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. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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A L O N G T H E M E T R O P O L I T A N C I R C U I T
BROOKLYN. Well, you know how Brooklyn is.
Trees grow there, and so does A.A., but they
don't talk so much about it. We think it bears
repeating that A.A . started there, right on
Clinton St. in Bill's house. There are still
plenty of A.A.'s around who attended their
first meeting there. Then Bill and Lois moved
and for a long time there were no meetings
Two years ago last February, A.A. in New
York had grown enough so that split-offs were
becoming common. And there was Brook-
lyn, big enough all on its own to have been
having meetings at the home of one of its
membersnow big enough to "hire a hall",
where an open meeting is held every Friday
at 8:30 P.M. Closed meetings (for alcoholics
only) on Wednesday evenings at the home
of one of its members. Brooklyn is growing!
ELIZABETH, N. J. The group is one of many
that started in South Orange. Captain Gus
Steffens of the Elizabeth Police Dept. started
trying to rehabilitate some local drunks
known as the "Bottle Gang". Then A.A.
stepped in. Result: a growing group. The
Mayor and other officials furnished a perfect
meeting place gratis. Now there is also the
PLAINFIELD, N. J. group an outgrowth of
Elizabeth. So A.A. grows.
FLUSHING. Formerly an integral part of the
Forest Hills group, the Flushing group held
its first meeting in Flushing on March 4, 1943,
and has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth
since. There are now about 35 names on the
roster. The group meets Thursday evenings
at the Good Citizens League Hall, corner
of Union St. and Sanford Ave. promptly at
8:30 (A.A. time).
Among the eight or ten shaky
hospital, we are sending a delegation to talk
with some World War No. 2 veterans. The
letter from the hospital authorities says that
they have heard of A.A., and that they would
like to know more about it.
Six new members have come in, in the last
two weeks. Hempstead group meets at 177
Jackson St., Monday and Friday.
NORTH JERSEY NOTES. As we went to press,
bright prospects of a sell-out attended the
South Orange group's spring dance which
was held May 13 at the Mablewood Women's
Club. Four such social affairs a year are on
the Jerseyites' schedule. The others include
an uproarious Hallowe'en party, a New Year's
Eve dinner-dance and a shindig on St. Pat-
rick's Day, which is always a dangerous time
for 'slips'. They also run other socials, like
the all-day summer picnic out in the country
and the Christmas Day reception. In recent
weeks North Jersey members have spoken
before several luncheon clubs, such as the
South Orange Rotary, the Newark and Irving-
ton Kiwanis and the Trenton Optimist clubs.
An A.A. group among the inmates of the
State Reformatory for Women at Clinton, N.
J., has been undertaken under the direction
of the Morristown Group. The entire opera-
tion is handled by the inmates, the A.A. peo-
ple assisting with literature, counsel and ad-
vice. Similarly, a group within the New
Jersey State Prison at Trenton is in the ex-
perimental stage. This unit was suggested by
a prisoner who wrote in to the Foundation
office. Literature, etc. has been provided and
North Jersey A.A. members have contacted
the prison authorities with offers of help.
WHITE PLAINS. Wednesday, May 17th, marks
the third anniversary of A.A. in White Plains,
N. Y. The whole thing started back in 1941
when a handful of 24th Street members held
a dinner meeting in Howard Johnson's to dis-
cuss plans for a Westchester Group. We feel
that the cooperation of 24th Street and the
Central Office has aided immeasurably in our
growth. The Grapevine should go far in this
direction, too, and should be a tremendous aid
in cementing metropolitan group relations. In
unity there is strength! Good luck and keep
'em rolling! (We mean the presses.) Open
meetings, Wednesday, 8:30 P.M., Westchester
Republican Headquarters, Martine and Ma-
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