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Global Alcoholics Anonymous History Project
Group's A.A. HistoryWhat, When, Why, How, and Where
The questions in this
questionnaire are only 'possible suggestions' of what might
be considered for inclusion in your group history.This questionnaire
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AA Group History Project
Group Name:______________________________________ Area/District:_______________
Town, City, County, State, Country, Province, Territory,
Group identification number (if known):_____________________
Concerning 'Back Then'
> The estimated date
the Group started meeting, and location if it has changed
from that listed above, otherwise the original location
may not get recorded. Anything you want to share about
how the group selected its name?
> The Place, Day,
and Time of first (or earliest) Meetings, and the number
> How did your group come into existence
- what needs brought it about? New location where AA was
unavailable? New slot for meetings that another location
couldn't provide? Resolution of controversy at another
group? Branched from another group that "had grown too
big"? Did founders get sober in that group or somewhere
else first? How many times has the Group moved? To what
different sites, and under what circumstances?
> Did your Group separate from another Group,
and why? Any other groups that may have branched off from
> Early members, "founders,' trusted servants---their
recollections, or your Group's recollections of them.
Favorite memories of group members. Often these tend to
be of 'earlier days' from long time members, consider
polling newer members on this one too. It may suprise
> What kinds of growing pains, problems,
or any "feuds" happened, and what were the solutions?
Did any particular member lead the Group out of difficulties
toward any resolutions?
> Money - seems most groups have stories
about their money. From "it seems like it was safer when
we kept it in a cigar box under the podium than it is
now that we have this ?ton safe". To stories about dealing
with it 'disappearing'.
> Has your group had to deal with 'unavoidable'
outside issues? Smoking or non smoking, people with papers
to sign, single parents with kids at closed meetings,
etc. How did your Group cooperate with outside agencies
in the past? How about today?---Treatment Centers, Courts,
Probation and Parole Boards, for example---has this changed
over the years?
> Expression of Group
Autonomy - does your group do anything different, more
(or less), than other nearby groups? What sets it apart?
Examples might include different age, economic or ethinic
makeup, larger/smaller meetings, more/fewer meetings of
a particular type (Speaker-led, Closed Discussion, Open,
Big Book Study, Step Meeting, Traditions Meeting, etc.)
has the format changed over the years? Readings at meetings,
chips or birthdays, and the list of possibilities goes
on from there.
> Has the Group held
any public Open Meetings?
"Then and Now"
Did your Group ever assign sponsors in the past? How about
today? Temporary contacts (from a volunteer list or Bridge
the Gap list)? How did your group welcome first-timers
in the past? How about today?
> How did Group members
maintain contact with each other in between meetings over
the years? Did your group have a list of members' phone
numbers available in the past? How about today? Was there
any linkage to your District's answering services in the
past? How about today?
> How did your Group
celebrate anniversaries, for both individuals and also
the Group in the past? How about today? Any annual dinners,
picnics, or special events over the years?
> Did your Group count
off to break for discussion tables in the past? How did
your Group change the jobs for set-up (making coffee,
setting out literature) and cleanup in the past? How did
your group change who chairs the meetings in the past?
Did your group have "greeters" at the doors in the past?
Did your Group have treats or snacks at the meeting in
the past? Did your Group take a smoke break in the past?
How about today to these same questions?
> Your Group's Seventh
Tradition practices: have the 'passed basket' contributions
changed over the years? Did your Group give away any books
in the past? How about today? Any fundraisers or special
collections (events like holiday parties, picnics, weekend
Conferences, AA Forums over the years)? Describe the amounts
of contributions... What amount of rent did you pay in
the beginning to the present? Did your Group support the
expenses of your GSR and other trusted servants in the
past? How about today?
> Business meetings---
Many groups start out with a minimum of trusted servants
(ex., Secretary, Treasurer and perhaps GSR), then as the
group grows and becomes interested in other service work
gradually add other positions. Would you like to document
any changes in your group's elected servants? How were
your trusted servants elected or selected (your GSR, Treasurer,
Secretary, Greeters, and so on) and how often in the past?
Outside of the regular finance discussion and votes, were
District, Area, and General Service Conference agenda
items discussed for a Group consensus at your business
meetings in the past? How about today to the same questions?
> Have any Group members
rotated forward to District service in the past? To Area
Service in the past? Did your Group assist with any general
service committee work in the past? How about today to
the same questions?
> On our SeventhTradition
of sharing funds---How did your group contribute to District,
Intergroup (if your location has one),Your Area #, and
GSO (AAWS)? 60-30-10% in the past? How about today?
> Did your Group contribute
literature to any libraries, hospitals, jails, or treatment
centers in the past? What was your Groups percentage of
literature purchases in your Group's spending in the past?
What were the items and pamphlets in your Group's packets
for newcomers in the past? How about today to the same
> Generally, what
has been your Group's linkage to A.A. as a whole (with
District, Intergroup, Area, and AAWS) in the past? How
> The Day, and Time
of your Group meetings today, and the approximate number
> Why is your home
group the best home group?