From the June 1957 magazine.

Conference Gleanings

The Seventh Annual General Service Conference of AA met in New York April 17-21. On this and following pages the impressions and reports of staff members are presented.

JANE F. (GSH Staff Member reporting on her first three months)--"I think the incident that touched me most and symbolized the need for our service was a note written in lipstick on a paper napkin. It simply said, 'I need help'--It was enclosed in a plain envelope with the GSH address and the girl's return address. Now we hope there is a new member in a little town in the South from which this desperate call was mailed and to which we sent the applicant."

EVE M. (GSH Staff Member reporting on Group Relations)--"Sometimes the groups just do not seem to understand what we mean, no matter how simple we make our Directory requests for accurate group listings. One group returned the information with this enlightening listing; 'Happy's Body Shop'--no other statistics." Eve also mentioned the disappointment of GSH on results of the recent survey on sponsorship sent out in the "Exchange Bulletin." From a mailing of 7,000 "Bulletins," only 205 groups returned the requested questionnaire. These figures not only make impossible an accurate analysis of the survey but they also clearly indicate that many groups are not aware of the "Bulletin" as an organ of worldwide AA information. Suggestions as to how this bottle-neck can be broken would be more than welcome at Headquarters.

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