From the June 1952 magazine.

A Benediction From Bill. . .

Memo To the Folks Back Home - Progress, Humility, Unity, Mark Sessions Of Delegates

SEVENTY-FIVE AAs, chosen as representatives by the fellowships of each state, each province of Canada, and 20 metropolitan centers of large AA population have written a new chapter in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous during the four days of the Second General Service Conference. The joining of 38 Second Panel delegates with the 37 returning veterans of last year's inaugural conference provided the meeting in New York, held April 23rd through April 27th, with the "broad, complete and reliable cross-section of AA opinion" upon which must rest the effective future of our society's service arms.

Crowding 11 sessions into the time from Wednesday evening until late Sunday afternoon, the delegates (1) heard reports of activity during the past year by headquarters service groups, including the Grapevine; (2) heard Bill announce his shift from active participation in AA activities to a five-year writing-and-research project; (3) discussed and approved proposals to strengthen specific headquarters service, notably in the field of AA literature; (4) joined in "panel" discussions of specific problems that seem to be common to AA groups throughout the country; (5) asked the General Service office to provide certain additional services for the groups; and, (6) registered certain "advisory actions" on key questions of AA policy presented to the Conference.

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