at 8:00
pm at St. Columbia - All Hallows Church (just east of St.
Clair and O'Conner).
members, like Milton B., joined the group after moving into
the area. Milton joined about three years ago, and the first
person to greet him was East York member, Jimmy H. "The
first time I came to the East York Group," said Milton,
"I was made to feel very welcome, and I've been here
ever since. I love this group. There's a lot of love, laughter,
also tells of the commitment and joy in service that the
group demonstrates by attending and supporting service meetings.
Some members, like Milton, carry the message of AA into
L., who joined the group seven years ago, shared his feelings
about the group and his understanding of the importance
of sponsorship. "We have a real variety of sobriety,"
Bill says, adding, "When you find a solid group, you
find solid sponsorship." In keeping with this idea,
the group recently implemented a temporary sponsorship program.
are more men than women in the East York Group group, but
more women have joined recently. Joanne E. says having more
male members doesn't bother her because, "We're all
good friends and we are here to support each other."
She also said that the women at the group have solid sobriety,
and this has attracted more women.
V., the group secretary, is relatively new at the group.
Liz's enthusiasm for the group was immediate and she's happy
doing service at the group level.
M. one of the early members, has been with the group for
26 years. As unofficial group historian, he mentioned that
the original location was, "down the street a piece."
John M., who, sadly, has passed on, started the group. Harold
is very grateful he still belongs to East York and can share
his experience with new members.
the most poignant comment made about the East York Group
came from Gerry H., who had been a member fro ten years.
He said the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and past and
present members of the East York Group, "... saved
my life, and I have a lot of gratitude."
miss the opportunity to attend the East York Group's 30th
anniversary. They'll surely welcome you (as they did me)
into their friendly fold. A sign posted on the podium says
it all: "If you are new here, let us know - YOU ARE
NO LONGER ALONE."
© July 2002, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,