OR Area Business Meeting – May 21, 2017
Sponsored by District 6
Motion: Allow the Area Chair to appoint a YPAA Liaison to give a report at Area Business Meetings on YPAA activities and items of interest to YPAA communities. The term would be one year, starting in November through the following September.
Intent/Purpose: To create a better exchange of information and unity with YPAA committees and the Oregon Area Service Structure. It is not the intent for this position to have a vote during Area business meetings. The person appointed however may have a vote in their capacity as GSR, DCM or Area Committee member.
Current Practice: Currently the Oregon Area does not have a YPAA Liaison.
Budgetary Impact: The position will not be funded, no budgetary impact.
Guidelines and Application for Groups & Members Carrying the Message into Corrections Facilities
Download a printable copy of these Guidelines and sign-up form:
Or submit your information using the on-line registration form.
An AA Service Opportunity Carrying the Message to Inside Members
If you desire to participate in this work, we suggest you read this pamphlet, complete and submit the attached application to the Area CFC. You will be contacted by an Outside Sponsor to start your participation.
Corrections facilities invite AA to bring AA meetings to problem drinkers in the facilities. An AA member or AA Group becomes the Outside Sponsor for the Inside Meeting. Members are scheduled to take the meeting into the facility on a weekly or monthly basis. Where members are available, Team Leaders take meetings into the facility once each month with other guest members. Outside Sponsors, Team Leaders and Panel Members attend facility orientation, so as to know and abide with the facility rules and regulations. Outside Sponsors coordinate the Team Leader schedules for 6 months or one year.
Guest Members submit their Date of Birth, Social Security number & Oregon Driver’s License number to a Team Leader or Outside Sponsor for the one-time clearance to attend an inside meeting. This information is required by the Facility to perform a quick background check prior to the visit by the Guest Member.
CF Committee, welcomes you as a member willing to share in this rewarding 12th step work. We deem it a privilege to be able to share our Experience Strength and Hope in a correctional facility – and we trust you do also. We are Guests of each facility and are expected to know and abide by their rules and regulations. We are expected to live up to certain standards we have set for ourselves – some of which are expressed on the Do’s and Don’ts. Please read them. You will be expected to act accordingly.
DO’S & DON’T’S
- Do – Have a valid Photo ID (i.e. driver’s license)
- Do – Check dress rules (i.e. no tight fitting clothes)
- Do – Keep your commitment, on time
- Do – Share your experience strength and hope
- Don’t – Use profane or vulgar language
- Don’t – Take anything in or out
- Don’t – Give personal information to Inmates
- Don’t – Talk about outside issues or drunk-a-log
- Don’t – Promise jobs or aid of any kind
Corrections Participation Requirements
- These requirements are established by the Corrections Facility or Department
- Participating Members should be active members in the Fellowship
Oregon State Department of Corrections
- Two years’ sobriety
- Age: 21 years’ minimum
- 5 years since last felony conviction or release. No pending parole or probation.
- Submit to background check
- Attend 2-3 inside meetings prior to submitting clearance application.
- Be invited to attend DOC CTS orientation.
Oregon Youth Authority
- One-year sobriety (case by case basis)
- Age: 21 years’ minimum
- Clearance application may be submitted prior to attending inside meeting.
AA Corrections Service Positions
- Outside Sponsor: Schedule Members for meetings, provides clearance applications. 2 or more years’ sobriety with corrections experience. Has Facility Volunteer ID.
- Team Leader: Leads Guest Members into facility. Has Facility Volunteer ID.
- Panel Member: Member with one-time clearance or facility Volunteer ID
Contacting Regional Corrections Coordinators
Or write to: Oregon Area Corrections, 1900 NE 3rd St, Suite 106-500, Bend, OR 97701
Or ask your group’s General Service Rep to connect you with the Area CFC or Regional Corrections Coordinator for your local Area.
Suggested Readings: (AA Literature)
- Carrying the Message into Correctional Facilities
- Where Do I Go from Here?
- AA in Prison: Inmate to Inmate
- AA in Correctional Facilities: It Sure Beats Sitting in A Cell
- Memo to an Inmate Who May Be an Alcoholic
- A Message to Correctional Facility Administrators
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- January 1
- 1946: The A.A. Grapevine increased the cost of a year’s subscription to
- 1948: Columbus Dispatch reported first anniversary of Central
Ohio A.A. Group.
- 1948: First A.A. meeting was held in Japan, English speaking.
- 1988: West Virginia A.A. began the first statewide toll-free telephone
- January 2
- 1889: Bridget Della Mary Gavin (Sister Ignatia) was born in Ireland.
- 2003: Mid-Southern California Archives moved to new location in Riverside.
- January 3
- 1939: First sale of Works Publishing Co. stock was recorded.
- 1941: Jack Alexander told Bill W. the Oxford Group would be in his
Saturday Evening Post article on A.A.
- January 4
- 1939: Dr. Bob stated in a letter to Ruth Hock that A.A. had to get away from the Oxford Group atmosphere.
- 1940: First A.A. group was founded in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1941: Bill and Lois W. drove to Bedford Hills, NY, to see Stepping Stones and broke in through an unlocked window.
- January 5
- 1941: Bill and Lois visited Bedford Hills again.
- 1941: Bill W. told Jack Alexander that Jack was “the toast of
- A.A. — in Coca Cola, of course.”
- January 6
- 2000: Stephen P., compiler of the Concordance to Alcoholics Anonymous, died.
- January 8
- 1938: New York A.A. split from the Oxford Group.
- January 12
- 1943: Press reported the first A.A. group in Pontiac, Michigan.
- January 13
- 1988: Jack Norris, M.D., Chairman/Trustees of A.A. for 27 yrs. died.
- 2003: Dr. Earle M., author of Physician Heal Thyself, sober
9 years, died
- January 15
- 1941: A.A. Bulletin No. 2 reported St. Louis group had ten members.
- 1941: Bill W. asked Ruth Hock to get him “spook book,”
The Unobstructed Universe.
- 1945: First A.A. meeting held in Springfield, Missouri.
- 1948: Polk Health Center Alcoholic Clinic for Negroes started operations
with 14 willing subjects. The Washington Black Group of A.A. cooperated
with the clinic.
- January 17
- 1919: 18th amendment, “Prohibition,” became law.
- January 19
- 1940: First A.A. group met in Detroit, Mich.
- 1943: Canadian newspaper reported eight men met at “Little
Denmark,” a Toronto restaurant, to discuss starting Canada’s first A.A.
- 1999: Frank M., A.A. Archivist since 1983, died.
- January 20
- 1954: Hank P., author of The Unbeliever in the first
edition of the Big Book, died in Pennington, NJ.
- January 21
- 1951: A.A. Grapevine published memorial issue on Dr. Bob.
- January 23
- 1961: Bill W. sent an appreciation letter, which he considered
long-overdue, to Dr. Carl Jung for his contribution to A.A.
- January 24
- 1918: Bill W. and Lois Burnham were married, days before he was sent
to Europe in WW I, weeks after sending a postcard to Senator Harold Hughes of Iowa, saying he wanted to live long enough
to see Hughes become President.
- January 25
- 1915: Dr. Bob S. married Anne Ripley.
- January 26
- 1971: New York Times published Bill’s obituary on page 1.
- January 27
- 1971: The Washington Post published an obituary of Bill W. written by Donald Graham, son of the owner of the Washington Post.
- January 30
- 1961: Dr. Carl Jung answers Bill’s letter with “Spiritus Contra Spiritum.”
- Other significant things that happened in January (no specific date available):
- 1938: Jim B., author of The Vicious Cycle, a former atheist, gave A.A. “God as we understand Him.”
- 1940: First AA meeting not in a home meets at Kings School, Akron, Ohio.
- 1942: Drunks are Square Pegs was published.
- 1951: The A.A. Grapevine published a memorial issue on Dr. Bob.
- 1984: Pass It On, the story of Bill W. and how the A.A. message reached the world, was published.
Thanks to Billy C. and Nancy O. of the group “AA History Buffs” for this list, used by permission.
- February 1
- 1918 – Original date set for Bill W.’s marriage to Lois Burnham. The date was moved up because of the war.
- February 2
- 1942 – Bill W. paid tribute to Ruth Hock, AA’s first paid secretary, who resigned to get married. She had written approximately 15,000 letters to people asking for help
- February 5
- 1941 – Pittsburgh Telegram ran a story on the first A.A. group’s Friday night meeting of a dozen “former hopeless drunks.”
- February 8
- 1940 – Bill W., Dr. Bob, and six other A.A.s asked 60 rich friends of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for money at the Union Club, N Y. They got $2,000.
- 1940 – Houston Press ran first of 6 anonymous articles on A.A. by Larry J.
- February 9
- 2002 – Sue Smith Windows, Dr. Bob’s daughter died.
- February 10
- 1922: Harold E. Hughes was born on a farm near Ida Grove, Iowa. After his recovery from alcoholism, he
became Governor of Iowa, a United States Senator, and the leading dark horse for the Presidential
Democratic nomination in 1972, until he announced he would not run. He authored the legislation which
created the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and other legislation to help alcoholics
- February 11
- 1938 – Clarence S. (“Home Brewmeister” in 1st, 2nd & 3rd editions) had his last drink.
- February 12
- 1945 – World War II paper shortage forced reduction in size of the Big Book.
- February 13
- 1937 – Oxford Groups “Alcoholic Squadron” met at the home of Hank P. (“The Unbeliever” in the 1st edition of the Big Book) in New Jersey.
- 1940 – With about two years of sobriety, Jim B. (“The Vicious Cycle”) moved to the Philadelphia area and started the first Philadelphia A.A. group.
- Feb 14
- 1971 – AA groups worldwide held a memorial service for Bill Wilson.
- 2000 – William Y., “California Bill” died in Winston Salem, NC.
- February 15
- 1946 – AA Tribune, Des Moines, IA, reported 36 new members since Marty M. had been there.
- February 16
- 1941 – Baltimore Sunday Sun reported city’s first AA group begun in 1940 had grown from 3 to 40 members,
with five being women.
- February 18
- 1943 – AA’s were granted the right to use cars for 12th step work in emergency cases, despite gas rationing.
- 1967 – Father “John Doe” (Ralph P.), 1st Catholic Priest in AA, died.
- February 20
- 1941 – The Toledo Blade published first of three articles on AA by Seymour Rothman.
- February 21
- 1939 – 400 copies of the Big Book manuscript were sent to doctors, judges, psychiatrists, and others
for comment. This was the “multilith” Big Book.
- February 22
- 1842 – Abe Lincoln addressed the Washington Temperance Society in Springfield, IL.
- February 24
- 2002 — Hal M., “Dr. Attitude of Gratitude,” died. He had 37 years of sobriety. Hal testified,
anonymously, before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on December 3, 1970.
- February 26
- 1999 – Felicia G., author of “Stars Don’t Fall,” died. Born Countess Felicia G. in 1905, she was the
daughter of Count Josef G. and Eleanor Medill Patterson. She married Drew Pearson in 1925 and divorced
him three years later. She married Dudley de Lavigne in 1934, but the marriage lasted less than a year.
In 1958 she married John Kennedy Magruder and divorced him in 1964. For most of her professional career,
she went by the name Felicia G.
- Other February happenings with no specific date:
- 1908 – Bill W. made boomerang.
- 1916 – Bill W. & sophomore class at Norwich University was suspended for hazing.
- 1938 – Rockefeller gave $5,000 to AA.
- 1939 – Dr. Harry Tiebout endorsed AA, the first psychiatrist to do so.
- 1940 – First organization meeting of Philadelphia AA is held at McCready H.’s room at 2209 Delaney Street.
- 1940 – 1st AA clubhouse opened at 334-1/2 West 24th Street, NYC.
- 1943 – San Francisco Bulletin reporter Marsh Masline interviewed Ricardo, a San Quentin Prison AA group member.
- 1946 – Baton Rouge, La., AA’s hold their first anniversary meeting.
- 1946 – The AA Grapevine reported the New York Seaman’s Group issued a pamphlet for seamen “on one page the 12 Steps have been streamlined into 5.”
- 1946 – Des Moines Committee for Education on Alcoholism aired its first show on KRNT.
- 1946 – Pueblo. Colorado, had a second group, composed of alcoholic State Hospital patients.
- 1951 – Fortune magazine article about AA was published in pamphlet form.
- 1959 – AA granted “Recording for the Blind” permission to tape the Big Book.
- 1963 – Harpers carried article critical of AA.
- 1981 – 1st issue of “Markings,” AA Archives Newsletter, was published, “to give the Fellowship a sense of its own past and the opportunity to study it.”
Thanks to Billy C. and Nancy O. of the group “AA History Buffs” for this list, used by permission.
- March 1
- 1939 — Readers Digest declined to write article on AA.
- 1941 – Jack Alexander’s Saturday Evening Post article was published and membership jumped from 2,000 to 8,000 by year’s end.
- March 3
- 1947 — Nell Wing started work at Alcoholic Foundation, 415 Lexington Avenue, NYC.
- March 4
- 1891 — Lois W. was born.
- 1947 — Nell Wing met Bill W. for the first time.
- March 5
- 1945 — Time Magazine reported first of a series of Detroit radio broadcasts by AA members.
- March 7
- 1940 — Bill and Lois W. visited Philadelphia AA group.
- 1941 — Boston newspaper reported that any drunk who wanted to get well was more than welcome at the AA meeting at 115 Newbury St., at 8 PM Wednesdays.
- March 9
- 1941 — Wichita Beacon reported on an AA member from NY who wanted to form a group in Wichita, KS.
- March 10
- 1944 — New York Intergroup was established.
- March 11
- 1949 — The Calix Society, an association of Roman Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through participation in Alcoholics Anonymous, was formed in Minneapolis by five Catholic AA members.
- South Orange, NJ, AA group held an anniversary dinner with Bill W. as guest speaker.
- March 15
- 1941 — First AA group in New Haven, CN, was formed.
- March 16
- 1940 — Alcoholic Foundation and Works Publishing moved from Newark to 30 Vesey St. in lower Manhattan.
- March 21
- 1881 — Dr. Bob’s wife, Anne, was born.
- 1966 — Ebby T., whom Bill W. called his sponsor, died sober.
- March 22
- 1951 — William Duncan Silkworth, MD, died at Towns Hospital. He helped more than 40,000 alcoholics during his lifetime.
- 1984 — Clarence S., “Home Brewmeister,” died at 81.
- March 23
- 1936 — Bill & Lois W. visited Fitz M., “Our Southern Friend,” in Maryland.
- 1940 — Lois W. paid her first visit to the office on Vesey Street in NYC.
- March 25
- 1898 — Jim B. (“The Vicious Cycle”) was born.
- March 29
- 1943 — The Charleston Mail, WV, reported on Bill W.’s talk at St. John’s Parish House.
- March 31
- 1947 — 1st AA group formed in London, England.
- Other March happenings with no specific date:
- 1936 – AA had 10 members staying sober. At end of 1936 AA had 15 members.
- 1940 – Mort J. arrived in LA from Denver and helped faltering group; started custom of reading Chapter 5 Big Book at Cecil group.
- 1941 – 1st Prison AA Group was formed at San Quentin.
- 1941 – Second printing of Big Book appeared.
- 1946 – The March of Time film on AA was produced.
- 1949 – Dr. Bob considers idea of AA conference premature.
- 1951 – American Weekly publishes memorial article for Dr. Bob.
Thanks to Billy C. and Nancy O. for this list, used by permission.
Area 58 Archives hosted the 8th Regional Archives Workshop on July 18, 2015 at the Village Inn in St. Helens, just around the corner from the Archives repository. David C., Archivist and Conservator from District 38, Area 72 came in to facilitate conservation training for a group of 15 archivists, ably assisted by Area 58 Archivist James J. and Alternate Archivist Hal E. Conservation is the process of protecting and, in some cases, repairing archival materials such as documents and books.
The group got hands-on training and experience with conservation techniques including document cleaning, tape and staple removal, Japanese tissue paper repairs and encapsulation. David also demonstrated some more advanced techniques in book repair. Here are some photos from the event:[huge_it_gallery id=”2″]
- April 1
- 1939 – “Alcoholics Anonymous”, AA’s Big Book was published.
- 1940 – Larry J. of Houston, wrote The Texas Preamble used to open AA meetings in Texas.
- 1966 – Sister Ignatia died at the age of 77. She worked with Dr. Bob in treating many early AA members at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron.
- 1984 – 12 Coconuts Group, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, was founded.
- April 3
- 1941 – First Florida AA meeting was held.
- April 4
- 1960 – The Chicago Daily News reported that Fr. Ed D., a Jesuit priest who helped start the first AA group in St. Louis, had died at age 62.
- April 7
- 1941 – Ruth Hock, Bill W.’s secretary, reported there were 1,500 letters asking for help, as a result of the Saturday Evening Post Article by Jack Alexander.
- April 10
- 1939 – The first ten copies of the Big Book arrived at the office Bill shared with Hank P. in Newark, New Jersey.
- April 11
- 1938 – Alcoholic Foundation held its first meeting.
- 1939 – Marty M. attended her first meeting a the home of Bill and Lois W. in Brooklyn.
- 1941 – Bill and Lois W. moved into their new home, Stepping Stones.
- April 12
- 1942 – The Windsor Daily Star in Ontario, Canada, reported that over 400 AA’s attended a testimonial dinner for Dr. Bob.
- April 16
- 1940 – A sober Rollie H. caught the only opening day no-hitter in baseball history since 1909.
- 1973 – Dr. Jack Norris, non-alcoholic Chairman of the AA General Service Board, presented President Richard Nixon with the one-millionth copy of the Big Book at the White House.
- April 17
- 1941 – 2nd group in Los Angeles, the “Hole in the Ground Group” was formed.
- April 19
- 1940 – First AA group in Little Rock, Arkansas, was formed.
- April 22
- 1940 Bill W. transferred his Works Publishing Stock to the Alcoholic Foundation. The date on which Hank P. transferred his stock is uncertain.
- April 23
- 1940 – Dr. Bob wrote the Trustees to refuse Big Book royalties, but Bill W. insisted on them for Dr. Bob and Anne.
- April 24
- 1989 – Dr. Leonard Strong died. He was Bill’s brother-in-law and a non-alcoholic AA Trustee.
- April 25
- 1951 – AA’s first General Service Conference was held.
- April 26
- 1939 – Bill & Lois W. moved in with Hank P. after the bank foreclosed on 182 Clinton St. This was the first of over 50 moves before they acquired Stepping Stones.
- April 30
- 1989 – The film “My Name is Bill W.,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, was broadcast at 9 p.m. on ABC TV.
- Other April events for which we have no specific dates:
- 1940 – The “Texas Preamble” used to open meetings in Texas, was written by Larry J. of Houston.
- 1940 – The first AA pamphlet was published, entitled simply “AA.”
- 1958 – The word “honest” was dropped from “an honest desire to top drinking,” in the AA Preamble.
- 1960 – Bill W. refused to be on the cover of Time Magazine.
- 1988 – Cybil C., the first woman member in Los Angeles and archivist, died.
- May 1
- 1939 – Lois and Bill W. left their home at 182 Clinton St., Brooklyn.
- 1940 – Rollie H., Cleveland Indians, anonymity break occurred.
- 1941 – First Wisconsin AA meeting was held in hotel in Milwaukee.
- May 2
- 1941 – Jacksonville, FL newspaper reported the start of an AA group in Jacksonville.
- 1943 – New Orleans Times reported founding of the first Louisiana AA group with a dozen members.
- May 3
- 1941 – First AA group formed in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1941 – Democrat Chronicle in Rochester, NY, reported first annual AA dinner at Seneca hotel with 60 attending.
- May 4
- 1940 – Sunday Star reported founding of first AA group in Washington, DC.
- May 6
- 1939 – Clarence S. of Cleveland told Dr. Bob, his sponsor, he would not be back to Oxford Group meetings in Akron and would start an “AA” meeting in Cleveland.
- May 7
- 1956 – The first English AA Convention was held in Cheltenham, England.
- May 8
- 1943 – Akron AA Group celebrates 8th anniversary with 500 present and sober.
- 1971 – Bill W. was buried in private ceremony, in East Dorset, Vermont. Dr. Jack Norris gave the eulogy.
- May 10
- 1939 – Clarence S. announced to the Akron Oxford Group members that the Cleveland members were starting a meeting in Cleveland and calling it Alcoholics Anonymous.
- 1946 – Searcy W. had his last drink. (Searcy passed away September 30, 2003 with 57 years continuous sobriety.)
- May 11
- 1935 – Bill W. called Walter Tunks from the Mayflower Hotel, and was referred to Henrietta Seiberling who set up a meeting with Dr. Bob.
- 1939 – First meeting of the Cleveland Group.
- May 12
- 1935 – Mother’s Day, Bill and Dr. Bob met for the first time, at the home of Henrietta Seiberling.
- May 15
- 1961 – Bill W.’s mother, Dr. Emily Strobell, died.
- May 16
- 1941 – Ruth Hock learned that the man credited with coming up with the name “Alcoholics Anonymous” has a “wet” brain.
- May 17
- 1942 – Dayton Journal Herald published pictures of AA members wearing masks to protect their anonymity.
- May 18
- 1939 – The first group to call itself A. A. is meets in Cleveland, OH.
- 1950 – Dr. Bob told Bill W. “I reckon we ought to be buried like other folks.” He wanted no memorial.
- May 19
- 2000 – Dr. Paul O. died at the age of 83. He was author of “Acceptance Was the Answer” in the 4th edition of the Big Book. This story was titled “Doctor, Alcoholic, Addict” in the 3rd edition.
- May 29
- 1980 – “Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers” was published.
- May 31
- 1938 – Bill W. and other A.A.s began writing the Big Book.
- Other significant events in May for which we do not have a specific date:
- 1938 – Bill W. and other AA’s began writing the Big Book.
- 1939 – Clarence Snyder told Dr. Bob, his sponsor, he would not be back to the Oxford Group meetings in Akron and would start an “A.A.” meeting in Cleveland.
- 1942 – Richmond W., author of “Twenty-Four Hours a Day,” had his last drink.
- 1946 – Long form of 12 Traditions was published in AA Grapevine for the first time.
- 1946 – The A.A. Grapevine announced, “A.A. has 6,000 members in 180 groups.”
- 1948 – The A.A. Grapevine reported $2.00 was sent to the General Service headquarters of A.A. in New York, asking for “a bottle of Alcoholics Anonymous”.
- 1950 – Nell Wing became Bill W.’s secretary.
- 1951 – Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. and Anne B.
- 1962 – The A. A. Grapevine published the first “Victor E.” cartoon.
Thanks to Billy C. and Nancy O. for this list, used by permission.