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New Hampshire A.A. Chronology
Alcoholic Anonymous New Hampshire
In the 1962 Delegate report Glen E. S. said that in Portsmouth
(1946) there were some closed private AA meetings in Lawyer
Arthur M.'s office. Then a man by by the name of Arthur
D. came from Boston. Arthur came from a family of musicians
that like to hassle the Italians whenever they could and
there was old J.B., a well-known businessman in Portsmouth.
They had AA meetings in Banker Bill W.'s House on Middle
Street. Later the meetings moved to the Portsmouth Community
Our first organized A.A. Group was in Manchester in August
of 1946. A woman by the name of Mary W. who got sober in
New Rochelle N.Y. went to the City Hall in Manchester and
spoke with Judge Chretien and Monsignor James McGreal about
starting an AA meeting, they liked the idea and gave her
a meeting place in the City Hall building. This meeting
eventually disbanded and in August of 1947 The Brookside
Original AA Group was founded.
Later in 1946, Concord followed, with an organized open
AA meeting. However, this group first actually met in January
of 1947 as evidenced by the printed menu program of its
1st Anniversary Dinner, dated January 10th, 1948.
E. S. attended his first AA meeting on December 29, 1947,
a Monday, in Portsmouth. The first person he met was Dottie
O, who had 6 months of sobriety; Bob A. and Dick H. were
early members. Arthur M. never joined.
O. and Mabel were roommates in the State Hospital in 1947.
Dottie joined AA when she got out and was the first woman
in New Hampshire to join AA. Her spouse was Paul K. who
had 8 months sobriety. Paul took Dottie to an AA meeting
in Rochester to meet another woman in AA who turned out
to be Mabel who joined AA about May 1947.
JUNE 22, 1949
The Boston Central Service Office published an AA meeting
list showing 12 New Hampshire AA Groups, two meetings in
Concord, East Jaffrey, Keene, Laconia, two in Manchester,
Milford, Nashua, North Conway, Portsmouth and Rochester.
New Hampshire's First Delegate in Panel 2 was Chet B. Succeeding
Delegates in Panel 4 through 10 were as follows:
Harold P. D.,
1956-1957 Henry D.,
1958-1959 William R.,
1960-1961 John M.
1955 - 1958
The 1955 AA Group Handbook lists 20 New Hampshire AA Groups.
It also lists the "Malano Club" in Manchester
which hosted many AA meetings. This Malano Club helped protect
people's anonymity by lighting the room with one 5-watt
The N.H. AA Groups apparently first got together at a Statewide
Picnic put on by the Laconia and Tilton AA Groups at the
Belknap (now Gunstock) recreational area. Hazel R. came
from New York to speak.
frequent Statewide get togethers were clearly desirable
and the State Assembly was organized with monthly meetings.
When it was decided to have these meetings in Concord, the
most central location to AA's population, ill feelings resulted
in The North Country.
The first 12 Step Group in New Hampshire was in Wolfeboro,
(Lakes Region) at Carolins Farm. When a newcomer came in
they would go back to Step 1.
The First Area Assembly meeting was held at Chase's Restaurant
in Concord. These meetings were held monthly at Chase's
or in Manchester churches until the Districts were formed
and thereafter quarterly, with the area committee meeting
in the months between.
First New Hampshire meeting list published.
1963 First New Hampshire Pipeline (N.H's AA newsletter)
NH's first female Delegate, Doris G. Jack K. served the
second year of panel 14.
First Area Convention was at the Eastern Slopes Inn, North
Conway, (one day only); Hazel P. chaired and spoke for the
The First N.H. Convention was held at the East Slopes Inn,
North Conway, where it was repeated in 1967 and 1968. It
was then at the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle, then at the
Farragut in Rye, the Brickyard at Weirs Beach, then back
to North Conway.
Apparently there were suggestions from G.S.O. New York.
That the service manual be followed in respect to area organization.
NH was small, however, having only 30 or so
AA groups, equivalent to a single District. George J., the
Delegate of N.H. re-worked the manual into a document called
Structures and Procedures, which was designed to adapt it
to serve as a single District. This was adopted in July,
revised 5 years later and served until we went to districting.
The Pipeline, New Hampshire's statewide monthly publication,
began. It was named by Herbie M., assembled by Dottie D.
and George J. in George's basement. The earliest copy we
have is May 1968.
The earliest meeting list booklet we have is dated September
of 1968. Earlier issues, single mimeographed sheets were
issued but do not seem to have survived.
Delegates were Neil G. and Helen S. In 1968 a dinner hosting
past Delegates was attended by 100 persons, it is now called
the Mid Winter Banquet. It is still held every January.
New Hampshire bid for and won the Northeast Regional Conference
in both 1974 and 1978.
The N.H. Assembly voted to follow the G.S.O. service manual
and to set Up Districting. Previously a person served first
as Delegate and then, if elected, as Chairman; also, the
secretary and treasurer position was split up. Gordon B.
and Pete C. were the Delegates involved in this transition.
Districting began with $436.00 in the treasury.
Maryjane L. was Delegate and we were now Area 43. About
this time Jack K. from California introduced the practice
of holding hands while repeating the Lord's Prayer, and
of responding to (My name is ----) with cries of "Hi
- - - "
The N.H. Area assembly rented the first Service Office
2 rooms at 39 Middle St. in Manchester. This office was
Operated by the area assembly which now had accumulated
$10,000 in the treasury, opened by volunteers at first only
on Wednesday nights.
An ad-hoe committee was formed by the area assembly to create
by-laws for governing the service office. The area office
started selling conference approved literature and books
in the spring of 1982.
first paid employee started at 10 hours a week, in August
of 1986. She was an AA member - her name was Marge C. The
pay was $5.00 an hour with no benefits.
October 30, 1985 the N.H.A.A. Service Office moved to a
five room suite at 521 Lincoln St. in Manchester and the
work hours were increased to 18 hours a week. Marge C. retired
and a new girl was hired. She also was a member of A.A.
her name was Pauline L. K.
November of 1988 the hours were increased to 30 hours a
week and the pay went up to $9.00 an hour with some benefits.
This paid employee was called the office administrator.
new accommodations allowed for the area service committee
as well as other service committees to meet in the service
The first service office open house was held in November
of 1986 and again in 1987.
1987 a finance committee was formed to assist the treasurer.
1987 a computer was purchased to help automate the office
with easy access to group records, committees, inventories,
In 1988 an accounting firm was employed to maintain the
Area records, and an assistant Treasurer was appointed to
aid in daily accounting.
Outline of N.H. Area growth has grown at near geometric
progression as described by Dave F., State Archivist. The
figures that are somewhat representative of the flourishing
development that we are all part of in AA are available
in the NHAA Archives Att. Dave F.
Growth of AA in New Hampshire...
- 15 Districts serving 389 AA Groups (433 meetings)
22 Institution meetings
9 District Answering services.
1994 - 15 Districts serving 547 AA groups
635 AA meetings.
The N.H.A.A. Service Office moves to a new suite located
in the same building. (This suite had a private bathroom
and windows). The suite number was 214 Lincoln St., Manchester,
A report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Technology.
The new equipment purchased will allow the N.H.A.A.'S records
and inventories to be maintained with state of the art,
user-friendly software and hardware. Communications capabilities
were dramatically improved which included, e-mail, faxes,
and the internet.
also allowed the layout and prepress preparation of the
NHAA Pipeline and other publications such as the Area Service
Handbook, Conventions, etc.
"Dan H. was very helpful in the set Up and know how
of the new Office equipment."
The NHAA Service considering moving to a new office. Due
to new owners of the building, the NHAA was being asked
to pay bills that were not ours. The NHAA searched for a
new meeting place and found one with ample room. We squared
up with our bills, and by the new millennium we were at
our new Service Office - 1330 Hooksett Rd., Hooksett N.H.
In the year 2000 people of the N.H. AA groups were squawking
that the Service Office did not sell Chips, Medallions and
Bumper Stickers. The sale of such non-AA items was put to
a vote and after much controversy the majority won.
The NHAA Service began selling chips, medallions and bumper
stickers in January 2001.
of the NHAA archival repository can be described under
three major classifications.
1-Archives---The" correspondence, papers and
records of any nature.
2-History---Manuscripts, our largest category.
3-Memorabilia---or artifact items.
"THE MATERIALS IN THE A.A. ARCHIVES ARE AVAILABLE TO
A.A. MEMBERS AND NON A.A.s WHO HAVE A LEGITIMATE INTEREST,
SUCH AS HISTORIANS, SOCIAL SCIENTIST, ETC. HOWEVER, AS BEFITS
AN ANONYMOUS ORGANIZATION, ACCESS IS CONTROLLED. THE TRUSTEES
ARCHIVES COMMITTEE OF THE N.H.A.A. HAS ESTABLISHED THE POLICIES
AND RULES UPON EACH APPLICATION FOR ACCESS TO THE ARCHIVAL
HOLDINGS. THIS COMMITTEE HAS COMPLETE RESPONSIBILITY FOR
THE ARCHIVAL MATERIALS AND HAS THE SOLE JURISDICTION OVER
forward correspondence or request to Attn: Dave F. NHAA/Archivist,
1330 Hooksett Rd, Hooksett, NH 03106}
©, Area 43, New Hampshire Area Assembly of Alcoholics