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Panama City, Florida
HOPEFUL SERENITY GROUP
the Fall of 1973, several AA members in the Panama City,
Florida area demonstrated their natural uneasy, uncomfortable,
itchy selves by deciding to take the "geographical
cure" and move out to new stomping grounds for their
"AA" Due to over crowding and lack of space, there
had been much talk about the need for starting another AA
group in Panama City.
heard all this talk, with little or no action, prompted
Orville L. (formerly of Maryland) to take his own action.
On the afternoon of Saturday, October 6, 1973, while he
and several other AA members were visiting a fellow AA member
in the hospital, Orville suddenly announced that there would
be a meeting of a brand-new AA group on Monday, October
8, 1973, at 8 p.m. He further announced that he had already
made all of the necessary arrangements for a location, which
was to be at the First Assembly of God Church, on 3rd Street
in the Millville area of Panama City.
to the pleasant surprise of everyone, Orville L. had, indeed,
made all the necessary arrangements, and the first meeting
of this new group was held at 8 p.m., October 8, 1973. While
Orville claimed there was no connection, it is interesting
to note that the Oct 8th "Thought for the Day"
contains the statement, "AA grows by the starting of
new groups all the time."
was at this meeting, attended by some seventeen people,
that the new group's name was voted upon -it was to be known
as the "Hopeful Serenity Group" of AA That name
first members of the Hopeful Serenity Group included Orville
L., Jimmie C., Bill J., David H., Bill S., Eunice S., Bill
M., and Mary X. From the very start, AI-Anon members were
extremely active and membership in that group flourished.
The times of the first meetings were, and still are, Mondays
and Fridays at 8 p.m.
was the case with so many other AA groups, attitudes toward
smoking began making its mark on this new group from the
beginning. The use of its first meeting place was short-lived,
and within two months David H. had made arrangements with
the pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church to utilize
its facilities at 2322 East 3rd Street, Panama City (Millville).
January 30, 1974, the Hopeful Serenity Group of AA was formally
registered by the General Service Office of AA.
Hopeful Serenity Group continued to meet at the Trinity
Methodist Church until January of 1975 when it had to move
to a temporary location at the Serenity Junction Club which
was then located at 515 ~ast 6th street, Panama City. The
group met at this location for only a few months.
the Spring of 1975, the Hopeful Serenity Group made arrangements
with the pastor of St. Dominic's Catholic Church on East
15th Street, Panama City, to use its Parish Hall for meetings.
The group remained there for about a year-and-a-half.
the Fall of 1976, the Hopeful Serenity Group moved its meetings
to the Highland Park United Methodist Church on Baldwin
Road, Panama City (Highland Park).
six years, smoking once again became an issue, along with
the stigma of the alcoholic, and the Hopeful Serenity Group
was looking for a new meeting place. New facilities were
found in a vacant service station on Ohio Avenue in Lynn
considerable work and clean-up, the Hopeful Serenity Group
continued to meet at this service station until the Fall
of 1985 when it moved to the school annex of the First Presbyterian
Church at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and East 7th Street,
Panama City. The group continues to meet at this school
annex with a present membership of 34.
meetings of the Hopeful Serenity Group follow:
Closed Meeting & Al-Anon Meeting
FRIDAY, 8:00 p.m.
Open Discussion Meeting
NOTE: The District Public Information Committee meets on
the FIRST TUESDAY of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Hopeful
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