GROWTH AND MOVEMENT
1st A.A. Newsletter,
Cleveland Central Bulletin, Clarence's "brain-child
was about to enter the army arid felt that A.A. members in the
service of their country were going to be without the benefit
of A.A meetings and friends at home, part of the fellowship which
had been so successful in keeping them all sober.
suggested that a newspaper of sorts would be beneficial to himself
as well as the other members in the armed forces. Harry D., who
owned the D. Company, a printing company on 1104 Prospect Avenue,
offered to be the printer for the newspaper.
believed that Harry D. was the founder and first editor of the
Cleveland A.A. newspaper. But, in a letter to Clarence, dated
November 14, 1942, Harry modestly wrote; "See what God wrought!
This letter accompanies the second issue of Central Bulletin,
which was your brain-child, I believe."
I'm tickled pink with it, for it will do a tremendous amount of
good in strengthening the localities as well as the men originally
intended for - the boys in service.
a dandy editorial setup, with S. of course the finest contributor...
Mark H. and I are the lesser of the two co-editors and it sure
is fun, in spite of the many extra hours it demands.
1 - No. 1 was released in October 1942. It was printed on both
sides of one 8,5*11 inch sheet of paper, promising that "If it
is warranted, another page will be used." The size was recommended
by the editors, so that, "all issues can be assembled in standard
standard read in bold letters:
UNSELFISHNESS - HONESTY - TRUTH
first page contained an editorial defining the purposes of the
newspaper, a small piece on a dinner honoring Bill Wilson, a plea
to secretaries to compile lists of all members who were in the
service, and a call for a new name for the newspaper. It stated
that "This name, 'The Central Bulletin,' does not convey
only one other name was submitted, and the editors decided that
the name, Central Bulletin, would remain. The format for
the second issue remained basically the same, except that it contained
four pages, with the back page an ad reminding people to buy bonds,
editorial for the second issue dealt with the dinner honoring
Bill Wilson. Harry D. wrote Clarence that the editorial, written
by S., "was a masterpiece. Incidentally, Wilson's talk was one
too." The letter continued to discuss a point which was meant
to embarrass Bill Wilson. It seems that a certain, or certain
Cleveland member(s) set out to "quiz" Bill on the "financial skull
duggery he was purported to have engaged in."
in A.A. have blamed Clarence and pointed to him as the one questioning
of Bill's financial gains from the A.A. fellowship. But Clarence
told the author this was far from the truth. Though Clarence didn't
believe in making any money from this "avocation," he never wanted
publicly to embarrass Bill.
the time this situation concerning Bill surfaced, Clarence was
in another state and in the Army. He had to hear about these concerns
in the newsletter. The Bulletin also contained an article regarding
gossip in the second issue of the newsletter. According to Harry's
letter to Clarence, this gossip article "will sink home to the
perpetrator." It seems that Harry and several other Cleveland
members had an idea who this person was, but Clarence couldn't
recall why they wouldn't mention his name.
second issue also announced a 24 hour phone service and listing
in the telephone directory. It contained a meeting list and "News
from the Camps" letters from those in the service. In that issue,
there was a short letter from Clarence stating, "If any of my
friends wish to write me, address me as follows -."
third edition came out in December of 1949. It had a new Masthead.
At its center, there was a sun design, with an A.A. in the center,
surrounded by the Four Absolutes. On either side of this sun was
the title CENTRAL BULLETIN. Also this issue began a series of
editorials on each of the Twelve Steps.
May 1944 issue announced that the:
Committee welcomed into A.A. this month, the Arcade Group, formed
of alcoholics who had been handling their problems through the
Oxford Group Movement (which includes non-alcoholics as well as
alcoholics). The group announced its acceptance of the A.A. program
based on the Twelve Steps and will limit its membership to confessed
CENTRAL BULLETIN continued to bring news to A.A. members in Cleveland
and to those who had moved on to other areas of the United States
New. The October 1944 issue announced the first Young People's
no barrier if you wish to participate in the meetings of one of
the newest groups, organized in October. The group calls itself
the Young People's Group, and it was formed by several of the
younger A.A 's... 20's - 30's... But they stress the fact that
they do not exclude 'oldsters' from their meetings.
group met on Wednesdays at 8:30 P.M. in the West Side Evangelical
Hall on West 38th Street and Bridge.
bulletin also announced the deaths of members. One of these articles,
in the March 1947 issue read, "One of the founders of A.A. in
Cleveland, Charley J___ passed away on the 3rd of March
and was buried on the 6th... He was one of the founders
of the Corinthians and was the originator of the name of the group."
The Corinthians was not a regular A.A. meeting, it was more of
a social subsidiary, founded so that members could have a place
to socialize and fellowship together.
CENTRAL BULLETIN is still published today.
Central Bulletin contained probably the best articles and
A.A. writings in the 1940's. To delve into these writings at depth
would probably increase this volume twofold. A book on the Cleveland
Central Bulletin and its importance in A.A. history is in