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Serving Cleveland, Gaston,
Lincoln and Rutherford
AA Local and Traditional History
me start with this. I've heard different stories on Shelby,
Kings Mountain, Statesville and Charlotte pertaining to
the oldest groups/members in North Carolina. So when briefly
looking in the matter of Local AA History, as it pertains
to Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland & Rutherford Counties.
I can't over look the fact that not only is the early groups
established in this area the first for these counties, one
must point out that these same groups were some of the earliest
in the state of North Carolina.
14, 1940 - In an AA Bulletin from this date as
posted in an online form by Bill N., it states some NC info.
It has Shelby and Greensboro as having members who have
recovered either through the book alone or through brief
contact with established centers. (Also, Aiken, SC).
1941, There was only the Shelby Group in North Carolina
listed. It list Dr. T. B. Mitchell as the sec. and the group
size of 20. It also list Charlotte, NC with isolated members
(but not groups).
1942. There is the Shelby Group, Dr. T.B. Mitchell, 40 members
and contributed $20.00. Also Charlotte is listed with David
Rae as the sec. and 7 members. Also list Lone A.A. Members
in Fayettesville and Greensboro.. This is the earliest date
I've seen the term "Lone" used for members.
1946 Grapevine stated that a recent Inter-group
meeting for all of the Carolinas was held in Shelby, NC
1946 Grapevine List Greensboro, Greenville
and Statesville as having new groups. Also, in news for
the Carolinas it noted Shelby as being the Oldest group
of the Carolinas.
from November 1947, AA Grapevine
North Carolina Groups Solid--From Kings
Mountain, N. C.. The. Grapevine's
correspondent reports that not only his own Group with 12
members, but others, are "solid." The Kings Mountain
Group was started some years ago by Paul M., a non-alcoholic,
who provided transportation to Shelby for anyone wishing
to try the A.A. way. The group reports a gain of about a
member each week. . . The Shelby Group is over six years
old and has been aiding men from all over the South. . .Lincolnton
is growing and has a fine clubroom open all the time, while
Hickory, too, has a growing Group and good quarters. . .
The Gastonia Group has started for the third time, with
new determination to succeed.
the Clip Sheet which has excerpts from the public press
is the following:
Gastonia, N. C., "Gazette" -- "A small but
growing group of Gastonia men assembles in a room in uptown
Gastonia each Thursday in the interest of self help. It
is a sober group, pursuing a sane and sober objective. It
is a unit of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization of those
suffering from the disease of alcoholism or near-alcoholism,
and to reclaiming their lives for wholesome and productive
living. That it is a stride forward in the interest of both
the individual and society is evident from the thousands
of lives reclaimed from stagnation and turned to constructive
pursuits by A.A. already."
I will add that Bill Wilson visited the Shelby Group in
the early 40's. I don't know the dates of the exact visit,
I do know that he had talked of his visit to a lecture given
at the Yale Summer School of Alcohol Studies in this lecture
is printed in a book titled Alcohol Science and Society.
I'll try and find a link to the full text soon.
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