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Johnsonville, South Carolina
Twin City Group
District # 80
1971 - Present
Nelson G.D., took my last drink November 11, 1970. Moved
back to Johnsonville, in August 1971, to my home place across
from the Methodist Church on Hwy. 41-51. Where I met preacher
Bill E. I told him I was a recovering alcoholic and that
one of the ways to stay sober was to help other alcoholics
get sober. And if he knew anyone that needed help to let
me know. He said that was God sent, that they
the church was trying to start a group. They had a house
rented and money in the bank to support it. I told him that
I didnt think that was the way it worked. AA members,
not the church, started those AA groups and that seemed
to confuse him. I left a copy of the Big Book for him to
read and thought the book would explain better than I could.
After a week, I spoke to him again, and he said he understood
completely what I was talking about. And that he knew another
known alcoholic in the area and that was Dalton T. Who I
went to visit and met for the first time. We became instant
friends and we started going to meetings together in Florence,
Georgetown and Myrtle Beach. There was only one group in
Myrtle Beach. It was downtown and upstairs in 2 small rooms.
Dalton and I traveled many highway miles going to meetings.
My AA birthday was coming up November 11, 1971. Dalton and
I drove to Goldsboro, NC where I picked up my one-year chip.
My sponsor was Morton C., who spoke at our first area meeting
in Johnsonville. He shared the program with his wife, Martha.
While in NC, Dalton and I decided to start a group. A friend
in Goldsboro, Wade W. a recovering alcoholic, who worked
with the crisis line, gave us a box of AA literature to
start our group, under one condition, that we wouldnt
get drunk on the way back to Johnsonville.
and I contacted Dr. King (Mrs.) in Florence, who was in
charge of the health center in Johnsonville, who gave us
permission to hold our AA meetings, once a week. We started
out on Thursday Nights, so it wouldnt conflict with
other group meetings. The reason we chose the health center
was so we wouldnt appear to be affiliated with any
visitors from other AA groups supported us. Many times there
was only I, my wife Gloria, Dalton, and his wife Lucille.
were so thankful that the other surrounding groups supported
and visited the Twin City Group, to help keep us alive.
to the AA way and God, Dalton stayed sober until he died
in 1996, and Gloria and I are still together, sober and
© June 2002 Area 62 of Alcoholics Anonymous, K.I.T.