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A Brief History of A.A. in Suffolk
Suffolk County, New York
start of A.A. meetings in Suffolk County has been traced
back to the early 1940's. By the end of the 1940's we had
active, and established groups in Huntington, Sayville,
Riverhead, Bayshore, Southampton, Amityville, and a few
1950's & 1960's saw an explosive growth in A.A. as Suffolk
County became one of the fastest growing counties in New
1966 five towns near Riverhead sponsored a Hotline to aid
suffering alcoholics. This allowed them to call locally
and receive help from the nearby groups. Newcomers had reported
the reluctance to spend money to call New York City. Those
that did either received no response or were called several
days later, and by members of distant groups.
1970 A.A. had grown considerably in Suffolk, and the need
for more local centralized service was apparent. The answering
service was extended county wide with a majority of the
groups contributing to the support of the service. In addition
to answering calls for help and information, referrals for
12 step activity, hospitalization and sponsorship, meeting
lists were compiled and distributed and program exchange
meetings were arranged by the Hauppauge group.
March of 1973, a unanimous vote established full Intergroup
status. With 85 groups throughout Suffolk County, and with
over 190 meetings per week.
of March 1998, Suffolk County has over 390 groups with 750
meetings weekly. Over twenty five thousand county meeting
lists are distributed quarterly, at no charge. The Hotline
has always been manned twenty four hours a day by A.A. volunteers.
Each October, Suffolk County hosts it's annual Share-a-thon.
With workshops throughout the day, and a banquet speaker
meeting in the evening.
General Services representatives meet monthly and have active
committees dealing with Public Information, Treatment and
Corrections facilities, Archives, Special Needs, Cooperation
with the Professional Community, Literature, and the Grapevine
(A.A.'s meeting in print). Our General Service also hosts
an annual Unity Breakfast.
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