From the July 1944 magazine.

Do You Know:

THAT A. A. LUNCHEONS BUILD MORALE

Although it seems alcoholics shouldn't drink together--or at all, for that matter--they are deriving considerable benefit and pleasure from eating together. Virtually every section of Manhattan is the scene of one or more A.A. luncheon groups which meet regularly at convenient times and places throughout the week. The ritual of breaking bread at a common board never fails to produce that good fellowship sometimes attributed solely to the glass and the bottle.

New members will find at the luncheons an unsurpassed opportunity to make lasting friendships with more experienced members and to absorb invaluable pointers on the workings of the Program. We think that there is no better way to learn what makes A.A. tick than by taking part in these very relaxed sessions. A striking and attractive feature of the gatherings is their air of friendliness. On the other hand you'll find the conversation free from sentimentality and affectation, as the members explore and settle an infinite variety of topics with the gusto, assurance and fluency characteristic of their kind. Quite indispensable to many of us in the A.A. school of reorientation have been these midday associations with kindred spirits whose visible growth in the art of living is a friendly challenge to emulation. Any alcoholic will be quietly and warmly welcomed into the companionship of these small units. The group secretaries tell when and where.

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