From the May 2014 magazine.

My Town — Our Celebration

An old-timer shares how lucky she is that she got sober in Akron, Ohio

Just a couple of weeks after taking my last drink on May 13, 1978, I found my way to my first Founders’ Day celebration on the campus of Akron University. I was so impressed by the love and respect those in attendance showed for each other and the program that had saved their lives. The spirit of unity and cooperation I witnessed that June was a shining example of men and women who normally would not mix, as we say—former misfits and rowdy troublemakers co-existing together in harmony.

Getting sober in Akron, Ohio has allowed me to experience this wonderful event each June for many years. Thousands of grateful members are drawn to this three-day gathering from all over the world, and many come back year after year to join in celebrating Dr. Bob’s last drink and the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous.

-- Gail L.

Akron, Ohio

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