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Dillon, South Carolina
Dillons Meeting Place
1972 - Present
Dillon County Group History
District # 80
Dillon County Group came about as an offset of the Marion
Group. The Marion Group, I believe, was a rebirth of the
old Marion/Mullins Group.
1967 there were approximately 5 regular members of the Marion
Group from Dillon and Latta. We felt the need of another
meeting nearer home, as there were unlimited prospects among
us locally. We, also, desired a second weekly meeting. This
had been in discussion for some weeks.
July 4th approaching, and at this time, I dont believe
any of us could picture any type of July 4th celebration
or activity without alcohol, except of course, and AA gathering.
So, I guess, believing there was nothing we could do to
celebrate this big day; it was decided to have our first
meeting the night of the 4th which was a Tuesday. We announced
in Marion at previous weeks meetings there would be a meeting
that night in Dillon at home of Bill P. I believe there
were at least seven or eight present at the first meeting.
In addition to myself, and to the best of my memory, I feel
safe in stating the following were present/ David A./ Dave
R./ Ellison C./ Martha B./ other, I cannot be as sure.
was agreed we would continue meeting each Tuesday, rotating
meetings among members homes as we might be invited. The
second meeting was held in the home of David A. in Latta.
Our rotating didnt get off the ground/David was such
a gracious host, or we were such selfish, ungrateful, freeloaders,
our meetings continued here for the next four years or longer.
There was some concern that this arrangement was most unfair
to David (responsibility of meetings in his home every week)
and to us (that we were not very responsible by getting
so much and give so little). When this was mentioned to
David; his reaction was Suits me fine - its
good insurance for me against missing a meeting.
September 1967 we had an average of at least ten regulars
and thought it was time we became registered with GSO in
New York - so, letter was written September 27th identifying
ourselves as a new group. Most of us continued as regulars
at Thursday night meeting in Marion, so we asked to be included
in Marion Group count.
most generous hospitality was continually accepted until
mid 1971, then he knew he was to get rid of this beloved,
warm, huge, colonial home, which had been AAs home
every Tuesday night (many other times too) for over four
years. Meeting place was provided in Latta rescue squad
meeting room, which became our home for about one year.
Best I remember, it was due to training sessions of several
weeks duration to be held in this building that we had to
make other arrangements.. We all were on the lookout for
a more permanent type meeting place. While looking, we temporarily
met at the office of Porter Agency in Dillon for approximately
two months, July, August. The old Scout Hut appeared to
be abandoned and upon investigation, found this building
to be owned by local Lions Club - so, letter was written
to Lions Club on August 2, 1972 regards the possibility
of using Scout Hut as our meeting place. Permission to use
granted in letter from Lions of August 16th. So with clean
up and fix up of building and grounds, we have continued
to meet here since September 1972.
recorded by Bill P.
© February 2002 Area 62 of Alcoholics Anonymous, K.I.T.