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History of Tri County Center
By Larry M., June 2000
Tri County Center was founded in Dec. of 1982.
was started by Yancy D, Big John, Clarence, and several
had a vacant room for rent behind his barbershop; it was
about 15 feet by 30 feet.
this is where it started taking place; there was some difficulty
from the start due to personalities over principals.
Beginners Meeting was started in Nov. of 1983.
M was responsible for starting and getting these meetings
off the ground.
original Chair people were Sylvia, Bill R, Mary M, Larry
M, and several others whose names escape me at this time.
R. Chairman and one other person attended the first Beginners
Aug. or Sept. of 1984 Larry M. was asked to be on the board
of directors, to finish out someone else's term.
was an ill wind blowing, personalities and power were becoming
Oct. An election of officers was held, with the requirements
to serve cut from two years sobriety to one year, due to
not having enough members with two years sobriety.
R. Jack L. Larry M. Fred M. were elected, Yancy a fellow
he sponsored and one other who I also forget were the carry
as the landlord was going to double the rent from $300.
To $600 per month.
M was sure if we took the bull by the horns "people
would come out of the woodwork to support us"
petition was posted on the wall should we move or should
we stay; the results were as best as memory serves 45 move
0 stay. The search was on.
found the old building at the present location; the rent
was to be $600. We had no idea if we could pay that much
R. Larry M. and Jack L. decided that we would sign the lease
and guarantee the rent for the first year should there be
a shortfall, There never was a shortfall.
people had indeed "come out of the woodwork" to
support the club.
was $1000. in a building fund . This was used to remodel
the old bldg. for meetings.
every thing was donated and there was no shortage of volunteers
to do the work.
Dec.29th 1984 we moved into the old bldg.
M was chairing the beginners meeting at the barber shop
location. After the meeting everyone was asked to pick up
the chairs and everything else that belonged to the club
put it in their cars, then take it to the new location.
barber shop location was cleaned and the move was over.
R. chaired the12:30 meeting at the Kemper Rd. location.
New Years Eve the 2nd anniversary of the club was celebrated
92 people were in attendance.
the beginning at Kemper Rd. the parking lot held 13 cars
, where Motel Six is now, there was a field with a small
area blacktop that was used for additional parking.
drawing of a thermometer was placed on the wall for the
parking lot fund, as the fund grew the heat went up on the
thermometer. We could only afford to put down gravel at
first, but the support was coming.
of 1987 some where between 6 and 8 people pledged $3000.
each .This would go into an account to guarantee the mortgage.
The old bldg. was purchased .
new bldg. became available and was purchased in 1990 or