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Flow Chart for the Region
The History of the Continental European
Region of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous Continental European Region

1940  February

First World Service Office for AA

1944  June The AA Grapevine is first published  
  World War II
AAs in Armed Services abroad
  The 12 Traditions of AA formulated and published  
1948     All AA groups are lonergroups in Germany and registered with GSO New York
1948     Meetings in Bremen and in Frankfurt at Central Chapel Headquarters
1950   Bill W. and Lois visit Europe  
1950 July First International Convention of AA at Cleveland.  The 12 Traditions are adopted  
1950  November 16th Dr. Bob (co-founder of AA) dies  
1952     First AA Roundup in Wiesbaden American High School
1953 June The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 x 12) is published  
1953 November 2nd  

Hotel Leopold Munich
First invitation to Germans to an open AA meeting.

1954 October The "Alcoholic Foundation" becomes the "General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous"  
1955  July 20th  Anniversary Convention in Saint Louis, MO  
1957   Creation of First Overseas General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous in Great Britain and Ireland; "AA Comes of Age" published AA membership soars to over two-hundred thousand people, with more than 7000 groups in seventy countries and US posessions.
1959   AA Publishing, Incorporated becomes AA World Services, Incorporated  
1960 July 25th Anniversary Convention in Long Beach, CA.  
1962   Publication of the "12 Concepts for World Service" written by Bill W.  
      Invitation extended to Bill W. and Lois to attend the 10th Annual Roundup in Wiesbaden
      AA meetings started in Hamburg (with the help of Mr. Abel from England) and in Düsseldorf (with the assistance of Robert from Chicago).  [information extracted from the German Archives]
      First AA meeting at the South Side Chapel at Ramstein Air Base.
      Twenty active meetings are listed in the AA World Directory with about 170 members.
1963     First AA meeting in Berlin (information provided by Ed from Zehlendorf)
      Meetings in Bad Kreuznach and Aschaffenburg
1964 October 11th   First meeting of the Greater Frankfurt Area Intergroup, which consisted one German and seven American groups
1965 July Change of the ratio of trustees of the General Serivce Board (now two-thirds majority of Alcoholic members). The AA Fellowship accepts top responsibilities for all its future affairs  

Publication of the book "The AA Way of Life", now called "As Bill Sees It"

1969   First World Serivce Meeting held in New York with delegates from fourteen countries

HELD in US Army hospital Perlacher Forst housing area (what was held?)

1970   Thirty-fifth Anniversary Convention held in Miami Beach, FL  
1971 January 24th William Griffith Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies in Miami Beach, FL.  
1971 November 26th   First Intergroup meeting held at Sembach Air Base;  the existing groups were divided into six areas, each area having its own Chairperson who is to be present at the Intergroup meetings
1972   Second World Service meeting is held in New York.  
      Doctor Jack Norris, the non-alcoholic trustee, is sent from GSO New York to Germany to contact the military and meet with Intergroup members in Wiesbaden and Semback
1973   Publication of "Came to Believe" Intergroup Continental Europe grows to nine areas
      Meetings in Mannheim and Bamberg
1973 April Distribution of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" reaches the one million mark  
1973 June 30th to July 1st   First Intergroup Roundup in Wiesbaden

Intergroup Roundup in Lahr

1975   Publication of "Living Sober" German-American Roundup in Kassel, Germany
1975 June 1st  

English-speaking Convention in Brussels

1975 September 25th   First AA meeting in Rome at the US Embassy
1975     First AA meeting in Den Haag, Holland
1976   Publication of the Third Edition of the book "Alcoholics Anonymous" First AA meeting in Naples, Italy
1977     Holland joins Intergroup Continental Europe
1979     Frankfurt International group celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Regionalization of GSO in Great Britain occurs

Intergroup is invited by GSO Great Britain to send 2 delegates to conference at Manchester
      A letter is sent to New York GSO to clarify where Intergroup belongs
       GSO Great Britain extends an invitation to Continental Intergroup to become a Region in GSO Great Britain
1980 to 1981     Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Switzerland and Paris become Areas in Intergroup Continental Europe
1981     Intergroup Continental Europe cooperates with GSO Great Britain in planning the First European Service Meeting and since then held every two years in the Fall. Intergroup Continental Europe is represented by two delegates from each Area
      Intergroup Continental Europe now has twelve Areas
      Bad Tölz and Munich are combined to become Area XIII
1985     Jack G. of GSO Great Britain visits meeting in Nürnberg
      Intergroup Continental Europe now has fifteen Areas
1985 August 3-4   Jack G. from London attends the restructure of Intergroup Continental Europe as a Region in Service Structure of Great Britain
1988   At the GS Conference in York, England, Intergroup Continental Europe is accepted as the fifteenth Region in the Service Structure of Great Britain The three new Intergroups (Intergroup I, Intergroup II, and Intergroup III) become Region fifteen in the the Service Structure of Great Britain
1988 October 5th Lois Burnam Wilson dies  
1990     District I joins Region as Intergroup IV
1991     Intergroups form Areas for better communication and distances

Intergroups I-IV dissolve, and form new Intergroups:


General Service Conference approves new Region title now Continental European Region

Now Continental European Region

2001 April General Service Conference question the feasibility of Contintental European Region in Service Structure of Great Britain Continental European Region receives full approval as a Region in the Service Structure of GSO Great Britain

Sources: Flowchart Miles M.
Archives Continental European Region
December, 2001

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