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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
25 Years for Service Meeting
Scarborough General Hospital Service Meeting started November
incluce Tony T., Duncan Donald M., Jack T., Joe S., all
of whom continued coming to the meetings until their deaths
from causes other than alcohol. Bill M, Unionville Group,
was present at the first meeting and continues to attend
St. C. came to the second meeting as a hospital patient.
Soon, Murray D., now deceased after 44 years of sobriety,
became a regular - coming early to set up and make coffee.
legendary Tommy H., Unionville Group, was also there at
the beginning continuing his support until his death in
1999. His wife, Betty, an employee of the hospital, supported
and facilitated the meeting being there. She still attends
and lends her support where needed. She helped get reduced-cost
parking for those attending AA.
ages, Bob, also of the Unionville Group, co-ordinated the
weekly set-up with a number of faithful AAs, now mostly
getting on in years. Recently the torch was passed to me,
Terry G., Scarborough Group.
is a true honour for me. It was the first AA meeting I attended
when I started my journey in recovery and service. It has
played a great part in carrying the message to the still
suffering alcoholics on the 10th (Psychiatric) floor of
fellow AAs started their journey at the Scarborough General
Hospital Meeting. Over the past year, it has amazed me how
many speakers attended their first meeting as a patient.
of the service offered by members includes escorting patients
down from the 10th floor, as well as setting up, making
coffee, and putting on the meeting.
regular meeting at the hospital (located on the northwest
corner of McCowan and Lawrence) is in the Crockford classroom
on the main floor. No rent is charged but the meeting makes
an annual donation to the Scarborough General Hospital Foundation.
a discussion meeting, the format soon changed to its current
style. Three readings, then a spaker shares his / her experience,
strength and hope for 25 minutes, followed by a 15 minute
question period. This format has been found very suitable
for a hospital meeting.
year, the regular members adopted the policy of giving out
desire chips to those new and just coming back. Also, a
Big Book is given to someone attending their first meeting.
Many Big Books have been given out to patients with the
hope of planting the seed.
the last two years, attendance has dropped. The regulars
are doing everything in their power to keep the meeting
alive and well. Groups in the surrounding area have been
asked to support the meeting - volunteering to set up, supply
the Chairperson, and find the spaker. Pine Hills, As Bill
Sees It, and Keep It Simple are some of the groups taking
on a month at a time. More groups are needed to volunteer.
Ther are still four months that need to be filled. This
is a great way to get newcomers involved in service.
Scarborough General Hospital Meeting is celebrating 25 years
of continuous service on November 5, at 7:00 pm, in the
Main Auditorium. The speaker is Mildred F., Rox Glen Traditional
come and support the 25th Anniversary Meeting - and feel
the spirit of the many that have passed on, but left the
message to us.
© October 2002, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,